Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Spell check is a weird uncle. Spell check is drunk in the living room and is trying to pay attention but is missing half of what you say.

I just finished copy-editing my crappy novel. It was pretty tedious. There were some amusing errors I noticed though. These are the type of things spell check won't catch, which is why I spent a month going over the book.

1. Ted came up to Jed III and looked him up and dad,
2. Einstein discovered the theory of relatively
3. It was filled to the brim with cans of soda, bottles of war.
4. ...holding his dog's head in his head.
5. She heard her grandma cleaning her throat.
6. Benji's dad was silence.
7. It wasn't in his nature to get up. [Should have said 'give up']
8. ...he walked down the hall in his jean jacket, with his slick back hair.

Then there was the instance I accidentally let spell check replace "for gawdsakes" with "for handshakes."

Anyhow, you will not be seeing this book coming to a store near you. I mainly just wanted to make it coherent before I moved on to the next project. I have a little more work to do on the thing before I call it done, but I'm almost there. I'm not unhappy the book stinks; Nanowrimo was a great, fun exercise and I never expected much from the results.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Brothers of the Head

Allie and I just watched this FAKE documentary about a fictional band led my a pair of conjoined twins. The movie is Brothers of the Head and the band is The Bang Bang. The movie was very good--it was a very convincing and authentic feeling (fake) documentary. What really blew me away was the soundtrack and the performances by the twins (played by Harry and Luke Treadaway, real identical--but not conjoined--twins). The twins really did play and sing on all the music and even wrote one of the songs.

I've been obsessed with the music and ordered the CD from Amazon; it finally arrived today. The music feels very authentic--great rock that sounds like a mix of British Mod/Psych music and early punk.

Here's a scene from the movie where the twins are recording a demo of the song "Doola and Dawla."

Here's a music video of the (fictionally) iconic Bang Bang song "Two Way Romeo" from which the band got its name. It features various scenes from the movie.

If you've seen the movie, the soundtrack features all nine studio songs from the Bang Bang's one and only album, three live songs and three demos featured in the movie, an alternate version of "Two Way Romeo," and two other songs by fictional bands from the movie. It's an amazing album that stands on its own from the movie. Too bad the Bang Bang wasn't a real band...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Catching Up

Man...this year is really flying by. I regret that we haven't done more blog entries. I wanted to do a quick update. I turned 30 last month which was a big milestone. I partied all month, culminating with our Year 3030 party on January 30th. We had about 18 people over and everything was space/future themed. Allie made me a rocket-shaped cake out of melted Milky Way candy bars...We had a punch bowl full of Midori which we called Soylent Green Punch. I dressed as an android and Allie made a glow stick skirt which was powered by her sparkly silver "solar panel" top.
Around Christmas of 2008 I set myself the goal of truly using every present I asked for and received. You see I have a problem of over collecting things like books and movies. I realized it was ridiculous that I would ask for presents and a year later I still hadn't watched them or read them. So now, if I ask for it, I have one year to watch it or read it. This X-mas season I got a TON of books which will keep me very busy.

So far I have read the following gifts:
Kick Me by Paul Feig
Endless Summer Quarterly Winter 2009 issue (this is a Beach Boys fan zine)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I still have left to read:
Belle & Sebastian by Paul Whitelaw
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Endless Summer Quarterly (the coming three issues)
Guided By Voices: A Brief History by James Greer
I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
No One Belong Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July
Superstud by Paul Feig
Who the Hell's in It: Conversations with Hollywood's Legendary Actors by Peter Bogdanovich
Wonderboys by Michael Chabon

This is gonna keep me real busy reading all of these. To make matters worse, I am committing February to finishing copy editing my crappy novel, finishing our taxes, and doing research on the Beach Boys (for a March project).

We're also looking forward to the birth of our first niece, Gabriella, who will be coming February 25th. I'm so excited to be an Uncle! We're going up to Washington that weekend to see her and celebrate with her parents Eric and Lisa.

More stuff has been going on, but I'm going to save that for a different post.