gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
    Nice, peacful music. That they can hear on the ISS. Created using iTunes' Genius playlist feature.

  1. Machine Head - Hallowed Be Thy Name

  2. Slayer - Disciple 

  3. Megadeth - Washington Is Next!  

  4. Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill 

  5. Anthrax - Caught in a Mosh

  6. Iron Maiden  - Brighter Than A Thousand Suns

  7. Machine Head - Aesthetics of Hate

  8. Metallica - Overkill 

  9. eXodus - War Is My Shepherd

  10. Slayer - Eyes of the Insane 

  11. Judas Priest - The Sentinel 

  12. Megadeth - Wake Up Dead

  13. Texas Hippie Coalition - Pissed Off and Mad About It

  14. Testament - The Evil Has Landed 

  15. Iron Maiden - El Dorado

  16. Pantera - War Nerve

  17. Slayer - War Ensemble

  18. Metallica - No Remorse

  19. Rebel Meets Rebel - Nothin' To Lose

  20. Megadeth - Sleepwalker

  21. Black Sabbath - Die Young

  22. Judas Priest - Judas Rising

  23. Mnemic - Deathbox

  24. Testament - Into the Pit

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Glare of Sarcasm)
(Tip of the hat to Niece Prime for first calling me out on that.)

One of the things I've learned since starting at the YMCA is music really helps my 45 minutes on the bike go by much faster. I've had fun putting together work-out mixes, tending towards longer jams and good beat counts.

Today I was trying a new mix:

Metallica - ...And Justice for All (Live) 10:06

Grateful Dead - Help On The Way/Slipknot!/Franklin's Tower (Live) 18:58

Genesis - Domino: Part I-In The Glow Of The Night Part II:The Last Domino (Live) 11:21

Start pedaling, hit play on the playlist and . . . nothing. ...And Justice for All refuses to start. Go to the second track and everything is fine. But at the end of the music, I still have roughly ten minutes of work and a five minute cool-down. So I search for a good song. That's when I learn that close to 2/3rds of the music on my iPhone is on the cloud. I put it on my phone for a reason, not so I can be warned that downloading the song over cellular might cost me money.

This really pissed me off. It threw off my rhythm, really elevated my heartbeat, and cost me many spoons.

So I ask, on an iPhone 4, is there any way to force iTunes to actually put my music where I want it?

As a sign of how frustrated I was, I completely missed that I was lifting the wrong weight on the row station for my first set.
gridlore: Photo: penguin chick with its wings outstretched, captioned "Yay!" (Penguin - Yay!)
We've decided to use my old iPod for our driving music to and from Burning Man. I'm putting together a couple of Genius play lists. This is based off Fire on the Mountain.


  1. The Marshall Tucker Band - Fire On The Mountain

  2. Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster

  3. The Allman Brothers Band - Statesboro Blues (Live)

  4. Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Ballad of Curtis Loew

  5. The Outlaws - (Ghost) Riders In The Sky

  6. Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band

  7. The Band - Up On Cripple Creek (Live)

  8. Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy 

  9. Bad Company - Shooting Star (Live) 

  10. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets 

  11. The Allman Brothers Band - Whipping Post

  12. The Outlaws - Green Grass And High Tides

  13. Nazareth - Hair Of The Dog

  14. Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55

  15. Rick Derringer - Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo (Live)

  16. The Band - It Makes No Difference (Live)

  17. George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Move It On Over 

  18. Eric Clapton - Let It Rain

  19. Peter Frampton  - Do You Feel Like We Do (Remixed Version) (Live)

  20. Uriah Heep - Easy Livin' 

  21. John Mellencamp - Rain On the Scarecrow

  22. The Band - Shape I'm In (Live)

  23. Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath 

  24. Grateful Dead - Casey Jones (Live)

  25.  Lynyrd Skynyrd - Call Me The Breeze

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
Ever find out that you've been singing a song wrong for years? Happened to me this morning.

An article about how bands were wrongly criticized for changing over the years mentioned Metallica, and used King Nothing as an example of their newer sound. Since I love this song, I cranked the speakers way up. Now, here's how I've always heard the chorus:

Then it all crashes down
And you break your crown
And you point your finger
But there's no one around
Just want one thing
Just to play the king
But the castle's crumbled
And you're left with n-n-n-n-nothing
Where's your crown, King Nothing?
Where's your crown?


But with the volume I had it at, along with a really high quality track, I realized that James was singing something different. Looked it up, and sure enough, the line that I thought was a stuttered "nothing" is actually this:

And you're left with just a name

Learn something everyday.
gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
My favorite thing about iTunes is the Genius play list function. Pick a song, and tell the program to select songs that go with it. Pretty hit and miss, but sometimes you get good ones. Here's the list it created off Green Day's Warning.

Ana one, ana two... )
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (US Flag)
but John Philips Sousa had the best marches of all time!





Happy 4th, y'all! Now please rise for our National Anthem.

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
[personal profile] kshandra here, stepping up to the plate for an overworked [personal profile] gridlore to celebrate the memory of Jeff Hanneman, founding member of Slayer, who passed away unexpectedly last week of alcohol-related liver failure. He was 49.

Hanneman and fellow guitarist Kerry King founded Slayer in 1981 in Huntington Park, CA. The band would ultimately come to be known as one of the Big Four in thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. In a blog post on the band's website, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya said, "Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy."

From a July 2006 appearance on The Henry Rollins Show, here is Slayer performing "Disciple," from their album God Hates Us All.

gridlore: Doug with Kirsten, both in nice clothes for a wedding. (Me - with Kirsten)
Yesterday, [personal profile] kshandra and I headed out to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Evidently, 22 years is the "Get Your Geek On" year.

First, we went to see Iron Man 3. Good enough film, and a fun cap to the Iron Man trilogy. There was one twist that I just loved. Spoilers later.

After that, Sizzler for lunch. My medium steak was more medium rare, but still good. The only problem was the air-conditioning was set too high.

Home for a bit of a rest, then off to CalTrain! Caught what turned out to be an express, had a nice ride up. Then walked the city block to AT&T Park with the orange-clad mob. Speaking of mobs, our first stop was the Giants Dugout store. I needed an orange hoodie. Luckily for us, the featured item of the game was fleece hoodies for about $30. Then we walked around the back of the park to see the plaques installed for the two World Series wins and Matt Cain's perfect game. There was also one for Pablo Sandoval hitting three home runs in his first three at bats in Game 1 last year. Ended up walking all the way around to the Second street Gate, mainly because they have elevators there and Kirsten was really beginning to feel how much she had walked.

Have to say that I loved how the Giants handled the promo giveaway. We got a separate ticket for the hat, and the hats were being given away in a well controlled line where they checked both your hat coupon and your game ticket to see if they matched. As we were walking away from the table, a plaintive fan asked if anyone was willing to sell their hat. "Sure!" I called out, "$300 in quarters!" Heavy metal, indeed.

Found our seats in the nosebleeds. Kirsten declared she was not moving for the rest of the game. She also said the usher told her that if we left a little early or waited for the crowd to clear, we could get chair service to the gate of our choice. I agreed that the stairs were bullshit, but made an expedition to grab two beers.Never did get garlic fries, the lines were insane.

Then the game started, with Metallica doing the honors. Weird game. Kershaw carried a perfect game into the 6th, but the Dodgers could only produce one run while stranding 12 men on base. It was also a long game. When Buster Posey came up to lead off the bottom of the ninth, I think every Giants fan was thinking "just end this thing, please!"

He heard our pleas. Giants win, everyone goes home happy. Except for the Dodgers fans, but who cares about them?

One really nice part of Metallica Night was that the 7th Inning Stretch singing of Take Me Out To The Ball Game was led by the Metallikids, the children of James, Rob, and Lars.

After the game, we waited for the promised chair, but as we had to catch a train, we couldn't wait forever. Did have fun chatting with some ushers and watching the horde of seagulls descend on what for them is the best open buffet in town. At the station, we caught t a bit of luck, a tree had dropped on the tracks in Atherton. This delayed the departure of the second Giants post-game train, so we caught it. Found seats and enjoyed the moronic drunks and their various dramas.

Finally got home about 0130. Sore as hell today, but damn we had a good time!

Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24212799@N03/tags/3may13/
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - dance)
iTunes has this fun feature called the Genius Playlist. Select a song you like and ask the program to create a playlist based off that song from your entire library. Obviously, the larger and more diverse your collection, the better this feature works. But with a little tweaking, you get some good mix tapes, as we elderly folk call them.

Listening to my favorites folder, and Harvey Danger's Flagpole Sitta came on. I thought I'd see what I'd get with the Genius picking the mix. Pretty good set list:

  1. Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger

  2. The Way - Fastball

  3. It's All Been Done - Barenaked Ladies

  4. Cannonball - The Breeders

  5. Hook - Blues Traveler

  6. Then The Morning Comes - Smash Mouth

  7. Changes - David Bowie

  8. Party Hard - Andrew W.K.

  9. Love Rollercoaster - Red Hot Chili Peppers

  10. Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes

  11. Wake Up- Rage Against The Machine

  12. The Promise - When In Rome

  13. Brian Wilson - Barenaked Ladies

  14. Pump It Up - Elvis Costello

  15. Devil's Haircut - Beck

  16. Sleeping In - Postal Service

  17. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? - R.E.M.

  18. Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Go's

  19. Burning Down the House - Talking Heads

  20. Pinch Me - Barenaked Ladies

  21. Can't Get Enough Of You Baby - Smash Mouth

  22. Rebel, Rebel - David Bowie

  23. Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil

  24. All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople

  25. And She Was - Talking Heads


One of those was a song I'd never heard before, Sleeping In by the Postal Service. The joys of [personal profile] kshandra and me sharing the iTunes account. Not complaining at all.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Glare of Sarcasm)
This goes out to all my friends, family, and family by choice in NYC!

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
.. I'm streaming an old Grateful Dead concert and scaring the neighbors.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Goth)
The closest I'm ever getting to being in Pantera:

Close to greatness

Phil Anselmo was Pantera's lead singer.

A virtual brush with greatness!
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Goth)
Listening to Dio-era Sabbath. So glad that I got to see them in their "Heaven & Hell" incarnation and doubly glad that [personal profile] kshandra got to see metal's demented elf live.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Goth)
I normally listen to an all-news station when driving Darby. Mainly for the traffic updates, although my absolute news geekery is also a major factor. But leaving work tonight, I needed something to help the caffeine keep me awake. Tune to the better of the local classic-rock stations. It's Two for Tuesday. I get a Black Sabbath twofer.. Iron Man and Paranoid. Yeah, two of the most predictable Sabbath tracks (Sabbra Cadabra would have killed you?) but it kept me banging down the road. Once home, I almost sat in the truck for another ten minutes. The into to Van Halen's Pretty Woman was starting...

Good way to end my work week.
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
David Bowie is coming to your house. He's going to sing one song for you. What do you choose?

I'd have to take Life on Mars, with Rock and Roll Suicide as a close second.
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)

  • I hate India.

  • Specifically, I hate one multinational office in India for sending me a set of car reservations five minutes before I left work last night.

  • I leave work at 2300hrs on Mondays and Fridays.

  • Then of course I get home completely exhausted, and forget to take my meds.

  • Guess I need to start taking them all in the mornings.

  • It's only nine pills, six of which could choke a horse.

  • Freddie Solomon died. One of the standout wide receivers of the first part of the 49ers decade of dominance.

  • Jerry Rice has said that he learned to be a NFL receiver by playing with Solomon.

  • The main reason I'm so grumpy is I'm dealing with a head cold that refuses to go away.

  • Just one more shift then I can relax for two days.

  • Except for needing to get to work writing.

  • One bit of awesome today. I Left My Heart in San Francisco was recorded 50 years ago today.

  • So at noon all of San Francisco stopped for a sing-along. The public alarm test played the song.

  • I'll look for video tomorrow.

  • But right now I need to finish some laundry and head into work.

  • Oh well.. pitchers and catchers report soon, and being busy beats being on disability.

gridlore: The word Giants over a baseball (Baseball - SF Giants)
Giants' Third base coach Tim Flannery has a band known as The Lunatic Fringe (a name that will make any Giants fan giggle). Recently they appeared at a benefit for Bryan Stow, the Giants fan badly beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day last year. They were joined by the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir for the Dead classic Friend of the Devil. Awesomeness happened.

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Smiling)
Found the photo of me doing a pledge break. I think this was during my senior year of high school.

Yes, I'll take you money!

Also a found a few other fun shots. First, we have me, Kirsten, and The Master from Timecon '90

We obeyed him.

And two of me at Dead shows, first at Laguna Seca Raceway, May 9-10, 1987 (I really loved that hat)

Laguna Seca Dead Show

and from later that year, at Dylan & the Dead at the Anaheim Stadium, July 26th, 1987

Dylan, the Dead, and Doug
gridlore: The word "Done!" in bold red letters. (Done!)
The first day of Spring Cleaning and Decluttering is done, and it turned out to be a money maker. After clearing out trash and putting things where they (allegedly) belong, I tore into our two large boxes of CDs. Kirsten and I were pretty vicious about eliminating things, and we ended up with a nice load of stuff we didn't want any more. Off to Streetlight!

We dropped off the stuff, and went browsing for about a half hour. Came back, and asked what our stuff was worth. We walked out with a check for $128 and about a quarter of the CDs we had brought in that they didn't want. This was just the first load as we clear out unwanted books, games, CDs and DVDs.

Decluttering can be profitable!
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Wine & cheese)
But aside from a decimal point placement error on the amount of mashed potatoes required, my sister hit it out of the park in her first-ever go at Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey was perfect, the Trader Joe's stuffing was fantastic, and the dinner rolls were made from scratch. I ate an amazing three helpings. Which, given my recent health, should count as a miracle of some kind.

Better than the food was seeing the entire Berry clan in one place. My big brother, his lady, my Mom (enjoying her first work-free Thanksgiving in fifty years) and of course all three nieces. Lenore (Niece Prime) is now old enough to drink, a realization that makes me want a drink. Emergency Back-Up Niece Kylie and the Niece of Last Resort Regan did what any self-respecting 6 and 4 year olds would do when surrounded by relatives - they went nuts.

In between hypersonic shrieks made by small children good conversation was had. Sadly, I'm still not feeling overly well, so we bowed out shortly after desert (which I didn't even try to eat, I would have died.) The Stoopid 49ers ruined a perfect holiday by losing to the Ravens, 16-6. Ah well, we're still 9-2 and hold a 4.5 game lead in the NFC West with five games to go. GO NINERS!

Earlier in the day another Thanksgiving tradition was observed. We went to church courtesy of KFOG. Of course, now I'm imagining OWS marching to One Police Plaza, singing a chorus of Alice's Restaurant and marching away.

They might think it's a movement...

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