Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Zune

So, I have this thing where I really like to make fun of the Zune (Microsoft's mp3 player). My friend sent me a link informing me that Microsoft plans on releasing a new Zune this June. Zune in June. Pretty clever. My friend and I had a hey day with the comments following the post about the new zune. These zune fans just cannot be contained! It's also very interesting to see how emphatic the European market is about the Zune. I had no idea.

"Bucko said: MS YOU WILL NEVER BEAT APPLE IF YOU DON'T RELEASE in Europe FFS I want a Zune." (FFS = For Fuck's Sake)

"Ricardo Gil said: Let's hope they remember the European market this time."

"Techbeck said: sweet...been holding off on buying anew MP3 player for this." (Really?!?)

"Airlink said: Micro SDHC card slots can take up to a 32 GB card, but those are rare as hen's teeth just yet." (who are these people? I have never even heard of the idiomatic metaphor "rare as hen's teeth.")


I don't think I could express my feelings as eloquently as J4m3z420 put in his/her comment:

"O. If only a Zune in June would come so soon!
I would take it to the moon while I ride a big spoon.
The month of June for the Zune would be nice to have at noon!"

Saturday, May 9, 2009

old mix cd's

I was on a mini road trip when The Verve Pipe's hit song "Freshmen" came on the radio. I couldn't believe that I had almost forgotten that song! It was such a major part of who I was in 6th grade. I remember sitting around in the summer listening to that song over and over and just thinking, "Yeah, I get this. I totally understand what you're going through man. I have NO idea what made us think that we were wise and that we'd never compromise. Gosh, we just had a lot of problems." Mind you, I was exiting 6th grade and was totally feeling the pain that this guy was singing about, when really the only problem I had was trying to hide the fact that I had gotten my period before a majority of the girls in my grade. Something which was a huge embarrassment to me because it compromised my status as a tomboy.

After rocking out and screaming the lyrics on 4-65 I was reminded that I had put "Freshmen" on a mix cd I made in middle school/high school, and then I was reminded that I made some killer mix cd's...at least I thought they were killer, and after listening to them again I still feel like they're killer. Most of the mixes are songs that I remember listening to and thinking, "Yeah, I get this," just like I did with "Freshmen," and looking back it was just such a ridiculous thing to think. I just laugh everytime I think about past Maggie sentimentalling out to killer 90's songs. So, here are some of the playlists of the mix cd's I made in middle school/high school. I always thought that I should work for "NOW that's what I call music" as a compilation expert/cd track arranger for mix cd's.

Alternative Mix (don't know why I called this mix that)
1. The Why Store, "Lack of Water" (a Ft. Wayne band that was amazing)
2. 3 Doors Down, "Be Like That" (this song still gets to me)
3. Tammany Hall, "Wait for You" (I remember hearing this on an HBO commercial & getting chills)
4. Sponge, "Don't Ask Why" (Used to rock out to this on the way to school)
5. Soul Asylum, "Misery" (So bad it's good)
6. Pete Yorn, "For Nancy" (I was young)
7. Pearl Jam, "Better Man" (I freakin' love Pearl Jam)
8. Lynard Skynyrd, "Tuesday's Gone" (I think I put this on because of "Happy Gilmore")
9. Jane's Addiction, "Jane Says" (nuff said)
10. Dave Matthews Band, "Typical Situation" (Every mix has to have one bad song. This one isn't too bad, actually, regardless of the band)
11. Candlebox, "Far Behind" (Stac and I would jam to this song)
12. Bush, "Glycerine" (chills when I listen to this song)
13. Bad Religion, "Sorrow" (again, I was a young mainstream punk)
14. The Avalanches, "Since I Left You" (I listened to this song whenever a guy I liked started dating another girl instead of me. That happened a lot.)
15. Alien Ant Farm, "Movies" (I fell victim to TRL)
16. Garbage, "When I Grow Up" (This was a definite, "I get this")

All Time Best 80's (this was just a party cd, rather than an "I get this" cd)
1. The Pretenders, "Back on the Chain Gang"
2. The Outfielders, "Use your Love"
3. Rick Springfield, "Jesse's Girl"
4. The Police, "Roxanne"
5. Prince, "Little Red Corvette"
6. Nina, "99 Red Balloons"
7. Modern English, "Melt with You"
8. Michael Jackson, "Off the Wall"
9. Men at Work, "Land Down Under"
10. Madonna, "Material Girl"
11. General Public, "Tenderness"
12. Eddie Money, "Take Me Home Tonight"
13. Dream Factory, "Life in a Northern Town"
14. Bruce Springsteen, "Dancin' in the Dark"
15. Bryan Adams, "Summer of '69"
16. Billy Joel, "We Didn't Start the Fire"
17. A-Ha, "Take on Me"
18. Loverboy, "Workin' for the Weekend"

Coffeehouse Mix (all songs I heard while working at the coffeehouse)
1. Led Zepellin, "Fool in the Rain"
2. Dandy Warhols, "Bohemian Like You"
3. Sheryl Crow, "Leaving Las Vegas" (another, "I get this" song)
4. Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Lose Your Lover"
5. Three Dog Night, "Never Been to Spain"
6. Primitive Radio Gods, "Standing Outside a Broken Telephone Booth with Money in my Hands" (This song changed my life. A MAJOR "I get this" song for me.)
7. The Rolling Stones, "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
8. Jeffery Gaines, "In Your Eyes" (the one bad song on the album. Really bad cover. I guess I just like the melody & the lyrics of this song so much to disregard bad music.)
9. Blood, Sweat & Tears, "When I Die" (I decided to have this played at my funeral after they played it at a funeral on "Ally McBeal")
10. The Verve Pipe, "Freshmen" (not to be repetitive, but this song. Dude.)
11. Eagle Eye Cherry, "Save Tonight" (I loved this music video.)
12. Bob Dylan, "Like a Rolling Stone"
13. Counting Crows, "Mr. Potter's Lullaby"
14. Ellis Paul, "This World Ain't Slowin' Down"
15. Ben Folds Five, "Brick" ("I Get This" song)

College Collection (I made this one to get ready for life in the dorms. This is actually incredibly embarrassing.)
1. Eric Clapton, "Lay Down Sally"
2. Ryan Adams, "Wonderwall"
3. Ryan Adams, "Young Boy"
4. Ben Lee, "No Room to Bleed"
5. The Wallflowers, "Closer to You"
6. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "You're So Bad"
7. The Chemical Brothers, "Golden Path"
8. The Rolling Stones, "Beast of Burden"
9. Dave Matthews Band, "Grace is Gone" (I know it's another DMB, but it was my jam.)
10. Nickel Creek, "Say" (pretty folksy of me)
11. Damien Rice, "Volcano" (WTF?)
12. Edwinn Starr, "Girl Like You" (I always wanted someone to have a slo-mo experience where I walked in and this song was playing. Preferably the dude I would marry. This song is so good.)
13. The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army"
14. Neil Young, "My My, Hey Hey" (good college song)
15. Parker School of Industry, "Something Pretty" (again, I was coming out of my mainstream punk stage)
16. John Lennon, "Jealous Guy"
17. Gary Jules, "Mad World" (killer cover)
18. Butterfly Boucher, "I Can't Make Me"

Good 90's (I was really into decade mixes)
1. Wilson Phillips, "Hold On"
2. Backstreet Boys, "We've Got it Goin' On"
3. The Proclaimers, "500 Miles"
4. Salt 'n' Pepa, "Let's Talk about Sex"
5. Crash Test Dummies, "Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm"
6. Blind Melon, "No Rain" (This was my theme song for life. The ultimate "I get this" song)
7. Boys II Men, "End of the Road"
8. Paula Abdual, "Promise of a New Day"
9. Annie Lennox, "Walking on Broken Glass"
10. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Impression that I Get" (I used to play this song on my sax in band so I would look cool.)
11. Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
12. Michael Jackson, "Black or White"
13. Kriss Kross, "Jump"
14. Mariah Carey, "Emotions"
15. Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You"
16. Dave Matthews Band, "Ants Go Marching" (Damn, what IS it with all this DMB, past Maggie?)
17. Tag Team, "Whomp, There it is"
18. PM Dawn, "Patient Eyes"
19. Lisa Loeb, "You Say" (Another anthem for life. "I get this.")

Love Songs on Magic (This was named after Magic 95.1 radio station, which turned into "Love Songs on Magic" with Delilah after 8pm.)
1. Tracy Chapman, "Fast Car"
2. The Police, "I'll be Watching You"
3. Smashing Pumpkins, "Tonight"
4. Sheryl Crow,"Strong Enough to be My Man" (story of my life...not really, but past Maggie totally thought that, and present Maggie still listens to for girl power. "I get this.")
5. Wings, "Silly Love Songs"
6. Norah Jones, "Don't Know Why"
7. Wycleaf Jean w/ Mary J. Blige, "911" (I was also really ghetto)
8. Joan Armastrading, "Weakness in Me" (stole from "10 Things I Hate About You")
9. INOQ, "Love You Down"
10. India Arie, "I Am Ready for Love"
11. Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris" (I get this)
12. Etta James, "At Last" (overplayed, but still good)
13. Des'ree, "Kissing You" (Chills just thinking about "Romeo & Juliet")
14. Deanna Carter, "Strawberry Wine"
15. Boys II Men, "I'll Make Love to You"
16. Aaliyah, "Missing You"
17. Force MD, "Tender Love"

Maggie's Mellow Music (I've always been really into alliteration)
1. ELO, "Mr. Blue Sky" (my obsession started at a young age)
2. Van Morrison, "Everyone"
3. The Verve, "Bittersweet Symphony"
4. Lou Reed, "Take a Walk on the Wild Side"
5. The Proclaimers, "It's Over and Done With"
6. The Band, "The Weight"
7. The Rolling Stones, "2000 Man"
8. Love, "Alone Again Or"
9. Pete Townsend, "Let My Love Open the Door"
10. The Beatles, "A Day in the Life"
11. American Dreams Soundtrack, "Another American Folk Song" (From one of my favorite television shows. Made me cry.)
12. Talking Heads, "Days Go By"
13. Steely Dan, "Peg" (probably the best song of all time. Glad I found it so early in my life.)
14. Joe Walsh, "Life's Been Good"
15. Dave Grohl, "Ewok Song"

Mix de Mags (full on junior high mix because I thought Spanish was funny & clever)
1. Ja Rule, "Between Me & You"
2. Aerosmith, "Livin' on the Edge"
3. R. Kelley, "I Wish"
4. Whitney Houston, "I'm Your Baby Tonight"
5. Subline, "Santeria"
6. Warren G, "I Want it All" (Warren G was my rapper alter ego)
7. Spice Girls, "Holler"
8. U2, "Beautiful Day"
9. TQ, "Daily"
10. TQ, "Better Days"
11. Michael Jackson, "Man in the Mirror"
12. Janet Jackson, "If"
13. Blink 182, "Dammit"

Really Weird Mix
1. Missy Elliot, "Gossip Folks"
2. Young MC, "Me, Myself, & I"
3. Ready for the World, "Oh Sheila"
4. Mo Thugs, "Ghetto Cowboys"
5. TQ, "Summertime"
6. Sinead O'Connor, "Nothing Compares to You" (I get this)
7. Wyclef Jean, "Cluck Cluck"
8. Craig David, "Fill Me In"
9. NSync, "Dirty Pop"
10. Janet Jackson, "Never Fall in Love with You Again"
11. Philly's Most Wanted, "Cross the Border"
12. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Rock...Rock Steady (Ghetto Maggie Mix)
1. Cash Money Millionaires, "Cash, Money, Cars, Clothes"
2. Chaka Demus & Pliers, "Murder She Wrote"
3. Alicia Keys, "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore"
4. ??, "We Ready" (After all these years I still don't know who sang this)
5. B Rich, "Whoa Now" (classic Maggie song. This was from when I used to watch 106th & Park everyday after school)
6. Coo Coo Cal, "In My Projects"
7. Young MC, "Busta Move"
8. Fabolous, "Holla Back Youngin"
9. Ja Rule w/ Bobbi Brown, "Thug Lovin'"
10. Mr. Cheeks, "Lights, Camera, Action"
11. Philly's Most Wanted, "Please Don't Mind"
12. Redman, "Smash Something"
13. Trick Daddy, "Thug Holiday" (I get this)
14. Wyclef Jean, "Perfect Gentlemen"
15. Clipse, "When the Last Time"
16. Wyclef Jean, "Gone 'til November" (Oh yes, I totally get this)
17. Field Mob, "Sick of Being Lonely"
18. Foxy Brown, "Oh Yeah"
19. Mary J. Blige, "Real Love" (My jam)


Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Idea

The other day I finished an exam and met a friend for celebratory ice cream at the local sundae shop. We walked and talked and thought about foods and snacks and kitchen appliances. Then, we had an idea. The idea was born in the midst of the age old conversation about having a microwave that makes something instantly cold, and a discussion about novelty kitchen items.

Our mindshape? The New Wave Microwave.

Blenders, food processors, hand mixers, toasters, bagel slicers, rice cookers, vegetable peelers, can openers, measuring cups, etc. are all included in the recent movement of revamping appliances into kitschy and fashionable kitchen gadgets to appeal to the foodie, gastrosexual, hipster and young Hollywood mom crowds. But why has no one tapped into the resource of the microwave? They still look the same as they have for as long as I've been in the market for microwaves, and essentially still take on the same form as they did at their inception. A shapeless, chunky box with plain buttons, a standard beeping timer, and a digital clock/timer combo where the "popcorn" setting never works. Why not put some spice into that cooker?

The new wave microwave would be just what your left over lasagna needs to make your tastebuds dance one more time...and make you dance while it's getting warmed up! The new wave microwave would have a very interesting geometric shape that would still be conducive to your countertop space. It would be covered in that typical "new wave" spacey look with that dirty teal color and that bubblegum medicine pink serving as accent colors. When you push the buttons, they would sound like a "Speak and Spell" or an SK-1 Casio keyboard. But the best part of the microwave begins when you start cookin'. When you push that "start" button the new wave microwave starts pumpin' the jams while your meat is being pumped with electrical waves are pumped into your pecan crusted chicken breast. For 1 minute 35 seconds, you can rock out to the musical stylings of New Order, Flock of Seagulls, The Thompson Twins, The Fixx, The Psychadelic Furs, and all your favorite new wave bands. While the music's playing, your meal is spinning on a record turntable inside the new wave microwave. And, you know that light that comes on inside the microwave? Well, that light will actually be a black light that will reveal all of the grease graffitti, or a sort of strobe light/disco ball that will provide for a more dance floor friendly lighting alternative. And why should your food have all the fun? The new wave microwave will also include a fog machine that shoots out of the side vents so that it sets the right tone for you to boogie down.

I think this will be a revolutionary move in kitchens across the globe. No more standing around waiting for your food, or leaving the room to try and get something done while your meal is heating up only to be interrupted by that obnoxious beep, pulling you away from the project you just began. The New Wave Mircrowave. Look for it.