Saturday, February 28, 2009

U2: The Letterman Residency

Can you guess who's going to be on Letterman next week?
Can you guess who's going to see it live?
I love living a stone's throw from NYC!
(Image courtesy CBS, Worldwide Pants, Inc.)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Infinate Jest should not be made into a movie

It should be made into a serialized TV show. But in cinematic quality.
A series of semi-connected vignettes.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Spin Workout - Izanami

Here's another recent spin workout. Three sets of four one-minute sprints. 90% max effort, 90 second recovery, repeated four times. Then take a three minute break and start the next set. Stole this from a recent Chris Carmichael column in Bicycling Magazine.
  • Sunday (Moby) - Warm up
  • Forever Yellow Skies (The Cranberries) - Nice fast tune. I guess they all are with this playlist
  • Gum (Cornelius) - Biting rhythm guitar with portions of nonsensical syllabary. Cornelius is a Japanese genius. Long live Cornelius. Lots of experimental work.
  • Ooh La La (Goldfrapp) - Reminds me of Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW
  • Womanizer (Britney Spears) - Most of my class members are women. Just because I choose the song, doesn't mean I'm a womanizer. It's just a song. Deal with it.
  • Get On Your Boots (U2) - Nice tune for a high-cadence workout
  • My Life Would Suck Without You (Kelly Clarkson) - Very pop-ish. Very. Wouldn't normally own this, but it's a good tune for spinning.
  • What You Waiting For? (Gwen Stefani) - Also pop-ish, but I've always liked it for its 日本語 snippets and 原宿 references
  • All The Small Things (Blink 182) - Golden Oldie. Reminds me of editing the Anderson Days video with Yoko Nakao and Howard Ouyang in April of 2001. Good times!
  • She (Green Day) - Not my favorite Green Day tune, but good for a workout.
  • Barracuda (Moby) - From his rave days. I don't play too much techno in my spin classes. Staying a healthy distance from the cliche, but this one is too good to pass up.
  • One Fine Day (David Byrne and Brian Eno) - Refreshing cool down. The message of this song always reminds me of Jeff. It's my responsibility to find wonder and beauty in the mundane. Every day is a gift.
I didn't do a very good job of matching the songs to the sets and the recovery, but it works if you pedal through the breaks and accept a fast pace during a recovery period. Next up, Inari -- a sprint workout where you go 85% - 90% for two minutes and then one minute at 95% - 100%. Then back to 85%. Repeat three times for one set. Three sets. Stay tuned for the music.

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