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Music as a tool

Every now and then, I take a little bit of time for myself. I turn on some music and do nothing. Yes, you read that correctly. I do nothing. I just listen to music. Music has always been an important element in my life. My father has been deejaying since his 13th, so I literally grew up in the music. My taste has twisted a lot, but I think my taste settled somewhere last week.

I play the guitar. I love to. I mostly play Spanish guitar. Love the warm sound. I can do private jam sessions for hours. Thursday, I went to a music store with my father, and it took us three hours to get new strings on one of my guitars. Not that we’re total cretins, but my father was discussing microphones. Hey, it’s his job! So I was fucking around with the new strings, trying to get the stretch out of it (and I still am). Every time I want to play a bit, it’s totally out of tune. So I have to tune it. Not finetune it, no, I have to tune it. The finetuning may take a couple of days. Anyway, it’s worth it. Music is deeply rooted.

Last week, Radio 2 started the Top2000, playing the 2000 best songs as voted in by the Dutch audience. Of course, they ended Friday night with probably the best song ever, Bohemian Rhapsody. I took the liberty of putting my lazy ass on a couch and sit through at least 10 hours of the ungodly 2000 songs that were to be played. Dedicated music listening. Do it once in a while, it’s great.

I relaxed more than I had over 2004. That’s thanks to the music. I need to do this more often. Any recommendations?

‘Manos’ the Hands of Fate

Four stars of the film took their own lives shortly after shooting was completed: John Reynolds (Torgo), Diane Mahree (Margaret), Joyce Molleur (Makeout Girl) and Sherry Proctor (one of the Master’s wives).

‘Manos’ the Hands of Fate trivia

‘Manos’ the Hands of Fate is ranked fourth on the bottom 100 on the IMDb. In my opinion, that’s an understatement. Not even SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 is worse than this. Honestly.

The plot itself is somewhat horrorish, but by no means succeeds to scare people. I’ve tried to look at this plot summary, but it just scares me. Also, the fact that they tried to make it as low budget as possible is just a bad way of making movies. And of course, what plot can make a movie so bad four people (actors!) commit suicide?

A family on vacation in the desert takes a wrong turn and ends up in an old dark house run by the creepy Torgo, who says he takes care of the place while The Master is away. As night falls the family is menaced by The Master and his wives, a supernatural cult that worships the evil deity known as Manos.

Plot Summary for ‘Manos’ the Hands of Fate

Oh, there’s one little thing that should not be forgotten. Hal Warren, the director, didn’t live to enjoy its glory. Died of Leukemia just a couple of weeks after someone discovered his infamous film “Manos: the Hands of Fate”. He tried to deny the existence of the film for a long time.Biography for Hal Warren

(Please note that I got my information from Geert and the IMDb. Rumours say it’s not completely true… But that’s up to you to decide.)

Edited some sentences as Mathias found it a bit too hard to understand. Should be okay now!


iPod with BAD MOTHERFUCKER engraved

Admitted, an engraving would have been cool. But it would take too many days to have it engraved. Too bad.

I’ll just go for the… *drums fill the air* *the tension is just huge!*

iPod 4G 20GB

Yes, it’s true. You read that correctly. I’ve ordered an iPod. Too bad the engraving would have taken up to 5 (five!) days extra, and that wasn’t worth it. Anyway, does someone have any recommendations on use? Special treatments? Have you named it something special? Other sheer nonsense? Share it.

Nederlands, voor de mensen die dit in het geheel niet begrepen: Ik heb een iPod besteld en ik heb er geen inscriptie op. De rest doet Babelfish wel :p

Edit: 08-08-2004
The iPod arrived last Friday, but I first wanted to play with it, so I didn’t post my experiences. Yet.
See some information on it in a short period of time.