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Through My Eyes, sung by Thanh Bui — 08/30/2009

Through My Eyes, sung by Thanh Bui

Through My Eyes, sung by Thanh Bui is an attempt to help people get a handle on what it’s like to live with an autism spectrum disorder.

Ordinarily, a song this sweet would make me gag. I admit that in order to listen to it all the way through, my brain started translating it into a thrashier version of itself (in classic rock power ballad style). Personal musical tastes aside, I really liked this song and Thanh Bui’s beautiful voice brought me out of the thrash from time to time.

Thanks to Sharon for the link 🙂

Music by Fiona Johnson. Words by Valerie Foley. Inspiration from the lives of those close to us who live with an ASD.

It will be available for download on iTunes soon. 

All proceeds to Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

Kutiman – Thru-you – 01 – Mother of All Funk Chords — 03/14/2009

Kutiman – Thru-you – 01 – Mother of All Funk Chords

Thru-you is a video series created by Israeli recording artist, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) by doing an extensive YouTube search for clips of people playing music and mixing them into a single jam. In Thru-you – 08 – About, he explains the process.

Thru-you – 01 – Mother of all Funk Chords:

I checked out a bunch of his other videos and they are really amazing. Kutiman plays a multitude of musical instruments, including keyboards, drums, guitar, percussion, and bass. His music has been described as “urban psychedelic funk” and sometimes showcases his friends and favorite musicians from the scene in Tel Aviv.

Thanks to Ed for the tip!

Chinese Food on Christmas — 12/27/2008
The Who and Other Good Things — 07/14/2008

The Who and Other Good Things

Pete TownshendI am still having a very hard time with school, but I am tired of whining about it. Decided to take a break from driving myself insane and not getting anything done. It is several hours later and I realize that I am not miserable and exhausted anymore. Doesn’t help my school situation any, but it did wonders for my brain. Suddenly it is filled with happy things.

Saturday night, there was a VH1 Rock Honors show at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. It will be aired on VH1 on Thursday. VH1 has been having tons of Who stuff on lately. Makes me happy. The Who is one of my favorite bands of all time, and in particular, the one that made my teenagerhood bearable. Lots of performers played at the show including The Who, Pearl Jam, and Tenacious D. I also love the D.

Karate was very fun today. Only did actual karate for half the time, then heard some great stories about martial arts history and got to see a bunch of cool videos of our teacher learning from “the professor” (Professor Chow, I think). I love that kind of stuff. I like Kenpo. It is a lot like Cuong Nhu, but with more emphasis on the Chinese styles than the Japanese. I like my new school because daytime classes are very small and not as structured as night-time ones. I also like the teacher. He is patient and shows me things until I get them, then moves on to the next thing.
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White and Nerdy — 10/23/2006

White and Nerdy

This video is from Weird Al Yankovic’s new album Straight Outta Lynwood. It is a parody of Chamillionaire’s “Ridin Dirty“, and it is very hilarious. Thanks to Lord Matt for the tip 🙂

Stones and Metallica — 11/16/2005

Stones and Metallica

Things are good 🙂 My client site is just about done, my meds are stabilized for the moment, and the Rolling Stones and Metallica rocked last night!

The highlight of the Stones show was when Mick and Lisa Fischer did a duet of Ray Charles’ “Nighttime is the Right Time”. I had never heard of Lisa Fischer before, but I hope to hear her again. She is AMAZING! This duet came directly after an awesome “Midnight Rambler” and some other excellent blues tunes. More great moments were “Sympathy For The Devil”, “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll”, and the encores “You Can’t Always Get What You Want ” and “Satisfaction”. I am glad to have gotten to see them. I have always wanted to. Thanks K!

Metallica rocked as always 🙂 The highlights of that show were “The Unforgiven”, me and K’s song “Nothing Else Matters”, “Master of Puppets”, and “Enter Sandman”. The crowd took a while to warm up (and show up) to Metallica, but in the end head bangers were born, and the band seemed very happy to be playing in their home town.

Green Day — 09/25/2005

Green Day

Rocked! Hard. Me and the K’s saw green day last night at sbc park in SF. It was one of the best shows ever. Up there with the who and metallica.

They opened w/american idiot, ended the encore w/i walk alone, and filled the rest of the time w/high energy jump up and down rock and roll. I couldnt’ even stop jumping after the show was over! …AND there were awesome fireworks during and after the show. At one point, they got 3 folks from the audience to come up on stage and form a band. The people had to know how to play the instruments. They did an excellent job playing while BJ sang. At the end, the guitar player got to keep the guitar! The drummer had to do a stage dive into the crowd, and the bass player was nowhere to be seen.

There was a little boy (maybe 10yo) in front of us totally rocking out. It gave me hope for the world watching him pump his fist w/the rock n roll devil sign while Billy Joe was singing about smashing the state and shouting about how bad GW sucks. He knew the words to every song, including the pre-show Ramones tunes.

After the show, k took us on a very long walk to embarcadero bart, where a nice guy let me have his seat because I am so pathetically anemic.

We were still kind of wired when we got home so we had a snack and watched Miami Ink and home and garden tv until it was time to sleep. I can’t seem to get enough of that channel lately, except for constant mantra of how everything is so cheap and easy to do. It’s not quite the same when it doesn’t include a professional design and carpentry team working for free.