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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
3:43 pm
Here's my orthopedist's formal diagnosis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliotibial_band_syndrome

A muscle in my hip, attached to a tendon that wraps around the back of my leg and aligns my kneecap, is inflamed and filled with scar tissue where Devon clubbed it with a skateboard in January. Interestingly, my physical therapist advised that I not wear a knee brace, saying a knee brace would actually hold my kneecap out of alignment.
Sunday, June 26th, 2011
1:29 am
Started PT for my leg yesterday. Was shown two exercises to start with. One is fine and a good stretch for my injured tendon, but the other is a good stretch for my injured tendon that aggravates my neck and shoulder injury, causing me to feel lightheaded. Oh, my body, you are terrible and I wish you were a robot.
Friday, June 3rd, 2011
11:41 am
Friday, May 20th, 2011
1:26 pm
Captain Podcast w/ Shael & Beefy - Ep 1
Hey, Journals.

I put out this podcast with my longtime friend and collaborator from the West coast, Beefy. If you're interested in hearing me talk about music and myself, and play music, for 90 minutes, give it a listen.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
12:03 pm
Writer's Block: Forever young
If you found a magical stone that could keep one person young forever, would you keep it or give it to someone else? If the latter, to whom would you give it?

Hah! Are you kidding? Who wouldn't keep it? Chumps and suckers, that's who.
Sunday, May 8th, 2011
1:48 am
How can you not root for this shit-eating motherfucker?
Alright, nerds. I watched that show you like. I want this guy to kill everyone else in the setting:

Team Targaryn.
Friday, May 6th, 2011
2:06 pm
Writer's Block: Superpower me
If you could give one friend a superpower, which friend would you choose, and what power would you give him or her?

I'd give xamses the power to read minds. It'd be good for his self-esteem, alleviate occasional social anxiety, and help with interviews. Also, he'd get rich and then give me some of his money because I gave him the power to read minds. Actually, if he could read minds, he probably wouldn't go to any job interviews; he'd just read minds all day. Probably become world poker champion or something.
Thursday, March 31st, 2011
5:07 am
I don't know about you, but I FUCKING LOVE VAN HALEN!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
2:41 pm
Writer's Block: Songs of patriotism
If you were a country, what would be your national anthem?

Some kind of hip-hop/heavy metal fusion remix of Beethoven's 5th, obviously.
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
9:03 am
Writer's Block: Snacks, don't fail me now
When you're feeling down, what comfort foods do you enjoy?

Cheese fries, with mayo. Hecks yeah.
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
5:49 pm
Writer's Block: Everything's coming up rabbits
What sign were you born under in the Chinese lunar calendar? Do you think it accurately represents your animal spirit?

The Cock, and yes. I am definitely a cock. Huge cock.
Thursday, December 16th, 2010
1:59 pm
Writer's Block: So close to reality.
Imagine an online game which is so close to reality, that you can feel and touch your opponent. What sport, activity or game would you want to play?

Is anyone not going to answer with "sex?" Really. Come on now.
Friday, November 19th, 2010
1:15 pm
Writer's Block: A charming defense
If you could conjure an animal spirit protector, which animal would you choose, and why?

T-rex, baby.
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
9:19 am
Writer's Block: Cover me
Which songs have been covered better by artists who didn't originally sing them?

These: http://www.shaelriley.com/music/samples/dib-covers/

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
1:14 pm
On Married with Children
On Married with Children:

It is the first sitcom divorced from the Christian-value preachiness of its forerunners, and the predecessor of Family Guy in a way that The Simpsons is not; and, being a live-action show as opposed to an animation, it has a verisimilitude that the aforementioned lack. It's a show that mocks ideals, for an audience of adults who've had to make compromises and sacrifices. It is a show about dis-empowered people doing rotten things to claim small victories. You might not have gotten it as a kid. I didn't get it as a kid either, but as an adult it just clicks and it is beautiful. I highly recommend giving it another shot.
Friday, November 5th, 2010
2:31 am
Rochester Show Dec 4th
Oh hey. I'm playing a full band show in Rochester, with my guitarist from New Mexico and my drummer (who'll be playing Gameboy this night) from Cincinnati, on December 4th, at Rudicon. Full one-hour set, with my good friend Josh "Zen Albatross" Kopstein opening for us.

People who've been asking when I'll play upstate NY for the past five years, the answer is now and probably not again for five more years.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
9:29 pm
Alan Grayson

Goodnight, sweet prince.
2:59 pm
Voted. Working Families Party across the board, except for the two elections in which they didn't back a candidate; I voted Democrat in those. I love Fusion Voting.
Saturday, October 30th, 2010
3:18 pm
Writer's Block: How old is too old?
Are you ever too old to go trick-or-treating? Is candy for everyone?

20, unless you're really short, don't speak during the act, and wear a costume that disguises your age, in which case, dear midget, you should trick-or-treat forever.

I had a kind of false dawn at 14, when I decided I was too old to go Tick-or-Treating, but when I turned 15, I had the revelation that I should really milk this thing for all it's worth. Finally stopped at 20 for good, which is, of course, the age I will say everyone should stop from here on out.
Monday, October 25th, 2010
3:28 am
The Most Sensationalist Political Ad I Have Ever Seen
also one of the most bat-shit. Stick with it. You'll be horrified. Shit is Orwellian to the next level. I want to give Texas to the people who made this ad and then let them secede from the union.

The Young Turks provide perspective:

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