The Epidemic Meme

Davey reminded me that I was a month behind, and since RPM and Nikki Indigo did theirs, and I’m sure there are plenty of other people too…..

1. If you could be doing what you really want to be doing for a living, what would it be?

I would be one hellified producer with a studio adjacent to the house. Sans incidents like ones in Dubai, of course.

2. If you could slap the shit out of any famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?

That’s easy. The W. Six years of pure frustration. Runner-ups include Adolph Hitler and Whitney Houston.

3. What’s the dumbest decision you’ve made in the past 5 years?

Putting my time (and my money, damnit ) out there towards a couple of people and not getting anything in return.

4. Give up one for a year: (good) sex or (good) music.

Now you know I can’t give up my music….

5. Dudes, would you rather have a big dick or a great sense of humor?

I would want to stick with what I have right now. *Rimshot*

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Memelicious – A to Z

The road kinda went like this: JT -> Saga -> Davey. Saga and Davey threw it over here, so I finally just turned my headphones down and went for it. I hadn’t done one in a while anyway.

Accent: Southern. It’s got me and won’t let go.
Booze: Vodka, gin when in the summer, Baileys in the winter.
Chore I Hate: Every single one of them, but I especially can’t deal with sweeping or mopping.
Dogs/Cats: Dogs. Anna to be specific. It’s her world, I’m just the owner.
Essential Electronics: Gateway laptop and and iPod.
Favorite Perfume/Cologne: I thought my body scent was enough? Oh well, I don’t really have one, ‘cept for Curve.
Gold/Silver: Silver.
Hometown: Westbury, Strong Island, New York.
Insomnia: Nope, just need 30 hours in a day and all would be perfect.
Job Title(s): Technical Architect, Lead Product Support Specialist, DJ.
Kids: Anna (3). Well, technically she’s a beagle, but hey….
Living Arrangements: Me, three, and a dog.
Most Admired Trait: Pulling out the niceness in people and being able to multitask successfully.
Number of Sexual Partners: Uno.
Overnight Hospital Stays: Walking pneumonia (25), kidney issues (35), nice little brain seizure (38).
Phobia: Unemployment. Need job, gotta have it. Not having one scares the s— out of me.
Quote: None I can think of yet, except for a ST:TNG one, and I don’t think you wanna read that.
Religion: Was Baptist when growing up, Catholic when going to college, now just use the word Lord when stating an exclamation.
Siblings: Older sister (47), younger sister (33)
Time I usually wake up: 4:00AM and 7:30PM (after the post-work nap)
Unusual Talent: Persuading/enticing people to do things without even asking.
Vegetable I refuse to eat: Okra. GTSOH.
Worst Habit: Forgetting little things like my collar, putting on a new pair of socks, shower….
X-Rays: Lungs.
Yummy Foods I Make: Pigs In A Blanket.
Zodiac Sign: Cancer, Scorpio Moon, Capricorn Ascendant.

Tags: Todd, KB, Phillykat, Carla

Back In The Day and Five: The Meme

Back in town from Philly, and this is an easy way to start it out. Carla
made me do it:

Ten years ago: Lived and loved pretty hard.
Five years ago: Celebrated the new millenium.
One year ago: I was celebrating a new birthday and having
a good time doing it.
Yesterday: Was in Philadelphia, Pennsyvania at a friend’s house
and in Wilmington, Delaware at a BBQ, listened to enough old school music to
do two radio blogs, watched more episodes of Good Times than I should have,
and decided to not go to a concert and hung out with friends instead.
Today: Took a plane back home, talked on the phone with a couple
of friends, took a long nap.
Tomorrow: I’ll be back at work and catch up on television
that I missed this past weekend.
5 snacks I enjoy: Sun Chips, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Cashews,
Chocolate Chip Cookies, Little Debbie’s Nutty Bars.
5 bands that I know the lyrics of most of their songs: Not
much of a lyrics type of guy, since I listen to so much music, but I recite
lyrics to a lot of Mint Condition, Prince, The Time.
5 things I would do with $100,000,000: Payoff the house, all
remaining bills, open up a computer consulting firm, set up a charity, and save
the rest.
5 locations I’d like to runaway to: In no order: Chicago,
The Bay Area, London, Hawaii, Toronto.
5 bad habits I have: Dirty clothes where they shouldn’t be,
forget to clean the sink after shaving, driving until I see the gas light come
on instead of filling up in advance, purchasing music like a crack fiend, reading
blogs when I should be sleeping.
5 things I like doing: Watching TV, reading blogs, working,
purchasing music and listening to music.
5 things I would never wear: thongs, bras, polyester, lycra,
rings.
5 TV shows I like: The Amazing Race, Star Trek series, 4400,
Battlestar Galactica, CSI.
5 movies I like: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Incredibles,
New Jack City, Fight Club, The Matrix.
5 famous people I’d like to meet: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis,
Prince, Bill Clinton, Bill Withers.
5 biggest joys at the moment: Television, reading, hanging
out with friends, listening to music, and being a technogeek.
5 favorite toys: As a kid: Spirograph, Lite Brite, Perfection,
Lego, GI Joe.
5 people to tag: Todd,
Obi, Luke
Cage
, **RPM**, and
Terecico. Anyone else
who wants to play, please go ahead.

Saturday Random 5: I Need To Get Out More, Volume 2

Terrance tagged me and so
did KB
. I’m a sucker, yet again, for a music meme. I did it before…what’s
the harm in doing it again? Taking it from the top…

1. What is the total volume of musical files on your computer?
Apollo – 85.0 GB and rising.
Hermes – 32.8 GB. Most (if not all) of them are on Apollo.
ejPod – 2 GB. Doesn’t take too much music to work out to.

2. What song are you listening to right now?
Avalanches – Since I Met You.

3. Last CD I bought?
Afterdark
– Chicago
from the rekkasto, Natalie
from Amazon.

4. Five songs you listen to a lot and which mean something to you:

Just five? Let’s make it 10.

The newer cuts:
Ivana Santilli – You’re So You. Played this cut to death after Todd kept
singing it, and singing it, and singing it….
Teedra Moses – Caught Up. My favorite cut off the album, don’t care who tells
you anything different. It’s gotta be the guitar and the keys in the high register.
It’s intoxicating. There’s another one, but I won’t present that one yet.
Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist. This track is wild! That
boy needs therapy!
Michael Johnson – Do It. He’s so smooth.
Platinum Pied Pipers feat. Steve Spacek – No Worries. Anything from PPP right
now thrills me. This one grew on me and now won’t go away.

The old school/not so new cuts:
Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information. I can’t describe it. I think I
played this song to death, seriously.
Soul II Soul – Missing You. Ditto on this one. IMHO one of the best British
cuts from back in the day out there.
Bill Withers – Let Me Be The One You Need. Love the way he whines.
Chuckii Booker – You Don’t Know. One of the cuts that never got airplay.
Troop – You Take My Heart With You – One of those cuts that they should have
released.

Tags.
Stephen Charles.
Curious to see what he’s up to.
Chandrasutra.
Ditto for Chandra.
Humanity Critic.
Gotta see what’s in his head.
Will. Because
I have to do it to him.
Golden. Where
you at?

Can I go outside now?

a quick ten….

I swear, it’s been mad busy for me in the last week or so, but I finally got
a reprieve. I finally got to see Star Wars, and finally get to catch up on my
blog reading. That’s two out of three….now I’ve gotta catch up with the memes.
I’ve been tagged.:

From Metaphyzxx:
10 of my favorite things, in no particular order:
10. Headphones at work.
9. Welch’s Berry Punch. Three cartons a week, easily.
8. Listening to MP3s in my car. It’s the hotness.
7. Coming up with playlists.
6. Mornings. Watching the sunrise is mad cool.
5. Nathan’s beef hot dogs with cheddar cheese. Don’t hate.
4. My laptop, Hermes.
3. Reading blogs. Some people read books, me? I’m a blog fiend.
2. Sweatpants and t-shirts.
1. Springtime weather. Not too hot, not too cold.

Seven people to call out on this one: Will (done),
Frank,
Tony, Todd (done),
Yolie (done), Kelvin (done),
and KB (done), since he called me
on one
I did before
. I’ll have to do an updated one soon. It’s about that time.

a quarter of ej

I love it when someone does a meme, and I can kill two birds with one stone.
25 things about me (plus 5 other things), which would take care of 25% of the 100 things about
me, and therefore, make a dent into the 101/1001.
Follow along, everyone:

1. IF YOU COULD BUILD A SECOND HOUSE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
I would build one in Hawaii. I’m happy with what I have here in the
ATL though.

2. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLES OF CLOTHING?
Sweatpants.

3. THE LAST CD YOU BOUGHT?
Pete Belasco
– Deeper
.

4. WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?
Between 4:30am and 5:00am (thanks, Anna.)

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KITCHEN APPLIANCE?
Microwave… I haven’t cooked in a while. Now whether I can cook or not,
it depends on how you talk to…

6. IF YOU COULD PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I played percussion, but I’d love to learn to play piano/keyboards.

7. FAVORITE COLOR?
Indigo.

8. WHICH VEHICLE DO YOU PREFER, SPORTS CAR, Motorcycle, OR SUV?
SUV, because that’s what I have now, and will definitely have, for the next
3 years. (Remember the breakdown?)

9. Do you believe in the afterlife?
Yup.

10. FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK?
Curious
George by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey.

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON?
Autumn.

12. IF YOU HAVE A TATTOO, WHAT IS IT?
I don’t have one, but if I did, it would be on my right arm.

13. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Omniscience – to understand the past, to know about the present, and to predict
the future.

14. CAN YOU JUGGLE?
3 things, maybe.

15. ONE PERSON/PEOPLE FROM YOUR PAST YOU WISH YOU COULD GO BACK AND
TALK TO:

Little Johnny Newsome, my best friend in elementary school.

16. WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED?
CDs, Magazines, CDs, socks, CDs….

17. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DAY?
My birthday.

18. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SUSHI OR HAMBURGER?
Got beef?

19. FROM THE PEOPLE YOU WILL EMAIL THIS TO, WHO’S THE MOST
LIKELY TO RESPOND FIRST?

Paging Todd Kelley…paging Todd…Kelley…

20. WHO’S THE LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Ronn Taylor…he’s like anti-meme….

21. WHO DID YOU RECEIVE THIS FROM?
Future
Perfect
, of course.

22. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER?
Baking flour…oh, you mean FLOWER….um….honeysuckle.

23. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL?
Steak and potatoes. (Got beef?)

24. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?
July 16th

25. DESCRIBE YOUR PJ’s.
T-Shirt and red Georgia Bulldogs sleepwear.

26. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST?
International pancakes with lemon butter, cheese eggs, cheese grits,
and sausage.

27. DO YOU LIKE YOUR JOB?
Yep!

28. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?
Chief Technology Officer.

29. WHAT AGE DO YOU PLAN TO RETIRE?
55 is the plan, but being that I’m such an workaholic….

30. WHERE DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
NYC. Christopher Street. You know the story, right? Sure you do.

31. BONUS: SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE TO DO THAT YOU’VE NEVER
DONE BEFORE?

Spend time in Europe.

The TK12: mellow new school

I was victimized into a meme this weekend. This time, it’s a music meme from no other than Todd. The rules from Todd:
– An artist is only allowed one song on the list.
– Post radio.blog (if you can).
– A sentence or two on why each song makes the list.

Seeing that I have a serious music vibe (purchasing at least 2 CDs a week),
I had to limit the playing field for this meme: no old-school cuts (anything
older than 10 years got dropped) and, for this meme, no fast cuts and no hip-hop.

Make no mistake – it’s still hard. Here’s 12 that came to mind just over a 12
hour period….

The
12 From Todd: Low-tempo, new school.

I could talk about the lyrics and the meanings of these songs all day, but I’m
going to keep myself to a 2 to 3 sentence minimum….

01 – Rahsaan Patterson – Come Over. I remember when this cut came out and I
was living and working on the west coast for two seasons. Every evening, I’d
play this before I went out on a date and sing this.
02 – Esthero – Half A World Away. Esthero’s “Breath From Another” is one of my
favorite CDs. I still play it from end to end, but this song always had me playing
percussion on a desk.
03 – Sade – Somebody Already Broke My Heart. Keyboards, drums, and Sade. Envision
it: Sade in the studio with a drink in her hand. I felt her for this one.
04 – Jhelisa – Friendly Pressure. The best thing about a relationship is friendly
pressure to keep it new. Jhelisa always said it best.
05 – Lewis Taylor – Whoever. Don’t get it twisted, I was a bitter brother when
it came to a breakup- when I was the one being dumped. During one relationship
breakup I would play this song incessantly.
06 – Adriana Evans – Looking For Your Love. An admission: this song is one of
the songs that I played so much in my stereo, I bought 2 cassettes before even purchasing the CD. I
can’t express why I like this song, but I believe when it came out, there was
so much in my head from being working 3000 miles from home.
07 – Anthony Hamilton – Since I Seen’t You. My favorite Anthony Hamilton cut.
I think it’s ingrained in everyone’s head that’s asked me about this album.
08 – Maysa – More Than You Know. You know I could watch Maysa sing “Mary Had
A Little Lamb”, right? It’s all about love, pure and simple.
09 – Miguel Migs – One Wish For Me. It’s the drums, guitar and the chimes first
off, and then her vocals and harmonies. I love it.
10 – Beady Belle – When My Anger Starts To Cry. When I get mad, and upset, I
embrace the lyrics that Beady Belle drops. The bassline and the break in the
middle are priceless.
11 – Mint Condition – U Send Me Swingin’. I will sing this song in front of
you. Make sure you wear earplugs, though, because I will try to hit all of these
notes.
12 – Swing Out Sister – You Already Know. Very ethereal and very truthful.

Honorable mentions, since he didn’t allow me 25 (and watch as this list expands
this week) –
Everything But The Girl – Troubled Mind.
Sade – Kiss Of Life.
Maxwell – Drowndeep: Hula.
Incognito – Spellbound and Speechless.
Swing Out Sister – Forever Blue.
Mint Condition – If You Love Me.
Massive Attack with Tracy Thorn – Protection.
Esthero – Country Livin’.

I need a drink.

the meme(s) of musical wishes

I have not one, but TWO, music memes I need to cover.
I: “Stop Trippin’ And Give Me Some Music” Meme.
I should have only done this a week ago. Honey challenged me and I’m more than a little late.
Category 1: Artists you wish would stop trippin and come wit’ anotha album, soon!
Honey mentioned Maxwell, and I was going to mention D’Angelo, but someone else beat me to it, damnit. Thought about it, and Loose Ends, who is rumored to be coming back with another album, is making me very, very anxious.
Category 2: Artists who need to just “stop trippin”.
Alright, people might kill me for this one, but yo – Adriana Evans, you know I love you, but when I had to fall back on the first album, I felt a sense of sadness. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Category 3: Artists who have “gone on” that you wish would stay “Gone”!
All four of the others tagged by Honey said the same thing I’m about to say right about now. If I hear another Tupac album, I swear…
Category 4: “New Artist” who, when you hear em’, you swear, sound like somebody you already know!
Ciara sounds too much like Amerie to me, luckily Rich Harrison knows how to drop the beats better than Ciara’s production crew (who are they anyway?)
Category 5: Artists you wish you would’ve “Tried before you Pryed” open that jewel case!
The Game. Maybe I’m just not feeling them right now, and maybe someone will accuse me of drinking Haterade, but so be it. It’s. not. working.
And now for meme #2:

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it’s warmer in here: the mix

[Edit 01.25.05 – added four more people….scroll to the end]

It’s cold outside but it’s warm in here. George
tagged me on
this one
. So what? It’s Sunday.

Random 10:

1. Loose Ends – Gratitude
2. Blaze – Keep Hope Alive
3. Jazzanova – Sponsored By The Alphabet
4. Gaelle – Rain
5. Jody Watley – Skin Deep
6. Madvillain – Bistro
7. Unlimited Touch – Your Love Is Serious
8. Incognito – Autumn Song
9. Night Of Music – Savannah
10. Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair

1. What is the total amount of music files on your computer?

Let’s see…my iPod has about 1010 songs, (5.04GB). It’s new and I try to keep
it at a minimum. The laptop, Hermes, has 4,623 songs (23.69GB) because it’s
with me at all times. Just for kicks, I also dropped the server Apollo in the
mix, which as of now has 18,804 songs, (72.7 GB). Like George,
they come from everywhere, from everyone…downloads, mixes, you name it.

2.The last CD you bought is:

Positive
Flow Featuring Donna Garnier – Can You Feel It
from the rekkasto, The
Game’s Untold Story
from Amazon.

3.What is the song you last listened to before this message?

Interestingly enough, I was listening to "Walk on By", By D-Train….preparing
for OSW, of course.

4. Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.

As of today, these mean a lot or stick in my head: Gaelle’s "Repetition";
Heatwave’s "Star of the Story"; Esthero’s "Half A World Away";
Michael Johnson’s "Own Way"; Wordsworth’s "Shoulder". They
just hit me in the right spots right this minute.

Honorable Mentions: Snoop Dogg/Charlie Wilson/Justin Timberlake’s "Signs";
Swing Out Sister’s "All In Your Mind/O Pesadelo Dos Autores"; Lo-Key/Herb
Alpert’s unreleased version of "Hey There Pretty Lady"; Isaac Hayes’
"Return of the Pimpmobile"; Massive Attack/Tracy Thorn’s "Protection"
; Cee-Lo’s "Sometimes"; Laurnea’s "No Shame"… I could
do this all day….

5. Who are you gonna pass this stick to (three persons and why)?

I can’t believe I have to limit myself to three people, but:
Trent
and JT
already did it, and Todd
can’t do it right now (we’re still performing surgery- so I’ll just tag him
to do it once he’s back in the mix)…. but for the three right now: KB
(cause he loves it, I know he does, and I gotta poke him), Honey
(because I’m still wondering what she and Lis
were talkin’ ’bout last week), and Fresh!
(’cause I still have to answer his questions from last week).

[01.25.05 – adding four more: Anitra,
cause she needs to provide us with her goodness; James,
because he’s got all the good jazz stuff and no-one’s hit him up yet; Joseph,
because I know he’s got some good stuff in his head; Timi,
’cause she needed to be tagged the last time.].

There are 15 more people in my head, right now, so if you’re reading this,
I want to know what’s in your head too!

me in threes

(I figure if I do this on Friday, then they won’t try to come after me.)
from Trinity -> KB / Todd Kelley / Honey and a host of others.

This time, a meme in threes….

Three names you go by:

  1. EJ
  2. Professor (from my brother in law and his fam)
  3. E (at the gym)

Three screennames you have:

  1. [ejflavors]
  2. [e noir]
  3. [257940690] (ICQ)

Three things you like about yourself:

  1. My tenacity
  2. My adaptability
  3. My friendliness

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b12: phonograph fiend

Great album!
Baker’s Dozen: Phonograph Fiend. From KB’s
Bakers
Dozen
.


1. Getting used to a week of work that’s going to be more than just a little
overtime.
2. Realizing that I’m also going to meme myself to death next week, because my
brain is going to serious mush after work each day.
3. "I’m gonna go hang out downstairs and spin some records…"
4. …which turns into "I’m downstairs ripping cassette tapes for OSW…."
5. …which scares Prime
and Anna because I’m singing
with reckless abandon….
6. That water leaking from the sewer line? Fixed. But not without having to pay
both arms, both legs, and any other genital of your choice to have it repaired.
This week? Three letters: P, B, and J.
7. The Wire is now becoming
EJ’s study session, resulting in constantly rewinding scenes so I don’t miss nuances
here and there.
8. Speaking of memes, goin’ to copy one off of KB,
because this could be fun. Everybody needs a little excitement every now and then.

Think of 3 pictures you’d like to see. Leave whatever you’d like
to see in the comments. Things around my house, or whatever… something I can
take a picture of easily. Once I have enough requests, I’ll start posting them.
If I can’t, or won’t, take a picture of something you’ve requested, I’ll let
you know.

9. Yeah, I live here, but I miss things, like Appreciating
Purple
.
10. Look at the nice icon on the right hand side. It’s October. Show some love.
11. I got a lot of CDs from two cool
people.
This will keep me focused when I’m working, instead of falling asleep.
12. Two things I’m still laughing over: this
pic from TJ
, and this
one from Todd Kelley
(via JT).

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musical meme survey

All you meme police out there, I know you wanna do this…so be like Nike.
Just do it.
Chromewaves
dot net
-> Chromatic
Musings
-> Blogcritics
-> Trent
-> me.

First Record[s] Bought: Two of them at the same time: I
Wanna Be Your Lover
, Prince / I
Like Girls
, The Fatback Band, both on 45s.
First Album Bought: Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Masterjam.
Vinyl.
First Concert: Luther Vandross/Anita Baker in the Rosemont
Theatre in Chicago, around 1989.
Favorite Music Movie: Purple Rain, still. Runner up? Cooley
High.
Favorite Music Book: Everything
You’d Better Know About the Record Industry
, Kashif.
Favorite Lyrical Songwriter: I agree with Trent on this one
— Stevie Wonder.
Favorite Producers: Jimmy
Jam and Terry Lewis
(quiet from the hecklers, please).
Favorite Record Label: Past — Uptown, none as of now.
Favorite Magazine[s]: XXL,
Vibe.
Favorite Bassist: Past — Mark
Adams
, currently — Marius
Reksjø
, all-time favorite — Bootsy.
Favorite Album Cover: Multiple ones from The Roots – Things
Fall Apart. Classics. Runner up: Isaac Hayes Hot
Buttered Soul
.
Favorite Music DVD: Classic
Albums – Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life
.
Favorite Teen Idol: Past — LL Cool J / Present — Usher.
Artists Who [Disappointed You]: Roger
and Larry Troutman
. That was seriously tragic.
Artist You Will Always Believe In: Prince.
Singer Who Makes Your Skin Crawl: Celine Dion.
Singer Who Makes You Swoon: Janet Jackson.
Favorite Sounds: Real bass and real drums.
Album You Will Always Defend: The Time’s Pandemonium
Album[s] You Own That No One Else Does: Wally Badarou’s Chief
Inspector
, and Pia Zadora’s When
the Lights Go Out
. (Flytetyme hecklers, see above). On vinyl of course.

Classic Album You Own but Don’t Like: Fear of a Black Planet,
Public Enemy
Artist[s] You’re Supposed to Like but Don’t: Celine Dion, Elvis
Presley, Whitney Houston (maybe she’ll get better).
Genres You Stay Away From: Crunkety-crunk music, hard rock.
Song You Can’t Stand by an Artist You Like: Bobby Brown’s Roni.

Band [Or Group] That Should Break Up: Again, with Trent, Destiny’s
Child.
Bands [Or Groups] That Should Re-form: A Tribe
Called Quest, The Time (in it’s original form).
Guilty Pleasure: Swing Out Sister marathons.
Concert[s] You Wish You’d Seen: Stevie Wonder (the 70s concerts),
The Time (original version).
Dream Collaboration: Slave (the original lineup) and The Time
(original lineup), with Prince and the Revolution.