Welcome to DesertIsle.com, my online repository for things that I feel should be online and...reposing or something.
Saturday, August 21, 2004, 1:55 pm, ET
When I was a kid, and a huge monster movie fan, I had The Monsters' Bill of Rights on my bedroom wall. My original is long gone, but thanks to EBay, I managed to find a copy of The Monster Times #24. And I've transcribed it here for you.
I Guess These Would Really be the Old Songs
Sunday, November 2, 2003, 4:12 pm, ET
I've been spending a lot of time working on music lately, and it occurred to me that I didn't have anything from my former band, Harbinger, on the site. I have now corrected that.
The Same Old Song
Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 11:02 am, ET
I just finished my first complete musical recording since my Harbinger days. It's a kind of ironic pop song called The Tide, and it features Annie on vocals.
This is my first full ProTools Free project, and my first recording ever that combines MIDI with live guitar and vocals. I sent the guitar into a ProCo Rat distortion box, through a Yamaha REX50 multieffector for reverb and level control, then straight into my Mac's mic input. Same thing for vocals, only without the Rat. Everything else is MIDI, though tweaked a bit in ProTools.
On My Plate
Monday, September 29, 2003, 5:50 pm, ET
Recently, two dietary issues have been coming to public awareness, and thus to my own: high fructose corn syrup and trans fats.
I've been trying to watch my diet anyway, and cutting these two things seems like a good idea. God knows there are plenty of both in my usual diet. So Annie and I went to Whole Foods to see what we could find.
One of the first things we tried was some cookies by Newman's Own. They make healthy knockoffs of Oreos and Fig Newtons, as well as a variety of chocholate chip cookies. They're all natural, and thus lack the two subjects of this entry. And they're also pretty decent. Eathing them is a different experience from eating their inspirers, but a very satisfying one, none-the-less. And less guilt.
A genuine surprise was Heinz Organic Ketchup. Now, I've used plain old Heinz ketchup all my life, and I'd never tasted anything that came even close. But I have to say that this new variety is even better than the original. I don't know if I can sum it up any better than by saying that it's like regular Heinz ketchup, but more intense. I don't anticipate ever going back.
I am hopeful that as consciousness spreads, the big companies will start making safer foods. Right now, the only downside seems to be cost. This kind of stuff is going to remain expensive till you can find it in less specialized stores.
Monday, July 28, 2003, 7:05 pm, ET
First update in a long time. What can I say? Time slips away...
Last week, I was watching a show about the Statue of Liberty on the History Channel. Freshly reminded of the landmark's genesis, and in light of my nation's current relationship with France, I had a vision of the statue. Please, Matt and Trey, don't sue me.