Best Break-Up Songs

Every once in a while, it's good to remember the "emotional train wreck" days: belting out lyrics that seem to have captured the exact moment your heart was broken. Songs in this category often top my "Favorite Songs of All Time" list, even though I'm married and there's no chance of returning to break-up land. I can pretend, can't I?

5. Jeff Buckley The Last Goodbye
My brother and I love this song. Buckley's voice was beautiful (he died in 1997) and the song's orchestral sound really captures the "I can't believe it's over" sentiment.
Favorite lyric: "This is our last embrace/Must I dream and always see your face/Why can't we overcome this wall/Well, maybe it's just because I didn't know you at all"

4. The Cure Pictures of You
Okay, so this is pretty obvious, but how could I leave it out? Robert Smith is the break-up king.
Favorite lyric: "If only I'd thought of the right words/I could have held on to your heart/If only I'd thought of the right words/I wouldn't be breaking apart/All my pictures of you"

3. Love Spit Love Am I Wrong
I used to play this song in my free spots when I was a DJ at KTRM. One version of this song is featured on the Angus soundtrack, with my friend Julie's high school marching band accompanying.
Favorite lyric: "There's too much/that I keep to myself/and I turn my back on my faith/it's like glass/when we break/I wish no one in my place"

2. Pearl Jam Black
Oh, Eddie, how many tears have I shed listening to your songs??
Favorite lyric: "I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star/In somebody else's sky, but why/Why, why can't it be, why can't it be mine"

1. The Psychedelic Furs Ghost in You
I have the Counting Crows cover on CD--until a month ago, I thought the song was theirs. This site shows that I really should have known more about the song, and the band (given my fascination with Pretty in Pink and the aforementioned Love Spit Love).
Favorite lyric: "A man in my shoes runs a light/All the papers lie tonight/but falling over you/is the news of the day"


I think about 6 inches of snow must have fallen here today. And we just bought a 4-wheel-drive Isuzu Trooper last weekend. How's that for good timing?

Bin Laden and the election

An election forecast: We'll get bin Laden=The

If this turns out to be true, how will it affect the election in November? Will people be more likely to vote for Bush if bin Laden is caputured on his watch?

Peter Jackson cameo in the Two Towers

Peter Jackson cameo

I was capturing some clips from the Two Towers (for this Sunday's message at church) and I noticed that this soldier looks a lot like Peter Jackson. This is from the battle of Helm's Deep, just as the door is being smashed.

Fun games

I downloaded Conquest, a Risk clone, for my Pocket PC and it's a great time killer. If you're looking for some cool games for Windows, Pocket PC or Palm OS, check this site out.

Groundhog Day

Phil: Come on, all the long distance lines are down? What about satellite? Is it snowing in space? Don't you keep open a line for emergencies or for celebrities? I'm both. I'm a celebrity in an emergency.

Rita: Have you ever had déjà-vu?
Phil: Didn't you just ask me that?

Phil: This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off, waiting to worship a rat. You know, Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out and they used to *eat* it. You're hypocrites. All a ya.

Last night Sara and I watched Groundhog Day. It's such a fun movie, and it's definitely more fun if you watch it on February 2. Harold Ramis, the writer and director, is awesome. We wrote Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Analyze This and more.

LotR: Movies vs. Books

If you both bored and geeky, check out this list of differences between the Tolkien's books and Jackson's movies: The Nit Picker's Guide to the Lord of the Rings

Free virus protection

I've been updating the computers here at the office and installing AVG Free Anti-virus on the computers that only had expired Norton software. I recommend this software highly. The virus database is updated constantly and it's free to get the program and always free to download the updates. Grisoft, the company who provides this service, deserves recognition for doing something to make the net safer (compare to Microsoft, which habitually releases vulnerable programs). So use AVG Free, and when you do want to buy some software, keep Grisoft in mind.

Rock Star Cameos

1. Dave Pirner (of Soul Asylum) in Reality Bites
He is sitting on a couch behind Janeane Garafalo as she informs us that her parents "pee with the door open." He then mumbles something incoherent.

2. George Clinton (of George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars) in PCU
After a trip to find beer and an unfortunate incident with an old woman and Pampers, Gutter cannot find a way back to campus; George shows up in the nick of time and gives him a ride on the tour bus.

3. Elvis Costello (of Elvis Costello and the Attractions and just Elvis Costello) in 200 Cigarettes
A subplot of this movie is one character's obsession with Elvis C.; he actually shows up at her party (as demonstrated in Polaroids), but she is "indisposed" and doesn't get to see him. There are also rumors that he walks between Courtney Love and Paul Rudd (recently Phoebe's boyfriend on Friends, not that I watch that show) in one scene. I need to watch again to see if this is true.

4. Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam) in Singles
You will find him sitting in a restaurant booth near the end of the film, playing the never-ending role of deep, introverted rocker. This movie also features cameos from the rest of the band, and performances by Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Eddie's 'State of Love and Trust' and 'Breath' are on the soundtrack and can't be found anywhere else.

5. Alice Cooper in Wayne's World
Wayne and Garth get backstage passes to see the band; after passing hordes of groupies they arrive to take part in this conversation:
Wayne Campbell: So, do you come to Milwaukee often?
Alice Cooper: Well, I'm a regular visitor here, but Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers began visiting here in the late 16th century.
Pete (band member): Hey, isn't "Milwaukee" an Indian name?
Alice Cooper: Yes, Pete, it is. In fact, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land."
Wayne Campbell: I was not aware of that.

What I've been doing at work

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

It's been a fun couple of weeks here at Adrian Christian Church. Last Wednesday I spoke to a bunch of jr. high and high school kids at Youth Alive. If you want to read what I said, click here. I'm working on some static content for this site, like sermons, photo gallery, 'about me' page, but I'm still learning how to use Movable Type. At the last church board meeting I presented the idea of a church website. I told them that within a few months I should be able to put something together that would be worthwhile. If you come across any church websites that you think are well done, email me the URL and tell me what you like about it. I'm also working on my 3-week sermon series based on the Lord of the Rings. It starts on February 8. Yesterday I spent my afternoon watching the first disc of the Fellowship DVD. I'm also reading a couple of books that explore the spiritual themes of the Tolkien trilogy. So I'm having a good time at work. I hope you are, too.

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