Changing my mind

Ever noticed when you argue with somebody about politics or music you rarely ever change their mind? And yet whenever I try it I am so FERVENT and really act like there's some hope that my brilliant rationale will make the other person say, "Oh my goodness, you are completely right! What a fool I am! I find that I totally agree with you!" Oddly, this has never happened to me in all my years of heartfelt arguing. So next I wonder, do people ever change their minds at all? When was the last time you changed yours? I have forged about in my lumber-room mind and found there are a few things I've flip-flopped on. For instance:

Kate Winslet
: Back around Titanic and before, La Winslet annoyed me. As I have told many, "she looked like she smelled like milk." However sometime around Holy Smoke and her speaking out about being airbrushed to look thinner, I changed my mind. Now I LOVE Kate Winslet! She is so rockin'. Also poppin'.

Beer: For many years I devoted my spare time to the study of beer, mainly through its consumption. I liked all kinds and had revolving favorites. I even tried my hand at home-brewing. But lately I have lost my taste for it... it's just... bilious. Sometimes a cold one is nice on a hot afternoon or to relax after work. But basically, bleh.

Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt: Used to think they were cute in the 80s and 90s respectively. Now I think they're wierdo jerks. (Main reasons: crazy couch-jumping and wife-leaving, respectively. Guess I'm Team Aniston.)

Kale: This used to be the worst nastiest vegetable anybody could serve me. Worse than parsnips or mangelwurzels or celery pulp or creamed escarole or other icky greens and roots and stuff. But now? Kale is my fave food! It's so healthy-looking and healthy-tasting and full o goodness, like vitamin K and iron and whatnot. Bring it on. Kale has not changed, but I have changed for kale.

So think about it... have you changed your mind, even about something small like kale? That's a start!

Here's last week's Beef Jerky Time playlist (6/20/07). Theme should be obvious I think.
  • Price is Right theme
  • So Nice (Summer Samba): Astrud Gilberto & Walter Wanderley
  • Summer Song: Chad & Jeremy
  • Summer Song: James Yorkston
  • Summer Heat: Bert Jansch
  • Children of Summer: Color Filter
  • Endless Summer: Follow the Train
  • We're Gonna Save the Summer: The Pearlfishers
  • Hung Up with Summer: Big Star
  • Cruel Summer: Bananarama
  • Summer Breeze: Seals & Crofts
  • Summertime: Kenny Chesney
  • Summer Wind: Frank Sinatra
  • Bummer in the Summer: Love
  • theme from "Endless Summer": Laika and the Cosmonauts

Quickie post

Here's a super-fast update on the playlist for the 6/6/07 show. Peace OUT!

  • Trapper John, MD theme
  • Glory: Radical Fire
  • Hong Kong Garden: Siouxsie & the Banshees
  • Super Zero: Linda Draper
  • My Lip Gloss: Lil Mama

  • I Sat Down: Hal
  • Raspberry Beret: Prince
  • Quero Te Amar: Bonde do Role
  • Destron: Takako Minekawa
  • Great Northern: Blessed Light
  • Mexico (Every Last Buffalo): Through The Sparks
  • Elevator Love Letter: Stars
  • Heatstroke: Magic Bullets
  • Young Folks (cover): Dawn Landes

Where's SE VT Roller Derby?

Roller Derby is back and Brattleboro needs a team. Or a league. Whatever. I have been doing some research and found out that:
  • you don't need any special track for roller derby, you can use a "flat track," i.e. gym, court or rink surface
  • roller derby so rocks and loud music & cool outfits are de rigueur
  • it really needs to have a life of its own because I don't think 1 person can pull together the amount of person-power that a vibrant RD operation would need (besides teams and refs, you also need scorekeepers, timers, medical people and oh yeah, an audience... maybe a coach)

But wait, how do you "play" roller derby anyway? If you're into reading, download the Women's Flat Track Derby Association "Official Rules." If you'd rather have a blow-by-blow description, check out HowStuffWorks.

Or if you really need a visual, I've enjoyed the following videos so far:
Ghetto Stiletto: A Day at the Roller Derby
Roller Derby Explained
Plus youtube has a gazillion RD videos, including Pioneer Valley Roller Derby stuff. PVRD's own website is at:

OK, so can we please get rolling around here?! I'm excited! Email me at logomachia at hotmail dot com if you have ideas for VT roller derby. I think a practice location might be a good start...

Hey, wanna know what got played on Beef Jerky Time last week (6/6/07)? Here it is y'all, pure rock n roll:
  • Police Squad theme
  • Let It Rock: Bon Jovi
  • Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix
  • This Fire: Franz Ferdinand
  • Crazy on You: Heart
  • Separate Ways: Journey
  • Hard to Explain: The Strokes
  • Moby Dick: Led Zeppelin
  • Rock this town: Stray Cats
  • One Way or Another: Blondie
  • Back Where You Belong: 38 Special
  • Jiving Sister Fanny: Rolling Stones
  • Rattled: Traveling Wilburys
  • Hot For Teacher: Van Halen

Job Lists

I just like to know what kinds of jobs are out there in the Brattleboro VT area. I know that there's plenty of retail stuff. If you don't want to do the merchandising thing, what else? A couple local institutions are big enough to have "career opportunities" listings on their Web sites.

World Learning, aka School for International Training.
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital--if you're a nurse or a "tray handler," you may be in luck
Marlboro College--usually professor-y stuff, obviously.
There's also the Marlboro College Graduate Center
Windham Southeast Supervisory Union--local schools

Troubled times, caught between confusion and pain. Distant eyes, promises we made were in vain... WAIT, that's the lyrics to Separate Ways! Summer's almost here--rock'n'roll with the windows down, man.

Last week's radio show recalled (5/30/07):
  • 6 Feet Under theme
  • The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Heart: Sufjan Stevens
  • Take Away: Missy Elliott f/Ginuwine
  • Crown of Love: Arcade Fire
  • Breaking the Girl: Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Hotel Song: Regina Spektor
  • Filet of Sole: The Dead Milkmen
  • New Day (online edit): Kate Hevnavik
  • Three Little Words: The Mondo Crescendo
  • Fergalicious: Fergie
  • An Electronic Address (remixed by Printed Circuit): Figurine
  • Smile (remixed by Mark Ronson): Lily Allen
  • Office Boy: Bonde do Role

  • Galangation (Diplo mix): M.I.A.
  • Anti Love Song: Betty Davis