Archive for the ‘nerdy love’ Category

in whence there was much face rocking…

9 December 2008

I cannot say it enough: Mucca Pazza never fails to deliver.
They’re like the anti-fail… which for a large group of nerds is always an achievement.

Anyway, their show at the Bottom Lounge was amazing.  There was a really great crowd — a lot of people dancing and everyone was just having a good time.  As per usual with MP concerts, I squirmed my way towards the front, landing myself about 4 people back.  Close enough to see everything, but out of range to get hit by the band (which really, I’ve been right up on the stage before, and it’s still just as awesome there).  I don’t think you really can pick a bad spot in the crowd at a MP concert.. however, if you want to dance around you should really be up front.  That’s were the rest of us who love to dance around will be.

If you’ve never been to a MP show before, I highly suggest checking them out.  You can search youtube all you want, but you really won’t get a true feeling for them until you’ve seen them live.  I have yet to go to a live show as fun as one of theirs.   They’re great musicians, entertainers, and all-around great folk (as I’ve mentioned numerous times).  I mean, I still turn into a little fan girl at the shows.  So when they were marching in, and Mark put his hand on my head I seriously giggled with joy.  Hang around after the show and you’ll get a chance to chat with them — it was through doing that I was able to get to know a few of the members and then get involved in the reading band.  (Which reading band is happening tonight: more info at Mucca’s site; notice the circular reference back to Wench there.)

As always, I tried to drag a lot of people to the show… I got Jason to come out with me, and he brought his friend Scott… (We showed up early enough to have some pre-Mucca drinks… which I will say, coming in from outside, a shot of whiskey really does it.)   And since Sara was filming for Venus, Adam and Dan showed up too.  Dan, being Dan, was picked out to do a little solo on Moriya with student conductor Jeffrey Thomas (always a great song/performance).  Dan tends to get soloed out in a crowd.  It’s his nature.

Anyway.   It was an amazing show and I’m looking forward to Reading Band tonight — from the email list it should be a good turn out.  If you’re interested in joining, either contact Mark via the methods on MP’s site or leave a comment here with your email (all comments are monitored, so I’ll edit out your email before it posts if you’ve got more to say).

And now to leave you with some goodies!  Videos from the concert — a little bit from K12 and a full ensemble of one of my favorite songs (hell, I guess I love them all… but this one is quite enjoyable).

Mucca Pazza/K12 - The Centennial

Mucca Pazza - Peace Meal

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i heart xkcd

5 December 2008

and here’s why: friends

what are you doing saturday?

2 December 2008

you should totally be here: Bottom Lounge
.. I suggest showing up sometime around 8ish…

just a suggestion.

… I’ll be there.

iPossibilities

1 December 2008

So… as I just mentioned (see: post-thanks) I’m selling my iPod to my sister for Christmas.

Basically, the thought behind this is:  I’d spend about $25-30 on my sister for her gift.  I thought about getting her an iPod or other mp3 player for a while. I want a pink iPod (I have blue).  I can offer my sister my blue iPod minus what I’d spend on her for Christmas, rather than giving her a gift card and letting her pick one out herself.  I offer my sister my iPod for $20.

That was it.  I mean, mine works fine and I’ve got the box and everything… as long as she likes blue why not go for it?  So, she took me up on it.  I mean, our 7 year old sister already has one (in green).  She won it at church.  So of course the 13 year old will want one.

Now here’s the big debate for me… which iPod do I buy?
Just replace mine like I originally planned: 1GB pink shuffle. ($50)
Or do I upgrade? 2GB pink shuffle… 8GB pink nano… or 16GB pink nano… ($70, $150, and $200 respectively)
…. I actually really liked the 3rd gen nanos… but those lasted about a year…. you can find them for $100 now though…

+
shuffle

I can clip it

holds the amount of songs I need

cheap (if it gets stolen, I’m not as upset)

no screen
nano 4

video

I can see what is playing

genius feature

it’s newer, so I kinda want it based on that

no clip

more expensive

fewer accessories right now

not sure if it will fit in my radio/charger

not sure if I like the shake to shuffle feature

nano 3

video

it’s small

I like this design

price has gone down

decent accessories (aka clips)

no clip

can’t get the pink one through apple (no guarantee on condition)

Then, after all of that… how many gigs do I get?
It seems the only thing I know is that I want a pink one.

Your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated here.

damn it feels good to be a gangster

26 November 2008

or: Things I Am Thankful For 2008

adorable.

1. Lil G
Most adorable niece ever.  Seriously.  She never ceases to amaze me, and is a pretty smart little girl.  I just want to spoil her, more so than she already is.  Plus, she gets bonus points for knowing all of the words to Rhianna’s “Umbrella” — as tired of the songs as you might be, it’s so worth hearing over and over again with this amazing 3 year old singing.

img_48282. My Momma
If you’ve ever wondered where my dorkiness comes from, yeah here’s it is.  All from mom.  She’s perfectly okay with it too.. which is awesome.  She feels the need to let me know whenever she sees a monkey, and is constantly sending me Get Fuzzy comics or lolcats.  And while some moms steal their children’s instruments because of the noise… my mom stole my electric guitar and my electric bass (which I stole from my brother) so she could play them.  Every Sunday she rocks out in her church’s praise band.. and yes, she does jump and play barefoot.  Pretty awesome for a grandma.

timmy3. Timmy!
Despite the typical older brother things (see: punching, headlocks, wrestling, cracked noses), my brother is really important to me.  I mean, yeah.  (see: the wench)  I still look up to him a lot.  And if I’m going to go shopping with anyone, Timmy is among my first choices.  I like his style, and he tends to find good things for me.  I don’t always agree with things he’s doing, or some of his choices… but I love my bubby.  And hopefully within a year’s time we’ll have similar tattoos (cherry blossoms).

family4. Dad, Cynthia & the girls
Actually.. I want to say, I am amazingly thankful for Cynthia.  She is a blessing to our family.  Other than Karen, my late stepmom, I can’t think of another woman to join our family and help raise my sisters.  Her humor works really well with dad’s — so that’s been great for him.  She’s well traveled, and sees the importance of a good education and higher education (meaning my sisters might be convinced to go to college even more so). She’s taken on a lot — never been married and now she’s got 4 girls at home, two adult children and a grandchild.  She’s pretty amazing in my eyes.  And as always, I’m thankful for the love and care that my dad gives me.  And I’m growing to appreciate my younger sisters more and more.

5. Family in general
My whole family is awesome — and I’m thankful for all of them… all of the grandparents (5 grandmas and 4 grandpas)… the aunts and uncles… all the cousins… I’ve got a pretty awesome and very supporting family and that’s been amazing.

6. My job
While I could do without the data entry and some of the tediousness.. I am indeed thankful for a full time job with benefits where not only am I paid well, but I’m appreciated.  I’ve got a boss who’s really understanding and actually is concerned about me and my goals outside of the facility.  Not many people are this lucky right out of school.  Plus, having a nice income with few bills.. well… my wardrobe, entertainment, and video game budget has definitely increased.  (I get to play with lasers and liquid nitrogen. bonus.)

7. The amazing group of people I call my friends
Seriously.  I feel pretty lucky.  I don’t even think I could name them all.  There have been a select few who have really been there for me and have seen me at my best and worse, and yet they still love me.  Two in particular I practically see as sisters now: Chrizzle and Mennogirl.  They’re pretty amazing.  And I’ve got my uber spectacular group of GC Kids whom I love and miss.  There’s my work friends (George whom I enjoy our evening walks to the train; and Dani and Meaghan who can only be described as wonderfully zany).  Topping everything off with some really amazing people who I’ve met recently — most of whom I’ve met thanks to Dan and Adam… The potluck group… The awesome folk of the reading band and the Mucca Pazza memebers I’ve been lucky enough to get to know… I’ve really got an amazing group of people in my life right now.  (Who else would put up with velociraptor attacks and nonstop dorky nerdom?)

8. The Kits.
Crazy as they may be… I love Tuija and Kaija.  They are just awesome little wonderpets.  Psycho little wonderpets sometimes… but awesome.  Two kittens are a bit much, but it wouldn’t feel right only having one of them.  Definitely a package deal.  And I’m appreciating how they’re morphing into cats and are enjoying a good cuddle.

9. Buffalo/Hot wings.
you taste so good.  there needs to be more of you in my life.

one true loves…

21 November 2008

So a while ago Mennogirl listed off her one true loves, and well, I’m feeling in the mood to do so as well.  (Or maybe one true crushes…)

The basic rule with one true loves are that they are not attainable or realistic in anyway.
These can (and should) include characters (from any media: film, tv, fiction – and shouldn’t just be based around one actor if possible), cartoons, people circa not-this-time, and just generally people you don’t actually know and probably will never know.
Oh.   And you should have no less than 5.

And it begins… (in pretty much no particular order)

serjtankian1. Serj Tankian
I actually got a chance to see him live.  Only briefly (due to my friend wanting to leave, she drove… I wasn’t happy).  Anyway.  Ozzfest: and I got to see Serj dancing around, singing with his amazing voice.  I do basically have to thank an ex from high school for introducing me to System of a Down.  I thoroughly enjoy his music, and I’m pretty amazed by him in general.  Also, I just want to say, BYOB is actually really challenging on Guitar Hero.

john2a. John Lennon circa Hard Days Night
I just found him amazingly amusing and ohso entertaining… plus, the whole musician thing… Definitely my favorite part is John in the tub.  A lot of people tend to choose John or Paul as favorite Beatles… Sometimes Ringo (gotta love Mr. Conductor).  But well, it was completely John’s personality in this film that wooed me.

george_harrison_22b. George Harrison circa Help! (and others)
.. Well, George has pretty much always been my favorite Beatle.  And well, George on the car was pretty funny…  I don’t know, I just enjoy him overall.  Maybe I like the quite ones.  Who knows.  His son, Dhani, is also attractive though.

jack3. Captain Jack Sparrow.
Yep.  Not even “Johnny Depp as…” It’s just Jack.  Possibly one of my favorite characters.  Don’t get me wrong, Johnny Depp is hot too… but well, Jack Sparrow is just awesome.  Who wouldn’t be attracted to this dirty and hilarious pirate?  We definitely have at least rum in common.  And well, maybe I have a soft spot for flailing.

joey4. Joey Ice Cream.
Like most people, I first found out about Keith Nobbs (the actual person) via The Black Donnellys.  It was a great show, and I’m upset it got canceled so quickly.  But at least I own all 13 episodes on dvd.  I mean, this cast has some hot guys in it… but as the unreliable narrator, Joey’s just awesome.  At least, well, I was sold.

sawyer-lost15. Sayid, Sawyer and Boone.
Okay.  So I can’t just pick one from Lost.  I’ve stopped watching the show, but I still find these men attractive.  I think it goes back to something similar with Jack Sparrow, this literally dirty aspect to these men… for some reason the scruff and sweat make them hotter.  The only slightly weird thing is that Boone does look a lot like my friend Kyle Dean… but I will admit, Kyle Dean is an attractive man and ladies love him.  (And boys too.)  Lastly, if you haven’t see Bride and Prejudice… you should.  Especially if you are Sayid fans….

kensei6. Sylar, Adam/Kensie, Peter
Yep, from a Lost obsession to a Heroes obsession.  Adam Monroe, though arrogant and well vengeful, was awesome.  And I was definitely sadden at his pathetic death.  Seriously, they could have done better.   I only barely like Peter.  Something about him with his shirt off I guess.  And well, Sylar… he amuses me too.  And I am happy they’re trying to give him more depth.

serenity7. Captain Mal, Jayne, Zoey…
heck ALL of Serenity’s crew.
Ahh Firefly… another show that left too soon… It’s one of my favorite places to escape to, when I let my mind wander.  Anyway… new frontier.. dirty (again)… guns.  And, one big seller for me was the mixture of English and Chinese.  It was great watching it and actually understanding a handful of things.  Granted, a lot of the Chinese was slang…
Anyway.  Indeed a good show.  Indeed awesome.  And the writing was just great.  Anyway.  You’ve also got to love Jayne’s hat.  And Wash.  Who doesn’t love Wash?

steerpike_l8. Steerpike.
Okay, so he’s creepy and evil… not the first time I’ve had that on this list.  But maybe it’s just how Johnathan Rhys Meyers portrayed him… There’s a definite romantic element to Steerpike… However, I wonder if I would like him as much in the books.  I do have them — all three Gormenghast books.  Reading them is another issue.  Peake is quite the writer… long detailed prose… It’s just a bit too much for me right now.

randalgraves9. Randal Graves.
Yeah.  I don’t know why.  I’ll accredit this one to Smith’s writing.
Oh, I will say this.  Clerks I or the Animated Series only.  I’m not a huge fan of Clerks II at all.  Most of Smith’s later stuff has just been to keep pushing further — all about the shock and awe.  And well, the amazing writing from his earlier works just isn’t there.

jose10. Jose Reyes (Mets)
Okay.  So I’m a Cubbies fan… or at least I was born one.  I really don’t watch baseball all that often.. and well, I didn’t really follow it too closely this year.  I’m all for going to see a game though (which is pretty much true for any sport).  Anyway.  I noticed Reyes a while ago… and well, I cheered for the Mets for a bit… what?  He’s hot.

Anyway.  To keep this list from getting insanely long, I’ll just list the rest that I might meet this criteria:
MC Frontalot, JT, Jermaine, ok Bret too, Heath (*sigh*), and for a short time Ryan Nyquist, Mouse (Matrix) and Jason Mewes.
I’m sure there are others.  .. but I’m okay with this for now.

some xkcd in the morning

13 November 2008

terminology - xkcd

I’m amused.

Now, I’ve pretty much lived all my life in the Midwest.  It wasn’t until about three or five years ago a friend tried to dispute this.  He’s from Nebrasucka.  He claimed he was from the Midwest, and that the Lakes were technically the Mideast.  Pshaw my friend.  Pshaw.  The Lakes are the Midwest.  You’re just central.

don’t be shocked by the tone of my voice

12 November 2008

So last night I beat Guitar Hero World Tour on easy.

… Saying “beat” doesn’t quite sound right.  I completed the easy level career mode for guitar… That’s a bit more accurate.  Anyway.  At the end, there was a bonus song during the credits… I don’t even remember what it was…  But afterward, I unlocked more songs… one of them being Weapon of Choice by Fat Boy Slim.

If there’s not a dancing Christopher Walken.  I don’t want to play it.

EDIT:
So.  I was sadly disappointed last night to find out that “Weapon of Choice” on World Tour was not the Fat Boy Slim song we all know and love.  Instead, it was the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Now.  I don’t mind BRMC — we used to play them at the Globe.  But man, talk about a let down.  I was definitely looking forward to FBS.

I still stand by my statement: If there’s not a dancing Christopher Walken.  I don’t want to play it.
(but I probably still will)

If only they had Obama for DS…

12 November 2008

I found this via BBC news this morning…

I can see Alaska from my house!

I can see Russia from my house!

Pixelated President-Elect

Pixelated President-Elect

Indeed.  Super Obama World.   Taken after Mario… SOW is a platform game that might definitely take up some of my time.  Nothing better for a lunch break than a little gaming!  If there was a way to get this on my DS… that could be awesome.

It’ll be interesting to see where this game goes in the future.  Apparently the creators plan on updating it and adding new levels throughout Obama’s presidency.  I’d also be interested in hearing about others’ experiences with the game.

Anyway.  This is just a little treat for you.

rocking the bariphonium

11 November 2008

PLEASE NOTE: Wench has officially moved!  thiswench.com

I am a band nerd.

I have been since… well… I think I was born into this (thanks mom).  I mean, seriously, when your mom’s a music ed. major (though didn’t pursue it professionally), and your dad sells and installs audio-visual equipment… it’s just a recipe for aurally inclined nerdom.  I don’t think band was an option, it was just an understood that both my brother and I would join — which really wasn’t a problem for us.  It was popular when we started.

Regardless, at the ripe age of 11 I joined our school’s band.  My choices were alto sax or trumpet (since we owned both of those instruments), and well, the sax section was filled.   So as mentioned in my biography, I followed my brother’s example and started on the trumpet — his old trumpet to be exact (the sax was my dad’s).  I played that (terribly) until 8th grade when I told my director that either he’d let me switch to baritone or I was quitting.  A week later I was playing baritone.

Back then, I had no idea what a euphonium was or the differences between it and a baritone.  In fact, I didn’t learn most of the differences until recently… Anyway, in high school I was introduced to the euphonium through a new shiny Yamaha four-valved horn.  I loved it.  I was also introduce to the bulk of a marching baritone (which seriously resembles a bloated trumpet-mellophone combination).  I actually developed decent upper body strength because of marching with that beast.

I enjoyed a happy life with my euphonium in high school (well, as happy as high school can be).  I stopped following my brother’s footsteps because I was definitely not skilled or designed to play a tuba.  My school lacked tubas for short peoples — and well, I lacked uber lungs.  However, since I did not own my own euphonium or baritone, my days of playing pretty much ended in high school.  I played for one semester in college — even took private lessons.  But when my director said he only wanted trombones for the opera, I quit.

Until this last summer I never really though much about picking up the horn again.  I had no reason really.  And then Weiss introduced me to the amazingness that is Mucca Pazza.  I was instantly in love.

After the show, I had to meet some of them.  Bask in the nerdiness.  It was after that show that I decided I needed my own horn.  So I met Ronnie (accordion), who also played Happy Birthday for me (since it was my birthday weekend)… and Tom (trombone), who mentioned the cd release show happening a few days later.  And well, since I thought Tom was quite the hotty (only later did I find out he was married with a kid), I knew I had to go to that second show.

Mark Messing @ Tour de Fat

Mark Messing @ Tour de Fat

So I did.  And that’s where I met Tony (percussion).  And then I found out about MP playing a few days later at Tour de Fat.  Of course I went.  (This is where I found out about, and met Tom’s family.)  It was after this concert that Tony introduced me to Elanor (trombone) and I found out more about the community reading band that MP had started.  So after a few ebay attempts and various emails, I found myself with a horn and joined up.

So now I own my very own bariphonium (technically a euphonium).  It’s a silver holton bell-front.  I use a 6.5AL pink mouthpiece.  And I’m damn proud and comfortable being a nerd.  I feel that any girl who can wield a low brass instrument is pretty awesome — and as we all know, I’m pretty damn awesome.

However, I will admit, since I haven’t played in a while… and because I was taught to be a little repetitious monkey rather than gaining skills in improv or jamming, well.. I’ll admit to not being all that amazing on my horn.  I can play, and I’m not absolutely terrible… but tell me to do a bit of a solo, just improv for a few bars, and well, it’s painful.

lucyfur and the bariphonium

lucyfur and the bariphonium

Anyway… Tonight, now that MP is back from their southwest tour, we’re starting up reading band again.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and hoping that my suckage is minimal.  It’s been great getting to know various members of MP.  I highly recommend seeing one of their shows if you get a chance.

As they say, Ibbidy IP!