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Hey!

Go grab yourself a hot calendar for July!

Change those desktops! Go!

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/06/30/desktop-wallpaper-calendar-july-2010/

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Stars

Switchfoot (Nothing is Sound)

Columbia/Sony BMG 2005

This song is a certified gold single, and it remains rawk-tastic, bombastic, and sweet.

These are my favorite lines from the song:

“I’ve been thinking maybe I’ve been partly cloudy,
Maybe I’m the chance of rain;
Maybe I’m overcast
And maybe all my luck’s washed down the drain.”

Give it a listen.  Stars is the best song on Nothing is Sound, though their best CD is probably New Way to be Human or The Beautiful Letdown.

Rule #9

Learn to trust.

Sorry.  You’re going to have to trust someone for this whole “relationship” thing to work out.  Quit being paranoid and checking their phone.  Just ask them about things you are concerned about.  Now, they do have to earn your trust, of course, and as you get to know them better, hopefully your trust in them will grow.  If trust diminishes, then you need to dump them.  But relationships are all about trust.

It is like that old game you used to play where you close your eyes, fall backwards, and hope that your “friend” will catch you.  If they let you fall, you aren’t going to play anymore, no matter how funny it seems to the “non-catcher.”

Dating is just like that game.  And if your date doesn’t catch you, go play with someone else.  Otherwise, you’ll just end up getting hurt.

Oh A-Team. Where do I start?

I am a fan of the original A-team TV show.  It was slightly goofy, but fun, even though 800 million rounds of ammo are fired without hitting anything.  It was an 80s show, so I guess that’s ok.

In the new movie, bullets actually hit people.  But a tank also parachutes out of an airplane, only to dive-bomb into a lake.  Of course, everyone inside the tank is fine.  This is just a sample of how incredibly ridiculous this movie is.  One scene I did like (even though it was still over the top and ridiculous) involves people watching a movie in 3D, only to have a Hummer actually crash through their wall.  It is humorous.

The A-team will not wow you with its plot.  It will not stun you with dramatic artistry, or bring you to tears with romantic subplots.  It will not compel you to action, stir your soul, or make a bold new statement about the state of society.  It will, however, provide explosions, over-the-top action scenes, and cornball one-liners.

This movie is funny.  Even if you’ve never seen the old TV show, this movie will make you laugh, partly because of sheer ridiculousness.  The theme song will probably be stuck in your head afterwards, too.

Even though casting Jessica Biel  is still the kiss of death for any movie that wants to be taken seriously, The A-Team does not care (and this movie can’t be taken seriously).  The A-Team just wants to jack bad dudes in the face. And they pity the fool who doesn’t take at least one look at this pop-culture staple.

St. Thomas

Sonny Rollins (The Best of the complete RCA Victor Recordings)

2000, RCA Victor

This record, with Sonny Rollins on tenor sax (of course!) also features Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, and Coleman Hawkins. What is not to love?! This record swings hard.

This song is based on a popular nursery song from the Virgin Islands, and was first released on Rollins’ Saxophone Colossus in 1956.

I love playing this song, on the stero and on my saxophone, and will always have a soft spot in my heart for it.  For any video game nerds out there, it was also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV (on a radio station).  Love it.