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Jonathon Mathon
11 May 2008 @ 10:12 am
Because I have lots of better things to do, I think I'll do this instead

1. Of all the bands/artists in your cd/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by?
That would be a tie between Anti-Flag, Greenday, and NOFX, (7 albums each) simply because they're all prolific punk bands started in the 80's and I have all of the CDs for all of the bands I listen to (well, mostly)

2. What was the last song you listened to?
Well I just listened to Swollen Summer by The Bravery, but I am currently listening to Sober by Tool

3. What’s in your record/cd player right now?
Does anyone still use those any more? I'd say what was in my playlist now, but that would be everything...

4. What song would you say sums you up?
As Sam said "If anyone says that there's one song in the world that can sum them up, they're either lying or they're a moron."

5. What’s your favorite local band?
Er, well maybe Metallica, or possibly Green Day if you're talking about bands that started here. As for currently local, I'd say Audrye Sessions are pretty good, if a bit poppy.

6. What was the last show you attended?
Last year's BFD, unfortunately. I need to go to more concerts...

7. What was the greatest show you’ve ever been to?
Muse in April last year. I would kill to have another Muse concert this year. Though I can't complain about the fact they're making a new album already...

8. What’s the worst band you’ve ever seen in concert?
Hm, Sam was about right with Yellowcard. I feel her pain

9. What band do you love musically but hate the members of?
Nine Inch Nails. Apparently Trent Reznor is a total asshat.

11. What show are you looking forward to?
Well given the fact that there aren't too many awesome concerts coming up, I'd say Death Cab for Cutie, since BFD seems like it's gonna be significantly less than totally awesome.

12. What is your favorite band shirt?
The Foo Fighters shirt Sam got me from Germany. It's actually one of the most comfortable shirts I own.

13. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
Agreeing with Sam again. Dave Grohl is awesome.

14. What musician would you like to be in love with for a day?
Er, no idea what this is supposed to mean. Maybe Hayley Williams from Paramore, I guess?

15. Metal question: Jeans and Leather vs. Cracker Jack clothes?
I don't even know what Cracker Jack clothes mean...

16. Sabbath or solo Ozzy?
Black Sabbath all the way

17. Commodores or solo Lionel Ritchie?
Can't say I listen to either.

18. Punk rock, hip hop or heavy metal?
Punk rock is where it's at, bitches.

19. Doesn’t Primus suck?
Probably. The song they had on Guitar Hero was kinda weird.

20. Name 4 flawless albums:

Showbiz - Muse
Origin of Symmetry - Muse
Absolution - Muse
Black Holes and Revelations - Muse

I'm a big fan of Muse, if you couldn't tell...

21. Did you know that filling out this survey makes you a music geek?

22. What was the greatest decade for music?
I'm gonna go with 70's, seeing as that's when Led Zep was active, and everybody knows they're the greatest rock band of all time (and you can't disagree, it's been scientifically proven. With science.)

23. How many music-related videos/dvds do you own?
None. I don't really care about that kinda thing

24. Do you like Journey?

25. Don’t try to pretend you don’t!

26. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Would it be cheating to say Across the Universe? Actually, I'm gonna have to say the 28 Days Later score is probably it.

27. What was your last musical ‘phase’ before you wised up?
At one point I only listened to remixes of video game music. Now I listen to other things too, thankfully. Those songs are still good though.

28. What’s the crappiest CD/record/etc. you’ve ever bought?
Bought? I don't buy crappy music. Downloaded, however, would probably be the entire discography of the Plain White T's before I realized Hey There Delilah was the only good song they've ever made...

29. Do you prefer vinyl or CDs?
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) = win.
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: Procrastinaty
Current Music: Overdue - Muse (Showbiz)
Jonathon Mathon
So I'm in Santa Barbra for this UCSB "OMG look at how awesome we are!" type thing, and while normally I'd be all happy at the prospect of actually doing something, there have turned out to be several problems. First of all, I left my phone and wallet in my jacket, which is currently on my bed in my room in my house. Though it's not like it really matters since THERE IS NO ONE TO TALK TO! Seriously, everybody besides Karina is in Japan, and Karina's on a cruise in the middle of the Caribbean. And Sam, you don't count since I never use the phone to talk to you anyways (and you're still on AIM, thank god. I'd probably go insane if I had nobody to talk to).

Though the lack of a phone did cause some problems when coordinating with my dad during the whole UCSB thing, though mostly that meant I didn't have to be around him when acted like a five-year-old in a candy store. Seriously, you'd think he was the one applying for all the stuff he was running around trying to see. I guess it's understandable since we never came in the summer last year, like EVERY OTHER YEAR FOR THE PAST MILLION YEARS! I don't understand what he found so fascinating about the campus.

Though it is very nice, even if it's hot enough to MELT YOUR FACE. I definitely regret not bringing shorts/flip-flops, as 86 degree weather in dark jeans and a black shirt is not the best thing ever. On the bright side, the heat did inspire me to invent a new Jamba Juice combination that is less of a pain in the ass to order than my previous one. On the less bright side, there were a lot of girls in summery dresses, which only served to make me miss my girlfriend, and imagine her in a summery dress (and she'd definitely be better looking than any of the girls I saw, that's for sure).

ANYWHO, I am bored, and if anybody decides to actually come within the realm of human contact, then please entertain me.
Current Location: Santa Barbara
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Eternally Missed - Muse
Jonathon Mathon
03 February 2008 @ 01:41 pm
1. Name:
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4: What are you studying/What are you working as:
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6. What are you listening to now/have listened to last:
7. What is particularly good/bad about my LJ:
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11. Best time of the year:
12. Weirdest food you like:

1. A film:
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4: A band:

1. One thing you like about me:
2. Two things you like about yourself:
3. Put this in your lj so I can tell you what I think of you.
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: White People For Peace (Against Me!)
Jonathon Mathon
03 January 2008 @ 11:51 am
So since 2007 is now at an end, and I finally have the time to actually post, I'm gonna bust out a "Best Of" list here for y'all's edutainment. Sure, it's kinda a cop out, seeing as how I haven't properly  updated in quite some time, but what're ya gonna do, eh? Nothing, because it's my goddamn blog! No one's gonna get that reference, but whatever. Anywho, on with the list:

Best Movie of 2007: No Country For Old Men
Holy. Shit. Not only was this the best movie I've seen all year, this may be one of the best movies I have seen, period. Everything about this movie was amazing: the acting was spot on for the entire cast, the writing is probably the best ever for a book-to-movie adaptation, and the narrative style of giving only bare bones explanations really hooked me. The only complaints I have are that at times it can be a little slow, and that the ending is rather unfulfilling, though it does fit the style of the movie.
Runners Up: Bourne Ultimatum, 300, 3:10 To Yuma, and Reign Over Me

Best Video Game of 2007: Orange Box
Okay, while this is technically 5 games in one box, I still believe it's one of the best deals of 2007. Containing Half-Life 2, HL2: Episodes 1 and 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2, owning anything capable of playing the collection and not the Box itself should probably be considered a crime against humanity. Because not many of you play video games, I'm going to simplify why I love these games: they are the pinnacle of masterful storytelling in any medium ever. End of discussion. Don't believe me? Play it for yourself.
Runners Up: Bioshock, Halo 3, Super Mario Galaxy

Best Album of 2007: Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace (Foo Fighters)
Surprisingly, this is not as hands-down as I expected it to be. Nevertheless, the FF manage to pull together a very solid album, with songs like Long Road to Ruin and Ballad Of the Beaconsfield Miners still on my playlist, which is no small feat given how much it shifts every week. This album really proved that the Foos haven't lost their touch, and I'm definitely looking forward to their concert on February 2nd.
Runners Up: Once Upon a Time In the West (Hard Fi), The Sun and the Moon (The Bravery), Wincing the Night Away (The Shins), Yours Truly, Angry Mob (Kaiser Chiefs)

Best Concert of 2007: Muse
This was a real toss-up between Muse and BFD, but in the end I have to give it to Muse because a) they are my favorite band and b) I was right on the floor, about 30 feet away from the stage. It was epic beyond all belief, and I'm pretty sure it caused me to develop a slight man-crush on Matthew Bellamy, who is quite possibly the most under-appreciated guitar god in our generation. My only regret is not bringing more people.
Runners Up: BFD (sadly the only other notable concert I went to in 2007)

Best New Personal Music Discovery of 2007: The Strokes
Another hard decision, as The Shins were also on the table here. And I know that most people already know about The Strokes, and after getting all their albums I realized I've heard a lot of their stuff before. But that being said, they have immediately become one of my favorite bands, even though I've only been listening to them for a week or so now. They are one of those bands that are few and far between, where there are only a few songs of theirs that I don't care for, and I'm in love with the rest of them. The only bands that can boast that for me are the Foo Fighters, and Muse (who don't have any non-stellar songs in my opinion). So yeah, The Strokes are quickly becoming a staple of my favorite playlists
Runners Up: The Shins, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Faith No More, Anti-Flag

Best Television Moment of 2007: The entire last half of Heroes season 1
Just watch it. Seriously. It's amazing.

And there we go. I may decide to add more categories if you find this interesting enough, or if I get bored enough.
Current Mood: impatient
Current Music: Electricityscape (The Strokes)
Jonathon Mathon
30 September 2007 @ 12:57 am
So I'm in Las Vegas for my dad's friend's birthday. And it's boring. Like, really boring. I'm glad I was only here for a day. Let's go examine the schedule, shall we?

9/28/07 11:30pm - I arrived, tired as fuck and ready to fall asleep. The problem: only one bed to share between me and my brother. Fortunately it's pretty wide, so I never came into direct contact, but still, ugh.

9/29/07 10:00 - I woke up. I sat around on my internetless computer for an hour before exploring the hotel (the MGM Grand). It's mostly a giant casino with a bunch of bars (alcohol + gambling = profit for casino). I did happen to find an arcade though, which was fun for about an hour. Then I realized that I probably shouldn't have spent a 20 on tokens, because there was no way I was gonna be able to use them all during one day. Little did I know how wrong I was.

12:00 - My parents explained to me that they hadn't come up with a plan for the day. I was totally shocked </sarcasm>.

12:10 - I get bored and decided to pony up for the craptacular internet. This leads to much random dicking around on the internets.

1:30 - Everyone involved in the birthday (including me) went to lunch at this Wolfgang Puck place where I'm served the weirdest tasting pizza ever. We came up with a bunch of ideas of things to do (I really wanted to see the Blue Man Group, which happened to be there for a week). I get bored with the other people, who are talking about such fascinating topics as "golf" and "the good old days"

2:30 - I went to the arcade again, and managed to use all of my tokens. All of them, out of the 80 I had when I started. I was there for a while, and it got really boring, really fast.

5:30 - Having just used all my tokens, I wandered up to my room and proceeded to do absolutely nothing for a while.

6:30 - It was decided that we'd go see a magic show at Planet Hollywood. And by "we" I meant my mom, my brother, and the wife and son of another one of my dad's friends. Everyone else got to see Cirque Du Soliel's "Ka" show.

7:00 - The magic show was pretty lame. There were more scantily clad dancing women than actual magic, and while some people may have appreciated it, I did not (NOTE TO ANY PERFORMER/SHOW EVER: Objectifying women is one of the last things you could possibly do to make me interested or respect you more). The actual "magician" sucked, and took himself way to seriously. The most entertaining thing was the fact that the audience was so totally incompetent that any instructions that the magician gave to anybody had to be repeated at least 3 times, and usually demonstrated for them.

8:30 - The show ended (thank god) and I wandered around Planet Hollywood for a while, which was pretty cool, since it was basically a gigantic mall. Too bad everything cost about twice it's actual worth, otherwise I may have bought something. For instance, my brother bought two cheap-ass pairs of sunglasses for fifty dollars. Genius.

10:30 - Everyone tried to coordinate dinner, which failed miserably. My family sans my brother went to this Asian place that was all kinds of delicious (think PF Chang's but also with sushi).

11:30 - I was told that I have to get up at 4:30am tomorrow, as our plane leaves at 6am. Not fun. I went back up to my room to sleep, but got on the computer instead. Funny how things work out like that.

Now - I'm updating because I have nothing better to do (who needs sleep?)

In all, the only things that have made this trip bearable are 1) The new Foo Fighters album (maybe my new favorite album, we'll see once the hype settles down) and 2) The new Hard-Fi album, which is totally awesome. Hopefully I'll be able to enjoy my Sunday when I get back, but something tells me my massive amount of homework won't allow it.
Current Location: Las Vegas
Current Mood: tiredmiserable-ish and tired
Current Music: Suburban Knights (Hard-Fi)
Jonathon Mathon
05 July 2007 @ 02:10 am
Ok, seriously, not having a computer for a month sucks. Don't ever do it. Ever. Even if all the cool kids are doing it, just say no to computer abstinence. Well to be fair I had sporadic internet access, but my own personal computers were absconded because apparently I can't have a computer and get a job at the same time.

Anyways, I have it back now, and I've been catching up on all my stuff, which takes a long ass time. Especially downloading all the anime and TV I've missed. Such a pain, but at least now I'll be able to watch it all in one go without having to wait a week between episodes.

Ok, what's new...well I finally had a shift at Jamba Juice. Even though I officially start on Saturday they had to bring me in because they were super busy. Basically it entailed about four hours of cleaning blenders, which is not as bad as it sounds. Though that may be my OCD talking. I also did attempt to make some smoothies, though I kept messing up sizes and I was really slow because there's this huge chart and you have to find the smoothie type on it and look at the various rows and stuff. A little overwhelming for a newb such as I.

As for 4th o' July festivities, I went to the beach with some family friends and ended up flying a kite into people. Several times. Possibly not entirely unintentionally either. After that I went down to shoreline with some different family friends and watched a really boring symphony thing for a few hours. Though the songs sucked (although they did do some songs from Phantom of the Opera and one from Dreamgirls), the real problem there was that all the girls were like 13 (the whole thing was sponsored by radio Disney), so there was no eye candy to be had. But in the end, there were fireworks, so it wasn't all bad.

Ok, I'm tired and going to sleep now. Hope this wasn't too boring or anything, but I just had the urge to blog about something.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Jonathon Mathon
01 May 2007 @ 09:28 pm
So you all probably remember me ranting about this new show "Drive," featuring none other than Nathan Fillion from Firefly and Tim Minear as the creator (who also worked with Joss Whedon on all his shows and on the X-Files). Of course, because the show was awesome, Fox had to go and CANCEL IT 4 EPISODES INTO THE FUCKING SEASON! I am tired of Fox canceling shows that don't have "enough viewers" even though the shows themselves are a million times better than anything else on TV. Here is a list of shows to prove my point:
Space: Above and Beyond
Dark Angel (although it was canceled to amke room for Firefly, it was still good)
Arrested Development
Family Guy (which they did bring back)
and Futurama (the funniest thing ever)

So screw you Fox. House is the only thing you got going for you now, and if you screw that up, I'm gonna come over there and kill whoever's in charge of this shitty show handling.

EDIT: Also, today, May 1st, 2007 marks the four-year anniversary of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. Good job, guys!</sarcasm>
Current Location: Here
Current Mood: angryangry with rage
Jonathon Mathon
14 February 2007 @ 08:24 pm
    Okay, so my life has gone from boring to complicated (well, actually slightly less boring) in a rather short span.

    First of all, I saw Mrs. Van Wagner today, which involved slightly less disappointment than I was expecting. It turns out that the colleges that seemed the most interesting for me (WPI, RPI, etc) are also not too hard to get into, which is good. However, she did laugh at me. Twice. It was kinda awkward.

    Second of all, apparently my friend's friend has a crush on me, and has asked me to her school's dance. Luckily, I'm skiing on the day of the dance. Now, this development may seem like a good thing, especially since I complain about not having anyone interested in me. However, there are a few reasons why I don't really want to taker her up on her offer, one of them being that she's not that attractive (though that is, in truth, a minor hurdle). There are definitely other reasons, but not any that can be discussed over the internet.

    So yeah, nothing really exciting, but I haven't updated in a while, so I figured I might as well.
Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Megalomaniac (A Crow Left Of the Murder) by Incubus
Jonathon Mathon
02 December 2006 @ 05:30 pm
Ok, I'm just updating to say that I have officially had the defining "awkward turtle moment".

So basically, I'm at Juban w/ my family last night, and the girl I had the biggest crush on in middle school sits down right in front of me, with a date, in a booth so that I'm basically staring at her the entire time. Interestingly enough, my family leaves just as soon as she's done using the bathroom so that I pass her in the back hallway, where I casually say hi, expecting some kind of friendly "hey, how'ya been" sort of response. Instead, she just stares at me like I'm crazy, and asks "Do I know you?" and we just stared at each other for a good two seconds before I did the awkward dance and left.

So yeah...that's pretty much it.
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Project Chaos
Jonathon Mathon
29 November 2006 @ 07:22 pm
Ok, so I know this is kind of late for a Thanksgiving weekend update, but you guys are lucky you're getting anything at all with the ONE comment on my last post. Anyways, the days leading up to said weekend were fairly uneventful. I saw Happy Feet (which was awesome), but that's about it. Thanksgiving itself was pretty good. I went to a family friend's house for Thanksgiving, and there was much turkey flesh to be enjoyed (plus awesome pumpkin pie). Also, this is the same family who was had the party that I didn't go to, so the family of the girl I mentioned in my last two posts. Turns out that she already has a boyfriend, and her dad recently killed himself. Ouch. Now that she's out of the picture, I've basically resigned myself to singleness for the rest of high school. Not that it's much of a change from my current situation. But enough of that, I'm sure none of you care that much about my personal life. The Friday after Thanksgiving was much better anyhow. I finally got a debit card, so now I am no longer tied to the amount of cash I have in my wallet, and I also saw Casino Royale with Alec and Peter. By the way, if you haven't seen it, do. It's the best Bond movie not featuring Sean Connery. After the movie, we all went to the gelato shop in Palo Alto, followed by a Pizza-My-Heart and a Starbucks, where we saved a guys wallet.

Speaking of movies, I realized that I've been missing out on a bunch of good movies, and have compiled a list of ones I still need to see, which includes the following:
Deja Vu
Tenacious D

Hopefully I'll be able to see all of them before they leave theaters.