Dear Mr. Smuggy Apple “Genius”* Guy…

When I entered your store to find out why my pretty old Powerbook was suddenly running so slowly, I had no idea I had to engage you in a battle of wits in order to gain your respect and therefore “approval” for you to take a serious look at my laptop. I mean, I’ve taken this thing apart and replaced parts and gotten it up and running from being basically a 17″ paperweight, so I was pretty confident in my abilities. I figured that since you’re the “Genius” that you would know more about my Apple product than I would.

I mean, it was pretty unecessary for you to have the smug, “oh you’re a P.C. guy” attitude. I mean, I get it… You’re paid to be a “Genius”*, so you have to act holier than thou and like you’re the savior of the Apple world. I didn’t mean to step on your toes with a slight display of competence. It was merely a simple act of getting you up to speed so that we could jump right to the chase. I know you’re type.. The “have you tried restarting?” type. And I just basically wanted you to know that I’m not of the “no, I haven’t tried restarting” crowd. Your manhood was safe with me. I wanted no part of your Alpha-Apple status. I merely wanted a little of insight into Apple tech and how I could keep my old-school Apple up running smoothly.

I mean, if it was a battle of wits, I could no doubt hold my own. But trust me Apple “Genius”*, I was no threat to your fragile hierarchy. You can go back to impressing hippie chicks with “have you tried restarting?” and “let’s run the disk checker to see if there are any disk errors”her: “oh you can do that??” – “yes, it’s very complicated”her: “*swoon!* *eyes-a-flutter*”. I won’t tell the faux-rocker-edgy-i-got-this-tattoo-to-fit-a-persona-i-desperately-want-to-fit-in-to chicks that you STILL couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I mean, oh yeah… I totally noticed by your “hmmm… that’s definitely not good” comment under your breath and quizzical gaze at my screen, that you were dumbfounded. But I won’t say a word…

Your iEgo will remain in tact. I won’t tell your iPeers a thing.


*-When I say “Genius”, I’m saying it in the most condescending tone you can imagine. Imagine the most condescending tone you’ve ever heard, then double it and add a little “angry wife/girlfriend” in… That’s how I’m saying it…

That’s it.. No really… that’s it.

…yo diz sh*t must stop…

-Havoc from Mobb Deep on “Drink Away the Pain”

That quote was the first thing that came into my mind when I read this story from a music blog* that I RSS (I just made “RSS” a verb, but I’m sure someone else has beaten me to it…).

Long story short, L.A.’s (and Orange County’s) own Indie 103.1 is closing. It’s going away as of today. That’s unacceptable. Now mind you, I agree with some that the station isn’t as “good” (*cough* “indie” */cough*) as when it first hit the scene, but if it wasn’t a great resource for L.A.’s indie scene and a haven away from all the steaming hot garbage on the radio today, then I don’t know what it was (a good radio station maybe?). And since I’m only slightly elitist, Indie was pretty dag good to me.

(the station’s official message is down below. It’s semi-lengthy, so I’ll post it after my rant)

The truth is that music sucks right now. No, not music in general, because there’s great stuff “on the underground”, but mainstream music. And not even all of that sucks, just the stuff force-fed to us on mainstream radio. And don’t even let me get into radio Hip Hop right now. If you think Scotty’s posts are long.. don’t even get me started on that. The fact that one of the few stations, that isn’t college owned or suscriber radio, is forced to take it’s act to the ‘net is disturbing. The music industry as a whole is in shambles. Complaints about sales, downloaders/pirates (arrrg, me harties), and all the BS is clowding the fact that they don’t give a ish about artist development and true talent. Just about what they can pre-package in shiny disposable plastic and move on to the next money making single.

We’ve all heard it before, so I’ll just say this. I give up on mainstream radio. That’s it. I’m done. Out. I pretty much have been doing this in practice but now it’s official. If it’s not NPR or KCRW (89.9… shouts out to Chocolate City, Garth Trinidad and Jason Bentley – who may not be there anymore either), then it’s my portable mp3 player (see, i didn’t say iPod, Qbix!) and cd’s (until they eventually die, too). Eff you music industry. Suck it.

(here’s Indie 103.1’s official statement being played as we speak)

This is an important message for the Indie 103.1 radio audience.

Indie 103.1 will cease broadcasting over this frequency effective immediately. Because of changes in the radio industry and the way radio audiences are measured, stations in this market are being forced to play too much Britney, Puffy and alternative music that is neither new nor cutting edge. Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option — to play the corporate radio game.

We have decided not to play that game any longer. Rather than changing the sound, spirit, and soul of what has made Indie 103.1 great. Indie 103.1 will bid farewell to the terrestrial airwaves and take an alternative course.

This could only be done on the Internet, a place where rules do not apply and where new music thrives; be it grunge, punk, or alternative simply put, only the best music.

For those of you with a computer at home or at work, log on to and listen to the new Indie 103.1 – which is really the old Indie 103.1, not the version of Indie 103.1 we are removing from the broadcast airwaves.

We thank our listeners and advertisers for their support of the greatest radio station ever conceived, and look forward to continuing to deliver the famed Indie 103.1 music and spirit over the Internet to passionate music listeners around the world.

how did i get here…?

So when i got the email from qbix about joining the “Best. Team. Ever.” site (and ensuing pod… i mean NETcast.. maybe.. hopefully), i was extremely quick to reply in the positive, yet after doing so, I wondered aloud (not really, because that would be weird… i was by myself) “hmm, i’m not really up on next-gen gaming. What would my place here really be?”. And, then it sort of came to me… i’m the proverbial “hard-core-gamer-who-turned-in-his-LAN-parties-for-dinner-parties guy”. Yeah, i went and got married and my time for gaming dropped faster than “President” Obama would if his motorcade rode slowly through Texas in a open top Cadillac.

But, then i thought this could be kind of cool. I could give the perspective of the casual gamer. The pop music version of my former self. The one who only hears about the big games and whatever gets marketed to me during prime-time TV and advertisements played between quarters/innings/halves of televised sports. Yes, i don’t even have an Xbox 360 (and wouldn’t THINK of getting a PS3!) and my PC needs an updating as about as much as Spanky’s choice of footwear (c’mon dude, hiking boots are so 8th grade…).

Regardless, I still watch XPlay, i’m subscribed to numerous G4 netcasts, faithfully (usually) peep my boys Kevin Rose & Alex Albrecht, and can’t go a half-day without my Google Reader – and many gaming-related – feeds. I pretty much know what’s going on in the gaming world – I LOVE gaming – but I just don’t partake as much.

That being said, I look forward to hopefully providing a different point-of-view on this here site. I may not be the most active gamer ever…

(what… that’s it.. it’s over…)