Sunday, August 28, 2005

Birth Order, HOWL reviews, Steal A Ride, SPIN, Beliefnet, Chan, Nico biopic

Actually, I'm a Third Born... unless my parents had another child that I didn't know about.

You Are Likely A Fourth Born
At your darkest moments, you feel angry.
At work and school, you do best when your analyzing.
When you love someone, you tend to be very giving.

In friendship, you don't take the initiative in reaching out.
Your ideal jobs are: factory jobs, comedy, and dentistry.
You will leave your mark on the world with your own personal philosophy.
A very favorable review of HOWL from Synergy Mag.

Rolling Stone's 3 star review of HOWL is not all bad, at least you can hear a 30 second preview of the hidden track "Open Invitation."

UPDATE: I've uploaded the mp3 of the BRMC track "Steal A Ride" to RapidShare, enjoy! Also, updated the FAQ and added lots more interview links up on Down Here's FAQ/Tour/Press section.

SPIN's review of HOWL is pretty good. Here's a photo from their website:

Distortion pedal devotees get spiritualized.

BRMC, upon realizing that a "Rocky Mountain High" doesn't get you stoned

From another story about SPIN, I learned of a book by Mark Spitz called "How Soon Is Never?" about a kid growing up in the 80's who loved the Smiths and later became a music journalist. Sounds more like an autobiography... of the writer, not the swimmer.

Beliefnet's Joke of the Day

Black and White

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?"

"Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life."

The child thought about this for a moment, then said, "So why is the groom wearing black?"

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I posted this joke because I was thinking about how women who get married usually wear white or off-white, and I thought it would be cool for a bride to wear black or blue or something else unusual. Red is actually a traditional color for Chinese weddings and banquets. I was also thinking about how women usually take on their husband's last name after they get married, though today many women are keeping their maiden names. I've actually met a couple where the husband has taken the wife's name, which seems like a cool idea though it also kind of makes the man seemed whipped. I'm planning to go to my friends' wedding at the beginning of November, and I expect it to be more on the traditional side.

My Top 20 Religions from Beliefnet's Belief-O-Matic

1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (97%)
3. Liberal Quakers (88%)
4. Neo-Pagan (87%)
5. Hinduism (82%)
6. Theravada Buddhism (81%)
7. Jainism (77%)
8. New Age (77%)
9. Sikhism (74%)
10. Bahi'i Faith (71%)
11. Reform Judaism (69%)
12. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (64%)
13. Taoism (64%)
14. New Thought (62%)
15. Scientology (60%)
16. Orthodox Quaker (51%)
17. Secular Humanism (51%)
18. Orthodox Judaism (50%)
19. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (44%)
20. Islam (43%)

Here are some of Beliefnet's quick definitions of Mahayana Buddhism and Neo-Paganism:

Mahayana Buddhism includes diverse beliefs, various sects, schools, and trends. The main Mahayana sects include Pure Land, Zen, and Vajrayana (or Tantric) Buddhism. We focus here on some of the traditional elements of Mahayana Buddhism.

Neo-Pagans are a community of faiths bringing ancient Pagan and magickal traditions to the modern age--including mostly Wicca but also Druidism, Asatru, Shamanism, neo-Native American, and more. Neo-Pagan is an umbrella term for various and diverse beliefs with many elements in common. Some Neo-Pagans find no incongruence practicing Neo-Paganism along with adherence to another faith, such as Christianity or Judaism.

I thought I might be a little Zen /Ch'an Buddhist, since I recently read a great and interesting book called "Zen Miracles." Speaking of my last name, I found an entry about it in Wikipedia:

Chen (surname)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

(Redirected from Chen)

Chén (Simplified Chinese: , Traditional Chinese: ) is one of the four most common Chinese family names (its exact position varies depending on the set of statistics used). It is occasionally romanized Chern in Singapore Mandarin Chinese (where "r" indicates the second tone in the Gwoyeu Romatzyh romanization system). It is usually romanized as Chan in Cantonese, sometimes as Chun, Chin or Zen. Some other Romanizations (from other Chinese dialects) include Tan and Ding.

Chen is also a Hebrew family name used by Israelis. It is pronounced khen, and meaning grace or favor.

Here's some interesting movie news from No Rock&Roll Fun:


We'd been wondering who David McKenzie was going to cast in his soon-coming Nico biopic:

It's not an easy part to cast, and while we're sure Mandy Moore was on the shortlist, we're quite pleased to hear who's been cast:

Tilda Swinton. If anyone can pull the story off, she can.

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