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Oct. 27th, 2003 @ 02:25 pm Jim's Big Ego
After finding out that Jim's Big Ego was coming into Vienna, VA to perform at Jammin' Java to celebrate the release of their new CD, I figured it was my moral obligation to organize a group to go see them live. Dispite some last minute carpooling snafus, we managed to gather a group including drfell, mr_mking, Aexx, Vincent, and Senta(as well as a couple of his friends). A group of Jim's Big Ego roadies known as the dreamscapes project wound up opening, performing a pretty decent set of songs.


Jim's Big Ego was incredible on stage. I thought their songs were good enough by themselves, but Jim, as well as Jesse(the bassist) and Dan(the drummer) have a great onstage presence. Their onstage
interactions added to their already impressive acoustics to form a thoroughly entertaining package. Seeing the facial expressions of Jim for many of the songs further cemented the impact of their clever lyrics. They started off with some of the songs off of their new CD(They're Everywhere), with Better Than You, Asshole, In a Bar, and Mix Tape being some of my favorates(though the rest of the stuff was also crazy and fun). They they went off to do something that they called Napkin Poetry, which involved the crowd all scribbling various lines or even single words, putting them all up on stage, and having Jim improv singing the lines with accompaniment. Who knew that a single song could've been formed from the lines "Defenistrate means to put you and me out the window", "Right now science is building robot arms for monkeys", "TROGDOR will come to burninate the countryside", and "ZELDA!!" After that wonderful bit of improv, they played some of their old favorites like She's Dead, Angry White Guy, and Prince Charming. Though much to the dismay of much of the audience(I could tell by the fair number of Cowboy Bebop and Otakon shirts among the typical coffee shop all black crowd).

I wound up buying a copy of They're Everywhere, and can post the mp3s if people want them. While there, I decided to introduce myself to the Jim, and the rest of the band. First started off going through the conversation that I had with Jon Dan. They all just kinda blinked and had no idea what I was talking about. Seeing that someone around was wearing a Cowboy Bebop shirt, I figured I'd mention that I made a music video with that to Stress. As I was describing this, it was very entertaining to see their synapses fire as their expression went from Who is this weirdo? to OMG! You're that guy?!?!. We wound up talking for a bit, and they wound up being really cool. Even wound up forcing me to take their other CDs that I didn't already own(I know, the horrors). Jim even wound up defacing one of the CDs that I just nabbed with an autograph.


Afterwords, we wound up talking in the parking lot for like an hour(DAMN YOU drfell and your completely useless superpower). Before heading back to my house for some video games and hanging out. We started up with a couple rounds on the PS2 version for Aexx's sake. The rest of us were far more used to the GameCube version with Link, and thus we decided to switch over. Course, we were playing on my dad's kickass widescreen setup with it's wonderful picture by picture feature, leading us to create all lizardman all the time.
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From:muffinsicon
Date:October 27th, 2003 11:38 am (UTC)
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I'm up for the mp3s if you get the chance. I totally dig Stress.
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From:bogosort
Date:October 27th, 2003 11:41 am (UTC)
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I'll try to remember to put them up tonight when I get home. They actually released them under a fairly open license so I can actually post their music online and they won't even sue me! How cool is that?
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From:muffinsicon
Date:October 27th, 2003 11:44 am (UTC)
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That is pretty darned cool. And makse me want to buy a CD or something if I end up liking the shizznit.
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From:da1sy
Date:October 27th, 2003 12:29 pm (UTC)

oh oh oh!

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i want mp3s!!!! i'd love to hear more of them.. i've only ever heard "Stress"...
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From:bogosort
Date:October 27th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)

Re: oh oh oh!

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The rest of their stuff is quite good as well. I'll go and post them when I get home later tonight. And they won't even sue me!

Love the new icon! The hair looks awesome!
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From:stealthhe
Date:October 27th, 2003 11:39 am (UTC)
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What brand/model is that TV? That's a rad feature.
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From:bogosort
Date:October 27th, 2003 12:29 pm (UTC)
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It's a Mitsubishi 55" Widescreen TV. Don't remember the model number, but this one looks to be about right.

Other men buy fast cars when they have their midlife crisis at 50. My dad buys a kickass TV. My family's weird...
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From:stealthhe
Date:October 27th, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC)
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I almost bought that TV...then I came to my senses...way too much money for me at the time...bought one for 1K less...but I'm sure it doesn't have that feature :\
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From:bogosort
Date:October 27th, 2003 12:50 pm (UTC)
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I do know that my dad managed to get a really good deal on it(managed to get a couple of big discounts and rebates on it) when he bought it. But also part of it was that he had finally finished off my last college check. Thus he had much more money to play with. It is a really nice TV, but ones that are almost as good can be had for way less.
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From:piratechan
Date:October 27th, 2003 12:01 pm (UTC)
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lee, your exessive use of the word "wound" is both impressive and frightening.
However, that's a hell of a story to tell, and dude, i cried when i saw all that lizardy goodness. I am quite jealous.
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From:bogosort
Date:October 27th, 2003 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Maybe I was just mentially preparing to inflict wounds on random people for fun...
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From:drfell
Date:October 27th, 2003 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Defenestrate... defenestrate... defenestrate... ZELDAAAAAAA!

Nunzilla kicks ass and falls off the stool.
From:uberfluffy
Date:October 28th, 2003 06:35 am (UTC)
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Wow, I wish I could have been there. Just a note to other people who may be confused, since Lee told me already: the dismay of the audience was that Jim didn't play "Stress" that night. Aww..

Lee, my future father-in-law has an updated model of your TV. I might try to get him to go with surround sound as soon as HDTV is offered in his area. How do you get picture in picture to work? Do I need to hook up the cable to both antennas?
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From:bogosort
Date:October 28th, 2003 06:58 am (UTC)
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The TV has a multitude of PiP modes. I think there's a button on the remote to switch between them. There's your standard PiP, the picture by picture, a normal 4:3 screen on one side, with 3 smaller ones previewing various channels on the right, etc. Then you can use the PiP input button and the regular input switching buttons to cycle between the various different inputs for that TV, which is something like 2 antennas, 4 video inputs, and the various composite ones.