170 For March: Miles

Happy Leap Day. I’m starting an ingenious plan to give myself random goals each month for the rest of 2012.

In theory, these goals will ‘make me a better person’. If that is possible. I wager it is not. They will also be hard (insane) enough to provide a challenge or make me want to quit halfway through.

I created a new tab on this blog called ‘Random Goals’ to track progress. Go there now. Or don’t.

The first random goal is to run, bike or hike 170 miles in the month of March. That’s 273.6 K for you un-American types.

That may not seem like a lot if you ride in the Tour de France and whiz up and down 130 miles of mountains one day and do it again the next. Or if you like to run 6.5 Boston marathons in a single month. Or if you like doing 11 15-mile hikes in a row.

That averages out to 5.5 miles per day. If you still find this is too slight of a goal, please join me. Try it yourself. Just do it.

Moral of the story:

March Goal = Run, bike or hike 170 miles in 31 days

Follow progress under ‘Random Goals’ tab.

Stay classy. And give goal ideas for future months…

Predicting the Oscar Race

Epilogue: I got 6 of 11 correct! 55%!

It’s almost time. Get ready. Sunday is the 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony hosted for the 100th time by Billy Crystal.

I’m here to boldly predict the winners and sneer at the losers. If my boldness proves correct, what do I win? I hope it’s a puppy.

Best Picture – I saw four of these movies. That makes me an expert.

  • The Artist (Winner)
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse

Best Actor in a Leading Role – It’s Clooney’s year. I just know it!

  • Demián Bichir (A Better Life)
  • George Clooney (The Descendants) (Winner)
  • Jean Dujardin (The Artist) (Actual Winner)
  • Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
  • Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – If you’re old and gay, you win.

  • Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
  • Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
  • Nick Nolte (Warrior)
  • Christopher Plummer (Beginners) (Winner)
  • Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Meryl gets nominated every year, only to lose to someone that was slightly better. Same this year.

  • Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
  • Viola Davis (The Help) (Winner)
  • Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) (Actual Winner)
  • Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – It’s a helpful year.

  • Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)
  • Jessica Chastain (The Help)
  • Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
  • Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Help) (Winner)

Adapted Screenplay – I think people will honor Martin Scorsese’s love letter to film and he’s not winning elsewhere. Though Moneyball could win.

  • The Descendants (Actual Winner)
  • Hugo (Winner)
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Original Screenplay – Woody sighting.

  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • Margin Call
  • Midnight in Paris (Winner)
  • A Separation


Best Animated Feature Film – No Pixar, no care.

  • A Cat in Paris
  • Chico & Rita (Winner)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango (Actual Winner)

Best Director – Woody and Martin? No. If they give it to Terrence Malick for his turd sandwich, I quit.

  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) (Winner)
  • Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
  • Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
  • Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
  • Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)


Cinematogaphy – Probably the Tree of Life, but I’m rooting for the horse.

  • Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
  • Jeff Cronenweth (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Robert Richardson (Hugo) (Actual Winner)
  • Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)
  • Janusz Kaminski (War Horse) (Winner)


Best Foreign Language Film

  • Bullhead – Belgium
  • Footnote – Israel
  • In Darkness – Poland
  • Monsieur Lazhar – Canada
  • A Separation – Iran (Winner)

I predict I’ll get 2 out of 11 correct.


Content Is King and Other Smartassery

Content IS king. Let’s not mince words.

That’s why I can confidently say that this blog is to content what a court jester is to a king. It is much like a clown rehearsing for his squirting flower bit on the street corner.

A Random Journey’s content is largely influenced by the composition of my brain. This is its first fatal flaw.
Its second fatal flaw is being so damn random. Is there a point to it? No, I can assure you, there is not. If I ever try to convince you that it has a point, ignore me. Call my bluff. The point is, there is no point.*
Its third fatal flaw is that I don’t get paid to write it. So my motivation is pretty suspect. Actually, I have no motivation. Sometimes I like to look at the miniscule readership stats. They inevitably crush my miniscule ego. But that only happens every three minutes.
Its final fatal flaw is that it has too much competition. Content may be king, but it’s also pervasive. You cannot move an inch on the interwebs without being buried in content. We are overrun with content. Sure you may want to be selective, but you have too many interests. You want to be in the know, so you have to add more channels. Follow more people. Ingest more YouTubage. Skim more blogs. So why skim this one? Exactly.
Hence we come full circle. I only say that because now I feel dizzy.
What did we learn today? Just this: If you value content, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you want to be squirted in the face by a flower, well…
* Did you read this sentence? I thought not.

Random iPod Playlist: Liberating Liberation

Friday nights at DC9 (9th St NW, just off of U St) is Liberation Dance Party. It’s full of alternative, electronic and Brit pop music. And they play the music videos on the big screen. Who does that?

This playlist (in no particular order) is dedicated to the best songs DJ’d over the years at LDP. Of course my memory is pretty bad, so I’m sure I overlooked a few good songs.

  1. ‘Great DJ’, The Ting Tings
  2. ‘No You Girls’, Franz Ferdinand
  3. ‘Ohh La La La’, Goldfrapp
  4. ‘A Cause Des Garçons’, Yelle
  5. ‘1901’, Phoenix
  6. ‘Shoot the Runner’, Kasabian
  7. ‘LDN’, Lily Allen
  8. ‘I’m Good, I’m Gone’, Lykke Li
  9. ‘Painted By Numbers’, The Sounds
  10. ‘Destroy Everything You Touch’, Ladytron
  11. ‘Rebellion (Lies)’, Arcade Fire
  12. ‘Starts With One’, Shiny Toy Guns
  13. ‘Somebody Told Me’, The Killers
  14. ‘Hearts on Fire’, Cut Copy
  15. ‘Every Day I Love You Less And Less’, Kaiser Chiefs
  16. ‘Electric Feel’, MGMT
  17. ‘Gone Daddy Gone’, Gnarls Barkley
  18. ‘Gimme Sympathy’, Metric
  19. ‘Little Secrets’, Passion Pit
  20. ‘Dominoes’, The Big Pink
  21. ‘Bulletproof’, La Roux
  22. ‘Giving Up the Gun’, Vampire Weekend
  23. ‘Heads Will Roll’, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  24. ‘Hello’, Martin Solveig & Dragonette
  25. ‘Sweet Disposition’, The Temper Trap
  26. ‘Under Cover of Darkness’, The Strokes
  27. ‘Walking On A Dream’, Empire of the Sun
  28. ‘Techno Fan’, The Wombats
  29. ‘My Body’, Young the Giant
  30. ‘Young Blood’, The Naked and Famous
  31. ‘Call Your Girlfriend’, Robyn
  32. ‘Pumped Up Kicks’, Foster the People
  33. ‘Easy’, Dragonette
  34. ‘Dog Days Are Over’, Florence & the Machine
  35. ‘Riot Rythmn’, Sleigh Bells

stay liberated

The Future Is Now – Again

I didn’t learn my lesson. The huge stack of tickets I once had, has inflated to an impressive, insurmountable size. Too late for an intervention.

I have a huge stack of event tickets sitting on my desk…it’s sort of ridiculous how many things coming up I’ve already bought tickets for. I may need an intervention.

2/24 – Jim Gaffigan stand-up at the Warner Theatre – done!

3/9 – The Kaiser Chiefs concert at 9:30 Club – done! Read a review.

3/11 – Young the Giant concert at 9:30 Club – done!

3/20 – Kasabian concert at 9:30 Club – done! Read a review.

3/21 – Spring outdoor volleyball league starts – it did and we won 2-1!

3/24 – National Shamrockfest at RFK Stadium – done!

3/27 – Sleigh Bells concert at 9:30 Club (rescheduled from 2/16) – done! Read a review.

4/7 – Seattle Sounders FC vs DC United match – done! Sadly it was a 0-0 draw.

4/12 – The Ting Tings concert at 9:30 Club – done! Read a review.

4/20 – Capital Alumni Network (CAN) softball season starts for UW – it did and we lost in extra innings 16-15 (8). But we came back from 6 runs down in the bottom of the 7th inning!

4/21 – DC Food Truck and Beerfest at Kastles Stadium at the Wharf – done! Burp. Mmmmm…fish tacos and beer!

4/23 – Wombats at 9:30 Club – done! Read a review.

4/28 – One Day Hike (50 K) on C & O Canal Towpath

5/12 – Game at Miami Marlins new stadium

5/18 – Black Keys at Merriweather Post Pavillion

6/23 – Skydiving

6/27 – Norah Jones at Wolftrap

6/30 – Running in the Semper Fi 5K race

7/20-22 – Firefly Music Festival ????

8/12-18 – Seven day White Water Kayaking Course (in California)

8/22 – Game at Oakland A’s stadium

8/23 – Game at San Francisco Giants stadium

9/8 – Game at New York Mets stadium (rain check because of last year’s Hurricane Irene)

What else do I need to do?

Attend a bunch of Washington Nationals games?

Check out Coldplay on 7/8?

Five Random Super Bowl Ads

So, Super Bowl XLVI is in the books. Boring.

The game wasn’t that interesting. Even though it was close, I could not have cared less about either team. I would have much preferred a 49ers vs. Ravens tilt.

The ads were mostly terrible.

The halftime show was the only real highlight. Madonna put on a show that far surpassed all halftime shows in recent memory.

Despite the general awfulness of the ads, I did actually laugh at some of them. I do not purport that these were good, only that they got a chuckle.

1. Fiat 500 Abarth – Seduction (Watch it here)

2. M & M – Sexy and I Know It (Watch it here)

3. Volkswagen – The Dog Strikes Back (Watch it here)

4. Doritos – Man’s Best Friend (Watch it here)

5. Hyundai Velostar Turbo – Cheetah (Watch it here)

world peace