Name That Face: Round 1 Prizes


The winners have chosen their prizes.

@debenham gets the Mr. T rubber stamp!
@johndstearns gets the crab robot!
@ajonathancox gets the autographed 8×10 of Jim Belushi!
@SamuraiFrog gets the DVD of On The Right Track!
@keithwade gets the Hitchcock Truffaut book!

Winners, please email me at the address listed on my profile to tell me where to send your well-earned booty.




So, the first round of Name That Face has been up and running for a while, but as June ends, so too shall Round 1.

The five highest point-earners will be awarded prizes. I thought of what I think is a neat way of giving the prizes out.

The highest point-earner gets to choose a prize out of the five available. The next highest point-winner will choose from the four remaining prizes, and so on, until the fifth highest point-winner hopefully likes whatever crap the other four people didn’t want.

Anyways, here are the prizes for Round 1, in no particular order.

A DVD of the famous Gary-Coleman-lives-in-a-train-locker dramedy On The Right Track! I saw this about a bejillion times when I was a kid, and imagine it still retains the whimsy I faintly remember.

A signed 8×10 of Jim Belushi! It has a few scuff marks, which you might be able to see from the scan. Note: I did not personally obtain this autograph — I bought it at a collectible store near my house. I’m wagering it’s authentic, as I do not know why someone would attempt to fake a Jim Belushi signature.

A wonderful book, consisting of interviews of Alfred Hitchcock conducted by fellow director François Truffaut.

A crab robot. It’s pretty cool. What does it have to do with faces? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Cut out all the paperwork jibber-jabber with this stylish Mr. T rubber stamp!

I’ll probably take a break (and give Twitter followers a little break as well) for a week or so after Round 1, then I guess I’ll crank up Round 2. I was planning on resetting everyone’s points back to zero for the next round to even the playing field. I’ll still keep the tally of Round 1 for posterity’s sake (assuming that anything related to Twitter should have posterity).

Okay, thanks a lot for playing.

P.S. For people unable to get into the top five, I do have web-based complimentary awards that are available for the taking.

Minutemen Song Titles That Would Also Function Quite Nicely As Blog Post Titles

01. Shit From an Old Notebook
02. Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?
03. Dreams are Free, Motherfucker!
04. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs
05. I Felt Like A Gringo
06. Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing
07. Maybe Partying Will Help
08. Shit You Hear at Parties
09. The Big Blast for Youth
10. Life As a Rehearsal
11. This Ain’t No Picnic
12. Joe McCarthy’s Ghost
13. History Lesson
14. God Bows To Math
15. There Ain’t Shit on T.V. Tonight
16. The World According to Nouns
17. Storm in My House
18. Jesus and Tequila
19. Anxious Mo-Fo
20. It’s Expected I’m Gone


I hate misspelling words. Hate it.

I am pretty good at spelling.

Sometimes I make mistakes. It seems that my mistakes typically occur with words that have double letters. I’ll use a single letter when double letters are required.

I got eliminated from a 5th grade spelling bee because I fucked up the word “paralel” [parallel].

Firefox has a nice spell-check feature that shows up for you when typing in text areas. A text area is a free-form box that you can type shit in.

If you use Blogger, you use text areas all the time — it’s the space where you type the body of your blog post.

So, like I said, I am good at spelling, but if I do make a mistake when typing in a text area, a red underline appears with the word Firefox thinks I messed up.

There is another kind of HTML widget called a text box, which you cannot type freeform text in. It’s a simple little box where you can input a limited amount of information. The place where you type the title of your blog post uses a text box.

Firefox does not do any kind of spell check for text boxes, which I guess makes sense, seeing as you’re not typing as much as in a text area. Unfortunately, when you make a spelling error, you are not alerted to it.

So, since I didn’t have Firefox reminding me, “Hey lunkhead, you spelled this wrong!”, I misspelled “Millennium” as “Millenium” in this post title.

You may notice that Millennium is spelled properly in the title now. I fixed it.

However, as you may or may not know, the direct link URL that is created for one’s blog post actually uses text from the blog title. The URL does not get updated when one updates the title of the post.

So, unless I delete it (I’m not), this misspelling will follow me around for fucking forever.

Yes, I am insane.

A Carnival Of Sorts

So, I am coming home from picking up some groceries this past Wednesday night, and I get a call on my cellphone from a number I do not recognize. It was a New Jersey number.

My friend Chris from the Galaxie 500 mailing list had recently sent me an email, offering me some comfort regarding my recent crappy life events. He also mentioned that Stanley [Demeski, drummer for the Feelies] was looking forward to seeing me when his band would be in town to play Millennium Park on June 29th.

I gave Chris my cellphone number and told him if Stanley wanted to give me a call, he was welcome to.

So, he gave me a call! We talked briefly on the phone, enough for me to insert my foot gracelessly in my mouth. I was telling him that Millennium Park was a great place to play, and said I had seen a puppet show there. After I hung up the phone, I immediately thought of this.

Anyways, he was going to give me a call when they got into town on Sunday, but the plane arrived later than anticipated.

On Monday, as I was headed downtown (I had taken the day off from work), I hesitatingly rang Stanley up. He was once again very nice, etc. He said they were getting ready to do a soundcheck.

So, once I got into Union Station, I made a beeline for the Pritzker Pavilion. I was able to catch the last couple songs of their soundcheck.

I went up briefly after the soundcheck had finished. I waved at Stanley and he walked over. He was very friendly. I said I was putting in an advanced request for a setlist and he said he would see what he could do.

I met up with my friend Andy, who was just getting off work. We grabbed a bite to eat, then moseyed over to the Pritzker Pavilion via the lovely Lurie Gardens.

We soon arrived at the beautiful lawn in front of the Pavilion.

Yes, they sold beer there!

There was an opening band — Icy Demons, a nice band from Chicago with a strong emphasis on keyboards.

As it started to get dark, the colored lights came on.

More and more people arrived as the Feelies prepared to play.

And play they did!

Here’s the setlist (thanks to Gret Kot)

1. On the Roof
2. High Road
3. Nobody Knows
4. Let’s Go
5. Deep Fascination
6. Higher Ground
7. The Final Word
8. Time Is Right
9. Away
10. Slipping (Into Something)
11. Doin’ It Again
12. Too Far Gone
13. Raised Eyebrows
14. Crazy Rhythms

15. Carnival of Sorts (R.E.M. cover)
16. Fa Ce-La
17. What Goes On (Velvet Underground cover)

Second encore:
18. Paint it Black (Rolling Stones cover)

“Nobody Knows” and “Time Is Right” were new songs. I had heard “Time Is Right” at Maxwell’s last year but hadn’t heard “Nobody Knows” before.

They had a wonderful amount of energy. They played one of my favorite songs “Away” particularly freaky fast.

Near the end of their set (before the encores), a gangly kid started dancing up and down the aisles and in front of the stage. When the band kicked into “Crazy Rhythms” a number of people spontaneously joined him. A whole bunch of people stood up. All of the sudden the sedate crowd was in a rock ‘n roll mood. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of, especially since the Feelies are so near and dear to my heart. Thank you, mysterious gangly kid!

The crowd remained standing for the two encores, and would have loved to have more if the city had allowed the band to continue.

I was happily surprised to see them kick into “A Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)”, a great song off of R.E.M.’s first record Chronic Town. I imagine this was the song they played for a recent tribute to R.E.M. at Carnegie Hall.

They did a great rocking version of the VU’s “What Goes On”. I would have preferred them to end with the Beatles’ “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide (Except For Me And My Monkey)” instead of “Paint It Black”, but I’LL LET IT SLIDE.

Great, great, great, great, great, great show.

I went afterwards and talked to Stanley again. He gave me his setlist. I involuntarily laughed like Jabba the Hutt as I grasped it. A woman with a professional looking camera asked me if she could take a picture of the setlist. I of course let her, because that’s what I am all about.

Stanley said there was some shindig upstairs inside the Pritzker Pavilion which he needed to attend. I said he could give me call if he wanted to grab a beer, as I’d be downtown for a bit.

Before we left, I took a pic near the stage, looking out.

And, a pic from the lawn, with the Pavilion all lit up like a metal flower.

Andy and I roamed about for a bar and found one at the Hard Rock Hotel. What’s more rock ‘n roll than a $5.25 bottle of Budweiser? *I* sure as hell don’t know.

Stanley didn’t end up calling me, but I was perfectly fine with that. It was a beautiful evening — beautiful weather, beautiful music, beautiful everything.

Thanks to the Feelies, thanks to Millennium Park, thanks to the city of Chicago, thanks to summer, thank you, thank you, thank you.


My mate Andy found the picture of me holding the setlist on Flickr! Thanks, Andy!!

The rest of the Flickr set