Non-Linguistic Interests

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Band names list

The Radio Dept. say "I don't need love, I've got my band." I haven't got a band, but I've got a list of band names.

Many years ago, I created a list of band names that I wished existed. Some friends wanted to add names to the list, and the Band Names List was born.

Band Name Genre Credit
Chronic Misanthropy Emo
Nefarious Character Brad T
Los Piratos de Guitarrr Brad T
Beauty School Dropouts Chick Rock Gordon M
This is a Wug Experimental/Electronica Jonathan W
Deaf Neighbor Metal (or Punk) Fox C
Low-back Unrounded Vowel Jonathan W
The Smallest Button Jonathan W
Gr8p35 oF Wr4th Techno
$ix Miles $outh Rap Jonathan W / Derek
It's About Brains Zombie Pop Patrick H
Intention in Tension Emo rock Jonathan W
Suspension sub-pension Geriatric emo rock Jonathan W
Indie in die Haus Fake German Indie Jonathan W
Emo y mo' Fake Mexican Indie Jonathan W
30 Pieces of Silver Satanic Metal
No La Tengo Yo La Tengo cover band Aaron B
Adam Unparadis'd Christian Rock Vanita N

Music

Someone once told me that my musical tastes are best described as "meta". I'm not quite sure what they meant by that, but I like to think it's not a bad thing.

The music I listen to is fairly varied, but trends towards things that might be described as indie, indie pop, or new wave.

Some bands that have recently been on my playlist:

I always arrive at shows way too early, but it means that I've got a good vantage spot for photos:


Girls
Terminal 5 (NYC), January 2012

Bombay Bicycle Club
Bowery Ballroom (NYC), March 2012

The Drums
Webster Hall (NYC), April 2012

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Indie Pop Prom, 285 Kent (NYC), February 2013

of Montreal
Webster Hall (NYC), March 2012

Chairlift
Webster Hall (NYC), May 2012

Neon Indian
Terminal 5 (NYC), May 2012

of Montreal
Webster Hall (NYC), April 2012

Pottymouth
Indie Pop Prom, 285 Kent (NYC), February 2013

The Ice Choir
Webster Hall (NYC), May 2012

Pottymouth
Indie Pop Prom, 285 Kent (NYC), February 2013

Shout Out Louds
Music Hall of Williamsburgh (NYC), March 2013

Science fiction

Science fiction offers an escape from reality, while at the same time speaking volumes about humanity in the here and now. Also, there are often explosions, aliens, and cool ships.

The madman's box: The TARDIS

The madman's box: The TARDIS

I'm quite fond of Doctor Who, and regularly follow the adventures of this "madman with a box".

Along with a small minority of Star Trek fans, I would argue that Deep Space Nine is the best series in the franchise. For anyone more interested in science fiction as literature than science fiction as vehicle-for-explosions, it's worth a look.

I would also suggest most emphatically reading anything by Alfred Bester (The Demolished ManThe Stars My Destination), Robert Sheckley (Shall We Have a Little Talk?), Ursula K. Leguin (The Left Hand of Darkness), Vernor Vinge (Marooned in Realtime), and Octavia Butler (Bloodchild).

Books

My favorite books often employ the hallmarks of postmodernist literature, especially metafiction, pastiche, and a general breakdown of the standard narrative structure. I especially enjoy books with an emphasis on technoculture (e.g., White NoiseSnow Crash).

Some favorite authors include Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, and Mark Z. Danielewski.

Penguins

Perhaps the best aquarium in the US is the New England Aquarium in Boston. It may not the be biggest aquarium in the world, or have the most varied collection of animals, but it does have one feature that makes it stand head and shoulders above the rest: the whole aquarium is centered around its fantastic penguin exhibit.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, are some of nature's greatest creatures:

Penguins in the Antarctic

Penguins in the Antarctic

Tux, the Linux mascot

Tux, the Linux mascot