August 16, 2009

Favorite Scottish TV Commercials

Since this blog has been lacking in Scottish content, here are my two favorite Scottish TV advertisements.

August 13, 2009

Tell Me Moses

The previously mentioned Stone Roses tribute band, The Complete Stone Roses, recently released an original song of their own. Entitled "Tell Me Moses", the lyrics of the song are made up of the titles of Stone Roses tracks. Kind of gimmicky, but its pretty good for what it is.

The song was sent out to everyone on their mailing list for free but you can download the song here.

August 7, 2009

Twenty Years of the Stone Roses

2009 marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of the Stone Roses's self-title debut album. For those of you who are not familiar with the Stone Roses, simply put, they are the greatest band of all time. In 2006, NME Magazine (its kind of like the British Rolling Stone) name their debut album "the best British album of all time." You can listen to most of their stuff here. As part of the 20th anniversary, they are release a couple different versions of the album, including an absurd $120 collection of CDs, vinyl LPs, John Squire's artwork, and a book.

There's a tribute group known as the Complete Stone Roses. They're playing a gig in Edinburgh on October 3rd that I'm looking forward to going to.

EDIT: I found these cool T-Shirts but I don't know where you can buy them.

August 6, 2009

Any Day Now ...

Any day now, any day. Just waiting...

In other news, I got an invite for Google Voice the other night. I haven't played with it a whole lot, but it looks pretty interesting. As you are signing up, you get to search for different numbers that are available. You can search by letters too if you're looking to get a number that represents part of a name or word. After you pick a number, you then link your cell phone, home phone, etc... The major feature of Google Voice is that your new phone number will ring all of your numbers when someone calls it. It also serves as a voice mail service. You can listen to your messages from any computer, and Google will also provide a transcript of the messages. You can also make free calls and send free text messages.

Tomorrow night I'm probably going to go to the fair being held near my house. It's pretty small but I used to help out there when I was younger. My dad and I built the ring toss game. My eagle project was at the fire company that hosts the fair so I'll probably stop by to see how my project is holding up.

August 1, 2009

Want to see what 400 trillion dollars looks like?

Yes, this is real money. Because of rapid inflation, Zimbabwe had to issue banknotes with obscene numbers of zeros. The largest were these 100 trillion dollar notes. Shortly after beginning to print these notes, even 100 trillion dollars wasn't enough. You'd be lucky to get a egg for one of these. The only thing that they're good for is that I can now claim that I'm a multi-trillionaire. I'm probably going to be the only multi-trillionaire in Stirling.

In other news ...

Pennsylvania ('s budget) is a month late. Maybe Eddie Rendell should take her for a pregnancy test. Oh wait, there's no money to pay for it. Seriously though, that situation is pretty ridiculous. The fact that they've been stuck over the same issues for months and made little to no progress makes it all the worst. With major employers threatening to leave the state, they shouldn't even be considering raising taxes. You can raise taxes all you want, but if no one has a job, no one is going to be paying them no matter what level you set.

Now that I'm closer to leaving, posts should start to come more frequently. This past week was spent gathering what I want to take with me and getting rid of stuff that I don't want anymore. I went through my closet and found a bunch of old T-shirts that are too large. I pulled them out and will donate them to the Salvation Army. This morning I went bought a new suit and a couple of neckties.

I've been spending sometime researching bank accounts. I had heard that opening a bank account can be a problem since you have no proof of address. Apparently, there are a couple of banks, like Barclays and Lloyds, that don't require you to prove your UK address. They are willing to accept proof of your old address in America. That's good news and its one less thing to worry about. I've also heard recently that most landlords are more flexible for people just arriving with no history of credit in the UK.