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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Congratulate me!!!
I have successfully made it into the largest film festival in Michigan!!! The Goshen-produced short film, Corduroy (starring yours truly) has been officially selected as a part of the festival! I'm not sure of the exact date and time that it will be showing, but the festival goes from March 22-26.

This is the biggest exposure my ass has ever gotten!

So far that's all I know, but I'm pretty fucking excited!

Monday, January 30, 2006
New Products at the Schrock Shop

Join the crusade!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Buying ties to match specific shirts is one of the first warning signs.It seems that I've joined the bourgeoisie, having spent $83.40 on two shirts and two matching ties at Hechts. America's millions of working families are counting on me to dress nicely for the office, I guess. That's my excuse. And also that I had to shop at Hecht's because it's unbelieveably difficult to find shirts with a 14 1/2 collar elsewhere.

But I am seriously worried about whether I can continue to be adequately punk rock. Perhaps attending tonight's Deerhoof show will help me to regain my stature.

Also, Tim and Char, Celeste and I bought tickets today! See you May 4!

there is no reason...

The Search For Affordable Lodging: Brooklyn
Yes!!! I've found the perfect place! this guy sounds awesome:

a very nice apts in borough park area its a very cool and clean apts a big living room with furniture the location is great, the room is for a girl that don't have any problems living with a guy I'm a very lay back person and clean, i Head myself two girls that use to live with me and they didn't Head any problems, the room is 12ft on 11ft and really nice you got access for internet and TV the rent is 650 including utilities you have two trains in the area and to get to the city is 30 to 40 min, and i got here a very big food market and a lot of restaurants two blocks away if you have any questions pleas call 917-804-0940 or email me at and my name is tom

har har.... actually, I've found some pretty cool places.

Friday, January 27, 2006
Quebec : Canada :: South : USA

I read an article a couple years ago that summed it up quite nicely:
"French-speaking Quebec, with nearly a quarter of the population and its open social attitudes, pulls Canada to the left, just as the South and Bible Belt increasingly pull the United States in the opposite direction, particularly on issues like abortion, gay marriage and capital punishment."

- Clifford Kraus for the NYTimes (reprinted by Common Dreams).
The similarities are most clear around issues of religion. Bush can't talk for two minutes without giving shout-outs to at least two members of his Holy Trinity Crew, while faith is still capital-A anathema to Canadian politics (witness the current tizzy over Harper's use of a very American-sounding phrase).

The difference? Quebec rejected the Catholic Church in the 50s and 60s so hard, and Canada elected Quebecer PMs three out of four times since 1968*, starting with Pierre "Let us overthrow the totems, break the taboos" Elliot Trudeau. Meanwhile, in the 70s the born-again Christian movement spread through the American South like herpes, and Americans elected Southern boys three out of four times since 1977, starting with evangelical Jimmy "We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon" Carter. Both regions have exerted their strong ideological influence over their respective countries ever since.

Conclusion: Due to its long-standing societal stance towards religion, Quebec is the polar opposite of the American South. And on days like today (-15°C), I mean polar.

*I'm not playing the "Joe Who", "John Turner Sucks" and "Kim's Summer Job" games, sorry.

As for the election, the field is wide open. The Conservatives have a hell of small minority lead, so they'll have to keep the far-right agenda under wraps for a little while longer. The Liberals have a chance to really reform their party now that Martin resigned. The NDP better keep playing their cards close to their chest (worked well for them last time). As for the Bloc, in paediatrics (my current rotation) we would simply call this "failure to thrive". No joke. Hope these ideas answer your Canadian political questions. Always glad to help!

ps: Enjoy the Canadian cocktails, Megly. Keep your stick on the ice!

My big adventure, abbridged
Goal: meeting laura in georgetown to catch chinatown bus that leaves at 2 AM

05:30: Go to a cupping w/ teresa
06:50: running late for a play at 7, leave early
07:00: get to the play, turns out play is at 8
07:15 eat a leisurely dinner from safeway in an abandoned mall
07:50 go to the play
11:35 get back from the play later that anticipated
12:05 miss the last train to georgetown
12:19 grab a bus
12:55 miss the transfer, in adams morgan with 45 m
01:05: in georgetown, hobble up the street to grab cash to catch a cab
01:10: get in a cab with a driver who is talking (not hands free) on his cell phone
01:12:remind him of the cellphone law
01:12: he kicks me out of the cab
01:15 a car full of kids picks me up and drops me at laura's
01:35 catch a cab to chinatown
01:50 make the bus!

02:00 success!!

Thursday, January 26, 2006
Flies are pushing to the spiders again

Spiders on drugs - seems caffeine is the worst. My editing looks surprising like that when I'm overly buzzed on coffee.

No kiddin'

Guess who was invited to the Canadian Embassy for cocktails?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Okay, so at the risk of posting twice a day I thought I'd point out some pretty awesome.

Sasha, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the recent elections. I'd also be curious to hear whether you agree with Justin Podur that Quebec provides a moderating influence on Canadian politics?

Sunday, January 22, 2006
Conservative Dave in MA?
Hey, it's been a while since I've put anything up here, but now seems like a good time.
I'm not going to go into detail about what I've been up to because I already spend time writing about that, but now you can spend time reading about it at: and at a blog.

Canadian elections on Monday!
props to Doug Webber
Could be a Conservative knock-out...

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Dave the Tragician

Adventures in MA/ME

I just finished gaffing a short in the suburbs of boston with a broken foot. good times good times. However, the real adventure happened as I hitched a ride back with fellow crew-mate and ended up in Maine. 30 miles in we found a place to fill up the tank and another 2 miles took us to a place where we could turn around. Sneaky little New Hampshire did a good job of hiding its "95-N" signs. Now I can say I've been to every state in New England, save Vermont!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Alley Cat/Goldsprints pic

Congrats to all!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

congratulations to julia and teresa for completing their 1st alley cat! and me for getting 1st in GOLDSPRINTS!

Aw Zac that means a lot. Post college 2nd shift life is very lonely.... and thanks Derek for the message. Let Chris and the kids know that I miss them. I miss everyone. I miss a life where there were people around. sad sad. Well my ten minute break is almost up, must go edit ads til 1am. then drink sleep, wake edit ads, drink sleep wake edit ect. my life

Monday, January 16, 2006
back from China
i noticed that y'all have a link to China SST 05 posted up top. that's rockin'awesome. i just got back... i miss katie o... and all of you dammit. zaijian!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Everyone in DC should pick up a copy of this week's City Paper and read the cover article. This is the kind of stuff I deal with. It's a very good article, at least for the City Paper.

Red Light Go
i know that guy! whoa

did i ever tell you the story...
about the time when i nearly exploded from eating way too much sticky rice? fortunately it did not involve having eggs hurled at my stomach. mennonot. my gc account is done busted up. i'm hanging out at gmail now. my e-mail. not my soul.

exciting news
So for the past couple of months my housemates and I have been heading out to the BBC, Bluegrass Brewing Co. on Wednesday nights for good beer and bluegrass. Last night we were chatting with a few people only to discover from them that the fabulous mandolin and occasional fiddle player that we always try to sit close to was Mike Cleveland. Mike is a 4 time BMA fiddle winner. Oh and he's blind. So it makes sense that the group that he plays in is always the best one, 10-15 people will just sort of gather around him and they're off and running.

I was really sad that Landon, Mike and Stan came through the night before and not last night.

Oh and I smashed my hand with a steel block. It hurts, but thankful not broken.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
no bueno. Remember how Crutchy dances in Newsies?

re: Where is Joel now?
i had a dream last night...

prior to joel joining my dream, there was comet shower shooting through the screen windows of my room which left a phosphorescent residue in the sky, such that we could play a midnight game of stickball in the courtyard. which translated into some very old college students throwing an egg so hard into my stomach it came out of my mouth, hard-boiled with chunks of chocolate and landed on the ground in front of me, and then i ate it. yum!

pitchfork's bad timing
weiss, too bad i'm transient for the next five months, speaking of which everyone should check out our trip blog. it's sure to be at least mildly interesting.

Shank, I'm looking at you here

Pitchfork Seeks News Reporter in Chicago

The Human Resource reports:
Pitchfork Media seeks a part-time reporter to join the news team in our bustling Chicago office. Duties include researching, fact-checking, and writing news stories. Interviewing artists and interacting with publicists will be a big part of the job. The ideal candidate for this paid position will be a good, fast, witty writer who enjoys typing up tour dates and asking what the new album is going to sound like. Qualified applicants should submit a résumé and writing sample to here no later than Friday, January 13 at 5 p.m.

Monday, January 09, 2006
Where's Joel now?
Does anyone have a phone number for Joel F? He doesn't seem to be responding to email. If you could send it to me, I'd very much appreciate it.

Sunday, January 08, 2006
Upsides of only having one leg:
1. my sock supply has doubled!

yep well, that's the only reason I can come up with. But it's a cool one, nonetheless.

To O:
Hey Katie. I've been meaning to pass onto you that Chris and the kids say hi. I see them every once in a while and just the other day I stopped by their place to chat for a little while. They seem to be doing fine and they definitely miss seeing you.

damn, and i thought we might have beat you home: 206. we had ramen!

Capping off a remarkable evening at the Black Cat is coming home to eat some bean salad and finding an R&B midget quartet doing their thing on channel 50. Oh yeah. Man, I can't wait for Lunes at 10pm on channel 14.

Oh, and Sara, Deerhoof it is then.

Saturday, January 07, 2006
oh no meg, what happened?
are you ok? are you in the hopital with gangreen? will you ever make it home again?
does it hurt a lot? will you have a club foot now?

yo weiss,
i haven't ever heard of colin meloy or birchmere + i've never seen deerhoof and am ridiculously intrigued with(by?) them =
i'm going to see deerhoof. hopefully with you.

dear people who have editing power of the shoup blog,
please add a link to my blog. (you know, i could just walk up a fight of stairs and make kate do it, but it's more handy this way)


I broke my fooooooot

  1. A funny thing happened yesterday at the court. I was standing in line to check in with the clerk for my scheduling hearing, bag on my shoulder and coat draped over my arm, when I noticed that someone had slipped her glove into my coat pocket. It was a heavy tan cotton item. "How strange," I thought. "Why would someone put her glove in my coat pocket?" I flipped the coat over, and she had put her other glove in my other coat pocket, too! And taken out my gloves to boot! Of course, at this point dear reader it's probably dawned on you that in fact the entire coat was not mine, which it was not. I suppose I could give up wearing a black wool coat, but I think it would be easier if everyone else who goes through security at court would instead switch their outerwear preferences. Happily, my proper coat was waiting for me at security. I can only hope that the woman whose coat I took off with came back to retrieve it.
  2. Colin Meloy is playing at the Birchmere on Saturday, January 28. But when I checked it out I found that this is of course the same day that Deerhoof is at the Black Cat. Given the relative inaccessibility of the Birchmere, Sara, I'd still like to try Deerhoof. But what do you think?
  3. In good news, Henry Kissinger fell and broke his shoulder. It's a small victory, but I'll take what I can get.

Friday, January 06, 2006
get a .mov on
For those of you who like some video with your audio: Top 50 Music Videos of 2005! Includes such Shouper faves as Interpol, Beck, Smog, Decemberists, Xiu Xiu, Stephen Malkmus and Devendra Banhart.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006
yes! yes! me me!
weiss! yes, definitely yes to deerhoof (omg-that's-the-best-thing-i've-heard-all-week) and maybe to the rest.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Larry David on Brokeback Mountain
"Who's to say I won't become enamored with the whole gay business? Let's face it, there is some appeal there. I know I've always gotten along great with men. ... And gay guys always seem like they're having a great time. At the Christmas party I went to, they were the only ones who sang. Boy that looked like fun. I would love to sing, but this weighty, self-conscious heterosexuality I'm saddled with won't permit it. I just know if I saw that movie, the voice inside my head that delights in torturing me would have a field day. 'You like those cowboys, don't you? They're kind of cute. Go ahead, admit it, they're cute. You can't fool me, gay man. Go ahead, stop fighting it. You're gay! You're gay!' Not that there's anything wrong with it."

Kopi Luwak
Coffee poop!

Monday, January 02, 2006

So after three weeks of it rolling merrily behind me, I've just finished unpacking and putting away my suitcase. I'll be in D.C. for a few solid weeks now. With that in mind, who is interested in the following Black Cat events?:
Fri., Jan. 22, CryFest, $9;
Sat., Jan. 28, Deerhoof, $10;
Sat., Feb. 4, Low, $13;
Sat., March 4, Strike Anywhere, $10;
Fri., March 24, Ted Leo, $14.

Sooooooo. We spent all of Chahunakuah with my mom and bro' and bob, and his kids +sp, bob's sister-lady +kid and my grandparents. 8 crazy nights (almost). Hanukkah candles, lots of the red red wine, jameson for me!!! and happy happy snowboarding/ski boarding all weeek long! woot! and a new red hooded sweatshirt.

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