★ Threadless.com

Originally uploaded by Jay Torres.

These guys are geniuses. Sell t-shirts, but have the buyers design them and watch all the money come in.

Instead of coming up with all the designs, the folks at Threadless.com have anyone submit their own designs. Customers vote on ones they’d actually buy and if a design gets enough votes, it gets made. The winning designer gets $1000 on top of that. Seriously, why didn’t I think of this myself.

For some reason, this shirt really got to me. As soon as I came across it, I whipped out the credit card. It must be a cool shirt since I got like 4 comments about it last night.

And on another note, why am I always getting flaked on the past couple days?

★ New York

I can’t believe it. Almost a month has passed and I didn’t even mention my trip to New York. Last month, I went to New York to watch my cousin Ezar get married. All the cousins, their parents, my parents and my brother all went out to the Big Apple. I also got my roommates to come out to New York also. The more the merrier right? In case you missed it in the sidebar, here are pictures from the wedding and from our antics in the city.

Speaking of New York, we dropped off my brother at the airport yesterday morning. He was going back to New York, but he probably won’t be back until Thanksgiving. Mike got accepted to Columbia University and is going to get his master’s degree. How crazy is that? Living in New York City while going to school. I’m extremely jealous and proud at the same time. This is the same person who got kicked out of UCLA his first year. Have fun out there little brother and study hard. I’ll be out there to visit as soon as I can afford it.

★ “Love of mine, someday you will die…”

As dark as their name sounds, Death Cab for Cutie is not a band that lives up to their name. If anything, they sound more like a mellow Jimmy Eat World or like The Shins but a bit more up-tempo. The thing I really love about this band are their lyrics. They are very insightful, witty and give a whole new feeling to things sung about many times before. I’ve quoted them here before and I could quote them a million times more.

Their new album comes out next week and there’s more than a couple songs that I already love. One song in particular I really listened to on the drive home. It’s just guitar and vocals and I think that, along with the lyrics of course, and the subject matter make the song as good as it is. It’s a very hopeful way of looking at death or anything good that comes to an end.

“Love of mine some day you will die
But I’ll be close behind
I’ll follow you into the dark.

No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white,
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark.
If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs.

If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks,
Then I’ll follow you into the dark”

: I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab For Cutie from the album Plans

★ Radio Sucks

If you were to ask me what my favorite radio station was, I would just laugh in your face. Why? Because the radio industry today is a joke. Most people don’t know that everything that you hear on the radio, someone paid someone else to get it played on air. What makes it even worse is that one company owns 247 of the 250 major music markets in the United States. With that much power, Clear Channel Communications can basically pick and choose the next big thing depending on how much their label wants to pay.

I gave up on radio years ago when Z90 in San Diego hired idiot DJs and played the same bullshit ad naseum. It’s even worse today. Try listening to KIIS FM for more than 1 hour and I guarantee you that you will hear the same songs over and over again. At its root, it’s brainwashing. You hear the same shit while you work and while you drive that you have no choice but to “grow to like it”. Does all this come as a surprise? To some, it should. There are two Salonarticles that tell a pretty detailed story about why radio is the way it is and how much money is generated just to get a song played on the radio. So next time you hear a “new” artist on the radio, or a catchy new song, just be aware that it’s more likely that money, and not musical talent, that will make them famous.

: Someday You Will Be Loved by Death Cab For Cutie from the album Plans

PS. Ever wonder why San Diego hip hop stations are far worse than LA’s? Neither Power 106 or 100.3 The Beat are owned by Clear Channel Communications.

★ Things I’ve Learned

  • When I fall for someone, I fall hard
  • For the most part, I give my all in a relationship
  • But I get lazy sometimes (and I HATE that)
  • I’m much better with a pen than with words
  • I will always give in to my weakness
  • I no longer have patience for people who are wasting my time
  • I’m not willing to waste my time on just “anyone”
  • As much as it sucks, out of sight, out of mind really does work
  • Everything is easier when both sides communicate
  • Regret is FAR more worse than jealousy, sadness, or anger