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News: Album coming out in September

I guess I should probably start talking about this more to generate “buzz” or whatever.

I’m releasing an album of original music in September. I wrote all the songs and played all the instruments. Mixed, engineered, and produced by Brendan Franklin at Chez Bigfoot. He also served as my compositional consultant and helped make all the songs better. I’m really happy with how everything sounds so far.

About the album: it’s a 13 track concept album inspired by season 1 of the CBS show Under The Dome. The target audience needs not be familiar with the show. I did this as a compositional exercise.

I will be releasing the album digitally and I want everyone to listen to it when it comes out. I’m really proud of it.

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last night’s dream: Nate Becomes the Boss

In my dream, my dad wasn’t a youth minister and ceramicist but was actually the founder and CEO of some company that manufactured something. He was still Jim Bjork, he just had a different job. Anyway, he retired so I took over the company.

I had never had any interest in the Bjork Foundation (that was the name of the company) and I wasn’t even sure what they did but I stepped into the CEO role anyway. All I knew was the Bjork Foundation’s main competitor was a company called Stage 3 and the rumor was that Stage 3 was going to make a move against the Bjork Foundation during this transitional period.

The night before I took over, I was doing research and had a really great idea that would help my company and predict what Stage 3′s next moves were. I came up with a brilliant strategy. I wish I remembered it because I think it was brilliant. It involved two approaches I think.

Anyway, I held a day-long company-wide meeting for my first day to introduce myself and present my plan for dealing with Stage 3. I was met with some resistance. Half the crowd was young people fresh out of college who didn’t have the attention span to follow my plan. I could tell they wanted flashy stuff and icebreakers and stuff. The other half was the “old guard” – people who helped my dad start the company way back in the olden days. I could see them thinking, “I remember when Nate was a little kid running around here, and now he thinks he can be the boss?” I knew I had to win over the people I could and I would need to start giving promotions and raises to the best people to keep them with the company and prevent them from going to Stage 3.

“Mr. Bjork,” one person began when the floor was given to him. “Mr. Bjork is my fathers-,” I began, then stopped. I remembered that these people had actually worked with my father. “How many of you actually called Jim ‘Mr. Bjork’?” I asked. They all laughed. I said, “if you called my dad Jim then you can call me Nate.” I was starting to win them over.

We broke for lunch.

After lunch, only half the people came back to the meeting on time. The rest of the company was over 15 minutes late. While I was waiting for everyone to reconvene I considered firing all the late-returners so I could set a precedent that I was to be taken seriously. I decided against that but I did give everyone who came back on time a 10% raise on the spot.

The next day I had a smaller meeting with just the management team. I realized I didn’t know a single person’s name and so to hide that fact I said, “let’s all go around and introduce ourselves and talk about what we do here at B3.” Oh yeah, forgot to mention – at some point I renamed the Bjork Foundation to B3.

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ultrashort movie review: Inside Llewyn Davis **

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I saw this a week ago and still don’t know how much I like it. I really liked the music. I’ll definitely grab the soundtrack. Aside from that, I don’t think this is among the Coen Brothers’s best work. The characters weren’t really likeable and the pacing was too slow. But the cat was cute.

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Valentine’s Day Thoughts

“Valentine’s Day is so corporate.”

Yes, Valentine’s Day is the only holiday that is exploited by businesses who want to make money. You nailed it.

“Valentine’s Day is a made-up holiday.”

Yep. No other holiday has been made up by anyone else. Arbor Day just happened on its own. God created President’s Day.

“I just don’t like the message of the holiday.”

Yeah, it’s a really harmful message. Love. That’s what’s wrong with this world. Too much love.

“I don’t need some arbitrary day to show someone I love them. I do that 365 days a year.”

Yeah, I can tell. You seem like a really loving and gracious person.

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ultrashort movie review: American Hustle ***

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This is a fine movie. It’s fun, there are definitely funny moments, it kept me intrigued. Amy Adams shows lots of side-boob which is nice. Everyone in this movie is a pro but Jeremy Renner steals the show. Oh, and I didn’t know Louis C.K. was going to be in this so that was a pleasant surprise.

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ultrashort movie review: The Wolf of Wall Street ****

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Fantastic. Everyone did a great job in this. Some of DiCaprio’s best work. Jonah Hill is great in this.

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ultrashort movie review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ***

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Will Ferrell kind of annoys me but he’s good in some things. I liked this movie. Packed with jokes. The writers did not depend overmuch on jokes they used in the first movie.

An aside: you should watch Ferrell in Everything Must Go. It came out in 2010 and it’s the best thing I’ve seen him in.

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ultrashort movie review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ***

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I’m a fan of the books and I’m a fan of Jennifer Lawrence. But so is everyone else. I’m sure you don’t need me to convince you to watch this movie if you are a fan of either thing.

But seriously, I am in love with Jennifer Lawrence. I would eat the fingers off my own hand if she asked me to.

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last night’s dream: The Beatles

Last night I dreamed that the Beatles reunited. John was brought back to life but George wasn’t. Ringo wasn’t there either for some reason. So it was John and Paul and two other English dudes. Paul gave me VIP tickets so I got to pal around with them backstage before the show. I had so much fun I forgot to get an autograph or picture to post on Facebook to make everyone jealous.

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