October 26, 2008

Music Rotation — 20 Oct

Posted in music at 12:18 pm by berzerkeleyan

Short list this week:

Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago” (2006)genre: Folk.
Serena-Maneesh “S-M Backwards” (2008)genre: Shoegazer.
Shins “Oh, Inverted World” (2001)genre: American Indie Rock.
Hall & Oates “Rock ‘n Soul Part 1” (1983)genre: Pop.
Queensrÿche “Operation: Mindcrime II” (2006)genre: Metal.
The Black Keys “Attack & Release” (2008)genre: Southern Indie Rock.

October 19, 2008

Music Rotation — 13 Oct

Posted in music at 3:39 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Serena-Maneesh “S-M Backwards” (2008)genre: Shoegazer.
Josh Rouse “Country Mouse, City House” (2007)genre: Easy Lis’nin’.
Anika Moa “In Swings The Tide” (2007)genre: Pop.
Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago” (2006)genre: Folk.
The Black Keys “Attack & Release” (2008)genre: American Indie Rock.
Delays “Everything’s The Rush” (2008)genre: English Pop.
Ride “Carnival Of Light” (1994)genre: 60’s Revival Rock.
Keane “Perfect Symmetry” (2008)genre: Emoschlock. $3 Amazon Digital Download? Can’t beat that.

October 12, 2008

Music Rotation — 6 Oct

Posted in music at 12:08 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Espers “II” (2006)genre: Freak Folk.
Grandaddy “Under the Western Freeway” (1997)genre: Space Rock.
Hard-Fi “Once Upon A Time In The West” (2007)genre: Britpop.
The Feeling “Twelve Stops and Home” (2007)genre: Emoschlock.
Queensrÿche “Operation: Mindcrime” (1988)genre: Metal.
Queensrÿche “Operation: Mindcrime II” (2006)genre: Metal. I finally devoted multiple cycles to this album. Though not close to being as good as the first, it’s not awful. But I will write this: Every song on the original is gold (Gold, Jerry!); they all hold up very well over time (the album’s twenty years old fer crying out loud!). I’m sure I will not be able to say the same of “O:M II” twenty years from now.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss “Raising Sand” (2007)genre: Americana.
Garbage “Version 2.0” (1998)genre: Angry Grrl.
Snow Patrol “Eyes Open” (2006)genre: Emoschlock.
Devics “Push the Heart” (2006)genre: Mouse Folk.

October 5, 2008

Elbow Update III

Posted in injury at 2:25 pm by berzerkeleyan

It’s been a little over three months since dislocating my elbow. How’m I doin’? Well, the experts seem happy with my progress. I, on the other hand, was really hoping to be a lot further along by now. As in, fully recovered. But as of today, I can extend my arm 165 degrees (out of 180) and flex to 40 degrees. I’m very happy with the flexion, but extension cannot be achieved without a lot of force (and a lot of pain). And to do both in quick succession is simply not possible without some agony. I haven’t run out of patience yet, but I’d be lying if said I didn’t have periodic moments of frustration.

That written, my progress would be a lot worse if it weren’t for the contraption you see above. The Ultraflex splint is a brace that has an adjustable spring which forces the arm to extend or flex, constantly applying pressure on the elbow ligaments. By gently forcing the arm to extend or flex over extended periods of time (6-10 hours/day), more joint elasticity is recovered than physical therapy alone.

I can’t say enough about this brace. Though it can be painful to wear, it has accelerated my recovery significantly. Based on my progress so far, I predict it’ll be another two or three months before I reach my limit. What that is, I don’t know yet. But there’s no reason for me to think I can’t reach full extension some day. Until then, I’ll have to wear what I affectionately call the Bear Trap as often as possible.

I also need to continue keeping things in perspective. As frustrating as this injury has been, it could always be worse. Take a look at this:

That is an X-ray of an injury suffered by a good friend of mine a month ago. He broke his ulna in four places, and his radius in one (look closely and you can see all five breaks). The worst part? It was a compound fracture. That’s right, folks. My friend writhed in agony for 30 min. with a bone sticking out of his arm before the ambulance mercifully arrived. Dayyammm!! He was in surgery for three hours to have a rod inserted to stabilize the ulna, and a plate and screws added to reconnect the radius. If there’s any good news to be had, there is no tendon or ligament damage. He’ll be in a cast for six weeks, but he should regain his flexibility relatively quickly. Details are sketchy as to how he wrecked his arm so thoroughly. But I’m guessing shark attack. He does live in New Zealand, after all.

So you see folks, it can always be worse. Always.

So count your blessings. Always.

Music Rotation — 29 Sep

Posted in music at 12:56 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Mansun “Six” (1998)genre: BritPop.
Delays “Everything’s The Rush” (2008)genre: British Pop.
Badly Drawn Boy “About A Boy” (2002)genre: Emoschlock.
Queen “Queen” (1973)genre: Glam Rock.
Foo Fighters “The Colour And The Shape” (1997)genre: Foo Rock.
David Gray “A New Day at Midnight” (2002)genre: Pop.
Air “10,000 Hz Legend” (2001)genre: French Techno Pop.
Duran Duran “Duran Duran” (1983)genre: New Romantic.
Jay-Z + DJ Danger Mouse “The Grey Album” (2004)genre: Hip Hop.
Rooney “Rooney” (2003)genre: California Pop Rock.
Elbow “The Seldom Seen Kid” (2008)genre: Emoschlock.
Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” (2008)genre: American Indie Rock.
Feeder “Comfort In Sound” (2003)genre: Foo Rock.