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  • Vanberge 8:37 am on April 22, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Tool: A Tribute 


    Almost anyone that knows me would tell you that I am extremely picky when it comes to music. I hate 99.99% of the music that is created on this planet. HOWEVER – In my opinion, music is (well, should be – in most cases) an extremely powerful extension of unbridled humanity and personality. It doesnt matter the genre, it doesnt matter the style, it doesnt matter if it is fast or slow – Music is absolutely the most profound of any creative art or self expression. (again, when i say “music” – i am not referring to such things as “O-town” or “Justin ‘dance with me’ Timberlake”).

    I consider myself a fairly unique person – so it makes sense that only a small percentage of music fuses with me on a higher level. Tool is a band that accomplishes this feat without question or concern.

    Tool is on the verge of releasing a new album – Which makes it their third album in literally the last 10 years. Although their new album “10,000 Days” has not yet been released, I have had the pleasure of giving it a “pre-listen”. It is quite different from typical Tool music, but that is almost impossible to say because ALL of Tool’s music is completely unique. Rythmic concentration on percussion – Ambient, powerful, and soothing guitar – And absolutely epic lyrics/vocals from Maynard James Keenan.

    Maynard grew up in Scottville Michigan, which is literaly 15 minutes from where I grew up. And really, aside from Mickeyvb – Maynard might be the greatest man in the world.

    Although many of Maynard’s lyrics are completely subjective and up for interpretation of the listener – there are some lyrics that could not possibly be taken any other way. Aenima, for example; is undeniably saying “We are beyond saving – no retribution possible – the ONLY way to fix it is to absolutely destroy it”. Truly epic.

    I have had the pleasure of seeing this band in concert twice. And one of these concerts was without a shadow of a doubt one of the most amazing and bitterly unique scenarios to ever be able to happen. I don’t know if people who attended this really truly realize the importance of this, but seriously it is absolutely cataclysmic. The concert I refer to: Tool, on September 11th, 2001.


    Obviously, September 11th 2001 is a date that is etched on a dark side of everyone’s mind forever. The concert was rescheduled, and took place on Thursday, September 13th instead. The course of actions on Sept. 11th Completely changed Tool’s performance. It was a completely unique and literally a life changing event. You could almost call it religion. They took out a couple songs, for fairly obvious reasons, but the performance was profound. Thinking about it when i write this – i get goose bumps.

    That’s what good music does…. It gives you goose bumps.

    “”Some say the end is near.
    Some say we’ll see armageddon soon.
    I certainly hope we will.
    I sure could use a vacation from this

    Bullshit three ring circus sideshow of

    Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA
    The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
    Any fucking time. Any fucking day.
    Learn to swim, I’ll see you down in Arizona bay.

    Fret for your figure and
    Fret for your latte and
    Fret for your hairpiece and
    Fret for your lawsuit and
    Fret for your prozac and
    Fret for your pilot and
    Fret for your contract and
    Fret for your car.

    It’s a
    Bullshit three ring circus sideshow of

    Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA
    The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
    Any fucking time. Any fucking day.
    Learn to swim, I’ll see you down in Arizona bay.

    Some say a comet will fall from the sky.
    Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves.
    Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still.
    Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits.

    Some say the end is near.
    Some say we’ll see armageddon soon.
    I certainly hope we will cuz
    I sure could use a vacation from this

    Silly shit, stupid shit…

    One great big festering neon distraction,
    I’ve a suggestion to keep you all occupied.

    Learn to swim.

    Mom’s gonna fix it all soon.
    Mom’s comin’ round to put it back the way it ought to be.

    Learn to swim.

    Fuck L Ron Hubbard and
    Fuck all his clones.
    Fuck all those gun-toting
    Hip gangster wannabes.

    Learn to swim.

    Fuck retro anything.
    Fuck your tattoos.
    Fuck all you junkies and
    Fuck your short memory.

    Learn to swim.

    Fuck smiley glad-hands
    With hidden agendas.
    Fuck these dysfunctional,
    Insecure actresses.

    Learn to swim.

    Cuz I’m praying for rain
    And I’m praying for tidal waves
    I wanna see the ground give way.
    I wanna watch it all go down.
    Mom please flush it all away.
    I wanna watch it go right in and down.
    I wanna watch it go right in.
    Watch you flush it all away.

    Time to bring it down again.
    Don’t just call me pessimist.
    Try and read between the lines.

    I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t
    Welcome any change, my friend.

    I wanna see it all come down.
    suck it down.
    flush it down

    Maynard – I definitely know how to swim my friend.

    • vanbergs 12:59 pm on April 22, 2006 Permalink

      Do you like Tool?

    • vanlandw 1:05 pm on April 22, 2006 Permalink

      you have implemented a photograph of the concert ticket of the best concert ever…….gg vanberge i would give almost anything to have video of that show

    • Jeff 4:50 pm on April 23, 2006 Permalink

      Anyone that just exposed so much admiration for music cannot be a true “hater” 😛

    • vanberge 6:48 am on April 24, 2006 Permalink

      JJA – you really do not know me very well.

      Vanbergs, yes i do.

      Vanlandw, I think i agree that it was the best concert i’ve ever been to. :-/

    • vanlandw 8:10 am on April 24, 2006 Permalink

      block jjafuller

      block vanbergs tuesday 12:01am

      vanberge…the only concerts that compare now after some reflection was ozzfest and seeing disturbed…only enough disturbed as at ozzfest to.

      actually tool in east lansing was pretty cool too…they played triad and it fucking ruled

    • bun 8:19 am on April 24, 2006 Permalink

      music ranks the lowest on my favorite forms of art, just so you know. on THAT list, Tool is also at the bottom 😛

    • vanberge 1:33 pm on April 24, 2006 Permalink

      The sum of those two statements, russell, is the exact reason why you are currently without employment.

    • vanbergs 6:25 pm on April 24, 2006 Permalink

      It was definitely cool to hear Sober at the Lansing show. At the Van Andel, they were just theatrical for the sake of being theatrical. Honestly, I almost got a little bored during the third 15-minute instrumental interlude. Yeah, they’re talented. I know they aren’t about beating ass constantly, and that’s fine too, I don’t mind that. But Tool needed to pick it up. They had a great atmospheric show and quite possibly the worst possible time to hold a concert (9-11). I guess I just wanted to hear my favorite songs, that’s what it came down to.

    • vanlandw 5:07 pm on April 25, 2006 Permalink

      Clearly Tool doesn’t scream constantly for three minute bursts so I’m sure you were quite bored. :-p

      I’m not saying I don’t enjoy angry tracks because I do….but I don’t have a problem with long songs that arn’t constantly playing as heavy as possible either. I do enjoy instrumentals so I’m sure that doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

      And whats wrong with putting on a good show while playing music. Not every concert is about playing up the the crowd demanding everybody “to jump on 1,2,3” and “sing along with them”. I have to say I’ve never seen flying contortionists and that was worth the price of admission at least for me.

      To each their own. I think I agree with vanberge on this one 🙂

      and vanberge hit the nail on the head with russellteee…i couldn’t have said it any better. also you don’t see any of us giving you shit for enjoying Matt Pond PA.:-p

    • Kramer 6:22 pm on April 25, 2006 Permalink

      Vanberge, how can you say you enjoy good music when you like The Guano Apes?


    • vanberge 6:36 pm on April 25, 2006 Permalink

      Kramer – they have 1 good song.

      Vanlandw – you are my new brother.

      Vanbergs – 😛

    • Em 2:04 pm on April 26, 2006 Permalink

      So I am not as into “angry music” as I used to be, but I saw Tool at DTE (formerly pineknob) back in like’97 or something. I had never even anything by them. It was insane. I LOVED the show, and because of that I still listen to Tool. Hey, remember when we went to see Korn!!

    • bun 2:47 pm on April 26, 2006 Permalink

      i am not employed because i have no real job skills. not because i listen to good music 😛

    • vanlandw 4:17 pm on April 26, 2006 Permalink

      lmao…i feel your pain bun :-[

      college gives you NO skills at all…it’s so cool

      and yes the korn show was a butt load of fun :-[

  • Vanberge 7:55 pm on April 12, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    7th Best Job in the Country? 

    Today, I was turned onto this article because it had been posted on Slashdot

    Apparently, according to a recent study/poll by “money.cnn.com” – I have the 7th best occupation in this country.
    Here is a link that basically gives “the top 50 jobs in the country”: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/top50/index.html

    #1 is “Software Engineer” – which almost immediately made me believe that the study had been horribly skewed and misconstrued. As it is my belief that “Software Engineer” would be one of the worst possible jobs on this earth. I pretty much despise everything related to writing/architecting/documenting/testing any sort of software. Java, C++, C, VB, COBOL – I hate everything about every computer language, and nobody will ever be able to convince me otherwise. I guess some scripting languages (bash, html, teh php) are tolerable.

    Back to the point –
    #7: Computer/IT Analyst – Career description:
    Analysts – Analyze science, engineering, business, and all other data processing problems for application to electronic data processing systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software. May supervise computer programmers. Managers – Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Administrators – Coordinate changes to computer databases, test and implement the database applying knowledge of database management systems. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases. Install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system. Maintain network hardware and software. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May supervise other network support and client server specialists and plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures.

    Although that is not my exact title, i am responsible for many of the things that are described in that “career description”. So basically, reading this list made me good about my position. 🙂

    Although, i’d like to know how they got those average salaries. 🙁

    • vanlandw 9:26 am on April 13, 2006 Permalink

      almost anybody in IT in GR is underpaid…mostly due to cost of living…so i’m sure a similar position almost anywhere else in the country would yield more pay

      also i can’t imagine anything in IT being the best job in the country…i would imagine most health care workers teachers professors have a much higher job satisfaction. but most IT workers do get paid well for sitting on their asses half the time. thus I’m sure that is a big factor

      but this is coming from somebody who pretty much loathes IT but gg regardless. i’m glad you are happy about your position :-*

    • Jeff 10:54 am on April 13, 2006 Permalink

      Yeah, it should probably say “Senior Software Engineer” because they are the ones that get to do all the fun stuff. The Junior Software Engineers are the ones that are stuck fixing bugs in code, and doing quality testing.

    • vanlandw 2:35 pm on April 13, 2006 Permalink

      and maintenance coding I’m sure….prob stuck on the same project for years :-[

    • vanberge 7:08 pm on April 13, 2006 Permalink

      Vanlandw – if you loathe IT, then what is your ultimate ‘dream job’ ?? and why did you go to school for IT? 😛

      jjafuller – even senior software engineering would make me want to ingest toxic agents. Even if it were as high a level as diagramming flo charts of modules… then passing my chart off to some other team that writes the modules.

      i really just hate the process of creating software. I suppose the one plus side is that it allows you to be somewhat creative in how you do things… it’s hard to get creative doing access lists on cisco firewalls 🙁

    • vanbergs 11:58 pm on April 13, 2006 Permalink

      you should do access lists on CRISCO firewalls.

    • bun 2:41 pm on April 19, 2006 Permalink

      i hate everything.

    • Kramer 9:42 pm on April 20, 2006 Permalink

      I’m not sure how lawyer even makes the list, when the job has one of the lowest rates of job satisfaction and highest rates of drug and alcohol abuse.

      However, I like that average salary.

    • hw 10:06 am on April 21, 2006 Permalink

      clearly, being “hardware” should be number #1. brb

  • Vanberge 10:52 am on April 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Site Related… 

    Completely on a whim, i apparently have upgraded every web application that runs at p4p.

    1: Wordpess 2.0.2 now installed. (from 2.0)
    2: Simple Machines Forum 1.0.7 now installed. (from 1.0.5)
    3: Gallery 2.1 now installed. (from 2.0)
    4: New “Look and Feel”.

    I was really quite a rebel here – I didnt back anything up, and i didnt even read upgrade instructions. I just plowed through everything. I almost lost my gallery install… but i was able to fix it by deleting every module and copying in the newest versions from the gallery website.

    w00t p4p

    • vanlandw 6:13 pm on April 9, 2006 Permalink

      i am glad you created some updates to the software that powers p4p :-[

      you should have created a backup though van…but clearly i would have done the same fu**ing think :-[

    • Jeff 10:16 pm on April 9, 2006 Permalink

      I cannot remember the last time I did a backup before I upgraded some web deal like that.

    • vanberge 11:23 am on April 10, 2006 Permalink

      It appears then, JJA, that we are both very rebellious and throw caution into the sheer wind.

  • Vanberge 6:50 pm on April 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Worst post ever 

    Honestly, I pretty much like everything Google makes/does. Since that is the case, I signed up for the Google Page creator service as soon as I saw it posted on slashdot (this was a few months ago.). Well, they finally enabled my account. I havent done too much with it yet, and I dont even know if i will but I definitely wanted to see what it had to offer. Major weakness that I see right now is that it yields no content management aside from creating static pages. I’ll give it more of a go to see what it’s got


    • vanlandw 2:53 pm on April 8, 2006 Permalink

      that page reminds me of your “cool stuff page” from cs 150 :-[

  • Vanberge 5:31 pm on April 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Life in General 

    Since the ‘honeymoon’ stage of buying a house has transitioned into a less exciting more everyday feeling, i’ve finally had a chance to get my priorities back in order. An unordered bulleted list ensues:

    • I have watched alot of movies recently. (More on this later)
    • I beat guitar hero on hard. Vanbergs can attest to the sheer difficulty of this
    • For some reason, i love basketball of the sudden. I watch NCAA. I watch the Pistons. I even bought NBA Live 2006 by EA sports which i despise for their monopolization of the NFL game market. Ef that. Ef vanberge.
    • House Party = successful.
    • Rusty loves red wine. {shake. moan. blargh}.
    • I am definitely losing the motivation to maintain and update my webpage. Is it honestly worth it?

    pointless sequel: noun. American origin. Also see Saw II.

    A history of Violence.
    I really liked this Movie… Aragorn is really quite a bad ass. I wasn’t sure about the ending, but i can’t concieve any better ending in my own mind – so i have made peace with that. I will probably buy this movie.

    Im sick of this update… brb

    • Jeff 12:56 pm on April 4, 2006 Permalink

      I agree that, A History of Violence, was a pretty good movie. There is not really any particular part that I did not like.

    • vanlandw 4:03 pm on April 4, 2006 Permalink

      vanberge don’t pull a rusty and take your site down. just update like once a week it’s good for the mind.

      Saw 2 was “ok”. I liked a few of the scenes and was a good popcorn movie. Vanbergs is going to be angry you did not enjoy this film.

      AHOV was pretty good. I liked the “action” scenes as they were quick but effective. Also there was full frontal and a movie gets a thumbs up by me for displaying some famous bush :-[

      brb :-[

    • vanbergs 2:36 pm on April 5, 2006 Permalink

      You missed the point of Saw 2.

    • vanlandw 3:06 pm on April 5, 2006 Permalink

      you should inform your hermano of the point vanbergs :-*

    • vanberge 5:36 pm on April 5, 2006 Permalink

      vanbergs, that point is spelled out for you. i didn’t miss it…

      im not an idiot.

    • vanlandw 11:09 am on April 6, 2006 Permalink

      clearly you are vanberge4…i am wating for vanbergs’s response though :-[

    • vanbergs 11:48 am on April 6, 2006 Permalink

      Clearly, the fact that you could not name any of the characters’ names is not a flaw of the film, it’s a horror movie. The main character in the movie was Jigsaw, it was pretty much a character study of him, and Eric (Donnie’s character) was secondary. The other characters’ purposes were simply to die, so if you wanted a movie with intense character development, I’d suggest not watching a HORROR movie, because they are traditionally not known for their hefty amounts of such a development. Furthermore, we as viewers know little to nothing about Donnie Wahlberg’s character.

      Also, all the characters that you mentioned from other movies are pretty much “icons”, not mere characters. Jigsaw is becoming a horror icon as well, he’s the man, and I’m saddened by the fact that you did not enjoy that movie.

    • vanberge 4:40 pm on April 6, 2006 Permalink

      you are so dumb sometimes vanbergs. you argue just for the point of arguing.

      “Jigsaw” Mc Oldie is hardly a horror movie icon. And i didnt say that Saw II needed to have ‘intense character development’… But i should have been able to remember the main characters name. EF you vanbergs.

      “Freddy vs. jason is a sweet movie.” . . .

      The shining is a good horror movie. You remember the character’s names. Saw II was not a good movie.

    • vanbergs 5:26 pm on April 6, 2006 Permalink


    • vanlandw 12:17 am on April 7, 2006 Permalink


      lmao….i’m staying out of this one :-[

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