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Saturday
April 30, 2005

"Thank God that we live in a country so hysterical over crime that a 10-year-old boy can be tried as an adult."
-C. Montgomery Burns

I've been spending most of my post-NFL Draft time working on a new website, one that features a new format to the radio world. People haven't really settled on a name for it; in some cities it's Jack FM, in others it's Bob FM. 100000watts.com defines it as "Classic Hits/Hot AC", while I've seen titles like Variety Hits and Adult Hits. Adult Hits sounds too much like Adult CHR, i.e. a Top 40 station that is catered more to adults than teenagers.

But Variety Hits, that's a name I liked. It's Variety, as in the station plays music from a wide variety of formats (funk, 80s, 90s, pop, rock, classic alternative, etc.), and Hits, as in every song played has to have been a hit at one point. On a whim I did a search for VarietyHits.com and, lo and behold, it was available. So I snatched it up and built a website for it. RadioHotTalk.com gets a strong daily viewership, and I hope to achieve the same with VarietyHits.com.

Tomorrow is the big return of Family Guy to Fox. That should be great. To the best of my knowledge, it's the first time a show has been canceled and then brought back three years later. Plus, American Dad debuts right after Family Guy. And, oh yeah, there's some show called The Simpsons, which you might've heard of, with two new episodes.

([/fox shill mode off])

I've been waiting to catch something from the late 90s to come across as dated, as I know it's coming sooner or later. I have my .mp3 collection on shuffle right now, and I think I have my first hit. "Summer Girls" by LFO is playing, and for a song that came out six years ago, it sounds VERY dated. Then again, it was a borderline embarrassingly cheesy song when it first came out, and that was 1999. As for what it's doing in my .mp3 collection? Uhhh, let's move on.

(Incidentally, if you ever get something like that pinned on you, blame some girl downloading it a long time ago when she was on your computer. That's legit how I got some Christiana Aguilera on here a long time ago. But wait, I'm digging myself deeper here...)

I'm not sure what's worse -- that I just admitted all that on here, or that I spelled Aguilera correct on the first try (and yes, I checked to be sure).

MVP Baseball 2005, which has been my game of choice on the PS2 the past few weeks, has some real lasting power as far as fun factor goes. It still has a long way to go to match the memories and fun from Triple Play '99 for the PSX, where my roommate Aaron Thompson and I in the spring of 1999 had some classics, usually with me as the Phillies (with Curt Schilling) versus him with the Braves (and their whole staff of aces). Listening to 2Pac's Greatest Hits, drinking coldbeer and laughing at things like "El Checko" on a checked swing. Sometimes I really miss those days.

Speaking of old days, I need to get my Class Reunion RSVP in the mail soon; the deadline for that is May 5...


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