The West Virginia Optimist


The Curtain is a Sea Anemone
October 13, 2008, 7:54 pm
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White Town – Your Woman

Such a great throwback to my youth. This album dominated my discman through high school and college. The rest of the album is nothing like this unlikely single. I recall first seeing it on MTV2 at my grandmother’s house and was hooked. Enjoy.

The election is drawing to a close. Haven’t spent as much time at the Obama HQ as I’d like, but I’m helping out where I can. It’s very easy to become addicted to volunteering for a campaign that I still very strongly believe in, and I did for about two weeks. Now trying to get other stuff in order, events, groups, etc.

Getting new ideas for 304blogs, some of which may never come into fruition, others are likely to. The hardest part is getting the time to convert my ideas into code and actually following through. Any ideas are certainly appreciated and while be taken into consideration.



the first day of my life
August 14, 2008, 10:48 pm
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After a nice long chat withh the other half, this song comes to mind… usually after moments of ear to ear grins about the various ups and downs of the day.  I dont intend to make this a youtube blog, but yea this is yet another song that grabs me.

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life



Cover Story : By Your Side Edition
August 12, 2008, 12:05 am
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Quite possibly one of the best love songs ever written, Sade’s By Your Side has always shaken me to the core. I’m fairly certain I’ve listened to their album,  Lover’s Rock , countless times and it only hits home more and more each time. Sade’s voice is ethereal, impeccable and utterly exquisite. Contrast that with Beachwood Spark’s cover. A more loose, meandering take on such a tighly hewed song. Although it’s difficult to listen to all the way through, it’s grown on me tremendously.

Sade – By Your Side

Beachwood Sparks – By Your Side

What do you think?



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July 30, 2008, 7:16 pm
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Cover Story : Hounds of Love
July 8, 2008, 7:22 pm
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A new idea for posting. Comparing covers to their originals. Usually I’m very opposed to covers, but some just really take on an entirely new life. First up, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love and the Futurehead’s cover of it.

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

The Futureheads – Hounds of Love

What do you think?



Charleston, WV is now 3G!
June 27, 2008, 9:38 pm
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After about a year of bugging every AT&T rep that I ever met about 3G, Charleston WV FINALLY has 3G service. Not only does 3G(HSUPA/UMTS) provide Internet connection speeds on par with DSL, it also impements WCDMA for voice calling. In my experience, WCDMA provides MUCH better voice quality over GSM connections.

I have no idea how widespread this 3G rollout is in the area. Usually, AT&T only takes care of the major metropolitan areas. So be aware that you’re going to bump back down to GSM/EDGE once you leave the 3G coverage area. I plan on scoping out the coverage zones at least until AT&T updates their 3G coverage maps.

I do have bad news for all of you Blackberry or iPhone1.0 users, Until you upgrade to this or this, the Blackberry Bold, you’re still going to be relegated to the GSM/EDGE network. Contrary to what some AT&T reps have told some people, Blackberry Curves and Pearls are NOT 3G capable. Sorry.

Also: the rumor I heard was that Huntington and Morgantown were to go live tonight with 3G as well, but I cant’ verify with anyone there that it actually happened. Anyone?



Over the Cliff
June 22, 2008, 8:53 pm
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Old 97’s – Over the Cliff

In the spirit of DIY, which seems to be the overall theme not just in my life but the entire city of Charleston with Festivall going on, above is a great example of it. (especially the last few lines). It’s also a bit less harsh than Fugazi




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