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Philadelphia experimentWhat do you get when you cross three great musicians all hailing from the city of brotherly love? You get one of the best jazz albums to come out in recent years. The Philadelphia Experiment was the result of a virtually impromptu three day long jam session involving the supremely talented Christian McBride (bass), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums, also from the Roots), Uri Caine (keyboards) and joined by Pat Martino (guitar). It turned out to be one of 2001’s best-selling jazz records. I know it’s fairly old, but I do suggest that if you love jazz and have not heard this album to give it a shot. You can go buy it from the ropeadope store.

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tv icon I only watch a few shows, and the reason I watch them is not only because of the great stories, but also because they have at least one great character in the show that you either love or love to hate. Here are some of my favorite characters on TV at the moment.

Dr. Gregory House
How can you not like the great performance put out by British actor Hugh Laurie every week? Yes, he’s arrogant, pretentious, and downright mean, but you can’t help but love the character. The show would not work without the characteristics that embody House, nor do I think it could work without Hugh Laurie. He does such an excellent job. You can hate him one minute and feel sorry for him or laugh at his playful pranks and comments that he makes with his only friend, Dr. Wilson, the next moment. House is truly good television and is marked as one of my favorite shows of all time.

Johnny Drama
Johnny “Drama” Chase, the older washed-up brother of super star Vince Chase in the TV show Entourage is another character I really like. Kevin Dillon, the younger brother of Matt Dillon, does an excellent job playing the has-been actor. I think the fact that he follows in the shadows of his real life brother helps his character out, because Drama is doing the same thing in Entourage. E, Vince, and Turtle have nothing on Drama. My favorite moments are when he tries to equate a current situation the gang is going through with something from his acting past, whether it be his run on 90210 or his guest appearance on The Commish. He’s definitely the best out of the group.

Ari Gold
Another character from the awesome show Entourage is Ari Gold, agent to Vince and now Drama. He’s what really makes the show move. Ari’s quick comebacks and great one-liners (“Let’s hug it out, bitch) make the show funny. Without Ari, the show wouldn’t survive. Not even with Drama holding down the comedic one-liners.

Barney
No, not the big purple dinosaur. I’m talking about Barney from How I Met Your Mother. Who knew Doogie Howser could be funny? (well, those of you who have seen Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle know, but that’s beside the point). He’s misogynistic, witty, and always on the prowl for his next one night stand. He’s what makes the show flow smoothly, whether it’s telling characters to dump their significant others because single life is the way to be, or telling the guys to suit up for a night out of debauchery, Barney is one of a kind. You can even check out his blog and see interesting posts such as his hookup percentages.

Dwight
What makes Dwight from The Office so great is that he is someone you know. Every office has a Dwight and they are just as weird and annoying as the one in the show. Whether it’s telling us facts about bears (tv) or talking about how we should all wear matching jump suits (real life) we all know and love to hate the Dwight in our lives.

Monk
USA’s show Monk is a great show all because of Tony Shalub’s portrayal of the obsessive-compulsive Adrian Monk. He does such a great job with it, I have to wonder how he doesn’t turn into an OCD victim in real life. The stories are always formulaic, but the ways in which Monk solves a crime because of his OCD are awesome and always new.

The worst characters on tv:

The judges and host of American Idol.
Yes, they are characters. Pathetically fake people. ‘Nuff said.

Horatio
David Caruso’s character on CSI: Miami. Ok, this isn’t because of the character, it’s because of David Caruso. Can we all say “Worst actor ever?” Well, he is. All he needs is a pair of shades and his hands on his hips and a one-liner that is never witty and he had a hit show on his hands. I don’t watch the show because of him, which is a shame because the supporting cast isn’t half bad. He needs to stop acting. Now.

I’m writing this post from my beautiful new 20 inch widescreen digital flat panel display on my new Dell. Yes, I went with a PC (and Windows Vista) for my new computer. It’s pretty sweet and running so fast compared to my old computer. Some of the other specs are 2.13GHZ Intel Core Duo Processor, 2GB of ram and an ATI Radeon 256MB video card. I’m not into Vista all that much yet, but it’s not bad. Yay for new computers!

speaker I know Incubus isn’t exactly underground music so they shouldn’t be one of my songs of the week, but I can’t help it. I love Incubus. They make some really good music. Their album Morning View is one of my all-time favorite albums. Their newest album, Light Grenades is almost just as good. It has some really great tracks on it. If you haven’t heard this album, make sure you check it out. The song “Love Hurts” is a single from the album and their is a video out for it. You can watch the video for it here and their latest video, for the song “Dig” here.

meetroBack in February I signed up for Meetro. If you don’t know what it is, “Meetro is the world’s first location-aware IM client and real-time social network — which means Meetro allows you to meet real people in your neighborhood.” Meetro also supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and Gtalk protocols. It could be a replacement to Trillian (though Astra looks freaking awesome). The reason I quit using Meetro though, was the closest people to me were like 200+ miles away. Not exactly close. To be fair this was a few months ago when the client was in beta stages. They just released 1.0 so I decided to give it a go again. The result is still the same. Closest people are about 250 miles away. Maybe when more people hear about it and sign up it will catch up. I don’t know. For some reason it doesn’t want to connect to my yahoo account and I also wish it would have tabbed IM conversations. Maybe in the next release.