“Home is Wherever I’m With You” Playlist

Music

I put together this folk-rock playlist, think that it turned out pretty good. Feel free to copy it on your own. If you need help tracking down any of the songs let me know. Or just listen to it straight away.

Home is Wherever I’m With You

  1. Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
  2. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Home
  3. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins – Handle With Care
  4. Matt Hires – A to B
  5. The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  6. Zooey Deschanel – Sugar Town
  7. Rilo Kiley – Ripchord
  8. The Band – The Weight
  9. Bright Eyes – Another Travelin’ Song
  10. Ryan Bingham – The Weary Kind
  11. Andrew Bird – Masterfade
  12. M. Ward – Magic Trick
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The Long Beach Nachos Quest – Part 1: E.J. Malloy’s

Food

Today, Ryan and I decided we wanted to get nachos.  Not only that, but we wanted to have the best nachos in Long Beach.  Unfortunately, we weren’t sure where the best nachos in Long Beach were located.  So we put out a poll to facebook and twitter, and were given quite a few suggestions, none of which seemed to be in agreement, but many of which claimed to be the best nachos.  We decided that many of these people were probably judging from limited experience, and that in order to truly know which nachos were best, we had to try them for ourselves.  All of them.

So, as of today, the Organization for the Quest for Long Beach Nachos has been formed.  We have a list of restaurants that provide excellent nachos, and we will be trying each of them, giving them ratings upon various factors, and eventually ranking them and choosing Long Beach’s best nachos.  The list so far of restaurants that we will be frequenting (at our own pace), is the following:

E.J. Malloy’s
Linda’s
Rock Bottom Brewery
Patricia’s
Bright Spot
Mi Lupita
Merced’s
Famous Dave’s
Acapulco
Island’s
Claim Jumper

Of course, there’s room for additions.  We also came up for a rubric for rating the nachos.  Nachos will be rated out of 10 for the following categories: presentation, spiciness, and overall flavor.

Tonight we decided to go with E.J. Malloy’s.  It was a very good first round.  The nachos were in, to say the least very healthy portions.  I myself got the chicken nachos, which cost an extra $2.50 on top of the $9.95 beginning price, certainly not cheap but well worth it.  The ingredients were somewhat isolated into their own areas, which isn’t really optimal in my opinion, because you’ve really got to work to make sure there’s multiple flavors on each chip, but at least the mix was well proportioned for each ingredient.  The cheese in particular was excellent, a mix of two cheeses with a lot of flavor.  Everything else was also very good, and it had all of the ingredients that I would want.  Overall I gave the nachos a 7 for presentation, a 3 for spiciness, and a 7 for overall taste.

E.J. Malloy’s Nachos:

E.J. Malloy’s Presentation Spiciness Taste Style Beer
James 7 3 7 Chicken Stella
Ryan 7 4 7 Carne Asada Smithwick’s
Jared 9 5 7 Carne Asada Fat Tire
Jonathan 8 4 7 Carne Asada Moose Drool Nut Brown
Ingredients Black Olives, Diced Tomatoes, Refried Beans, Jalapeños, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Cheddar Cheese, Crisp Home-Fried Corn Tortilla Chips Cost $9.50+$2.50

More research must be done before this can be compared with other nachos, but needless to say this will be an ongoing quest, and we will keep you updated.

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So This is the New Year

Blog Posts

I will never write an obligatory blog post about New Year’s resolutions.

Okay that was a lie.  Now that I’ve broken that first resolution, maybe I’ll keep the ones I’m about to make in earnest.

First of all, as a last minute surge, and because I was so close anyway, I achieved a great pre-New Year’s goal.  Before the end of 2009 I officially completed the 100th page of the novel I’ve been working on.  Which sets up the first of my New Year’s resolutions.  Page 200.  By the end of 2010.  I’m hoping I’ll get more done than that, but in an attempt to actually achieve my goal, I’m going to leave it at that and see where it goes.

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What’s Going On?

Blog Posts

I hesitate to make a post like this, mostly because I see them so commonly at the top of dormant blogs. Basically I haven’t been posting to this particular blog as much as I’d like, so I want to give a quick update with what’s been going on in my life, and hopefully this will be the beginning of some new jamesgoux.com content in the future.

The big thing you should be aware of by now is also the primary reason for a lack of content on this site. I have been writing, and it’s available for you to see, it’s just not on this site at the moment. That’s because my friend Benn Hadland and I have created a new website, called Lock, Stock, and Two Film Geeks.

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I’ve Read 29 of These 100 Books

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My interpretation of Wuthering Heights
Photo by violent jane
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put a “YES” or “NO” after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

Note: I feel this list is unfairly chick heavy, way too many entries from Jane Austen and Bronte, etc.

My list follows after the jump:

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200 Words: Gas

200 Words, Writing

The gauge is low.  Not on “E” or anything but it’s low enough to have me worried.  I’m watching it carefully, as if I can see that little red hand going down even though the movement is only noticable over a lengthy span.  I knew DSC_9399we should’ve stopped at that last place, the one amongst that forest.  What’s a forest doing in the middle of Arizona, anyway?  Isn’t it supposed to be all desert here?  Well it’s desert now.  And more desert.  And more desert.  And there’s signs saying when the next city is, but it’s too far away for this much gasoline, or at least the city who’s name I recognize is.  The other markings on the sign are vague.  Is “Cliff Dwellers” a town or a small grouping of people?  Would they have gasoline?  I try to conserve but it’s the middle of the desert and if you slow down too much people get frustrated.  I look from side to side, there’s cliffs and more cliffs.  I try and see around the corner, x-ray vision would come in handy.  I can see pretty far and not a thing indicates that petrol salvation is coming up any time soon.

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200 Words: Graduation

200 Words, Writing

It still hasn’t hit me.  I’ve walked across that stage.  Thank you.  Shake hand.  Thank you.  Shake hand.  Thank you.  Shake hand.  Receive diploma with other hand.  It’s all completed.  LuMaxArt Graduation ConceptI have finished school, a week before the ceremony in fact.  But so far it doesn’t feel any different.  The day to day obligations are gone, there’s no where I have to be.  But I’m trying to be an adult, and I’m trying to be responsible, and that means I’m keeping busy.  There’s resumes to build, there’s people to get in contact with.  There’s things to write.  There’s lots of things to write.  And on top of all that, I’m trying to exercise.  Exercising almost seems to take up as much time as school does.  But on the plus side the running is giving me a sense of accomplishment htat’s lasting through the entire day.  After I’ve done that, it doesn’t really matter what else I do that day.  I’ve run!  But there already seems to be a dozen projects up in the air, and there’s a job out there somewhere.  I’m almost worried that I will get a job too quickly now.  How will I finish all this when I have somewhere to go?

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Twitter the Sequel

Web

I’ve already done one post on Twitter, but with the new facebook update and a rash of new friends who are into Twitter, it’s been on my mind lately.  I’ve thought of a few more things that would be helTwitter bird logo icon illustrationpful to someone who’s new to twitter, someone who isn’t new but wants to learn how to use it better, or someone who’s seeing twitter posts from afar (as in through a facebook feed).

I’m going to start out by defining a few terms you may see on Twitter.

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15 Albums to Map My Taste in Music

Music
  1. Green Day – Dookie: As a professional musician, my Dad always needs to be pretty up to date.  So back in the day he bought a cassette tape of this album.  After giving it a few listens, he gave it to me having no further use for it.  This album is essentially what saved me from the horrible pop path I was on at the moment, which I’m sorry to say included a Backstreet Boys album.  This had a huge influence on steering me towards rock in general, and the pop rock genre specifically that you’ll see show up again quite a few times.   Like all the albums on this list, the number of times I’ve listened to this is uncountable, especially since at the time I first got it, it was the only worthwhile thing I had.

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What’s Script Coverage?

Film

or: A Few More Things I Like About My Internship

You may have seen my previous post about my new internship, listing five things that I really appreciated about my new internship.  Since that first day, I’ve gone back twice and it’s been going well.  The people there seem to appreciate my script coverage, and say I do a solid job on it as well.  Luckily, the way I’ve learned to doCoverage reader coverage in the past seems to be more thorough and better than what they usually require.  Rather than come down to that level, I’ve decided to stick with my better quality of coverage.  I’ve just realized that I’ve mentioned script coverage twice now, and some people may not actually be aware of what it is.  Since this particular task is what makes up about 99% of my time at any development internship, perhaps I should go into it a bit.

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