March 2nd, 2005


Calling All Depeche Mode Fans

I won a free song from the Pepsi-iTunes contest. (No, I didn't drink a Pepsi -- I had a Diet Mountain Dew.) I was trying to decide what song to get and couldn't think of what I wanted. Then, as I was thumbing through my copy of the most recent Johnny Cash biography, I noticed that many of the chapters were titled after the songs that Cash has recorded over his past several albums on the American Recordings label.

That's when I remembered that I always wanted to pick up a copy of Depeche Mode's version of Personal Jesus, which I've heard on college radio a few times, but don't have a copy for myself. I thought it would be easy to get from the iTunes Music store -- just search and purchase. How wrong I was! It turns out that the search returned 18 versions of Depeche Mode singing Personal Jesus. Some of the them are obvious repeats -- on "best of" type albums, but most of them are distinct versions: acoustic, live, different mixes, etc.

So now I'm stumped. And what do you do when you're stumped? You turn to LiveJournal. So tell me, LiveJournal, what version of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus should I pick up? And why? Alternatively, suggest a completely different song I should get with my free code.

Million Dollar Baby

I went to see Million Dollar Baby last night. It might be the best boxing movie I've ever seen. I'll have to watch Raging Bull again sometime to judge for certain. From a movie-making standpoint, almost every aspect of Million Dollar Baby was very well done. Clint Eastwood is quite the talent: actor, director, producer. Oh, yeah, and composer -- he did the music for the film, too.

Fun trivia: the movie was filmed in 37 days. Originally scheduled filming for 39 days. That's pretty impressive.

I won't say anything more about the movie itself, 'cause if you haven't heard already, there's a "secret" and if it hasn't already been spoiled for you, I don't want to be the one that spoils it. Curses, Bill Maher, for spoiling it for me last week! I had been doing so well avoiding press about the movie. I have issues with some of the content, but it's a good movie and worth watching. Even if you don't like boxing.

ETA: An article at does a good job of spoiling the movie, if you're so inclined to know the ending without seeing the movie. The article also hits on one of my favorite aspects of law -- copyright law -- by asking the question: "The Controversy Over Politically-Motivated "Million Dollar Baby" Spoilers: Do They Violate Copyright Law By Destroying Market Demand For the Movie?" It's a good article.

Working Late

No, I'm not at work now, but I need to go in at 2AM. I've been laying in bed for the past 2 hours, unable to fall asleep. So I've been watching Lost and American Idol instead. I'm drawing the line at The Simple Life, though. I'll see if I can find something on the radio. Ah! Alan Colmes' radio show comes on in a half hour. That usually puts me to sleep pretty quickly....

I need to get a LJ-icon for work-related posts.