Happy birthday to...

Birthday shoutouts today to Dennis Hopper, Bill Paxton, Tony Parker, Enya, and, oh, of course, me.

I actually had no idea that Enya was born on the same day as me (of course, 19 years earlier), which isn't a surprise given that I didn't start listening to her music until this year. And Tony Parker, the Spurs' point guard, is one of the more famous athletes to share my birthday (in fact, until he came along, the only famous athlete born on May 17 was Sugar Ray Leonard).
And now to cover some of the stuff I touched upon earlier.

•Living arrangements
•Last weekend
•Episode III
•NBA Playoffs

First up, living arrangements. For those of you who've been in regular contact with me in the past couple weeks, you know that Black Ops is breaking up the HQ. Moore is moving in with Aisha and Pooz and I are moving out. I'm in the process of buying a condo in New Britain. Actually, I had my mortgage application meeting today and it went pretty well. I just need to get a couple documents taken care of, and I should be all set. The place itself is pretty nice. It's less than two miles from the mall, and it's about as big as the space I had in my parents' house, so it should work out nicely. Hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures soon, to give you all a better idea of what it looks like.

So last weekend, just after I heard back that my offer on the condo was accepted, I headed down to New York, then Towson, for the weekend. In NY, I visited Phil at his place in Port Washington, and on Saturday we went to the Mets game, which they lost, 7-6, to the Cardinals. That night we had a barbeque at Phil's place, which was good times, even though I was ridiculously tired, because I'd been up since 7 a.m.

The next day, I woke up again at 7, then, after thrashing Phil in a game of Madden '05 (I was Pittsburgh, he was Washington), I headed down to Towson for The Towerlight Alumni reunion. That was a very good time. I saw some people I hadn't seen since my last weeks with the paper, and some whose names I'd only seen in the paper since I graduated. It was lots of fun to seen Jen again, especially since I missed her the last time I went down to DC to visit Jess and Eric. Plus, I got to see Jess again, which is always good times.

Changing gears a bit, I've watched my last episode of "Buffy." That's right, I managed to go from basically having never seen an episode to having watched the entire series in the span of four months (I bought the first season on January 9 and finished watching the seventh season in early May). Of course, being a good "Buffy" fan, I've moved on to watching "Angel." Kate lent me season one months ago, and I just finished watching it a couple weeks ago ("Buffy" kept getting in the way). Then I started getting season two from Netflix, and I'm already halfway through that, with the last three discs coming this week. I've been much more satisfied with the second season (the first season was so disjointed) but I'm still a bigger "Buffy" fan than "Angel" fan.

For those of you who read my blog regularly (all zero of you), you may remember I once promised an in-depth analysis of my favorite "Buffy" episode from the first 4 1/2 seasons (back when that's all I watched). The episode in question was "The Wish," which is still probably one of my favorites (I also was a big fan of the season 5 and 7 finales, "The Gift" and "Chosen" respectively), and I will get around to writing that eventually (alternate universe explorations have always intrigued me).

Of course, with "Buffy" out of the way, and "Angel" only slowly trickling in, I have time to focus on "Star Wars." We've got big plans for "Episode III," with as many as 15 people planning to join our group for the 12:01 showing Wednesday night/Thursday morning in Enfield. Right now at least eight people have confirmed tickets, while others were still planning on going as of yesterday. I don't know what the confirmed ticket count is up to now, but this could be a pretty big event.

I have very high hopes for the movie. I actually played the Xbox game, and despite the poor reviews, it has me even more excited for the movie. The things it revealed about the plot just seem so cool. However, for those that want to remain unspoiled, I will reveal nothing here.

Oh, by the way, I still follow sports. I know, the contents of this post, and really the blog in general over the last couple months, may not make it seem that way, but I do. I haven't been that interested in the NBA playoffs, mostly because LeBron isn't involved in any way, but I am rooting for the Miami Heat. I think Shaq is still the best player in the NBA (though his injuries have severely hampered him this postseason) and Dwayne Wade is the perfect teammate for him (unlike Penny and Kobe, he seems to actually shy away from the spotlight). However, I'd love to see the Pacers make it to the NBA Finals, just to make David Stern squirm. In the West, I'm really rooting for anyone but the Spurs. Despite the whole shared birthday with Tony Parker thing, I hate the Spurs, and Tim Duncan in particular. I don't know why, I just do.

That's really all I have on the playoffs right now, but I'll try to post more about sports in the next few days. It's what I love the most, and I really should write about it more. I really enjoyed doing my NFL draft diary, and I want to get back into sportswriting in some form (oh, and speaking of the draft diary, I went back and re-read it, and I've decided that for as long as I can keep it up, I'm calling Braylon Edwards "Blingy." Maybe I can get it to catch on somewhere.).

Lastly in this way-too-long post (I doubt anyone is still even reading at this point), I'm actually going to answer a question I get once in awhile from people regarding my site. As a few of you have pointed out, the list of top five most played songs on the left doesn't include a single Britney Spears song. Well, that's actually because of how my CD collection is made up, and how iTunes does play counts. iTunes is only capable of counting each time an individual track is played. And, for most Britney songs, I have multiple copies in my library (because I own all her CD singles, in addition to owning her albums).

For example, I have four copies of the album version of "I'm a Slave 4 U" with the most played one having just 50 plays (putting it just behind "Shook Ones, Pt. II."). Still, when you total them up, "Slave" actually has a total of 85 plays (not including remixes of course). So the "revised" Top Five, including only duplicate copies and not remixes is as follows:

1."I'm a Slave 4 U" - Britney Spears - 85 plays

2."Toxic" - Britney Spears - 69 plays

3."Lose Yourself" - Eminem - 68 plays

4."...Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears - 64 plays

5."I Need a Girl, Pt. 2" - P. Diddy - 64 plays

The song with the most plays that only exists once in the library is "Yeah!" by Usher, with 61 plays. Oh, and in case you cared, "Oops...I Did it Again" has been played 58 times, but including all remixes, live versions and the album version, its total is 183. Yeah, I kind of like that song. ("I'm a Slave 4 U" has exactly 100 plays right now including remixes, which is kind of cool. "Me Against the Music" has 105, but it's also got 11 tracks, while "Slave" is just six.).