Ryan Beagan


Jan 7
“"Always maintain the attitude of a student.” When a person thinks they have finished learning, that is when bitterness and disappointment can set in, as that person will wake up every day wondering when someone is going to throw a parade in their honor for being so smart.” Nick Offerman’s Sensei is wise. Nick’s book is also wise, highly recommended.

Nov 3

I had no idea but I want to work for Nick Saban.
Q: Why are you so tough on people?
A: Well I don’t know if that’s fair, that I’m really tough on people. We create a standard for how we want to do things and everybody’s got to buy into that standard, or you really can’t have any team chemistry. Mediocre people don’t like high achievers and high achievers don’t like mediocre people.

Sep 27

The Killers - Shot At The Night

Those moments when pop music transcends are better than anything else. It doesn’t seem to be a coincidence that the video is set in Vegas. Write what you know, what is true to your experience, and you’ll have a fighting chance. 

Aug 4

Haim - T in the Park

They start out with ‘The Wire’ which might be the best song released this summer, then they cover Fleetwood Mac. Hype is a terrible drug but the ride is fucking fun.

Jun 1
Well there’s still nowhere to sit. Feels like I’m opening an art gallery.

Well there’s still nowhere to sit. Feels like I’m opening an art gallery.

May 8

What’d Harvard teach you?

Pit tickets to The Greek and a show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, this summer is gonna be awesome.

Apr 15

Hey look, it’s my favorite moment of live music I witnessed in 2012, captured safely onto the internet.

Apr 6

I learned something from the experience…I never take vacations.

Feb 20

Lego ballplayer No.2: Dennis Eckersley



Lego ballplayer No.2: Dennis Eckersley


Jan 30


“Bullet the Blue Sky”
Live in Boston, 2001

“Bullet the Blue Sky” was played at pretty much every U2 show between 1987 and 2006. They change it a bit every tour – for Zoo TV it was this sort of anti-fascist/Klan thing, Edge added a Tom Morello-y funk to it for PopMart. It had an explicitly pro-gun control message on the Elevation tour. It was always the first song of the encore, and preceded by a video that mocked Charlton Heston and the NRA. The most interesting thing about this version is that it had a new coda in which Bono rattled off alarming statistics about gun-related fatalities in America and sang about the murder of John Lennon from the perspective of Mark Chapman. The staging was genuinely creepy, with Bono flashing a small light around the audience in very dim lighting. I saw one of these shows, and I remember it kinda rattling me a bit.

I remember going to these shows in Boston as a junior in high school and this was my favorite part. An arena rock band’s message to change resonated as an idealistic teenager. Depressing to think all these figures are bigger today than they were then.

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