Welcome to the Web Home of...

Yah, that's right - my name in pretzels. Eat me.

Neil in 2003

Me, circa 2003

Neil in 2000

Me in 2000 with RumpShaker @ Buckland Hills Mall



NOTE: My new web home is courtesy of the excellent x10hosting.com. This page you're visiting right now can be found at: http://kneelthelush.elementfx.com/index.html.

My previous home was on Cox webspace as of Feb. 28, 2002, and Excite@Home webspace before that.
The members.cox.net/kneel is no longer valid.
The free V3 redirector http://welcome.to/kneel will be valid once I update it.


Who Is Neil?

Hi! My name is Neil and I live, breathe, work and play in ever-growing Manchester, Connecticut, USA -- which may soon be renamed Mallchester :) I work for a local cable company where I manage on-air commercial playback equipment for dozens of cable channels among a couple of different cable companies throughout the state. It's a cool job and am lucky to be working with people I like.

Want to find out more about Neil? He's succumbed to MySpace! Check out my MySpace profile and my MySpace Music profile.

Favorite stuff:

Favorite food: pizza...Illiano's - Rt.85, Waterford, CT - it's the best!
Favorite non-alcoholic beverages: 7Up, Fresca, lemonade, V8, Gatorade/Powerade, water
Favorite alcoholic beverages: twisted iced teas, hard lemonades, hard ciders
Favorite beers: Rolling Rock, lagers from Canada, Heineken, Hoegarden, Sapporo, Tsingtao
Favorite mixed drinks: mudslides, iced teas (Long Island or twisted)
Favorite song: "Language" by Suzanne Vega
Favorite album: "Paul's Boutique" by The Beastie Boys
Favorite videogames: The Halo and Burnout series for Xbox, the Wipeout series (various consoles)
Pet peeve: drivers who don't use their blinkers

Hobbies:

hanging out (with my friends and other good people...cookouts, videogames, TV parties, happy hours, etc.)

collecting CDs (2,700 and counting)

catching up on movies (still haven't seen Titanic or Animal House yet...)

playing keyboards (if local cover band Written Warning ever comes back to life, I'm in!)

writing music: instrumental...some techno, ambient, "new age", remixes - depends on my mood
check out my re-working of a Cocteau Twins track for a Dewdrops Records tribute CD here or here!

listening to music: (Here's some music I highly recommend you give a fair listen to if you haven't yet)
Cocteau Twins - well-produced, shimmering, unclassifiable music
Shawn Colvin - excellent and slightly pissed-off folk rock
Curve - well-produced, borderline-electronica with lotsa brilliant effects...kinda like Garbage
Acoustic Alchemy - amazing guitarists...I prefer their earlier stuff
Dif Juz - certainly interesting instrumental music
Pat Metheny - an incredibly talented jazz musician & composer
Lush - catchy, well-written shoegazer/dreampop
Bjork - this Icelander takes musical risks most artists don't
Jars Of Clay - catchy Christian rock/pop; my substitute for going to church on Sundays
Tori Amos - listening to Tori is sometimes like reading a diary you wish you hadn't
Paul van Dyk - my favorite DJ & trance artist...an excellent soundtrack for driving!
BT (Brian Transeau) - like PvD, an awesome trance artist, DJ & remixer
FSOL (Future Sound Of London) - ambient electronica; Lifeforms, ISDN, & Dead Cities are brilliant
Suzanne Vega - well-written folk rock/pop
James Taylor - truly a classic...
John Mayer - top-notch songwriting and guitar work
Indigo Girls - a whole lotta feelgood folk with just a hint of country
RumpShaker - MY OLD COVER BAND - museum coming soon! :)

TV/CARTOONS: (Ya gotta love 'em at every age! They keep you young.)
The Simpsons - simply the best show on television and the reason I'm home Sunday nights
Family Guy - a great show; now on DVD & in reruns on Cartoon Network
Futurama - cancelled but light years ahead of its time!
South Park - the show is great but the movie is a MUST-SEE
Aqua Teen Hunger Force - very tweaked humor
Robot Chicken - very tweaked humor for those with ADD
Johnny Bravo - the coolest - check him out on Cartoon Network
Beavis & Butt-Head - yah, they're stupid and funny, but they make me laugh...
Duckman - short-lived and hilarious; in reruns on Comedy Central
The Critic - highly underrated, sometimes in reruns on Comedy Central
Everybody Loves Raymond - they kinda remind me of my family
Scrubs - a very well-written and funny show

Some pages on my site:

    - Dif Juz discography
    - The Popinjays discography
    - Lush video information
    - Lush discography
    - Lush tour information
    - Cocteau Twins video information
    - CDs (some collectible) I have for sale
    - Wantlist - some CDs, laserdiscs, and vinyl I'm looking for
    - RumpShaker (my old band) - visit the museum...admission is free!

Friends on the web:

    - Super Sunday Hamster Blender
    - Crazy Pineapple
    - SEES
    - Taylor Made Band
    - Project Finster
    - Dom Lippolis
    - Sonny Parlin
    - John Dischert
    - Rob Sheftel
    - Animals Everywhere
    - Keith of UXB

Some good portals / starting points on the web:

    - Excite
    - Google
    - Lycos
    - MSN
    - Yahoo

Some words to think about (I didn't write these):

    Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
    Marry someone you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
    Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
    When you say, "I love you," mean it.
    When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
    Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
    Believe in love at first sight.
    Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
    Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
    In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
    Don't judge people by their relatives.
    Talk slowly but think quickly.
    When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
    Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
    Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
    When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
    Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
    Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
    When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
    Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
    Spend some time alone.
    A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.