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Method of Defiance [Sep. 10th, 2009|12:49 pm]
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Bill Laswell's Method of Defiance is playing here! In San Francsico! Friday the 18th at the Regency Ballroom. I am so excited about this show. You should come with me!

I'm going to stop by the box office on Sunday for tickets. Ping me if you want me to pick one up for you.

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Devil's Postpile Trip [Sep. 10th, 2009|12:20 pm]

Labor Day is past, but I'm still on the natural high from the camping trip Gill and I took to Devil's Postpile over the weekend. The weather was just about perfect and the area is as gorgeous as you'd expect being in such close proximity to Yosemite.

We arrived about an hour before sunset on Thursday and found a campsite near the river, set up camp and ate a simple dinner under the stars and nearly full moon before bed. Friday we did the short hike down to the the postpile formation itself. I was duly impressed: it's a large mass of volcanic rock that separated into enormous hexagonal columns when it cooled. We continued onto Rainbow Falls (too many clouds for a rainbow when we got there) and down to Little Falls further down the river where we had a lunch on a rock out in the middle of the falls. I couldn't convice Gill to swim in the pools below the falls. I can't blame her, someone told us the water was 40 degrees. We headed back to camp through a section of the forest still badly scarred by the large 1992 Rainbow Falls Fire (change of scenery indeed!) and got back early enough to prepare our one elaborate dinner (well not that elaborate, but everything tastes better when camping).

Saturday was to be our hike to get away from the anticipated Labor Day crowds. We set out across the river and were planning to leave the John Muir Trail to go up to Lake Emily which is at about 10000' (camp was at 7500'). Though the trail we were to take was on the topo map I had, we started to lose it after a mile or so. We did a tiny bit of rock climbing (yay!) to scale a 20' face (I did say tiny) and had lunch up in the sun and decided the idea of getting lost and spending the night out there was unappealing so we decided to head back to the JMT and head north. We still wound up climbing to about 9650' and Gill (who has asthma) started to have some real trouble with the altitude. She was a trooper, though, and after some rest we pushed on and were rewarded with some staggering views of the lakes and and landscapes. My favorite, I think, was Lake Rosalie (whoever named all of these was clearly obsessed with the ladies), we're already talking about doing a backcountry trip and camping along it. The northern reach of our hike was the loop around Shadow Lake at which point we hiked alongside the waterfalls back east to the river which we followed back to our camp.

In the end I calculate we did about 18 miles that day and it really took a toll. Even though Gill was the one having trouble early on, I was far worse off at the end of the trip. I staggered into our camp with an increasingly bad headache. Gill made dinner and gave me lots of water and after a couple of hours I had recovered. We certainly bit off a little too much that day but neither of us had any regrets.

Sunday we took a bit easier with a leisurely breakfast on the river bank before packing up our camp and heading back home. We stopped along the way at some hot springs before heading over the pass again. That was just the ticket. It would have been wonderful to soak all day, but with the long drive ahead we left after an hour or so and got home around sunset.

At some point I found out that this was Gill's first "real" camping trip and she took right to it. This is great news as I hope to do a lot more in the future than I have been.

My own photos will eventually make it to the web...

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Grumio est cuquus [Aug. 24th, 2009|09:52 am]

Gill and I have been joking around about me taking one of her classes for a while. I don't know when it became a more serious idea but somehow it has gotten to the point that tomorrow I'll be starting Latin 101. I'm kind of nervous! I haven't been in school for quite a while.

Gill only teaches three of the days a week so it took me as a bit of a surprise when she reminded me that her TA teaches two days per week as well. Are you counting? That's five days a week. Five. Rutgers (all those years ago at least) was of the longer and fewer classes philosophy so I haven't been in a class that meets five days a week since high school.

Obviously my ongoing underemployed status gives me some flexibility with my daily schedule making a 10am class possible. I've already been told by more than that I'm being a big baby and just to suck it up. It's just 101! I can always drop! But I tell you (again) I'm really nervous! Languages have always been my academic Achilles heel (in no small part because of my atrocious study habits).

I've got to go study some declensions or something...

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frisbee! [Jul. 20th, 2009|12:49 pm]

I spent this weekend in Santa Cruz at a frisbee hat tournament1 with Gill. This was the first time I've been to a multi-day tournament. My body isn't hurting nearly as much as I thought it would be (my worst complaint at the moment is sunburn on my ankles) and I had a lot of fun. I played well on Saturday but kind of crappy on Sunday. I've been beating myself up a bit about it because our team was pretty good and probably could have made it to the semi-finals had it not been for a couple of spectacular screw-ups by yours truly. I know really, though, that it is just a hat tourney and the main point is to have fun2 and meet new peeps from all over. These things were accomplished so I just need to get over myself.

Also fun was camping up in the SC mountains. I love sleeping outside. Having the cool air blow in and being able to nestle into a sleeping bag equals pure somnific bliss for me.

I'm really happy to be playing lots of disc again (two nights each week of summer league as well). Even when some of my body parts think I'm overusing them, I think my general health and psyche are in a much better state.


1 Hat tournament: You show up and get stuck on a team with a bunch of random other players that you play with for the whole tournament.

2 To give an idea of the spirit of the tournament, in this one everyone was required to wear ridiculous hats. If your hat came off at any point, it was considered a foul and whatever penalty that would normally imply was incurred.

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Lessons [Jul. 3rd, 2009|08:24 pm]
Things I've learned today:

  • Spray painting is easier than I thought it would be.

  • Spray painting is harder than I thought it would be.

  • Arts and crafts and I have the same strained realtionship we did in 3rd grade art class.

  • After inhaling enough paint thinner fumes...I don't really care that much!

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Heading out [May. 25th, 2009|12:54 pm]
I'm going back to NJ for a bit to visit this little bugger (aka Jillian Rose, my niece). See you when I get back!

Jillian RoseJillian Rose
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Fraud [May. 15th, 2009|05:09 pm]
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Just spent a bit over an hour dealing with a fraudulent credit card charge. About half of that time was on the phone with my CC bank. The steps for reporting such a charge involve answering the same questions repeatedly interspersed with some calming hold music for 5-10 minute intervals. The other half was updating all my automatic billings with the new CC number. It would be so nice if my CC bank could manage that for me.

Anyway, be on the look out for charges from www.ppcflash.com, apparently I'm not the first to get hit with this. It's a small charge, around $10.

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(no subject) [May. 4th, 2009|11:36 pm]

Just as was about to make dinner tonight I was overcome with the urge to clean out my cupboards. I embraced this because I've gone several years without any such urge. I'm really not the tidiest person when it comes to, well, anything, but in this case, I refer to determining what should and should should not be shoved in the back of some shelf. That is, probably nothing should be shoved to the back of some shelf, but I shove everything back there.

Who knew such hijinks could ensue from such an industrious intention? Oh, the fun I had when a bag of tapioca flour came tumbling off the top shelf ("What's in there? I'll just give it a tug and catch it as it falls"). Fortunately I was wearing all black so I could clearly see where the flour landed on me and I could brush at it in annoyance. Now I'm wearing all grey. I also got to enjoy the lovely music of all those pieces of rotini crunching underfoot. Or were those the peppercorns. Or some other cupboard oddity I couldn't identify.

Gah. At least my cupboards are clean.

And now I'm on that Dreamwidth thing as "dang". Come find me if I haven't found you.

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The future of the music industry [Apr. 22nd, 2009|04:31 pm]

Would you pay $50 to chat with one of your favorite rockstars (current limited supply also requires Josh Freese being one of your favorite rockstars)? I don't think I would. I mean I'm sure I've spent that much on stupid shit before, but...I'm just really not a phone person, you know? And without the option to stick another quarter sawbuck in the slot to extend the call it seems like the opportunity of getting hung up just as things started to get interesting is too great. An all-you-can-eat dinner at Sizzler, on the other hand? Definitely worth the 500 clams.

I wonder if this sort of thing will go anywhere. It seems like a good idea at first, but I just don't see how it would scale. My friend thinks this is definitely the future though and if nothing else you have to admire Freese's creativity. And given how someone was willing to pony up* for the $20,000 package, well maybe he's on the right track.

*I don't read Wired much. Does it always read like The Onion? Anyway, click the link, the article's worth the read for laughs. "I'm sure we'll be friends for a long time".

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Sincerely... [Apr. 18th, 2009|11:28 am]
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On Wednesday night Gill and I had the great fortune to see Leonard Cohen at the Paramount. I couldn't post about it earlier because I just didn't have any words for it. I'm not sure that I do now either but the emotional intensity has worn off a bit by now so I can try.

It hadn't really sunk in until the show started that I was actually going to see him. For so long I've just assumed I would never get the change to see him perform so I was sitting there as the first song began not at all prepared for what was coming. Suffice to say, it was an absolutely stunning show. His ability to perform those well know LC classics with such verve and sincerity would, I suspect, well impress even someone unfamiliar with work. But having such a personal connection to his music, I was floored. I've never been moved to tears like that during a performance and I don't know I could be for anyone but Cohen.

Though the night wasn't perfect (there were one or two songs I wouldn't have swapped out of the list: I really couldn't believe he played Democracy, there are some parts of the LC songbook best left in the past), it was a night I've never experienced before. To the point, even, that I wonder if I would go see him again because I could never hope that another concert could, for me, live up to that night. Oh, alright, of course I would!
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oh, that's what that wobble was [Feb. 3rd, 2009|12:30 pm]

I am so much better at debugging computers and electronics than cars, it would seem.

Qunice needs four new tires which isn't all that surprising since this set lasted (for some definition of lasted) about 95k miles, IIRC. He also has a torn boot (so see, the CV join diagnosis guess wasn't totally off the wall).

On smarter people's suggestions I rented a car to go down to the south bay yesterday. I was pleansantly surprised to find it was cheaper than I expected ($30 all told). Winning question of the day from the guy that rented me the car: "So, you going anywhere today?"

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DeV [Feb. 1st, 2009|12:53 pm]
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Went to see DeVotchKa at the Fillmore last night with Gill. Was anyone else there? What'd you think?

G really enjoyed the show but I thought they were pretty off, especially comapred to how great they've been in the past. I can't put my finger on any one thing that wasn't working for me, but they just didn't seem to click. I might have just been too tired to really enjoy it, but it sure seemed to me like they didn't really want to be up there and that the crowd was picking up on that too. Everyone has off nights, I guess.

Looking forward to enjoying the gorgeous weather while everyone is inside watching TV today.

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Who knows of cars? [Jan. 31st, 2009|05:45 pm]
My car's steering has been acting funny, most recently wobbling quite a bit as I drive. After some research, I suspect a CV joint to be the culprit. I have an an appointment to bring him in on Tuesday, but of course it transpires that I really need a car to get down to the south bay on Monday. Any car knowledgeable people out there? Would it be stupid of me to risk a 100 mile drive suspecting a bad CV joint?
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Civic Center? [Jan. 19th, 2009|06:55 pm]
I think Gill and I are going to be @ Civic Center for the big event. Anyone else planning on being there?
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Downtown style comes to the bay [Jan. 17th, 2009|05:40 pm]
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Yoshi's (OaklandSan Francisco flavor) has finally posted the Zorn dates:

Tuesday, March 10Secret Chiefs 3: Play Masada Book II
Wednesday, March 11Masada String Trio
Thursday, March 12Masada
Friday, March 13Bar Kokhba
Saturday, March 14The Dreamers
Sunday, March 15Electric Masada

I kinda want to go to them all! Would that be excessive? Who's in? m4dh4tt3r? httf? cindymonkey?

In related news, Frith at du Nord on February 8th. He's always awesome.

And (only tangentially related), the Master Magician Musicians of Jajouka are going to be at Yoshi's SF on Feb 11 & 12. I'm really excited about this, I've been trying to see them for years. Anyone want to go to this?

ETA: Note that I screwed up. All the Zorn shows are actually at the SF Yoshi's.

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Dear random chick in the park... [Jan. 17th, 2009|04:34 pm]
...who just gave me a really dirty look:

Really, it wasn't me that reeked of urine. It was just that general area that we happened to be walking through at the same time. Honest.
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I can't see! [Jan. 13th, 2009|11:33 am]
I just went to the eye doctor and have mega huge pupils. You'd think with big pupils you'd be able to see lots more, right? Well you can't. You can't see crap. After an hour I was hoping I'd be able to drink some coffee and read my book, but I can't. I thought then well I can zoom up the text really huge (huge pupils-huge text...makes sense, right?). Well, I can, but it still kind of uncomfortable to focus so I'm just staring at a blurry screen. So I excuse myself for any typos.

Not that I really have much to say. I do think, though, that despite me harbouring a slight resentment at her responsibility for my current debilitated state, I like my eye dr more than any doctor I have ever been to. I highly recommend her to anyone needing one: Dr. Edna Lee on Fillmore @ Bush.

I'm going to the Jewish Contemporary Museum with httf in a litle bit. Thankfully I'm primarily going to see the Zorn (audio) installation.

One of these days (when I can see what I'm typing) I will post something real about the joys of being unemployed.

[Addendum too good not to...addend: The really irritating people sitting next to me are talking about me! I'm blind, not deaf, you idiots! They think I look like I come from the Mission. It must be the dirty look I'm about to give them.]
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Impact [Jan. 7th, 2009|10:43 am]
Sad to discover this morning that Stacey's is closing.
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Is this common? [Nov. 16th, 2008|12:39 pm]
I've never seen someone selling a few random bottles of wine at a sidewalk sale before.
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Zornophiles take note! [Oct. 4th, 2008|08:57 pm]
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It's not up on their calendar yet, but I have it on good authority that Zorn will be playing a string of shows at Yoshi's d'Oakland in March:

  • March 11 - Masada String Trio - 2 sets
  • March 12 - Bar Kokhba - 2 sets
  • March 13 - Masada Quintet
  • March 14 - The Dreamers
  • March 15 - Electric Masada

Woo! The only problem is figuring out which ones go to go! Who's in?

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Now it becomes clear [Sep. 25th, 2008|11:13 pm]
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I couldn't understand the logic behind the McCain camp's position about postponing the debate because of the economic crisis. Clearly he would want a forum to talk about what he would do about it and the way he would prevent this from happening again. It seemed to fit right in with his message of reform.

But now I see. The new schedule they're proposing would put the presidental debate in the slot slated for the VP debate and postpone the latter indefintiely. They want to get Palin off the hook. And watching the way she's imploding in front of the media lately, I can't blame them!

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This is just sic [Sep. 23rd, 2008|09:10 pm]

In the process of googling Frank Black and the Catholics' album Show Me Your Tears I couldn't help but notice google's very first auto-suggestion after three words:

    show me your genetals

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The end is nigh [Sep. 17th, 2008|05:51 pm]
I think these kids opened a portal to some other dimension or something.

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The only hope for America [Sep. 14th, 2008|05:54 pm]
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Al Jazeera has an interview with Howard Zinn (author of A People's History of the United States in which he talks about the crumbling US empire and says that the only hope is a massive social "movement of rebellion".

It is a short and interesting read. I think it is notable that he doesn't make any mention of the current presidential race. I myself go back and forth between being excited about the possibility of Obama winning the presidency and despairing that the change it supposedly would bring about is really just a small token and that the two ruling parties really aren't different enough from one another to matter that much in any real way.

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Benefit for Equality California on Sunday [Jul. 9th, 2008|04:39 pm]

A friend of a friend is running this and asked me to spread the word. Let me know if you're thinking of going.

On Sunday, July 13th from 1:30 to 3:30, David P and I are hosting a pie social, to benefit Equality California, at the Women's Building on 18th between Valencia and Guerrero.

Our fair city is remarkable for several reasons: occasional sunshine, bizarre murals, pork belly on every menu. Most of all: diversity, tolerance and community.

As you're probably aware, gay marriage was legalized in California. However, conservative groups successfully lobbied to include on the November ballot the California Marriage Protection Act, which would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

At this very moment, lobbyists on both sides are raising money (which you can read about here). In support of our city and our friends, we'd like to do our part. Proceeds will benefit Equality California, a San Francisco-based advocacy group that is leading the charge against the initiative.

So save the date. The suggested donation is $20-$50, whatever you can swing. A mere $12 if you bring a homemade pie to share. There will be no speechifying, just good food, good friends and a good cause.

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Dance! [Jul. 4th, 2008|10:58 am]
I'm surprised I haven't seen anyone else post this. It made me happy! Watch!



Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.



Happy 4th.

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The Way Home [Jun. 30th, 2008|04:14 pm]
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The Way Home, originally uploaded by longhands.

I've been meaning to take this shot for years. I finally got up to the lookout point with my tripod.

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Attention lesbians [May. 1st, 2008|11:28 pm]
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7376919.stm


Soon we'll need to find a new island's name to slander. What do you want to be called now? Hawaiians? Canaries? Ooh...I got it...Virgins!
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Misread headline of the day [Apr. 25th, 2008|12:09 am]
"Dye departs with groin stain"

actually...it said strain. I could care less about that.
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may contain offensive content [Apr. 10th, 2008|10:18 pm]
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I was listening to NPR today and a story came on preceded by the disclaimer "A warning to our listeners: some of the following content may be offensive."

The story? A video was released to the news showing the head of the Formula 1 governing body participating in a Nazi-themed S&M orgy with some prostitutes and they want to fire him. That is as descriptive as it got. What in that story is so offensive that they needed to warn us about? Are the words sadomasochism, prostitute, nazi, or orgy such triggers to people?

Could it be they think we'd find it offensive that he'll lose his job over this?

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I should get a commission [Apr. 1st, 2008|10:05 pm]
I was buying some veggies at the Civic Center farmer's market the other day when this exchange took place:

Woman: How much are the artichokes?
Vendor: 2 for $5
Woman: [hesitating...] Uh..ok [makes as if about to leave]
Me: How can you put a price on artichokes?
Woman: [pause] You're right! I'll take two.
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There's a problem? [Mar. 27th, 2008|09:03 pm]
I was listening to a radio show on the achievement gap in public education in California tonight. Someone asked about race bias in the curriculum and a panelist responded saying something along the lines "we should give equal weight to Camus and Toni Morrison." She was referring to the Camus that rhymes with famous, or Seamus, or blame-us or....Ouch. Go educators.
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So I had this giant grapefruit... [Mar. 11th, 2008|10:48 am]
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It was yummy! It was sweet! It was huge!

So I made a lampshade out of it. I discovered that the smell of burning grapefruit rind is kind of pleasant.




Surface of the Sun, originally uploaded by longhands.

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Winter! [Dec. 10th, 2007|11:05 am]
Wow...totally forgot. Some places have snow!

Who amongst y'all wants to go skiing/snowboarding this winter?
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Kooza [Nov. 24th, 2007|04:58 pm]
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Much thanks to beckastar, I got to see Cirque du Soleil's Kooza last night. It was much more traditionally circus-like than the last time I saw them. This isn't that surprising I guess since the amazing set design was so much a part of Ka and that kind of thing could only be pulled off in a more permanent installation.

The most impressive part of the show for me were the three contortionists whose act was staggeringly beautiful (I read somewhere that CdS sponsors a contortionist school in Mongolia), closely followed by the juggler and the Wheel of Death (which was better in this performance than the one I saw in Ka).

I also thought the clowning, which I'm not normally a fan of, was quite good and tied the performances to the simple plot of innocence and self-discovery really well. My only complaint is that the audience interaction bits slowed down the pace of an already very long show.

The music varied between good and boring. Someone commented how it was cool that they integrated the musicians into the show more than they normally do. I agree with the sentiment, but thought it was poorly executed. The musicians, even when individually showcased, were unimpressive to me, especially compared to the excellence of the rest of the performers.

Overall it was excellent. The venue was small too, so everyone was pretty close to the action. Thanks, B!

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Scientific discovery of the day [Nov. 21st, 2007|02:11 pm]
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Ground cinnamon raining down in clouds from the sky makes me sneeze!

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Audium [Nov. 19th, 2007|12:42 pm]
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I finally made it to hear Audium this weekend. I really enjoyed it! It's basically a small circular space with a bunch (on the order of a 100 or so) speakers all over the room. A performer plays tape loops, dynamically manipulating them and their position in the room. The audience is seated in circles around the room. The chairs have a good amount of space between them and the performance occurs in total darkness; the effect is very isolating. Assuming the other audience members are quiet, it's easy to imagine you're alone in some strange auditory dream.

The music is in the spirit of the early electronic music movement (think Cage and Stockhausen). Lots of environmental sounds and tonal but not really melodic synth work. The show lasts about an hour, so if that's not your cup of tea, I can imagine it would be frustrating. Afterwards the creator, a really pleasant and friendly guy named Stan Schaff, was hanging out in the lobby to talk to anyone interested.

It seems to be a very slowly evolving project (conceived back in the 50's). I'm sure they've got other musicians/composers banging on the door to perform there. He indicated that they were working to make that happen, but I get the feeling it will be a while before it does, which is too bad, as the space has so much potential. In the meantime I definitely recommend checking it out if it sounds at all interesting. I'd happily go a second time if anyone's up for it.
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Prison Break [Nov. 7th, 2007|06:56 pm]
Who of you all watches Prison Break? I don't think I would have thought it was possible for this show to jump the shark (I might have said it was in a perennial state of levitation over said shark). But Episode 7 spoilerCollapse )
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Something in the air? [Oct. 23rd, 2007|09:36 am]
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I felt a little silly on the train ride home last night when I nodded off and dropped my ticket. It took me a few minutes to find while the conductor loomed waiting on me.

Then about 15 minutes later a guy across the aisle went crashing to the floor as he fell asleep in his seat. He woke up understandably stunned, but otherwise ok. No one really knew what to say, so I offered him some gum.
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Letter to a young blogger [Oct. 18th, 2007|06:13 pm]
"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."

--Rilke
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Secret codes [Sep. 17th, 2007|10:48 am]
I passed a couple of dudes discussing final play the niners game last night on my way home. Not watching much sport tv, myself, it's unusual that I knew what they were talking about, but in this case I did and commented briefly how fortuitous the play was for the niners. There was general consensus, the scent of testosterone wafted through the air, and I went on my way. Half a block later I noticed one of the guys was following me and trying to get my attention. I let him catch up to me at which point he asked if I had any weed I was looking to sell. The strange part was that he seemed genuinely surprised that I hadn't.

Have I stumbled upon some San Francisco mystery here? Is discussing field goals a secret signal for being a dealer? What if I phrased my comment differently, or mentioned the Giants? Would he have asked for some other drug or offered to sell to me instead?
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Green bombs [Sep. 12th, 2007|03:31 am]
The Russians can now blow stuff up better we can. From the article:

The Russian weapon's blast radius is 990 feet....[it] explodes in an intense fireball combined with a devastating blast. It explodes in a terrifying nuclear bomb-like mushroom cloud and wreaks destruction through a massive shock wave created by the air burst and high temperature.

Yet, presumably without irony, they claim:

Unlike a nuclear weapon, the bomb doesn't hurt the environment

They must grow some pretty tough trees in Russia.
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I am the tempter [Aug. 28th, 2007|10:18 am]
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Of fate, that is.

On Sunday I told my friend she shouldn't keep her stuff in my car for days since it would be a target for theft, but that keeping it in trunk would probably be ok.

Yesterday a co-worker was telling me of all the damage done to his car (before it was eventually stolen) when he lived on Oak St. I commented that my car hadn't been touched so far, which is more than I could say about when I lived in the Mission.

Someone with a sense of humor was listening because of course I came out this morning to find someone had gnawed their way through the rubber around the passenger window and pulled it off its track enough to unlock the door. Fortunately they didn't go into the trunk where the only things of value were (if you consider a bunch of crap slated to head up to burning man and a couple of CDs valuable) and only made off with about $5-10 worth of change. They made a mess, though, and, most annoyingly, the passenger side window doesn't really work anymore.

Because I didn't have enough shit to deal with today.
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Sheepish plea [Aug. 22nd, 2007|01:14 pm]
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I was totally not going to head up to the desert this summer. Really! That was an active decision I made a while ago and it seemed the right choice at the time. I've pretty much ignored everyone's BM posts and have just been looking forward to a quiet week in SF.

But, of course, there's a 'but'. I have a mischievous friend who has planted the idea in my head that it would be a lot of fun to head up for just a portion of the week. Circumstances have changed such that I'm inclined to agree and am kind of excited by the notion of trying to make it happen.

So, that leaves me with lots to do and a nice bit of stress for the next few days. The most significant thing I'm lacking though, is a place to camp and I have no idea what to do about it and need help. So I extend a plea to you, my friends. Do any of you have room for a first timer in your camp or know a group of cool people who do? I'm aware of how ridiculously late in the game it is, but I'd obviously be willing to try to make up for this however I can.

My tentative plan is to head up on Wednesday, and stay through the end. I also should have a fair amount of hauling space available if midweek supplies are needed.

Any help or advice would greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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With blackened teeth I confess [Aug. 17th, 2007|01:45 pm]
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I was put to the test and was found wanting.

I know it was placed there so temptingly in the break room to be a trial for me, a chance to prove my strength of will and quality of character.

Alas, it wasn't even a close contest...that stack of Oreos is so gone.
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Sly & Robbie [Aug. 13th, 2007|08:28 pm]
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Tomorrow (Tues) night at Slims! Who's going?
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Wedged [Jul. 14th, 2007|08:02 pm]
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Second bike gripe of the week.

Needed to run a quick errand tonight and came out to this:

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If you can't tell, not only did this jerk park intimately close to my bike, but his trailer hitch is actually pushing down on the brake (as if moving the bike wasn't already hard enough). It's hard to tell from the picture, but moving the bike forward more than an inch was impossible. After lots of wiggling, cursing, pushing, and pleading, I was able to get the sidestand up and lean the bike way over and roll it out (luckily it's light!). The part I didn't get a picture of was how the truck's rear bumper was right up against the rear shock, so there was no room to tip the bike upright at all. That made the 'getting the sidestand up' bit a fun trick.

Grrr.
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Plugs [Jul. 12th, 2007|07:25 pm]
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Spark plugs, that is. Was all set to go out last night and discovered someone decided to crack one off my bike. Since this has happened before, I've learned to keep a few spare ones handy and it only delayed me by about 10 minutes. Still, it's pretty irritating that I've grown used to this occurrence. Someone told me that crackheads will break your plugs off because the ceramic is of some value in procuring – what else – crack. If so...why do they never take both plugs? Wouldn't more ceramic mean more crack? And isn't more crack always better? Is there a one-spark-plug-limit at the ceramic/crack exchange center?

Anyway, this isn't really exciting news to anyone who has a bike, so I'll post this, which I coincidentally found on my harddrive earlier this week (presumably an aborted post from the first time this happened):


Some ass cracked a plug off of my motorcycle today. I was in a hurry to replace it, so I ran down to the Kragen on Geary with the part number I needed. I was supposed to be back soon for a meeting, but how hard could this be? I figured I'd be in and out in 2 minutes. Unfortunately, and ridiculously, that proved to be...optimistic.

Despite having a part number the guy behind the counter wanted to know what make/model my car was. When I told him it was for a motorcycle he balked claiming he didn't have one of those magic part number books for motorcycles and he didn't want to sell me the wrong part. But I have the exact part number, I protested. Unconvincingly, apparently, because for several minutes he just kept grumbling about manufacturers and part numbers and I don't know what else. I was getting a bit exasperated...I couldn't understand why he was essentially refusing to give me the part I needed. I hadn't realized spark plugs were such a dangerous product. I'll sleep better now knowing their issuance is so carefully controlled.

Suddenly, mid-grumble, he gets an enlightened look on his face and remembers he has a magic part number book for motorcycles...a mere two feet from where we were having our increasingly strained exchange. He thumbs through it for a while and lo! the part number for my bike is exactly the one I gave to him in the first place. His stringent professional obligations now satisfied, he goes to the back and retrieves my spark plug. Sheesh...all this for a stupid $3 part.

I get home and soon discover that the spark plug doesn't fit. What? After all that cross-verification and double-checking, could we have come to the wrong conclusion about what size plug I needed. Maybe I was wrong and determining the part number I needed really was as complicated as the man made it seem.

No, of course not. Dr. Autopart gave me, a completely different model. Silly me for not checking the box before I walked out.

When I went back first he spent about 30 seconds doing the "how could this happen?" dance. After some head scratching and fumbling about in the back, he gave me the right plug....along with one of those stupid return forms to fill out. You know, Name, Address, Phone number, 500 word essay on why you deserve to get your money back. I glared at him for about 10 seconds. That got me nowhere. I asked how much the correct plug cost. It was exactly the same price as the wrong one I bought 1/2 an hour before.

Keeping him fixed in my glare, "Here's the wrong plug you sold me," I told him. "I'm just going to walk out with the right one, ok?".

"Um, yeah, ok."

Damn crackheads.
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Holistic healing [Jul. 6th, 2007|02:53 pm]
Delicious dark chocolate and some wonderful fresh cherries. Need I say anymore?
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Irritation and confusion [Jun. 28th, 2007|10:59 am]
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Irritation: Two trains in a row this morning left SF full of bikes. As in so full, that people who got bumped off the first one also got bumped off the second one. I really love Caltrain, but this situation is getting worse and they have no plan in place to fix this. This is depressing in general, and irritating this morning since I had to take the local all the way to San Jose.

Confusion: Because of said irritation, I get to work today at 10:45. How is it that I am still the one that has to make the first pot of coffee? This is the most under-caffeinated bunch of engineers I've ever worked with.
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