seldom updated online journal

August 27, 2007

The far view fades away

My guess? Lake Powell [ + zoom ]

I am home.

The trip? Too short.

People I didn't get to see. Burritos I did not get to eat. Pictures I wish I had taken.

On the flipside—I did see wonderful things, met and revisited folks, all dear.

And though I want to capture every moment, sort through photos, and savor the memories right this second - for now I must return to the here and now, the inbox overflowing, and a few projects requiring attention.

Before I hunker down, a big thank you to everyone along the way.

Current music: Steve Manuel "Giving In"

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August 23, 2007

Muir Woods

Needles

San Francisco was dense with goodness.

Looped up through Muir Woods on the way out.

Man those trees got perspective.

Can't type more, headed to Phoenix.

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August 18, 2007

vacation has begun

watermelon margaritas being served

Arrived in California after a long jaunt through Indy and Denver.

Greeted with hugs, wagging tails, and good spirits (like the ones pictured above) in Grass Valley.

I should now mention I'm the worst vacation planner ever, keeping things by the seat of the pants. A few loose ends workwise I need to wrap up, then it's off to 'Frisco for a few quick days, then back on a plane to the cool weather of Arizona for another handful.

Will be posting photos up in this set as they happen.

Current music: Kanye West "Stronger"

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August 13, 2007

It’s only embarassing if you tell people

Schottenstein Center: Value City Arena

I saw the Pop-Tarts American Idol tour pass through Ohio on Saturday.

I cannot remember my state of mind when the tickets were purchased, but I can assure you I was not sober.

I'm still processing what went down, but I think it went something like this:

- We had to walk 7 miles from the parking lot to get to the show.

- Sanjaya performed a Michael Jackson song, finally. (The Way You Make Me Feel). I made a little video recording but it pains me to watch so I'm not uploading it. All of the kitsch entertainment value he once held for me has been replaced by sadness.

- At first we thought Gina Glocksen was being ungrateful and distant, but we then realized the other girls must be driving her absolutely bonkers on the tour bus. B O N K E R S. (That means you Melinda Doolittle, with your coy "who me?" shrug. I swear she spoke in parseltongue at one point)

- Phil Stacey put on a sailor outfit while the girls sang Prince's "America" from Around the World in a Day - which is an awesome song in it's weirdness, but in this context made it just weird.

- For the most part, everyone sang songs that we'd never heard of or never wanted to hear again. However, Lakisha Jones made good with I Will Always Love You.

(aside: insert moment of silence for Whitney)

- Blake Lewis made up for most of the muck and rocked the house. Chris Richardson was right behind him with his mammoth guns he's developed while learning to play drums and guitar.

- There were a couple other girls and another guy, but I forget what they sang. We left so we could get to bed before midnight.

Highlights of the day besides the show? Pool swimming, garlic fries, and a picture of myself I don't loathe... thx Brown (but I do need to work on more expressions outside of "glare").

Current music: Prince "Pop Life"

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August 10, 2007

30 some odd days with the iPhone

ack ack ack

I figured I'd use the new Apple device a while before piecing together my thoughts. Up front: this is my 2nd unit. The first one didn't like getting coverage. I took it to the Apple store and they replaced it on the spot with one that works quite well. Reception has been very good.

Now that I've kicked it around over a month, I can say with some confidence (as I have in comments before), if I had to choose between my laptop and this phone, I'd probably go with the phone and start designing on paper. Note: if I ever used a Blackberry or similar device, I might say the same thing. Not likely, but possible.

Some quick backstory: When the iPhone was announced, my current mobile phone was dying. I intentionally got the cheapest one without re-upping my T-mobile contract and marked my calendar for the day I could have a single device to charge—a device that would be a music player, capable of texting, web browser, email client, and no less important—a calendar.

Having videos and photos was a bonus, and man the screen makes em look great. The days of tiny photos yellowing in wallets are numbered. This makes sharing fantastic. This doesn't come without irks. I don't use iPhoto and it's a small pain to manage sets of photos there. I'd rather point to a folder on my drive.

Same for events. I like Google Calendar so there are hurdles to make everything appear on both—hurdles so high I've given up on the former and begrudgingly use iCal.

Those and minor quirks aside, I am smitten.

So much I wish the next version of OSX took cues from the interface and stopped with the transparency of the menubar and weird 3D dock thing.

Other bits:

I don't have to open my laptop at home as much. It's hard enough separating work from life. This helps.

I now have a clock that has more than two alarms. (for me, this is a small blessing)

Pooping got hella productive / entertaining.

Time wasted with Flash is pleasantly shortened. (Though I do wish I could access Vimeo on it)

I vote for my favorite dancers on So You Think You Can Dance (even though this season is lackluster) because dialing is fun. Yep, dialing a phone number... fun.

Maps? Awesome. Calculator? Handy. Visual voice mail? Nice.

It's a great flashlight. Easily 60% brighter than my last mobile phone.

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So all in all, happy camper here—one that is grateful to have such a thing. Maybe when I get another chance, I'll talk about the fun standing in line and seeing old friends happenstance when the thing launched. Until then, some goodies:

Download some iPhone Wallpapers I made

Looking for more wallpapers and ideas?
- Airbag Industries iPhone candy
- Trapped - Joshua Blankenkship and friends make good fun with their contact photos
- Iconfactory has made all their sets iPhone friendly
- Garret Murray over at Maniacal Rage has lots too
- The Flickr iPhone Wallpaper pool


Current music: Headphones "Hello Operator"

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August 09, 2007

Meijer logorot

hypermarket shuffle

I figured I'd document Meijer’s almost-a-rainbow old logo, before they bring around the new extra patriotic one:

I've no insight as to the specifics behind the identity change (the Brand New blog does a good job with that sort of thing), I can regurgitate marketing speak from the new logo guidelines:

The Meijer identity is a foundational component of our brand. It has been designed to represent the energy of our company.
That first sentence makes no sense, and I'm not sure the new wordmark evokes energy. I do think it's hilarious they call the dots over the i and j “joy dots” in the style manual. (PDF)

I don't know about you, but whenever I see circles in PMS 286C, I get happy.

Current music: Beastie Boys "Dramastically Different"

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August 08, 2007

cheap drinks

a city of tumblers

Dan's sister was in town last night for work so we met up at a local joint called Beef 'O" Brady's for dollar drinks and grub.

I was expecting at least some Irish flair in the menu, but it's pretty much wings, burgers, and salads with names from anywhere but the emerald isle. So instead of lamb stew, or a nice rarebit, we were faced with options like the Santa Fe chicken salad or jalapeno poppers.

Did I mention beers were a buck?

Not that new Miller Chill that Dan's sister fancies. You know, that new chelda style light lager with a hint of lime and salt. No, that's apparently a domestic brew.

Aforementioned company made up for any misgivings with the vittles.

Current music: Bright Eyes "No One Would Riot for Less"

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really hot

Almost some rain, but not

Whenever it gets this hot, I think of Madeline Kahn in the movie Clue.

Yes, I did it.
I killed Yvette.
I hated her . . . so . . . much . . .
I-It-It--flame--flames . . . flames on the side of my face . . .
breathing . . . breathle--heaving breaths . . .heaving--

(audio file - WAV format)

That aside, it's been fixin’ to storm lately, but it never quite goes whole hog—keeps bypassing us just north or south. The trees are getting confused and some are giving up their leaves for the season.

Current music: Tim Hecker "Trade Winds, White Heat"

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August 05, 2007

Goettafest

The goetta ring toss

After the movie, a group of fellas trudged through the intense heat of the night to check out the mini Goettafest in Newport, KY. Not familiar with goetta? It's meat and oats rolled up like sausage and you'll find its a staple of Cincinnati area cuisine—particularly greasy spoons. Wikipedia has a great history of it. I quite prefer the vegetarian version.

So there were rides, and vendors selling geotta ruebens, goetta balls, geotta pizza, geotta burritos, geotta hoagies, goetta pancakes, goetta fudge brownies... I could go on but I have to mention the goetta vending machine.

Photos Here's a handful of really dark photos poorly capturing the mayhem.

Current music: GBV "Sing For Your Meat"

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movie bears

Mastermind behind the local version

Out in San Francisco, a fella named Dave started a group called the San Francisco MovieBears. They meet up to catch flicks and socialize. From what I gather, more than 200 folks show up some nights. That's pretty awesome if you ask me.

Sometimes it's hard to meet people outside of bars or sports agility.

Not to leave the midwest too far behind the times, Brian (pictured above) started a similar group for the Cincinnati area. The local free press did an article about it a while back (under the heading Bears and Queens here).

I finally got myself down to a showing last Saturday with Dan. About 25 fellas met up and caught the early show of the very macho Hairspray.

The movie was enjoyable enough. Travolta's accent reminded me too much of Mike Myers as some secondary Austin Powers character, but that didn't stop the good vibe. For material that could be beaten down by iteration, it holds up quite nicely.

Best bit though was hanging with the folks afterward for burgers.

The next movie is Saturday, September 8. Sign up with the Cincinnati Movie Bears Yahoo Group and save up for popcorn. All are welcome.

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August 04, 2007

Do the Collapse

The end of the crazy work schedule

Why all this bokeh? I was without a prime lens for months. Having one again is fun.

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The week marks the end of burning the candle at both ends as a big project moves from design into production. There's no clean, abrupt stop—the development process loops back and forth, but the heavy lifting is no more. That said, I'm tackling all the things I pushed aside during crunch-time (and that list is long).

I'll be a bit more present with replies to email, comments, etc.

Current music: GBV "Things I Will Keep"

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August 03, 2007

guessing game

Battleship

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August 02, 2007

3 dollars a dozen

Roadside produce tent—Hamilton, OH

Stocked up on the corn, but I'm most anxious for some homegrown tomatoes.

Current music: My Morning Jacket "Golden"

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July 29, 2007

clearance

Even Rocky had a montage

Took a break from work today, drive space was running dangerously low.

Time to back up and move that folder with 5 gigabytes of movies from the little camera.

I picked out a handful of clips and threw 'em in a row with a They Might Be Giants song from Apollo 18. (I think it is technically one song in 21 parts, I skipped 2 for brevity).

It's not good, but my drive has room to breathe, and it was a fun enough diversion. Watch: VIDEO REMNANTS

Now back to work.

Current music: They Might Be Giants "Fingertips"

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journey

RV parked in Ludlow, KY [ +zoom ]

3am and I'm not going to let another day tick by without posting something.

S’times like this when I throw quality out the window—though it pains me to upload a photo without context, so here's a recap:

On Friday I broke down under the weight of my hair and went to see the barber in Kentucky. I thought having my ears exposed would help me focus.

Passed this beige and brown monster on the road after a sweet Westfalia in mint condition escaped my lens. What these vehicles have in common? (Aside from the desire to experience a nomadic lifestyle.)

I'm reminded, I need a vacation.

It's not quite time yet. I'm still working on a project that tugs at the noodle, but I'm finding that I need to plan these trip things as I get on in life. Or maybe it's because flying out of Cincinnati is so oddly expensive. Oh wait, I live in Dayton now.

See? Confused. Light at the end of the tunnel.

Hopeful.

I believe the left coast will be involved.

Current music: Amína "Seoul"
Sample their quiet, lovely music (on a site that shouldn't use a pop-up)

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July 25, 2007

I’m on TV talking like it’s just you and me

La, la, la, la

My bud tom sent me a clip to the alternative Kanye West video (pictured above) and I had to share:

Zach Galifianakis stars in Kanye West's "Cant Tell Me Nothing" - I should mention I quite like the song too.

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Speaking of facial hair - this hand carved wood mustache rocks. (via)

The Hello Experiment - Lionel Richie inspiration (via)

Prisoners in the Philippines do Thriller - Even better than Lexington, KY

Behind the scenes of Sprint's flashlight commercial - Lotta work put into that (youtube via)

Where do presidential hopefuls stand on issues? - Breaking it down to checkboxes (via)

I heart this Bluetooth Johnson t-shirt.

Current music: Kanye West "Can't Tell Me Nothing"

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Carter the dog

This photo really requires a sense of scale, this fella is a monster

Spent a little slice of time with Kelley dishing handbags - of which I'm reminded I know nothing about knitting or felting or accessorizing. In fact, I was as she noted, rocking the stripes and plaids with my ensemble.

Her dog almost molested me.

Current music: Stars "Sleep Tonight (Junior Boys)"

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July 24, 2007

The Items I Carry

the stuff that weighs down my pockets

For the group Naz created on Flickr called "The Items We Carry."

Not pictured:

- a baseball cap (I tend to buy one at favorite places of travel)
- glasses
- lint

What you won't find on me:

- a watch
- sunglasses (though I want a prescription for them, I know I'd lose them)
- a good sense of direction

Current music: Feist "1234"

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Aida

Cincinnati Opera at Music Hall

I've written before how I've never enjoyed opera.

I could be the curmudgeon who compares everything to rock and roll - that bombast with undecipherable lyrics, but I'll refrain tonight.

It was dress rehearsal for Aida. Dan had a pair of tickets as he's not only performing, but he's actually on stage! In costume! [ Go here to view the above photo uncropped—it looks better that way. Hover over the image to see where he's standing, then zoom in to realize you can't really see him at all, but all the costumes are awesome anyway. ]

Mom joined me for the evening. I hadn't known she'd seen this particular opera back when she was a kid—following along with a translation under the guidance of a particularly inspired language teacher. You just can't shake good learning experiences. (But I wouldn't want to give up the projected subtitles they have these days)

When Dan's stint was over, we considered leaving after the second intermission but hem-hawed only briefly. We really wanted to watch the entire performance.

This is a first for me.

Maybe it was having my mom there, or the sets, or the costumes, or having dancers from the Ballet onstage, or the music. Maybe I'm gaining a better understanding of performance in general because of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Whatever the combination, I quite enjoyed this Cincinnati Opera.

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July 22, 2007

Boosler's next

Farewell Jokers Comedy Cafe

The comedy club up the street is getting bulldozed.

The architectural landmark with legendary comedic caricatures adorning its sides is replaced by a Wal-Mart Funny Bone in the swank Greene shopping experience up the highway.

Beavercreek is totally getting all the Strip Mall 2.0 goodies. We by the Dayton Mall get to keep the gentlemen's clubs like Cheeks, Pazzazz, and Diamonds Cabaret.

Current music: Eels "That's Not Really Funny"

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July 20, 2007

in dire need

Beauty Salon - Kettering, OH (I think)

My goal, when I plow through a pile of work, is to get my hair cut nice.

Real nice.

Current music: Beastie Boys "Live at PJ's"

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July 18, 2007

a craving?

Ma Po Tofu at PF Changs. I have to thank Wendy for introducing me to this vegetarian version of the dish.

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July 17, 2007

Lithography Workshop

July 14th & 15th

Good soul Amy, an almost relative up here in Dayton, told me about this Lithography Workshop by the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative a while ago, and I said sign me up.

We got there with coffee in hand and our pencils sharpened ready to take notes. Nice small class - nine students with an expert on hand for every pair.

I (dumbly) hadn't thought drawing would be required - but luckily I had access to this photo of birds from a journal entry back in 2004.

We spent the afternoon learning about the process and filling our aluminum plates with marks from the Lithographic crayons. They had a nice oil pastel feel and took kindly to the tooth on the plates. Not sure how to maintain sharp detail - but that's for subsequent experimentation.

We let the images set overnight and returned the following day to run them through the press on newsprint and then a final on nice paper. It could very well be an edition of one, but the nice bit about lithography is that you can make a run and get a good lot from a single plate. I hope to make a separate page outlining all the steps when I can get a few more questions answered so I don't provide false information.

Related: Unlike lithography, monoprints produce only one image, and the Dayton Printmakers Coop has a workshop in September. If you're in the area, you might check it out. I hope to. Details here.

PhotosSome snapshots around the workshop, and a little video to boot:



Lithography Workshop on Vimeo.

Soundtrack in video: Manitoba "Thistles And Felt"

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July 14, 2007

twist on a classic

This? A bloody mary with homegrown tomatoes

Headed up to Yellow Spring last night for a dinner under the stars with Chris and Inger. They made good with a brisket and a peach crisp dessert that I'm still rolling over in my tastebud memory.

Last time we went there I had a Wiedemann. The future of that honey-tinged brew is now in question as the company that makes it wrestles with bankruptcy.

I think the future of bloody marys is brighter.

Current music: Tom Waits "In the Neighborhood"

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July 11, 2007

from below

Current music: Crowded House "Nobody Wants To"

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July 09, 2007

apples and ice cream

Freddissimo Gelato and Dolci - mall treats I didn't eat [ + zoom ]

Drove down to Cincinnati on Sunday to catch friends Jenn and Shep's little one in person before they headed off to go live in Virginia. He eats blankets, bites his lower lip, rolls to and fro, has a killer set of expressions, and (to the envy of mothers everywhere) sleeps through the night.

It'll be nice with those folks in plausible driving distance. This, the couple that made homes in Italy, Japan, and Texas. The kid is already hearing a few different languages.

I also stopped by the Apple Store. Now I haven't written about my iPhone experience, that will come - but I needed to solve a few nagging issues that were plaguing the device. Namely: virtually no coverage even if I was scaling an AT&T tower, and a battery that didn't like to charge.

While fretting in the service area, I get this shout of "Chris Glass!" from down the aisle. If it wasn't Heidi who I'd now seen more in the past 3 days than I had in years. [ Insert sound of faux electronic shutter ]

I don't see the harm in revealing she's a professional mall walker.

Quick howdy and a hug, then it was back to getting a fresh phone to replace my decidedly defective unit. Initial impression? Best computer I've ever owned. My laptop now gathers dust. But not tonight - the rest of July is crank time. I have pixels to push.

Current music: Justice "One Minute To Midnight"

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July 08, 2007

070707

Enjoying the water and weather

Dan's birthday turned out real nice up north at his sister’s place. Got there mid-afternoon and spent the next 10 hours enjoying the land, pool, sky, cold drinks, four-wheelin, food and family. He's the youngest of 14—even if a third show up it's a party.

PhotosA handful of photos here, and a few video snippets:




070707 from glass and Vimeo.

Current music: Architecture in Helsinki "Spring 2008"

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July 07, 2007

nice place

a beautiful view

After the work whistle blew for the week it was time for a beer. Luckily there were friends rolling through town and a gathering happened on the east side of Cincinnati at the home of Heidi and Brian - and man do they have a nice place. A little slice of it pictured above.

I've mentioned Heidi before, known her and a fella named Doug since I was 5.

Always happy to see 'em, and both were present with their budding families in tow.

So as kids ran around (I think the collective has produced enough to staff a good lookin baseball team) the adults tried to squeeze in some grown-up catch-up.

Good times. I should just have a common end to these entries: there are more pictures of course, but today is looking mighty fine and it's my fella's birthday - 07/07/07, 7th son of a 7th son even. That bodes well. Time to pack the swim trunks and head north.

Current music: Ryan Adams "Two"

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July 05, 2007

2007 Northside Independence Day Parade

Luchadores, Fantasticos de Northside!

Another year, another great parade.

The rain held back. I grilled meats. Mom made green beans. And there was a slew of other tasty tidbits, like these cupcakes (thanks Kate). Coolers were packed. Kids made bubbles. Adults blew horns. Politicians handed out stickers. Candy was thrown. I could go on and on.

Sadly missing, my sis and her family, and my brother Robert - but he sent a little video greeting so it felt like he was almost there. I did get the rare pleasure of seeing other brother Tom (we have the same glare).

Camera charged, there's some video floating around but I have to piece that together. Until then:

Photos Photos from the parade

Current music: Bloc Party "So Here We Are"

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July 01, 2007

Welcoming Wyatt

10 fingers, 10 toes

I drove down to check in on my friends Heather and Ed to give a proper howdy to their new son John Wyatt, born just days ago on June 26th.

When Ed called at 6 in the morning that Tuesday, I didn't think I could get there in time from Saugatuck. Turns out I could have flown from Hawaii and made it in with hours to spare.

It was a long, long day for them - and frankly, it was probably best I didn't make it because the waiting would have made me a nervous wreck.

See, I've known Heather since 7th grade and she falls genuinely in that BFF category. So we're stuck with each other whether we like it or not, and for the most part, it's all good. I could recount the memories but man am I behind on journaling.

The important thing here is that she's now a mom, the kid's a champ, and I'm super happy for 'em.

Photos A few photos of Wyatt

Current music: Indigo Girls "Watershed"

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June 29, 2007

2 nights only

Sunset on Lake Michigan

My workmates took their family up to Saugatuck for a much needed vacation. They asked if Dan and I would like to steal away for a few days last minute and we said heck yeah.

Aside from being a neat word, Saugatuck is a fine destination.

We didn't spend too much time exploring the town proper (there seemed to be an unusual amount of ice cream parlors) - but we did spend a fair piece looking out across the lake, enjoying the beach, reading books, playing with kids, eating yummy food, and getting perhaps a bit too much sun.

When the day rolled around that we needed to head home, it was hard, I'll admit. But work beckoned.

So aside from all the other stuff going on, that's one reason why it's been so quiet around here.

Current music: M.I.A. "Hit That"

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June 26, 2007

the bunny that stares

Really, it just lays there in the back yard and looks at us.

Oh hi.

i'm super dooper behind on updates, but fret not. There are lots of new photos for every missing day languishing in virtual folders.

I just popped on to put something above that Corsica.

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June 21, 2007

This Corsica has seen better days

outside Spring Grove Cemetery

Current music: Depeche Mode "Stripped"

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June 18, 2007

Fruit snacks and a new camera

Cub Foods, Dayton, OH [ + zoom ]

I'm blaming Flintstones vitamins for the explosion in the "fruit" snack section of the grocery.

In other news, I got a small camera to lighten my load AND record video to boot. This will make stealthy shots, like the one above, less a headache.

So far, I would have opted for the image stabilization if it was cheaper, but otherwise, quite happy with the Canon PowerShot SD750

Current music: Future Pilot Aka Vs Colditz "Range Life"

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June 17, 2007

The National: Shake It Records

fresh from their performance at Dustaroo

I like Last.fm because I don't have to do anything. It simply collects data from iTunes and publishes it to their slow performing site (now owned by CBS). What this webservice doesn't capture is the music that I play in my car.

That short list would have The National's Boxer lodged firmly in the CD player ever since its release. Solid album through and through, fuzzy emotions, and perfect as some say with a tall glass of lemonade (shot of whiskey optional).

Super happy to catch them two times on Friday. The first, a small acoustic set at Shake It, and again as full band at the 20th Century Theatre.

There's a few pictures here: Recent photos tagged "The National"

Previously: At the Comet 3/14/04, At WOXY 3/16/05

Current music: The National "Gospel"

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