So @ 02:43 pm
Stung by My Own Reflection
It's looking back...
May 14th, 2010
So @ 02:43 pm
I know how this works. I've been on Facebook long enough to know that if you enter your birthday, every friend will be getting a reminder of that birthday for days before and after, on their home page. Even so, it's really cool to log on in the morning and see a bunch of messages wishing you a happy one. :)
May 6th, 2010
Here, briefly @ 11:39 am
The count is, 8 days from turning 33, 3 days from a Pearl Jam show, 4 days from as close as I can get to a hometown PJ show. Things are starting to happen. In Highland Park the lilacs are blooming, although the official start to the Lilac Festival isn't until my birthday (some years they just can't get synched.) I'm ready to see these shows and have a fun time but when it's all over, I definitely need to get motivated to find a new job. So, things are up and down, but mostly on the level.
Oh, but I have to include this link because it proves something that I've said. Since about 1974, "dude" is universal:
March 11th, 2010
Sooooo... @ 01:52 pm
Pearl Jam just announced 11 dates in May, but there four that stand out foremost for me:
May 9 Cleveland
May 10 Buffalo
May 15 Hartford
May 17 Boston
If all goes well I may just have a birthday week this year. :)
Hmph @ 11:39 am
There really is no reason to be this tense. Well, excepting the fact that I often get this way when Pearl Jam tour announcements are in the offing. And today I'm actually home to see them. And there's a Syracuse tourney game that starts at noon, and I'm supposed to start work at noon...I may be late.
February 11th, 2010
Round and round @ 01:45 am
Step 1 : The developers make some change to Facebook's functionality or display.
Step 2: FB users lose their shit, form groups opposing the "new" facebook, clamor to get the old Facebook back, pollute news feeds for weeks
Step 3: People grow used to new things, the furor fades
Step 4: Return to step one
September 3rd, 2009
This picture is over a year old @ 12:43 am
July 15th, 2009
So @ 11:19 pm
I have one pair of tickets for 10/28 in Philadelphia. I spent an hour attempting and failing to get a pair for the 30th. But I'm going to do my best and view this glass as half full. I'm moving one. Moooving on. Mooooooving....yeah.
July 14th, 2009
Possibilities @ 11:15 pm
At this point (almost quarter past 11 on Tuesday night) I'm feeling pretty optimistic about ending tomorrow with 10club tickets for the two Philly shows at the end of October. This is a GOOD THING.
But who knows if it will hold true??
June 9th, 2009
Albany night 1 @ 10:26 am
You're True + Forever Young + Mr. State Trooper + Girl From the North Country + anytime you hear Arc + Albany improv + Ed's story + another show tomorrow night = !!!!!
June 5th, 2009
Gwen Ifill just referred to the Muslim world as a place with some "undemocratic democracies and autocratic theocracies."
November 19th, 2008
November 5th, 2008
November 3rd, 2008
October 1st, 2008
Swiped from e_juliana @ 05:51 pm
As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade.
The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun. (If you wish, of course.)
Go forth, and edumacate!
For me, the case has to be one from a native Rochestarian, McCollum v. Board of Education
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September 15th, 2008
September 11th, 2008
Full Moon @ 07:36 pm
August 30th, 2008
August 18th, 2008
the voice inside my head: O-o-olympic Games
So, at this point my summer is over. At least the portion of it that involved traveling to see bands. I'm not in any way complaining, I've had a great summer, and part of me is happy to be at home for, well, after one more non music-related trip this weekend, a good while. And I think it behooves me to post at least a little about these great trips I've been having. In all honesty, it behooves me to be posting, period.
I caught a 2:45 express bus from Rochester that was supposed to arrive in Toronto at 6:45. I opted for this over a train leaving a little earlier that wasn't supposed to get in until 7:45. I didn't think that that left enough time to check into the hotel and then get to the show, so even though I'm not a big fan of the bus, I took that route. The bus left Rochester a little bit late, left Buffalo much later and after an unscheduled stop in Mississaugua, arrived in Toronto an HOUR AND A HALF late. So, after I made it to the hotel and caught a cab to Molson Amphitheatre, I had missed the first 3 songs. So that wasn't great, but it could have been worse. For one thing, all 3 songs I had missed I heard the weekend before at All Points West. If there had been a song I'd never heard, I would have hated it. After that it was on Radiohead to make up for it, and...wow. I've been to 4 Radiohead shows now, and they're totally different experiences than Pearl Jam shows, but it's just as awesome. This was a bigger pit than I remember from West Palm in 2003, and getting there so late I just found a spot along the back rail, but I could see great, with perhaps a better view of Jonny (except when he went to the keyboard at the back of the stage.) The show? Well, I could say that it was made as soon as I heard Like Spinning Plates for the first time. There's a lot of truth in that, but it really was strong show all around. My 3rd Pyramid Song this year, they played In Rainbows songs very strongly, Jonny spoke(?!), and Street Spirit makes any show better. The full setlist from At Ease:
01. 15 Step
04. There There
05. Morning Bell
06. All I Need
07. Pyramid Song
09. The Gloaming
10. A Wolf At The Door
11. Faust Arp
12. No Surprises
13. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
15. Climbing Up The Walls
Going to try to track back to APW, and my pictures from said festival will be coming to my flickr, starting tonight.
July 8th, 2008
June 30th, 2008
Pearl Jam, Mansfield, MA June 28 2008 @ 01:11 am
June 15th, 2008
Maaaan... @ 10:47 am
Pearl Jam's setlist from Bonnaroo:
Main Set: Hard to Imagine, Corduroy, ALL NIGHT (LIVE DEBUT), Why Go, Small
Town, Down, Who You Are, Severed Hand, 1/2 Full, Animal, Even Flow,
Daughter (Blitzkrieg Bop), Gone, Love Reign O'er Me, Do the Evolution,
Encore 1: W.M.A (First time played full since 1995/02/18), Betterman (Save
it for Later), Life Wasted, Crazy Mary, Porch
Encore 2: No More (Ed Solo), Release, Alive, All Along the Watchtower
I wasn't going to go anyway, but still! That's crazy!
June 12th, 2008
Dag, yo @ 07:13 am
Pearl Jam kicked off their tour in West Palm Beach last night:
Main Set: Oceans, Severed Hand, Save You, Gods Dice, Given to Fly,
Faithfull, Unemployable, Sad, Dissident, Who You Are, Even Flow, Low
Light, Gone, Grievance, Glorified G, Do the Evolution, Why Go.
Encore 1: Inside Job, Betterman, Comatose, RearViewMirror.
Encore 2: Ed Solo: Rains on Me (Tom Waits), No More, Full Band:
Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
June 3rd, 2008
Illustrations @ 10:34 pm
the voice inside my head: The End of Medicine - The New Pornographers
I've believe I've finally just about struck even on the pictures I've been meaning to be uploading from my camera, and in so doing, I've gained the ability to add illustrations to some of the (admittedly sporadic) posts I've made lately. For instance, I said before that I'm seeing Modest Mouse at the Main Street Armory, I can now say that that place is here:
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June 2nd, 2008
One hectic weekend @ 06:32 pm
the voice inside my head: The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
It's funny, I just got Star Ocean : Till the End of Time used last week and, while I thought I had lost the capacity to get geeked on playing games, this one game brought it all back. Playing SO even fought the LOST finale to a draw! And then this weekend I spent almost no time at home. Truly, this weekend was a Local Sports Weekend. On Friday, I got out of work early, which was a good thing specifically because it gave me the afternoon to play, before my brother picked me up at quarter to 6 to see the Red Wings. These were discount tickets bought through my nephew Dylan's baseball team, and before the game he got the chance to parade on the field. In addition to that, it was Cowbell Night, (everybody got one, and there was much Walken coming from the PA. A Red Wing homered in the first inning, and they had a 3-0 lead after the first two. They ended up losing 6-3, but still. The fireweorks were nice, and it was a fun night with the family.
On Saturday I woke up earl...ier than I usually do to meet my dad to get haircuts and then have lunch at the Highland Park Diner. I got back from that at about 2:30, so got a little play time in before I left for the Rattlers' (outdoor lacrosse) home opener at 5. The opponents were last season's MLL champs, the Philadelphia Barrage, so it was even more satisfying to see the Rattlers trounce them 22-9. Philly's goalkeeper, Brian Dougherty, is probably the league's best character, so it was fun to see him jaw with the fans a while. Not that he had too much that he could really say, but that certainly didn't stop him from talking.
Sunday morning I was up at 8:30, because my brother had said he'd call me by 9, on the way to picking up at 9:30, to go to Darien Lake. Typically, he didn't call until nearly 10, but we got on the road pretty fast. Of course, we ended up finding our parents (where the whole plan was to leave earlier than we would if we had had to wait for them,) in the parking lot. Everybody had one way or the other gotten season passes for Christmas or something like that, so we had figured that this would be a good time to start using them. It wasn't that warm (clearly too cold for the waterpark) but that worked to our advantage in the way of shorter wait times. We tried the new Moto-Coaster, and actually got both my niece and nephew on the ride. Twice! The goal is to get them both to try Ride of Steel before the end of the summer, but that musn't be rushed. We got to most of the coasters, and plenty of the other rides, by 5, which was about when we left to head back to Rochester for the Rhinos' second home game. And for effort we were rewarded with a 2-1 victory, where the Rhinos took the lead early, conceded a fairly late equalizer, but turned it around to see Johnny Menyongar grab the winner off a sumptuous back-heel by Matthew Delicate. And, huzzah, the Rhinos are out of the basement of the USL! Lets hope they can follow this up with more wins. All in all, a great weekend, if a little short on sleep. Lets see if I can catch it up over the week.
May 28th, 2008
Music, and venues, random thoughts @ 11:46 pm
the voice inside my head: Stacked Crooked - The New Pornographers
It's kind of a funny thing, but although I've seen a decent amount of concerts, very few of them have actually been in my home town. Part of that can be chalked up to the difficulty of a smaller city attracting the kind of bands that I want to see, but enough can be attributed to my own laziness, or lack of "get up and go" to see the marginal bands that I may like, if I give them a chance. Consequently, up until I saw NIN at the War Memorial in 2006 I hadn't really seen shows at the well known local venues. But lately I've been getting to them. At the beginning of March there was Henry Rollins at the Harro East Ballroom, and in the beginning of April I saw Minus the Bear with Portugal the Man and The Big Sleep at Water Street Music Hall (fka Horizontal Boogie Bar). In about two weeks, I'll be seeing Modest Mouse at the Main Street Armory. That's some decent progress. All in all, with these shows plus the Pearl Jam at the end of June and All Points West in August and Radiohead the week after that, not to mention the decent to good Parties in the Park, this will be a good summer for me, in the arena of live music. And that's a good thing.
Borrowed from larabeaton @ 08:13 pm
Go here and keep hitting random quotes until you get five that resonate with you, then post them in your journal.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. - Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603), in Francis Bacon, Apophthegms, 1625
The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. - C.S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression. - Amos Bronson Alcott (1799 - 1888)
He who boasts of his ancestry is praising the deeds of another. - Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything. - Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007)
Swiped from buddhamike @ 07:53 pm
Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 15 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
I cut down on repeats and also omitted any songs that had the title in the first sentence (and also "The Laws Have Changed" because it was really close)
3) You get a shiver in the dark it's raining in the park
10) We hold our breath 'till the morning comes and at last the sun shines through
May 18th, 2008
Born @ 09:50 pm
...in the month 'a long time ago in a galaxy far far away' was released, three months before the King kicked the bucket. Happy birthday to my closest age-mate on my flist.
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