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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. :)
 

Writer's Block: Mind reader @ 02:40 pm


In three words, describe what's currently running through your mind.

It's
my
birthday.
 

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:
http://www.good.is/post/the-history-of-the-dude/?GT1=48001
 

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

the voice inside my head: 3 Ghosts I - NIN

But, at least it's finally labeled.

Slant Bridge
 

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

Sometimes I think Washington Week is making tonguetwisters @ 08:04 pm

Gwen Ifill just referred to the Muslim world as a place with some "undemocratic democracies and autocratic theocracies."
 

November 19th, 2008

Fort York @ 03:06 pm


Fort York
Originally uploaded by J0nas3
With Toronto behind.
 

November 5th, 2008

Erie Canal @ 08:12 pm


Erie Canal
Originally uploaded by J0nas3
Not quite what it used to be.
 

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

Wikied:Collapse )


 

September 15th, 2008

Katyn @ 03:38 pm


Katyn
Originally uploaded by J0nas3
This is an...interesting statue.
 

September 11th, 2008

Full Moon @ 07:36 pm


Full Moon
Originally uploaded by J0nas3
I'm just going to post pictures of the moon as I upload. By the changing phases, people will be able to see how much time has passed between taking and uploading.
 

A moon shot @ 05:25 pm


Persimmon Park
Originally uploaded by J0nas3

 

August 30th, 2008

August 18th, 2008

Radiohead, Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario @ 10:53 pm

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
02. Reckoner
03. Optimistic
04. There There
05. Morning Bell
06. All I Need
07. Pyramid Song
08. Arpeggi
09. The Gloaming
10. A Wolf At The Door
11. Faust Arp
12. No Surprises
13. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
14. Idioteque
15. Climbing Up The Walls
16. Nude
17. Bodysnatchers

Encore1
18. Like Spinning Plates
19. Videotape
20. Airbag
21. Talk Show Host (Thom, “Ok so for everybody who was standing in the rain, when you get home, get some Vitamin C & cuddle with someone.”)
22. Street Spirit

Encore 2
23. House of Cards(Jonny,”We would like to thank Grizzly Bear.” Thom, “See? Jonny speaks!”)
24. Planet Telex
25. Everything In Its Right Place (Thom, “Thanks you lot.”)

The next day I had until my bus left at 8PM, so I spent a bit of time walking about the city. I had intended to get up the CN Tower, but the hotel's CC authorization left me juust short of the cash needed to get in (if I had remembered the toonie I have from the night before, I would have been fine!) and I was reasonably certain that the Hockey HoF is more spendy than that. Next time, for sure. In any case I walked along the waterfront as far as Ontario Place (retracing my walk back to the hotel from the night before) and in and around downtown, a bit along the Discovery Walk, and passing right by Dundas Sq (giving horrendously poor directions at one point along the way) and the UofT. All in all, it was rather pleasant, and I should try to get back to TO without the excuse of  a show.

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

Just a quick note... @ 06:50 pm


St. Patrick's
Originally uploaded by J0nas3
NYC pics are coming.
 

June 30th, 2008

Pearl Jam, Mansfield, MA June 28 2008 @ 01:11 am

Pearl Jam Mansfield

The end of Black

Pearl Jam Mansfield

The beginning of Betterman.

More content coming soon.
 

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,
RearViewMirror

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:
Downtown Armory

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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)

1) Your day breaks, your mind aches For No One - The Beatles clockworktomato
2) All those people that you know The Devil's Workday - Modest Mouse reverend_kindra
3) You get a shiver in the dark it's raining in the park
4) I don't want to be your friend, I just want to be your lover House of Cards - Radiohead clockworktomato
5) All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray California Dreaming - The Mamas and the Papas tragicallyjulia
6) Is there anybody going to listen to my story? Girl - The Beatles jentwo
7) Can anybody fly this thing? High Speed - Coldplay clockworktomato
8) Is there room for both of us? Hail Hail - Pearl Jam jentwo
9) It's been a long time, now I'm coming back home Wait - The Beatles clockworktomato
10) We hold our breath 'till the morning comes and at last the sun shines through
11) I'm your only friend, I'm not your only friend Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants clockworktomato
12) Sleeping is giving in no matter what the time is Rebellion (Lies) - The Arcade Fire talltim
13) I've got my head, but my head is unraveling The Perfect Drug - NIN jentwo
14) Talk of circles, and punching out Pilate - Pearl Jam jentwo
15) Generals gathered in their masses War Pigs - Black Sabbath clockworktomato
 

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.

Happy Birthday gloomchen!!!
 

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