Posts from September 2009

Monday, 28 September 2009

You Are Used to This Kind of Advertising

The hits, they just keep on a-comin’! My ├╝bertalented pal tangentbot has released his second album in the span of scant months:

I’ve been looking forward to this album. This is the album comprised of his “One Song a Week” project, which entailed him writing one song every week for 40 weeks. That’s right — there are 40 songs on this album. Most of them are between one and two minutes long, so each one is like a beautiful little haiku of electronic IDM goodness. I urge you to buy it from Amazon MP3. My favorite songs are “a Quiet Room” and “Video Gabe.”

Plus, that cover art is really, really cool. I dig it.

Categories: Music.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Sketches of Pefect Landscapes

Y’all wanna know something cool? I am now a music industry mogul! That’s right, I have helped to release an artist’s first solo album, for reals:

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It’s the debut album by Terrapin Productions (the nom de plume of Gary Lappier), Sketches of Perfect Landscapes. It’s some 40 minutes of dreamy, spacey, groovy post-rock goodness. Right now it’s only available as a physical CD, but soon you’ll be able to find it on iTunes and Amazon mp3 and a dozen other music download places.

So now I am officially a music… not “producer.” Producer means something different in the music industry than it does in the movie or TV businesses. I didn’t have anything to do with the creation of the music or the recording process. I’m the guy who helped the artist to actually release his music into the wild. A record distributor? Is that the right term? I dunno; it’s confusing. All I know is that I’m awesome, and so is this album. Go get it NOW!

Categories: Empty Room Records, Music.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Suki Puppy is Sweepy

Categories: Pictures.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

A 5-Year Vacation

Carrie & I have been married for five years. No joke! That’s, like, some kinda special anniversary, ain’t it? Well, to celebrate we took some time off and went off on a little vacation along Hood Canal.

We stayed at a cabin near Tahuya. You know where Tahuya is, dontcha? C’mon, everybody knows where Tahuya is!

We stayed at a cute little place called Maggie Lake Cabin, which is near Lake Maggie of all places. The cabin was really nice. Small, but it was just the two of us so it was just fine. It had a nice kitchen, and a futon and a super-comfy recliner, and an enormous deck that looked off down a hill towards a little pond (it was dry, but it’s been a dry summer). The most notable thing about the cabin was that it had a loft bedroom that had a ladder leading up to it instead of stairs. Well, we took Suki with us, and at first she wasn’t having any of that ladder. We had to put her on the ladder, then move her front paws up a rung, then move her bottom paws up a rung, etc., all the way up the ladder one rung at a time.

To get her back down we had to put her front paws on our shoulder and carry her down like a big baby.

Eventually she figured out how to climb up in, and then she decided to climb down it. Bad idea! She made it about halfway before getting all tumbly and twisty and is kinda lucky she didn’t hurt herself. We carried her down every time after that.

One of the days we drove all the way around to the other side of Hood Canal and went to Hoodsport Winery, where we loaded up on berry and fruit wines—blackberry, raspberry, rhubarb, apple, pear, & cranberry. Don’t know if you know this about me, but I loves me the candy wines.

Since we were in the neighborhood already, we continued up the Olympic Mountains to Lake Cushman, which is frikkin’ gorgeous. It was a Monday in September, so there were basically no other people anywhere to be seen. We walked along the shoreline and I took many photos:

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In one part there was a really nice tidepool type of pond, and there was a rock in it that for some reason fascinated Suki. She tried to bite it a couple of times:

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Suki had a great time at the lake. She did a couple of things that we’d never been able to get her to do before: fetch a stick (she’s only ever gone after tennis balls before) and swim on purpose (she’s had to swim a couple of times when she fell off logs, but she’d never done it willingly before). I got ’em both on video:

We (mostly Carrie) cooked a ton of great food during the vacation. We had enormous burgers stuffed with gorgonzola. We had fettuccini Alfredo with langostino. We had scallops wrapped with bacon accompanied by cheesy grits. We had li’l smokies wrapped in crescent rolls. We had cinnamon rolls with orange frosting. It was all good, but it was quite a lot of cholesterol.

We got home in time for Carrie to take Lawrence to his driver’s license test, which he passed (finally). And then that evening she played in her kickball league and they only lost by 1 point—and she scored a run!

I went back to work on Thursday, but Carrie had the rest of the week off. In fact, right now she’s at the Puyallup fair going to a James Taylor concert! Gotta love Sweet Baby James. I’m getting ready for Fools Play &Mdash; we’re doing Robot Repair Shop tonight, which is rather exciting because we haven’t done it in a couple of years. I should probably review it. Yeah, I’ll do that now.

Categories: Cooking, Fools Play, Life, Pictures, Vacation, Videos, Weddings.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Tornado in Enumclaw

So turns out there was actually a tornado that touched down in largely-uninhabited Enumclaw on Sunday. It knocked over some trees and fences and an old barn, and it “dropped a shed on top of a tractor.” Here’s a video that someone shot of it. It’s kinda hard to see because of contrast:

This is the first confirmed tornado in Western Washington since the one back in January 2008 near Vancouver. Learn more about this one!

Categories: Tornadoes, Videos, Weather.

Science is Real

From Here Comes Science, the new album by They Might Be Giants!

I really like that the song is ballsy enough to include angels with unicorns and elves in its list of fictional things. Good on ya, guys!

Categories: Cartoons, Music, Science, Videos.

Monday, 7 September 2009

U900 – Walk Don’t Run

U900 is a Japanese ukulele duo. I heart this video.

Categories: Japan, Music, Videos.