Posts from October 2013

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Marian Call: “Good Morning Moon” Official Video

My third post about Marian Call in one week! This’ll probably be my last one for a while. Unless she does something cool (and let’s be honest, there’s a pretty good chance of that). But after she performed in Tacoma last Friday, she went and released an official video for one of my favorite songs of hers!

The video was filmed at Space Expo, the European Space Agency’s visitor center (and Europe’s first permanent space exhibition) in the Netherlands. And NASA actually gave her a bunch of space footage and permission to use it in her video! How kick-ass is that?

Categories: Music, Videos.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Marian Call Gets Animated at Metronome in Tacoma!

Continuing in my tradition of making animated GIFs after seeing a music show, here is one of Marian Call playing a kazoo during her set at Metronome Coffee in Tacoma last Friday!

Marian Call Plays a Kazoo at Metronome in Tacoma

Marian Call: The Animated GIF!

It was a great show! Carrie was able to go, @SphinxAkashaa joined us, and I got to introduce some of our friends to Marian’s music, which is always a good thing.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures, Tacoma.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Code Monkey Save World Now Available!

If you’re somehow out of the loop, let me briefly run it down for you: earlier this year the musical geek folklorist (and incredibly bearded) Jonathan Coulton, similarly-bearded comic book writer Greg Pak (known mostly for his work on the Hulk books in the late 2000s, and who is now writing Batman/Superman), and beardless illustrator Takeshi Miyazawa (who drew many issues of The Runaways) teamed up to make a limited series comic book based on Jonathan Coulton’s songs. They launched a Kickstarter campaign that ended up raising almost $350,000!

Well, this week the first issue of the resulting comic book became (digitally) available!

Code Monkey Save World: Issue #1

Code Monkey Very Simple Man, with Big, Warm, Fuzzy, Secret Heart. Code Monkey Save World.

You can get it from ComiXology here. YOU SHOULD DO THAT. Unless you funded the Kickstarter, in which case you had access to this about a month ago. In which case you should have already done that.

Undecided? You can see a preview of the first few pages. Then you should get it.

More info:

Categories: Comics.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

We’ll Meet at Metronome for Marian (Barring a Beb)!

Marian Call: Good 'n' Geeky

Marian Call: Good ‘n’ Geeky at Metronome Coffee in Tacoma This Friday 10/18/13!

Carrie is crazy preggers (we’re only about two weeks out from our due date), but that’s not gonna stop us from going down to Metronome Coffee in Tacoma this Friday night to see one of our favorite musicians, Marian Call!

If’n you’re not in the know, Marian is a very lovely-voiced singer/songwriter whose songs dive definitely into the geeky. She has a whole album with songs inspired by Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. She has epic and funny songs about two nerds who fall in love but are afraid to do anything about it (“Dear Mr. Darcy“) and defiant nerd anthems (“I’ll Still be a Geek After Nobody Thinks it’s Chic“). She has appeared on stage with Wil Wheaton, Molly Lewis, The Doubleclicks, and others of major geek cred. She’s the real deal, and really talented:

She’s also from the Gig Harbor/Tacoma area, so even though she now resides in the Alaska, she tries to stop by T-town whenever she’s in the area. And we try (usually successfully) to catch her whenever she does. It’s a good time, and I’d love all my Taco Man peeps to come out and join me. And also my Seattle peeps and Oly peeps. Y’know.

Of course, there is always the chance that a wee beb might arrive and supersede all plans. But we’ll be there barring beb!

The place Marian usually plays in T-town closed down last year, though! So for the first time she’ll be playing at Metronome Coffee on the corner of 6th & Union!

Metronome's Logo

Metronome Coffee (I Just Love this Logo)

Details:
Marian Call @ Metronome Coffee (Facebook Event)
3518 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA
8:00 PM
All Ages: FREE!

But this is not the first time that we’ve enjoyed some excellent musics at Metronome, nor shall it be the last! On November 8th three of my musician friends are going to be playing there: The Old Salt, Terrapin Productions, and none other than Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount! I’ll keep you posted on that show as it develops. We might just to go that show, too… carrying our days-old wee beb to her first live musics show!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Tacoma.

Monday, 14 October 2013

A Friday Night Doggo Adventure

Late last Friday night I headed out to hang out with some friends, as happens sometimes. I am trying to work in as much friend hangout time as I can before the wee beb arrives. Anyhoo, I was driving east on S 12th St, as happens sometimes. I saw some movement out of the corner of my left eye, and I glanced over and there, up ahead, were two very small dogs just running all the heck over the road. Across all four lanes, in and out, juking and jiving. Just not paying a single iota of attention.

I passed them and then immediately turned on my hazard lights and pulled a U-turn. The dogs were generally heading west, so I pulled (slowly) up behind them with my blinkers going so that nobody would come up and run them over. They pranced up the street about a block, then turned down a side street. I followed.

I thought maybe they were returning home, but it quickly became clear that they had no particular destination. They were running into everyones yards, skipping down the street, wrestling, lapping water from puddles, all without any indication whatsoever that they were aware that they were in the street.

Eventually I was able to pull up alongside them and stop. There was a brown one and a black-and-white one. I opened my door and swiveled so my feet were in the street and called out to them. The brown one went, “Oh boy! Friend!” and bounded over to me. The B&W one was a little bit more timid or suspicious, but still came over to the car.

Neither one of them had on collars, of course. No identifying tags.

Well, I thought, I can’t let them run around in the street. It was dark and they were so inattentive that the chances of them not getting hit by a car were very low. The brown one was happily sniffing around my legs and letting me pet him, so I scooped him up and deposited him in the passenger seat, where he proceeded to start wagging his li’l tail.

The B&W one got very curious as to where the brown one went, so I scooped him up as well and deposited him next to the brown one. It was obvious that these weren’t strays, or at least not long-term strays. They were well-fed and extremely friendly.

I closed my car door and called my wife to tell her what had happened. She said they could stay the night in our bathroom.

So I drove back to the house and one-at-a-time brought them inside and deposited them in my bathroom before leaving again and hanging out with my friends for the evening. Yes, I left two strange dogs in the house with my pregnant wife. What? It was her idea!

Do You Know These Doggos?

Do You Know These Doggos?

Carrie gave them some food while I was out (one of them would throw it up all over the bathroom before morning), and when I got home I took Suki’s collar, adjusted it so it was much smaller, and took them out one at a time for potty.

Suki, by the way, thought that this was possibly the coolest thing that had ever happened. She was so excited that she was freaking out. She was slapping the ground and darting around randomly, like a gigantic bird. It was so cray-cray!

Saturday Morning early we loaded them in the car and drove down to the Humane Society, where it was discovered that they of course did not have microchips in them. So we left them there in the hopes that their owner(s) would contact the Humane Society when they discovered their pets were missing.

And that was our Doggo Adventure.

Categories: Life, Pictures.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Photos of The Mighty Mighty Chitons, Three Ninjas, & The Old Salt 10/8/13

Tuesday evening I went down to Oly-town to see The Mighty Might Chitons, Three Ninjas, and The Old Salt perform at Le Voyeur. I took some photos. Since it was very dark in there, many of the photos were plagued with darkness and blurry-ness. Here are the créme-de-la-créme (click for larger, you know the drill):

It was funny that two of the musical acts had plural names (The Mighty Mighty Chitons and Three Ninjas) but all of the acts were comprised of just one person. We all joked that The Old Salt should be The Old Salts.

It was unfortunately a small audience despite my pushing people to come, but man was it a good audience! The tightness of the space also helped create a certain intimacy. A special shout-out to the audience member known only as “Q” who did some excellent hype-man work for Three Ninjas. It was a fun night!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Open Mike Eagle Changes His Password (So Should You)

Open Mike Eagle: Password (Sir Rockabye)

O.M.E.: Cyber Warrior!

My pal Open Mike Eagle released a new video for his single “Password (Stealthy Live Version)” off his latest LP, Sir Rockabye. It’s a virtual trip into a retro cyberspace. And it’s catchy as hell. Plus, there’s a funny cameo by Mega Ran as the host of a fictional video-playing TV show!

Now y’all get out there on the internets and change yer passwords, a’ight?

Categories: Music, Videos.