Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Five Thousand and Something

The dome at SF Center

Staircase at the Mechanics' Institute Library

(non SLR)
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And Snowcat on the scanner!


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Ohh! About Etsy, When Fellowship is accompanying this how-to article on podcasting. From the front page:

Oh, why not... some appearances in Etsy Treasuries. The last one made the front page:




Monday, February 25, 2008

Step Up Yo Vocab

"Mistakes are the raw material of creativity."

--as paraphrased from last weekend's
piano class with Andy Ostwald

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And I'm back to reading a bunch of different books concurrently:

For fun: Making Beats by Joseph G. Schloss
For work: How to Break Software by James A. Whittaker
For context: The Pattern on the Stone by Daniel Hillis
For desire: Karel the Robot by Richard E. Pattis

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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
Love Is a Mix-tape by Rob Sheffield


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Oh, Doctor, Doctor - Burnin', Burnin'

When I worked as a newswire editor some years ago, I once had a client insist that a Dr. Dr. [sic] So-and-So indeed be addressed as "Dr. Dr." in their story. This is how it is in Dr. Dr. So-and-So's country, the client explained. So I documented this on my hardcopy and the story went out. (It's a paid-for service. If the info was illegal or issued with ill-intent that would be cause to hold it for further review. But a possible cosmetic typo? That's on the client, particularly when called on it.)

The next day the same client asked for a correction on "Dr. Dr." Who's ever heard of a "Dr. Dr.?"they laughed. Ha-ha.

So this week I'm reading People of the Book and the author mentions that, yes indeed, at least in Austria, a person with a double doctorate is addressed as "Dr. Dr." and I find this corroborating NY Times article.

And so with great pleasure, I now sing "... can't you see me burnin', burnin'?" ... Sigh.. Slow weekend.

Here's to localization and i18n.
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Speaking of getting schooled, I've been feeling the need lately to formalize whatever tech know-how I pick up along the way. So I'm starting with Lisa's copy of A+ in Depth by Jean Andrews. PhD. (Dr. Dr.?) as prep work for possible certs. Talk about "bandwidth", this is the heftiest text I've had since those shoulder-busting Norton anthologies from college lit.

At the same time, since I've saved my piano and made space for it in The Safe Place, I've been wanting to take piano courses from The Jazzschool in Berkeley. Maybe a full semester course in the spring. What I would really love to learn more than anything is improvisation. Though I understand it conceptually and theoretically, actually doing it, and doing it well, is a holy mystery.

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Less tell, more show:


We don't need no stinkin' shoe acronyms. Well, mostly. Found these lovely no-frill Asics Gel-Oberons to alternate with the Gel-Enduros for everday running. Tinted midsoles on a road shoe? Yes! More, now!

The shoe pic reminded me to post this old one. It's not called work for nothin', but at least we get a 5-bridge, 360-degree view of SF and the Bay from above.

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Program change! What is seen can't be unseen! Use for Old Record Covers Exhibit A: The old DirtStyle break covers where the best!

Cue burns! Roll call for my short-lived 33 1/3 crew: Spect, Dyno, Space & Furious. Space wanted to go by Planet Rock. We were so hip-hop. We'd bring five turntables and three mixers to gigs and it was a big o' wall of mixing and scratching.

I digress. The jist. I use these free flat-rate envelopes for prints. And they perfectly fit into record covers.

The vinyl provides a lightweight durable backing while in transport. The record covers fit perfect in the Rainier backpack. I can't guarantee what USPS does with the envelopes afterward, but I can ensure safe delivery to the post office.

Economic stimulus!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

If You Got a Problem, Yo, I'll Solve It

So I finished training to become an adult literacy tutor. And that calls for a little advocacy for the program, Project Second Chance hosted by the Contra Costa County Library. I have a fund-raising idea I'll go into later, but for now, it's super easy to contribute online, or in person by donating spare change and leftover BART tickets to a county library (east of the hills and northern East Bay). Who doesn't have spare change and/or leftover BART tickets? I will be hitting you up.

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Speaking of reading, I think my young reader sci-fi/fantasy kick has waned. I just picked up People of the Book by Pulitzer winner Geraldine Brooks. How could I resist a title like that? I also love the cover design and image (by Jaya Miceli), but have no idea what it is:


I'm also waiting delivery of Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop by Joseph G. Schloss. Nostalgia will be in full effect. Cover: Record crate + MPC + headphones = The Boom Bap:

There is also this gorgeous coffee table photo book on home studios covering Shadow, Madlib, Premier, Design and more of our faves. (Lamenting that this stuff wasn't around 10-20 years ago.)
Speaking of pricey texts like this one, I highly, highly recommend half.com. I've saved a grip though this service. It's like being at college and saving tons on slightly used or overstock books.

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And not that the likes of Chrome or Timbuk2 or R.E. Load or Freight or Bailey should worry, but Microsoft -- in pure Microsoft fashion -- has put their name on a line of pretty mean bags made by Samsil.

I found the Rainier at Frys. Since I'll be hitting the library a few times a week after work with more texts and gear, I needed a bit more space than the comfy-yet-small Copeland skate bag could offer.

This would fill my old backpack past functional capacity: Laptop, fun book, journal, calendar, studying text, tutor supplies and text, thermos (not pictured: 3-4, 2-cup-sized tupperware bowls.)

A cozy fit with room to spare. The laptop compartment can also give a safe ride for print mailers to the post office.

Still plenty of space in the main compartment. Food bowls will fit perfect.

What?!? A whole other compartment?!? I can fit my gym clothes in here. A stack of records, even! Oh, Stankonia!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

You Will Know Us By The Trail of Receipts We Leave Behind

The sky makes no promises this morning. The ground is wet. I'd hoped to get a ride in this morning. The first of this year. The first ride outdoors, I should say. We're on the 13th straight day of rain in the Bay Area. Indoor cycling, unlike the treadmill, is endurance boredom.

So we make lists instead.

Resolve 0208
1) Beyond the Raging Waves, DJ Krush feat. Shin'ichi Kinoshita
2) Fergalicious, Fergie
3) Low, Flo Rida feat. T-Pain.
4) On Your Marks, Bonobo
5) That La, La, La, Rihanna
6) Chief Rocka, Lords of the Underground
7) Ruff-Neck Jam, DJ Krush
8) Sacred Channel, Tabla Beat Science
9) Big Bamboo, Dub Champions
10) Leaving, Slouch

Monthly 0208
The monthly mixes are a bit different. First, they're intended to be portable, or burned to disc. And since audio on a regular disc is 80 minutes, that's about the total playing time. Second, the song order is important. The mix, relating one song to the next, can be as important as the songs themselves. Third, there's no theme behind the song choice other being recent faves. Lastly, it's been a while since I did one of these, so there's catching up to do. ... Okay, I'll ease off the High-Fidelity/Love-Is-A-Mixtape trip now.

1) Put Your Records On, Corrine Bailey Rae
2) 1234, Feist
3) Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Guns N' Roses
4) The Only One, American Analog Set
5) He Can Only Hold Her, Amy Winehouse
6) I'd Like To, Corrine Bailey Rae
7) 10 contados, CeU
8) Familiar Ground, The Cinematic Orchestra
9) Know by Heart, American Analog Set
10) Don't You Evah, Spoon
11) Finer Feelings, Spoon
12) Fool for a Lonesome Train, Ben Harper
13) ave cruz, CeU
14) Feel It, Destani Wolf
15) Breathe, The Cinematic Orchestra
16) Love is a Losing Game, Amy Winehouse
17) Sea Lion Woman, Feist
18) The Underdog, Spoon
19) Lowered Boom, Nels Cline Singers

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The Impulse Story: Alice Coltrane, Alice Coltrane
Greatest Hits, Guns N' Roses
The Heart of Saturday Night, Tom Waits