Saturday, September 22, 2007

Aliens beamed me up ;-)

Originally uploaded by John Maclean
Last night's Aliens show at the Rock'n'Roll Hotel fulfilled my high expectations.

It was such a blast to dance with friends, in such an intimate performance space, to some of the grooviest tunes to hit our planet.

There I was, front and center, decked out in a glow one can only achieve by diving headfirst into Utter Geeky Fandom. But, this fangrrl was rewarded, when the lone pigeon tossed his fluorescent yellow (how'd he know my favorite color?) wristband, and it bounced from the ceiling above her right to her foot.

Their look was spot on (Check out John the keyboardist's nifty gold sneaks above) and their energy uplifting. (Much better vibe than the snoozish, though still great, 2001 Beta Band gig @ the 9:30.) They had a great rapport, you could tell they enjoyed playing together, and churned out fine psychedelic pop (sometimes sounding a bit heavier than I would have expected.) Their fantastic Robot Man encore even included a primal scream reference or two to make the teenage raver in me want to candyflip.

If they come to your town, run don't walk. (Ksets in the PacNW, they play Crocodile Cafe in Seattle Oct 2 and Doug Fir Lounge in Portland Oct. 3.)

I'm so glad they didn't skipover DC! Maybe the next time they play here, they'll play I am the unknown.

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Celebrating OneWebDay

My co-workers had a lot of fun creating our ode to the Internet, in honor of OneWebDay.

Watch the video. It's hilarious.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Now Listening: Forever Changes

In the morning we arise and
Start the day the same old way
As yesterday the day before and
All in all it's just a day like
All the rest so do your best with
Chewing gum and it is oh so
Waiting on the sun

Down on Go-stop Boulevard it
Never fails to bring me down
The sirens and the accidents and
For a laugh there's Plastic Nancy
She's real fancy with her children
They'll go far, she
Buys them toys to
Keep in practice
Waiting on the war

I feel shivers in my spine
When the iceman, yes his ice is melting
Won't be there on time
Hope he finds a rhyme
For his little mind

I can see you
With no (hands)
Eyes I need you
You're my (heart)
Look we're going round and round

--->out the metro window, daydreaming and gazing at the strange autumnal glow breaking through the bottom of a thick layer of cloud, i was happy to be coming home to put on this record.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Harry Shearer hosts a silent presidential debate

Watch and you will giggle like I just did.
Edited to say: shame on me, no tip of the hat to TechPresident, who taught me about this and that Harry Shearer is "better known as the voice behind several Simpsons characters and as Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls."

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

C'mon Congress, Give DC the Vote!

Even the editorial boards of the NYT ("...what could be closer to the ideals of America’s democracy than giving D.C. taxpayers their long-denied representation?") and the WP ("It is simply not right that U.S. citizens who live in the nation's capital are denied basic representation in their government.") agree!

Update: boo hiss!! not enough votes to block a filibuster. (But that doesn't mean the bill is dead.)

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Friday, September 14, 2007

How to Sleep on a Plane

Learn how - and pay attention to the accompanying photo. ; ) Oh, how I love Flickr. There's synchronicity at work: just today I created an internal wiki page @ work to keep track of free photo sites.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Love for the New Year

Pomme de Granada
Originally uploaded by The Department
I used to mark this night with knadel soup and brisket in a celebratory meal with my family. I still mark it -and now w/B- but this year w/a bountiful gift from my late summer garden.

It just makes sense to celebrate a new year as you're harvesting in a hurry cuz the sun has shifted its angle.

Monday, September 10, 2007

For all you Bruce fans

Live from Nutstock 5 in Fairfax, VA! Thunder Road channels Bruce. Video courtesy of leafy green.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Late Summer Garden Ode

Biked to the garden after an unsuccessful trip to the Georgia Ave Post Office to pick up a package (why would the mailman check the box that said the item needed to be picked up if he was just going to try to deliver it again as we were at the post office? grr.) It's definitely nearing the end of a bountiful summer. B and I picked more delicious okra off the tall plants, removed a few more ears of corn, snipped a pleasing amount of green beans (probably some of the last we'll see this year), picked some more delicious sungold tomatoes and clipped a bunch of sweet smelling basil.

It has been so great to watch the garden grow this year. Even better to eat its delicious offerings (often right off the vine!) This week, we've enjoyed okra simmered with tomatoes and ginger. And I learned that if you cook the okra whole (and don't chop off the tops), the viscous liquid doesn't ooze out. (Not that it bothers me, but some don't care for it.)

I have to admit I'm a bit long in the face when B and I have to race our bikes home to beat the setting sun...and it's only about 7:30, but I know every season has its time. I'm looking forward to sampling some homegrown cauliflower this fall.

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