Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
P.S. Here is Lisanti's Mad Men Power Rankings.
For those who don't know, I volunteered at Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp back in the day. It's a camp for kids with cancer and their siblings who are often unintentionally neglected and feel guilt. I worked "sibs" week and it's one of my most precious life experiences. I worked at Camp Okizu, another wonderful camp out of Stanford with the same mission, the next year cause it was much closer. However, a few years ago Newman's Gang formed The Painted Turtle in Southern California and Ken & Seth have been supporting it ever since with this benefit.
It's an awesome night for a very special charity. I hope you'll be there.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
When the moons return in summer I know I will be free,
When the moons return in summer I know I will be me.
For when they left they took a part of me that has no name.
A feeling,a need,a growing a presence, something I can't explain.
Like the sun upon your skin, the wind blowing in your hair
I know by it's very absence that part of me's not there.
The tears they fall so often sometimes soft upon my cheek.
Sometimes harsh and sometimes silent sometimes even in my sleep.
I cannot make my body obey my mind's commands
I cannot feel the water as it runs across my hands
but I feel oh much to strongly this saddness in my heart ,
and all the anger in the world when my body fails to start
Though most things I take within my stride fustration tends to grow ,
when I cannot do the simple tasks my brain should really know.
Unsteady in my walking I plan each step with care ,
but the crulest blow in all of this is when I hold you your'e not there.
I watch my arms around you I feel as they connect,
I see the smile upon your face the sound that your'e content.
My darling I can't feel you there is nobody there,
for in my mind despite what I see I am holding fizzing air.
I pray it will get better that the fog will go away.
That I will just remember how to run and jump someday.
When the moods return in summer I know I will be free
for when the moons are back not blue but white I know they will bring me.
When I asked for Colleen's permission to post this, she filled me in on a little deeper meaning.
"The poem has a deeper meaning. I was disg., with b12 deff ( with neuro complications) in which the moons on your finger nails disapear, the hope was that with treatment they would return and I would recoverI They did not still you never know what tommorow may bring."
Friday, September 25, 2009
A truly great concert moment.
Here's Blood Bank, probably my favorite Bon Iver song right now.
They closed the song with this sing-a-long with Megafaun. Great night.
On another note, here is a great song by The XX called VCR. This band has been in my cd player since John Hamilton gave it to me.
Here's a great mix by John Hamilton. I hope you it as cool as I do.
Finally, here's the version of RE: Stacks
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Stereogum covers it well here:
"The quartet's also running a playfully self-absorbed Willy Wonka-inspired promotional campaign. The idea: HEALTH made 66 tickets and hid them in the first shipment of Get Color CDs. Each includes a unique code that corresponds to a specific prize. One "Golden Ticket" (aka Grand Prize) earns you a 3-night trip to LA. We're told if you win this, your "every whim will be attended to," but I assume there are limits. For now: "Details include accommodation at a band members homestead, as well as various meticulously planned activities culminating in a trip to Six Flags amusement park."
Here are a couple samples of Health:
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Ryan Kaiser sent in a great article from the Washington Post explaining how the Healthcare Reform Bills stack up. The best part of the article is the interactive graphic that let's you pick bills and run scenario analysis on them. I played with this for 15 minutes. Here is a sample portion.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
If you mention this blog, Kenny Kellogg, you'll get 10% off your labor costs!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Here is Maps, the song that first made me love the group. Unfortunately the record label disabled the embedding. Karen O is pretty mellow in the video. I think she's turned into one of the best performers in rock and roll.
Gold Lion is a great song to run to. I remember jogging up and down the West Side Highway in NYC during the Summer of 06' to this song.
Have a great Monday.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Here's my favorite Rule so far. As a stocky man, I can relate.
Also, if you check out Furio's site, you'll see that I finally met the author in person. Furio is a real cowboy, he wears a monogrammed bandanna around his neck. I would NOT want to meet that cat in a dark alley.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The web knows something, but it's not telling us, at least not yet.
The web knows how many followers you have on Twitter, how many friends you have on Facebook, how many people read your blog.
It also knows how often those people retweet, amplify and spread your ideas.
It also knows how many followers your followers have...
So, what if, Google-style, someone took all this data and figured out who has clout. Which of your readers is the one capable of making an idea break through the noise and spread? Bloggers don't have impact because they have a lot of readers, they have a lot of impact because of who their readers are (my readers, of course, are the most sophisticated and cloutful on the entire web).
If you knew which of your followers had clout, you could invest more time and energy in personal attention. If we knew where big ideas were starting, that would be neat, and even more useful would be understanding who the key people were in bringing those new ideas to the rest of the world.
Back in the old days, we had no idea, so we defaulted to big newspapers, or magazines or the TV networks. But now we know. We just need to surface the data in a way that is useful.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Everything worked out and to this day, the family orbits around her. But it was a difficult time for the rest of the family, and a sign of greater change to come. Watching the episode felt like I was listening in on a conversation between my grandmother and my late great grandmother and great-great grandmother. They were tough women and like Peggy, it couldn't have been easy for my grandmother.
This is one of the beauty's of Mad Men, it gives us a peak at the past. The world has changed so much that's it hard for us to imagine Peggy even worried about moving to Manhattan. I made a similar move from the East Bay to San Francisco after college, and never gave it a second thought. But in Mad Men, there is the conflict on film, corroborating the stories of generations past.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Here's Black. McCready's solo was awesome here too as was the crowd singing along to the "do do do do do..." for a few minutes.
The National and Silversun Pickups were really great too. The Pickups closed with Lazy Eye, I think. The sun (and beer) has tanned my memory.
The National played Mr. November, my favorite song from their set. Hope to see you here next year, Dear Reader!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
"10:50: Slow start. Sloooooooooow start. I will confess: Up to this point in my life, I found slots to be perplexing. So, you sit in a chair and sadly press a button over and over and over again? And this is fun … why?
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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