Archive for June, 2006

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New Property

Hey… anyone want to give me about ten minutes of their time to try out a new project? I’d just want the tires kicked a bit and some general constructive feedback.

Give me a shout.

Jerky’s Law

It figures… a day after I spend $45 on Amazon, I get a $30 coupon in my e-mail.

(I got it from buying diapers online. I freely admit it.)

links for 2006-06-27

I can’t see clearly now

I really like the way my new glasses look, but something’s up with them… the right eye seems like it’s not strong enough, causing everything to be… weird. The closest thing I can compare it to is wearing your glasses with one of the lenses not in.

I’m heading back over there tomorrow to see if they can make any adjustments.

Soaked and broke

Last night was the Potomac River Running Twilight Festival Four-Miler, a race scheduled to end the Old Dominion (beer) Festival in Ashburn, VA. Even though it was raining throughout the day yesterday, the web site announced that the race would take place rain or shine and that it would only be cancelled in the case of lightning. So, I laced up the shoes, headed out of the house with a splitting headache, barely able to walk, but ready to run.I got there and the downpours were getting progressively heavier. Heavy rain fell with only brief pauses, just enough to get everyone’s hopes up. Despite the incredibly nasty weather, hundreds of people showed up ready to run. Right around race time, 7:45pm, they were trying to decide whether to have the race or not. Thunder and lightning was getting more frequent and the rain wasn’t letting up. Someone in the crowd yelled out, “Let us run… before we get hit by lightning!”

After two delays, at 8:10 they announced the race was cancelled (with, unfortunately, no refunds) since another nine or ten lines of lightning were on their way in from the west. Tired, soaked, and headachy, I headed back home. After eating dinner, my headache got progressively worse until it was borderline migraine. I collapsed on the couch for three hours and felt a bit better before getting up to go to bed.

And on Saturday we spent too much money at Ikea.

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I Am Blog

I’m psyched… today in the mail I got my VHS copy of Archie Shepp: I Am Jazz… It’s My Life (so KRS is hip-hop and Shepp is jazz… got it), a hard-to-find 1984 documentary about saxophonist Archie Shepp, who I am mildly obsessed with. I love coming across little things like this–particularly things I’ve been looking to buy for over five years–because in this day and age of everything being so easily accessible and the obscure becoming popular, it’s rare that I can feel like I’ve really stumbled across something important that hasn’t been (re-)discovered yet. It’s like finding an amazing piece of vinyl that hasn’t been re-released on CD. Or finding a great single with a b-side that never appeared on a compilation. It’s getting more and more rare to find something truly rare.

But rarity alone doesn’t make for a good find. What made this a good find for me (in addition to the price) is that there’s so little video out there of Archie Shepp. He was in the great Imagine the Sound, a documentary about free jazz, and there are one or two recent performances captured on PAL DVDs, but nothing from the early days. While this 1984 film comes from arguably his least creative period as an artist, it should still be pretty enlightening. I really wish there was some footage of his performances at Newport or in San Francisco in the 1960s. Maybe I just need to dig deeper for it.