Archive for February, 2007

Art Tea

February 28, 2007

Ingrid got me an art tea to try. I’ve always wanted to give ’em a go, and it was just as awesome as I thought it’d be. You can get more info here and here.

art teas

I also went to my first unicycle practice last night. According to some people that I talked to there, Minnesota has one of the biggest unicycle clubs in the world. Yeah, the world. At any rate, it was great, but I’m kinda sore…and I didn’t really get the hang of it yet. But I’m sure after a few more practices, I’ll be a really circus freak.

Elite Beat Agents

February 26, 2007

Some of you may think that it’s odd that a 28 year old man would ask for video games for x-mas, but that’s exactly what I did. I got one on my list called Elite Beat Agents. It’s amazing. First off, I love music video games (you know, like Donkey Konga, Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Etc.). This is a music game for the Nintendo DS. For those of you who don’t know, the Nintendo DS has two screens (Dual Screen), one of which is touch sensitive…kind of like a palm pilot. So in the game, you have to touch these circles (and sometimes touch and drag) to the beat. It’s great. I’m a huge fan, and I can’t put it down. If you click on that link above, you can see some screen shots as well as a description of the game itself.

Oh yeah, and today in 1815, Napoleon escaped from the island of Elba.

Burden of Dreams

February 23, 2007

I recently watched Burden of Dreams. This is an amazing documentary about the making of a movie. It’s very much like Lost in La Mancha in that it’s about a failed movie making experience. This one is totally amazing in its craziness. Herzog (the director of Grizzly Man) didn’t want to use any special effects of “actors” as his extras, so when the script called for a group of natives to pull a 300 ton steamboat over a mountain, he tried to do just that. And people fuckin’ died! And during another scene were the steamboat is supposed to head down some rapids, it crashes into a huge rock cliff and all these people are injured….it’s just totally insane to watch. I highly recommend it.

Incubus?

February 22, 2007

What the hell happened to that band? They just turned into turds. Anyway, I listened to “Make Your Self” for the first time in maybe five years. It’s actually pretty good. There are a bunch of things that irritated me, but there were also many moments I found myself singing along and loving it. I think that shortly after this album came out, I put it on my list of deserted island albums (meaning that I could listen to it over and over and not get sick of it…..HA!). So, if you have not listened to it in a while, do so. If you listen to it all the time tell me why. Ok. I gotta get back to work. I am working pretty much non-stop from wednesday at about 3pm (2/21) until monday at about 9pm (2/26). The boys’ parents are out of town, and I’m a single parent until they get back. It’s wild. I’m sure I’ll have stories. Tell me yours.

My day.

February 17, 2007

Here are some of the highlights:

1) I beat Kid Icarus for the first time today. I must say that I enjoyed it, but the ending was kinda lame. However, I really like in video game credits when they thank the player for playing. it’s sweet.

2) I took out my tongue ring. It had been irritating my gums/teeth for a while, and I just thought now is as good a time as any to get rid of it. If I miss it too much, I’ll just repierce it. I got it done in some crazy lady’s living room in Indianapolis in July of 1998 with Ian and Shane. So I had it for 8 and a half years. That’s nuts.

3) I got an amazing Su Doku book. It’s “Su Doku Fiendish” which means that all of the puzzles are really tough. It’s exactly what I need ’cause, not to toot my wn horn but, I am pretty damn good at sudoku, and regular ones are kind of a joke to me.

4) I went out to eat at “Spoon River” which I really enjoyed. Spoon river is an organic/sustainable/local restaraunt in downtown mpls. I had some pretty kick ass spicy potato ravioli in curry sauce and an “urban s’more” which featured home made marshmallows and home made chocolate ice cream on the side. Booyah!

5) I just watched the new episode of Lost. Pretty damn good, if you ask me.

Concerto in Four Movements.

February 7, 2007

I did a crazy project for my Music Theory 3 final in college. It has become quite famous/imfamous. I happened upon this great retelling of the story told by an eyewitness, Curtis Gilbert. Here’s what he had to say:

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Extended Mac Memories (Taking the shape of a long story):
Go into the men’s bathroom in Macalester’s music department. Open the door to stall number two. There, etched in the stone slab wall is a phrase that will mean very little to most people. But I know what it means. It says I was there when N8 puked. I wasn t the one who defaced the toilet stall, but I was there when Nate “N8” Duke puked…. in class… on purpose.

The class was Music Theory III — contemporary theory — and the reason was… Well, I’m not sure anyone could answer that, probably not even N8, himself. But I can tell you what I saw.

The assignment was to write a piece of experimental music. If there were any guidelines, I don’t remember what they were. Most of us wrote something comprised of weird noises, dissonant harmonies, funny time signatures and the like. It wasn’t the kind of stuff you’d tap your foot to, and I’d wager that no one in the class remembers their own composition, let alone anyone else’s, except of course N8’s.

N8, who graduated a year before us and may very well still spell his name like that, performed solo that day. His piece was in four movements, each labeled with a single word starting with the letter ‘B.’

Movement 1 – Board: “Board” was for keyboard, a little battery-powered Casio with a Latin-flavored demonstration tune. Press a button and the keyboard would begin playing the cheerful bosa nova in an endless loop. N8 entered the classroom, set the keyboard on a table in front of him and pressed the button. The demo began to play. This concluded the first movement.

Movement 2 – Bananas: N8 produced a bunch of bananas, five or so, from a brown paper sack at his feet. One by one, he peeled and devoured them. All five were gone in under two minutes. So ended the second movement.

Movement 3 – Beer: At this point in the story, it’s important to note that N8 did not drink alcohol. He was a straight-edge heavy metal kid from Indiana, and so in Movement Three, N8 produced from his bag one six-pack of O’Doul’s non-alcoholic beer. N8 cracked the first O’Doul’s, tipped his head back and downed it. He paused, took a breath and opened a second one. It was gone like the first. N8 did not look well. He opened beer number three and put the can to his lips. He didn’t drink. He realized that Movement Three would have to end prematurely.

Movement 4 – Bile: N8 picked up the nearest wastebasket, and it came in a rush. The board chirped its merry tune as the bananas and beer spilled out in a smooth, foamy milk-white column. The fourth movement was over, and with it, the piece.

N8 took his seat, and we discussed the composition. Our professor said it reminded her of a commentary on bulimia. I remarked that the vomit wasn’t nearly as gross-looking as it might have been. I think I even said it was “pretty.” N8 got a ‘B’ on the assignment. As far as I know, he has not given an encore performance.

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I wrote him the following email to clear a few things up:

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1. I actually got an A on the project. I wrote out sheet music for this piece which consisted of four measures. A whole note for “board” in the first, two whole notes for “board” and “bananas” in the second, three whole notes for “board”, “bananas”, and “beer”, and four whole notes for “board”, “bananas”, “beer”, and “bile”. I also remember being called into Jan Gilbert’s “office” to discuss my piece. She told me that a lot of other profs were very angry about the whole thing and they they would have failed me. She also asked me if I’d like to tour around to elementary schools and perform the piece to raise awareness for anorexia. Seriously. I told her that if she set it up, I’d do it…but she never got back to me.

2. I have yet to perform the peice again. However, I was approached by a few mac students and asked if they might perform it at a talent show. I said yes. Click here and scroll down to the bottom.

Another funny thing is that my now former roommate was at a party talking it up with a few other folk, and they got to talking about crazy stories from college. She hear this story about a guy puking for a music class and couldn’t wait to come home and tell me all about it. She was pretty excited to hear that not only was I the one in the story, but I also had it on video. Anyone who would like to watch it is more than welcome to either a) come over to my place or b) help me transfer a VHS tape into some sort of file that I can post on youtube.

Books, check ’em out.

February 6, 2007

I’ve decided to read an average of two books a month this year. I’m well on my way! However, I just wanted to let everyone know that my list is available over there under “Books I’ve read in 2007” on the right had side of the page. Ok.

Amazing art projects.

February 6, 2007

I totally wanna do something like this at my house.