adrian is rad



Filed under: — adrian @ 11:29 pm

(As Mr. Schlachter would be sure to correctly pronounce, that’s said Ne-an-der-tal.)

Do you know what you do with your bottle or can when you finish your beverage in Dallas? You throw it out. In the trashcan.

I’m not judging (or not meaning to). Social conventions and practices are different in different parts of the country and all. But living where people give you guilt trips if you don’t compost, it’s a bit of a shock. I mean, even Pittsburgh recycles.


Filed under: — adrian @ 11:18 pm

I’ve been in the three most populous states in three days. It’s a bit tiring.

Also, here’s something: flights in/ out of LaGuardia are limited to 1500 miles except for Denver (any day) and Saturdays. Dallas Fort Worth to LaGuardia is 1389 miles.

Hope your time with family/ friends is good.


announcing! october-november 2008 mixtape (vol. 26)

Filed under: — adrian @ 8:08 am

My monthly mixtapes were not quite monthly there. However I did want to get this up so you could put it on your ipod for your Thanksgiving travels if you wanted.

You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply import all the songs to your library and then go to File->import and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the 2008oct-nov playlist in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

Go ahead and check out the playlist (below) or the liner notes. It’s pretty folksy but with some soul and things thrown in.

Adrian’s October November 2008 mixtape (rapidshare link [1])

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them or at least telling other people about them.

The playlist:

  1. Horse Feathers Curs in the Weeds
  2. The Acorn Darcy
  3. David Bazan Please Baby Please
  4. Lewis & Clarke Be the Air We Breathe
  5. Laura Marling Ghosts
  6. Theresa Andersson Na Na Na
  7. Frightened Rabbit Poke (live)
  8. American Analog Set Born on the Cusp (demo)
  9. Ben Gibbard Farmer Chords
  10. Raphael Saadiq Seven
  11. The Supremes Run, Run, Run
  12. Ruby Andrews You Made a Believer Out of Me
  13. Dorothy Berry You’re So Fine
  14. Miriam Makeba Pata Pata
  15. Crooked Fingers Solitary Man
  16. Joe Pug Bury Me Far From My Uniform
  17. Low Sunflower
  18. Peasant Impeccable Manners
  19. Deer Tick Ashamed
  20. the Twilight Sad Some Things Last a Long Time

[1] If you’re having trouble with the rapidshare link, here’s what you do, step-by-step. 1) Click on the link. 2) scroll down and click “FREE” 3) wait till the counter gets to zero 4) enter the letters in their graphic into the box 5) click “download”


something I could get that Kofi Annan and Jimmy Carter couldn’t

Filed under: — adrian @ 4:54 pm

I got a visa to Zimbabwe (albeit a few years ago). Being famous doesn’t get you everything, does it?


“Everything’s amazing, nobody’s happy”

Filed under: — adrian @ 10:20 pm

This is pretty funny.


hmm. that’s an idea

Filed under: — adrian @ 11:17 pm

After a year off, I’m thinking it may be time for another winter beard…


what? oh it’s in california. sort of makes sense

Filed under: — adrian @ 11:47 pm

the Cats’ Inn: Grooming includes such options as:

Basic Bath
Panty Shave
Tummy Shave
Shave Mats
Nail Trim
Soft Paws®
Lion Cut
Body Shave



I’m a little hoarse: trying Sacred Hard singing

Filed under: — adrian @ 1:41 am

Monday night I tried my hand at Sacred Harp singing. There are local groups that sing and I went to the one that meets weekly in Berkeley. I’ve written about Sacred Harp before here and more extensively over at the music blog.

They meet and sing in a small chapel in a theoligical seminary just north of the UC campus. Pews are moved around to make a square with a couple rows per side: basses are across from trebles, altos are across from tenors. Some started–the first person to lead got up in the center of the square and called out a number–28, I think it was. We all turned our books, the Sacred Harp, 9th Edition to that page. The leader–in this case, but sometimes it was another singer–sang the starting notes. We sang through the song once on “so la fa mi” then through with the words and then the cycle repeated. We repeated this process until the evening was up–perhaps 40 times in total.

I was a bit nervous about giving this a try. I haven’t sung from music in a number of years and even then it was quite briefly, with a lot of voices to hide behind and with a lot of rehearsals. It turned out to be fine, of course. I still can’t sight sing, but I could follow the strong singers in my section just fine. By the end I had even picked up the names of the shape notes. As it turns out, these help a lot–going from “fa” to “fa”, for instance is always either a fifth or an octave.

When it came my time to lead, I said I’d pick one–one of my favorites, “Sherburne”–but didn’t want to lead it. I got cajoled into leading that song with someone else.

Anyway, at this group at least, people sang. And loud. And without any pretensions or adornment in their voices. It was a lot of fun. Just letting your voice go and singing out. I was a bit hoarse the next day.

Alabama Sacred Harp Convention – Sherburne (mp3)


behind the scenes

Filed under: — adrian @ 10:06 pm

I found Newsweek’s Secrets of the 2008 Campaign 7-part series of articles really fascinating. The basic gist was that both campaigns allowed behind the scenes access on the condition that the info wasn’t published till after election day. It’s pretty interesting to see the candidates as human and, for the most part, more decent than their advisers and handlers.

Also, there are even some funny parts:

At one point, Mark McKinnon, a media adviser who had worked for Bush-Cheney ’04, described the difference between the Bush campaigns he had worked on and the McCain campaign as the difference between the Royal British Navy and Capt. Jack Sparrow’s ship in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” McCain loved the comparison. He began making guttural pirate noises, punctuating his jokes and one-liners with “Aaarrgh” and occasionally greeting reporters with this oddly cheerful growl. PIRATES FOR MCCAIN T shirts (complete with skull and crossbones) eventually sprouted on the backs of campaign volunteers and even a few reporters.

Start with chapter 1.


there is almost nothing interesting about this observation

Filed under: — adrian @ 2:36 pm

Sandwiches, even meaty and hot ones on buns, are usually cut in half, either straight or at an angle, and then eaten from the middle to the outsides. Hamburgers and hotdogs, though, are eaten from the outside or end and are rarely cut.


ambitious evening planned

Filed under: — adrian @ 8:49 am

I have an ambitious evening planned:

  • make dinner
  • eat dinner
  • put away laundry
  • put away other stuff/ tidy room
  • do dishes
  • see if there’s a new president
  • go to bed a bit early


I’d rather

Filed under: — adrian @ 9:54 pm

I’d rather you vote in opposition to me than not vote. Get on it.

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