Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Doom Kills It

Sunday, I finally caught MF Doom at Chop Suey after it was rescheduled from a month ago.

Holy hot damn Doom is fun to watch - he hit the stage wearing a zorro mask and went nuts for the next hour. My only complaint is that his set was too short.

J and I learned a lesson in getting older that night. We showed up to the 8:30 show around 9:45 to learn that Doom wasn't scheduled to hit the stage until midnight. After one opener we decided there was no way we were making it until midnight without going home for a nap. Which we did, except J didn't make it back for the show. We just can't hang anymore (except, of course, for official DCDB events - booyah!).

I did buy a KMD album - actually a comp of their first two albums plus some b-sides - and I can't get enough of it.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

The Clap Your Hands Say Yeah self titled record makes me want to romp through the forest where Interpol shot it's latest video whilst spewing sunshine out of my behind. I really like it a lot.

Cheers to J for introducing me to that one. I was busy picking out Swingin' Utters "Five Lessons Learned", which isn't as great as their other stuff, from the EM skuffs bin for a buck when she grabbed that gem. I did get Pulp's "This is Hardcore" for $4.25, though, an album cover which freaks J right the eff out. And kinda turns me on.

Q: Is that really Pulp's official site? Eeeesh.

Observation: Interpol (band) is one up on Interpol (actual police org) on Google. International crime's just not as popular as hipster music, I 'spose. But really, was it ever?

Note: On my use of the word "buck" above. I mean of course one dollar, not a hundred. This was confused when I was last in Vegas and speaking to Schmubb on the phone. I told him I was up a buck, to which he replied enthusiastically, "A hundo?!" Sadly no, but I appreciated the confidence. Especially after my craps performance at his bachelor's party, which netted me negative [some money].

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Worker's Comp for Enforcers

A Norfolk Admirals player will receive worker's comp for injuries sustained during an on-ice fight. The court decided his injured shoulder was sustained as a result of his work as an "enforcer" for the hockey team.

I went to one Admirals game early on in high school and I've never been more afraid at a sporting event. The fans were belligerent drunks and in response to a bad call, the Admirals coach threw the entire stock of his team's sticks out on the ice before trying to take down the ref. He actually came out on the ice in his dress shoes and tried to run after the ref, who was on skates. The fans were pleased.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Iron Spider: Spiderman's New Costume

Yesterday Marvel revealed Spiderman's new costume designed by Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man.

Uh, that's the big surprise? It's a Spiderman version of the Iron Man suit. At least the Venom suit was badass looking and was a friggin' alien symbiote.

Wiccan Boy / Girl Scouts

So the Spiral Scouts, a Wiccan version of the Boy and Girl Scouts, are running around Index WA where the lady and I stayed in a cabin with friends over New Year's weekend.

I told you I heard something in the woods when I went to get water! I told you! I assumed it was a yeti.

In all seriousness, this sounds like a great idea. Don't ask, but I had the often uncomfortable experience of being in a primarily Mormon scout troop for a while. 'Primarily' meaning me and a bunch of Mormons. I welcome the idea of celebrating nature and gender equality rather than, well, Joseph Smith.

Apparently the Spirals received a cease and desist letter from the Boy Scouts of America claiming 'Scouts' is a trademarked term. What assholes.

via BoingBoing

Bike vs. Cab: Cab Go Boom

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Robin's Resurrection & A Complete "Origins"

As is true for most comic book readers of my generation, two stories have always stuck with me: the demise of Jason Todd as Robin and the mystery of Wolverine's origins.

I couldn't tell you anything else about the story in A Death in The Family, but I'll never forget the images of the Joker smacking the cute off of Robin's face with a crowbar...and then blowing him up. DC set up 900 numbers allowing readers to phone in and decide Robin's fate, and if I recollect correct, there was an overwhelming opinion - Jason Todd dies, bigtime.

Fast forward to the present. The Thundercats first two seasons and He-Man Christmas Special DVDs are out - why not resurrect the guy everyone voted to kill? Actually, we found out Jason Todd was alive back in Batman #638, but in March DC will bounce ahead one year from Infinite Crisis #6 and start exploring Todd's future as the Red Hood (which was the Joker's persona before he was the Joker, I believe). I should tell you I haven't been reading Batman or any of it's spinoffs since I was a kid - just keeping up with the story here and there. Opinion: this could be a fun story arc, i.e. comparing the Batman's origin to Todd's resurrection. Or it will just suck like I expect it to.

In the case of Wolvie, Marvel didn't give us much about his background until the interesting but mediocre Origin six ish series which portrays our hero as a ninteenth century groundskeeper. My fondest Wolvie memory is a graphic novel I read on a road trip as a kid in which he runs around searching for clues to his past and instead meets some uber-intelligent yeti dudes that can run really fast in the snow.

I am contemplating picking up Wolverine: Origins, though, a new series starting in March '06 in which the man has regained his entire memory and tears ass to go figure it all out. Opinion: Truefans are pissed - why disturb the mystique? I say, sounds like fun. Just don't screw it up. Not so sure about the anime inspired art. I'm looking for a reference to the flat color, pencilled look of yore. But updated.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

CA to MA on a Fixed Gear

For 28 days beginning in June 2006 The Big Fix ride benefitting the rare disease Histiocytosis will travel from Davis CA to Boston MA - all on fixed or single speed bikes.

Wow, would I love to do that.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Your Computer Idle Time Can Help Cure Diseases

The University of Washington's Rosetta@home project invites users to donate their computer's idle time to "help to determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases."

By running the Rosetta program on your computer while you don't need it you will help us speed up and extend our research in ways we couldn't possibly attempt without your help. You will also be helping our efforts at designing new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer's (See our Disease Related Research for more information).

The Computing and Communications department is even bundling Rosetta@home with it's Internet Connectivity Kit which allows students/faculty/staff access to UW's networks.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Insomnia & Projeck Wunway

Last night, my cat Nathan Jr. was kind enough to provide comfort during a strange bout of insomnia by cleaning me.

At first he licked at the hair behind my ear for a while around 4 am until I started to half doze. Here is what I half-dreamt:

I'm up before the panel of judges on Project Runway, or Projeck Wunway, as Heidi would say, and I'm sweating it out b/c when you're kept on stage as I have been you're never sure whether you are among the highest scorers or the lowest.

For some reason, I'm wearing the parachute pant equivalent of a shirt and gigantic khaki's that flare like four feet around me. My hair is really long and I've tied bandanas all over my body. Oh, and a baseball cap. Couldn't tell you what my model or clothing design looked like.

Then Nathan looked at me and said, "Auf Wiedersehen". I am fried this morning.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Litespeed Firenze '06

The new model of my two season old Litespeed Firenze is enjoying some super nice upgrades. Since you asked, here's my opinion:

The Good

  • FSA Gossamer Compact crankset: I dig the compact gear-ratio trend. I'm running a triple in Seattle and besides the uncool factor, it's heavy. If I were made of money I'd switch it out.

  • Thomson seat post and fi'zi:k saddle upgrade from the generic butt-gear that came with mine. I'd probably still switch the saddle, but at least I'd be able to craigslist the fi'zi:k for some cashola. I gave away the Litespeed saddle.

  • FSA wheelset: I'm interested in this set instead of the Mavic Cosmos, but it doesn't list on the site which model the FSA is. I could probably go either way on this. Looks like the same spoke count.

  • And...while it's not a change, that's precisely why I list this in the Good category: Litespeed kept a traditional headset instead of changing to integrated. This is one thing that originaly drew me to the Firenze. Integrated is fine for some lawyer-racer-weanie (I'm just jealous) who's going to buy a new bike every season anyway, but for people who actually want their bike to last and be user-servicable, then well, integrated is bad. But don't just take my word on this, talk to the King. Someone recently tried to tell me that Chris King was now making an integrated headset. I think they were thinking of the Perdido which is an internal headset, i.e. the bearings don't touch the frame, which is the whole problem with integrated! Anyway...

The Not As Good:

  • Compact Frame: Sure, it's a little lighter and probably stiffer, but sloping top tubes weird me out. Point blank period.

  • Brake caliper downgrade to 105: Guess thay had to offset the upgrades somehow, but the Ultegra calipers are superb, IMO. At least until you crash them, like I did.

  • Crappy orange decals: My 2004 has crappy blue decals. Strange on a high end bike, but at least I'm not paying for some crazy Colnago paint job, but rather for some decent componentry. Oooh, but the brushed titanium is great.

  • Cane Creek S-3: Well, the headset itself is fine, but I had to replace the top cap on mine (with an FSA) just to get a decent adjustment. Boo.

In closing, I still think Litespeed is on the right track with the Firenze. A titanium frame with race worthy components for a fair price. I love mine.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Latchkey Project

For $28, the Latchkey Project will send you a key and some handwritten instructions.

Your job is to find the lock that the key opens.

They call it adventure jewelry, which sounds like a lot of fun. Does anyone ever find their lock, though? I mean, it's a big world...