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Other Places, Other Days

So, it’s been a while. About a year and a half to be exact. I’ve dabbled in the various forms of social media, and it now seems the time to get back to where it all started, blogging. I tend to get wordy, so it will be nice to stretch out beyond the restrictions of 140 characters. So what have I been up to?

– Music has always been an important part of my life, so I decided to start up a Tumblr for the main purpose of trying to post a song-a-day for an entire year. Today is day 132 and counting. (I also have a Spotify playlist I try to keep in sync)

– Working. Writing code from time to time. Exciting stuff.

– Beer. Budgetary restrictions put a damper on my pursuit of every buzzworthy craft beer release, so I have gotten slightly more serious about my homebrewing. I finally ditched the Mr. Beer kit and stepped up to a pretty nice five gallon setup, though I’m still doing primarily extract brewing. But I’ve been very happy with the results so far.

– Running. Something has to balance out the beer and the not-so-healthy foods that tend to go with it. Unfortunately, this was the first year since 2005 (when I ran my first marathon) that I did not run a marathon. So I’m stuck on 9. Need to at least get one more under my belt to reach a nice round number of 10. I did manage to get in a half though, the River Run back in September, and can proudly say I set a PR. It might have only been a 22 second improvement, but I’ll take what I can get these days.

So those are some of the things I’ve had going on. Obviously lots of other stuff has happened in the interim, such as my brother getting married, becoming an uncle (twice over), all the Cleveland sports teams continuing to lose, that sort of thing. Going to try to write these things more often going forward. If I forget, feel free to yell at me.


The Last Living Rose

Last night I checked out the new local high-end burger bar, Flip Side, in downtown Hudson, OH. It was pretty good, with a good craft beer draft selection. Look for a full review soon on Cleveland Hops. (UPDATE: 1/24 – My review has been posted.)

Tonight I am off for a big company winter party at some fancy hotel out on the east side. I have to get all dressed up, which I’m not a fan of. But there is lots of great food, fake gambling (for raffle tixs), and two free drinks. Woohoo! Hopefully they have a better beer selection than my wife’s company’s holiday party that had Bud Light & Heineken. Otherwise, I hope they can serve me up a White Russian. I’m not big on booze, but can’t go wrong with The Dude’s drink of choice.

So the title of this post comes from a new PJ Harvey song, from an album that comes out in a few days. I have been a big fan of hers for a long time. The video is directed by Seamus Murphy and features mostly photographs he took while travelling. Word is he is doing a video for each of the album’s 12 songs. The second video, for a song called ‘The Words That Maketh Murder’, is available already also, and is quite good as well.

PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose from Radioalterno on Vimeo.

another 48 hours

Time is drawing near for the wedding, and the last two days have been very busy. My parents arrived in town Tuesday evening, so I’ve spent most of my time with them since their arrival. Yesterday, my Dad and I spent the entire day doing small projects around the house that I had not dared to attempt on my own since I moved in. Unfortunately, one of the projects, to tie up the drain line from the dishwasher, resulted in us causing a leak in one of the lines under the kitchen sink which ended up eating up most of our day and involving multiple trips to the local hardware store. But it was all fixed by the end of the day, and I’m feeling more comfortable with my role of homeowner after working side-by-side with an expert.

This morning, my Dad and I went and picked up our tuxedos and everything worked out except his jacket was a little small, but we should get a replacement by this afternoon. So far, everything is falling into place with the actual wedding. We are a little nervous about the tropical storms down in the Atlantic, but now that Gustav is moving towards the US, it looks like Jamaica might be safe for now. Fingers crossed.

Besides that, there are a couple of newish albums that I’m really enjoying as of late, the Fleet Foxes album & ‘Sun Giant’ EP, and the newest No Age album ‘Nouns’. I’m also enjoying the Portishead album a lot as of late, which has taken a while to grow on me, probably because it is so different from what I had been expecting.

what a deal!

It seems the music world is abuzz with news that there is a new Radiohead album coming out next week. While that is indeed an exciting story to me, it’s the odd twist that is causing it to get a lot of attention. The twist, as you can read here, is that the band is bypassing the record industry and releasing the album, “In Rainbows”, via their website, Now it gets weird…apparently you can “pay whatever you want” to download the album. A little short on cash this week? Pay nothing. Feeling generous, give them $20. It’s your call.

I’ll believe it when I see it, and honestly I don’t know what I’ll do when I go to download it. They are solidly in my top 10 bands, and all the albums they have put out are great. But I’m still in the increasingly minority group of those who do not purchase music online. I’ve bought hundreds & hundreds of CDs over my lifetime, and I just never felt the desire to buy a digital copy of music. I’ve downloaded music online, but never paid for it. I just feel weird paying for a song that is just a file, as weird as that may sound.

So we’ll see what happens next Wednesday, October 10th, when the album is released. I’m sure I’ll get it, but how much will I pay? I’ll let you know. Anyone else planning on “buying” it?