North Mississippi Galactic Funkadelica

Whew, what a weekend! Friday I went out to a Korean restaurant, Sam Oh Jung, with Cam to celebrate Sonia’s birthday. We met up with Eric J and Leonard there. Sam Oh Jung is one of those we’re-going-to-sell-it-all-because-these-people-don’t-know-the-difference-anyways type deals, with Korean and Chinese on the same menu as sushi. The food was good, but it a little on the expensive side. I had a small sake, two rolls, and bebim bop (a Korean dish) as my main course; Cam had two beer and a chicken entree (I can’t remember which). The bill before tax/tip was $53. That’s expensive isn’t it? Or maybe I’m just spoiled by Pad Thai (on Beneva)’s high quality:buck ratio.
Saturday night Eric G was kind enough to drive Cam, myself, Eric J and Sonia up to Jannus Landing in St. Pete to see Galactic and the North Mississippi Allstars. Tickets were $25 and worth every penny. It was great — both are funk bands, and both definitely rocked the haus. Check out their websites if you get the chance — there’s a number of songs and video clips available for streaming/download.
We unexpectedly ran into George (from my frisbee team) there, which was pretty cool, as well as a few of the Ultimate players from the St Pete area.. bigmassive shouts to Sprinx, Kelli, Ryan, Brett and Tricia 🙂
Both bands are also in iTunes (Galactic; North Mississippi Allstars). Though, I’ve got a few sights and sounds of my own to share 🙂 First the sights:

…then, the sounds — video, in fact:

If you’ve got a moment, I’ve also got the full-length versions of Galactic clips two and three; you’ll want to option-click the links (or if you’re under Windows, right-click and choose “Save Target As”) and go for lunch or something — these clips are being served from my cable modem; at my current connection speed, they’ll take about half an hour to download each, and that’s if two of you aren’t trying to do so at the same time. Trust me, though, they’re worth the wait. If there was a roof on the place, these guys would have torn it off. 😀


All around that dull gray world
From Moscow to Berlin
People storm the barricade
Walls go tumbling in
The counter-revolution
People smiling through their tears
Who can give them back their lives
And all those wasted years?
All those precious wasted years
Who will pay?
All around that dull gray world
Of ideology
People storm the marketplace
And buy up fantasy
The counter-revolution
At the counter of a store
People buy the things they want
And borrow for a little more
All those wasted years
All those precious wasted years
Who will pay?
Do we have to be forgiving at last?
What else can we do?
Do we have to say goodbye to the past?
Yes I guess we do
All around this great big world
All the crap we had to take
Bombs and basement fallout shelters
All our lives at stake
The bloody revolution
All the warheads in its wake
All the fear and suffering
All a big mistake
All those wasted years
All those precious wasted years
Who will pay?

Rush – “Heresy”. From the album Roll The Bones, released 1991.

Photos from Dani Trip ’04

Dani beside Ithaca Falls. Click to view the photo gallery from my trip to Ithaca and New York City
I owe that man there a huge apology. That’s Dani, a friend of mine since I was very small. It’s been more than a month since I got back from visiting him in Ithaca, New York, and I haven’t posted a single photo. Dani, I’m sorry. It’s just been one thing after another. But they’re up now 🙂

  • View Gallery Dani Trip 2004 (includes 250 images from Cornell University, Telluride House, Downtown Ithaca, Ithaca parks and New York City)


Isn’t that special!
</Church Lady>
Gotta love the politics of this place. This photo belongs in the “mall” section of my last post. Speaking of which, I should add here Cam’s done up a very nice writeup of our adventures last weekend.
Guess what? I played tennis tonight! Last week Kai asked me if I was interested in playing and well, yes! I’ve had this case of new tennis balls since about two weeks after I got to Sarasota (i.e. 2.5 years), and I finally opened them tonight. Woohoo!
It was awesome, even if I wasn’t. I still can’t serve if my life depends on it. Heh. But it’s fun. We’re going to do it again next week.

O Canada

Just got back from listening to Canadian, er, I mean World Junior Men’s Hockey Championship at Darren’s with Cam. We were tuned in to Fan 960, a Calgary radio station, which was broadcasting the Grand Forks, North Dakota-based game via the Internet.
Canada clobbered Russia 6-1. What can I say besides “Woohoo!”? Someone get the dustpan ’cause I hear a SWEEP. 🙂


The price of gas and politics

So for a while now, I’ve been keeping track of how much it costs me to buy gas, and the average distance between fill-ups. The idea being, that, after a while, I can characterize the performance of my car.

(Ugh… forgive the crummy photo, I only wanted to get the idea across.. but in case that didn’t happen… those are gas receipts…. 🙂
I decided it would be good to update the Excel spreadsheet again (last time was November 2003).
The results? Since October 2002, I’ve filled up my tank 74 times. On average, I drive 235 miles between fill-ups, put in 9.735 gallons of gas, and spend $16.26 doing so (a rate of $1.625/gallon). That’s an average gas mileage of 24.13 miles/gallon. Okay, but not great by any means. (For comparison purposes, the car is a compact sedan from 1995.)
I plotted a few graphs with the data, but the most interesting one was price/gallon vs. time. There were a few very solid peaks and valleys in the graph. Which of course got me wondering about the influence of the political situation on the gas prices. So I went out and found a timeline of events in Iraq. A few timelines, actually, since none of them had all the dates I needed. Anyhow, the result is below; click on it for a bigger version. Breaks in the line are where I’d lost a receipt.

So, as the go-ahead is given for war or continued occupation, the price of gas goes down. It goes up again as casualties rise. Not too surprising, I guess 🙂

Oh, crap

So.. I’ve got a junk mail filter in my email program. It learns what is and is not junk mail over time.
Recently, Davin turned on the mailserver on his robot, so now I get emailed whenever someone posts a comment to my blog.
Today, for the first time, my email program sorted one of the comment-notification emails into my Junk mailbox. Problem: the email in question was blog-spam and needed to be dealt with by hand. If my email program puts into my Junk mailbox, how am I going to spot it?