WMC Gallery posted

So.. I finally finished captioning the WMC gallery! 218 photos. Click on the picture to view. A brief introduction: the set starts off with pictures from the first few days while Davin was in Sarasota, with shots from Jonny Carinos restaurant, Lido Beach, dinner at my place with Patrícia, Cam and Melissa. Then it was down to South Beach, straight to the Frisky Radio party where 16-bit Lolitas and Pole Folder spun, then over to Cafeteria to see Quivver (whose track “Brothers and Sisters” is included in ariz0na’s latest set; skip to 46:30), back to the Frisky party, where John Digweed and DJ Chloe stopped by to hang out, then over to the beach. That’s Wed night; we were in South Beach through Saturday (pictures from Saturday’s Ultra Music Festival to be added after I get them developed).
With the captions I’ve tried to at least make it clear where I was. Comments welcome; the complete story can be found in my high-level outline.
Recommended listening: John Digweed’s Transitions podcast.

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New ariz0na set

DJ ariz0na with 16-bit Lolitas producer Ariaan Olieroock
Did you miss DJ ariz0na‘s set on CFUV last night? Well, have no fear: I recorded the show and you can download it here (142mb, runs 1 hour and 43 minutes). Some parts of the show may not be safe for work and/or small ears due to DIRTY, FILTHY language. The set is safe, though, unless there’s a ban on MONSTER GROOVES. Davin’s portion of the show starts around the 18:30 mark with a brief introduction, and the set starts at 21:30.

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Birthday Meme

Mt. Vesuvius
So, my friend Alison just posted an interesting exercise on her blog. Here’s the deal, straight from her page:
1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. In the Search box, type your birth month and day (but not year).
3. List three events that happened on your birthday.
4. List two important birthdays and one interesting death.
5. Post it.

So, here’s what I came up with! My birthday is Aug 24.
79 – Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash. [For some reason, I’ve known this for a very long time. Guess someone felt compelled to tell me thousands of people DIED on my birthday. Or maybe I read it in a kid book. I dunno.]
1690 – Calcutta, India is founded. [Neat given I have Indian in me three generations ago from my mom’s side.]
1992 – Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida. [I live in Florida. Hmm.]
1929 – Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 2004)
1973 – David Chappelle, American actor and comedian
1595 – Thomas Digges, English astronomer (b. 1546) [A popularizer of science; one of the first people to write, in English, that there are “a multitude of stars extending to infinity in all directions.”]
Pretty nifty! What happened on your birthday?

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A History of Violence

Tom and Edie Stall share a stressful moment in A History of Violence
Rented A History of Violence on Saturday night. This is easily one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. It is entirely character driven. Canadian writer/director David Cronenberg, better known for his unusual explorations of sexuality (Crash, no relation to the racial drama of the same name) and corporeal being (eXistenZ) has produced what you might call a more “normal” film in A History, except for the fact that it could hardly be called that because it’s so exceptionally well done. In the film, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen, Lord of the Rings) — a happily married, community-respected, small business owner in a small town — is visited by two strangers who insist he is someone else, someone with a past and someone nothing like who his wife Edie (Maria Bello, Thank You for Smoking) and kids know. It’s a great film with a large amount of heart, without being saccharine. Recommended. 8.5/10.

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Happy Earth Day

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Yesterday was Earth Day. I took out my bike — a sadly uncommon occurance since I bought it. Here are the trip stats:
Distance: 12.4 km (7.69 miles)
Max. speed: 33.3 km/h (20.7 mph)
Avg speed: 14 km/h (8.7 mph)
Time: 59 mins, 7 secs
Avg temp: 32°C (89°F)
Air needed in tires: yes
Seat: really damn hard
‘Til now I’ve kind of been afraid it would be too hot to ride. Turns out it’s not all that bad.
I did a big loop around the 45-hole Bobby Jones public golf course. There’s actually some nice paths around the area. Fruitville has a ton of broken glass in the bike lane (at least, heading East from McIntosh), not to mention crazy drivers, so I was on the sidewalk for some of that part. Most of Honore is lacking any sort of bike lane.
Took the Ecological Footprint Quiz again – my total footprint was kind of large at 22 (national average is 24) – 4.9 planets required to sustain my current lifestyle. I pledge to try to improve that. How do you score?
[What and When Is Earth Day?] [Earth Day Canada] [Ecological Footprint Quiz]

Leesville Pictures

I’m back.. pictures are up in the gallery. Included are some shots of the B&B I stayed at, a couple small glances at my work life and cloud pictures galore. Heh. Hope you like them. 🙂
In other news, I got a new oven today! Funny what you can get if you just open your mouth. It seems to work pretty well — the burners seem to not only get hotter, but do so more quickly too. Yay!
Music: “Global DJ Broadcast” by Deepsky, 2004-06-01.

Leesville: hot

It hit 90 yesterday, breaking a record (last time it hit 89 on that day was 1948). Suffice to say working in a tent all day is F-U-N. I can’t see what today’s high was because weather.com has a stupid interface (I have to wait until tomorrow), but I think it was even hotter.

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