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Sorry for the lack of updates — between work and Ultimate I’ve pretty much exhausted all the energy I’ve got. And I should clarify, not just playing Ultimate, helping to organize a league of it. I’m in charge of the cashflow, and let me tell you, I’ve got a receipt book, balance sheet, savings account and everything. Brings me right back to Business Ed 10. Ha. 🙂 This all came about because the previous organizer decided to take a season off, so along with another player, we decided to get things rolling again. The first game was this past Thursday; attendance was a bit low but I expect that to pick up over the next couple weeks as word gets out that things are actually happening.
And of course the challenges continue at work. I’m working with Apache Tomcat/JSP/Javascript and Ajax, and boy howdy, put them together in the right way and… well, the potential is huge. Nice to pick up a few new technologies; not so much fun to do it under a deadline, but hey it can’t be all downhill all the time. Next week’s going to be tight.
Those 80s pictures from last week were from Helen‘s incognito birthday party; there’s actually an album up now.
Tuesday night I had Patricia and Yawen over for a movie at my place; we watched Wong Kar Wai‘s Ashes of Time; a good story, I think, but I’m really going to have to watch it again, because not only was it non-linear, but also, sometimes the subtitles whizzed by too quickly to read, or were too wide to fit on the screen.
Thursday night, I played Ultimate for close to four hours. I played again today for another two, this time with the college kids (Joe, Cameron, Ben, Phil, Dan, Roland and co). I used to play pickup with them when they were still in high school. Now they can all outplay me any day of the week. But a great, talented, humble bunch. Ton of fun. I have shin splints.
Last night Jeff had a few of us over for a goodbye BBQ for my coworker Allison, who’s returning to Cape Cod. I’m super sad to see her go; her sense of humor and world view is simply great. Jeff has a couple of pictures up of the aftermath.
Tonight I watched another of Kar Wai’s films, The Days of Being Wild, a beautiful piece about how people deal with their inadequacies, and how the choices you make affects those around you, whether you know it or not. It’s actually part one of a quasi-trilogy, the second and third parts being In The Mood for Love and 2046.
And with that I bid you good night. Sleep well and stay shiny!

TMBG

Hello faithful reader(s). So They Might Be Giants was great. I didn’t take any pictures, because, I, like a True Professional, remembered my camera but forgot my memory card. Kosi remembered his:

Moi. Click for big

Kempers. Click for big

Plastic smiles. Click for big

Steve. Click for big
Don’t have any of the band, unfortunately… but they were pretty much like the picture I posted earlier :).
They started their set with a song that listed the name of nearly every country in the world (which Jeff almost has memorized, btw), and at one point they killed the lights and played to the glow of the audience’s cell phones. Heh. Good times. And I didn’t know they wrote the theme song to Malcolm in the Middle! (You’re not the boss of me now, you’re not the boss of me now, you’re not the boss of me now, and you’re not so big.)
Definitely going to try to catch them next time they come through town.

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They Might Be Giants – Particle Man


Photo by C. Taylor Crothers
Particle man, particle man
Doing the things a particle can
What’s he like? it’s not important
Particle man
Is he a dot, or is he a speck?
When he’s underwater does he get wet?
Or does the water get him instead?
Nobody knows, particle man
Triangle man, triangle man
Triangle man hates particle man
They have a fight, triangle wins
Triangle man
Universe man, universe man
Size of the entire universe man
Usually kind to smaller man
Universe man
He’s got a watch with a minute hand,
Millenium hand and an eon hand
When they meet it’s a happy land
Powerful man, universe man
Person man, person man
Hit on the head with a frying pan
Lives his life in a garbage can
Person man
Is he depressed or is he a mess?
Does he feel totally worthless?
Who came up with person man?
Degraded man, person man
Triangle man, triangle man
Triangle man hates person man
They have a fight, triangle wins
Triangle man

I’m going to see They Might Be Giants tonight with Nkosi and Murray! This will be the first time I’ve seen them live. I’m kind of excited. I’ve been told I’d like them since 2001, but it wasn’t until this past weekend that I plunked down the cash for their album Flood, which, according to the reviews on iTunes, is a good place to start. I’ve been playing it since and I love it. Totally quirky! Think BNL meets Weird Al. I think this is where my friend Eric gets his sense of humour. If you want to get a sense of what they’re like, subscribe to their podcast, which is free and excellent.
Update: The Weekly Planet previews the show.
Update 2: Writeup from the show here.

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