Ultra, Facebook

Hio! It’s been a while. It’s late so this is going to be short.
First, Ultra. Ultra was awesome. Hung out with cool peeps (hey Andrzej, Irina, Yoder, Chong, Mayur, Nkosi), heard some great music (hey Tiesto, PvD, Bad Boy Bill, Deep Dish, Carl Cox, Hybrid, Roger Sanchez, Stanton Warriors, Danny Tenaglia), and had some not so great food but eh, what you gonna do. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pics in a bit; for now check out some of the videos I’ve collected (this is one of my favorites).
Second: I signed up for a Facebook account, and I have this to report: I love it. It’s designed well AND people use it, which solves the dilemma I had with Google’s Orkut (designed nicely, no-one uses it) vs. Myspace (designed like crap, tons of people use it). Yay! If you’re on Facebook, add me — I’m not quite sure what the best way to do this is, yet, but if you search for my name, I think it should come up.

Gasparilla 2007, Beach Crawl, Hockey

Picture this: left work at 7:15 tonight and it was still (very) light out. Went to dinner with Cam at Firehouse Subs; a conversation about software design takes us right to close, 9pm. A further conversation in the parking lot goes to 9:30. It’s dark but at 81 degrees, warm. I drive home, window down, radio on.
A great many things have happened over the past couple months I haven’t had time to share with you, so I made the decision on the way home to get a few of them down.
First: Gasparilla. An annual parade in Tampa in late January that simulates a pirate invasion of the town. Basically an excuse to get dressed up and drink in public. Oh and fire fake guns. And collect beads. A lot of fun, and, now, it seems, an annual tradition of sorts. Clicky for biggy.

There are many other photos and videos from that day, but those should give you an idea…
Brief interruption while I fight with Moveable Type’s cookies… there.. seems to be working now. There really isn’t anything much more annoying than needing to log in every second page!
Next up, a beach bar crawl organized by my friend Kris in St Pete in early February. I pick up Kosi and we head to St Pete Beach. At first, we couldn’t get a hold of anyone. Then, Big City spots us and Mankow answers his cell; we find him, and, simultaneously, so do about 15 others. We crawl four bars and retire to Mankow’s, where Leonard’s got a good fire going.

And finally there was hockey, courtesy work. Nice perk! Unfortunately the Lightning lost in overtime after tieing it with a shorthanded goal with 12 seconds to go in the 3rd! Great fun anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow I’ll leave you with those for now; it’s well past bedtime ๐Ÿ™‚

Ultra Music Festival 2007

And guess who’s going… ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m going to be hanging out with Nkosi and his kru of super assassins/friends.
I’ve made posts about or referencing a good chunk of the attendees over the years:
John Digweed: 2002 | 2006
Sasha: 2005
Paul van Dyk: 2003
Fat Boy Slim: 2003
BT: 2006
Hybrid: 2003
Junkie XL: 2005
MC Flipside: 2004
Josh Wink: 2006
Meat Katie: 2002
Deep Dish: 2006
Not to mention, I own music or mixes by The Cure, Shiny Toy Guns, Ferry Corsten, Rabbit in the Moon, Christopher Lawrence, Sander Kleinenberg, Kruder and Dorfmeister, Mauro Picotto, Tรƒฦ’ร‚ยฏesto, Goldie, Andy C, Photek, รƒฦ’ร…โ€œberzone, Baby Anne, DJ Icey, Keith Mackenzie, Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, Seb Fontaine and Erick Morillo. And I had the pleasure of seeing Donald Glaude spin in Seattle, summer 2001. That man knows how to throw it down.
I’m excited, if you couldn’t tell. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, good music.

Bjรถrk – Isobel and Bachelorette

I’ve been feeling kind of introspective over the past week, by which I mean I’ve been listening to Bjรถrk. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a couple of her videos. (1) “Isobel”, from her 1995 album Post, and (2) the followup “Bachelorette”, from her 1997 album Homogenic. Both are directed by Michel Gondry, whose feature film The Science of Sleep I saw with Patricia a few months back, upon recommendation from Julie. I searched back through the archives and it doesn’t look like I’ve reviewed it, so I’ll do it here: a good film, very surreal, though at times it was so surreal I couldn’t tell where I was: in reality, or watching a dream of the protagonist. But, maybe that was the point. 7.5/10.
Anyway, do check out these videos. They’re creative, intriguing, and of course the music is great.