Friday, June 29, 2007

More ntg from another photog

Another NTG admirer sent me this photo from under the Viaduct. Its a little old, I don't check my email for this page too often. Its a cool one though. That kid doesn't look old enough to read.

more ntg

I saw this one on the truck in front of our practice space in Georgetown. The person bird. Reminds me of this sculpture some friends of my parents in Texas had in their house when I was younger.
We are going to Portland this weekend. We leave soon. I am looking forward to the relaxation of being out of town. Even if it is only for a little while. My wife and her friends are going river rafting. I will cruise around town while they do that.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

employee's at Guitar Center

So, I'm a little fuckin pissed. I decided to sell one of my expensive guitar effects to buy another expensive guitar effect. Selling it was no problem, list on craigslist, wait few days, field emails from interested parties, show unit to prospective buyer and count cash as he leaves our condo. Then on last Saturday I call Guitar Center to see if they have what I want in stock. I would have just bought online, but no one seemed to have the unit available in stock and the last piece of gear I bought special order took forever to arrive. When I talked to the first employee of Guitar Center they said they didn't have it, but I could pay for it, plus a shipping cost and get it in a few days. I thought I shouldn't have to pay for shipping, since if I ordered off their website I could get free shipping, so he said they could do it without shipping and I wouldn't have to pay upfront. I gave him my phone number and he said he would call when it got in. A couple of hours later another employee called to tell me I could order the effects unit from him and it would be in Tuesday or Wednesday. I thought it was a little weird, but I played along. Tuesday I called to ask if it had arrived and when no one in the accessories dept. would talk to me another employee said no one had ordered it and did I know who I spoke too on the weekend. I didn't. Long story and I still don't have the very expensive effects unit. I dislike Guitar Center, they never help me when I need it and always try to sell me things I don't need. I think after this I will only shop online.

Friday, June 22, 2007

look out for the iphone

So as I was looking for interesting stories I saw this on the strangers slog. People seems to be going wacko for the iphone, which really is just a phone with an ipod nano inside it, and a real cool touchscreen interface, that cost more than I want to spend for a phone or an ipod or a real cool touchscreen. I think evryone should calm down, its just a phone, I say as I scan the page at Guitar Center with the new filter pedal I want. Its all I have been able to think about for days, I should get over it too. But I won't, and neither will the myriads of people chomping at the bit waiting to buy the iphone. Stores are hiring temps to sell the little gadgets as fast as they can. Its crazy!!!

Apple is giving tours of the iphone here. I haven't watched it yet. I probably will soon, but I won't buy one, my wife might though.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

more ntg from capitol hill

We found these the other day around Capitol Hill. I'm not sure if it is all NTG work, but it still looks cool.

It seems like the graffiti stickers are getting some more attention. I saw two posts in the Stranger's Slog about Seattle street art. It also had a link to a flickr page with Seattle Street art.

Monday, June 18, 2007

More NTG in Fremont

Looks like the wolf is the favorite lately. We also saw a new owl. Both were on our way to the Fremont Street fair. Later we saw some others that I will post tomorrow.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

New NTG under the West Seattle Bridge

So I took the upper bridge route to work most of the week. Today after breakfast at Skylark , where I had the most delicious Strawberry Banana Pancakes, I took the lower bridge to take my wife to work. We noticed some new NTG work. When I got back home I took some photos. I'm sure everyone has seen them already, but I will put them up anyway.
My wife saw one on the side of the Comet Tavern. I will take a picture tonight when I pick her up.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

It is finally over, talk to the wolf.

Well my wife returned from the other coast and after we said our hellos and made it home from the airport I was able to watch the Sopranos. I won't ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. I will say I liked the way it ended. It seemed like their was some complaints among fans of the show earlier on in the week. All I can say is get over it, its just a TV show people.

Monday, June 11, 2007

When television and the media rule your life.

So, I haven't tried to hide the fact the I watch tv and movies all the time. As my friend Holden says I'm a total addict. Being that the seasons are about to change, the dry spell is ending and the summer series season is beginning. But first the final episode of the Sopranos.
Now you might know my wife is out of town. This came at just the wrong time for a much watched show to end. Everywhere I looked today, on the internet, the radio, newspapers, and television people wanted to talk about the end of the Sopranos. I haven't seen it yet people. I don't live in a bubble. And I can't help but pick up little bits and pieces. 2 more days of this shit, then the suspense ends. Maybe Paris Hilton will go on a hunger strike again and people will let it be the the spoiler reports.
I noticed an old workmate from my bookmarking days S.P. Miskowski has a blog for the Seattle P.I called Tv Talk . She is blogging about the HBO show "Big Love". It should be a cool critique, we had some good conversations over the bookmark table.
The Closer starts soon. Thank You.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Hostel pt 2

If you don't like this kind of horror movie you won't like this one as well. But if you do, like I do, you should love it. I think it out does the first. I won't spoil it for any one, just check it out if you even entertained the idea.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Can't and Naomi

Last night I headed out the the "Fried Chicken Barge" out on Airport Way for the Can't/ Naomi noise tourism show. I arrived a little late and missed the opening acts. I caught the end of the Drunken Jihad Kollective a performance art group that was doing a skit about cannibalism that didn't make a lot of sense, but was funny from what I saw. I will have to try and catch their next show.

Next up was Naomi an electronic artist from San Diego. She sang to ipod backing tracks. I would call this bubble gum noise. Her music was sort of electroclash/glitch and the combo with her dancing and singing was bouncy.

Then came Can't. Can't is the solo project of Jessica Rylan from Boston. She plays homemade modular synths and she also played some acoustic guitar (not what I was expecting). She markets her modular synths under the name Flower Electronics. The beginning was sort of a low square wave, slowly pulsing, she seemed to have some problems with hearing the monitors. The next piece she used a microphone that was being ring modulated thru the synth. Again she wasn't happy with the sound. Then something wasn't working on the modular synth. I was not to impressed with her synth sounds and her performance was sort of lackluster. This could have been equipment failure driven, but if so she didn't deal very well. After she did some interpretive dance and played acoustic guitar.

I was a little disappointed both acts seemed short. But at least I got home in time to play more Wii.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

My messy desk

My desk is a little messy. I guess it might be time to clean up. I just thought I would try out the camera phone after it made it thru the wash. Amazing it works.

it's alive

It is true. After three days of drying time I took my phone off the top of the cable box and went upstairs to put the battery back in. At first the lights on the keys sputtered and the screen stayed dark. I thought oh no it's dead, but then I tried hooking up the charger. No help still just flickering key lights then nothing. I told my wife the phone was dead. Then I unplugged the charger and took the battery out, reseated it then put the cover back on and tried again. Suddenly the Welcome screen comes to life!!! Then it told me to put the sim card in. I turned it off and complied with it request. When I turned it on again Ta-Dah!!! It worked fine. Then we went out for Chang's Mongolian Grill.
Later after dinner my wife bought me a Wii, so I would have a babysitter while she is gone next week. That bowling game is awesome.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

new photo

I messed with some new photos I took the other night out the window of our condo. This one turned out ok.I forgot about these that I took the other day when we were at the sculpture garden.

I still don't know what to ask her. Maybe what does it all mean?
These people added their own art to the garden, careful not to touch!!!I know the whole don't touch the art joke has worn a little thin (for me at least), but this was a cool performance piece and I'm glad the park has given the public a free open space where people can do it.

Here is some grafitti above the sculpture garden.I think that says it all.....

Monday, June 4, 2007

More wet phone links, Dan McCarthy

I found another wiki on what to do if you get your phone wet. It is all common sense ( take out battery asap, take out Sim card if it has one, dry visible water off, put in warm dry place for three days, make sure phone is full dry before putting battery back in, hope for the best).

In a more positive note we bought some cool art this weekend. After we noticed the bear, owl and person stickers under the West Seattle bridge were painted over/ pulled down last week, which as an aside sucks as my morning commute will not be nearly as cool now, we became inspired to fill the empty space in our living room wall. I found a artist from Massachusetts who's screen prints I really liked. His name is Dan McCarthy you can check his art out here . He is running a series that ends in Sept. were we receive one print a month, it was for a year, but you can still sign up for a partial year. Cool.

No Phone :'(

It doesn't really bring a tear to my eye, but my cell phone went into the wash today. I googled some combos of "cell razr wash" and found this blog . To save you the time of sifting thru all the replies if I leave my phone alone to dry for three days it might work or it might need a new battery or it might not function at all. I figure it can't hurt to find out. Its been several years since the last time I left my phone in my pants and they went into the wash. I had forgotten the freedom of not having a phone combined with the hope that I could find all the numbers again. Thanks to technology I don't have to worry about that now. The Sim card still works, so I just lost a few photos, nothing to cry about.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Another NTG from this weekend

My wife took this photo of a wolf with my cell phone today.
We saw it on the way to breakfast at the Dish. When we got the Dish the wait was too long, so we went to Bad Albert's in Ballard. I had the crab and cheese omelet. It rocked. Try it out if you have a chance. They had a chalkboard with this quote from Kurt Vonnegut, " Will all the believers in telekinesis in the room, Raise my hand." I liked that one.

Then we walked around the Ballard Farmers Market and Fremont Sunday Market. We found nothing we wanted.

Later we went to see Spiderman 3. My review was that only Thomas Haden Church's character was interesting. The rest of the movie was sub par for this franchise. My spider sense is telling me the clock has run out on this franchise. It wasn't a total waste of time, but don't run out unless you don't have anything else to do.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

new sightings of no touching ground

A friend of my wife sent me a note saying that she saw another owl when she was out walking. So I decided I would go out and see if I could find any new animals. The owl she saw is real cool, in-flight. I also found what I think is a coyote.
I also found an impostor. or several. I didn't take photos of them all. But this one looked cool.
It was a nice drive and I also saw this nice piece of graffiti.
Now that's how I felt about the guy who tagged the fence where our dumpsters are in our building. I know its might be hypocritical to like looking at graffiti and slamming someone for tagging, but tagging without any art is just stupid.