Smoke & Barrel, Steve Martin, and Sushi

26 04 2010

I had a lot of fun this weekend.  Friday, Garth and I went to The Smoke & Barrel to see the OneUps and MC Frontalot.  This is the first time I saw the OneUps do any hiphop type stuff (versus more jazzy renditions of video game songs).  What impressed me most about MC Frontalot was the energy in everyone’s performance.  They were almost constantly jumping around while they were playing and singing.  It was both impressive and engaging.

Saturday Kes, Jason and I went to the Walton Arts Center to see Steve Martin’s concert.  Since it was banjo-oriented we weren’t sure if he would be super serious, but he worked in some bits between songs that were quite funny.  Even though we were in the back row of the balcony, we could still see really well, which impressed me.  Previously, Kes and I have mostly just been to radio plays at the WAC, and so have sat near the front of the floor.

Sunday, I relaxed a little.  I put together the desk I bought, and set it up as my entertainment center.  It works really well, and the shelves look nice.  I like the height, but it is about a foot taller than what I was using previously, so it will take some getting used to.  If nothing else, everything around the television looks a lot more neat and organized.

Today, Kes and I made sushi.  Kes has made sushi once before (and I helped roll) when we had a “sushi party” a couple years ago.  (It was fun; we ate sushi and watched The Twilight Zone.)  This was the first time I really made any of the ingredients (sushi rice, mostly).

I thought it turned out pretty well.  The fillings we used were egg (with a little soy sauce), imitation crab, avocado, and carrot matchsticks.





18 March 2010

18 03 2010

Today was nice and sunny outside, and got up to 60F, so I took about an hour long walk while listening to Hobbes’ Leviathan on my iPod.  I have to say, it’s a lot more difficult to comprehend listening to it versus reading it.  Even when I read something like this, I find myself going back and rereading so I can wrap my head around what the author is trying to express.  It’s even more difficult when I’m just listening to it.  I’ve only gotten to the beginning of chapter 4, and listened to each preceding chapter twice in a row.  I’m not really sure what to think of it.  I’ve read excerpts before for class, but I’m not recognizing what I’m listening to so far.  It seems like Hobbes is going on and on about physical things like inertia and heat, and either likening them to, or pinpointing them as causes of, senses, dreams, imagination, etc.  It’s really very dry.  The volunteer reader is very good, though, especially compared to some of the other readers I’ve experienced from Librivox.  It’s also nice that it seems to be the same reader for every chapter so far.  It’s kind of jarring when Librivox has different people read different chapters of a book (though I understand that since all the readers are volunteers and reading an audiobooks is a demanding undertaking, having volunteers only commit to small snippets is logical).

I picked up MC Frontalot’s new album today.  I got to download the mp3s from the site, and my physical CD should arrive sometime in April.  I found out it was coming out because I’ve been reading more blogs lately, including Jhonen Vasquez’s.  I noticed Jhonen did the cover art for the album, and hopped over to MC Frontalot’s page to see when it was coming out.  Since it’s available for order now, I decided to pick it up.