Archive for October, 2014


Posted in Photography, Travel with tags , , on October 27, 2014 by Aaron


Real Life Statistics and Analytics

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , on October 25, 2014 by Aaron

iTunes keeps track of how many times a song has been played. What if a computer had been keeping track my entire life to all the music I heard? What would that list look like?

When pee goes down the toilet it all gets mixed up, who from my life has mine mixed with the most? Someone from my family? Friends? Coworkers?

How many words a day do I say out loud? Which year of my life was the most vocal? What is spread on how many different words I use? How many words do I know?

How many books have I read? Which books have I read and reread the most in my life? What about movies?

How would my interactions with strangers be rated on a scale of 1-5 for all the strangers I have met in my life?

What is the relationship between the amount of bottles of beer I have drank vs those that I have had a hand in creating?

What would a pile of all the food I have ever eaten look like? How big would it be? What would the caloric count look like and how would it compare to yours? What would be the most common thing in there?

What about you? What do you wonder about?blank

Secret Chiefs 3

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 22, 2014 by Aaron

Last night I went to see one of my most favorite bands, Secret Chiefs 3. This was the third or forth time I have seen them and they never fail to impress me with their extraordinary music, presence, and mystery. If I were to describe their music it would be a combination of arabic-surf-metal with crazy time signatures and polyrhythm galore. I couldn’t point you to a specific video/song as no single song can pin them down. If you aren’t into “weird” music, then you might want to start with songs from their album Book of Horizons.

The first time I saw them play I had never heard of them before. They were opening for my favorite band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. They came out dressed in cult-like cloaks and played their hearts out. There were a ton of musicians on stage and they never said a word, never used the microphone. At least half the audience was there just to see them, not the headliners. When they finished, the crowd demanded that they come out for more. This was the first and only time I have ever seen an opening act called out for an encore. They came back out and set up a microphone. I assumed they would say something like, “Thanks! We’re Secret Chiefs 3, up next…” but no…. they pulled out a trumpet and played that into the mic.
IMG_5752Side notes:

  • I found out from talking with a guy on the train ride home that it was the drummers birthday and that is why they kept playing little snippets of the happy birthday song.
  • I work with their tour managers wife. I was supposed to be on the guest list but it never got sent so I had to buy a ticket. I will gladly buy a ticket every time if that is how I can get in.
  • Trey Spruance is the leaderĀ of this band, but is probably better known for his role in the band Mr. Bungle. I found out today that he was also in Faith No More for a little bit.

I know I said I couldn’t pick just one, but I did.

French Lazers

Posted in Random Musings, Travel with tags , , , on October 20, 2014 by Aaron

When I was a young lad I went on a journey to live with a family in Grenoble, France. It was pretty fantastic. Not only did my French improve dramatically but I learned how to say a lot of bad words in French, that drinking was okay and that they had the most awesome laser tag place in the world (at least the way I remember it).

The only other time I have ever played the game was in Buffalo, NY. The best part about that was that when we were signing up they made us pick a code name. When they were handing out the equipment later this came back into play. Since none of us knew what the code names were for the guy had to say some pretty rediculous things. Needless to say, if that was the best part …

The best part about the French place was lack of rules or even any supervision. Sure someone left bleeding every game, but it was worth it! Imagine this, a giant 2 story room where it is dark with strobe lights flashing, smoke everywhere and blasting music. You can’t trust your senses at all to tell you what is going on so you must rely totally on your reactions.

There was a spot where you could jump down from the upper level to the lower one, there was a tunnel that was pitch black and had bars randomly across it at chest, shin and face height. You only run down that hallway once. Lots of sharp corners and lots of people in the game, don’t tell your mom about this place.

I would go there again in a second. Probably by now though it isn’t there anymore. If you are ever in Grenoble … FIND THIS PLACE AND PLAY LASER TAG! You probably won’t regret it, even if you need stiches.

Peeking in Windows

Posted in Kid Talk, Photography with tags , , , on October 19, 2014 by Aaron


Punting on the River Cam

Posted in Photography, Travel with tags , , , on October 17, 2014 by Aaron


Left for Dead

Posted in Photography with tags , , , on October 16, 2014 by Aaron