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Still alive, yet again. [Feb. 6th, 2009|08:18 pm]
Still here!
I've consolidated blogs to one spot, here:  http://www.briefandshining.com/

I'm also moving to a new job, soon, and will give you more info on that after it starts.

Also, I'm eating curry, yum.  Yum. For real.
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Update! [Oct. 6th, 2008|10:52 am]
Oops-- apparently a large portion of my constituents labor under the apprehension that I have fallen from the face of the earth.

I have not joined the Peace Corps or the Marine Corps or a rap group or an ice-ninja cult.

Here is what I am doing:
I have moved back to Portland, where I work at a lovely desk and spend almost all of my time on the internet.
I am attempting to research and write a novel.
I played for the Portland mens' team, Rhino, until I broke my ankle at the end of July.
I'm very excited to be helping coach the Reed mens' team.
I've been listening to a lot of music and becoming good at spending all of my paycheck within days, almost exclusively on food.

I write poorly and infrequently on two blogs:

in which I post about current politics
http://makemeaposter.blogspot.com in which I let you know what music I've been enjoying

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(no subject) [Jul. 30th, 2008|09:53 am]
Yet again, more music for you: http://makemeaposter.blogspot.com
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Music! [Jul. 7th, 2008|01:25 pm]
More music here: http://makemeaposter.blogspot.com/

other news: I've got a job, I'm playing a lot of Ultimate, and I'm consistently running low on food I don't feel guilty eating. Not in an eating disorder way, in an I'm broke but have housemates who eat fequently way.
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HMS Suitcase Full of Carlo Rossi [May. 13th, 2008|02:04 am]
Last night I played disc golf with a bunch of the guys I coached.
Drank some Sparks real fast.
Went to WinCo at midnight.
At 1AM we decided to go to the beach and camp out to watch the sun rise.
Stopped at WalMart for sundry bottled beverages.

Got to Florence around 3:30
Settled on the beach in blankets.
Were pleasantly surprised to find there was a meteor shower occurring.
Drifting to sleep around 4:30, someone in the huddle of blankets murmured sleepily:
'So you guys know that the sun rises over the Atlantic, right?'

Up at dawn, not getting arrested by sketchy guy parked 100yds from our sleeping spot.
Dance party staged by ridiculous stop sign ringed by red flashing lights.
Best breakfast ever.

Back to Eugene by 8am, totally not dying en route.
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(no subject) [Apr. 17th, 2008|05:34 pm]
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24 years [Apr. 15th, 2008|01:44 am]
Birthday thoughts later, perhaps.

there're some vague references and some applicable music here:

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WHAT?! [Feb. 15th, 2008|10:59 pm]
So I've been reading a lot of different kinds of writing lately, trying to get ready to do some of my own.
Tonight I was reading random memoir-type pieces from the NYT.

Anyhow, I was a half hour ago reading this random piece about the writer's experience being black in a wealthy white neighborhood during college in the 70s.

All of a sudden, MY GRANDFATHER appears in the story.
Untermyer, about halfway down page 6

Apparently they were robbed (my mother would have been about 3 or 4) and my grandmother was kidnapped!!! WHAT?!

How did I never hear this story, and how in hell did I randomly run across it tonight?

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Good stuff, for the most part. [Jan. 29th, 2008|03:32 am]
1) I FINALLY decorated my room!
a) my door sports a Wal-Mart poster entitled 'Disney Princesses' which is the most awesome thing ever. Jasmine is totally the hottest.
b) I found a lot of vinyl for 25cents each, the highlight being the Camelot soundtrack, which is my favorite musical ever. Other finds include: Doctor Zhivago, The Sound of Music, Kansas, and 'Dueling Banjos' from Deliverance. These are all now on my wall.
c) I put up the postcards I've received recently from various parts of the world: Berlin, Istanbul, DC, Denmark, South Korea. So send me more, please!

2) I spent a crapload of money in the way that makes me happiest: to cook a fancy meal for my housemates and some other close friends. Ridiculous French wine, steak, chard with a spicy currant sauce (the highlight of the meal, though there wasn't enough), frites, and faaaancy cheese and prosciutto. YUM.

3) I got a SNOW DAY! on Sunday.
SO I went home, found out all my housemates with some other ultimate guys ran to the store for snacks, and ambushed them a block away with snowballs in the sweetest way ever. then found out the entire group was tripping. good times.

4) Then after playing in the snow all day, I went to the Shaky Hands concert. Good times, and written about in the music section. Concordantly, some more music posted on http://makemeaposter.blogspot.com

5) Just now, I asked one of my friends, who's on the team I coach (the team is newly named 'God' for this season), for some criticisms as coach (for instance, I know i'm a terribly unconfident speaker, for the most part. He said some of the nicest things ever:

"youre fine
aside from the fact that er'body loves you
D-line would go to war for ya
just by rep
compared to halvy last year youve got a bunch o disciples waitin for d word of Shane
the moral of the whole team is 100000000x higher than it was last year
it remains to be seen what happens in real competition, but right now. . . its kinda like we're indestructo-team
. . .word"

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The Sounds of '07 [Jan. 2nd, 2008|03:01 am]
More music.

First, the obligatory New Years' track, but by a band I like more and more every time I hear them-- the most recent listen being the pleasure of a whole run-through of their album Let's Get Out of This Country at work last week.

Camera Obscura, 'Happy New Year'

Loch Lomond is from Portland and a discovery of the past week. It's hard for me to tell if I like their potential or their sound more, but what's sure is I enjoy the time I spend listening to their music.
This song isn't instantly appealing to me; it seems like the first minute is spent deciding if his voice falls under love or hate, but right around the line 'I am not an animal!' i put this song on repeat.

Loch Lomond, 'Tick'

So next these may be really fucking obvious choices, but I'm a little miffed that no one told me about these next two bands until these past two weeks. Come on, people. Help out your retarded buddy, willya?

Sonic Youth, Superstar (Carpenters' cover)

Bloc Party, so here we are

This band is way out of the blue. From Eugene, Oregon they're on the label that one of the cooks at my work runs. I can't stand reggae or dub, generally, but these guys just strike me the right way with their lyrics-- everyday stuff but well-said, and their other songs are the same-- and even the ooo-aaa-oohs that i'd normally hate are a plus for me in this song.

Medium Troy, Eloheim

This next one I'm wary about writing about, because I could have sworn I've written about it but I can't find proof that I have. BUT: I usually don't like extreme voices, but I do like this one; go figure. For some reason I can't help thinking of Jane's Addiction when I hear this song, but that's not an entirely bad thing.

Hot Springs, 38th Adventure

These next two aren't exactly novelties, but they're also not the kind of songs that you'd throw on a mix for no reason. The first is a pretty French girl who hates 'that bitch one girl' (from what I can tell she's saying) and the other is Arab Strap's incredibly Scottish frontman reading short erotic poetry over some easy music.

SoKo, I'll Kill Her

Aidan John Moffatt, Good Morning

This last song is one that makes me wish I had more indie-blogger jargon to throw at you. I'm sure this song is post- at least five things... but I really don't give a shit. It's shoegaze meets noise rock, to me, and I hope you enjoy it.

The Raveonettes, Aly, Walk with Me
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