Scent Weakly 2.0

Monday, June 25, 2007

Heaven or Hell?

I'm leaning towards hell.

I'm currently updating from the Apple store in the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. I've seen just a small section of the place, and I thought I saw every mall store that exists. I guess my mall knowledge is limited.

We got in rather late last night. 5 planes landed at midnight and the airport had a skeletal crew working. Getting luggage was a chore, but luckily Avis was still open. We made it to the hotel at about 2:00 AM.

I did a little exploring of downtown Minneapolis this morning. Our hotel is adjacent to the corner where Mary Tyler Moore tossed her hat into the air. There is a statue. I have a picture.

We're picking up Jeff in an hour or so, and then headed to the ballpark.

I'll update again when internet access becomes available.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

PHHS Class of '07

On Tuesday, June 19 Carly joined the ranks of high school graduates.

Impatient? Hit the + button a few times to speed up the slideshow, or click My Pictures link to take you directly to Flickr.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Is the iPhone shrinking?

So, I guess there is a model who probably makes a lot of money simply becacuse he has gigantic hands.

Easy Tiger

Ryan Adams's new album will be released next week, but Much Music is streaming it now.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Summer Reading

Summer vacation has finally arrived so it's time to get a little recreational reading done. My first read is Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge. I normally do not read a lot of science fiction, but a description of this book intrigued me.

Vinge wrote a book, True Names, about 25 years ago that is pretty legendary in tech and sci fi circles because it did a remarkable job predicting the scope and significance of the modern internet. Because Rainbows End is set in the year 2025, I'm looking forward to Vinge's description of technology 20 years hence. In addition, it takes place in San Diego, (Vinge is a retired SDSU prof) so it should be fun to see what he thinks happens to our fair city.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Snakes on TV Host

Now this is funny.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I Agree With Marc

Marc Andreessen (Netscape, Ning) has a new blog and in his latest post writes that
the new Facebook Platform is a dramatic leap forward for the Internet industry

Andeessen thinks that Facebook by enabling outside web developers to inject new features and content into its environment is a turning point for the industry. He also implies that the Facebook developers have now created the possibility that with its added functionality Facebook could become the nexus for social interaction on the internet.

I agree. I tried to say as much a few days ago, but's it's just nice to see one of the icons of the development of the internet agreeing with me.

The potential for Facebook is huge, and I think that it is going to generate a lot of attention in the next 12 months.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Field Trip: Mason Jennings

Given that I wasn't aware of much buzz generated by MJ and the fact there was a big music festival last night, I wasn't expecting much of a crowd at the HOB. Boy, was I wrong. The place was packed with enthusiastic fans who sang along from the start.

He's a little too similar to Jack Johnson for my taste, but it was an enjoyable show nonetheless.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Note: This is a work in progress, but I thought I'd post my first draft.

In a couple weeks I'll be at a baseball game in Minneapolis which will mark the end (at least for a few months) of my quest of visiting all 30 major league ballparks. So, here is my obligatory list ranking the ballparks I've visited.

There are some ballpark ratings out there that try to quantify various ballpark factors in order to come up with an objective list. I prefer a more holistic approach. I try to take in the gestalt of the place and judge accordingly, but I do have three often overlapping criteria.

1) Architecture. I like ballparks with open views over the outfield seats and parks that reflect their city.

2) Location, location, location. Urban ballparks that don't sit in the middle of an asphalt parking lots are my preference.

3) Sociology. A ballpark gets extra points if the neighboring restaurants and bars are filled with fans before and after games.

1. PNC -- The perfect ballpark. It's small (< 40,000 capacity), has an awesome view of downtown Pittsburgh, and serves Primanti Brothers sandwiches.

2. Wrigley -- Wrigley and Fenway are tough to compare to the newer parks because based on pure creature comforts they are sorely lacking. They get extra credit for being museum pieces.

3. Fenway -- I give Wrigley the nod because of the low outfield bleachers which opens the view, but I like the outside and the surrounding area around Fenway better.

4. AT&T -- They had to squeeze the ballpark into a small area which resulted in some disadvantages like some very narrow concourses, but the relative smallness of the building does focus attention onto the game. And, after all, isn't that the reason we go to the games?

5. Petco -- I'll be the first to admit that there is some home town bias here, because I'm putting Petco above some great ballparks despite some things I don't like about it (the second deck in right field and the centerfield batter's eye primarily). But the place is unique, the neighborhood is filling in, and the weather is perfect.

6. Camden Yards -- Camden Yards gets some extra credit for being the first of the new "old" style parks. It has some flaws (a lot of seats that don't face the infield, and enclosed concourses) but its still the standard to which all new parks are compared.

7. Safeco -- One of my fondest baseball related memories is walking from downtown Seattle to Safeco Field on opening day several years ago. There was a palatable buzz as the streets crowded with fans headed to the park. Safeco has a great location, excellent amenities, and I love the fact that they allow (encourage?) food vendors outside the park (kinda like Fenway used to be in the old days)

8. Busch -- The architecture is certainly derivative of Camden Yards, Coors, etc. but the architects corrected most of their predecessor's mistakes. However, it's the fans that make the difference. Every game is an event. On game days downtown is packed with Cardinal fans hours before the first pitch. Busch has a great location, an open view of downtown and the arch, and the area will only improve when the site of old Busch is developed

9. Comerica
10. The Jake
11. Coors Field
12. Dodger Stadium
13. Citizen's Bank
14. Kauffman
15. Turner Field
16. Yankee Stadium
17. Great American Ballpark
18. Ballpark at Arlington
19. Comiskey
20. Anaheim
21. The Bob
22. Juice Box
23. Miller Park
24. Sky Dome
25. Shea
26. Dolphin
27. Tropicana
28. Network Associates
29. RFK

Friday, June 08, 2007

Field Trip: Los Lobos

The primary reason Los Lobos have been around for about a million years is that they're a great band. They play an eclectic mix of roadhouse music from both sides of the border with ease and confidence. A very good show.

Dusty Rhodes and the River Band opened. They are young, energetic, and play well enough, but they could use a singer. Three people currently share singing duties, but none well.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Top Five

As required by federal law, here's my current top five show list of the current concert year (September 1 - August 31).

1. Ryan Adams (Anaheim & San Diego) New album out the end of the month with a tour this fall.
2. The Hold Steady Good times. Good times
3. Bright Eyes Awesome band. It would be nice though if Conor would crack a smile once in awhile
4. My Morning Jacket Hopefully James's recent haircut won't be a Samson moment.
5. Ben Kweller/Gomez Two great acts for the price of one

Just outside the top five: Amos Lee. M. Ward. Modest Mouse, Brett Dennen, Pete Yorn

Monday, June 04, 2007

OK Fanboys/girls, Here are the commercials

The Commercials

Saturday, June 02, 2007

White Chicks and Gang Signs

Hilarious because it's true.

Field Trip: The Hold Steady

There's something very enjoyable about hangin' in the back of a club drinking a beer and watching the crowd go ape-shit at a rock show. So, it was extremely entertaining tonight as The Hold Steady took the crowd to gorilla-shit level. (More tomorrow --- it's way past my bedtime.)

OK I'm up, with just a couple things to add.

First, the band looks like the faculty of John F Kenndy Middle School at the annual teacher talent show, but despite appearances they play a high octane, crowd pleasing, and very American brand rock. But, what elevates The Hold Steady above being a superb bar band are lead man Craig Finn's clever story driven songs and his somewhat manic and slightly Tourette-like delivery. The performance easily goes into my top five shows of the year.

BTW, Canes is a very nice venue.