Little Indian

Ξ September 30th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Doodles, Cute |

I doodled this during a very boring, very long phone conversation today. The pen that I used (Pilot Z-Grip Medium) makes me very happy.

Indian Sketch

Original post by melktart

 

Strauss – Ein Heldenleben, op. 40

Ξ September 22nd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ special |

Lately I’ve been working on one of my favorite excerpts, Ein Heldenleben by Strauss, just because it’s really awesome.  It’s a difficult excerpt to some degree, as you can see (in the picture below) it stretches across a whopping 3 octaves, starting in bass clef in the first measure then reaching up to the high b-flat in the 13th measure.  Difficult, yet really cool and really fun to play.

Excerpt 1, horn 1

Here’s a recording if you’re interested in how it sounds:
http://hornexcerpts.org/audio_files/straussEH_audio_files/straussEH_1_boston.mp3

Original post by Sufjan

 

Mr. Moch goes to the mid-west

Ξ September 21st, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Moo |

So I haven’t written about my adventures in the midwest yet.  I’m sure some of you who read this blog already know the story because you know me.  Anywho, here’s how it went down…

tues – weds
So I left work and drove up to Seattle.  Showed up around 1030 and crashed at my friend’s house.  The next day I hung out with some friends and had beer and dinner at a place called “cinebarre.”  It was awesome.  I had pizza and chicken with plenty of beer, all while watching a movie.  It was pretty epic.  We watched District 9 (2nd seeing it time for me).  The next morning at around 530am we headed out for an interesting adventure to the airport with very little sleep and public transportation.  We made it to downtown Seattle and I had a man approach me yelling “You’re the maker of the ROBOTS! man, infecting our brains!  You piss on our pig whore women!”  He was all up in my face and I just kept walking.  My friend said if it were him he woulda clocked the guy.  Anywho, with crazy loons aside, we made it to the airport and I made it on the plane.  On the plane my bag almost was going to have to be checked because it was a full flight.  We made it into denver and then we took another flight an hour or later.  We made it to Columbus around 5pm local time, ate at some pizza place, drank beer, and then headed back to crash at my friend’s house.  The first thing I noticed when I made it to Ohio was the cicadas.  They are loud fuckers and the ominous loud buzzing of them is something I couldn’t get used to my entire trip.

thurs
The next day we were left to fend for ourselves because our friends from Columbus were busy / working.  We decided to walk around downtown columbus.  We ate at this cool bar / grill called “The tip top.”  They had some good chips and I had a decent philly cheese steak.  They even had Rogue dead guy, hehe.  We walked around some more and took some pictures of the capitol building there.  We then met up with friends that we were visiting and headed out to “Dublin” to see where my friend worked and also saw the Wendy’s headquarters, and then we ate at a Greek restaurant.  I had a gyro.  Headed back to their place and once again passed out for the night.

fri
So we took a new venue this day…  We drove for 3 or so hours north, through farm country and saw an amish horse and buggy.  We finally made it to Sandusky, Ohio.
In Sandusky we went to Cedar Point rollercoaster park.  I had some fun for hours on end, walking around..  We saw some group called “Got Country” and they had some insanely country bumpkin ballad about god and the US, etc. etc.  There were some rides I couldn’t fit on because I’m a big bastard, but oh well.  My friend Jared had blacked out on one of the rides from the G-force.  On the way back it was really late and we stopped by a “Steak N’ Shake.”  This place was pretty epic.  It was made up like a 60′s diner. They had burgers that were chopped up and delicious, then of course they have shakes and they were amazing.  All around as fast food goes, this place was freakin’ cool.  We made it home pretty late, but it was a fun day and I was exhausted.

sat
We left for Chicago and made it there in the afternoon.  We stayed at the Chicago Hilton and they got our rooms messed up.  We were supposed to have two rooms, one with a king, and one with two queens.  The rooms we would have had were occupied by someone who decided to stay an extra night.  So what we ended up in was a suite that was like 2000 dollars per night normally.  This place was pretty swank.  My friend mentioned that all that was missing was some hookers and blow.  So true.  We decided on a sushi place for dinner and thats the first time I’ve had sushi in my lifetime.  It was a different taste and I noticed the different texture more than anything.  Certainly something to be acquired if you are the person to “really like” sushi.  I tried different dishes and it wasn’t half bad.

Later that night a friend who was with us and had been in Chicago before recommended a blues club to us called “Blue Chicago.”  It was a small hole in the wall bar that, at that night, had a band that was playing some really good blues music.  The man who sang looked like he’d had a hard life and could really play the guitar.  My friend and I were hungry so we stopped by some diner place and ordered philly cheese steaks.  They were the worst tasting cheese steaks I have ever had.  It was a good thing I was slightly drunk because I would not have finished any of it.  But anyway, good music and good friends made for a really great night.

sun
The next morning we decided to do the touristy thing.  This day I took my DSLR with me and took most of the pictures on my trip.  We got to the bike tour place early in north Chicago and around noon we set off on a tour of north Chicago area.  I couldn’t even tell you where we went, but I remember the landmarks moderately well.  We saw the lincoln park, the original playboy mansion, and the worlds largest free zoo.  I was pretty tired from the bike ride since I’m a lazy ass on a normal day.  Once we were done with the bike tour, we went back to the hotel to figure out our room situation.  After this we headed out in search of Uno’s pizza!  Ordered two Unos pizza’s and 2 hours later we received our food after we were seated.  The place was super busy, but the food made up for it.  I had two pieces and I was bested by the worlds best pizza crust.  It was so thick and so delicious… I was famished.  After this we walked around a bit in chicago and eventually made our way to the sears / willis tower.  So this was pretty epic.  The tallest building in north america, we decided to say fuck lines and took the fast track thing to the top since there were tons of people there.  Once we made it to the top, we could see the entire landscape of chicago.  Buildings as far as the eye can see.  Now here comes the trippy part.  I went out on the sky ledges they have on the observatory deck.  You start to walk out on it and I felt fine and didn’t notice a thing.  I look down, turn around, and get a sense of where I am and see the building and how far down I am and I got a little queezy.  It was trippy seeing the side of the building and how far down the ground was.  I’m not afraid of heights, but this was pretty awesome.  I took a ton of pictures here, so be sure to check out my album on this.  We made it back to the hotel eventually after hours of walking.  I had blisters on my feet and I could have passed out if I felt like it.  It was another frigen sweet day and I was good to get some rest.

mon
The next day we packed up our gear and made it back to Ohio, but stopped in Indianapolis area to meet up with a friend who I hadn’t seen since high school.  We rolled into “Zionsville” and it looked like a quaint little midwestern town.  I’m sure many of the residence knew each other’s names and I got an erie feeling of “I wonder how many cults are around this area.”  We made it to his house and that subject actually came up in our conversation, it was pretty funny.  We had a small bbq and I had a great time seeing a fellow classmate from school and meeting his wife.  It’s great to see people doing well off for themselves and enjoying life.  We didn’t want to leave, but we had to make the trek back to Ohio.  We made it back really late and I crashed on the couch once again.

tues

The next day we didn’t really do a whole lot of anything.  Mainly slept in and waited for our friends to get done with school, work, etc. so we could spend some time with them.  We went to an ‘irish’ pub for lunch that wasn’t really good and it was super humid that day.

That night I had the most awesome ice cream and sorbet ever.  The place was called “Jeni’s” and the flavors were to die for.  I was of course stuffed and I we decided to call it a night.

weds
The next was the last day on our trip.  We didn’t really do much this day.  Ate at steak n’ shake again and made it to the airport and on our plane back to Denver.  We arrived an hour early to Denver and found that our flight was delayed 3 hours.  No reason given to us.  That was a total bummer, but we made it on the plane around 12:20, flew back to Seattle and due to time zone shift, made it out of the airport around 1:15am.  This was a pain getting back to my friend’s house.  We ended up taking the craziest bus ride ever that took forever to make it’s way back.  I had to listen to some tards talk about getting guitar hero and rock band mixed up, and how “shooters” are so real these days.  It was painful and I was too tired to even think.  Around 230am we made it back and I slept long days.

thurs
The next morning regrettably my friends had to work.  I however also took this day off.  It was a pain, but I made my way home eventually for another long drive.  It wasn’t to terrible, but I made it home around 4pm. I was glad to be back in Oregon.

I’m slowly realizing that I don’t like flying.  This was only the second trip I’ve taken ever where I’ve had to fly to get somewhere.  This time I took care of the flight jitters by listening to my ipod and snoozing my way through the flight.

The trip was fun and was a great experience.  It makes me wish I had more opportunities to travel in my life.  Perhaps some day I’ll be able to.

Check out my photo album on flickr of Chicago:

Original post by mooch

 

Computron

Ξ September 12th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ special |

After two years, I decided to buy a new computer.  My friend mmax also put together a new computer recently and blogged about it here.  So I might as well do a quick write-up as well.

Specs:

  • Lian Li Case (old)
  • SeaSonic 650W PSU
  • Asus P6T Mobo
  • Intel Core i7 920 Processor - Socket 1366
    • Noctua NH-U12p SE1366 Heatsink and Fans
  • EVGA Nvidia GTX 275 Video Card
  • Corsor XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600 Memory (triple channel)
  • 1TB Western Digital Black hard Drive

Original post by ojuice

 

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