28 January 2009


There's a website I check daily called graphjam.com. It's a collection of pop-culture graphs, all funny, or attempting to be. I made a few graphs the other day, and one of them is now listed on the site:

Demographic Breakdown of Miley Cyrus Fans
more music charts

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20 January 2009

two things

1: I listened to the swearing in of our new President and Vice-President today. I'm very proud of them, and proud of us. Tonight, some friends will be coming over, and we'll watch the speeches and such.

2: I've been seeing a lot of 'Yes We Did' messages, and while I understand the sentiment, I think it's a little inappropriate. We did elect Obama, a man who is breaking barriers faster than we can erect them, but there's still so much to do. 'Yes We Did' suggests that our mission is accomplished, that electing a black man somehow fixes all of our problems. We've got a lot of work ahead of us, and it's only through working together that we can get through it. So, I'm glad that we have President Obama and that we are saying goodbye to President Bush, but I'm anxious to get started on the road to recovery. With good leadership in Washington, we can do this! Yes we can!

19 January 2009

A nice weekend, and a nice day down

Sarah's just begun her third week on the set of 'My Name is Earl.' She's enjoying the work, though the days are long. As a testament to that, we blew her entire first week's paycheck on shoes. If she's going to spend 14+ hours a day on her feet, she needs multiple pairs of shoes so that her feet don't explode.

On Friday, I took the subway up to Van Nuys and met her at the end of her day. She picked me up at the train station and took me back to the set for a beer with some of the crew. I met a bunch of good folk, most of whose name I've promptly forgotten. I'm looking forward to meeting them again so that I won't forget them again.

On Saturday, we went to the Getty Museum, which was more magnificent than I had expected. It's a series of beautiful white buildings on top of a mountain in west LA. There are beautiful gardens, lots of water tables, and some great art. We only spent a few hours there, but we'll certainly be back sometime soon. After the Getty, we went down to LB to meet our friend Deborah, who was in town from NY to visit her folks. David & Susan had us over for dinner with Deborah. Sarah left early (she was pooped), but I stayed for drinks and good conversation afterwards, in which I used the phrase 'Abrahamic religion,' which made me sound smart.

Sunday morning was loungy. Sarah caught up on her sleep, and I accompanied her. We had breakfast and set out to do some errands (including the shoe purchase). We tried yet another pizza place (good, not great), and turned in sometime around 10.30 (lights out at around 11.30).

Sarah was up at 5am to head to work this morning. I got up when she did, had a run and some exercise, worked from home until rush hour died, and then went into the U. I'm here now, having done my errands. I'm waiting for some data to copy before I go home to work, clean, and beat the rush hour.

Tomorrow is the big day! I'm having people over in the evening to watch President Elect become President Obama. We'll be working during the day, so I'll be recording it. Please don't tell me how it ends!

07 January 2009

Tonight at the Grammy Museum

Tonight, my friend Chris and I went to an event at The Grammy Museum. Last summer, I was asked to join the museum's Educational Advisory Committee, a group made up of local music (and music-related) educators. Due to my schedule, I've only been able to attend one meeting (and not even the opening events in December), so when I got the invitation to attend tonight's talk, I jumped. It was called The Making of the Grammy Museum, and was basically a panel discussion with the major fundraisers and creative minds of the museum. It was a real treat to listen to the panel discuss how the museum came to be, but the best part was that after the panel was done, we got to check out part of the museum. The section that we saw was a temporary exhibit called 'Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom,' which is about protest and political music in America. The music ranged from Francis Scott Key's 'The Star-Spangled Banner' to Eminem's 'Mosh,' and featured a number of instruments that once belonged to key political & protest musicians, including Woody Guthrie, Odetta, and Pete Seeger. What a treat!

In other news, Sarah just finished her second day on the set of My Name is Earl. The days are long, but it sounds like she's really enjoying it. She calls when she's on her way home from work. Tonight, that was at 9.30. Her call this morning was 6am.