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Moment of Zen (inspired by Tim's Koans)

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    Friday, October 27, 2006

    Scaredy Jack

    Meet Scaredy Jack. He lacks the steady hand and attention to detail of Jess's jack-o-masterpieces. But mine has eyeballs.

    Scaredy Jack meet Scaredy Cat

    Wednesday, October 25, 2006

    Thunder Noodle vs Drunken Noodle

    Oh man, we found an awesome Thai place last weekend. The restaurant we usually go to has been wearing thin and we've searched high and low for better Thai in the Worcester area. We discovered a fantastic spot in Milford called Mango Thai Cuisine.

    It has a wonderful atmosphere with large intricate mango paintings on the walls. The floral-print booths looked awfully comfy (although with the Saturday crowd we were lucky to get just a regular table). Speaking of tables, their placemats are pretty amusing -- a glossary of Thai herbs with cartoons of dancing children. The staff is super friendly as they dash around in their bright green Mango shirts. And the food, oh the food is just spectacular. I think the Thunder Noodle gives the Drunken Noodle at Bamboo (on Comm Ave) a run for its money.

    Aside from the Thunder / Drunken / Spicy Noodle, I also judge Thai restaurants based on whether they serve fresh spring rolls for an appetizer. I'm not talking the deep fried torpedos packed with wilted cabbage. I mean the light and airy rice paper-wrapped veggies and shrimp. Mango's fresh spring rolls are excellent. We finished off our meal with the mango and sticky rice dessert, an item you don't see on many Thai menus either. The drizzled coconut milk on top was a nice touch. Again, we were mighty impressed.

    If you happen to find yourself wandering down I-495 and you pass Milford and Medway, hop on the Exit 19 off-ramp and hit Mango Thai Cuisine. It's just spectacular.

    Sunday, October 22, 2006

    Nervous Music Podcast 007

    It's time to get Hallowe'eny. I'm bouncing back into my...ahem...monthly routine of podcasting with a selection of spooky tracks. What's really scary is that I'm into my seventh one and the quality still smells like rotting pumpkins. Ah well, trick or treat!

    Nervous Music Podcast 007 (31 min, 36.2 MB)

    Saturday, October 21, 2006

    Your moment of zen for today

    There's just something sublime about a Garfield cartoon with no dialogue.


    Thursday, October 12, 2006

    Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

    I've taken a couple days off from work, and before I step away from the computer for a few days, I must post this wonderful little article from Wikipedia. It's not only a fantastic use of the English language, but the Wikipedia link itself is just one of the coolest URLs out there. What's the dumbest Wikipedia article you've uncovered?

    Sunday, October 01, 2006

    Peering through my window again

    I've mentioned before that I'm no stranger to musical coincidences. Last week was no exception. On three separate occasions during my commute I heard a song on WZBC that I was just listening to the night before. No joke. Three times this happened to me. Monday morning was Coil; Wednesday was Wire; Friday was Yo La Tengo. What can that possibly mean? And on one of my commutes home I heard Moses Allison's (fantastic) "Your Molecular Structure" which I listened to last weekend.

    This is such a strange set of coincidences because generally I've been remiss in my music listenin' lately. This is primarily due to my aging iPod. It's on its last legs. Sadly, it has developed a condition where it seizes up for exactly 2 minutes at random intervals. The music keeps playing, but the controls are frozen, and if the song reaches its end, it won't continue to the next until the 2 minutes pass. Seems like a known bug in the iPod Minis. Not too much I can do about it. I've been living with it for about 6 months now and recently realized it's time for an upgrade.

    The new 80GB iPod arrived at our doorstep a few days ago. Setting it up proved to be a very long process. Moving lots of music over to my laptop, re-ripping CDs in AAC to conserve space, and cleaning up tags took hours and hours and hours. But I'm finally in business. 1,100 albums and over 13,000 songs. Do I need this much on one device? Of course not. But now I can say that half of my collection can fit in my pocket. It's a welcomed upgrade to my 3rd generation iPod which will still join me on my commutes with its trusty FM transmitter. But I'm sure it will be retired as soon as I can get the new one rigged up in the Corolla.

    Hrrmmm...Now I have some serious catching up to do with my collection.