A friend of mine emailed me that The Strokes' drummer's band is playing at Berbati's. I didn't think too much of it as I've never been a huge fan but decided to go the day of. I am hella glad I went. It was an awesome trio of bands playing. Unfortunately the crowd wasn't as big as it should have been for such good music. Little Joy did notice as they did not give us an encore. Though the people that were there shook and grooved and enjoyed the upbeat tunes. Maybe it's the snow scare that has kept people in but their loss, I for one am incredibly glad I went.
I want to prefix this with a little context. This is meant to be a farewell and thank you to Gentoo, the developers, maintainers and community who have made my Linux experience enjoyable for five years over multiple machines. I know many will see me as just another person jumping ship from Gentoo and going to the Ubuntu bandwagon but I felt the need to write my thoughts down to explain why I happily used Gentoo for so long and why it does not suit my needs any longer.
There is something so satisfying of hearing bottles smash into one another. Throwing bottles into the recycling bin and hearing the glass crash with painful sounds feels excruciating and yet there is an immense sense of gratification. The high pitch sends chills down my spine but a quarter inch of plastic provides a shield, so the game continues a bottle at a time. Jack, seasonal ale, cheap vodka only the size of the bottle matters now. Once done I leave with sticky hands and wait for the next drink to enjoy from beginning to end.
Ty mentioned the other day the movie Yes Man and today he went on to talk about how he is trying to cut back the number of times he refers to himself by saying 'I'. You know, "I am going to...", "I want...", etc. Two-and-two came together and the conversation when on to what it would be like to completely give up self reference for a while. In the age of social network profiles, blogs and digital property rights this sounds like quite a challenge. Indeed it is. In this post alone it has been quite hard to not do it -- in fact several re-reads and edits have had to happen.
It isn't impossible; it shouldn't be. Everything has to be in the context of something else or something larger. Some examples:
The real beginning... http://www.robotfairytales.com.
Plane rides are great. I am forced to sit and think and read and write for fifteen hours. Tho I highly regret watching Made of Honor.
This is my third draft of my response to a question a friend posed to me. After this draft I will be posting it on my main website:
Before I left on a four day backpacking trip I was asked why I would do something so disconnected from my normal life. Wouldn't I be bored? I know those of us who backpack and hike might scoff at the question but if you think about it, how would you answer it? The answer was not obvious to me; I copped out and just said it is an indescribable experience. I asked Mark the same question while on trail. Even Mark "Survivorman" Buckner wasn't sure what to say. After a second he decided to go with the standard reasons: exercise, peace and quiet.
I'm going to start putting pictures that I take around town in my gallery.
Sondre returns to Portland and I was definitely juiced to catch him a second time around. I kept telling people he is one of the best stage performers I have seen in concert and he did not disappoint. There are several reasons to go see a band play live. Definitely feeling the energy and hearing the raw sound (instead of the precise recording) is a big part of it, but one of the other things you can't get off an album is the personality and audience interaction -- especially at a smaller venue such as Doug Fir Lounge. This is where Sondre absolutely shines.