Archive for March, 2011

WoW Done

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

As I sat at home last night, I realized it has been days since I put in any serious WoW time. Being uninterested in joining a serious guild, there’s just not much there for me after getting my primes leveled up to 85. I could spend another 6 months leveling up my private guild, but there’s so much more fruitful endeavors I could engage in. I probably won’t, but at least the time will be free =p

OoooooooK

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

There’s an ad for a beard dye that uses celebrities with salt-and-pepper facial hair. And not as before after people, they leave the commercial they way they came in.

Michelle Shocked @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley 03-28-2010

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The was my first trip to the Jazz Alley, but hardly my first Michelle Shocked show. The Alley is nice, and I thought the food was tasty enough, even if they don’t take Discover =\

I was probably 20th party in the door, but still managed to get the table right in front of Michelle’s mic stand. Ended up sharing the table with 1 guy who said very little and a nice couple from La Conner that had been to the Alley before, but had never seen Michelle.

It was a good show, only a small bit of ‘opening act’-ish stuff from her backup band without her, some of her doing seriously retro stuff solo, then the band and her did 5 pieces to go along with 5 paintings her man has done, Georgia O’Keefe, Amelia Earhart, Ella Fitzgerald, Anne Frank, and Audrey Hepburn. After a short break, she came back to do mid-career favorites, ending the encore with a medley of requests in semi-alphabetically order, even playing Hello Hopeville. I’d like to think it was because I kept asking for it and remembered her introducing Leroy the last time she came to town.

Think it through

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Quite out of character, I posted an ad to Craiglists’ missed connections section. When I made eye contact with the guy driving past, I almost pulled around but was running late for something less important than true love. I knew it was a long shot, but something in those eyes made me figure it was worth a try. Imagine my surprise when I get a response a few days after posting. I suspect something is up when the guy seems really focused on quick sex rather than coffee and conversation, and when he gives me his digits to switch from email to SMS, a quick google reveals he once posted his number to a facebook group for a friend who’d lost their phone, and the profile pic, while hardly high-rez or detailed, shows enough that I can tell this dude is older, fatter, taller and way different skin tone than the guy I saw. Did he really think I wouldn’t notice if we’d met in person? He also lives a good half-hour away by car, so there’s zero chance he was walking around my neighborhood.

Once again, I am amazed at people’s lack of google-awareness in the online dating world. Or perhaps I’m underestimating the desperational willingness to just go along with whatever comes one’s way that is expected out of a CL meet up?

The lesson learned is to turn the car around and say hi next time.

Mild science pun

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Reading the latest science articles releases on EurekAlert, I’m always keeping an eye out for the intentionally amusing titles. Today’s find riffs on The Buggles one-hit, Video skilled the students so far

Har-D-Har-Har =p

Orange bird on a fence in the rain

Sunday, March 27th, 2011
Orange bird on a fence in the rain by Xymon
Orange bird on a fence in the rain, a photo by Xymon on Flickr.

Saturated orange.

Viva Oz Vegas at Triple Door (review)

Friday, March 25th, 2011

So I think I’ve learned to avoid the early show at the Triple Door, at least for something like burlesque; this review covers the 7pm showing on Thursday 3/24/2011.

Food first – I decided to go against habit and tried the evening’s special, a lamb curry that was supposed to be spicy-hot. The portion size for the ‘full’ order was good, and the sauce was a very tasty curry, but not hot at all. The veggies were minimal which wouldn’t have been a bad thing if the meat had tasted fresher/less-game-y. In the end I ate less than half the meat, but all the rice/sauce/veggies I could. It was a disappointing start to the evening.

I was a little put off by the way they started the show with what seemed like at least a half hour of the band singing cover songs. Well, maybe they were singing. Everyone but the drummer looked to be lip-syncing and faking their instruments, but maybe it was just the aural dissonance of seeing such a Johnny-Cash-esque-bass come out of such a small guy. Either way, I was really surprised at how long they kept the stage dancer free. When they did finally bring in dancers, the guy side of the cast was underwhelming to say the least. Usually a Can-Can show is fun for watching both guys and girls, but not this one. The girls did have very realistic showgirl attire, but it was hard not to compare against the Nutcracker show I saw last Christmas, which was much more elaborate in sets and costumes.

Three ladies performed a nice set on the rings, and came back again to perform on hanging ropes during the second half of the show. Which brings me to another WTF moment, getting back to my seat after intermission, looking at the clock and seeing 8:16, when the show is supposed to be over by 8:30. And it was over by 8:40, so they did a 10 minute intermission before a 20 minute set? I have to assume the balance of musical and dancing numbers is better during a late show. And I also assume that in the late show you see more skin; you got a brief peak at “Marilyn’s” covered nipples at the end of the 1st half of the show. There seemed to be a lot of missed lighting cues during the entire evening.

Frankly I was underwhelmed. I expected more out of a Can-Can show on the Triple Door stage. Don’t get me wrong, I think all the performers put in a good effort with the material they were working from, but it seemed like a half-hearted attempt on the part of the director. It could be just an effect of cutting down the 10pm show for time and age (I notice the 7pm show is listed as just 17+), but still seemed like they could have done better. I was also confused by how comparatively gay/bi unfriendly the show was for something with a Wizard of Oz theme, and seemed very out of character for the Can Can shows I’ve seen before. I don’t me unfriendly in the sense that they did gay-bashing-jokes, but rather in a if-you-are-gay-dont-bother-coming-nothing-to-see sort of way.

And to the Triple Door itself, this marks the second time I’ve been recently where I felt like the service level has declined noticeably. They did at least take my drink order this time, but it took 20 minutes to arrive, on a night where they weren’t anywhere near capacity. And I found it really skeazy that when they found out I hadn’t come up with a date for my second ticket, they tried to sell my second seat to someone, without planning on giving me my money back. I can live with a no-refunds policy, but if I paid for two seats, but come alone, as far as I’m concerned I paid for a $20 coat check that I can keep an eye on. Certainly not without at least asking me if I mind some stranger sharing my table, ON MY DIME, while you take their money as well.

I think the biggest lesson learned is that there’s a difference between “can can presents” and “the can can castaways present”. I will be paying closer attention next time.

Squeaking at last.fm

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

As annoying as the windows-version last.fm scrobbler’s behavior can be, I have to say I’m impressed with the professionalism of their staff. In frustration and the complete and utter uselessness of their support forums, where moderators mark threads “FIXED” even has dozens of people are responding that the ‘solution’ doesn’t work, I went and wrote an angry email to every email address I could find for the place, especially the ones that specifically ask you not to use them for support requests. As hoped for, being the squeaky wheel got me a response where the forums were silent. It wasn’t a particularly helpful response, being the same assume-you-are-an-idiot-who-has-never-used-a-computer-solution every tech supporter tries first, “did you reinstall the product?” We shall see if they can come up with a useful second suggestion….

I will blame the iPad 2

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I dunno if that’s the real reason that AT&T’s 3G network is down in Seattle today, but it seems like an easy scapegoat to shoot for. I’ve been on the phone with AT&T wireless tech support for 26 mins so far, and only within the last 4 minutes, after making me wipe all my settings, did Karen ‘Corts’ bother to look up the status of the wireless network in Seattle and find out that it was known to be down since 8:51am this morning. Thanks a whole frackin lot. And it’s expected to be down until at least 5pm today. But let’s waste a half hour of your life first just to make sure you’re extra pissed we’re buying up t-mobile and will screw them up too.

KISS and Paul Lynde

Monday, March 21st, 2011

How did I manage to live through the ’70s and not notice that KISS and Paul Lynde did a Halloween special, with special guests like Witchy Poo and Florence Henderson?