Good press.

SemiBold #10 received a great review from Aj Michel at Syndicate Product.

“it is inspiring how Kathy took charge of all the detritus of treating her Crohn’s Disease, with help from her incredibly supportive family and friends. I don’t know if I could go through what she did without just wanting to give up.”

Trust me, there were many days when I DID want to give up. But somehow I made it through.

Thanks, Aj!

Good press.

“it’s always more fun when nobody dies.” – James Murphy

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Last night my friend Rachel and I went to Milwaukee to see LCD Soundsystem at The Rave/Eagles Club. It was AMAZING. Totally worth the two-hour drive and the McDonald’s dinner beforehand. And the $25 parking.

This club looks like an old WWII-era ballroom, it’s in really good condition. They have two concert spaces and there was a band called “Five Finger Death Punch” playing in the smaller space, which seemed to account for the high percentage of metalheads hanging around. I didn’t think LCD had a large metal fanbase, but I thought, “Well hey, it’s Milwaukee, who knows?” But once inside the theater we sorted ourselves into the appropriate subcategories: metalheads to the left, hipsters to the right.

Rachel and I had spent the extra ten bucks on “VIP Balcony” tickets, not really knowing what that would mean because neither of us had been there before, but ten bucks, who cares, right? It turned out to be a GREAT investment, because we had seats in the front row of the balcony. A perfect view, even if we weren’t right up front. (Which was the right idea, with all the crowd-surfing going on later.) I think it was getting pretty suffocated up there, too — a couple of times James asked everyone to move back to ease up on the people in the front. Which is when he said, “It’s always more fun when nobody dies.” Indeed.

They played about everything I could’ve hoped for (aside from playing their entire recorded catalog), opening with “Dance Yrself Clean” (a perfect show-opening song, starting off so slow and quiet and then halfway through exploding into colossal beats).

Also on the set list, but not necessarily in this order:
Drunk Girls
Get Innocuous!
Daft Punk is Playing at My House
Tribulations
All My Friends
Yeah!
I Can Change
You Wanted a Hit
Yr City’s a Sucker
Someone Great
Losing My Edge
Home

I may be forgetting one or two. The only thing really missing for me was “North American Scum.”

I shot about five minutes of video during “Yeah,” because it was SO epic, but the sound is really blown out so it’s hard to listen to. Ah well. I got a few halfway decent pictures, but we were too far away to get anything really good.

More photos at flickr.

“it’s always more fun when nobody dies.” – James Murphy

Nickels & Dimes

I was thinking about buying tickets for Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and then when I looked up the ticket price it made it a lot easier to say no.

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Not because it’s expensive, because it’s NOT. God knows I’ve paid 5 or 6 times that much for other shows. But all the stupid separate fees listed totally annoyed me.

I don’t need to know all the breakdown. Just tell me, “Tickets are $35.25.” It’s not like I have the option not to pay any of those charges, except the mailing fee. I’m curious what the “Charity Fee” might be, even though there isn’t one.

Nickels & Dimes

2010 Reading List Update

Currently reading:
The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney
American Tabloid by James Ellroy
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by Nicholson Baker

Read:
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Home by Marilynne Robinson
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (re-read)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Ravens by George Dawes Green
Fear and Loathing in America: The Gonzo Letters, Volume II 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser
Dr. Hackenbush Gets a Job by Ginger Mayerson
Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson (re-read)
Last Words by George Carlin with Tony Hendra
Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (re-read)
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins (re-read)
You Are There by Jean-Claude Forest and Jacques Tardi
The Chicago of Europe and Other Tales of Foreign Travel by Mark Twain
Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

2010 Reading List Update

Apple-picking

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A whole caravan of us (14, including the kids) drove out to Poplar Grove (in the wilds of northern Illinois) to pick apples and drink cider, eat donuts, pet animals and ride ponies. It took FOR DAMN EVER to get there, because of course there was road construction going on. We ended up on a detour that took a little longer but the scenery was beautiful – trees in full autumn color, and flocks of Canadian geese migrating south in V-formation.

More photos here.

Apple-picking

Headless Fat

I was just in the lunchroom heating my soup, and the channel 9 news was on TV. They were doing a story about how it is apparently bad to be fat. (I couldn’t hear the specifics of the story, I was too far away from the TV, but it probably doesn’t matter.)

Anyway, they were using the obligatory footage of fat people walking around, making their way in the world, but “mercifully” cropping their heads off. As a fat person I find that so dehumanizing and humiliating it makes my teeth clench. I also wait in horror for the moment that I recognize myself among the headless fat.

What purpose does this serve, besides making people feel shitty about themselves? It also makes the automatic assumption that these people are or should be ashamed of themselves for how they look, and the news is doing them a favor by hiding their identities. I understand, it’s television, there has to be a picture on the screen while they tell you whatever the latest finding is about how being fat is terrible and epidemic, but there’s got to be a better alternative.

Headless Fat

My reading list.

I like to keep a list of what books I’ve read during the year. I’ll update it as I finish books, or start new ones.

Books I’m currently reading:
The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

What I’ve already read:
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Home by Marilynne Robinson
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (re-read)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Ravens by George Dawes Green
Fear and Loathing in America: The Gonzo Letters, Volume II 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser
Dr. Hackenbush Gets a Job by Ginger Mayerson
Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson (re-read)
Last Words by George Carlin with Tony Hendra
Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (re-read)
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins (re-read)
You Are There by Jean-Claude Forest and Jacques Tardi
The Chicago of Europe and Other Tales of Foreign Travel by Mark Twain
Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky

My reading list.