Archive for March, 2008

Nine Inch Nails 2008 Confirmed Tour Dates

Posted in music with tags , , on March 27, 2008 by Kerin

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27 march 2008: we are coming!

Lots going on in the world of nine inch nails…
Confirming a very poorly kept secret, the band has been reformed (details coming!) and we are about to embark on an extensive tour. The first wave of dates I can mention at this time appear below. Many more to come! See you soon.

July 25 Pemberton BC Pemberton Festival
July 26 Seattle WA Key Arena at Seattle Center
July 28 Edmonton ALB Rexall Place
July 29 Calgary ALB Pengrowth Saddledome
July 31 Winnipeg MAN MTS Centre
August 2 Minneapolis MN Target Center
August 5 Toronto ONT Air Canada Centre
August 7 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena
August 8 Worcester MA DCU Center
August 12 Knoxville TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
August 13 Duluth GA Gwinnett Arena
August 15 Oklahoma City OK Ford Center
August 16 Houston TX Toyota Center
August 18 Dallas TX American Airlines Center
August 20 Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center
August 22 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena
August 23 Auburn Hills MI Palace of Auburn Hills
August 27 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center
August 29 Philadelphia PA Wachovia Center
August 31 Lexington KY Rupp Arena
September 2 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 3 Salt Lake City UT The E Center Of West Valley
September 5 Oakland CA Oracle Arena (formerly Oakland Arena)
September 6 Inglewood CA The Forum

posted by Trent Reznor at 2:34 PM pst, from los angeles, on nin.com.

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I Just Want Something I Can Never Have

Posted in art, want with tags on March 26, 2008 by Kerin

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Sale 15788 – Vision 21, 16 Apr 2008
Knightsbridge

Lot No: 358AR

Banksy (British, born 1975)
‘Laugh Now’
stencil spray paint on board
91 x 64cm (35 13/16 x 25 3/16in).

Estimate: £50,000 – 70,000

Dreaming of Bahn Mi

Posted in food & drink with tags , on March 25, 2008 by Kerin

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Banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich made with a French-inspired baguette, small slices of pickled carrots, daikon, onions, cilantro, and choice of meat or tofu/wheat meat. The contrasting flavors and textures of the sandwich make it a popular item.

The sandwich can be found in small banh mi shops in Vietnamese American communities such as Little Saigon in San Diego, Houston, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

The ingredients in a Vietnamese sandwich vary most notably in their meat selections. The most common varieties are bánh mì gà made with chicken, bánh mì bì made with shredded pork and roasted rice powder, bánh mì thit nuong made with barbecued pork, and bánh mì xíu mai made with crushed pork meatballs. Also available is bánh mì chay, a vegetarian option, usually made with tofu or wheat meat.

Goddammit. I’m STARVING!

Cool Wood Toys

Posted in art, cool with tags , on March 23, 2008 by Kerin

While doing some late night web trolling, I came across these super cute wood toys:

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Aren’t they sweet? The artist, Takeji Nakagawa (aka Take-G), is from Japan and hand-makes these one-of-a-kind little guys by combining his love of robots with the traditional woodcraft process of Yosegi-Mokuzougan (or joined wooden block construction). His approach to art reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s approach to architecture in that both of them are very in-tune with nature and use it both as inspiration and a source for materials.

Check out the barrel vaulted ceiling in FLW’s Home & Studio – doesn’t it have the same kind of feel?

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Maybe it’s all the different types of wood. Take-G uses four in his creations – keyaki (a Japanese tree of the genus Zelkova), teak, walnut and white ash (my use of the word “genus” should indicate that I’m leaning heavily on a bio) – and avoids man-made materials at all costs. He explains it like this:

I often get asked “Why do you make robots with wood?” I don’t really have an exact answer for it but I often relate my robots with ‘future’.

What do you relate future with? ? Cities full of metals, glasses and plastics in a SF movie???
What we really want is not that kind of future but one full of trees and something more natural. I don’t think humans can live without trees no matter what advances technology makes.

When I think of ‘future’, I cannot help thinking of ‘past’ at the same time. Trees take long time (tens and hundreds years) to grow and show us their beauty (the product of their past). I think that I have responsibilities as a craftsman and an artist of breathing new life into these trees. I have a job to link 100 years in the past and 100 years in the future through my work. This is my values toward my work.

Cool, huh? I think so. You can find out more about the artist at his site (it’s in Japanese):

Click on “crafts” to see more of his original pieces. Oh! He also sells his stuff, although the only things you can purchase online are his pre-fabbed blocks and zoo animals, which are also neat and run from $36 – $345. You’ll have to contact him directly if you’re interested in anything else as he insists that people view his pieces in person rather than through photos before buying. I hear Japan is beautiful in the spring…

Helpful Suggestion #1

Posted in life, suggestions with tags on March 16, 2008 by Kerin

Stolen from a friend’s blog:

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How To Be Happy

Today I recognized one of the reasons why I’m a generally happy individual: little things please me. The minute, mundane accomplishments of life fill me with contentment.

An example: every Tuesday morning is when we have to put out our garbage, our recycling box, recyclable plastics (a separate bag), and any garden waste that we don’t compost (another separate bag). When I come home after work and see that empty box and that empty compost bag by the door, I feel exceedingly pleased. I actually smile. Success, I think. Result. Tick in the box. Another minor task completed.

They Say It’s My Birthday…

Posted in life with tags on March 10, 2008 by Kerin

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So, I’m 38. What now?

While I ponder that, check out this cool organization: http://www.conservationafrica.net/

New Nine Inch Nails!

Posted in music with tags , on March 3, 2008 by Kerin

OMG! OMG! OMG! It’s a brand new album!

From the LA Times:

Nine Inch Nails album released to Web

Nin_300 About 6 p.m. PST on Sunday, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor released a 36-song instrumental collection, “Ghosts I-IV,” direct to the Internet via his official website. The album is available at a number of pricing options, beginning with a free sampling of nine of the songs.

All 36 cuts can be had for as low as $5 (download), or for as high as $300, a signed limited-edition set that will ship in May (pictured). There’s also a $10 double-disc CD set, which includes a 16-page booklet and ships on April 8, or a $75 package that includes two discs, a DVD and a deluxe book.

Four hours after launch, site traffic appeared to prevent me from purchasing any of the options, as the site would fail to load when attempting to check out. However, “Ghosts I-IV” is also available via Amazon.com for $5, which downloaded without any hiccups. Reznor utilized TuneCore to deliver the album to Amazon.

This is how Reznor describes the album, the result of a 10-week musical experiment, on his site: “I’ve been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn’t have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective — dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I’m very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts.”

It’s long been expected that Reznor would be the next high-profile artist to follow Radiohead‘s pay-what-you-will, variable pricing model, which the band utilized in October of last year for “In Rainbows.”

Reznor, in fact, has already experimented with the model. Last year, Reznor collaborated with Saul Williams, and released the album, “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust,” online in November, allowing fans to freely download it or pay $5 for a higher quality version. Initial stats released by Reznor revealed that about 80% fans opted not to pay for the album. Radiohead and its management have refused to release any numbers.

Billboard.com is already reporting that “Ghosts I-IV” will receive a traditional retail release on April 8 via Red Distribution. Owned by Sony BMG, Red distributes a number of independent labels, including ATO Records, which released Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” on Jan. 1.

All info found here: http://ghosts.nin.com/
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