shit. i have yet to meet my new downstairs neighbors but i already hate them. not only did the spend a bunch of money to make their kitchen look great but more disturbingly they are playing some bass heavy music in their living room which is below my bedroom. ive heard more music in the last hour than i have in the last 10 years. this will not end well. anybody know where i can sign up for a clog dancing class?

happy hobbit day
They cannot even agree on what to call it. There are at least five terms for kale, and the technical name, chou frisé non-pommé, translates unappetizingly as “curly headless cabbage.”
The image of the trumpeter that appeared on the front of so many Jazz at the Philharmonic albums, adverts for Clef and the JATP, the centre of 78-rpm as well as long playing records was drawn and painted by David Stone Martin – it is arguably the most iconic image in jazz.

Recent movies I like: The Way, Way Back; Short Term 12; Blue Jasmine; We're The Millers; Star Trek; Elysium; The Wolverine; The Heat; The Spectacular Now; The World's End.


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Curiosity led photographer James Friedman to cut into his collection of golf balls to see what the cores looked like. To his surprise, he discovered that each golf ball contained a unique interiority, revealing elegant formal qualities and inspiring Friedman to become more enthusiastic about the possibilities of abstraction in his photography, especially as a corollary to his documentary work. His series, entitled Interior Design, captures these surprisingly colorful and distinctive golf ball guts, displaying the inner beauty contained within their homogenized white forms. Friedman has been fascinated with photography since he took his first self-portrait at 5 years old. He does not play golf.

Grateful Dead 2 are DEAD......Furthur announced they are calling it quits this year.

Phil and Friends will go on at his club Terripan Station and maybe Bob will with Rat Dog at his club too....

While I still predict a 50th annoversario tour or shows of The Other Ones with the drummers in 2015, it does look like its winding down finally...

Quess I should try to make the show on Weds next week in Eugene.....

i would like to thank the universe for balancing out my unnecessary purchase of an $20 popcorn maker by giving me $20 of free groceries courtesy of a very confused or perhaps angry at the world fresh direct warehouse drone. admitedly my last jar of hoisin sauce mostly got old and crusty in the fridge before i threw it away but that double order of deli roast beef will quickly find a home in my stomach before moving on  to ultimately greener pastures. and how did they know i threw away a jar of honey not two days ago? only the even stevens up in the sky know the answer and i wont add to their workload to query them as i am sure they are woefully understaffed.

i've been on a hunt for granola i actually like. finally, hammer and tuffy's! i've got the banana bread blend, which doesn't seem to be for sale online, and while probably no one orders granola online, it's worth it. i've tried making it myself, but not the best results.

did not realize fox had leapt into the breach that is the fall tv season. cant recall one show that i heard about that i am eager to see on the major networks although i was curious about andy sambergs new sitcom brooklyn nine-nine. the reviews seem positive so i will check it out although i think i missed the premiere tonight.

seinfeld is reteaming with buddy keith hernandez in the booth tonight giving me the first reason to tune in for a couple of minutes to a mets game since 2007. if only hed show up for the jets games id have something to look forward to during those games for a few minutes.

stupid greedy fuckers. amc is splitting the final season of mad men into two seven episode seasons, seven in 2014 and seven in 2015 because its been a ratings boon for breaking bad to end that way. but breaking bad had two eight episode seasons. for the math challenged among us, thats two more episodes. and they are making viewers wait an entire year. i could see a spring/fall split. but an entire year is just dragging it out.

hot air popcorn just not as good as greasy oil based popcorn. did i mention i bought a cheap hot air popper? to be fair, i had no butter, and salt doesnt cling to oilless, butterless popcorn. 

Hemingway burger

champions league starts today, people! thats right, the top thirty two teams from leagues all around europe begin the group phase today. eight groups with four teams a piece, each team in a group plays the other three home and away with the top two teams advancing to the knock out round which begins in february. and by next may, boom, a new champion is crowned. so dont get too excited or that enthusiasm will be peter out when youll really need it. and with the world cup fast on its heels next summer, well, you are likely to be wrung dry come next september when the cycle begins anew.

so what do we recall from last year? that the two top german teams, bayern munich and borussia dortmund roundly defeated the two top spanish sides, barcelona and real madrid in the semifinals. strangely three of those four teams have new coaches which speaks to the topsy-turvy nature of the game and the ridiculous expectations of the top teams. as it is one was let go because of advancing age (and the prospect of hiring a sought after coach), one was a cancer on his club despite his success and the other had cancer and resigned.

outside of those four teams there is the quartet of english clubs: chelsea, manchester city, manchester united and arsenal. that is probably the order most would suggest in terms of liklihood of success, though again, three of them have a new coach for a variety of reasons.   

teams outside those eight with any reasonable chance are athletico madrid from spain and paris saint-germain from france. psg are new to top flight competition (though the made it to the quarterfinal of the champions league last year) having been recently bought out by an ownership group that is splashing around big money while athletico fall into the category of savvy management putting together a team that compete with the big boys for a limited go round.

oh shit, i forgot italy. juventus and napoli are both in the mix with ac milan in the second tier. i havent actually watched any of the german or italian teams outside of bayern munich this year owing to the vagaries of broadcast rights but juve won the italian league last year going away and are rated among the top eight teams in europe.

even though im kind of partial to barcelona id wouldnt mind seeing dortmund win. they play an uptempo style and are not considered one of the giants of europe. at the moment they have a good coach who has been able to cobble together a squad that for now has managed to fend off the big money teams from coming in and picking them clean.

so 245 today and tomorrow is kickoff time. fox has the rights to the champions league, but in losing the english premier league to nbc they have folded their soccer coverage into the newly minted fox sports 1. today's primary game pits manchester united against bayer leverkusen about whom i know nothing except they are the third best team in germany which counts for something. the matchup of the week is tomorrow with napoli facing off against borussia dortmund.

if anybody is still reading here are the eight groups with group f considered the most difficult.

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Just back from curious night for Michelle bday.....

Went to Alder on early shift,,6;00  (made res pretty late last week so...)  Certainly heard lots of different things abt it...all pretty good, but some disenters here an there... Anyway, had couple cocktails which never usually get, but these were great...Red Zeppelin was one with crazy combo of sumac and paprika powdering rim with gin and strawberry juice inside...awesome, great texture combo..  Other was called-- Dr. Daves Script Pad-- w rye, amaro and smoked maple as operative forces.  This was like amped up dark and stormy frankly, happily bringing back thoughts of RI.  Then from small plate type stuff got  Pigs in Blanket, cool chinese sausage in great lite crust with spicy stuff all around...coulda ate 40...Sun Gold Tomatoes w crab was only under whelmer..just not enough spark, but good clean flavor, must admit...Then had Clam Chowder...fuckin killed...Really impressive depth while being sort of light bodied..not mention those crazy freeze dried(?) oyster "crackers"  They split one order for us, was perfect...Oh, yeah, then in the middle of these a woman (manager turns out) comes over an says.."Here is the Foie Gras terrine on the house, I'm a big fan of your work"...???  I'm like huh,,,? oh great she thinks I'm that fucking actor again....But no, in fact we learn she used to work in galleries,,Boesky for one..(didnt go into that in depth tho)..Pretty nice, must say...Then we went for Fish and Chips which were great... not much of a twist at work powdered malt was cool in this....,And then the truly nuttiest awesome thing...Rye Pasta with Pastrami....This is a complete revelation of a dish...utterly unprecedented I'd say, tho not for everyone evidently,( like who cares?)..Really does taste like Katz's turned into pasta,,,except pastrami better here..Unexpected harmony of mustard and pasta....a new classic.  Had bottle of Irouleguy Rouge fr Ilarria...She brought over decanted which I said was nice to see and she said..."Oh thats Dewey's influence, he insists on it." Of course he doesn't exactly work there but,,,,, so we got to quip about him a bit....Finally had Rootbeer Pudding w smoked Cashews...genius...mellower execution of rootbeer/pretzel item I had at Momofuko Ko while ago, but amazing......Like, I'd go back here...and will.

So as we were finishing got text from gallery dude I know asking if we want to go hear a La Monte Young performance at his place in Tribeca...So yeah, sure, headed down there got on line, went up stairs, paid, took off shoes, sat on carpet, breathed ton of incense, staired at psych projections on wall while electro-drone played....waited.......Eventually Mr Young, and two woman emerged from hall and sang over drone for abt two hrs....long but great...

Cool to know these things still going on in NYC...



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