Another lovely Autumn day in Santa Fe. In the Morning I delivered my car to Amigo Tires on Cerrillos Road for the mounting of two winter tires in front – my car is a front-wheel drive – while I walked to have breakfast at nearby Counter Culture. I was told that all tires are becoming fatter as a result of the Nascar daddies wanting something that looks like racing tires. Real men, however know that snow tires need to be skinny – see this YouTube clip of racing in the snow. It’s simple, really… the weight per square-inch is much higher on a skinny tire. Add a nice hard edge and you find grip in the snow. Since I couldn’t find a nice year-round tire – all too fat and useless – I decided to do what my dad always did: to buy one-season winter tires for my drive-wheels, and change back to regular tires when Winter ends.
I checked out this article on iPhone apps RE Tokyo, since we will fly there next week.
Globalization: fixed gear bikes in Prague, covered by a blog in Hongkong.
Japanese tea ceremony, Chinese tea, a little history, some Alan Watts:
Buddha in a tea cup.
Composer John Adams has a blog:
John Adams: Hell Mouth: Hocking a Hooey at the Concert
The phenomenon of aggressive throat clearing in public settings is a subject best analyzed by behavioral psychologists. I myself think that much of the barking and hacking one hears at a concert is an unconscious expression of profound psychological discomfort, a discomfort brought on by feeling caught in a confined space with a large number of people all sharing emotions of extreme delicacy.
Travel without moving: photoblog by Jan Chipchase. He calls it
Future Perfect is about the collision of people, society and technology, drawing on issues related to the design research that I conduct in part, on behalf of my employer – Nokia.
I wrote this in answer to Boris comment:
Let’s see, there were 5 downloads in March, 8 in April, 4 in May, 7 in June, 6 in July, 3 in August, 6 in September, 7 in October, and 2 this month… makes 48 downloads so far. That number includes a few FLAC downloads and a couple of AIFFs. But basically, since you started in March you should have downloaded at least 40 mp3s at this point.
The cover I embed in every subscription mp3-file looks like this: (((yes, I liked the pixilated look!!)))
I figure that way all of the songs from this year have the same cover and belong to the same album, which is “Ottmar-Friends Subscription”. I enter “Ottmar Liebert” as the Album Artist and then e.g. “Lava” or “Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra” as the (Song-)Artist – most music cataloguing software seem to be able to differentiate between album-artist and song-artist in that manner.
And while we are there, maybe it’s time to reflect. How do you like this Backstage area so far? Feel free to heap praise and scorn in your comments. Ready? Go!!
The Autumn moon was the only light source for these photos:
This is the clothes line, with a clothes-pin on the left:
Here I just waved the camera at the night sky with the moon…