Blueberry Colada

May 31, 2009

Well, my new food and drink blog has launched. I’ll be posting a recipe on Mondays, a cocktail on Wednesdays, and a restaurant review on Fridays. In between, I’ll have any posts on other (usually supporting) subjects. It is at .


new blog a commin

May 27, 2009

Well, in the tradition of spreading my resources thinner, I’m a starting a new blog. (This would be the one I mentioned a while back) there were two yeas and one nay, and really, unless the nay sayers are unanimous, it is probably best to just ignore them. More on this when I’ve made my first post over there.

meta blog blog

May 20, 2009

Those of you who have friended me on facebook may know that I’ve been posting assorted drink recipes there. I’ve been playing with the idea of doing writer’s reviews of various restaurants around bloomington as well.(As in, how good of a place are they to go and write.

I’m trying to decide if I should fold all of that into this blog or to start a focused blog for assorted food based subjects.

books and cocktails

May 16, 2009

I bought The da Vinci Code Foucault’s Pendulum and Kill Dr. Lucky today!

Been playing with mixing drinks again, here’s the best of the current set.

1 part 4X Berry Blast Koolaid mix (1 packet of mix in 2 cups of water.
2 parts simple syrup
2 parts pulpy orange juice
2 parts coconut rum.

Put the Ice in a class.
Add rum
Pour Orange juice over the ice (or a spoon) so it floats on the rum.
Mix the koolaid and the simple syrup and pour that over the ice cubes or a spoon.
Swirl to taste.

Pantree Owl Concert 3

May 16, 2009

Pantree Owl only started 2/3rds an hour late this time. An improvement… (I’m writing this after the concert. I transcribed from my notes my post about the one a couple of weeks ago during the concert.
Setup started 20 minutes late again, though they were quite early this time, at least compared to the revised starting time. Of course I rushed across town to get here for the original time, so I was even more quite early. (I’ll probably post my second review later tonight, some time after I finish my third review. (so when I twit them about lateness, grain of salt, though I don’t announce the times of my reviews, nor do I, as a reviewer, actually have an audience. This would be the Eric Burns difference between a hobby and something more. Keep in mind, regardless of this one major flaw, they kick ass.)

Okay, 2 members are gone at the moment, the two strings players, so it is just drums, keyboard, and Papania’s voice. I still want to hire them to play my front room in my mansion some day. (Plus strings would be better, but not necessary.)

Started very late again. *edit to depersonalize a criticism*(A friend of mine defended them because of how young they are, but really, no. If you are making commitments, you do your damnedest to keep them because that is what you do (plus it is best practices for people who want to build an audience and who want a reputation as reliable people for various venues.)

That said.
Almost as awesome as last time. Still worth my while to have rushed across town to wait extra long for them to play.

There is this piece where they record some sounds created with items they collect in the venue (a pair of beer bottles and some other stuff) that is beautiful. (i’ll find a name for it eventually.)
*edit* the song where they record stuff that gets looped and turned into background is called <u> Horse Song </u> Thanks Jenny (their manager)

Pantree Owl Concert 2

May 16, 2009

Pantree Owl Take 2
Last time I wrote about them, the band was unencumbered by such accutriements as a name. Some day I want to hear them in a (mostly) accoustic setting, but then, that is one of my particular oddities. Their sound was just right last time in Rhinos (where I was in the very back as far from the speakers as it was possible to be)

That said, their music was awesome. There were some electronic effects included that are why I don’t want an entirely accoustic…

Oh my gods, Star Trek Trailer on o e of the TVs…
er sorry.
first one I’ve seen…

show from them.

So the music was incredible. I want a CD…
The professionalism…

Start time was 9:00

The Band? Didn’t show until 9:20.

Setup and sound check? About 30 minutes, a little more.
First, and least concequential, they need to trim at least 20 minutes from their setup and their soundcheck or have a member engage the audience during that portion of the “show”.
On a related matter, since you have to know how long the setup portion takes, you should always take that into account when planning a gig. If it takes 30 minutes to start playing, you need to show up a little more than thirty minutes early.

Now to the important part.
Show up.
On Time.

Even if only memeber of a band can do so, get someone there when the band is supposed to be there. It is much more likely to convince a venue’s owner to risk a second show by you in the future. It also keeps your fans and almost fans from becoming disgruntled were fans and were almost fans.

Given what I said about setup time, you really want your band to be at least 5-10 minutes early (not early to your play time, early to how much setup time you need to make your start time.) Not everyone needs to be there 10 minutes before hand, but your manager and or your sound tech? Definately should be there early.

Band overall? C or so.

Just to be clear. They played a 45 minute set that started at least 50 minutes late. It is their second show, so hopefully they will take the lessons learned from this one to heart. They shoule be providing an event experience that does their incredible music justice. Technical proficiency and aesthetic excellence are important or even essential. But. For an artist to ever be any better than okay, they must be reliable. The flighty unreliable artist myth is jsut that, a way to ensure that you never have to be more than second string. (Both of my parents are to one degree or another, professional artists. I have little patience for artists who don’t produce. It is why I make no claims to art.)


April 27, 2009

So, I bought a lawn mower. And mowed the lawn. I also got my compost heap transfered from the bucket of doom to an actual outdoor pile. It smells pretty bad (thanks bucket of doom…) but hopefully a couple of days in the outdoors not made half of organic matter and half of water will take care of that. I do need to get some sort of metal fencing to surround it and keep it constrained. Also did laundry. Matt was doing his, so I tagged along and ran everything that I own that needed any cleaning.

We have a hose. Need another. I’m trying to decide on how much I am willing to pay for a grill. Also need some lawn furniture and indoor shelving.

I’m going to read Mouse Guard soonish. I want to recommend it (or not) as a comic and or game for a friend who needs such things. As it stands currently it looks like the Redwall books but less morally objectionable and stupid. (The game is supposed to be an incredible introduction to role playing and such for littleish kids.)

I’m obsessing over a gazebo. I have the cash for it, but then I wouldn’t be able to do anything else. It would be awesome to have some summer gazebo parties, but I can buy lawn furnature or a gazebo, not both. And probably I shouldn’t buy either.

I read Dresden 11 the day it came out. Now I want Dresden 12… I have some mutters about this book, but none that aren’t spoilers and none that matter. Mostly things I wanted to have happen not things that he did wrong. Morgan and Molly are incredible together. Harry might be getting over one of his cases of the stupids. Thomas!

As much as this is false, I want another Mab book. (I don’t want a mab book, but I want a mab book.

Work still sucks. I want to work where I can wear decent clothing. I need something that pays enough that I don’t have to anguish over the gazebo.

FMLA is going smashingly. But without any actual smashing.


April 16, 2009

Remember. If someone invites you to a teabagging party, there are two groups of people who will be there. Tea baggers and tea baggees. If you go to one of Glen Beck’s parties, check your income statements. If you made more than 250,000 dollars, you are a tea bagger, if you made less than that, then you are a tea baggee. While neither position really appeals to me, keep that in mind before you put yoursellf in a situation where tea bagging is an expected activity.


April 12, 2009

Happy Zombie Jesus Day, wherein Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried, and on the third day, he arose again in fulfillment of the scriptures, to overshadow local rites, pass out chocolate bunnies, and eat your tasty tasty brains. Gir Arrgh An acquaintance of mine was complaining about the zjd jokes, how those who perpetuate ZJD wouldn’t ever do that sort of thing to other locally smaller faiths. I’m not horribly fond of being painted with the liberal touchy feely wuss brush. Right here, right now, I’ll tell you, did I know enough to draw similar parallells about key figures and stories in faiths that aren’t the overwhelming majority in my country, I’d do it in an instant. Actually, in the name of holy irreverence, let’s do that (for if there is anything holy in this world, it is not taking things too seriously) Post a key event or person from the religion of your choice along with a more modern cliche/concept that they match up with.


April 3, 2009

Hi, my name’s Michael and I’m a feminist.
Yes, that is a y chromosome there on my sleeve.
No, I don’t mean ally. Ally is a term for someone who supports a group but can’t be a member of the group.
Nope. Not that either.
Yes, I’m straight, genderwise I’m cis, and no, I’m not here to get laid.

I’m not sure that I’m the newest member to write one of these things, but if I’m not then it is just by a matter of weeks. To be honest, I started coming here as something social to do on a regular basis right after take back the night, and in large part because the meeting time worked with my work schedule while WSA’s meetings were completely unworkable for me. That’s probably pretty good, since I doubt I would have attended a third WSA meeting. I’m much more comfortable with the informal collaborative atmosphere we tend to have hereabouts. I don’t deal nearly as well with highly structured meeting styles where one person (or small group of persons) absolutely drives the agenda and the tone. Well, honestly with our recent meeting sizes, maybe I’m comfortable with the small group of persons thing when I’m part of the group. Who knows?
The FMLA, as I see it, and we have had some spirited disagreements on this matter, works best as a support structure for individual members’ personal activism. We get together, we discuss what the FMLA is going to be doing, but at the same time we talk about the particular issues and events on the horizon that particularly interest us. A personal example. I came here a little before Christmas break and sort of went off on a tangent about needing to call our assorted congress critters in support of the Freedom of Choice Act because I had some friends who were already beginning to mobilize in opposition to it. I figured that everyone present would possibly call their congress folk and thus act as a force multiplier. So you know, one voice becomes five. A couple of weeks later we had a huge stack of post cards for assorted congress folks (and I’m sorry, I can’t remember who organized that feat. I know it wasn’t me.) So instead of getting a few new voices, the FMLA increased my voice by an order of magnitude, possibly two.
As I see it, our basic mission here is memetic or informational. We talk. We talk to and thus provide support for each other, which is pretty important if you want to be an activist who doesn’t either lose track of how other people thing or burn out early. We also talk to other people. We help organize awareness marches, we help host the Vagina Monologues, we create a newsletter, we support other groups and people who are also talking. We make people aware of feminisim as a matter of justice and way of life instead of a caricature of shrill, sexless/slutty, and angry women and downtrodden men that the movement has allowed its opposition to create in the minds of society as a whole. Feminism is, as I see it, essentially an issue of cultural memes, and if we want a feminist society, then we need to talk. We need to speak with not one voice, but with five, with ten, with thousands.
Hum this isn’t really a paragraph so much as it has paragraphs… I fail once again at brevity. So in brief, welcome to the FMLA. My name is Michael Phillips, I’m your webmonkey until you find someone better. Enjoy the pie.

As always
Michael Phillips