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Mystery of Missing and Predicting Time

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Feb 012010
 

I can’t believe it’s February already. The Time has escaped me and I look back at a month of limited progress. I question my dedication a little as this week, however, I’ve had several interviews yet none were inspiring. One I’m continuing the process and will see if I need to sell myself along with the managers on gaining a position. I hate to do it, but it’s necessary at this point.

While catching The Simpsons, I was asked “What are 5 words where “Y” is a vowel?” Do you know – answers after the pic:

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Like I said above, my attitude is a little paralytic today. I’m vowing to make February an atypical month of my previous behavior, starting with a trip to the gym tomorrow. The wife’s cynical of my dedication, however, I have a renewed faith, despite the pending snow this week: Spring is coming pending a the sight of either Punksatony Phil or Staten Island Chuck.

Check out this syncopated beat (and that’s 5 “Y” words) from The Clash – The Equalizer:

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Square 101

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Jan 312010
 

Day 31: Square 101

Moodymann – Freeki Mutha F cker

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What gets wetter the more it dries?

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Jan 302010
 

Day 30: Towlie

Do you remember DJ Jazzy Jeff? He made the jump into pop culture with the help of Will Smith (aka Fresh Prince). Return Of The Magnificent is his latest collaborative album effort which came out a few years ago and like him, it wasn’t all that exciting but I still listen to this track. Reminds me of spring evenings in Cali with my friends hanging out at sundown by the beach after we had a great day with the girls, the waves and getting a tan natures way.

Jazzy Jeff – She Was So Flyy (Feat. Kardinal Offishall)

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Cold Day in Chinatown gets Colder

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Jan 292010
 

I was walking down Elizabeth St one day near the Blood Church and as I walked past a traffic cop, I saw the usual counterfeit handbag singers with their lamented flyers pulling more tourists aside to show their wares. I supposed that the traffic cops don’t really care but Bloomberg does and he’s been cracking down. That same day, I had my shopping done and as I walked up another block, I saw a “scout” take a call and then broad cast a call. The next thing I know, 8 LV fanny pack wearing ladies scattered like mice when the lights come on.

It was another bust of the Chinatown counterfeit hawkers. As the crackdowns continue, the locals know a slow death of the gritty chinatown we all know is eminet. As the NY Press details, Canal St is in for a big change in the next 6 months: “Very soon, locals say, Canal Street will join Times Square, Astor Place, the Lower East Side, the Garment District and all the other former centers of down-and-dirty capitalist grit that have been safely gentrified.”

Picture was taken this week, on an evening in Chinatown when it was about 15 degrees F. This lady has her own plastic shield to protect her from the icy wind. This was my first take as she didn’t want to have her picture taken from the front. Ah well, I should have bought my mushrooms here first…
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Day 29: Cold Day in Chinatown

Cash Rules Everything around Me. Dolla Dolla Bill Yall –
Wu Tang Vs. The Beatles – C.R.E.A.M.

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Veins on the Roof

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Jan 272010
 

This summer there was a Roxy Paine exhibit on the roof of the MET called: Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom I’ll go to the MET about once a month and check out the latest exhibits and photography shows, however, during the summer it might be more often. Usually the extra trips are excuses to use the bathroom and grab a cocktail or beer on the roof over looking Central Park. Besides Columbus Circle (which is completely indoors) I don’t know of any public spots you can get to for free (donation) to enjoy the outdoor view of the park on a summer day.

Day 27: Veins in the Sky

I’ve loosely been trying to keep up with “what’s next” in house music. It was tough enough as a buyer of music when I worked at a record store in college, but being way on the outside of the music edge it’s just a mountainous task to keep up with what’s hot. What I’ve been reading and hearing though is Tech House, minimal, some funk, and dub step will be coming up big in 2010. I don’t know trends but I do know Lady Packa. She’s an award winning breaks DJ from Spain and easy on the eyes as well (which I’ve written on here before, may partially explain the awards). Check out some of her tracks and mixes on Sound Cloud and here’s a Maelstrom mix to match my post:

Lady Packa – Sara’s Night (Maelstrom Dubstep Remix)

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Bun Rieu Cua

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Jan 262010
 

Bun rieu cua is a Vietnamese soup noodle dish that has a tomato and tamarind flavored broth with meatballs made from ground pork, crab meat and shrimp meat. We’ve been cooking a lot of soups this cold winter and asian noodle soups especially. We used the recipe from Ravenous Couple. Here’s a shot of the prep and the final product. The only comments are we’ll need more pork and fresh crab would have been great too… :)

Day 26: Bun Rieu Cua

DJ Food – All Covered In Darkness (Parts 1 & 2)

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This is not Detroit, man, this is the Super Bowl!

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Jan 262010
 

I watched both the Jets-Colts and Vikings-Saints game on Sunday. The Jets made it close in the first half, until Manning decided to step up and stop playing games with the Jets D line. The more exciting and excruciatingly painful game was the Vikings-Saints.

The Viks had every opportunity to win that game as a team with 4 turnovers going driving down the field the last few minutes of the 4th quarter, and a tied score on the field – the miracle was about to happen. Even the stupid 12 man penalty was forgotten when a field goal for the win was looking to be in reach. When Farve stepped up to throw what might be his last pass of his career:

Paul Allen of KFAN Radio in Minneapolis-St. Paul said it best, Brett could have taken a knee or ran up the field a few yards but did not need to force the throw. Toni Monkovic of NY Times notes the irony of both the blown play and one of the greatest of the season, held by Bret Farve this season.

With the 2010 game being the first Saints Superbowl, I’m on the side of Drew Brees to take the Gold and Black to the title.

Who needs expensive toys?

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Jan 252010
 

Living life as an adult can be complicated, stressful, and generally not that fun some times. However, it sometimes takes the innocence of children to help remind yourself that it shouldn’t take much to make you feel happy. One of our friend’s daughters is the first child and like the future oldest, she gets all the toys and attention she can garner. This particular holiday she received an artistic foam set of bowling pins, however, the plastic caring case they came in seems to be more fun worn as a hat around the house. *Obviously this is frowned upon for safety sake but I did capture this shot just before the urgent NO! was ordered.

Day 25: Child at Play