Top O’ the World, Akron

The moon showing through a cloud bank, Akron, OH

06.21.2019Tagged with:    

State Road Bridge, Cascade Valley

View under the State Road Bridge

09.28.2018Tagged with:    

Horseshoe Pond

Horseshoe Pond in Winter

01.28.2018Tagged with:    

New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

Design renderings of the proposed replacement for the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC.

08.13.2017Tagged with:    

Meadowedge Pond

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Meadowedge Pond

Horseshoe Pond

Horseshoe Pond, May 2017

05.09.2017Tagged with:    

The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The official title of the next Star Wars film was announced today. Episode VIII will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and will arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017.

01.24.2017Tagged with:    

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, January 2017

01.22.2017Tagged with:    

Plateau Trail, CVNP

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Plateau Trail

01.07.2017Tagged with:    

Sylvan Pond

Sylvan Pond at dusk

11.10.2015Tagged with:    

Abbey Road

I love this photo of The Beatles preparing to be photographed crossing the street for their Abbey Road album cover.

12.10.2010Tagged with:    

Califone: All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

I’m really enjoying the new Califone record, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. I’ve been a fan for a long time, and it’s great to see them putting together quality releases again and again.

I loved this bit from the Pitchfork review:

“Giving Away the Bride” is one of the most radical deconstructions of normal rock production in the band’s catalog, eschewing even their normal roughly recorded acoustic guitars for a spaced-out beat and a monster of a distorted electronic bass figure, over which Rutili floats dreamily, intoning like a blues singer from the 1930s who got lost and tripped into the 21st century. The otherworldliness is so well-developed that it’s genuinely startling when the piano drops almost four minutes in or the live drums take up the rhythm a minute after that. If the band had hits, this would be among the greatest.

As Harry at Owl and Bear notes, no Califone release has received a score below 8 at Pitchfork. That has to be some kind of record.

11.28.2009Tagged with:    

Malcolm Gladwell on Underdogs

Malcolm Gladwell was in Akron last night and chose to talk about, among other things, the financial crisis and how it was possible that things went so wrong with so many smart people calling the shots. He wove in a narrative involving Joe Hooker and his stunning defeat to Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville, a battle Hooker had no business losing. His point was that overconfidence can have disastrous results, even if the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor. Other than his hair being a bit more tame than usual, it was a great evening.

Following his prepared talk, Gladwell took some questions, one of which led him to relate the story of a girls basketball team who made up for their lack of talent with an unconventional approach to the game. The full story had been published earlier this year in the New Yorker.

The opposing coaches began to get angry. There was a sense that Redwood City wasn’t playing fair—that it wasn’t right to use the full-court press against twelve-year-old girls, who were just beginning to grasp the rudiments of the game. The point of basketball, the dissenting chorus said, was to learn basketball skills. Of course, you could as easily argue that in playing the press a twelve-year-old girl learned something much more valuable—that effort can trump ability and that conventions are made to be challenged. But the coaches on the other side of Redwood City’s lopsided scores were disinclined to be so philosophical.

Enjoy.

11.13.2009Tagged with:    

Redesign!

Today I’m finally launching the newest version of this site, and I couldn’t be happier. The redesign has been a long time in the making, and, frankly, I’m ready to spend some time thinking about something else. I’ve been working at it, whenever I could spare the time, for the better part of the year, all the while taking a break from publishing anything at all. I’m actually a bit awestruck that it is somehow October (and almost Halloween!) and I’m just getting to write this now. October? Really?

I’m excited about the changes, both the ones you can see and the ones you cannot. Most notably, after hand-rolling everything up to this point, I’ve taken the plunge into blogging software. Most everyone I know who has used WordPress has a good word for it, and it has certainly proven to be flexible and easy to use so far.

I’ve also reorganized how the content is presented, which was the driving force behind the project. I believe this format will serve me much better, plus make the site easier to read. And hopefully the new design will allow the content to take center stage, let the visual elements recede, and still give the reader that sense of place.

After the dust settles a bit and I get back into the business of maintaining content, I’ll begin adding new features and filling out the site. There’s lots more to come.

10.28.2009Tagged with: