Summer groove

The Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival starts with a bang this weekend in St Paul at Mears Park. I’ll be in the northern woods of Wisconsin, but you can bet that I won’t be missing out on next weekend’s performances in downtown Minneapolis, and possible some of the other events during the week.

This really is the best event for people local to the Twin Cities to get exposed to incredibly good jazz. Jazz, like the modern pop music “Rock” that has replaced it turned into a huge and essentially unwieldly polyglot of different musical styles over the almost century since it first started appearing. I know that some people think of the more esoteric noise experiments and long seemingly unfocused and wandering riffs and are quite turned off by that. While there is certainly that, with both excellent and horrendous, examples I think people will be pleasently surprised to hear lots of music that is melodic and accessible within that huge range of styles over the next week or so.

Give it a try, you’ll be glad you did.

Disc condoms

Gizmodo has an item about Elecom K-Scott CD Pouch Dispensers, which they call kind of useless, and I call a godsend to my constant frustration with not having sleeves or cases for the dozens of discs that I hand out to people every month at work!

I have a decent DVD burner in my machine as well as a registered copy of Nero, so I’m the go-to guy for a lot of people when we’re archiving or transporting things. Not even to mention the 2 or 3 times a year that I have to burn a full set of discs for my big installer project.

Gotta get a box of these ordered…

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Juicy and delicious

I just had a real lychee fruit for the first time. I have had lychee flavored things, and various packaged lychee objects, but have never had the actual fruit. What an amazing little bundle of textures. The exterior of sharp bumps, the inner leathery skin, the meat of the fruit itself, the inner skin before the stone, and then the stone itself. A co-worker just offered one to me out of the blue and I’m really happy she did.

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