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Large scale hop farming in Toppenish, WA.
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Where are the kangaroos?
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Had to double back on my way to work today because my son forgot his clarinet.  Was a bit annoyed, but then I saw the name card attached to the case.  That melted away my annoyance.   Funny kid.
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However if it is lost since there's no address it will be harder to find in the refrigerated lost and found.
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Molly's Lips is the minimum viable rock song.
2 chords. One verse. One chorus. Three sentences worth of lyrics total. (And two of those are minor variations of each other.)
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That's the charm of The Vaselines! 
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You may recall I got this pickup/preamp thing off the web.  Here's the review on Amazon I just wrote for it (not yet approved by amazon):

TL;DR - it's junk.  Don't waste your 20 bucks.
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I didn't purchase from this vendor, but I bought one that looks just like it from another vendor. That one also shipped from China. That one claimed to be a "Fishman" pickup, which despite the blurring, you can see this one is supposed to be as well. I'm guessing the vendor I bought from got a cease and desist or something.

After cutting a hole in my guitar and getting it all installed, I excitedly plugged it in, only to find there was a quiet but very noticeable buzz when playing with any reasonable volume. You can hear it here: [...]
I was disappointed, but it was my first install so I thought maybe I screwed something up. I took it to a guitar tech at a local music shop, and he looked over my install and said it looked fine. Also said there's not really much you CAN screw up with these things.

I figured maybe I was unlucky and got a bum unit. So I contacted the company and they agreed to send me a new one.

So I got the new one. This time right off the bat, the microphone on the back was smashed. The plastic mounting bracket was broken in two pieces and the mic itself was a bit deformed. But anyway I got it installed. SAME. DAMN. BUZZING. Actually a bit worse with this one.

So I took both units over to a different guitar tech, and he tinkered with it for about half an hour playing with various things, like boring out the hole for the piezo a little bit more. But in the end there was still the buzz.

Finally I contacted Fishman support, to see if I could buy a Presys Blend directly from them (it is a product on their website, it's just an OEM only product). They responded saying all the cheap Presys Blends on the internet are Chinese copies with shoddy electronics, and that the only thing I could get through legit channels would be the Presys+. I'm bummed though, because I really liked the mic+piezo combo this thing offered. The mic added a bit of ambiance to the sound. Apart from the deal-breaking buzzing, it's a really nice unit. I don't know why Fishman doesn't just sell a real Presys Blend themselves.

Anyway, I ended up getting Presys+ from sweetwater for 10x the cost of this one. But it should fit the hole I already drilled, and at least it'll be under Fishman warranty. Would have ordered from Amazon, but the reviews of the Presys+ here on amazon are all 1 or 2 stars saying that what they got in the mail didn't look like a legit Fishman part.
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When will it arrive? I shiver every time I think about you cutting the hole in your guitar. Brave man .
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The installation came out nicely, but the sound from the Fishman is really crappy. There's a buzzing when the volume gets loud enough. Maybe I got a bad unit?
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Here's what it sounds like for your listening pleasure: https://soundcloud.com/baxissimo/fishman-hiss-buzz
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This is pretty neat. Especially liked the spectrum thing and the circle sampler thing. But they are all pretty fun little music toys!
Music is for everyone. Play with simple experiments that let anyone, of any age, explore how music works.
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This is really cool.  I was watching this live last night: 
https://www.facebook.com/MoJamMondays/videos/1783834728506698/

Something compelling to me about watching an event like this live because it's just right down the road, and its a place I've been before.  And because Minami was my daughter's former piano teacher. :-)  
I guess the feeling that it's happening NOW and that I COULD hop in the car and join in if I was really moved to do so makes it somehow more real and vital.  

Kudos to Facebook for enabling this new feature.  Google has had live video for a while but Facebook makes it totally trivial to use (you could probably even start a broadcast by accident it's so easy), and also makes it super easy to discover via the friend network.  I just stumbled upon this live event browsing FB last night.  I guess you could share a link to a Google Hangout on Air via Facebook, but having the video showing right there inline in the FB stream is somehow more compelling.  No jumping around and waiting for other web pages to load.  I can also get notified by FB now any time Mo Jam Mondays is streaming live.
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Just testing how easy it is to set up a Hangout on Air.
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Mom, I'm trying to work here. Please, no distractions!
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Eek! I put a big hole in my baby.
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Ah, I see the result a few posts down. Nice!
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Why the fifth game is interesting to watch:
Go grandmaster Lee Sedol regained a sizeable slice of human pride when he finally beat Google's AI. Today, in the final game, he hopes to regain far more.
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Got to admire Lee Sedol's guts. Looks like he lost game 5 though. :-(
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Button pusher
Employment
  • Google Seattle
    Button pusher, 2011 - present
  • OLM Digital
    Senior Researcher, 2004 - 2008
  • Visix
    Software Engineer, 1995 - 1998
  • Pixar
    Intern, 2001 - 2001
  • Numerical Design Limited
    Intern, 1999 - 1999
  • Actuality Systems, Inc.
    Intern, 2000 - 2000
  • Microsoft
    Researcher, 2008 - 2011
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Kirkland, Washington
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Kentucky - Marietta, GA - Lexington, KY - Vienna, VA - Tokyo, Japan - New Haven, CT
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Sometimes I sits and thinks. Sometimes I just sits.
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I like me some good graphics algorithms, yes I do.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Yale University
  • George Walton Comprehensive High School
  • Morton Jr. High
  • Cassidy Elementary
  • Southern Elementary
  • The Lexington Christian School
  • The Lexington School
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  • Clash Royale
Expensive but great service. Restaurants inside are superb. Loved the teppanyaki on the 20th floor. The japanese restaurant on the 4th floor has amazing garden views.
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I love how eager they always are to help you find what you need even in another store.
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reviewed a month ago
Pizza was delightful. We happened to be there on Tuesday so we could get the "Stella" star-shaped pizza. It was tasty and fun.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Friendly neighborhood brewhouse, right on the Cross-Kirkland-Corridor. Nice family-friendly atmosphere, and great outdoor deck overlooking the trail for nice days. No food served here, but they have menus from nearby takeout places, and have food trucks outside the door on some days.
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Good clean fun for the kids. Well, except for the animals, if you let them eat out of your hand you may get a little dirty. My kids loved the cow train, 5 year-old especially. I had fun with the tennis ball slingshot, and we all had fun with the prop maze.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Like this place a lot. Good food, unassuming atmosphere. A bit pricey, though.
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