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Jacob Haller
Attended Tantasqua Regional High School
Lived in Fayetteville, AR
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Playing a satire on 'Pretty Polly' at the Empire Revue. +Sandy Sutherland, +Ariel Weinberg, +Richard Holmes take note.
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Noted; will watch when I"m back ashore, as internet out here is spotty. Oh, and hi from somewhere off Isle au Haut!
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Lazyweb, help me: A friend is going to walk across the country starting in October, and would like to have a website/blog that automatically traces her path on a map. Are there any existing services or tools that would facilitate this sort of thing?
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+Richard Holmes That looks good! Thanks.
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Earlier this year, at the urging of a friend, I watched the TV series 'Hannibal', and we exchanged some emails about it. Tonight, I decided I might as well post my notes from those emails somewhere, so I put them on tumblr. If you're interested, you can read them behind the link.
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Not that I know of.
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New song: 'The DMV of Broken Dreams'.
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My sister Lindsay is going to walk across the United States, from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to San Diego, California. She’s driving down to South Carolina on Thursday, and should start walking on Saturday. And we’re going to do a podcast about it!

Today, I posted the third 'pre-episode', in which Lindsay and her boyfriend Tim talk about the upcoming trip. You can listen to the podcast in various ways:

* In a web browser:

Go to http://www.lindsaywalks.com/lindsay-walks-podcast

* On an Android phone or device:

Download the 'Google Play’ app if you don’t have it already. Then go to https://play.google.com/music/m/Ievsffc2w7hrz2fcfiiz5mtiosy?t%3DThe_Lindsay_Walks_Podcast_-_Lindsay_Walks_Across_America and it should open the app and let you subscribe.

* On an iPhone or iPad:

Download Apple’s 'Podcasts’ app if you don’t have it already. Then go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lindsay-walks-podcast-lindsay/id1172417040 and it should open the app and let you subscribe.

* Other options:

There are many other apps and services that can also be used to listen to podcasts, on all sorts of phones and other devices, which many people prefer to the above options. If you search for 'podcast’ in the app store on your phone, or google 'podcast apps’, you should find plenty of them, and hopefully one of them will be just what you’re looking for. You should be able to find Lindsay Walks in any of these apps using their built-in search functions.

If you have trouble listening to the podcast, then let me know!

Every week, Lindsay Monroe checks in with her stepbrother about her walk across the United States.
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Here's a thing I recorded about the election yesterday.
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Two meows up!
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I wrote a little song about the website http://endless.horse/ :

I got a horse right here.
His name is Paul Revere,
And he's an ASCII horse
with legs up to here.

So tall,
So tall,
I ain't seen its feet at all.
Don't jump off, it's quite a fall.
So tall,
So tall.

Your doubts I will assuage:
He's got his own web page,
And you can keep scrolling down
'til you're in a rage.

Scroll down,
Scroll down,
And move your mouse all around.
You won't get near to the ground.
Scroll down.
Scroll down.

I tell you, Paul Revere,
He'll kick you in the rear,
But his legs are so long
It'll take forty years.

So long,
So long,
That's the moral of this song:
This horse could kick Neil Armstrong
So long.
So long.

Paul Revere.
I got the horse right here!
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Has anyone I know been to MaxFunCon?
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The best Christmas album.
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The following little rant was inspired by a recent episode of the 'Pitch' podcast. The episode is about product placement in music.  It's around 16 minutes long, and worth a listen: http://www.pitchpodcast.org/episodes/#/19-take-a-little-ride-with-coors-light/

With that said, the following isn't about that.

One of the reasons -- in fact I would go so far as to say that it was the main reason -- that I moved back to Providence, and decided I didn't want to work in Manhattan any more, was the ubiquity of advertising in New York City.  It was literally everywhere -- giant billboards on the sides of many buildings, little TVs playing ads in cabs, ads on the sides of busstops, ads inside subway cars, and so on.

So, fine, it was the price of working in Manhattan, and, like most people, I assumed it didn't have much of an effect on me.  And, really, wasn't it just a matter of degree?  It's not like other places don't have ads.

But then I realized that, when I talked to people who didn't live or work in Manhattan, I would make jokes about ads, and they would have no idea what I was talking about.  It was pretty clear that I really had internalized the ads that were constantly being shoved in my face.  It didn't seem healthy, so I left.

The Internet has become my new Manhattan.  The websites I access the most are probably facebook, google, and youtube, and each of these has become more and more in your face with their advertising.  (The ever-increasing length of YouTube ads is particularly annoying.)  Twitter and Tumblr, too, with their 'sponsored posts', have started getting pretty in your face with their ads.  Also, I listen to a ton of podcasts, and most of them have native advertising (where the hosts plug the products), which can raise all kinds of issues.

But this is the deal that we have basically made:  We won't pay for anything, and, in return, we'll put up with the ubiquitous ads.  (Or we won't, and we'll install ad-blocking softward.  But, mostly, we put up with it.)  On a slightly different topic, we won't pay for music, but we'll be OK with it if the musicians we like lend their talents to pitching products.  But my feeling about it is the same as it was when I was in Manhattan:  It's infiltrating my consciousness, and I don't think it's healthy.

I want there to be ways to support services I enjoy, other than just being a product they can sell to their advertisers.  This is why I pay for Slate+, which gives me ad-free versions of their podcasts, and contribute to Maximum Fun, who relies primarily on their listeners for their revenue.  In a less positive direction, it's why I've started aggressively skipping over ads in podcasts I listen to, and why I should probably give in and install an ad blocker.  There's got to be a way to do this that doesn't mean that ads are almost literally everywhere.
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Where did u live. If i remember correctly thete was 5 different towns that went to our school
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Remembering the victims of the Isla Vista shootings, which were a year ago today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Isla_Vista_killings
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Introduction
Jacob Haller is a Providence, RI-based musician whose songs (on such diverse topics as love, relationships, substance abuse, robots, and kittens) have been described as fresh, catchy, and quirky. He's been nominated for 'best singer/songwriter' in the Providence Phoenix and Motif Magazine and has been compared to Leon Redbone, Greg Brown, Paul Geremia, Randy Newman, and They Might Be Giants.

He currently performs solo and with a backing band, the Running Commentary (jazz guitarist Natalie Markward and drummer Joe Auger). He is also a member of two other bands, the Killdevils (a folk/blues/americana band with Chris Monti) and the Double Decker Dance Band (an afro-beat/dance band).

In October of 2009 he released my first CD, 'Mistaken Identity'. It can be downloaded from iTunes or purchased through CD Baby. For additional Information see http://music.jwgh.org/cd.html .
Education
  • Tantasqua Regional High School
    1986 - 1990
  • Brown University
    Mathematics, 1990 - 2000
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Jake Haller, jwgh, Jacob Wolf Gibney Haller, Jacob W. Haller
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Tech support person by day, musician by night.
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Fayetteville, AR - Montclair, NJ - Providence, RI
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