Hibachi, Mute Math, & birthdays

Friday was a long day. On Thurs, our new landlord in Louisville notified us that our apartment wasn’t ready for the Saturday move in. As much as I love having an extra week with friends in Nashville, the news really put a huge dent in our plans. Instead of moving everything with a big Ryder truck today, Nathan’s just going to move on Monday with just his essentials. Jon and I will go up and bring everything else next weekend. I’ll stay and Jon will return to Nashville until Sept 6th when he transfers to a different Walgreens. We still need to work out a deal with the landlord for all this inconvenience. Gotta love moving.

A bunch of us drove down to the Lenox Village area to check out the hibachi grill there – think it was called Minomi. Most of our kitchen stuff is packed, so we’re blowing money eating out. The grill was yummy. Deep South Nashville ain’t bad; haven’t really explored it much since its expansion a few years ago. Jon has switched into shopping mode to relieve the moving stress – we went into a little antique shop that used to be a country church. Jon thinks he’ll be able to get more than $10 selling the Off the Wall LP he found there. I disagree.

At 5pm, I drove down to Franklin for the Mute Math Mobile Listening Party (MMLP). If you’re a MM fan, you can imagine what a thrill it was. About 10 of us fans piled onto the big bus and got an exclusive listen to the full album Armistice (which won’t be released until 8/18). If you have a chance to catch the MMLP in your city before 8/18, you will not be disappointed with your $59 investment (gets you a shirt, concert ticket, and a bunch of other goodies)! The listening party idea is quite a novel one and I’d definitely do it for other bands if the trend catches on. We provided the crew with our feedback and intermingled a bit. I attempted to tweet the experience, but they didn’t go through for some reason. Just noticed twitter SMS delays were due to Thursday’s big DoS attack. This is why these tweets finally just showed up today! Here’s what’s in my phone. At least the twitpic went through.

(8/7 17:23): 3 songs into @mutemath listening party. Sounds too good already!

(8/7 17:31): @mutemath #armistice_no_response Like the darker side of You Are Mine, flavored w the sound of the new album.

(8/7 17:41): @mutemath #armistice_goodbye “If you say goodbye, my heart’s in trouble.” Poetry, and not cliché!

(8/7 18:06): @mutemath #armistice_burden Love how it mellows out @ end by borrowing from & echoing Spotlight remix.

Nathan had a big birthday gathering at Logans, so I joined them for a drink and a slice of cake. We moved on to our usual, Tribe, to play pool until about midnight.

Michael called me and picked me up to join birthday #2, this one for Fernando! I haven’t been to many East Nashville residences, but it was quite strange to be back at the place where I cooked vagina cookies in college. Prof. Alison Piepmeier used to live in the same house! I enjoyed last night’s party much more than my first experience there. Lovely people and great DJs with the Best Buy Digital Music Store. Should have been there just to see Michael dancing to MC Hammer.

But wait, we made the obligatory Cafe Coco run on the way home. One is almost guaranteed to meet someone interesting whenever visiting this fantastic little 24hr joint. Oh, Nashville. I’ll miss you. Time for a nap.

P.S. I’m not sure if it’s Flash, but my Firefox keeps eating up all my CPU time and I haven’t been able to figure out why. Been happening for several weeks now, starting with 3.5.0. I hate having to rebuild my profile, but I’m not even sure that creating a fresh one is fixing the issue. Time will tell. Anyone else have a clue?

AutoVaughn and Mute Math

On Saturday, I had the privilege of seeing two of my favorite bands, both for free. As usual, I took photos and a video each for AutoVaughn and Mute Math. AutoVaughn played for the 2009 Nashville Earth Day Festival, and Mute Math packed the Grimey’s parking lot for the 2nd international Record Store Day event. This is a day I will not soon forget.

Peculiar People
Peculiar People (Mute Math)

P.S. Mute Math’s show comes right on the heels of their new “Spotlight” video. It definitely enhances the enjoyment of the song as its initial release was tainted by being on the silly Twilight soundtrack. Forthcoming album in August!

MUTEMATH – Spotlight

P.P.S. Don’t forget to vote for AutoVaughn to win some new equipment. Vote daily on their Fender Road Worn competition page.

Free maps

My favorite part of Nashville
My favorite part of Nashville
“Google Maps are free as in beer, not as in speech,” reads the OpenStreetMap FAQ. I’ve always been fascinated by maps, so I thought it would be helpful to provide an update on the use of maps online.

Google allows the dynamic use of maps through their API, but you’re not allowed to take screenshots of the maps and post them elsewhere as images. Truly free maps are available on the OpenStreetMap. For basic use, I definitely recommend Google Maps – it loads faster and has more features. However, as with any open content project, I recommend OpenStreetMap whenever possible. The WikiProject Geographical coordinates is a very handy resource, as well, that links to dozens of mapping websites based on coordinates, like 36°10′00″N 86°47′00″W.

On a personal note, I’ll be traveling to Atlantic Beach, NC on Easter weekend to visit with my family. This got me thinking about other possible road trips… and so I decided to check out a map of the US. I could stare at a big, detailed map for hours.

OpenStreetMap of USA
OpenStreetMap of the USA

Nashville Attractiveness

Michael and I were at Centennial Park on Wednesday reading our books and enjoying the warm Spring sneak peek. We quickly turned to judging people’s (anyone appearing to be 18-60 years old) attractiveness. There is an approximate 1-mile jogging loop, so we grabbed the first available swinging bench (southeast side) and began our study.

Attractiveness chart

The method was fairly simple: From about 3:30 to 6, we watched people walk, run, skate, or ride by. As each person passed, we’d agree on a judgment and tally the result. Any questions?