Sunday, November 01, 2009

Some Infrastructure Videos

Howdy. Here's the band at Harper's Ferry a few weeks ago. We have show coming up this Saturday, 11/7, at All Asia in Central Square, Cambridge. We're working hard to make it a great one! Hope to see you there.

Here, we debut our Steely Dan meets Beatles meats country punk tune, "Moorpark."

Here, we tear through the breakdown on "Old World."

This is the first time I've had video on the blog.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Momentary Update.

I'm tired. That's probably because, in addition to doing my job and biking everywhere, my band played its first gig in Cambridge and is actively trying to book two more, in Boston and New York. Dates are set for CPCCPCIV1 and ABBQII2. The Labor Day beach week in NC turned out to be a huge success for photos and stories. Meade and I are inching toward launching our road stories website, MANICAMERICAN.COM. It'll be an exhilarating fall.


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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weeks without posts

mean that things are happening faster than I can process them. Love and death, work and travel, music and photos.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

I guess I will start doing this again soon.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Unposted Pictures Include...

Second half of XCAN, the longest road trip of all time.
Second half of the KC Siege, greatest sleeper hit of all time.
Brotherly trip to Austin this spring.
Second half of UP, most productive roadtrip of all time.
Hiking trips in NH and CA.
Anything that happened between June and now...
...including ABBQI, which is now an annual event.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Blog/Life Update

This Upper Peninsula project I've given myself is quite a challenge. I'm not supposed to blog about anything else until I tell the entire story of the trip (which will take about 300 photographs). The feedback has been very positive, though, so I shall continue.

About fall non-work travel events, to which you are invited...

College Point Class Conflict Pub Crawl III (CPCCPCIII) happens on 11/28, Friday after Thanksgiving. It looks like we will have a very respectable turnout this year.

ABBQI, the first Austin BBQ roadtrip, will happen the weekend of 12/12-14. Amazingly this jives with my meeting schedule AND coincides with Dale Watson's only appearance at the Broken Spoke in the month of December.

Back to the UP. There will be other major news soon...

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Next Episodes

I'm crazy busy with work and the next few projects that you'll see here. More specifically:

Untitled EP. An incarnation of INFRASTRUCTURE will be getting together in NY this weekend to start recording an EP. The oversimplified track titles, according to recording priority, are "Climber," "Busted," "Cul-de-Sac People," "Misery," and "Home." The personnel will be Erich Rastetter on keys and rhythm guitar, C. Bellinger on bass, Greg Caputo on drums, and myself on lead guitar. All of the personnel are angry young men from Queens. The band will sound like a combination of early Elvis Costello, early ZZ Top, and Wilco. What can I say? We're white people.

UP. Very soon, the blog switches completely over to a chronological retelling of the trip Dan Meade and I took to the Upper Peninsula this past June. Photos will serve as the main narrative element, with text filling in only where necessary. Any posts I've already put up will be re-posted to fit the narrative/chronological order of the trip. There are some really good photos in this set.

The Fall Excursions. If art-traveling is fun, why do it only in June? I have to clear the days off, but it looks like I'll be meeting up with some friends in SoCal, hosting the third annual College Point Class Conflict Pub Crawl in Queens, and putting together ABBQI, the first open-invite barbecue roadtrip to the Hill Country of Texas.

Read on (or listen, or view), or join me on one of these trips.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008


family in boston. homebound for a while. many, many new photos and ideas coming soon.

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Friday, August 15, 2008


Dear friend-colleague people,

Thanks for your kind words and encouragement this week. I'll do everything I can to make sure that the blog and photostream continue to thrive! Drop a comment once in a while, if you can.

See you on the road...

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

One Month To Go

In this very productive 26th year. Four year blog anniversary has passed, too.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Music and Blog Update

Music first. Erich and I wrote four new songs this weekend. They're mellower than the blues-punk-rock tunes I've been writing with my brother, but they still rock. Our plan is now to try and merge the groups next weekend, and then find a drummer. If we can get Erich and CMike working together, we will still achieve my goal of having "no p**sy songs." By my latest estimation, the new group has ready frameworks written for 17 songs. Most just need lyrics and fills.

Blog is going to feature a lot of nonfiction and photos about this summer's two major trips: NCBBQII (Eastern NC barbecue run) and UP08 (Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Many, Many Stories

After a long weekend in Eastern North Carolina and over a week on the UP and circling Lake Michigan, I am overwhelmed with things to share.


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

post times grow later

catharsis and/or denouement may or may not approach. usually they don't.


Monday, January 07, 2008

now featured

in the opening remarks of the wwn january 08 sales conference.


Sunday, January 06, 2008

now in austin.

hope to resume writing with more words, as opposed to light, here.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007


too many good photos on this page to leave all this junk at the top. will republish later.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

putting a fork in it

I think I may have to retire this blog and start anew.


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I have a feeling

that this blog was much better when it was much more personal. Right or wrong?


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fun Fact

During the past week, when my colleagues and I were busy at a conference, blog traffic dropped 55% lower than average.


Thursday, May 31, 2007

Firm Reminder

Don't blog about your job, or the defense strategy for your ongoing trial. You must find other things to talk about.