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yesterday in moscow... [12 Dec 2010|09:39am]

Беспорядки в Москве
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[04 Dec 2010|04:39pm]
she puked all over my aux raus shirt.

then while changing a massive dirty diaper, she peed all over my captain everything shirt.

now i'm on the my third t-shirt of the day, rocking my old college radio home wesn. let's see how it fairs.

update: the wesn shirt did not last long either, felled by more baby spit-up. t-shirt number four for the day is from russian book/movie/music store respublika
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15 minutes [11 Aug 2010|06:49pm]
Moscow Fires Curb Bond Trading as Alfa, JPMorgan Bankers Escape

Moscow-Based Citi Bankers Not Afraid Of A Little Heat

Fires And Extreme Heat Ravaging Moscow Reveal The Bravest Bankers: Citi
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[28 Jul 2010|11:22pm]
so.

bright idea: data transfer from three-year-old macbook to brand new macbook pro.

firewire won't work since the port changed.

so: wifi!

started the ~160 gig transfer saturday morning around 1030am. finished sometime wednesday evening, before I came home at 11pm.

nice.
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Coming soon [30 May 2010|02:00pm]
Since I don't really rock the LJ anymore, am still skeptical of Facebook, and really don't use social networks very much, I suppose there are some people who may not know the news contained below.


Full size 645.31 kb, 2832x2128Collapse )

expected sometime around September 12-14.
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[18 May 2010|11:07pm]
So in the last few days I have gotten please from the ACLU, MoveOn, and now Senator Charles Schumer (via MoveOn), telling me I should protest Facebook or something.

I guess they changed their privacy settings without telling anyone or something?

And it is a big deal?

Not a Facebook user, so I don't really know from personal experience, but is this Actually A Big Deal, or just an example of the liberal-bias newsletters/sites I read trying to make me think it is?
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[28 Feb 2010|01:09pm]
We went to Prague last weekend for the long weekend.

Photos here
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[17 Feb 2010|01:05am]
The saddest pre-obit ever?

is this what we're all moving towards sooner or later?
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[16 Feb 2010|11:00pm]
Looks like AVClub has hit upon another clever series - THEN that's what they called music! ... a new series re-examining pop music via the Now series. First article is here. Should be good stuff.
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Unexpected [04 Jan 2010|08:51pm]
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[09 Dec 2009|01:16am]
man...I just paid 10 bucks to download a Tesla record.

albeit the best Tesla record, but still.

Damn you for failing me bittorrent (props to you, iTunes)...
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[29 Sep 2009|11:01pm]
So it turns out that Rapidshare deletes files if they haven't been downloaded in awhile. Weird. Anyway, in case you care, here's a list of what they haven't deleted yet, sorted by the number of downloads:

Violent Femmes - Add It Up - 500
Coala Pascal - Lifting Cranes Have Already Heard That - 480
Kids soundtrack - 369
Mark E. Smith & Ed Blaney - Smith and Blaney - 118
Warp: Routine - 106
Wire - Send - 104
Wall of Voodoo - Call of the West - 95
Supergrass - I Should Coco - 72
Troubleman Mix-Tape Disc 1 - 65
+/- - Self-titled Long-playing Debut Album - 62
Silver Scooter / Cursive - Split EP - 61
Troubleman Mix-Tape Disc 2 - 51
Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications - 9
Algebra Suicide - 6
Ривущие Струны - MS : 4 - 5
Volante - 45 Degrees North - 4
Volante - Static Until Sunrise
Providence Union - Die Me Infinity +4 - 1
Perth - Perth EP - 1

To be honest, the only one that really surprises me is that the Coala Pascal disc has gotten such good attention. Who would've thought some unknown post-rock band from Ukraine could get downloaded almost as much as the Violent Femmes' greatest hits? It is bothersome that the two Volante records, Providence Union and Perth have been downloaded so little. Algebra Suicide could probably use a bit more love as well...

download today, before this shit is deleted! & let me know what you think...
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Better late than... [26 Sep 2009|03:39pm]
In case you hadn't seen them yet, I wanted to direct you to photographs from my wedding to Marina. The professional shots of our wedding day can be found here, taken by Moscow-based photographer Elena Artemova.

A second set of photos, found here contains photographs of our wedding day as taken by my sister Katie as well as Marina's aunt Galina. There are also photos from our honeymoon to Hawaii, and the very end of the set has a professional set of photos taken by Charles West.

If you just want to see my shots from our honeymoon, you can head here.
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[27 Aug 2009|11:13pm]
honeymoon/etc.

sorry for not having more photos where we're the center of attention, but that is what every other camera on earth is for.
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[08 Aug 2009|10:40pm]
I should mention that wedding photos have started to pop up online: my brother has posted some pictures in his vacation photos, and his girlfriend did the same. So feel free to check out Scott and Aubrey's vacation while you're really looking for me and Marina.
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[07 Aug 2009|04:47am]
RIP John Hughes
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[05 Aug 2009|10:43pm]
Sorry to have posted this before wedding pictures, but I didn't take any...if you've got some, feel free to throw 'em up in the comments.

In the meantime, we're on honeymoon.

View from the balcony behind the cut...Collapse )
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[28 Jul 2009|12:05am]
Just broke out Blue Meanies' Kiss Your Ass Goodbye for the first time in what seems like a decade, but is more likely the first time in eight years. Close enough. Wanted to hear that "it'll all work out" song. That one and the other couple I remember liking are still pretty awesome, taking me back to high school when all you needed was some loud ska-punk and you were alright. Funny how times change. Still haven't decided whether I should rip it and listen to it online...I mean, what would people think if my last.fm page got cluttered with the Meanies? (sarcasm).

In other news, my relatives arrive later today, which means that my wedding is most definitely happening on Saturday and holy shit is that soon and wow.

YEHAA!
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[25 Jun 2009|01:04am]
So, a company called Swisscom is the monopolist wifi operator at my hotel. I signed up, paid them 70GBP for a week of internet access, and they cut me off without warning, because I had "too many connections open".

I assume they are referring to bittorrent, but whatever.

I resolve the situation by a phone call to them, after the hotel had already made a call. Swisscom told me that other guests had complained about bandwidth being slow (hmm, if that was the case, why did the hotel seem surprised to hear Swisscom's reason for the block?).

Ultimately, the best they could offer me -- not even an apology, but merely a veiled admittance that they should have contacted me before cutting me off -- was to cancel my weeklong package and refund me the whole thing. Which would've then left me paying 18GBP per day til the end of the week. And yes, now that I think about it, I should've gotten 70GBP refunded and paid them 54GBP til Saturday.

Fuckers. Charging for a week way more than my DSL charges me in a month, and for *less*.

At least I made it to the Thermals gig last night in time to hear "A Pillar of Salt".
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[22 Jun 2009|10:42pm]
Enjoying my typical London dinner for one (actually, post-actual dinner for one...a scumbag's dessert, or...?): a 255g bag of Tangy Cheese Doritos and a 4-pack of 440ml cans of beer, this time Carlsberg.

Lilfe is sweet.
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