The Roaming Domo: Staunton, VA

Previous trips with Roaming Domo included Lake Tahoe and New York, but the latest trip took Domo to Staunton, VA.

“Where?”

Staunton. Virginia.

“Where is that?”


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it is about a 3.5 hr drive from northern VA, at the intersection of interstate 81 and 64. It seemed like the perfect place to escape the city and enjoy some peace and quiet out at the foothills of the Appalachians. And where does Domo stay when he wants to treat himself? Read More »

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Pinterest Disinterest

Thankfully someone put into words exactly how I feel about pinterest. In case you haven’t been exposed to it yet, pinterest is a relatively new player in the social media landscape. this article does an excellent job summing up how pinterest works and the author’s view on why it’s a bad thing. I happen to agree.

The idea is that pinterest is used as a way of gathering “inspirations” of stuff users see on the internet and like – presumably to cook, make, or do in the future. on the one hand, I’m glad some of my stuff has ended up being pinned – it’s nice to see other people appreciating my photos or the subject of the photos. but on the other hand, I really want to see what my photos and projects inspire other people to make.

so I tried writing the rest of the post, but my mind doesn’t really want to write nice paragraphs, so I’ll go with a trusty list:

what I like about pinterest:
– my stuff is on it
– easy place to look at wedding photos and details to prep for weddings

what I dislike about pinterest:
– people’s arbitrary groups of pinned items that just display an unformed “vision”
– good for inspiration, bad for creativity
– heavy pinterest users are not creators, they are redistributors (analogous to huffington post and the news)

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I didn’t read any of the Harry Potters. I shudder at the thought of picking up a stephanie meyer’s book except to use as a wheel chock for when I need to change the oil in my car. I was, however, intrigued by the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It is impossible to go through a week without someone mentioning it or seeing it on the subway. and since the movie opened last weekend, the Hunger Games have been all people can talk about at work, too.

I was a bit hesitant at first to read the Hunger Games, likening it to the Twilight series – adequately written, aimed at teenaged readers, and incredibly embarassing to be caught reading on the subway. But then I heard about the story:

Hunger Games is written in the voice of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.

wait a second….

I’ve heard this plot before…. Read More »

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Sinatra at the Sands

“the sands is proud to present a wonderful new show, a man and his music. the music of count basie and his great band. and the man is frank sinatra.”

this familiar opening is the start of one of my favorite albums of all time, Sinatra at the Sands. I really like the Frank, Dean, Ella, Etta, era of music, but for me, this one is the best. Not only is it full of familiar songs done live, Sinatra has some ad lib dialog with the audience in addition to his two monologues. He introduces the amazing Count Basie orchestra and a certain audience member, Quincy Jones, as well. This album is set up to be one continuous show, where the audience applause starts at the end of one track and goes right into the next, making it as close to the live experience as we can get. I don’t think Sinatra is on a formal stage, because of the way he interacts with the audience, it definitely has more of a lounge-type of feel, which also makes this album unique.

After the quick introduction, Sinatra and the Count Basie orchestra go right into a classic, “Come Fly with Me”, which is not only upbeat, but also kind of hints for the audience to “come fly” with Sinatra. The beginning half of the album has the slower, swoon-ier, serenades like “I’ve Got a Crush on You”, “Street of Dreams”, and “One for my Baby” – which Sinatra describes as a “drunk song”.

“his broad flew the coop with another guy and all the bread”.

This set list picks up with “You Make me Feel So Young” and “Luck be a Lady”, but then oscillates between the calming, familiar haze of the slower “It was a Very Good Year” and the faster “Get me to the Church on Time”, ending with “My Kind of Town”. His banter with the audience and final reprise is a great example of Sinatra’s charm and sense of humor. Have a listen, you just might rediscover an old favorite.

“one more? that’s what I’ll be saying to the bartender”

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Science!

The problem: big fancy hdtv with no over-the-air signal with no antenna nearby and the stores are already closed.

The solution: use a coaxial cable, some chicken wire, a bit of aluminum foil, and a giant steel pot to fashion an antenna

Poor Man antenna

this surprisingly worked really well – at first the chicken wire sort of did the job, but the addition of the giant steel pot made the antenna contraption work as well as an antenna you’d buy at the store. so when an episode of The Bachelor (sabrina…) is airing and you must see it, get some wire and a giant steel pot and you’ll be watching horrible reality tv in no time!

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One Liners – FSM

“Just went from six to midnight”

“andre the giant, out of the shot, please. mutumbo, out of the shot!”

“I bet you think strippers like you, too”

“you sound like you’re from london!” Read More »

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The Map

I love free things. I love awesome things. Most of all, I love things that are both awesome and free. this applies to things like national parks, the Smithsonian museums, green markets, and the Express crossword. Recently, my cousin from NYC was able to get a hold of a subway map that is both these things.

A map? yes. a map. it’s an MTA subway map, which is always free, but what makes it awesome is that it is a map of the MTA Night Service. even the Village Voice agrees!

Nyc subway maps

What makes this so special is that it is a limited edition map, only 25,000 are distributed. you had to get it at one of two distribution locations, so you can’t just pick it up anywhere. on the reverse side, it also has a big piece of art on it, making it not only highly functional for the new york city night crowd, but also quite beautiful. so good, in fact, it deserves to be framed!

if you were unable to get your hands on a copy, you can get your own pdf version here. but it might be a little costly to have it printed in all its map-ly glory.

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Breckenridge

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what happens when you get 15 people in one house for one week to go snowboarding at Breckenridge? unfortunately, this is not a rant on cramming people into a house, there was no Real World-type drama, but rather an awesome awesome trip with a ton of new friends!

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Under or Over?

I had posted before about government workers being overpaid, but now, a new study by the Congressional Budget Office provides some detailed insight. I read this article and was intrigued by some of the implications.

this graph kind of summarizes the differences pretty well. It is interesting how the private sector puts a higher dollar value on higher education, where the government does not. this simple stacked bar graph seems to speak volumes to me.

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100 Foods

I first saw this list through facebook and wanted to see just how many of these I’ve crossed off the list. I like that the list is very diverse in terms of ethnic and unique foods, however, if you live in a metropolitan area, you’ve likely been exposed to a lot of these already. some are only available in certain regions like alligator and chitlins.

1. Abalone
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel & Lox
6. Baklava
7. BBQ Ribs
8. Bellini

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