if you only read one non-fiction book

read this one.

“In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” (Michael Pollan)

Even better than the Botany of Desire or Omnivore’s Dilemma, this one really shakes out the food landscape and illustrates what a minefield the modern supermarket is. I buy very little processed food (breakfast cereals are about it) but I think I have some more things to watch out for.

music observations

as the Google flies

w00t, I found a check for $103 in my mailbox this afternoon, courtesy of Google AdSense and you, you lovely people. And almost $10 for the month so far (hey, that’s pretty good for me).

Couldn’t have come at a better time.

quote of the day

I knew this

When moving to a new home, the first thing you should set up is the bed. By the end of the day you’ll be so tired, you’ll be glad to have a comfy place to pass out. Submitted by: Jeremy Reid, Graphic Designer, Belleville, Ontario, Canada

I used to do this when we moved as a kid (I had a waterbed at the time and assembly took some time and moving it after assembly was impossible) and they said I was lazy. I knew better then. Add also that a bed is the largest thing in a bedroom and its placement generally determines where everything else goes and this is not a bad idea.


play guitar? read music?

Glenn Branca is seeking 80 guitarists and 20 bass players for his upcoming performance of “Symphony No.13 (Hallucination City)”. This performance will be in Seattle on May 16 for the Seattle Art Museum’s Party in the Park, a fundraising event celebrating the museum’s 75th Anniversary.
There will be two rehearsals on May 14th and 15th from 11:00am to 9pm on both days. And a sound check on the afternoon of May 16, prior to the performance at Olympic Sculpture Park.
It will not be possible to pay so all musicians must volunteer their time, but food and drink will be supplied at all rehearsals and the performance.
All musicians will need to be able to read standard staff notation and follow a part measure by measure.
For more information contact and you will be sent a detailed info sheet.

[From 100 Guitarists wanted for “Hallucination City”]

I’m one for two, so I’m out of the running.