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Fun^3 Fest Survival Guide

by @ Wednesday, October 26th, 2011. Filed under bike, concerts, fun^3 fest, Music

After surviving another bout of infant rage (Thanks, Scout) I think Fun^3 Fest will be a breeze. Bring on the inconsiderate hipsters who dare to mosh to shoegaze.

They launched a mobile app.  Sadly it is not for Android users. I will be using my grid schedule on Google docs.

Apparently the  app features:

 

The fest is 9 days away and I am still figuring out my game plan.This weekend I will load the little backpack up with the usual survival gear.

Useful Festival Gear:
Very few people are prepared for an all day outdoor festival. Granted, there are a few unallowables. But still, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pack a few things.

Transportation
Seriously kids, parking near the Fest is not going to happen.  South of the river around the fest and the parking garages that are close are being used by Palmer Center and Long Center’s events that weekend, so they will NOT be available. DO NOT PARK IN THE BOULDIN CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD UNLESS YOU LIKE BEING TOWED.

 

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SXSW 2010 Recap

by @ Thursday, June 10th, 2010. Filed under bike, concerts, food, geek stuff, movies, Music, sxsw

sxsw2010 logoThis was year 6 of volunteering my way to platinum. I have been on vacation for the past 2 weeks and living at M’s house.

(You should go back and read the daily recaps. I put this stuff out on the internet for you, little readers)

Total # of bands: ~24  ( City Riots, Best Coast, the DJs from the Hood Internet, Le LoupTypefighterSondre LercheVivian Girls, Death Set,  :papercutzOh Snap!, Rogue Wave, Miike Snow, Fucked Up, Sharon Jones and the Dap KingsHole Frightened Rabbit, Minor Mishap Marching Band , Mayer Hawthorn & the Country, Passion Pit (DJ set) , The Pains of Being Pure at HeartBroken Bells, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons ,Everybody was in the French Resistance…Now!, and  Diplo.)

Total # of movies: 6 (The Runaways, Tiny Furniture, Canal Street Madam, Barry Munday, the Freebie, Kick Ass)

Total $ spent: ~$115 In comparison to last year, I spent more money and came home with less loot (Recessioned!).

Things that vastly improved this year’s SXSW experience:

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SXSW prep 2010 (sherpa time)

by @ Thursday, March 11th, 2010. Filed under bike, concerts, geek stuff, sxsw

I posted some of this in my Fun^3 Fest 2008 wrap up.  I cannot stress the importance of having the right gear during SXSW.

Useful Festival Gear (for the whole Fest):
So I noticed that very few people are prepared for an all day outdoor festival. Granted, the door people search your bags for weapons, booze, and food. But still, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pack a few things. This is what was in my bag (FYI: This year I am testing out the KEEN skyline.  It’s a kid’s bag but I looks like the right size for the job):

Useful Festival Gear (for SXSWi):


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Hipsterween (aka Fun^3 Fest 2009)

by @ Monday, November 9th, 2009. Filed under bike, concerts, ex sightings, fun^3 fest, Music

(edited on 11/9/9 after a good night’s sleep)

It is way past my bedtime.

I came home, showered (to remove mud and to get the smell of smoke and bad weed out of my hair) , tossed in a load of laundry,  made dinner, and now I am eating a vegan chocolate cupcake and writing to you.

First, let me thank the people that run this fest and make it magical every time.  You let me pick up my wristband early so I didn’t have to stand in line.   For the low price of $79.97 (Early Bird in the house)  I saw 20 acts in two days.  Many of which I hadn’t seen before.   Although I didn’t partake in food and beverages, there were a ton of choices for me, the vegetarian who also avoids HFCS).  Thank you!

Second, let me complain to the fest organizers about having to make my own grid schedule.  The website was nice and flashy but there is something to be said for low-tech (umm, it runs faster).  I had some issues making the scheduler work.  I have up and made myself an excel spreadsheet.

Lastly, Is there a person I can complain to about the people who got to the show late and tried to push their way tot the front?  Or can someone do something about the people smoking bad pot?  Better yet, can umbrellas be banished?

Here is the photo montage from my weekend,  you can get the details after the jump

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SXSW recap

by @ Saturday, March 28th, 2009. Filed under bike, concerts, internet, movies, Music, sxsw, vacation

sxsw2009 logoThis was year 5 of volunteering my way to platinum. I have been on vacation for the past week and a half.  I didn’t even think about the day job until today when I was trying to figure out if I had to go back tomorrow (sadly, I do.  It keeps the lights on.).

This year I blogged my way through the event, thanks to my MSI Wind Netbook (full review later), so I am just going to write up a quick summary (You should go back and read the daily recaps.  I put this stuff out on the internet for you, little readers)

Total # of bands: ~35 (FlosstradamusAsobi Seksu, Titus Andronicus, Chairlift, the DJs from the Hood Internet, Kanye West, Big Sean, GLC Consequence, Really Do, Tony Williams, Mr. Hudson, Kid Cudi, Common, Erykah Badu, Buck65, B.Dolan, Sleep, Sage Francis, the Obits, Handsome Furs, American Analog Set, the Rosebuds, Bishop Allen, Au Revoir Simone, These Arms are Snakes, Cursive Passion Pitthe Soft Pack, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Matt and Kim, Amplive, Franki Chan and Curt from Flosstradamus, and Echo and the Bunnymen.)

Total # of movies: 7 (RIP: A Remix Manifesto500 days of SummerDied Young, Stayed Pretty, The Time of Their Lives, Yes Men Fix the WorldAlexander the Last, and  I Love You, Man.)

Total $ spent: ~$21.25. In comparison to last year, I spent less money but came home with less loot.

Things that vastly improved the SXSW experience:

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good reasons to leave work early

by @ Thursday, January 8th, 2009. Filed under bike

…umm the weather is perfect for riding your bike 🙂

Today’s trek was 13 miles: from the house to the bank (to deposit money),  the library, then the new bike store where I bought a cool helmet (BTW. Nutcase helmets are on sale for $25), then back to the house.  The whole voyage took 2 hours.

This weekend’s weather is not looking to good.  If I wasn’t stuck in meetings all day tomorrow I would skip work all together so I could ride some more before it gets cold and gloomy.

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This fish made a bicycle

by @ Tuesday, January 6th, 2009. Filed under bike, diy projects

After almost a year (and almost $600) my bike is done!
The frame was purchased on Craigslist.  I took it apart. I stripped it  and repainted it lavender.  I was able to salvage a lot of parts.  I did my best to get used parts before I got new ones ( Yellow Bike, Frankenbike, and CL). When I bought new stuff I went local (Thank you guys at the Peddler).

Before

After

Check out the flickr page for more pics…

and now for the specs

Frame:
1970? Niitaka Mixte
Handlebars and Brakes:
Mavi Bullhorns with Diacompe Brake handles, original diacompe brakes with new cables and housings
Fork and Headset:
original
Front wheel:
Sun  27×1 1/4 CR18
Rear wheel:
Sun 27×1 1/4 CR18 with flip/flop hub
Tires:
Panaracer Pasela
Crankset and Bottom bracket
Stronglight Track crank and bb  48t chainring. 170mm arms.
Saddle :
Terry Butterfly
Pedals:
BMX
Cog/Gearing et cetera:
17t freewheel/Singlespeed

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