Archive for January, 2012

Great videos of 2010

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Well, it’s a bit late, but here are the 19 vidoes I most enjoyed 2010. (click “Read the rest…” for videos)


The Useless Machine

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Last Christmas I cobbled together a Useless Machine for my sister. The wood was from the old overhead fan blades in On Ensemble’s previous studio and the electronics and motor were from salvaged electronic devices.

(Hopefully I’ll post a video of this year’s gift to my mom — a praxinoscope made from an old record player! — sometime before next Christmas.)

Vegan food bike tour

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Hiro and I have just returned from a two-day trip on our new bike. Oh… my… goodness…

We love this bike!

This was perhaps the most fun overnight trip I’ve ever had! We rode up to South Pasadena to have lunch at Charm Vegan , then over to South El Monte for dinner at Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant, and a night’s rest in Rosemead. We then took the beautiful Rio Hondo bike path home. The food was great, but it was basically an excuse to ride, and the riding was delightful. Not only is the recumbent comfortable, but the bike inspires amazing responses from onlookers. The weird-looking bike elicits shouts of support wherever we went. It’s hard not to be happy while a guy in a Compton low-rider gives you the thumbs up while a family on the sidewalk applauds and an old guy on the corner yells, “Pump that shit! Pump that shit!” Riding this bike is like being transported to a country where everyone is friendly and the pace of life is just right. The basics of getting around, eating, and talking become a joy.

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