4.13.2006

On Distraction (click title)

I've been keeping busy the last few months. I'm teaching 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. It's Spring Break. My parents, sister Mari and brother Mitchell just left this morning after being here for a week. It was nice to have them see where I live.

I hadn't seen my parents since August. Sarah and I had decided to spend a year fully on the West Coast in light of our plans to move back to Milwaukee. Through these last 8 months, I've felt somewhat isolated from my home (never been away for more than 4 months before). But it's like being isolated with good people because there are good people out here in Seattle.

Two days before my parents visited, I had the flu. And three days before I came down with the flu, I had taken two days off of work to go to Whistler, BC to go snowboarding with Sarah. All of those things have been great (well, not the flu), but it's thrown me out of my normal routine for the last 3+ weeks, and it's been hard to get back on track.

There's been a restlessness within in me these last few weeks, and it's been hard to pin down the source of it (it could be the lack of routine or diptheria). So, instead of getting too introspective about it, I've been finding out about topics that interest me. Here's my reviews of most of those things.

Music -

Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
They were produced by Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, which counts as a good thing in my book. With outstanding tracks such as "Fancy Claps" and "I'll Believe in Anything", it comforts my soul to hear this guys odd vocals. It makes the internal urges I've grown up with to be oppositional, go against the flow and to avoid meeting new people without reason where you are required to have more than 3 minutes of conversation about nothing... well, it calms those awkward feelings.



The Appleseed Cast - Peregrine
This is their 5th release. I enjoy it. It's not immediately amazing, but it's consistently a good record. Now, if you like previous releases from the appleseed cast, then you will most likely enjoy this album.







Tapes 'n' Tapes - The Loon
Now, for all of my hate for Minneapolis, they have churned out a band that has produced a good album. This album is consistently very strong. I would highly recommend it, especially for you Mpls types. This is great local music.







I've also been checking out, but don't know well enough to write a review for:
The Flaming Lips - At War With the Mystics
Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
Band of Horses - Everything All the Time

Other -
I have been doing research on "green" design in designing a home. The idea is to eventually buy land with others in a formed LLC (limited liability corporation), and build an estate using green design.
We would use:
Breathable insualation - to keep your house warm, but still allow for fresh air to circulate in the home.
Coated Windows placed effectively - This coating greatly reduces heat loss. Placing them on the south exposure allows for natural heating of the home.
Solar Panel Roof Shingles - This is pretty sweet. By installing this, you can actually create energy for your energy company, and get paid to live in your home. Now, it's not a ton of money, but it is enough to cover the cost of installation over 5-10 years.

Other 2 -
I've also done a bunch of house hunting in the Sherman Park neighborhood. There's a couple of interesting and cool duplexes. We have shifted our efforts towards a duplex for our first home because with one we can then afford more house, and it's a better use of our first-time homebuyer credit.

That's what I have been up to.

Blue.US
This is the website of my friend, Sumit. He is the CEO of this company that is very similar to Myspace, but for grown ups with less time. Say you are on a website and you want to share it with people, or allow people to see that you've checked it out, with the site you can just dot the website, it automatically writes something about the webpage, and you can then move on. It's a pretty cool idea. If you are interested in checking it out, e-mail me at mjonthemove(at)hotmail(dot)com, and I will send you an invite. Just put "Blue.US invite wanted" in the subject heading. That way I will know it's not junk mail.

Ok, friends. That's what I have been up to. Sorry for the mutterings. If you want more personal contact, let me know. I'll talk to ya.

peace,
m.j.

1:28 PM