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On [the] Battlestar Galactica [Mini-Series]

Biographical Note While I love science fiction, I wouldn't call my self a science-fiction PERSON. That is to say, if I were invited to a science-fiction themed movie night, I'd be really excited, but if I were asked to curate my own movie night, I wouldn't immediately think to stack the evening w[...]


[caption id="attachment_1105" align="alignleft" width="158"] 1866 Torres[/caption] A couple of days ago, I had the chance to play a classical guitar made by the hella-master-builder Antonio de Torres courtesy of Retrofret in Brooklyn, NY. It's the first and only guitar I've ever played with a[...]

A Window

I don't offer this data with any judgements because I'm not even sure how to analyze it or what it means -- I just found it interesting in a spirit-of-thougtful-observation sort of way: I was riding a packed train (BU line) home last night* at, like, 11pm and found myself crammed in next to thre[...]

What I Like to Tell Myself About the Relationship Between the Lyrical and Harmonic Content of the Song “Things We Said Today” by The Beatles

Listen to this: Here’s what I think about when I hear the above song, “Things We Said Today,” by The Beatles: The singer of this song is speaking directly to a specific person -- a woman with whom he is romantically involved. Taking that dialogue into account, I divide t[...]

The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults Vol. 14

You can also read this post on So, a company called Faithways International released a record called The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults Vol. 14 in or around, I guess, 1984. Neither I nor anyone I have spoken to about it over the years (the Internet included) has ever encountere[...]

Cadences Too Boring?

Murder, She Wrote: The most powerful Neapolitan chord available without a prescription. [...]

It’s My Birthday Today

Beautiful Weekend, my project with Noell Dorsey, started years ago as an Olive Grain cover band. Olive Grain was a duo, one-half of which was my friend Craig Colorusso. Their only release contained six songs, the second of which, "Lily," I listen to every year on my birthday. [...]

Remixing My Brother’s Family

My brother, sister-in-law, and five-year-old niece came up to visit a few weeks ago. After learning that they were also oatmeal-for-breakfast-most-mornings people, I introduced them to steel-cut oats which, of course, provide the ultimate oatmeal experience (taking preparation time into account (can[...]

Sushi Rice and Algebra

While I've been making sushi at home for years and years, I've never really nailed down a definitive rice-to-water ratio. Granted, there's a lot that goes into awesome sushi rice apart from the actual cooking -- things that include, but are not limited to how long the rice is soaked or rinsed before[...]

John Cage Score

While attending a cook-out* at my friend Craig's house this past Saturday to celebrate his total triumph at the deCordova Sculpture Park earlier that day, he pulled out a hand-written John Cage score, composed in 1955 (or, at the very least, gifted in 1955) for a co-worker/friend of his, sculptor Da[...]