Archive for June, 2010

DBA Remodeling

June 30, 2010

Goodbye movie theatre, hello art studio. Somehow, my room gets 30% bigger with the renovations. Now, what to do with this projector and movie screen? Personal home theatre in my bedroom perhaps?

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Motorcycle Maintenance

June 28, 2010

Cargo Net Motorcycle Stand

This is how we work on motorcycles at Death By Audio. Another win for the cargo net.

Rockin Raw

June 26, 2010

Rockin Raw

On my return trip to NYC from the great city of Wilkes-Barre, I was graced with the presence of my former roommate April, and my far-too-distant cousin Christi, who happens to be a freakin EXPERT on nutrition. After an educational car ride, we finally made it to Brooklyn where our ultimate destination was the Rockin Raw cafe, a vegan restaurant using live, raw organic food.

Though I had eaten fake vegan food before (Foodswings?), I was completely taken aback by the amount of flavor in my raw dinner, as well as how full I felt after a seemingly small portion. My Bloody Mary used fresh tomatoes and saki, and was more refreshing than spicy. Christi’s Mojito was the best drink – a mixture of cucumber, apple, lemon, and mint. My entree was “live pasta,” which were julienned strips of zucchini tossed with red pepper and mushrooms. The sauce was the kicker – though it tasted like cheese, it was made solely from nuts and aji pepper.

In addition to dinner, Rockin Raw also serves Brunch on the weekends. I think I’ll check that out in the near future.

Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge

June 25, 2010

Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge

For lucky residents of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, you’re finally going to get an alternative late-night hangout to the bar scene. The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, located at 37 E. South Street, is having its grand opening today at 4 pm. Serving 30 different flavors of tobacco, as well as gourmet coffee from Caffe Fresco, the Crimson Lion will be a great study spot for the Wilkes-Barre college crew.

Drop in and visit Mike and Joe tonight between 4 pm and 2 am. I wish I could be there to see the opening!

Death By Audio Records

June 24, 2010

Death By Audio Records

Check out the blog for Death By Audio Records where I am now a contributing writer. We’re writing about all of your favorite Brooklyn bands like Coin Under Tongue, Sisters, Grooms, Starring, and True Womanhood. There’s also a Death By Audio Records twitter account, for those of you with short attention spans.

Let the Handicapped Madness Begin

June 18, 2010

This one is for anyone who heard me raving about a “replacement for crutches” tonight:

You can't possibly make something look more lame than this

The Roll-A-Bout is available for the low price of $600. That’s right, a pair of handlebars, four wheels and a cushion. I’ll stick to my computer chair, thanks.

LED Chess Board – Purdue Senior EE Project

June 17, 2010

Have you ever worked on a project for a long time only to get your hopes dashed by something supremely better?:

Back to the drawing board

Portland

June 16, 2010

Here’s a video from the first half of my trip. Thanks to Dan and Sam for putting me up for a few days and taking me around the city.

San Francisco coming soon.

Grooms – Acid King of Hell

June 15, 2010

Here is the new Grooms video for “Acid King of Hell” filmed by Matt Conboy and Vanessa Carr. It was shot on the waterfront in Greenpoint:


Grooms “Acid King of Hell (Guitar Feelings)”

Also, the new vinyl version of Rejoicer is finally available!

Get a copy for $15 by emailing groomstheband@gmail.com or just reply to this post and I can probably set you up with one.

Kleeb Versus The Pothole

June 14, 2010

Broken Ankle Summer in New York

Before I even unpacked my bags from my wonderful west coast vacation to Portland and San Francisco (videos coming soon), I found out the hard way why Brooklyn is in desperate need for some infrastructure repair. Walking down the sidewalk in Park Slope, my ankle met with an unlucky turn in a pothole, and I’ll be immobile for 6-8 weeks.

Of course, being cooped up at Death By Audio isn’t so bad. Despite the cabin fever, I can still play drums, work on circuitry, and even pick up some shifts in the show space. Ironically, my intended destination before this accident was NYC Resistors, where I intended to work on some Arduino and Max/MSP projects with my newly constructed mobile circuit rig:


Mounting a breadboard, power supply, amplifier, Arduino, and hookup jacks to this box now makes it possible for me to move my entire project down to the workshop in Park Slope. Of course, it will be mid-July before I’ll attempt this trip again.

How can I carry this huge rig easily? Luckily, my friend Mike in Philly makes good quality hand-made messenger bags and backpacks. During my trip, he dropped off a Norman Porter bag at DBA, and it can hold this box plus a laptop and still have extra room.

Norman Porter Messenger Bag Company

So I’ve been hanging around the house, playing drums, learning Max/MSP, editing my vacation videos, and trying to find some work at the venue or elsewhere.

I managed to make it up to NYCeWheels on my crutches, and came out with a pretty sweet electric bike. Although probably a bit dangerous, at least I can get out of the house once in a while. Just strap crutches to my back and I’m good to go.

Mark rides an electric bike to work

Freak show on wheels

One week down, five more to go. Hopefully I can use this time to be productive. Probably going to start posting regular updates, so check back. This blog is back in action.