December 28, 2003

Libraries and Scabs

There's nothing like a catchy headline to get your attention, right? Since we've got a cohort of librarians (does one person comprise a cohort?). OK, since we've got a cohort of folks interested in libraries and librarians I give you this article about a library, an envelope of scabs, and some grateful forensic anthropologists.

Written while listening to What's Going On from the album "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye

Posted by Pedraum at 10:58 AM |

December 27, 2003

Tropical Christmas

We've returned from a week on Florida's Sanibel Island. Before you get too excited I should list off the events that took place while we were there:

Driver's license expired, we were the last people on the plane.
Luc got sick the second day we were there and still has the fever to prove it.
We stayed indoors most of the time. Most of the time we were on the island. We stayed inside while on an island.
I lost my wallet, we filed a police report, I had my passport and birth certificate faxed to me in Florida so I could get home the next morning.
The restaurant which said they didn't see my wallet called back and said they saw it. I closed the police report.
Our plane home was delayed because of a malfunctioning bathroom, cry me a river people.

In the interest of ending this story on a positive note, here's a lil' something for you to bring some seasonal cheer. Peace y'all.

Posted by Pedraum at 02:13 PM |

December 20, 2003

Set Phasers To Stun

Make your Trekkie finaceé very happy with a wedding here. Just look at how excited these folks are. I am, in fact, stunned.
Posted by Pedraum at 08:13 PM |

December 18, 2003


"[...] clinical studies show that the average person produces one to three pints of gas and passes gas 14 times a day."

This one's special for some readers. You know who you are.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:55 AM |

Astrology My A**

My aunt Minou reads Turkish Coffee grounds in the bottom of a cup. Yeah, that's weird but not as weird as this. I can't find any indication that it's fake. Sly must be so proud.
Posted by Pedraum at 11:31 AM |

Benefit Concert Tonight

I know I should have announced this sooner on here but some of y'all might have actually shown up then...what, you want me to more nervous? I'm scheduled to play for thirty minutes. Just me, my guitar, and a microphone. It's for a good cause so if you're able it would be a blast to have you there. There are a few other bands playing as well as a DJ spinning between sets. All this for $5, such a deal. Here's some of what you can expect:
High/ Dry
Tell Her This
Aching To Be

Who’s Playing:
Damian Anderson
Pedraum Pardehpoosh
Yardsale Project featuring Jerry Trainer
DJ Rambutan (Luke Ellison)
And Surprise Special Guests too

When: Thursday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Triangle Lounge
3231 Fillmore @Lombard
Parking across the street

Why: To support the Holiday Food Drive.
100% of proceeds will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank

How Much: $5.00 cover charge at the door/additional donations welcome

Written while listening to Everlong (Acoustic) by Foo Fighters  

Posted by Pedraum at 10:03 AM |

December 17, 2003

Mr. Picassohead

Because potatoes are lamer than Picasso.

Written while listening to You Ain't Fly from the album "Do You Want More?!!!??!" by The Roots

Posted by Pedraum at 03:58 PM |

Breaking Up...

Breaking up used to be hard to do. What's the hardest part? Well, the Dr. John letter writing of course silly! Things just got a lil' easier for you heartbreakers out there. Automation comes to the aid of bad-breaker-uppers.

Written while listening to Crackity Jones from the album "Doolittle" by Pixies

Posted by Pedraum at 10:49 AM |

December 15, 2003

Nasty Sweat

The college band started out as an experiment in creating what I was already listening to (Jesus & Mary Chain and The Cure among others--thanks mostly to the Crazy Mutha Bugga). Songs from that era (1000 years ago are forthcoming...gotta update my tape player if you can believe it). Later on, the band developed a distinct funk sensibility and Nasty Sweat was a show standard. Note the envelope filter (the duck quack) on the rhythm guitar and please try to ignore the annoying tape buzz.

Written while listening to Always in Love by Wilco-Live Bootleg

Posted by Pedraum at 10:13 PM |

December 09, 2003


There's been a bit of activity in the comments section from folks interested to hear a bit more of me yapping on the microphone and pickin' while grinnin'. OK, I'll start slow here in the interest of keeping readership at it's near server-straining levels. This first one's an old skool tune I wrote while an undergrad at UCDavis. Those that were there know the tune. It's a transfer from a demo tape (yes, tape) that we made in 1994 so the quality is poopy, turn it up. If there's interest I have more.

Steve's Pizza

By the way, Steve's Pizza is where DJ Shadow (Josh Davis) and I met. But that's another story.

Posted by Pedraum at 04:13 PM |

U.K. In The House (again)

I'd like to officially welcome Mona and her U.K. office cohort to the party. Apparently they visit the site from work where they source lush purple velvet and silk from the Orient (thanks for the bedspread yo). Don't worry, all reading by Mona and co. is done during scheduled (that's pronounced sheh-jeweled) breaks.

Speaking of Mona she's hooked us up with some great new tunes (thanks again Mona):
Lovage: Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By
Goldfrapp: Black Cherry (and bonus tracks)
The Network: Money Money 2020

Written whilst listening to I Changed My Mind (Stereo MCs Remix) from the album "I changed my mind" by Quannum
Posted by Pedraum at 04:03 PM |

December 05, 2003

1.09 Gigapixel Image

It takes some effort but it can be achieved. Jerry, I expect a modified prototype soon.
Posted by Pedraum at 04:40 PM |

Pop Quiz

Report your scores below. No lying.
UPDATE: One more.
Posted by Pedraum at 04:25 PM |

Checking Out

I get this face when I'm playing guitar. The aptly named 'guitar face' implies distraction with anything else going on around me including conversations. This is not a real hit at home. Conversations and guitars just don't mix. There's an analogous situation that occurs from time to time when I'm talking to someone on the phone. I hear them responsding with a lot of "Uh-huh"s but I'm not sure they're fully engaged. Then I come to find out they've been researching something on the other end the whole time (the lightly heard keybaord tapping is usually the dead give away). Well, it turns out I'm not the only one that's noticed this.

Do you have a favorite distracted conversation story? Would you like to share it with the rest of the class?

Posted by Pedraum at 04:08 PM |

December 04, 2003


Did you now there was a Pomegranate Council? And did you know they were based in San Francisco? I'm actually surprised they're not in Tehran-geles. Looks like the Persians were ahead of their time yet again. First BMW's and now this.
Posted by Pedraum at 10:31 AM |

RM Tat */*

For the UNIX heads in tha hizzy y'all know that the above refers to ReMoving all tattoos. It's the new trend among many former hipsters in their 20's and 30's who sobered up after the dotcom boom to discover they didn't like the likeness of Michael Jackson indelibly inked on their torso. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I have been tempted to have a mark of permanance placed on some discreet spot on my body (mind outa the gutter people!). You know, like a lil' "Luc" on my shoulder blade or a tiny "Crazy Mutha Bugga" in graffiti font across my six-pack gut (props Tupac).

I have plenty of friends with tattoos. Ancient Chinese characters with meanings like "Spirit" or "Soul". That takes more guts than I have. I'd be worried the tattoo artist would secretly write the character for "Egg Rolls" on my shoulder. I'd never be able to walk through Chinatown bare-chested again.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:46 AM |

Chicken or the Egg

Better school libraries lead to better test scores. At least that's the implication of this research.

What do y'all think?

Posted by Pedraum at 08:48 AM |

December 03, 2003

Wanna Be Starting Something?

Interesting recommendations on this page.
Posted by Pedraum at 10:27 PM |

Holiday Cheer

A couple of articles that say what the company's going through right now far better than I could:

Top retailer aims to be top dog online
Strong start to the season E-tailers net more shoppers

Posted by Pedraum at 08:33 AM |

December 02, 2003


I stumbled across a great resource for local SF parties of a hip-hop persuasion (yes, I still go to parties once in a while...thank you very much). I was sorry to see I missed Lyrics Born. LB is a fellow UC Davis alumn. Davis has produced some of the finest hip-hop outfits as it turns out: Blackalicious, Lateef, and of course DJ Shadow.
Posted by Pedraum at 07:43 PM |