Upcoming Concert Page

I’ve written a script to check for upcoming concerts in the Bay Area for artists that I like. The script runs nightly and compiles the data from the concert tracking site Pollstar. They have a similar auto-notification service, but I found the 99 artist and venue limit was too, well, limitting for my interests. There was also no way to see an overview of all the concerts for a given area. I originally wanted the output to be included in the concert sidebar, but decided that there was just too much information to fit per line (I guess I could reduce it to just artist and date). I’ve updated the concert sidebar menu to include a link to this stand-alone page instead.

I really kneed it

Last weekend a bunch of friends and I had a ski weekend at Kirkwood Ski Resort just south of Lake Tahoe. I’ve been there many times over the past few years and have decided it’s my favorite in the area so far, though I haven’t been to many on the north side of the lake yet. We stayed at the Caples Lake Resort, just over a mile from the entrance to the resort. This proved to be very convenient, especially in getting to the slopes just as they were opening and avoiding the late morning crowds coming from South Lake Tahoe.My friend Mike took pictures of this trip, as well as during our group trip in December. He’s made them available on the World Is Round travel site that he heads. Matt also took some pictures and has made them available on Snapfish. Continue reading

Isn’t that sweet?

I’m not sure why, but over the past few years I’ve become more interested in food and nutrition (you might recall an earlier post I made questioning the need for genetically modified food). I don’t think it’s something that can be contributed to one factor… it’s something that has developed gradually due to external influences. Hanging out with vegetarian friends; discovering the True Food booth at a local concert; being introduced to Alton Brown’s Food Network show Good Eats; having books like Fast Food Nation, How To Read A French Fry, and What Einstein Told His Cook fall into my hands; and having a good friend be diagnosed with type II diabetes have all had an effect on me. This last item is the focus of today’s post. Continue reading