Saturday, January 23, 2010 | |

Multi-Dimensional Sphere Packing

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Wasn't as hard as making this list.

1. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
3. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
4. Umphrey's McGee - Mantis
5. Keller Williams - Odd
6. Atlas Sound - Logos
7. STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) - Peaceblaster (The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes)
8. Pretty Lights - Passing By Behind Your Eyes
9. Megafaun - Gather, Form, & Fly
10. Various Artists - Dark Was the Night


One Man, One Henge.

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Friday, January 22, 2010 | |

Magnetic Synth

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | |

Top 10+1 of 2009 pt2

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1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
2. Fits - White Denim
3. Dan Deacon - Bromst
4. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
5. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
6. Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy
7. Real Estate - Real Estate
8. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
9. Megafaun - Gather, Form and Fly
10. Nurses - Apple's Acre
11. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains

To Watch for in 2010:
1. Cloud Nothings - Turning On

Edit: Surfer Blood was bumped back into '09 per Mimi's comment. Also, Fitter Happier mentioned the Dark Was the Night compilation which was amazing, but this list excluded compilations.

NYC Live Music 2009

Monday, January 18, 2010 | |

The following is a list of bands (~68 of them) I saw live in my first full calendar year here in NYC. This is in no way a complete list. ^indicates not in NYC.

Animal Collective
Antony and the Johnsons
Beach Fossils
Blitzen Trapper^
Blues Control
Brightblack Morning Light
Brilliant Colors
Byrds of Paradise
Cloud Nothings
Dan Deacon
Das Racist
DJ Rupture
DM Stith
Dum Dum Girls
Farmer Dave Scher
Final Fantasy^
Foreign Born
Frankie and the Outs
Frat Dad
Future Islands
German Measles
Grizzly Bear
Handsome Furs
Here We Go Magic
Holiday Shores
John Vanderslice
Julianna Barwick
Kurt Vile and the Violators
New Villager
Osso Quartet
Real Estate
Sentence Diagrams
Smith Westerns
Sufjan Stevens
Sunset Rubdown
Surfer Blood
Swish and Flick
Tallest Man on Earth
Tapes 'n Tapes
The Amazing
The Beets
The Brazos
The Flaming Lips^
The Fresh & Onlys
The Get Up Kids
The National^
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Walkmen
Total Slacker
Ty Segall
We Are Country Mice
White Denim
Yonder Mountain String Band^

Shakin' the Blues Away

Friday, January 15, 2010 | |

Paul's Bed Bug Removal Hypothesis

Thursday, January 14, 2010 | |

image by Orin Zebest

I recently stayed in a hostel in which I got bitten by bed bugs and although I have not continued to sleep there I have been thinking of an eradication took that could prove lethal.

Abstract: Bedbugs will die if exposed to great amounts of carbon dioxide; when dry ice melts carbon dioxide is created; bedbugs will flee and either die or get stuck in a duct tape trap.

Detail: As bed bugs are typically found in beds and around them in the crevices of walls and hence it is hard to get rid of them using some of the methods out there so I propose a sort of fusion of ideas outlined here.

Dry ice about 1 pound
Freeze proof bowl
duct tape
other tape to seal up the infected room

Some preliminary work must be done to eradicate these things, again this is a hypothesis and it has not been proven.

Seal up all windows in the room with masking tape or towels including the door when you are done.

Place the duct tape around the feet of the bed, you can use masking tape to protect the finish and the put duct tape on top of that sticky side out. Also place duct tape around the edges of the room and around the bottom of places of interest where you think it would be possible for bed bugs to live. If there is a multitude of things in your room you can put duct tape everywhere on the ground to catch the fleeing critters.

Place the dry ice in the freeze proof bowl on top of the bed then leave the room sealing up the door behind you with tape or a towel.

Leave the room for a few hours, when you come back you will be able to see if you have caught the bed bugs.

Theory: Dry ice creates carbon dioxide when it melts and carbon dioxide is heaver than air and poisonous to bed bugs the bed bugs will flee and because of the duct tape trap they will get caught fleeing.

Unfortunately it is not know if this will kill the bed bug eggs as there might not be a large enough concentration of carbon dioxide to do the trick as they are in an egg state, but if all goes well you will after getting rid of the bugs see where most of them were coming from and use that information to figure out where the eggs are and hit it with a good amount of pesticide or insecticide.