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Quick Update

I've been back in Philly since last Wednesday, but Verizon won't activate my DSL until this Wednesday, so I've had very limited internet access. Work starts tomorrow, but once things get settled, I'll be posting more frequently. With WWDC starting tomorrow, I'm sure there will be plenty to talk about too.

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Dave Matthews to Play Farm Aid in Camden

I just got an email from the Warehouse, the Dave Matthews Band fan organization, announcing that Dave will be playing a solo acoustic set at Farm Aid this year. This comes at no surprise since Dave is on the Farm Aid board and has played at the benefit concert for the past few years.

What is surprising is the news that this year's Farm Aid will take place at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, New Jersey which is just across the river from Philadelphia. This will be my first time seeing Dave perform solo so it should be a real treat.

The Warehouse ticket request period is currently taking place and will close at noon on July 18th. The public on sale date is Saturday, July 22 at 10am Eastern Time.

From the email:

The mission of Farm Aid is to keep family farmers on their land. Family farmers are our only guarantee for fresh, local food. Our goal is to bring together family farmers and citizens to restore family farm-centered agriculture. Family farmers ensure safe, healthful food, protect natural resources, and strengthen local economies. For more information, please visit www.farmaid.org

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Philadelphia Getting Credit Card Coke Machines

The Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co will be rolling out 1,000 new vending machines next week. The new machines will come equipped with RFID systems for contactless payment and magnetic stripe readers for credit/debit card payment. According to the article, "Among the planned locations for the new payment system are the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Museum of Art." (emphasis mine)

Its quite exciting to be at the heart of such a huge rollout! Hopefully I'll be able to check one out over the next few weeks and get some pictures up. More to come as I stumble across these new machines.

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DMB Live at the Tweeter Center - June 28, 2006

Originally posted on The Blog That Jane Likes.

Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Camden, NJ

One Sweet World *
What Would You Say
Can't Stop
Crush *
If I Had It All *
Raven *
Say Goodbye
Dancing Nancies * >
Warehouse * >
Typical Situation *
Tripping Billies *
JTR *
Smooth Rider * >
What You Are *
Everyday *
Stay *
Encore:
Two Step *

Guests:
All songs with Butch Taylor
* Rashawn Ross on Trumpet

Take everything I said about the energy during night 1 and flip it upside. The band was definitely on fire tonight and didn't really want to stop between songs, as showcased by the unusual segues present. If I Had It All made its return tonight with an extended jam reminiscent of the Dreamgirl jam (yes, that's a good thing). Just as the band finished an explosive Dancing Nancies > Warehouse duo, the band segues into Typical Situation AND then tops that off with Tripping Billies in what can only be described as a 40 minute giant ball of energy. I also noticed there was no pause between Everyday and Stay, something the official setlist doesn't reflect but that just added to the electric atmosphere on stage.

The band switched up American Baby Intro and Rapunzel in the encore for Two Step in response to crowd chants for it. I was a bit upset during the show because I thought the band had foregone Shotgun and Kill The King in favor of Two Step. After seeing what was on the original setlist, I would have been fine either way.

I am sad that I didn't get to hear Shotgun or Kill The King, but the band's solid performance more than made up for it. It should also be noted that this was the first two-night stand since 2003 that no songs have been repeated, something that was bound to happen sometime this tour since last year was an album year and the year before that had the four new songs being played every night.

The band now takes a strange break from the east coast for a two-night stand at Alpine in Wisconsin before coming back to Virginia Beach on Independence Day.

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DMB Live at the Tweeter Center - June 27, 2006

Originally posted on The Blog That Jane Likes.

Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Camden, NJ

Don’t Drink the Water *
When The World Ends *
Pig *
Proudest Monkey *
Satellite *
Crash Into Me
Lie In Our Graves *
Hunger For The Great Light *
So Right *
Jimi Thing *
Grey Street *
Break Free *
So Much To Say * >
Anyone Seen The Bridge * >
Too Much *
The Idea Of You *
Louisiana Bayou *
Encore:
Sister
The Dreaming Tree *
Ants Marching *

Guests:
All Songs with Butch Taylor
* Rashawn Ross

Notes:
~ Dave Solo

This was my first show of the summer and 11th all-time DMB show. I saw seven songs I'd never seen live before (Pig, Proudest Monkey, So Right, Break Free, The Idea Of You, Sister and Dreaming Tree). All in all this was a pretty standard show for this tour. Nothing spectacular came out of the setlist and the song performances, while energetic were nothing I haven't heard this tour. The show met my expectations but nothing wowed me like Hello Again on 7/29/04 did, for example. This is not to say I didn't enjoy the show, on the contrary, I had a lot of fun and I'm glad the weather held up for the most part (a few sprinkles here and there). It was also pretty cool to hear some people singing along to Break Free and The Idea Of You. I hope that we may have done a little something to make that happen :)

I'm really looking forward to tonight, where the band will most likely pull out Shotgun, Can't Stop and Kill The King and old favorite JTR.

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Internet Is Here

The ISP finally felt bad for me and sent the technician out. Monday and Tuesday, the guy couldn't make it out. There was an outage at some building on Friday and that was more important than me being without internet for two weeks. Yesterday, he came but the key the leasing office gave him didn't work. I come home today and there are new modems here but the link light is still blinking. Luckily I came home early today because of training and was able to catch him before he went home. He spent an hour and a half hooking up wires in the basement before the "link" light on the modem stayed on. DSLReports speed test pegs me at under 250 kbps down and 370kbps up, which should barely be considered broadband. Normal web surfing is fine but I can see my DMB concerts taking forever to download. Right now, I'm just happy to be back online. The bitching will recommence once I become disappointed with the speeds (which will be soon).

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Firedancing

Firedancing 12

My friend and housemate, Brian Keller, took up the hobby of firedancing a few weeks ago and he put on his first semi-public performance on for us last night. I was able to get some pretty spectacular long exposure shots of him and they're up on Flickr. The photoset is available here.

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oar2006-04-07

A mere 5 days after O.A.R. played in front of a sold-out audience for the University of Pennsylvania's Spring Fling a recording of the show has appeared on archive.org. It's downloading as I write this.

O.A.R. (.....of a revolution.)
April 7, 2006
University Of Pennsylvania - Spring Fling
Philadelphia, PA

Taper: Nathan Acker (somovedon@gmail.com)
Source: SBD + CMC-4 Mix
(SBD) SBD -> Henry Engineering Patchbox -> Creative Nomad Jukebox 3
(AUD) SP-CMC-4 (card) -> SP-SPSB-6 -> Creative Nomad Jukebox 3

Conversion: Nathan Acker (somovedon@gmail.com)
Equipment: Nomad Jukebox 3 -> IEEE 1394 -> Adobe Audition 2.0 for Mix -> CD Wave

***** DO NOT ENCODE TO MP3 WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE TAPER!!! *****

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Disc 1:
01: Introduction
02: 52-50
03: Destination (Fire On The Mountain Tag)
04: Lay Down
05: Untitled
06: Anyway
07: Heard The World
08: Hey Girl
09: Wonderful Day

Disc 2:
01: One Shot
02: The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) ->
03: City On Down (First Half Only) ->
04: Delicate Few (Second Half Only)
05: I Feel Home &
06: Sunday Bloody Sunday
07: Love And Memories
08: E: That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker
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Notes:

Entire show with Michael Paris on keys, vocals, and percussion.
Compiled by Nathan Acker on April 8, 2006

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Relay For Life

Team Classy - 7am

Last weekend I participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, an all-night event whose purpose is to raise money for cancer research, remember those lost to cancer and celebrate those who have survived.

The event was held at the University of Pennsylvania's historic Franklin Field and ran from 7pm Saturday night to 7am Sunday morning (11 hours). By my estimates, about 400 people participated and about 100 stayed through the entire thing.

You can view all 69 photos I took at the event here.

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Henry Winkler speaks at Penn - Updated

Henry Winkler, made famous by his role as Fonzie on Happy Days, gave a speech last Friday night to Penn students as a part of the Fox Leadership Speakers' Forum.

The Fonz spoke about his life and shared some of the wisdom he's acquired along the way. All in all, it was very inspirational. Though it seems almost cliché, he stressed that we follow our instincts and think positive. The way in which he stressed these, however, was very original and funny:

You have a negative thought. Don't finish it. Don't put a period on the end of a negative thought. When a negative thought comes into your mind that is going to stop you from moving towards your dream. You say out loud, 'I'm sorry, I got no time for you now.' People will look at you very strangely, but it doesn't matter because eventually, what I've learned is, your habit becomes stopping the negative; you replace it with a positive, your shoulders pop back, your head flies back, you keep walking to your dream … It works. There is no nutritional value in negative thinking.

If you will it, it is not a dream … If you know what you want, there is such a great possibility that you will get it. That you will have it. That it is so possible.

There are plenty more gems like these in there. I strongly urge everyone to listen to it.

EDIT: Forgot the direct link to file.

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