Monday, January 31, 2011

KODO: One Earth Tour

Fifteen years ago, I went to see a concert featuring a drumming group from Japan. "What? Really? We're going to watch some people bonging on drums? Why is that fun?" I knew nothing about this group and had no idea what I was in for. And then the KODO Drummers from Saido, Japan walked out onto the stage.

Holy. Sheee-it.

It's amazing that I waited so long to see them again but with all the moving I did - and all the moving they do (think massive global tour) - it took more than a decade. And we had to go to Olympia, WA to do so. Here's a travel tip: not much to do in Olympia as we found out. Luckily, we had other things to see.

I didn't take any photos or videos because I was focused on the performance. But this viewer video from 2007 is remarkably close to their current finale. Just increase the volume by a thousand and add massive vibrations to the floor and it's just like being there.

If you're anywhere close to where they're performing... GO.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Project: Lego

No resolutions. Just projects, remember? This one - Lego organization - is the boy's pet project and he's done an amazing job so far. We get asked quite frequently about our Lego storage system. And here's a caveat: adult fanatic Lego organization is VERY DIFFERENT from small children Lego storage (which apparently is right under wherever your foot happens to be).

James bought several types of storage bins, party for experimentation's sake but also because Lego sizes vary greatly. It irritates him that the bins don't all match though. This only serves as proof that this man is my Soulmate.

Here's the Lego closet - a work in progress. We still have bins and bins to sort though but it's a start. Everything is labeled for easy identification. See all those books piled on the red box? Lego instructions booklets - they'll get their own place soon. And that big bin at the top that looks like chaos? I'll show you what's in them in a bit.

Not only are the Lego stored according to their type: Plate 1 x 8 and up. James breaks everything down by color as well. Yup. Like I said. Soulmate.

And all those Lego in that giant bin? They're filled with individual bags that contain entire sets that we've deemed interesting enough to build again. So, instead of the horrific process of searching through individual bins to find the right pieces, all we have to do is grab the bag marked "Sandcrawler" and we're good to go. We'll also update the label system to include the model number of each set.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Not Your Father's Lego

Holy moses on a stick. Shockingly, this outperforms my BMW in the snow.

And "who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!"