In honor of this weekend’s Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis

Dead Man’s Bones (aka Ryan Gosling’s band) in conjunction with a children’s choir. Really a lot of this is very good in an Arcade Fire sorta way. Check out this video too:


My life story

I have been reading posts that my father has been making on his newly minted blog. They are great, they give me insights into what my dad’s life has been like and I can see him how he sees himself via the oft-recounted stories now told in the new medium of the web. Several of his posts thus far have been about his exploits with the ladies. From the Turkish bellydancer, Zeckiya, to the time when he “met three birds and we enjoyed each other immensely” reminding his readers on several occasions that it was the 60’s and a different time.
My dad has varied and colorful experiences, most of which I will not share. I met Jena in high school and have more or less been with her for the past 18 years as of yesterday, 11 of which as husband and wife. An earlier version of myself would have felt a bit sad about the contrast of my dad’s crazy life and my own relatively normal one. And I guess this current version of myself does feel a bit sad, but not for me.
I will be able to write my reflectionary weblog posts with Jena as my editor, correcting my spelling errors (believe me she will be busy). I will get to write those posts knowing that I have found and shared all that I have experienced with the person who has known me best, who has grown up with me, and who continues to make me so very happy – through a span of time exceeding that of all of my father’s marriages. So I guess I do still feel a bit sad. My dad won’t ever be able to spend time with the person who has known all versions of himself. Then again, maybe that is why he is telling her of himself via the web.
Photos of young Ben and Jena

Love the megaphone “choice”!

Wish I could follow the Akai International Tour! (MySpace) Montreal, New York, Cleveland!

Can’t wait for Spike Jonez’s take on Where the Wild Things Are

See the trailers and a new featurette at And they could not have chosen a better band/song than Arcade Fire’s Wake Up to embody youthful enthusiasm and rebellion.

Even better way to get news than the Daily Show?

There are 6 of these now and they are all awesome.

Media Center Creation Project Log #1

Spurred, in part, by a dying Tivo Series 2 and in part by the obsolescence* of a small 2-inch TV Jena had been using as part of her morning rituals, we at the Edwards’ household are in the midst of a Media Center creation, or rather coalescence project.
While I didn’t quite plan it this way, the first part of the media center is now in place, a 37-inch Samsung LCD. Samsung is a great choice for LCD’s as they have great reviews and are generally innovators in their TV production. I briefly flirted with the idea of the LED but the smallest was 40-inches and for this particular room and space we needed it to be no larger than 37-inch. As it turns out, I was able to talk myself out of the more expensive 37-inch model primarily because I really do not like the Auto Motion Plus 120Hz™ feature that is supposed to smooth transitions between frames but ends up making everything look like it is shot on a hand-held HD video camera. Also the higher-end model achieved at least part of its 100,000:1 contrast ratio by shining up the screen surface, which in our house, like in the store, resulted in significantly more glare being produced. In this case, going to the store to see the products in action** also saved me money as I got this TV for just under $800 rather than the $1200 I was ready to spend.
NEXT UP: HD Antenna Selection
* The little LCD TV served us well for over 10 years, but the idea of getting a digital signal converter for it made me throw up in my mouth a little. So I installed a 22-inch LCD upstairs for her and connected the set to a hidden HD antenna with Scott’s help.
** I also brought my MacBook Pro and and a Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter.

Lessons Learned: Nudity

Inspired by a recent conversation Hiromi and I were having about the Matt & Kim video for Lessons Learned, Alt Text has a new post idea. Yay for “Lessons Learned”!
Anyway in the video Matt & Kim strip down to, what appears to be, nothing in the middle of Times Square. Aside from some contention on whether they are truly naked or have some skin-colored skives on and the cops being real, we discussed if we could do that, and why or why not. I think the answer starts and ends with unconditional love. Think about it, you can be naked in front of your significant other, or your dog easy enough. That is because they each love you no matter what. If everyone loved each other unconditionally we could all be naked in front of each other without fear or shame.