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    Massive Vinyl Haul – November 2015

    November 30th, 2015

    Massive vinyl haul batch one.
    All photos enlarge.

    I spent Thanksgiving week visiting a friend up up in Oakland and Berkeley. Amidst endless flurries of chit-chat, bickering, bartering and stuffing our faces, we hit up a bunch of record stores, including both Amoeba locations in Berkeley and San Francisco, plus Aquarius, Econo Jam, 1-2-3-4 Go!, Rasputin, Stranded and others I can’t remember the names of. After scoring a couple of the Recollection GRM titles of vintage electronic music at Lou’s Records down home in North San Diego County, I got bit by the evil collecting bug and decided I just had to “gather” more of them, thus the stack of five in the photo above. including Bernard Parmegiani’s De Natura Sonorum, the Traces Two comp, Beatriz Ferreyra’s GRM Works and Pierre Shaeffer’s Le Triedre Fertile. Another electronic work from Angus Maclise, New York Electronic, 1965, rounds out the acquisitions in that genre.

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    RIP: My CD Holder 1998-2015

    October 30th, 2015

    My old CD holder.
    My old CD holder.

    Back around 1998, during the height of the CD era, my collection was growing by heaps and bounds, so I needed to find a way to actually listen to the discs in places other than exclusively in my room–like while I was driving my aging little Nissan pickup–just so I could hear them all. At the time, I was too poor to invest in a proper car stereo, so I decided to go the low-budget route and spin my ever-expanding collection of silvery coasters on a Sony Discman with earbuds. Luckily, the police never did spot me with those white wires dangling from my ears and pull me over! To facilitate carrying around the CDs, I built my first homemade CD holder, shown in the top photo, out of super thin cardboard. It held 10 jewel cases snugly, preventing them from flailing all over the cab of my truck at every turn. Every few years, I had to re-tape the holder whenever it threatened to fall apart. Duct tape, masking tape, packing tape–you name it, I used it to reinforce that aging cube.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Heading Home

    September 30th, 2015

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    Los Angeles, California

    An information counter in a China Airlines lounge at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Tapei, Taiwan.
    An information counter in a China Airlines lounge at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Tapei, Taiwan.

    By the time we entered Tapei airspace around 12:00 am midnight, the pilot announced there was a lot of air traffic, which meant we had to circle around the city a few times in a holding pattern. Once we did finally land, it took forever to taxi to the gate, because we kept having to stop because of the aforementioned traffic. Then, to add insult to injury, we had to wait close to half an hour at the gate before we could de-plane because the crew and equipment were not ready. Around 1:30 or 2:00 am, we finally made it into the gigantic Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, where it was a mighty long hike–at least a half mile–to gate D1 for my connecting flight from Tapei to Los Angeles.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Bali Part 36

    September 29th, 2015

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    Tuban, Bali, Indonesia

    Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban, Bali, Indonesia.
    Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban, Bali, Indonesia.

    On my last day in Bali, I set my alarm for 7:30 am so I could pack up my backpack and get dressed and eat breakfat, I mean breakfast in time for my 10:30 am shuttle van to the airport. I had originally planned to take everything out of my backpack and wipe it down inside and out with a damp cloth just in case if any bed bugs set up shop in there. That way, I could avoid transferring them to my bed at home, which would be an utter nightmare, because they’re really difficult to get rid of. Unfortunately, I ran out of time and had to just re-pack the backpack minus the wipe down. Let us spray, I mean pray that there are no bugs in there!

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Bali Part 35

    September 28th, 2015

    Monday, September 28, 2015
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    Wordy oxidation in Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia.
    Wordy oxidation in Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Bali Part 34

    September 27th, 2015

    Sunday, September 27, 2015
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    Sekaa Gong Jaya Swara Ubud perform the Tedung Agung dance at Ubud Palace in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    Sekaa Gong Jaya Swara Ubud perform the Tedung Agung dance at Ubud Palace in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Bali Part 33

    September 26th, 2015

    Saturday, September 26, 2015
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    A kite shop in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    A kite shop in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

    I took the day off to catch up on Photoshopping, writing and posting updates of the previous few days of this travel journal. This is the only photo I shot all day.

    Words and photos ©2015 Arcane Candy.


    Tropical Storm Tour: Bali Part 32

    September 25th, 2015

    Friday, September 25, 2015
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    Half of a temporary Balinese split gate on Jalan Raya Ubud in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    Half of a temporary Balinese split gate on Jalan Raya Ubud in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Bali Part 31

    September 24th, 2015

    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    Ketut makes some Hindu offerings at the Arjuna 3 Guesthouse in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    Ketut makes some Hindu offerings at the Arjuna 3 Guesthouse in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Tropical Storm Tour: Bali Part 30

    September 23rd, 2015

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015
    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    A rusty flyer in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
    A rusty flyer in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

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