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Weekly Rochester Events #270: Daniel Settled KY

Thursday, March 11, 2004

The pictures at the right are not of a band or anything. I've been having problems on-and-off with that chainless bike I bought back in 2002 to ride in the winter. Basically, I was getting some bad noises from the crank ... on the way back from the last of the Thursday Thinkers, the pedals moved completely independently from making the bike move. I took it apart and thought the bevel gear on the crank had worn down and didn't make contact with the one on the drive shaft to the back wheel. After fiddling with that for a while, I figured out that the bearings had failed in the front part of the drive shaft, and the drive gear was just popping out of place.

I read something on the Internet that said you should only have two bearings per shaft: one at each end. In the bike, there were two bearings at the front (and one at the back.) The logic is that if one bearing is good, two will be better—especially in situations where there's a lot of stress like this one. If you think about it further, though, this isn't such a good idea. If there is a a defect in one bearing, it will probably just nudge the shaft slightly and survive for quite a while. If you've got a second bearing in place that resists the slight defect, one of the bearings will get damaged from that resistance. Ultimately, a small defect in one bearing when there's two present will cause the destruction of both. I think that's what happened here.

The other bad news was that apparently Amis International went out of business. Their website DNS entries are valid until 2006, but all e-mail bounces, and a lookup on MapsOnUs found a phone number that matched the DNS entry and was disconnected. I'm pretty sure they went out of business.

Fortunately, there's a shop called Harris Cyclery who sells bearings of the right size. This time I think I'll just use the empty shell of one of the old bearings as a spacer and just install one. I mean, just take a look a that ball bearing that got split right in half ...

I imagine all that stuff is boring to some of you, so let me address the philosophers and bore the materialists ...

Consider this piece of wisdom a friend of mine sent my way: the gist is, if you're in a canoe in a river and heading for some rocks, you can try and paddle against the current, but you'll certainly lose to the forces of nature and probably hit the rocks. However, if you take a closer look, you'll see that the water flows around the rocks—following the current will steer you safely around.

Now I'm no fan of being on water in general—much less on moving water; even less on moving water with rocks—but this is one of those pieces of great metaphorical advice. I don't know its source, but I'm sure people will claim all forms of ancient wisdom and it's pretty likely to have been realized in more than one place. It pretty neatly explains fatalism and free will and the validity of both concurrently.

If you want to read a bit of political rambling on the gay marriage issue, I composed an Open Letter to the United States Government where I encourage the equal treatment of homosexuals in the eyes of the law. I thought I'd throw this in the middle somewhere ... skip it if this kind of thing really pisses you off and you don't want to be pissed off.

Anyway, spinning back a bit ... I got pretty affected by the Thursday Thinkers last week (The Place of Oral Storytelling in a High Tech Society featuring Chairman of the Freedom Trail Commission, Dr. David Anderson.) Although Dr. Anderson focused on the African history of oral storytelling and the resilience of that tradition (and, naturally, the people involved) to survive the virtually intolerable destructiveness of slavery. However, I found his pair of example stories to be absolutely fascinating. They conveyed complex ideas in society, largely through example—as through any good parable. My mind was spinning about the thought that all this guerilla theater, culture jamming, found art, and improvisational theater is just an attempt to fill the void created by the loss of good storytelling. Heck, even crappy movies are popular because they convey a story—something desperately craved by our society.

I thought I'd try my hand at it in my blog-esque editorial columns ... or whatever you'd call them. Well, maybe someday, I guess.

Picture of good bearings from back of shaft drive
Good bearings

Picture of bad bearings from front of shaft drive
Bad bearings

Detail of ball bearings showing hardened steel ball split in two
Bad balls

Friday found me at the Urban Enterprise Forum sponsored by South Wedge Planning Committee (224 Mt. Hope Ave.) I'm trying to make money at this website and a few other projects and they've got a course I'll be attending for the rest of the month to figure out how to start a business. Then again, maybe I shouldn't take their advice, because those who do end up being part of the 90% of failed businesses ... hmm.

The other grand excitement was on Tuesday at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) The Teenage Junkies punked the place out to start with ... I'm pretty sure they were cover songs, but what do I know (and if I don't, why do I care?) but it was a cool show anyway. They finished up by kicking their whole drum kit right into the audience (of about 15 people ... not bad for a Tuesday.) Next was The Coachwhips who do this wild punk music with elements of Western and the sound of a square-dance announcer. The lead singer plays guitar and sings through their own amplifiers using a telephone earpiece as a microphone, and they've got a keyboard player and a drummer backing it up. They also don't play on stages—this night they played by the cigarette machine under the hanging lamps. And their finale was to dump their drum kit much the same as the Teenage Junkies who largely stole their fire by doing a better job of it.


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  • Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London - Some kid spy movie to keep their minds off the world they'll be inheriting from our generation.
  • Secret Window - A clever novelist who doesn't fully accept his success gets mired in a boring movie about some guy accusing him of plagiarism then generally freaking him out.
  • Spartan - News to me ... I guess it's about the kidnapping of the President's daughter ... and—get this (and I hope I don't give anything away)—apparently it's part of a much larger plot! How fucking original!

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JayceLand Pick Women and Sports—Beyond Title IX: The Winter Film Series from Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) continues tonight at Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) at 7 with Uphill All the Way. The film documents the 2,500 mile bicycle journey of five trouble teenage girls. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar]

At Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. is another Hibernatus Interruptus featuring Paper Armor by Eisa Davis wherein a couple playwrights destroy their friendship over a collaborative project. [source: Geva Theatre website]

The Bertrand Russell Society will be having their meeting at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss RussellŐs book, The Scientific Outlook. [source: Betrand Russell Society e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Joe Sorriero, and very good ambient/droning experimental guitar work from Entente Cordiale starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Star Is Born starting at 8 in which a farm girl goes to Hollywood to become a star, but finds it to be much worse than she imagined. This is a rare nitrate-based film, and Eastman House is one of the only places in the world with the proper equipment to show nitrate films. [source: Eastman House calendar]

Cure tribute band Disintegration will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Pure Kona Poetry Open Mic Night is at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight starting at 7:30. [source: Daily Perks calendar]

Keyboardist and singer Roz from Bullwinkles Café (622 Lake Ave.) will be at Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 8 or so. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is hosting their Huge Book Sale today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4 (and I guess it's $3/bag on Sunday.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar]

JayceLand Pick Two new exhibits at Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) open tonight at 5: Hand Tools and Arms, an installation by Elizabeth Lyons and Who Needs Counseling?, recent work by Mark Sawrie. [source: Rochester Contemporary e-mail]

Tonight at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. is another Hibernatus Interruptus featuring Centrifugal Force by Gary Winter. It's apparently an exploration of the blurred lines between fiction and reality. [source: Geva Theatre website]

A Photographer's Path 7 opens tonight at 7 p.m. at The Center at High Falls Fine Art Gallery (70 Brown's Race) [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow is world renowned singer/songwriter Randy Newman in An Evening With Randy Newman. [source: Freetime]

Downstairs Cabaret (172 West Main St.) will be hosting Nuts and Bolts Improv Troupe (see their site at ImprovAmerica too) starting tonight and tomorrow at 8:01 p.m. [source: Nuts and Bolts e-mail]

I could swear this was last week, but the calendar says otherwise [sorry for those of you milling around campus on Spring Break.] Did you miss The Animation Show the last few times it was at Eastman House? Well here is (what could be) your last chance: RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map image) will be showing it in Ingle Auditorium at 8. It features: [source: CAB calendar]

Craptacular Milestones (170 East Ave.) will be hosting wicked fun percussive groove-rock from The BuddhaHood, and excellent groove rock from Sim Redmond starting around 10 p.m. [source: Milestone's calendar]

Tonight at Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is talented acoustic soloist Silandara Bartlett starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime]

The Jam Room (3873 Buffalo Rd., formerly the Buffalo Roadhouse) will be hosting your fix of modern rock and covers from Better Days starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

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Checked personally by Jayce O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

Over at German House (315 Gregory St.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is Hockey Night, Kalpana, quite good power-ish rock from Seven Head Division, and RenoufIUMA link. [source: WBER calendar]

Over at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) starting around 6:30 p.m. is a Singles Dating Event ... rather expensive speed-dating. [source: Freetime]

Highly technical pop artist Vienna TengGarageBand link will be at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Montage e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Alexandra's Project starting at 8 p.m. A woman suspects her husband of cheating, so she starts executing a vengeful plan in this suspense-thriller. [source: Eastman House calendar]

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is Red Giant, awesome, tight, complex rock and roll from The VEiNS, and Mid-Air Collision. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Very good heavier modern rock band Defenbombed will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) is Jupiter 4H Project, and Third Story starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Millennium (2235 Empire Blvd.) will be hosting modern rock and covers from Better Days starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

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Dan Liberto (of the The Comedy Company) hosts Open Mic Comedy Night at Duels Café (17 E. Main St.) starting around 7:30 (theoretically.) [source: Duel's Café]

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There's another LITalk at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight starting at 7 where they discuss topics to challenge writers. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

Tonight at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The United States Army Field Band starting around 8 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

Over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 9 p.m. is Dave Rivello's 12-Piece Jazz Ensemble [source: Montage e-mail]

Excellent experimental jazz band TatYana will be playing tonight at Alexandria Mediterranean Cuisine (120 East Ave., formerly Aria) starting at 10. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Nevestka (The Daughter-in-Law) starting at 8 p.m. A woman doesn't accept the death of her husband and sustains her belief with memories of him while living with her father-in-law. [source: Eastman House calendar]

JayceLand Pick Pretty good (and more rock-ish than emo synth-pop) band Healthcare, Gentlemen's Club, and tight, fast power rock from The Juliet Dagger will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting very good blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock from Buford and the Smoking Section starting around 9 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Over at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight is Rochester Poets Reading and Open Mike starting at 7. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

Not ready for mainstream Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Mic from 8 to 10. For this one, there's no microphones and it's pretty open ended. [source: Daily Perks calendar]

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Saint Patrick's Day

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Irish-slanted punk-rock band Tom Foolery and the Shenanigans will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Performance starting at 8 p.m. More from the "Loathsome Films" series ... the Eastman calendar says, "A young on-the-run gangster (James Fox) lodges with a demonic rock star (Mick Jagger) and his two enigmatic girlfriends, only to find his identity, gender, and sanity melting away." [source: Eastman House calendar]

Not ready for mainstream Tonight from 8 to 10 is an Open-Mic Comedy Night at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) While once it was a workshop type of environment, it's now more-or-less a regular open mic ... by default it's still a place to try out new stuff. [source: Daily Perks calendar]

Very cool jazz/jazz-rock band Margaret Explosion will be at The Little (240 East Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]
 
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