Weekly Rochester Events #300: Almost, Like, the Longest Running Website Ever
Thursday, October 7, 2004So anyway, O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) is closed this weekend (don't tell anybody, but a certain owner is turning 40 this week.) What that means to us, though, is that we've got to find a new place to eat. I hadn't really thought about it much, but I think I might try that Sticky Lips Pit BBQ (625 Culver Rd.) that Peri recommended last year sometime. It's on Culver right by Atlantic, but you can figure that out from the address link. Same time as usual ... noon. Oh yeah, and it's week number 300 which is something pretty close to 300 weeks in a row I've been doing this site (and for you math whizzes out there, we're coming up on six whole years of meeting at O'Bagelo's.)
Oh ... what first. I guess the bitching first. I got my SprintPCS bill which included the trip back from The Burning Man Project (The Man, Black Rock City 2004, NV) along I-80 across Nevada and Utah then to I-70 back to Colorado. Apparently my plan doesn't include roaming, and, after the fact — of course — I could have paid extra to get coverage off-network. Since I didn't, I was hit with US$0.50 per minute — which I didn't do too much because I was mostly just trying to check voice mail.
Plus, I was charged US$0.50/minute for "Wireless Web." Now, first, that's per minute or US$30/hour. Second, though, is that I was simply using my phone's modem feature, not using the in-phone browser, so I didn't think this would apply ... I wasn't sure how it all worked, but I figured it was like plugging a modem into your phone line. Well, wrong. Thankfully the train didn't have power outlets or else I'd be screwed because I would have been online all the time. No, wait, that's right: I could only get a signal for a few minutes at a time in the bigger cities we rode through.
I guess my biggest beef with the whole thing is Sprint's former advertising where they claimed something like the "largest all-digital PCS network," which sounds good until you realize it's self-evident, given they are the only PCS network. If they'd just put up some money to back that claim and always provide free roaming, then we'd be talking. Worse, though, is that I was also charged an additional US$0.25/minute long-distance because — although I signed up for "nationwide long-distance" — it only applies to calls made on the Sprint network, which, apparently, consists of something like three cell towers split up among the states of Utah and Nevada.
Their current advertising is all about how they're less expensive than other companies. Bull-fucking-shit. Heck, even changing plans costs you another year's commitment or they charge you $150 to leave. And what do they have to say about this "Sprint Nationwide PCS Network?" "Simply put, Sprint has you covered. It's a promise you can depend on," [from Sprint website, "The Network Advantage," 2004-Oct-4] and they claim to connect 240 million people. I'm sure glad I don't have to depend on them.
Among the exciting things I did this week, well, okay, there's just one: I went to see David Byrne introduce his PowerPoint-based artwork, Trees, Tombstones, and Bullet Points at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) on Friday. I haven't had a chance to go back and visit the exhibit (unfortunately ... I wish I could talk about it more intelligently.)
The presentation was amusing, though. His technique was to make a presentation for his artwork using PowerPoint itself. He came into it as an expert in the topic he was talking about (his artwork) and he seemed genuinely uncomfortable addressing a group of people. This, to me, is the recipe for any typical corporate presentation, and — despite his self-professed lack of experience in corporate use of PowerPoint — he managed to act and talk just like someone in a corporate presentation. The only errors were that he was just a little too deliberate when he "forgot" which slide he was on.
He made some good points about various media and novel uses for it, and that people in literate cultures prioritize their interpretation of art (and all things, I guess) in order of words then music then pictures. For instance, he said that if he puts text on an artwork, people automatically think that's what it's about, and if he has any arbitrary image, he can change the mood of the image by applying different music. He also noted that PowerPoint, like any language, limits our capacity of thought — an aspect he found particularly fascinating to explore. I'm really bummed that I haven't had a chance to go through the exhibit yet ... maybe tomorrow.
At least on this page I don't have to worry about his concerns since I'm only using one language and no pictures or music. Something like that, anyway.
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Internet Movie Database
On this day ... October 7
Store at CafePress
Buy some JayceLand junk at sky high prices!
Rochester Music Coalition
Rochester Goes Out (D&C)
Rochester Punk Rock
WGMC Jazz Calendar
Delusions of Adequacy
Mystery and Misery
Kids Out and About
Movie links courtesy The Internet Movie Database. Map links courtesy MapsOnUs. Some movie synopses courtesy UpcomingMovies.com
About the title ... Wow ... it's been 300 weeks since I started this stupid website (or at least its concept.)
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region) from Thursday, October 7, 2004 thru Wednesday, October 13, 2004.
It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
The musical styles listed can include punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
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