May 3rd, 2009

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Socially saturated

For all I bitch about being lonely and depressed, I do get invited to a fair number of social events. Unfortunately a lot of them end up being at the same time. My immature response to this phenomenon is often to stay home and not go to any of them. But when faced with competing interests, I value one-on-one time with friends above all else.

So this coming Saturday I have at least four competing things available: a visit/photo shoot with a friend, a karaoke party at The Mint, a Parson Red Heads concert in my neighborhood, and a Flickr meetup I just found out about. I got invited to another concert by a friend's band also, but it got canceled, which was actually somewhat of a relief given the other stuff going on and the fact that my camera is in the shop. The personal visit is the only thing I'm definitely doing unless one of us has to cancel. I haven't even put the other events on my calendar yet.

Tangentially related, yesterday I started using TweetDeck to keep up with Twitter and Facebook statuses in real time. I had virtually stopped using Twitter altogether, and was finding it very hard to keep up with FB posts as I have 226 friends on there now. (My criteria for FB friends is the same as for LJ: I have to have met them in real life at least once.) My reason for starting to follow Twitter again is partly mercenary: I can get free stuff! Adagio often gives out gift certificates and discount codes, and I won a free pass to Google I/O. Not sure how frequently I'll update my own Twitter and FB statuses, however.

I'm also re-organizing my feed reader, Protopage, to try to stay on top of blogs and news better. I've experimented with Google and other readers, but I always find myself coming back to Protopage.

Latest Blue Bear Presents concert photos

Randy Clark of Crowsong

(Link to photos for the impatient)

Friday night I shot five bands at the Red Devil Lounge for Blue Bear Presents. As my Canon 40D had broken the night before, I brought along a rental 5D from Calumet. Though I had used this model before, it took a little time to get used to again, as the design is not as nice as the (newer) 40D. But the full-frame sensor allowed for some excellent shots, with lower noise at 1600 ISO than I'm used to from my own camera.

Blue Bear really packed the house for this benefit, which was great for them, even though that made it more challenging me to find places to stand. I got some pretty good shots of the bar and audience in addition to the performers. All of the bands were fun to watch and listen to: Kami Nixon, Boxcar Betties (formerly known as Shotgun Wedding), Rebecca Cross and the Saints, Crowsong, and Super Adventure Club. I was sad that I had to leave halfway through the final set, but I was so tired that I was afraid I would drop my camera off the balcony...