The Gates and Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster)

Plenty of things to check out this weekend in the city. I started yesterday by checking out The Gates. Very neat stuff – It’s amazing they put up 7,500 of those things all over Central Park.

Then today I woke up and headed down to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year parade. It’s the year of the rooster, but I don’t think I saw any. It was all dragons.

I also learned how to figure out what day the Chinese New Year falls on (from Wikipedia):

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, one of the traditional Chinese holidays, is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, which falls on the day on which the second new moon after the day on which the winter solstice occurs, unless there is an intercalary eleventh or twelfth month in the lead-up to the New Year.

It’s so easy!

Of course I took plenty of pictures. I put up most of the picutures on Flickr, but here’s a few of the better ones I took:

The Gates

The Gates

The Gates





It snowed sometime last night. I didn’t even realize it until I left for the office.

Here’s a crappy cameraphone picture I took of my street:

Snow on 13th St.

It’s also 16(f) degrees outside. My toes are frozen.

Edison Woods at Joe’s pub

On November 30th, Edison Woods will be playing at Joe’s Pub. I recently stumbled across this band while reading through The Morning News and have been listening to The Sevien Principles of Leave No Trace over and over for weeks. So you can bet I’ll be checking out this show.

Looks like you can buy tickets here (search for ‘edison woods’ since their website is retarded and doesn’t seem to allow direct links), and they also have a little description of the band, which I’ll steal and post:

Edison Woods is a band of villains with a soft spot for love songs. To see them feels a bit like stumbling upon a strange lost film. Telling their tales with strings and piano, baritone sax and guitars, this eight piece group includes the vocals of Julia Frodahl and members of Antony & The Johnsons. “Edison Woods brings a unique mix of earthy lo-fi songs and cinematic landscapes…One can hear the lushness of Goldfrapp, the textural subtleties of The Dirty Three, the eerie qualities of Julee Cruise, and in Julia’s voice the humble ponderings of Cat Power’s Chan Marshall.” – CD Baby

Now I just have to find someone to go with me…

24 in 48

I’m participating in a little group moblogging project for the next two days thought up by Lia Bulaong. Otherwise known as ‘find stuff to take pictures of a couple times an hour.’ It’s harder than it sounds. After most of a day at work, I’m finding myself running out of interesting things to take pictures of (how many times can you take pictures of your office/co-workers in a day?)

But still it’s a cool idea and I’m having fun finding distractions between my huge piles of work this week[end].

this is a group moblog event, sharing the lives of 24 people over 48 hours in new york city.

UPDATE: Here’s my pics so far.

UPDATE: It all finished up last night at midnight, so now it’s fun to go and compare pics of what people were doing. Take for instance each person’s first picture of themselves(?) on Friday morning: Ranjit, Karen, Lia, Dennis, Miranda, Kiri, Ann, Witold, Clay. I’ve never met any of these people, so it was kind of odd watching their lives. I guess it was like reality TV but one frame at a time. And with little or no narration or dialog (other than the pictures themselves, of course).