Archive for September, 2008

Untitled 17: A Photo Midwest 2008 Show, October 12, 2008

Posted by matt on September 16, 2008

red_speedo_man_hedges_lg.jpgWhat: “Untitled 17” a Photo Midwest Show
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 12th, 2008 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Other Viewing Hours: October 13 – October 31, 2008 M-F 10am – 5pm
a chance to see some of Matt Apps’ photography!
Why #2: You can see other students of Madison photographer, Tom McInvaille
Where: Commonwealth Gallery (Madison Enterprise Center)
Address: 100 South Baldwin Street, Madison, WI 53703
Cost: FREE!

Every other year, Madison hosts a celebration of photography called “Photo Midwest” in the month of October.  This year, I have the privilege of showing my work in one of the exhibits with 17 or so other students who have taken a Master Photography class with Madison great, Tom McInvaille of Studio M in Madison, WI.  Since the style and theme of the show is guaranteed to be all over the map, we decided to name the show “Untitled 17“.

I’ve taken Tom’s class 3 times and the series I’m showing would probably be considered my most ‘successful’, if also not the most bizarre.  A sample (untitled currently) is included above…

Mark your calendars for Sunday afternoon October 12th, 2008 from 1-3pm, the reception is free, and you can see some interesting photography.  I think there may even be some food!

This is my first time showing my photography in a gallery, so I’m quite excited–hope to see you there!

Posted under photos, shows

Metallica – Death Magnetic: Download or Buy it?

Posted by matt on September 11, 2008

metallica_death_magnetic.jpgArtist: Metallica
Album: Death Magnetic
Wikipedia Genre(s): Thrash metal, speed metal, heavy metal
Matt’s Fav Tracks:  All Nightmare Long, My Apocalypse
# times listened:
Moderate (10 – 25 times)
Matt’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Buy CD: Amazon
Steal It: PB, yo

The Metallica Death Magnetic Purchase Price Calculator

On 9/12/08, Metallica released their new album, Death Magnetic.  Surprisingly, it’s pretty good!  But with all the hubbub about Metallica, their hatred of MP3’s and their total disconnection with their fans, should you pay for it, or just download it guilt-free?

Depends.  Let’s do some analysis based on your experience:

+ $9 …Amazon purchase price of Death Magnetic
– $9 …if for some reason you bought St. Anger1:
– $4 …if you accidentally heard the “Lars is trapped in a porta-potti drumming2” sound on St. Anger
– $5 …if you felt alienated when you heard about Metallica’s anti-napster spiel 3
+ $9 …if you downloaded Metallica’s entire discography from bittorrent, because hey, screw them!4
– $20 …if you saw “Some Kind of Monster5
– $100 …if you bought “Some Kind of Monster”
(-$20 for me)
1 Note: this album was total crap.
2 A deaf 3rd-grader could have come up with a better sounding drum sound.
3 If you lived in a cave, you missed this.
4 Hopefully doing this made you feel a little better about yourself.
5 It’s hard to top the Napster fiasco, but take any little bit of dignity Metallica had left and prove that they are some of the biggest idiot, douche bags around.  This movie should have been called “Some Kind of Assholes”

So although I didn’t buy St. Anger, I did accidentally hear it ($-4) (note: it was deleted after I heard it).  I was also quite annoyed about Metallica’s anti-napster stance, so there’s another $5 discount.  That makes me entitled to steal Death Magnetic.  Additionally, I watched “Some kind of Monster” on IFC awhile ago, so Metallica actually owes me $20 in addition to giving me Death Magnetic.

Using the calculation above, what will you be ‘paying’ for Death Magnetic?

To make this easier for your collection, you can print and mail this document:


and send to:
PMB # 194
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-3581

Death Magnetic Album Review

So you either stole or paid for the album… is it any good?  It is a departure from the general crap they’ve been playing the last 10 years, with more of a ‘return to roots’ for them.  But is it too late?  Are they trying too hard?  Does every song have to be 9 minutes long?  This depends on what you like, but I’ll take the thrash stuff to whatever they were trying to do on their last album.

Some of the song structures seem forced (let’s put 3 songs together to get this song over 8 minutes!), but still executed well.  It feels like they read a market research report that said “hey, play more Master of Puppets style stuff!” and they tried hard to recreate it, with moderate success.

Remember, all these guys are 45+ years old, so they aren’t making it easy on themselves touring if they have to pound out this new stuff each night.  Also remember, even though the music might be better now, we didn’t forget what you did to us.

The decision to buy it or download it is yours, but either way, you should check it out.  Four out of 5 stars for me.

Posted under music, reviews

Gadget Review: Super Talent Pico-C USB 4GB flash drive

Posted by matt on September 3, 2008

super_talent_pico_c_icon_4gb_thumbdrive2.jpgSince the death of the floppy disk a number of years ago, almost everyone I know has seen or used a USB flash drive to move files around.  I’ve broken a few ‘freebie’ drives that I’ve gotten from vendors, so I decided that I needed one that was reliable.  The two main criteria for me are that it can fit on a key chain, and can take some abuse.  I don’t need the thing to have a ton of storage–4GB should be good enough.

It has a strange name, but I finally found this little drive, the Super Talent Pico-C that met all my criteria (it’s even waterproof!).  It was cheap too, at only $16!

Check out my one-take video review of it as well:

Posted under reviews, tech gadgets