Sunday, April 30, 2006

ICCA

Just got back from the ICCA finals (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Woo hoo! Great fun. The groups were all fantastic. I'm new to this scene so it was my first time seeing a live performance - up until now, I'd just been listening to the AcappellaU podcast and more recently, Acapodcast. During intermission I had the pleasure of meeting Joey C., the host of AcappellaU. Half our party didn't turn up, so two of the guys from Vocal Point of Brigham Young University (congrats, Champions!) sat next to us for most of the performance as they had performed first. The brush with fame for the day! Vocal Point started their set with a pitch perfect rendition of the Surround Sound thing you hear when you go to the movies. Tres cool. I wonder if that's on any of their cd's?
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For the Star Wars fans. . .

Moosebutter's rendition of Star Wars
Hear the whole thing on episode 3 (live version) of the Acapodcast here or episode 14 of AcappellaU (studio version) here.
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Friday, April 28, 2006

Cheese cream??


And what *exactly* is American Sauce? Is it made from Americans?

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Fill in the blanks...


The sign on this building in my neighborhood has always been a mystery. What did it orignially say? I think of it as Emcee Sunshine even though it makes no sense. Any ideas?
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Springtime in Brooklyn


The trees along Graham Avenue
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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Benjamin's car dance 1


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Here's my brother being a goofball. Hey! Who's watching the road???
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Faxafoss


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In the same area as the Geysir and Gullfoss is a smaller waterfall called Faxafoss. The structure at left is a fish ladder. Faxafoss is not a usual stop on the golden circle tour. Our group was just special ;)
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Benjamin's car dance 2


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More silliness.
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Gullfoss


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Not far from the Geysir, also in the southwest part of the country is one of Iceland's most famous waterfalls, Gullfoss (Golden Falls).
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Strokkur


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Located in southwest Iceland, Strokkur (meaning churn) is near the original Geysir, after which all the others were named. Here, you get two eruptions for the price of one!
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Litli Geysir


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Like a little pot of boiling water in the ground!
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Drive to the Blue Lagoon


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Marvel at the crystal clear picture! Delight in the witty dialogue! Be amazed by the soundtrack! Ok, maybe not. But you do get a sense for the lunar quality of the Icelandic landscape.
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Strokkur from afar


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Here's Strokkur from a distance.
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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Ísland!


Well, my friends - I had grand plans. I was going to post a whole photo diary with descriptions and everything. I had not bargained on having to upload almost 300 photos one by one. Instead, I'll give you some highlights to whet your appetite and then point you to my shutterfly gallery where you can see the rest.

Roll camera!

We arrived early in the morning on a very very foggy day. It meant that we didn't get to see very much, but I did get some pretty cool pictures. This is Hallgrimskirkja ("kirkja" means "church"). It sits at probably the highest spot in Reykjavík and you can see it from all over the city. It looks to me like it's about to blast off. However, I think it's meant to evoke some of the remarkable basalt rock structures that can be seen on the south shore of Iceland. I'll have to go back just so I can check those out. The statue just in front is of Leifr Eiricsson.




These shots are from the interior of Hallgrimskirkja. The massive pipe organ was pretty impressive. Overall the interior is very simple and spare.


The ladies of Apt. 401: (l-r) Tania, Sami, Jessica, Diana, Adriana and Beata


I love these two photos. The first is just a bit of grafitti. The second is incredibly sophomoric, but it makes me laugh every time and is quite possibly my favorite photo from the whole trip.


This is a volcanic crater called Kerid. The last letter actually should look kind of like a "d" with a line through the stem. It's pronounced "th" as in "them." The tiny dots at the upper left corner of the photo are people.


Our fearless leader!


One of the sights on the "golden circle" tour.


Gullfoss ("golden falls") is one of Iceland's most popular attractions.



Not far from Gullfoss is Strokkur (meaning "churn"), a slightly smaller cousin to the original Geysir after which geysers are named.


The other letter unique to the Icelandic language looks like a cross between a lowercase "p" and a capital "D" and is pronounced "th" as in "thick." It is the first letter of Thingvellir, the original meeting place of the Althingi. Founded in 930 AD, the Althingi is the world's oldest continuously standing parliament. This area is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Geologically, Iceland is both new and active. It straddles the American and European continental plates which are separating from one another at a pretty decent clip. As a result you can see a black cliff on either side of the valley where the earth split open.



Here's the view from the top of the cliff seen in the first photo.



The Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lonid) is another popular attraction, and justifiably so. Surprisingly, it is the byproduct of geothermal heating. The original plan had been to pump hot water up from the earth to use to heat homes. They drilled down 2000 metres and the water that came up was far too hot and full of sediment to use; it promptly clogged up the pipes. The solution was to pump up the hot water and run cold water alongside it, thereby heating the cold water up to house-heating temperatures. The original hot water gets pumped out into the Blue Lagoon. It's delightful for bathing, and the water is unique. It is composed of 2/3 seawater and 1/3 freshwater and contains a mix of silica, minerals, and blue-green algae not found anywhere else on earth. At some point, folks with psoriasis discovered that their symptoms improved dramatically after bathing in the Blue Lagoon. Last year, a beautiful psoriasis treatment center opened up near the Lagoon with its own smaller pools. The treatment is officially recognized by the Icelandic healthcare system and as well as by three other countries. The area surrounding the Blue Lagoon is a lava field and feels like one might imagine the surface of the moon is like. Below is the view from the sun room at the treatment center.


Many thanks to my buddy, Jessica, for this fantastic picture of the Blue Lagoon. She also gets credit for the last two pictures below.


On a sunny day you can see forever . . . from the top of the Hallgrimskirkja bell tower, that is. I love Reykjavík's colorful roofs.



That mountain in the background is Esja. What a looker!


This sculpture on the shore near the harbor is called Sun Craft.


On our last night in Reykjavík, we reunited with Hildur and Karen, both of whom had been instrumental in organizing our trip.

These photos are just a portion of the whole collection. To see the whole mess of them, go to:
Adriana's Iceland album
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