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Friday, March 6th, 2009

Even now, two weeks later, friends of mine are expressing to me their sympathy for LIGHTBAR, the way they might for a dead relative or pet.  People have asked me how I’m feeling, if I’m okay … call me dense but at first I thought they were offering to lift heavy objects for me.  I didn’t figure out until lately that people are worried about me personally.  But really, I’m fine.

The collapse of LIGHTBAR was somehow incredibly shocking and sad.  The most frequent text response I received was an N with twelve Os after it.  But sad as it was, it wasn’t so bad.  Nothing was damaged, nobody was hurt, no major financial loss was felt.  I happened to catch a bad cold right at the same time, but I feel fine now.  We missed out on three days of LIGHTBAR, but we had seven others under our collective belt.

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The MSL Clean Room

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Dude!  Does this spaceship make me look fat?

(Pardon the mess in our clean room; the cleaner is coming tomorrow, I promise.)

As the attendees of Red Night at LIGHTBAR are aware, MSL is deeply committed to earth-mars friendship.  That’s why we’re sending jacked-up hotrods to the red planet!  JPL offers a sneak peek, here.

If this mission succeeds, we’re on-schedule to host LIGHTBAR 2020 on MARS!

Evacuation …

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Yesterday was the saddest day in LIGHTBAR history.

Today — Wednesday February 25, 2009 — we’re digging out, cleaning up, sorting and sifting.  It’s really not too huge of a job, but the more the merrier — especially when it comes to folding 40-foot tarps.  Please drop by if you can.  Pizza will be ordered.

The remaining LIGHTBAR events are well and truly cancelled, BUT we’d love to find someplace to have one last little bash on Saturday.  My band never got to play, and I know everybody has these awesome gold outfits they want to wear …


Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

LIGHTBAR goes dark early this year …

Dome collapse ...

WTF? Well, I knew there were problems.  I’ve already had to fix several broken struts, and there were one or two near the top of the dome that I couldn’t reach to fix properly.  Yesterday we had the heaviest rain and wind in a month.  Did my baggy roof tarp begin to take on water, and grow heavy?  Were the winds worse than I realized? I wonder if anybody else’s dome fell down last night.

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Red Night at LIGHTBAR!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

… was great!  For instance:

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Minibike Winter VI at LIGHTBAR

Saturday, February 21st, 2009


Last Friday night, Portland’s awesome Midnight Mystery Ride left from Portland’s awesome (if I say so myself) LIGHTBAR at midnight, thus launching a mad weekend of gladiatory excellence known as Minibike Winter VI, brought to you by Portland’s awesome cult of speed, ZOOBOMB!

Portland is just awesome. This video gives you a taste of the whole weekend, with blue-drink action courtesy of master mixologist Matthew.  Includes subtleties for the thinking impaired.

In C

Thursday, February 12th, 2009


On Saturday LIGHTBAR hosted a performance of Terry Riley’s “In C”, a piece of music that’s been variously classified as avant-garde, modern, 20th century (which used to mean modern), aleatoric and minimalist, and which sparked a revolution in musical hierarchy in 1966 when it was first conceived.  I’ve been in love with this ever since I first heard it last fall.  I had no idea it’s so widely performed, but it’s super fascinating to play and to hear.

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Lightbar Launched!

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Egad, what a night!  Hundreds of people in fabulous white costumes, hovering under the lights like moths, laughing, dancing, talking, smiling …. so much smiling!  Can pictures do it justice?


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Domebuilding: built!

Friday, January 30th, 2009


Sorry to keep you in suspense!  The cold I’m fighting has me too tired in the evenings to blog about the day’s events.  But to summarize …

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Domebuilding: Oops …

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I know what you’ve been thinking:

“That guy’s dome is too big.”

I’ve been in denial.  I’m sorry.

I plotted out the 32 foot floor plan, and eyeballed the rest.  But that third dimension is a bitch.  I’m bumping and scraping against the limbs of our three mighty trees, but that’s not even the problem — limbs are flexible.  The problem is, I’m now touching the overhead wire that delivers the Internet to my next-door neighbors. I hardly need tell you, The Internet, what it would mean for my neighbors’ quality of life if I accidentally severed that wire.

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