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June 2, 2009 at 12:18am

5 Things To Do: Tuesday


Neko_case 1. Neko Case’s latest album, Middle Cyclone, demonstrates â€" once again â€" that she is a child of nowhere and a resident of everywhere. Though she grew up in T-town and has never shied away from those ties, in her heart Case is not a spirit one gritty town can contain. Wide open roads. Pickup trucks. Soulless bars. Lonely mornings â€" Neko Case lives in all these places. Her voice and depth have a way of filling the voids. See her tonight at 8 p.m. inside the Pantages Theater.

2. The 6th Avenue Farmers Market opens today at 3:30 p.m.

3. Author Curtis Ebbesmeyer discusses his book Floatsametrics and the Floating World at 7 p.m. inside the Olympic Room at the Tacoma Public Library’s Downtown Tacoma Branch.

4. Go Get The Scissors, Let’s Dance, Back Alley Kicks and Aires & Graces play an all-ages show at the Eagles Hall Basement in Olympia beginning at 7 p.m.

5. Makeup Monsters, Lineland, Animal Hospital, and Christmas are playing The Den at UrbanXcahnge at 8 pm. $5.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

June 2, 2009 at 3:19am

Nosh Pit: 6th Ave Farmers Market opens


Memoirs With Recipes: Three new ones have hit the market.

Chicks Rule: How women are heating up the restaurant world.

Pimento Cheese Is Key: the South's signature sandwich

Today’s South Sound Special

The 6th Avenue Farmers Market opens today from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sixth and Pine.  Il Fiasco will demonstrate dishes to cook using goods from the market. Special deal: Spend $20 on local produce at the market today and receive 10 percent back plus a free tote bag.

Tipping Time

Wine Tasting Tuesday, Jacqueline and a wine expert discuss and pour, three wines paired with appetizers, $25, Primo Grill, 601 S. Pine St., Tacoma, 253.383.7000.

Half-price Wine Night, Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.3535.

Tightwad Tuesdays with $2 tacos, $2 beers, and $2 wells, Hell’s Kitchen, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003.

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

June 2, 2009 at 8:39am

Morning Spew

June 2, 2009 at 9:16am

Albums that drop today


Jeff-Buckley Jeff Buckley, Grace Around the World (special limited-edition deluxe package)

Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane and Sugarcane

Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King

311, Uplifter

Bourbon Crow, Highway to Hangovers

Rancid, Let the Dominoes Fall

Neil Young, Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972

Filed under: Music,

June 2, 2009 at 12:37pm

Hazardous Business


Hazardous Business Last month I applied for a job at a local company. The second question of the interview was “On a recent comment thread on a local blog, you wrote ...” followed by a quotation of what I’d written.

Ouch. I think I would have preferred we discussed my greatest weakness.

My comment wasn’t critical of the company but it came up because it was critical of one the company’s clients. The interviewer, perhaps seeing a look of panic cross my face, told me not to worry about it and added that “the staff had a lot of fun Googling me.”

Again, not exactly the words I wanted to hear. I went home after the interview, typed Erik Hanberg into Google, and started searching.

My previous vanity searches had been limited to checking out the top few results, mainly looking for what comes first--my blog, my twitter feed, a few random profiles here and there. Nothing too surprising.

But start getting down to the 2nd and 3rd pages and things began to get ... weird. An argument on 5views.com about the USS Ranger. A short Tell Tacoma post claiming RR Anderson wishes he were as cool as me (I doubt it). Even a comment thread about whether you would download your consciousness to a robot (I wouldn’t) on The Atlantic.

It suddenly made me long for the days--about 7 years ago--when the only thing a search for my name turned up was my entry as a participant in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search. It was super-geeky, but at least no one could say that searching for massive prime numbers was objectionable.

After the most intensive vanity search I’d ever conducted, one thing was certain: I couldn’t take it back. I have 2210 blog posts, 1195 tweets, and who-knows-how-many comments on other websites. By page 20, you start to get results from aggregator websites reposting some of my blog posts from certain keywords, which meant that even taking down my own entries wouldn’t necessarily solve the problem.

The most obvious solution to these problems is to go pseudo-anonymous. Even if a lot of people know your online handle--a scenario you might call “open secret anonymous”--at least you know your comments aren’t going to show up in search results for your name.

And most people in on the “secret” respect the divide between the online and real world. Awhile ago, I noticed on my own blog that I got hits from people searching for my friends’ names. In fact one of the top 10 searches that directed people to my blog was for someone I went to high school with. I realized there was no reason to list my friends’ full names. No matter how innocuous the context, they didn’t ask to be found on my site. So I deleted all last names.

For myself, I’ve decided that it’s too late to change now. I haven’t been anonymous, and with so much that I’ve published already, it might look odd to have all Erik Hanberg searches turn up nothing after May of 2009.

So I’ve taken to actively managing my online persona better. I’ve taken advantage of the new Google Profile tool that lets me create an official page for myself. I’ve revised my profiles on some old sites I used. And I continue to remind myself before I post anything: this will be around forever.


The Internet is starting to bring new meaning to the word.

June 2, 2009 at 4:28pm

1111 S. Highland Ave., Tacoma, June 2

Filed under: Photo of the Day, Tacoma,

June 2, 2009 at 4:40pm

Night fever


Disco The disco era was fun while it lasted. But it turned out some amazingly bad songs and fashion.

Don’t tell that to ChrisMarie Photography and The Robert Daniel Gallery, though. They are hosting a disco Saturday night â€" complete with best dressed and best moves contest â€" to raise money for Project Resilience, a photographic documentation of resilient women.

Why disco?

Why not. There are about 1.5 billion cows in the world. Where there are cows, there will be cowbells. The cowbell remains the universal party-down signifier in disco and beyond.
So throw on the white three-piece suit and wait behind the velvet ropes Saturday night. Your measly $5 will nab you a drink and the chance to be King/Queen of the disco.

[The Robert Daniel Gallery, Saturday, June 6, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., $5, 2501 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma, 253.227.1407]

Filed under: Benefits, DJ/Electronica, Tacoma,

June 2, 2009 at 4:56pm

Flickr Post of the Day

June 3, 2009 at 12:15am

5 Things To Do: Wednesday


Trolls-Cottage 1. Trolls Cottage - a highly infectious roots reggae band, will play a free show at Jazzbones tonight  at 8 p.m. DJ Platelunch follows the funky beats.

2. Check out woodworker Steve Lawler's handcrafted furniture, or as he calls it, "re-Furniture" - at Gallery Madera in Tacoma.

3. Between 10 and 15 artists- each armed with 20 slides and 7 minutes- will slice open their creative brains and do a true show and tell as part of the Pecha Kucha event at 6 p.m. inside The New Frontier Lounge.

4. The rules are simple. Trivia Newton John asks questions, contestants buzz in to answer, and wrong answers are mocked unmercifully. Trivia Night at Le Voyeur every Wednesday at 10 p.m. is not for the timid or easily offended.

5. Daven and Jessica Blinn fill the Cliff House Restaurant with jazz at 7 p.m.

Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

June 3, 2009 at 3:13am

Nosh Pit


The-Red-Hot-rectangle-11260 Drink For Less: Lots of half-price wine in the South Sound tonight.

Cranky In Seattle: Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali

Ground Is Never As Fresh: buying coffee at the supermarket.

No Grapes, No Nuts, No Market Share: a venerable cereal faces crunchtime.

Today’s South Sound Special
Wino Wednesday $3 pours and $5 Rainier Pitchers Night, The Red Hot, 2914 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.779.0229.

Future Things Are Coming

This Thursday, Puyallup band SweetKiss Momma will be helping Rainiers fans rock out prior to first pitch as they’ll be headlining the Tasty Thursday Beer Garden located on the top of our Rainiers party decks beginning at 5:30 p.m.

LINK: South Sound happy hours

Filed under: Food & Drink, Nosh Pit, Tacoma,

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