2005 News Archive

Amber Intro Guitar Tab

I bought a guitar a few months ago, and its one of my newest obsessions. One of the first songs I wanted to learn was the 311 song, "Amber." Amber has a great intro hook that is easily recognizable and not too difficult to play. To make a long story short, I noticed last night that Tim Mahoney (of 311) plays the riff two different ways. I've seen him play it the way I first learned, but last night I watched a video of a 311 performance and I noticed that he also plays it a more difficult way. I've posted below the guitar tabs for the new way and the old way.

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Trip

I just returned from a short two-day trip with my two roommates to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The weather was perfect--65 degrees and sunny both days, which is rare for late October. The area's scenery was some of the most unique and impressive I've ever seen. For photos and more details, check out the trip report.

Surprise Trip Home

Well, it all worked out. I was able to surprise the hell out of my mother by suddenly appearing in the living room more than 2,000 miles from where she thought I was. The look on her face was worth the $327.50 for the flight and the 1+ mile sprint from my (late) Salt Lake City to Chicago flight (gate C32) to my Chicago to Rochester flight (gate B4). (View a map of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.) Then the next day I surprised the hell out of my sister and my grandparents, too. Fun stuff.

Labor Day Grandeur Peak Hike

Peak: Grandeur Peak
Mountain Range: The Wasatch
Trail/Route: Grandeur Peak trail from the Church Fork trailhead
Team: Mike, Steve, and Brendan

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What I'm Reading, Watching and Listening To

Music (songs)
1. Bug Eyes - Dredg
2. 69 Police - David Holmes
3. Don't Tread on Me - 311
4. Thank Your Lucky Stars - 311
5. Frolic Room - 311
6. Speak Easy - 311
7. Solar Flare - 311
8. Waiting - 311
9. Long for the Flowers - 311
10. Getting Through to Her - 311
11. Whiskey & Wine - 311
12. It's Getting OK Now - 311
13. There's Always an Excuse - 311

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Arches National Park Day Trip

Today, my roommates and I went to Arches National Park, which is in southeastern Utah about 4 hours from Salt Lake City. The scenery is quite dramatic.

Vegas, Baby!

On Sunday, my roommate Brendan and I escaped Salt Lake City for a short trip to Las Vegas. The 6+ hour drive was interesting because I-15 descends into Arizona's Virgin River canyon, which was quite impressive. The first night we visited 17 of the major casino resorts, on foot! The second day we visited the Hoover Dam and re-visited some of the casino resorts' attractions.

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"Don't Tread on Me" Release Date

311 released "Don't Tread on Me" today. This album is the band's eighth original studio effort. Go buy it because it's seriously one of their best albums. Song highlights include Frolic Room, Solar Flare, Speak Easy, Whiskey & Wine and the title-track, Don't Tread on Me.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

As you may or may not know, I recently moved to Salt Lake City to go to graduate school (and to ski). So far, here's my initial impressions on my new home.

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311 Concert

311I just got back from a 311 concert at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, UT, which is an outdoor venue at the foot of the Oquirrh Mountains.

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Moving to Utah!

Well, I just purchased my Snowbird season pass, and I'm just about to pack up the car so that I can leave Rochester, NY for Salt Lake City, UT tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll be back online in a few days so I can post some more (mundane) details about my new home.

Adirondacks Trip

Well, this weekend I went on my final trip to the Adirondacks (for this year, at least). I had planned to spend three nights just kicking back and relaxing before my move out to Utah, but the trip didn't last long--15 hours, to be exact.

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Don't Tread on Me

KROQ in Los Angeles recently world premiered the first single (the title track) off 311's newest album, Don't Tread on Me. It is awesome. It gave me goosebumps it's so good. It's a rolling reggae romp.

Grad School

The University of Utah with the Wasatch Mountains as a backdrop

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Boston Fenway Park Trip

I just got back from a short trip to Boston. I had received four free Red Sox tickets from my uncle a few weeks prior, so I called my friends in Boston to see if they'd like to go to a game. They did, and so I drove up yesterday and went to the game with them. We also met my brother at the game (he was already in Boston at his friends' graduation parties).

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