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So last night I was having a dinner with some coworkers from Organic (we’re all in New York, but for different business reasons).

Anyway, midway through dinner, HD says “I’m heading to the Lower East Side after dinner to hook up with a friend. We’re going to watch one of her friends perform. You guys are more than welcome to join us.”
I said, “I was intending to head down that way myself to hit up Hockey Night in Chinatown. I’ll grab a cab with you. Where are you going?”
“Some place in Chinatown called Fontana’s”
“What? Seriously?”
“Yeah, why?”
“Between Broome and Grand? On Eldridge?”
“Because that’s where HNiC is happening.”

Now, I don’t have the exact figures, but there are somewhere in the neighbourhood of a BILLION bars in Manhattan. How freaky is it that two people with two different objectives in mind are going to the exact same bar? And they’re sitting together discussing that bar without realizing it? Bizarre.

Now for the not weird but definitely cool news. Eric Miranda, who I’ve mentioned several times over the past year as a member of Ming Dynasty, emailed me last week to announce the release of their brand new LP “Yellow Tiger”. Awesome. Eric’s friend, Josh, designed the cover. If you don’t recognize the art style, don’t worry, he’s not that famous. Anyway, check them out, they’re wicked awesome.

Noo Yawk, Noo Yawk! Still…

Tomorrow night I finally get home. Here’s a brief synopsis, since I promised I would blog about being here and to be honest, I just want to go home.

Here’s my room. Where I’ve basically been sequestered for a week.

Eric Miranda. Awesome dude.Ming Dynasty, Eric’s band, is so close to getting their LP finished. I swear to God, I can taste it.

Josh’s wife and little girl are sick (or were over the weekend) so I couldn’t visit. Too bad.

I painted for the first time in a couple of years. Much to Libs’ chagrin, it wasn’t for her.

My palms get sweaty typing on my laptop because the metal is slippy and hot.

Times Square is so lame even someone like me, visiting the city, hates it.

Fontana’s is a cool bar in the middle of Chinatown.

Connelly’s and The Perfect Pint are two bars located next to each other, are owned by the same people, so are not particularly competing. It’s like a huge lie. I feel cheated. However, the bartender DID give me a free scotch.

I gave myself a heel blister by walking approximately 50 blocks round trip. Ghey. So now I basically limp around like a goof.

Geoff Lillemon is capable of getting anyone, ANYONE, to do pretty much anything at any time. Just witness the majesty of the pineapple.

I’m a confirmed speaker at FiTC TO. My presentation is called “OOP for the OOPless”. I’m very very excited. I haven’t spoken since, ah heck, DesignFest a few years ago. Mostly I’ve been hanging out at events, looking like a tremendous hanger on.

It’s hard to work on a laptop in a hotel room.

My new favourite quote. “I’m gonna punch that Bleeker kid in the weiner next time I see him” – Mac, Juno’s father. Juno, released 2007.

NYC Whirlwind

Went to NYC for the day for the first time yesterday.

It’s been a few years since I’d been back. I managed to meet with the guys from Organic (the whole reason for going) then slipped off to see my friends from Ming Dynasty. Eric and Ming were recording in the basement of some chinese restaurant/club in the lower east side.

It was a lot of fun to see Eric and Ming again. I even managed to have a late lunch then a pint with Eric’s charming girlfriend Marie while he was busy packing up. They saw me off in a taxi headed to LaGuardia and I accidentally tipped my cabbie (the “Happy Cabbie” apparently) an extra 20 bucks…Oops. However, he got me to the airport in time to jump on an earlier flight. So I got home an hour earlier to Libs and Declan.

*All videos and photos taken with my phone.

Eric Miranda

Last week, I got an email from a woman in Nashville saying that she grew up with ERIC MIRANDA in New York. The state somewhere, the name of the place escapes me. Anyway, I briefly thought it odd that I was being contacted, but weirder things have happened online.

I made the appropriate forwards and Eric Miranda got in touch with her or vice versa or whatever. I was speaking to Eric Miranda last night and he said the reason she contacted me was when she Googled his name, my blog came up first. I’d mentioned Eric Miranda in terms of his comedy stylings at FiTC Hollyweird.

In case it’s escaped your notice, I’m blasting Eric’s name (his full name, mind you) so that I can Google his name (or he can, hehehehe) and see my post. Mostly because it’s funny.