A Perfect Circle – By and Down

markey a perfect circle

Being a fan of A Perfect Circle requires patience.  Their debut album, Mer de Noms was released in May of 2000.  Three years later, the band released their sophomore album 13th Step.

Other than a contractually-obligated third album (which was an album of…interesting song choices), there has been no new music.

Since this is my blog, I’m going to talk for just a moment about what this band means to me.

I was 17 when Mer de Noms came out.  It’s hard to try and talk about the effect this music had on me without sounding like an enthusiastic jackass, but it really did.  As a drummer, as a writer, as a person.  It changed the way I thought about music and writing, and I believe I’m a better person because of this music.

All of that being considered, it’s been a long decade and a half.  But there is happy news.  There are several rumors floating around that new music is being worked on.  And while that means we really won’t see a release for another year or two, at best, it’s a nice thing to hear, since the last official release was 2004.

But to tide us fans over, and maybe torture us a bit, A Perfect Circle has released a studio version of one song.  Written in 2010/2011, By and Down moves slowly, and the sounds and lyrics are wounded, more similar to APC’s first album than their follow up.  I don’t understand all of the lyrics, but I appreciate the layers and the depth.

If this is the kind of music A Perfect Circle is going to be making (and we honestly have no evidence either way), then the long days and years until their next album are just going to pass more slowly.

Until then we have By and Down.  Have a listen below:

Bright Ladybug

Taken @ work on a walk around the building.

Wilting Orchid

The first flower of six to wilt.

Autumn at the Edges

Aspen leaves in July

It seems like the heat came early to Salt Lake this year.  On the other hand, a January that never went above freezing makes even moderate heat feel like too much.

Still, we put in our 100+ degree fahrenheit days, as we do every year.  It’s how we earn our Autumn.  It’s called having seasons, and in Florida, we didn’t really have them.  (In Florida, it goes from HOT, to LESS HOT, to I CAN MOSTLY GO OUTSIDE WITHOUT GETTING SUNBURNT, MERRY CHRISTMAS).

At my new job (which I never really wrote about, but probably will someday… maybe for THANKSgiving, because I’m so THANKFUL for it), at my new job, there are a few aspen trees I see as I go for my hourly walk around the building.  As the days became incrementally less hot, I noticed the edges of the leave changing.  In the fall, aspens are one of the bright yellow/oranges trees that decorate the mountains, and make Autumn the best time to go exploring on mountain trails.

Summer = Fires

We didn’t escape the summer without having to endure wildfire season.  Luckily, the valley was spared, but other spots, like Rockport, were not.  Though we didn’t have to deal with the flames, directly, we did end up with a weak of smoke hanging around the valley.

wildfires 2013

Oh, the glamor.

On a few consecutive mornings, when I went to the car to leave for work, there was a build up of ash on the windshield, and more ash coated the car and stood out very clearly against the black paint.  On one particular morning, it very softly rained ash, like a timid, toxic snow storm.  It didn’t last long.

I’m looking forward to September and October.  Last year we hiked Timpanogos in mid October, and it was so beautiful.  I’m hoping to do something similarly adventurous for our wedding anniversary this year.  Surely there will be pictures.

But the smoke has finally cleared, or is almost clear, and the temperatures continue drop.  Autumn marches closer!

Tiny Pinecones

Almost Fall

Kitty Feet!

This.  This makes me happy.

flowers

Salt Lake City Flowers

Spring in Utah is always lovely.  Spring this year is particularly welcome because this past Winter was one of the fiercest since the 1800s.

For proof, here is a quick look at January 2013’s Weather Statistics:

Since 1874, this January was the 5th coldest and 13th snowiest.

Every single day in January saw at least 1 inch on the ground (because temps never went above freezing, and the snow kept coming down).

There were 22 straight days of Red Air Alert (unhealthy air) alerts.

The average temperature was 18.8 degrees.

There were 25 days where the day’s high did not rise above freezing.

Almost 24 inches of snow in the valley.

February saw 10 days of below freezing HIGH TEMPERATURES.

Now, though, it is warm, and the plants have come alive.  Enjoy these flowers in our yard (and near our house).

tulips

Tulips


Lilac (the light colored ones)


Iris

Iris


Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth


Poppies

Poppies

Lucy

doggie

Birthday Dog

I waited a little while to write this post to make sure everything would work out.

For my birthday this year, my lovely wife got me a DOG!  We named him Babou and he was awesome!  Some kind of black lab/pitbull mix.  He was a bit neurotic, and had a lot of learning to do.  He was also extremely energetic, and every time he saw our other (poor old) dog, Cassie, he tried to attack her.

So we took Babou back 🙁

That same day (and the previous night) we looked through all of the dogs available for adoption via petfinder.com.  We found several dogs that might be a good fit for us (which meant they were mellow, nice, and played well with other cats and dogs).

I dropped Babou off at the shelter we got him from.  It was sad, but we were not the right family for him.  He was a really good dog, and in a more energetic, less-populated-by-animals house, he will fit in just fine.  

Sean' dog

Next, I went to visit the Utah Animal Adoption Center to visit Lucy, a dog Beth and I had seen online.

I told the lady at the front desk that I was there to see Lucy.

“Oh, Lucy!  We love Lucy.”

I got to visit with Lucy who was only interested in treats, and the lady that works at the kennel.

“Don’t worry,” she said, “in a few days Lucy will be following you around everywhere once she gets to know you.”

I told them Lucy was fantastic, and I wanted my wife to meet her before we adopted her.

Lucy was Beth’s top choice of what dog to adopt, so I knew she’d love her.

Later that day, we took our dog, Cassie, and headed to the local Petco where the shelter was bringing several animals for an adoption day (among them Lucy).  Of course it was overwhelming, the amount of animals barking and running around, the people everywhere.  Lucy was anxious and not on her best behavior.  Beth was skeptical, but I promised that Lucy was the kind of dog we were looking for.

Our Kind of Dog

kong toyQuick side note.  The dog we have now is about 15 years old.  Even when she wasn’t an OLD DOG, she was always mellow and very chill.  We also have three cats, and the way Cassie behaved, we might as well have had four.

Cassie is a basset hound + lab mix.  She has a big body and tiny little basset legs.  A ridiculous dog!

One thing we liked about Lucy is that she was a similar breed.  She has a big body, and stubby, but sturdy legs.  She has one eye that is mostly white, because in addition to being a Golden Retriever bred with a Basset Hound, she also has some husky mixed in.  Her fur is golden, but has dark patterns spread throughout, and she has very very thick fur.  She has loooong basset ears, and when she is sad, she starts howling like a basset!

The most important thing, though, is that she has the same temperament as Cassie.  Where Babou was energetic and feral enough that he thought he had to bark and growl at any other nearby dog, Lucy seemed to just be focused on people, and whether or not they were going to pet her or give her a treat.

Hello, Lucy

So this is Lucy, our new dog.  We’ve had her for a month and a half now, and she is fitting in just fine.  She is full of energy, and is completely ridiculous.  This is the first dog I’ve ever had that was MY DOG, and it is fantastic.  She’s a sweetheart, and I’m looking forward to hiking with her all this summer.
LUCY:

lucy sleeping

 

 

Lucy + Cassie

If you’re wondering how Lucy and our old dog Cassie fit together, just look at this picture.  They are a matched set of ridiculous!

lucy and cassie

My New Website

.com website

The domain name I really want to get is www.seanmarkey.com. It’s unavailable, and has been for a long time. I missed it going to a new owner a few years ago (after having been with the same person for several years before that).

Long story short, I cannot have seanmarkey.com

Any other cool arrangement of my name .com is not available.
Sean.com
Markey.com
SeanM.com
SEM.com
etc.

get a .co domain!I love the .co web extension. It’s new, it’s hip, it’s sexy, and it’s short! Who needs that extra “m,” anyways?

I have been watching markey.co since I found out it would expire in mid February. The expiration date came and went, and I was anxious to register markey.co.

However, that’s not how domain expiration works. It’s a process!

After the original expiration date, the domain’s owner has about a two week grace period in which they can claim the name.

Checking who.is everyday to see if the owner decided to reregister the name was like being tied to the train tracks Vaudville style, and watching an old turtle make its way to rescue me (except the train is made of cotton candy).

Harmless, low stakes waiting. Except I *REALLY* wanted the domain name.

I thought about signing up for a service like snapnames.com to help make sure I got the name when it became available. If you don’t know much about the comptetive game of snapping up expiring domains, I will just briefly say it exists, and it is VERY competitive. You should [look into it] sometime, as it is kind of fascinating and horrible.

I decided against it though, as I doubted (hoped!) that there were not several other Markeys in the world also eyeing this domain name.

My laziness gamble paid off, and on one of my frequent checks to see if the domain was available, I saw that it was and snatched it up.

I don’t plan on changing domain names again unless I can score seanmarkey.com.

So welcome to markey.co

Perfect Snowflakes

Today it snowed big giant flakes, and then it stopped.

And then it started snowing tiny perfect snowflakes.  Usually the snow is just a white blob, something undefined.  But these were visibly symmetrical.  It was really difficult to capture them on camera, but in a few pictures you can see one or two really well defined.  Just imagine that ALL the white ones looks like that.

Enjoy!

(click to see a bigger version)

Snow Picture

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snowflakes2