Welcome, Topher

October 3rd, 2010

Meet Topher, our newest family member.

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The other day at work, I mentioned I had a new dog. At least three different people independently asked me, “What Firefly character did you name him after?” The conversation went almost identically in each case:

“He’s not named after anyone from Firefly.”

“What Buffy character?”

“Not Buffy either. I mean, sheesh!”

“Okay, what’s his name?”


“That’s an unusual name. Where did you get it from?”

”We named him after a character from Dollhouse.”

Come See Terri Tarantula at Cheddarwood

September 29th, 2010

I’m very proud to announce my next house concert on November 6.

MusicFol1_PaulAustin-570Terri Tarantula – whom you might also know by the more mundane moniker Terri Moeller – will be playing an intimate show (accompanied by a full band) in my home on Saturday, November 6. Terri is a veteran of the Walkabouts and — a personal favorite of mine — Transmissionary Six.

If you’re a fan of the folks I’ve hosted in previous shows, like the legendary Kristin Hersh and Downpilot’s Paul Hiraga, you will instantly fall in love with Terri. As The Stranger said better than I could possibly hope to:

“the Seattle singer-songwriter-drummer-keyboardist’s deep, lugubrious voice—a sensual truce between Nico’s stark, intimate croon and Hope Sandoval’s honeyed glumness—would have connected with [4AD’s] fan base’s appetite for songs tinted darkest blue.”

At the helm of Transmissionary Six, I have found that Terri’s deep and hypnotic voice brought the band’s folky psychedelic sci-fi lyrics to life in a way that was strangely moving. Her new Terri Tarantula project is just as compelling – if you miss out hearing Terri perform in the comfort of my living room, you’ll regret it forever. That’s not overpromising, is it? Trust me: Terri is worth it.

You can also sample some of Terri’s music:

The Details: Terri Tarantuala at Cheddarwood

This is a small house concert, intimately set before our living room fireplace. The audience will be limited to 30 people. As you might expect, 100 percent of the ticket sales go to Terri. CDs will also be available, and you’ll have an opportunity to chat with the band after the show. We’ll have snacks and drinks available as well.


Saturday, November 6, 2010
Performance 8:00 pm (doors 7:30)
Cost: $10 (under 18 are free)


The Johnson home (aka Cheddarwood)

Purchasing tickets:

Send me an e-mail and let me know the number of tickets you want to purchase. PayPal is the preferred method of payment.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at dave@davejoh.com.

Community college management classes apparently open enrollment to aquatic-Americans

January 28th, 2010



I see that they’re putting sharks in management roles at the Parks & Rec office nowadays.

Come to my House Concert: Downpilot’s Paul Hiraga

January 10th, 2010

I’m very excited to announce my second house concert, a follow-up to last year’s show with Kristin Hersh.

Downpilot’s Paul Hiraga will be performing at my home on Friday, February 5. Downpilot is one of Seattle’s true musical gems, and is my reward for having moved to the Seattle area (I discovered Downpilot by accident at The Tractor a few weeks after I arrived in town several years ago). I think this show will be a rare and special event – I highly encourage you to check it out.

If you don’t know Downpilot, you probably should. Paul’s music is difficult to categorize; frequently soulful, subtle and quiet, ethereal, with hints of the psychedelic. It’s a bit reminiscent, I suppose, of early R.E.M, Brendan Perry, Wilco, and a teeny bit of Velvet Underground. You can hear some Downpilot tracks:


My Sunshine [My band has been covering this song for years now!]


You can also check out the Downpilot Web site.

This is a small house concert, intimately set before our living room fireplace, and I will be limiting attendance to 30 people. As you might expect, 100 percent of the ticket sales go to Paul. Here are the details:


Paul Hiraga at Cheddarwood

When :

Friday, February 5, 2010
Performance 8:00 pm (doors 7:30)
Cost: $25


The Johnson home (aka Cheddarwood)

Purchasing tickets:

Send me an e-mail and let me know the number of tickets you’d like to purchase. PayPal is the preferred method of payment, but I’ll also take check and cash. No credit cards – I’m not Ticketmaster, folks.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at dave@davejoh.com.

I look forward to seeing you on February 5!

I’ve Got a Tree

January 1st, 2010

A few weeks ago, I said, “Hey Marin, you know what would be funny? A version of Lonely Island’s I’m on a Boat, only ours would be about a Christmas tree. We could call it, “I’ve Got a Tree.”

As usual, I considered my contribution to the project complete; I had the brilliant, million-dollar idea, and now it was up to Marin to write and sing the song. Well, that’s exactly what she did – she gave me a piece of paper for Christmas with the lyrics to I’ve Got a Tree on it – and she sang it for me on Christmas morning. Isn’t she awesome?

So this week, we created the video for I’ve Got a Tree, which you can see here. Now that it’s on YouTube, I suppose there’s nothing left to do but wait for the money to roll in. Andy Samberg: Call me. 

Fail Tree

November 25th, 2009

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Experimenting with Closr

September 5th, 2009

Despite the fact that I’m sick and tired of the fact that every little startup from here to New Yrk thinks it’s cool to remove a vowel from their name, I’m giving Closr a try. It lets you upload full resolution photos and then zoom in to see the photo in minute detail. Interesting.

He Actually Owns a Computer!

February 11th, 2009

It’s easy to poke fun at the naivety of our pre-Information Age perspective. That’s why folks love to trot out historical quotes like “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” [IBM Chairman Thomas Watson, 1943] and “640K is more memory than anyone will ever need” [Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the early 70s]. (It never seems to dampen anyone’s spirits that the second quote, at least, never actually happened.)

It was in this spirit, though, that I recently watched a fascinating news story from 1981 about how someday, we might all get our news via computer instead of by newspaper. The video is notable for being reasonably accurate, level-headed, and smart. It wasn’t alarmist, nor did it make ludicrous predictions – a rarity for tech stories in any decade. Here’s the video:

One thing jumped out at me the first time I watched it, though. Note that the guy the interview is not identified as Richard Halloran, technology expert or Richard Halloran, computer consultant or Richard Halloran, businessman. Nosiree, he’s credited with a status far more amazing, awesome, and rare. Richard Halloran actually owns a computer! And that’s so freaking amazing that it is the label they use to identify him on television:

owns-home-compter It makes me imagine that if he had cured cancer in 1980, they still would have gone with the “owns home computer” caption for this particular interview.

The Only Good Use For Snow

December 30th, 2008

Like much of the US, we got hit with a massive winter storm here in the Pacific Northwest. It put our plans to visit Portland “on ice,” as it were, and made the whole Christmas vacation somewhat unusual. Keep in mind that in the five years we’ve lived here, we’ve gotten a total accumulation of perhaps 3 inches of snow, in total. Here are some stats that describe our storm experience this year:

  • 9 continuous days of snow
  • 2 feet of total accumulation
  • 5 hours without power on Christmas day
  • 9 days without Internet access
  • 1 broken snow shovel

I posted a few photos of the snowpocalypse on my Flickr page.

Evan and Marin made good use of the snow. Just a few days into the storm, when we only had a few inches of snow, they piled the snow from shoveling the driveway into a makeshift sledding hill. The pile got about 4 feet high, which they carefully contoured and buttressed. They even created snow steps to climb up to the top.

It’s Days Like These

December 18th, 2008


…that Muff probably regrets peeing all over our floor.

As an aside, I’m pretty sure this is the most snow I’ve ever seen here in the five years we’ve lived near Seattle. Reminds me of Colorado, almost.