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CD release party in Massachusetts on Saturday

Speaking of self-promotion:

This coming Saturday, November 21, I'm having a CD release party at Pioneer Brewing Company in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, about 15 minutes west of Worcester. It's a free show. If you live there and feel like checking it out then I hope you can make it! And if not, but you know some friends who you think would enjoy it and live around there then please pass the word along.

I put together a page with information about the show, videos of the performers, etc., but the quick information is:

  • Where: The Pioneer Brewing Company at Hyland Orchard, 199 Arnold Road, Sturbridge, MA 01518, about a 15-minute drive from Worcester.
  • When: Saturday, November 21 from 6-10 pm.
  • Cost: It's a free show, no cover charge!
  • Who's playing: I've persuaded some talented musical friends to join me, namely Kate Katzberg, Anne's Cordial, and the Superchief Trio! See below for more information about the performers.
  • Food: The Brewery doesn't serve food, but there will be a potluck dinner for those who wish to participate.


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CD release parties booked in Providence, RI and Sturbridge, MA in November

Hi all,

I'll post reminders when the dates are closer, but for now I wanted to let you know:

Last week I received copies of my new CD, 'Mistaken Identity', which is now available for purchase in a variety of ways; see for details.

To celebrate this, I decided I wanted to have two separate CD release parties, one in my current home, Providence, RI, and one in central Massachusetts where I grew up and where my family still lives. Last night, I finally put the finishing touches on the plans for the two shows, so here are the details:

WHERE: Everyman Bistro, 555 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908
WHEN: 8 pm-11 pm

Come celebrate the release of my first professionally-done CD, 'Mistaken Identity'! There will be half-priced appetizers and a beer special and perhaps some other surprises. Helping me to celebrate, excellent local acts Jon Campbell, Hannah Devine, and the electric Killdevils have agreed to join me (I will also play solo). I'm planning to have a blast; come on out and have one too!

WHERE: Pioneer Brewing Company at Hyland Orchard, 199 Arnold Road, Sturbridge, MA 01518
WHEN: 6-10 pm

An early evening show with excellent (so I'm told) locally-produced beer. There'll be a potluck, so if you haven't had dinner bring something to share and there should be some tasty food to eat ... (I plan to bring some bread, a pizza or two, and perhaps a homemade pie if there's time.)

I asked some talented friends to help me celebrate and they agreed to help out, so Kate Katzberg, Anne's Cordial, and the Superchief Trio will also be performing. There'll be lots of great music, so I hope you can make it!

See you around,
Jacob Haller
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CD update

Dear Jacob:

Your project (SO00519004) has been sent to production and has an estimated completion date of 10/02/2009. If your order is not paid in full, someone from our billing department will call you to make payment arrangements before shipping.

Your completed product will be shipped to:

Jacob Haller

561 Public St
Providence RI 02907

If there are any changes or additions to this shipping address, or if you have any questions, please let me know.


SnBProv BBQ tomorrow at Sarah S.'s

A reminder that Sarah S. has generously offered to have a barbecue at her house tomorrow, on Wednesday August 5.

Who: Providence SnBers
What: Summer BBQ
When: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm to whenever
Where: Sarah S's house in Warwick
Why: Just for fun!!
How: Please email or call Sarah S for address and directions. or (508) 685-1946
Sarah will provide the Pizzas and toppings for grilling. (Really, its good.) Please feel free to bring sidedishes, beverages, and desserts.

If you'll be driving there and are willing to give people with cars a ride, or if you're carless and need a ride, please comment (or get in touch with me if you can't comment) and we'll try to set you up!

Brown University's Ugliest Buildings

My alma mater, Brown University, has a campus which has grown a fair amount over the years, and it has a variety of buildings in a variety of styles. The result could be described as a bit of a hodge-podge, but I kind of like the mixture, even though it means that not all of the buildings are very pleasant to look at.

Last weekend I decided to wander around campus and take pictures of the ugliest buildings, and the results can be found below. Historical facts about the buildings were generally taken from the Encyclopedia Brunoniana.

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Poll #1426870 A post like this would not be complete without a poll.

What is the ugliest building on Brown's campus?

The Rock.
Barus & Holley.
The Grad Center.
The SciLi.
I vote for the CIT, because I am wrong.
Some other building which will be specified in the comments.
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the crazy and the dangerous

So. This past weekend Rhode Island was visited by the Westboro Baptist Church. Needless to say, they were not welcome and got some press coverage before, during, and after the fact.

Every so often I drive down Point Street past the Planned Parenthood there and invariably there are protesters out front with their signs. It's such an everyday thing that it wouldn't surprise me if people give directions by them -- go down Point Street and turn right at the giant fetus posters. Doing a little google news search turns up no recent mention of this -- I imagine this stopped being news years ago.

Regarding the latter bunch, silk_noir has put together a list of organizations that support abortion and birth control rights. Check them out, and, if you have the money and inclination, give them some support.

"I am a member of this community. Our DNA has been here since 1880. I belong here. The folks that come in from out of town, they are the intruders. Forty percent of all the people who were arrested here during the Operation Rescue in 1991 came from out of state. I intend to stay here. I am part of the fabric of Kansas and Kansas is part of the fabric of me." - Dr. George Tiller
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Baffling Bafflement Baffles Baffler!

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“People in Nashville seem to pretty much follow the speed limit. It's kinda baffling. Anyway I'm about to go pick up Carrie at the airport. Then I think we'll have breakfast and take it from there. Emily is also getting in later.

I had a dream last night that I stayed up all night- so it's kinda confusing. All is well. I think that's today's baffling report. I'll be back in Providence on Sunday. Bye.”

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Live from the Ryman Auditorium, it's Grand Ole Jwgh!

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“This is Jake. I'm in Nashville. I am here for my friend Christy's wedding which is on Friday and so took a flight out this morning; got here around 1:00. Check in to the hotel got the rental car with GPS, which I think will be useful, even though I already had a little mis-adventure with it already. And so next up I am gonna go some place for lunch I think and hopefully catch up with Christy and Bob. So those who might have been wondering if I made it here safe: I did, and I'll be seeing a few of you pretty soon, so... see you soon! Bye.”

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