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February 7, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Panoramic of Downtown Los Angeles #DTLA Fashion District with a dirty sky this February 6th 2018 Vol. 15

This is one of the most hazy days we have seen in Los Angeles. The city even looked washed out and hazy from the 10 freeway and that’s just a mile and half south of downtown Los Angeles and the spot in the fashion district where I usually take my panoramic pictures.

Panoramic of Downtown Los Angeles:

Take a closer look at the dark buildings in the distance. I can see the haze of pollution in these close-ups of the black buildings in the background.

Notice the quality of the blackness in those distant buildings. The buildings don’t look completely black. They seem to be covered by a white sheen.

Bonus Stuff: Plastic Butts!?!

I usually like to get a little piece of something else from the city that I can share. This time around I’m featuring something that there are plenty of. I hope this makes you laugh.

That concludes this panoramic contribution to my series. It’s difficult to predict when I will be in Los Angeles next. Being there requires lots of hustle, but if there’s something specific you would like to see, leave a comment. Let me know what you would like to see up close and maybe I can make it happen. If work presents itself I might run down there again today.

Thanks for following and reading. Look forward to more original content featuring music, GIFs, Kombucha, coffee and travel. I’ve also started a monthly museum series. I plan to feature one museum or garden type destination each month.

January 31, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

A work in progress update along with fun Gifs and previous musical broadcast highlights from the guy who plays in a steel drum band.

This gif is just a small part of my current work in progress… Part 2… the follow up to my previous post will feature live performance highlights from a Newport Beach birthday party with music from #steelparde.

Part 2 is coming soon!

Click here to read part 1 of this series:

This is a gif from Part 1.


Click here for last week’s performance highlights featuring a fun crowd and a drum solo. We performed at Taco Surf Cantina in Seal Beach California. Lots of dancers!

Part 2:


Part 2:

Thanks for following and supporting. Look for Part 2 in a day or two!

January 30, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

That guy who plays bass in a steel drum band shares live performance highlights of a 50th birthday bash after a coffee and donut fix! Part 1 of 2

FIRST! More important than music, steamit politics, btc, flagging wars and a generous whale’s plagiarized profile pic, is my coffee and donut. Especially the donut.

That’s right, the end is near. That coffee and donut GIF you see above is a sign of more food related commentary to come. Me and the guys in the band eat at lots of interesting places. Also, the quality of catering we encounter at our performances is always interesting and worthy of discussion. Let me know if you have a question.

I will include a food section/review in my future posts about my performances with #SteelParade and big band too (coming soon).

Broadcast 1’s Highlights:

Here we are starting the party music with appropriate volume levels. Yes, we are right here in the host’s living room.

Click the following link to skip my commentary and go straight to my first broadcast on Periscope called: “Live Music: Last minute crunchy steel drum music!”
  • We start off at 02:51 with a rhythm intro to the soca tune called, “Marianne“. It is one of our favorite tunes to start out with. Marianne has soca, craziness, funk, harmonies, and blues all wrapped up into one song.
  • Catch our funky rendition of “I Can See Clearly Now” at 10:33. We usually play it with a reggae feel. The original version is by Johnny Nash, just click on his name to here the original on that weird video platform that doesn’t use Steem.
  • Now we do a reggae feel for “Sunshine On My Shoulder” at 16:12, a John Denver tune.

HEY YOU! What kind of guitar do you have? Post an image of your guitar in the comments with a brief explanation and I’ll give your comment a 100% upvote. No links. No spam.

  • We actually know two John Denver songs and we play his song “Country Road” at 21:40. We do an island version to honor Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Be sure to check out all of those versions too.
The camera angle was obstructed by a fuzzy couch pillow for a song or two. I thought it would be kind of cool:
  • I’m sorry, the camera angle gets worse, but at 27:17 we perform the Rolling Stones tune, “Beast of Burden.” We rarely play this song and we’ve been playing it for a long time. Check out my harmony, it took lots of practice to be able to sing and play the bass for some of those vocal parts.
  • We perform an original called, “DonkeySkin” at 33:12 and it turns into an exciting instrumental. FLASHBACK!!! We made a video for this song back in 2015:

… that dude had a weird bra.

  • Thankfully, at 40:20, I fix the camera angle to lose the pillow hair to gain the DRUMMER VIEW! We perform, “Stand By Me“. That’s our Steemit neighbor Max. Did you see his awesome drum solo in my previous post? Click here to see his live drum solos from our previous performance.
  • We perform another Steel Parade original instrumental at 49:34. It’s called “Pleasy“. It’s usually a soca feel, but this time we make it funky. I make the bass busy. Is that actually funky though?
  • During a drum and bass break in the same song at 55:02, our Steemit neighbor @steelparade moves the camera to an angle that lets you see the steel drum better.

NEXT: Part 2: That guy who plays bass in Steel Parade shares live performance highlights of a 50th birthday bash.

Thanks for following and thanks for reading. Even bigger thanks for upvoting even though I’m not a whale. Another big thanks for upvoting without a whale upvoting first.

Finally, a thanks to all those guitar players that are going to share an image and description of their axes. Drummers are welcome too.

Click here to see my previous post about our music: My broadcast highlights from my Taco Surf performance with #steelparade July 19th 2018 Part 2 of 2

January 26, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

My broadcast highlights from my Taco Surf performance with #steelparade July 19th 2018 Part 2 of 2

The name of my second broadcast is called, “Steel drum music sounds fun!

Did that make you dizzy? Maybe these broadcast highlights will, but they shouldn’t. The camera angle is much better this time.

  • We start off our second set with an original tune called, “Dance With Meat 03:18. Steel Parade is scheduled to release a new album this year on BandCamp.
  • At 10:10we start a classic called “Helena” and it gets the dancers moving because we play it fast. Listen to this gif-like video I made featuring our hyper rendition of Helena.

10sec Gif-Like Music Video:

  • We perform a fun reggae/steel drum version of The Beatles song “Across The Universe” at 17:02.

  • Do you remember an Elvis Castello song called “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding?” We perform our ska version of it at 22:41 with or friend Kris singing again. Checkout my bass parts! Busy, busy bass is cool sometimes.

  • We perform a song for the first time ever at 29:45! It’s called, “Let’s Run Away.”Skip back to 27:21and you’ll hear @steelparade talking about it. It’s a world premier presentation, “virgin” experience as @steelparade put it.

  • A highly sophisticated drunk dude asks us to play the Don Ho song titled, “Tinny Bubbles” at 34:37 and we make it happen. Harmonies and all.
  • Then at 36:47 the same dude puts a $20 bill on my microphone as a compliment… and we both suddenly feel like we are at a strip joint. Guess who’s the stripper? Not that strippers are bad people or anything, it’s just uhhh… different.

  • At 41:15 we perform a strangely funky version of “I Love How You Love Me.”
  • We play a famous Elvis tune at 56:30. By this time, people are already dancing and we begin a sing-along at 58:59.
  • We end our performance with an Elvis tune. I show the steel drum and talk to an old friend from BuskerApp at 01:02:04.
  • See the drum set at 1:03:56 from the thrown… that’s what we call the drummer’s seat. The rest of the video is just a bunch of chatter and too much back-to-the camera. It’s rude and I’ll try to refrain in the future.

NEXT: Wild and crazy living room performance highlights from a 50th birthday party! 😳

Don’t miss Part 1, my previous broadcast highlights, click here:

Thanks for following and reading. Please upvote and leave a genuine comment.

  • Ask me about music.
  • Ask me about the weird stuff you see.
  • Ask me to define something if you want.
  • Be the first to tell me the correct name of the Elvis song we play in this post and I’ll give you a 100% upvote on your comment.

January 25, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Highlights from my performance broadcast with #steelparade at Taco Surf July 19th 2018 Part 1 of 2

Performance Highlights: The first broadcast is called “Sticky smelly love music“. One of those words was a typo that I just went with while the heat of the moment. I don’t always have a lot of time to mess with the camera and titles while I’m getting ready to perform. The live audience kinda comes first. 😁

  • The music actually starts at 01:38 with a really fast version of a song called “Marianne.” Once again I started out with an experimental camera angle that is only good for looking at my butt and our Drummer’s left hand. That sounds sexual, but you can see a close-up of the hi-hat and snare drum. I know you Drummer’s love all of that.

  • Skip to 04:38 and hear the beginning of a fun instrumental section featuring super wacky notes, followed by a searing steel drum solo, followed by a funky drum and bass break.

  • How about a DRUM SOLO at 06:38 to get that fat whale finger upvoting? I actually move the camera partway through the solo and you can see our buddy Max doing his solo thing.

  • We finally start a new song for one of the child dancers in the audience at 11:38. She might be too young to remember the tune but you older kids might know the tune.

In my last post I mentioned using my new wide angle lens. I forgot. I not happy about forgetting. I’m also not happy about forgetting the wide angle lens for our performance the day after. I’ll talk about that later.

For now I’ll focus on the next broadcast highlights featuring wild action with me and @steelparade!

Steel Parade is:

Upfront on the steel drum and vocals is our neighbor @steelparade, that’s me @steemseph on bass guitar and harmonies, and our mystical drummer Max. He said he is on Steemit but I can’t find him.

That’s me on bass in the picture above. These last two images come courtesy of an adoring fan who posted them on the Steel Parade Facebook page.

NEXT: My broadcast highlights from my Taco Surf performance with #steelparade July 19th 2018 Part 2 of 2

Thanks for following and upvoting. Look forward to my next performance highlights.

January 24, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Cold brew coffee DIY: size of grounds to use!!! IMPORTANT follow up to my previous post!!! Part 2 of 2

Do you remember my last cold brew post where I mention the size of the grounds? Click here to see it:

I recommended French press grounds to make the cold brew. I say this because the French press grounds have less resistance and the coffee water mixture will drain faster.

Check out this funny video from my early days of making cold brew coffee:

Lets Make Cold Brew Coffee!!!

I used Turkish ground coffee which was a really bad idea. Filtering rate was slow and I used lots of coffee filters.

Clumpy, clumps, all clumped together, making clumps that are hard to mix.

Look… still trying to mix it:

Also, it takes a long time to filter it all. You’ll go through lots of filters using espresso or Turkish sized coffee grounds.

Funny, I found it appropriate to start talking about coffee again. Maybe it’s the coming winter months that make me think of coffee. Anyway, I eventually turn the footage into an unnecessarily long video.

I wish I had a fun video showing how long it takes to filter the Turkish coffee. I guess I never got around to it. Maybe I have footage from one of my live broadcasts on Periscope or BuskerApp. I’ll dig around in my archives and see what I come up with.

Thanks for watching, and thanks for your support. Let me know if you have questions. Also please feel free to comment with your own experiences no matter how seemingly insignificant they maybe to you. It’s part of the fun! 🎃

NEXT: Highlights from my performance broadcast with #steelparade at Taco Surf July 19th 2018 Part 1 of 2

January 23, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Cold Brew coffee instructions in Gif form by That Guy Who once made Gif-Like videos. Part 1 of 2

First, make the coffee. It’s easy. I put one cup of French press sized coffee grounds into a large glass container measuring at approx. 1.5 gallons. Fill the container with water, stir, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.

On the next day stir the coffee and cold water mixture again.

Place a coffee filter on top of a sift.

This is a sift, right?

Place the coffee filter and sift on top of your favorite serving container.

Use a ladle to get it started. If you make a large batch, it might be heavy.

That’s it really… ok, I ran out of Gifs and my phone battery is really hot.


filtering and filtering and filtering and filtering and swapping filters when the drainage becomes too slow. This is the part that requires patients. The rate of filtering is also why I recommend the French Press grounds. Use Turkish if you want to be there all day. (Just kidding)

I like to bottle my cold brew and give it to friends and especially the big band director that I mentioned in previous posts.

I know I kinda kept it short, but please feel free to ask questions.

NEXT: Look forward to Part 2, “Cold brew coffee DIY: size of grounds to use!!! IMPORTANT follow up to my previous post!!! Part 2 of 2”.

Thanks for following and upvoting! Your support helps this full time musician maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle, while serving our neighbors with happy music.

January 23, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

One Museum a Month Challenge Part 1 of 12: The Broad! Featuring advice, architecture, and lots of Gifs.

The museum for my first post in this challenge series will be The Broad!

This is an all new challenge concept that I think I am inventing now. The goal is to have an additional constructive reason to visit museums/places of education and culture. Kind of like the destination for art thing I talk about sometimes.

These are the rules:

  1. Nominations are not necessarily and if you fall for one, don’t let it scare off a whale.

  2. Quit your day job but don’t expect Steemit to save you from laziness or procrastination.

  3. Send me all your money because I’m not a dick head. Sarcasm is different.

  4. Museums, libraries and gardens qualify.

  5. Locations may be used more than once if you make it look slick. Try to keep it in the same month at least.

  6. Change the rules anytime and don’t stress over other user’s opinions. Hypocrisy is just how we are I guess.

No trip to the museum is complete without a little freeway action. There’s lots of traffic here in Los Angeles, but it starts to decongest around 10:30 AM. If you’re going to go out before that, make sure you leave by 6 AM 😳 or earlier. By the way, The Broad opens at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays and at 11 AM on the week days.

This is The Broad and it’s located in Los Angles California!

The Broad is a contemporary art museum. They also have what is called a “postwar” collection. The museum was founded by Eli and Edith Broad.

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My advice:

  • Expect parking to be $20. Get your moneys worth and explore the area around the museum also.
  • Don’t forget about parking validation before you leave.
  • Use the guided tour available in their app. The Broad by The Broad
  • If you see a pleasantly animated female VSA with short hair (color varies) giving a random presentation, listen and enjoy her performance/presentation. 👍 (she did a great presentation of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work)
  • Visitors Service Associates (VSAs) are usually around for mini tours, parking validation, and other quirky explanations to my weird questions. They are all dressed in all black and easy to find, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions.
  • It’s a small intimate museum that gets very busy. Book your tickets early.
  • Take both the elevator and the stairs. To the second and third floor.
  • Bathrooms are on the second floor.
  • Wash your hands and don’t expect food inside the museum.
  • Tell them my mom said your cool.

Before going inside I had to wait outside. It was actually raining in Los Angles that day. I was inspired to feature the building itself. The Broad is a very interesting structure because most of it is a vault. It was designed to accommodate a gallery area, a vault, and easy access for awkward pieces to be moved around. The Broad is know for allowing their collection pieces to be loaned out to other museums throughout the world.

The outside walls as seen in my Gifs, make up why is known as the veil. It covers the vault section of the building. The main gallery on the top floor (roof of the vault) is also under this veil. It looks like porous/mesh/vanilla flavored chicken wire to me. The lines it creates are fun in contrast to the neighboring structures.

Eventually, I got inside and became so engrossed with the art that I neglected my camera phone. Yikes, that’s weird to say.

Anyway, I found the piece featured in the gif above by Takashi Murakami interesting enough to get my camera out because of the year it was made. It looks more like something from the 80’s in my little brain, but actually it’s from 1962!

There was plenty of art interesting enough to make me want to take my camera out. I refrained so that I could simply enjoy the moment.

NEXT: Destination unknown. I will definitely have a museum or… Japanese garden… yeah, something fun. 🎃

Thanks for reading and upvoting. I hope you found this fun and helpful. Let me know if you have questions.


January 18, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Final Broadcast Highlights from our San Diego performance. Me and @SteelParade in San Diego with Bass and Steel Drum Music. Part 3 of 3

• Warning, simple bass slapping at 18:15. I keep it simple to stay tight. Puls is me and we are puls. We start this soca tune with a long intro. I hope it hypnotizes you.

At 19:30 we start the song. It’s called,Everybody Loves a Saturday Night“.

Guess the name and artist for our last tune at 26:44 and I’ll give you a big juicy upvote. By the way, you can see the bottom of the steel drum much better now because I move the camera with my foot just before we begin our last song.

• At 31:53 the only music you can hear is from our break playlist, but you can hear someone ask a funny question about the steel drum.

• I pickup the camera and show the stage a little at 32:37 .

• I sit on a wet seat at 33:42 and decide to start a tour of the venue. I show the stage, my coffee, my friends Mophie battery, my bass, and the surrounding area.

• Me and @steelparade speak to viewers on Periscope and talk about the event while cracking a couple jokes.

• The rest of this broadcast shows me and @steelparade talking about boats and cognac. I end the broadcast playing around with the lights on my face. It’s not that entertaining and you can get the idea just by enjoying this last gif.

Thanks for reading and following.

Look for Steel Parade on Facebook and let us know if we can be of service at your next event.

January 17, 2018 / Tetrahedroseph

Me and @SteelParade in San Diego with Bass and Steel Drum Music. Broadcast highlights from our San Diego performance. Part 2 of 3

The broadcast starts with our second set. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a very good angle of me and our neighbor @steelparade. Eventually I make adjustments. Here are some of the musical highlights of my broadcast.

Don’t worry, it gets better.

  • If you start in the beginning, 0:07 you’re going to see a bunch of legs, some say it’s sexual, but it’s also kind of fun to see us simultaneously pickup and prepare our instruments to play.
  • Quickly skip to 01:17 for the first song of this broadcast called “Helena”. At 05:42 I stand back and we can see more than just my legs. Then we suddenly drop down in volume because we hear party auction starting.

We want to be a dynamic band. Never too loud and never too quiet with funky intensity as our goal. Search for #steelparade everywhere. • I fix the camera angle at 07:12and we play “Little Witchy” an original tune by our Steem neighbor and song writer @steelparde… Hey buddy, if your reading this, please tell us a little about this tune. Did anything fun inspire you? Cheetos burrito with mayonnaise possibly?

• Hear us perform Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” and see silly faces if you start at 12:28. I sing backup harmonies, but now that I’m listening, I don’t think it’s loud enough.

Performance Tip:

I highly recommend that every musician record themselves and constructively critique it later.hThanks for following, resteeming, and upvoting. Your past contributions have helped me pay bills.

NEXT: Final Broadcast Highlights from our San Diego performance. Me and @SteelParade in San Diego with Bass and Steel Drum Music. Part 3 of 3

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