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Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Booking booking Booking

SXSW (too many bands to recall names…:()




After missing our show at the River they begged us to come play their living room. So the next morning we played a few swell tunes. Then they made us this! Sweet hearts!

Azi & Gavin

ST. Louis, MO

Mount Rushmore, SD

Our Home

R2D2 Mailbox in Santa Fe, NM


Window Shopping in Santa Fe, NM

Longhorns in NM

I took this photo moments before trying to save a fallen windmill and nearly being knocked out by the flying blades. Luckily I survived with a bit of a scratch, a tetanus shot and a headache.

Securing the up top gear. oh the desert WIND!

The Gorge in NM. The winds were blowing about 55 miles an hour, it was tough to walk out on the bridge, but worth it!

Dawn gathering water in Taos, NM

Sedona, AZ

Phoenix, AZ

The inside dash of Yusef’s Honda in Phoenix, beautiful work

Tin Can Alehouse

Mr. Holslin

San Diego

Zoe, the cuddliest dog

Abram’s first tattoo

by Mauricio Martinez of Gypsy Chrome Tattoos in Vegas

Vegas & Abram

No more flash!

Highway 101

SF Botanical Gardens

Redwood Forest. Arcata,CA

Under a mustang in Salem, OR.

Flail about

Makes me smile every time.

Abram at the bridge in Corvallis, OR.

The way it wanted.

Sammy’s basement in Corvallis. This is quite a dream room. a small space, wrapped in blankets, tucked into a corner of the basement. This tiny space holds a bed some shelves and the coziest feelings

Breakfast in Sarah’s lovely home.

A side street dingo encounter.

Abram making contact with the International Space Station, his call sign is now on the ISS log. AMAZING!

Sarah’s birthday battle.

Our camp site in the MT> Hood National Forest. just feet away from the mystery grave. We were here for days and never encountered anyone. Though we did hear quite a few fireworks echoing through the mountains on Cinco De Mayo

Our trusty home in the mountains, on the road, in the desert.

While camping in MT. Hood National Forest, we came across this grave. It was under branches from a decaying tree. I tried googling the names to no avail. So here it is, the mystery grave site in the national forest. As we slept I imagined them watching over us keeping us safe from bears. really, I did…

Pictures from the road 1 month in

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

New England:


Harrisonburg, VA:

Virginia Beach, VA; LOLA:

Virginia Beach, VA; Abram & General Tsao:

Arkansas, the family:

Norman, AR:

The Cabin in Norman on the Caddo River:

Manfred , Norman, AR:

Houston, TX:

Caddy Whompus, Austin ,TX:

A Lovely drive in Vermont…

Monday, February 28th, 2011


Wednesday night Bridge

Friday, January 14th, 2011


the space house:

the Eiceful tower(courtesy of annabel):

a 3rd of my heart:

into 2011

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Steam Whistles:

Street fire aftermath:

Street Fire snow woman:


Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Headless Control Operator:

Outside my window:

Total Lunar Eclipse 12/21/2010

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

This eclipse is supposed to be one of the best ever. What makes this years’ eclipse so special is the fact that the moon will be very high in the sky and so the eclipse will be seen from coast to coast. (And as Trish of Love, Laughter and Insanity points out in a comment below, it is the first total lunar eclipse to occur during the Winter Solstice since 1378!)

Total Lunar Eclipse 12/21/2010

Lunar eclipses always occur at full moon when the moon is behind the Earth from the sun and the Earth’s shadow is cast upon the moon. Therefore, both lunar and solar eclipses can only occur when the Earth, Sun and Moon are directly aligned.

Geometry of a total Lunar Eclipse

Why Will the Moon Look Copper?
Theoretically, the moon should disappear from sight during totality, since it is completely in the Earth’s shadow. But in this eclipse, the moon will become a gorgeous copper color because of the Earth’s atmosphere. (If the Earth had no atmosphere, the moon would be completely dark during an eclipse. The red coloring arises because some sunlight still reaches the moon. Only direct sunlight is blocked. However, for the light that does manage to reach the moon, it must pass through a long and dense layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, where it is scattered. Shorter wavelengths are more likely to be scattered by the small particles, and so by the time the light has passed through the atmosphere, the longer wavelengths dominate. This resulting light we perceive as red.)

Copper Moon during Eclipse 12/21/2010

Family & my last thansgiving in NYC

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

I had such a wonderful time roaming the city with the family the past week. Thanks for making the long trip to see us, we really appreciated having everyone here!

Coney Island & Jessica:

The Birds of Coney Island:

Times Square, the last time w/ Ryan, Marie & Abram:

The Kiss At Grand Central Station Abram & Bethany:

Abram at Canal St.:

Thanks to Robin at NPR for posting this!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

By Robin Hilton
NPR All songs considered
Second Stage

NPR all songs considered second stage 10/4 2011

The Binary Marketing Show is a lo-fi, intensely experimental electro-pop and rock duo based out Brooklyn that’s produced a tiny little work of art I recently discovered called Clues From The Past. It’s a cozy collection of alluring ear candy that melds strange sonic textures with woozy horns, digital noise, found sounds and distant, haunting voices.

Bethany Carder and Abram Morphew say they met in a post-apocalyptic world while “wandering the ancient underground tunnels beneath (a) mystical city, in search of a place that cured the loneliness of existing in one’s mind.” Heavy.

This is my favorite cut from The Binary Marketing Show’s EP. The name alone speaks volumes.

“I Hate My Brain’

This is the link to the actual article on NPR:
Via @nprmusic: Second Stage: The Binary Marketing Show |

NASA & NSF Funded Research Finds First Potentially Habitable Exoplanet

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A team of planet hunters from the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star’s “habitable zone.”

This discovery was the result of more than a decade of observations using the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, one of the world’s largest optical telescopes. The research, sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation, placed the planet in an area where liquid water could exist on the planet’s surface. If confirmed, this would be the most Earth-like exoplanet yet discovered and the first strong case for a potentially habitable one.

To astronomers, a “potentially habitable” planet is one that could sustain life, not necessarily one where humans would thrive. Habitability depends on many factors, but having liquid water and an atmosphere are among the most important.

The new findings are based on 11 years of observations of the nearby red dwarf star Gliese 581 using the HIRES spectrometer on the Keck I Telescope. The spectrometer allows precise measurements of a star’s radial velocity (its motion along the line of sight from Earth), which can reveal the presence of planets. The gravitational tug of an orbiting planet causes periodic changes in the radial velocity of the host star. Multiple planets induce complex wobbles in the star’s motion, and astronomers use sophisticated analyses to detect planets and determine their orbits and masses.

“Keck’s long-term observations of the wobble of nearby stars enabled the detection of this multi-planetary system,” said Mario R. Perez, Keck program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Keck is once again proving itself an amazing tool for scientific research.”

Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, and Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution lead the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey. The team’s new findings are reported in a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal and posted online at:

“Our findings offer a very compelling case for a potentially habitable planet,” said Vogt. “The fact that we were able to detect this planet so quickly and so nearby tells us that planets like this must be really common.”

The paper reports the discovery of two new planets around Gliese 581. This brings the total number of known planets around this star to six, the most yet discovered in a planetary system outside of our own. Like our solar system, the planets around Gliese 581 have nearly-circular orbits.

The new planet designated Gliese 581g has a mass three to four times that of Earth and orbits its star in just under 37 days. Its mass indicates that it is probably a rocky planet with a definite surface and enough gravity to hold on to an atmosphere.

Gliese 581, located 20 light years away from Earth in the constellation Libra, has two previously detected planets that lie at the edges of the habitable zone, one on the hot side (planet c) and one on the cold side (planet d). While some astronomers still think planet d may be habitable if it has a thick atmosphere with a strong greenhouse effect to warm it up, others are skeptical. The newly-discovered planet g, however, lies right in the middle of the habitable zone.

The planet is tidally locked to the star, meaning that one side is always facing the star and basking in perpetual daylight, while the side facing away from the star is in perpetual darkness. One effect of this is to stabilize the planet’s surface climates, according to Vogt. The most habitable zone on the planet’s surface would be the line between shadow and light (known as the “terminator”).

Related Links:

University of California (UC) Santa Cruz
Carnegie Institution