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back and central ftw

on Friday, July 31st, 2009 ... ob: travel

November 2000 through April 2009 did not miss a month on here’s blog. Big changes and 3 months whizzed by, what’s the hurry!? No more; I’m back; and How.

Mikes moved to Seattle (not Portland) and is now single (oy!).

Driving thanks go out to the Aspen, yellow lanes, and the mountains along the way.


Missing months May~July will now be filled with texts from those days, cause I’m too cool to have holes in these archives. Say hi, come visit, 206!

Cranky seattle slept poor but odd in-it-together ~ hoping for all-days all-time high @ 101 (so low)
8:07 AM Jul 29th from txt

Best falafel in years… Lucky guess ~~ mawadda cafe south rainier at s graham ~~ love this area
7:34 PM Jul 28th from txt

Bkfst at beths seattle ~~ even trashier than i remember ;p ~~ fuel for packing produce today ~~ more food
6:55 AM Jul 28th from txt

I heart seattle but.and miss the sticks ~~ join tonight around 11th and pine after block party ~!
1:19 PM Jul 25th from txt

Smiling wide with new unicycle to ride!! ~~ seattle needs to wear more color
10:15 PM Jul 21st from txt

Join 18th and alberta , star trek on the wall ~~ happy monday
11:19 PM Jul 20th from txt

Join now at psu market ;) ~~ eat food!
12:29 PM Jul 18th from txt

Pdx ‘chance of rain’ with #go board and flyer for photosynthesis fest w tobin and novatron aug 7 …
6:29 PM Jul 17th from txt

Riding the king county buses and kexp actualy alright ~~ people people people!!! ~~ fremont tonight xD
5:00 PM Jul 15th from txt

Eating vegan buttery spread with can of wine… Ahh northwest ;p
12:27 AM Jul 14th from txt

First view of rainier from se ~~ seven days drive #santafe #seattle ~~ up up westside ;p
2:32 PM Jul 10th from txt

Ne utah ~ Idaho plates density increasing ~ annoyed that i get reception out here…. Luddite
11:58 AM Jul 7th from txt

Crossed nm/co state line with a one way ticket ~~ odom: 199899!! ~~ happy pyro day ~~ usa!
6:41 PM Jul 4th from txt

Packed: Skim+long+skate+ski+snow.Boards ~ still seek camping friends this wknd ~ flagstaff? or UT/CO north/nwest
8:43 AM Jul 2nd from txt

Silverton Shots

on Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 ... ob: snow + travel

Silverton first shot

Two more for the eyes from February for a back-post to March.

Silverton Mountain Steps from mike waggoner on Vimeo.

white rooom

on Sunday, February 15th, 2009 ... ob: skip and smile + travel

Snow has success, 2009. Matt’s images from wallowa huts and the ghosts of nevada have me looking in years future. This year’s February, southern colorado served up a tasty helping of pow and high elevation north american views.


Gone through November

on Sunday, November 30th, 2008 ... ob: travel

Carolinas to Boston followed by a loop through our beautiful Northwest has kept me away from the screens the past month… but I’m back, and it’s time for some snow!

Much love to everyone seen and unseen the past month — till next time!

Somewhere in Oregon…

comfort stand on undercurrents live set

on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 ... ob: academic + audio + games + media + music + travel

ksfr 101.1 fm Undercurrents Wed 10/22 10p-12a // brought to you in its entirety over the still-analog frequency modulation waves of 101.1 FM Santa Fe White rock ksfr. Thanks Sean for the airtime — hope you enjoy the set. ;)!

All audio free and available at comfort stand, excepting “Dialogues on Democracy” and the intro.

fav release of the set from comfort stand: Økapi Bah! ( csr025 )

( ~1:10 : comfort stand recordings : )
Download: Oct 22 2008 – undercurrents – part 1 of 2

( ~50m : bran flakes : @30 dialogs on democracy + okapi )
Download: Oct 22 2008 – undercurrents – part 2 of 2

intro / tv victor — agai
comfort stand recordings
martinibomb — wakka chikka
the apartment – three forks – ohh what fun
beef humper – the glorious future of mankind part II – YesNo
Harlan – The Beat Maker – 4
Beef Humper – Complete Happiness
the apartment – dig a hole
harlan – 6beef – cloud nine
Dan Ake – Melophobia – Sojurn in the Cirque track 3ish onward —
Harlan – 3
Erick Gallun – Sound Field Furrows – ripchew
erick – clattuhr down
erick – lockgroover

2nd hour

The Bran Flakes – I Remember When I Break Down – side a
— 30 minutes —
Dale – Meet You At The 7-Eleven – part 4
Dialogues on Democracy, vol ii – western electric company – the voices of congress – 1966 – # 137672
— dewey decimal system filed 321.8 from santa fe high school — ‘Democratic systems’
Økapi – Bah! – Lester lounge (L.Bowie remix)
okapi – Intro/outro
økapi – Bah! (thanx 2 Plu)

Square feet from Brooklyn to Barranca del Cobre

on Friday, August 10th, 2007 ... ob: gatherings + travel

I’m impressed with the two containers heading to burning man from brooklyn, loading tomorrow morning at nyccontainer, and at only ~$5 / square foot. (Good luck Kelley). Just yesterday came a request from bigrigjig for three full flatbeds from Oakland — with the express purpose of erecting two more.

The BLM has approved burning man through 2010, but the BLM Environmental Assessment ( pdf ) is worth a glance for the curious…

…and for all those planning a visit, don’t forget your transistor radio!

I’ll be watching from afar yet again, but do have sights on the area around Estación Creel near the Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) in Chihuaua, Mexico. Do send info and come along after the burn :)!

Off to Northwest

on Monday, July 2nd, 2007 ... ob: travel

Be back next week… see you all in Seattle and Idaho.

… back. ;) Love you all, and see you soon — especially if I missed ya!



Snow and Go

on Saturday, December 30th, 2006 ... ob: travel

From Berlin to Santa Fe, many mountains along the way. 9k by July as a participant in the AGA Shodan Challenge. Lots and lots of snow and people at work. Near Wolf Creek, New Mexico / Colorodo border:

prag und linz

on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006 ... ob: gatherings + skip and smile + travel

I’m off for two weeks to Prague and Linz to a wonderful wedding and a stimulating ars electronica. I’m giddy about both. Even better, Ginger will be here for a visit upon return! Hope to see you along the way.

Echo, Cheer, Loop ( ФYЗИОН to Varèse )

on Wednesday, July 12th, 2006 ... ob: gatherings + music + skip and smile + travel

Long one for ya, then back to work. Hope you are enjoying the links!

I slept here at out back three of four nightsI found my way to fusion festival ( ФYЗИОН ) and back in one piece. Packed train ride up, hitch last 30k, hitch to Baltic Sea for a night on the coast, train home. Thanks to all my neighbors and ride buddies who made the trip what it was! Check the pictures and keep in touch — stop by anytime here in Berlin!

A short fusion festival 2006 review — favorite electronics: out back (pictured below — Zimbo / Petr / Antena / Orbital Dophins — absolute #1 favorite best of the fest, spoke twice with Zimbo(?), was there 5-7 hours every day Sat/Sun/Mon mornings, please add me to your list / get in touch and I’d happily bring any beeping gadgets I can find to play along, very much enjoyed!), wohnzimmer bar (best waking music around, reminded of classy small free outdoor), and radio bar (reliably good + FM + coffee). Otherwise, the live acts ruled: The Hungry Marching Band out of nyc gets my overall no-beeps fav for walking through the crowds and generally ripping it up (watch for ’em near you — playing honk fest in boston oct 7), manu chao was loads of fun live, and another band Fussel (i think?) wearing pig costumes and making /tons/ of noise midday on the Seebuehne — you guys were awesome. ( Full music schedule in pdf ). Gripes, clean up after yourselves — the place was disgusting; more participation/costumes/theme camps/etc; whoever left the ‘Acer’ default display on the screens through sunrise is fired, period. Otherwise, great fest. Props for playing Alice (Něco z Alenky) and other Švankmajer films on the late night movie schedule.

The world cup has come and gone. The united states managed to score 1 goal (no, the italian one doesn’t count). It was a thrill to watch the spectacle on the streets of berlin, and luckily even find my way into Game 11 (Brazil v Croatia) — the first ever played in the renovated Olympic Stadium from 1936 (thank you Jeff and Amber Slack, see you again soon!). In the spirit of this audio-themed post, I’ll narrow the experience down to three main highlights. 1) The Croatian fans in the stadium blew the Brazilians away with their perfectly timed echo/response cheers across the massive stadium; 2) My favorite game-watching technique was radio-by-headphones while touring the various cafe districts /covered/ with screens when needed; 3) The absolute coolest part of being amidst so many attempted live feeds was the half to multiple second delays between the various screens / radios / etc. It was possible to stand between two cafes a few feet apart and get a good 2 second echo on a goal due to lag — absolutely hilarious. // Whenever Deutschland played, it didn’t matter where I was, the cheers on a goal were audible throughout the country.

Zimbo / Antena at fusion festival / out backSonambiente wraps up this week after a month long run connecting sound + art. Wednesday’s evening with Frank Scheffer screening Sonic Acts: From Stockhausen to Squarepusher (1998) was a definite highlight. The film was quite well done; bringing together extensive interviews with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Squarepusher (Thomas Jenkinson), John Cage, Pierre Henry, Michel Waisvisz and DJ Spooky. Scheffer, who was a treat to hear speak before and after the showing, has also produced films around the likes of Frank Zappa, Gustav Mahler, and Brian Eno. He mentioned his curret production work on an Edgard Varèse film, whom he also offered in response to, “Who would you add to Sonic Acts now 8+ years later?”. Scheffer went even further and said that he finds Varèse beyond Cage, Stockhausen, or Squarepusher — if allowing a linear development in musical progression. He compared Varèse’s works to recent discoveries in quantum phsysics removing time from the picture, and implied Varèse’s incorporation of these ideas into musical structure (over 50 years ago). Great film, find it (and other Scheffer film) if you can, will push further into Varèse.

From afar, one more plug and top recommendation toward the recently discovered Shirley & Spinoza (begin with the archive!), self described: “collage, noise, experiments, thriftcore music and found sounds, concepts a go-go and earloads of wide swinging, varied unconventionality… generally in the spirit of keeping things interesting, unusual and of course, um…FUN!.” I’ve only heard a few hours, but this is an incredible collection to my tastes.

In closing, I found that germans I met were quite unsympathetic to my somewhat ecstatic descriptions and desires for 5-7am Chicken Hed sets aimed at high volume toward /camp/. Greets out to the nw crews — miss y’all.

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Long road to Berlin

on Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 ... ob: travel

P.S. I know you’ll all find this, hahahahaha.

I’ve finally arrived! After leaving santa fe shortly following my 27th birthday on april 2nd, I sit now at the circus hostel in Berlin searching for a place to live. My brain and body are slowly catching up, though they still need some time.

Along the way I saw Justin Mack, Bev Williamson in Caldwell, Idaho; Miles and Korina Meck, and Gavin in Missoula, Montana; Heather Bartell, Marc Knoblock, Matt Bennett, Bill and Gloria Waggoner in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Corinne Hardenbergh, Jeff Toce, Phil Valenta, Kurt Kohlstedt, Mary Whisenhunt, Kyle Coffey, John Hull, Veronica Vergoth, Jennifer Showe, Nika, Nathan, Holly, Megan Keys, and my brother Jeff Waggoner in Seattle; Alicia Savage in Bellingham; and Rana Banerjee, Ryan Liverman, David Greenberg, Manton Carl, and Will Damon in Boston! Sadly, I also left Ginger Wells in sunny Santa Fe — I miss you! It was amazing to see everyone and a beautiful journey both faces and mountains. Till next time, I’ll be thinking of you all.

I’ve listed everyone’s full name here as somewhat of a joke — I wonder how high this will index for a search ;). Feel free to send a different link to push rank and traffic. I am also quite happy to say that I have finally ousted all others for the #1 spot on google for mike+waggoner.

I uploaded over 50 new photos today. I already have many on my new camera and they will be coming soon! Meanwhile, I have much work to do and a room to find. My old phone will be dead soon — write for the new number.

Happy earth day!

snowboarding the comments away

on Friday, January 27th, 2006 ... ob: gatherings + geek + movement + travel

Every few days I pick up this world snowboard guide I managed to acquire for a few pages of day-dream. Today I happended across summer and heli specific suggestions. Check out Russia’s SPC summer camp near the Georgian border and Mt Elbrus 5642m (18510ft), the highest mountain in europe. Further west, the iceland park project in may and june offers surfing and skating alongside their impressive snowboard park. Not enough? Try hiring a helicoptor to your whim near Khan Tengri (eye candy) at 7010m (23000ft) in Kazakhstan or the 100,000ft of verticle program down the Himalayas of India.

Two more for sliders also geeks. The tetongravity forum snow geeks note, we get some pretty strange looks from people when they ask where we’re from, and we tell them “the internet”. (via mina boards) Also, come help develop wikipedia’s struggling snowboard development — terrain parks alone should provide a starting point. It would be great to similarly collaborate on teaching progressions.

In case you ever want a bad winter to compare against, it is now January 27th, and the snow report soars at a 17 inch base.

I will be disabling comments entirely until I can try out automattic‘s new askimet. I need to bump up from ancient wordpress 1.5. Looking forward to perhaps a calm in the storm of the evil that spam represents. By all means, please email your thoughts directly ;).

Off to Berlin

on Thursday, January 26th, 2006 ... ob: skip and smile + travel

I booked my flight into Berlin today riding Aer Lingus from Boston through Dublin arriving April 21st. It will be my first travel outside north america since 1999 and I can’t wait to see the change. I’m still on the hunt for a place to live upon arrival, wish me luck!

Through my research I ran across an excellent collection of Discount airlines in Europe on wikitravel. My favorite off the list is definitely, which does an impressive job of showing fare variance both between carriers and by date, a full month at a time! I ended up avoiding the well-known Ryan air due to a 33lb baggage restriction, but may take advantage of their ~$20-30 flights throughout europe once I’m there.

Come visit for the world cup 2006 finals and we can watch the crowds amass in the streets of Berlin. Considering tickets are already easily pulling $5003000 (finals) on ebay, I think that’s as close as I’ll be getting to any seats ;)!

monkeys invade phoenix with greasebuckets!

on Tuesday, July 19th, 2005 ... ob: gatherings + geek + music + travel

ok, one shortie before i leave through the month (vegas-seattle-cda-montana-cda-seattle-albq-wheeee).

phoenix fest is on this weekend, where i’ll be with the hip northwest outdoor crowd, yeehaw…

…and the most valuable thing i’ve found in netland since last post; greasemonkey. check greasemap and google butler for starters.

see you.

Seattle from Afar

on Wednesday, May 25th, 2005 ... ob: gatherings + music + travel

Well phoenix festival was moved to lake bronson, a venue I tend rather to dislike. I’m sure the fest will be fantastic as always, but I don’t think I’ll be making it. As a result, I think I may refocus a planned visit around Decibel Festival in late September. Decibel will be returning for its second year, and will hopefully continue to grow as a showcase for experimental and electronic music. Mark your calenders, I’m coming to town ;) .

Were I still living in my old neighborhood off union street in seattle’s central district, I would likely be beginning a new job with the recently (re)opened central cinema! Good luck all involved, and if you are within range… do drop by for a show and a pizza.

And… right down the street, a crack team of geeks and dreamers is working on a killer looking burning man project dubbed the mach12e.

I miss everyone up there! I’m struggling with whether to stay through another winter here, and where to go sooner or later. I’ve still got a rather strong itch to return to Berlin for a good portion of next year through the world cup and incredible geek gatherings throughout europe. There is little doubt that I will return to the northwest, who knows when.

Summertime Partytime

on Thursday, May 19th, 2005 ... ob: gatherings + music + travel

Music is in the air… and the outdoor scene has awoken (yes, awoken). As usual, my schedule is a bit beyond my reach ;). Do share your favorite that I’ve left off, and enjoy the choons.

I’m off to the local regional burn, 3 sided whole, this weekend, and possibly ‘Junebug’ the next. Looking forward to assisting my undernourished gatherings receptors. I have high expectations, craving my usual northwest lineup of prosperity, phoenix fest, countless one-off outdoors, and the new portland regional soak (ahh.. for the ocean!).

Autechre (bbc interview) are touring the states for the first time since 2001 when I caught them in Minneapolis’ Ascot Room. Photek is out and about, ( Seattle, do not miss ).

On to the big boys… Topping the wishlist (so far) this summer is the sold out Glade Festival, july 15-17, outside Newbury, England. Headliners include hawtin, vibert (cool site), herbert, afx, squarepusher, but screw the big names … it just goes on. Glade wins primarily due to my never having attended a proper english outdoor fest – yet. Of course, the complete international circuit is back and better than ever. Sonar, june 16-18, spain, would likely be a better choice for all around experience. Someday I’ll make it to Denmark’s Roskilde, June 30 – July 3. Berlin’s loveparade is cancelled for 2005(!), but promises to return from the grave newly structured in 2006… though I’d say it has run its course. New on my list, but around since 1979, Austria’s Ars Electronica, Sept 1-6, probably belongs to a different set, but nonetheless wins for overall geek pleasure. The canadians are still kickin with Mutek’s experimental line-up. Stateside, Coachella came and went, Bonnaroo is still booking those silly jam bands, and the man burns in only 107 days, this year including borg2’s art curation experiment. Finally, and not till January, the Aussies’ big day out still looks like a damn fine tour.

Whew… Thanks all involved in making these events go down! … and remember if the music ain’t playin when you open your eyes in the morning, it ain’t a real outdoor. ;) See you by the bassbins.

Cantenna and Magnetic Snowboard Bindings!

on Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 ... ob: academic + games + geek + one liners + travel

one liners:

  • cantenna – “How To Build A Tin Can Waveguide WiFi Antenna” for 802.11b/g or 2.4Ghz apps. Personal testimonials from the Nevada desert claim great success. (–where you at Matt?!)
  • Graf Snowboards, resources for /building/ snowboards ;). Possible magnetic bindings, already tried on a skateboard, follow discussion at graf… (graf via greg at
  • css discuss wiki – 800+ messages in 10 days, and a decent wiki to accompany.
  • Mirek’s Java Cellebration (MJCell) is a Java applet that allows playing 300+ Cellular Automata rules and 1400+ patterns. Ohhh… the patterns, man, the patterns.
  • giantmicrobes – “We make stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes” , nothing to say.
  • The Supreme Court – because it inspires, and because I forget. bios (pdf) of current justices.
  • Vendee Globe 2004 is nearing completion. “A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover.” Intense.

World Cup 2006 Tickets on Sale Feb 1st

on Monday, January 24th, 2005 ... ob: games + gatherings + travel

FIFA World Cup 2006 tickets on sale next Tuesday, Feb 1st. First phase is a lottery including ~1.1 million of the total ~3.2 million seats, all requests between Feb 1 and March 31 will be resolved April 15th. I do not currently own a mastercard, the only reasonable method of payment during this opening phase — frustrating. Rumor has it that all tickets will be RFID tagged, opening the potential of blocking ‘lost’ or scalped tickets at the gate. Scalping of some sort should be possible, lest there go empty seats of those who simply can’t make it! I’m planning my strategy, including how, and how many, of you I’ll be enlisting to help with the lottery ;) .

The tickets faq has the most easily followed information. Current preliminary standings are also interesting leading up to the tourny.

Kurt Cobain visits Chernobyl…

on Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 ... ob: geek + one liners + photo + travel

Finally getting around to posting old links. Watch this blog blow back up without a girl to distract ;).

Ryan sends one of the coolest photologs I’ve ever seen following a russian scientist with a penchant for motorcycles through the Chernobyl dead zone. Furthermore, the thematic connection with tarkovsky’sStalker‘ is, indeed, impressive. Ryan also pointed out, to takovsky’s credit, Stalker’s arrival 7 years before Chernobyl’s claim to fame.

Mike sends the GUIdebook – Graphical User Interface Gallery to check out interfaces back through Win 1.0 and Mac System 1.

The apartment and employment search continues.. I rediscovered today which may turn up some interesting new leads. I was also amused to learn that /the/ craig of craigslist was swayed by the sxsw geeks to switch to a powerbook.

Corinne and I drove by Kurt Cobain’s old residence today, the 10th anniversary. Purely an act of pop-voyeurism, we weren’t disappointed by the decent crowd, tv cameras, and security present at the location. There were definitely a few guests at the hostel the past few days in town purely for the occasion, some of whom attempted to reach his birthplace in Aberdeen.