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Riverpedia archive - 11/27/2020

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Eyewear

Since the late 90s I've worn vintage frames. Mostly from the '60s I think. There was a place in Venice called For Your Eyes. Rebecca and Eric found a warehouse full of vintage glasses that had just been sitting there for decades. They were my go-to. Ray-Bans were/are a backup pair.

Nowadays I wear a Japanese brand called Eyevan. Model: Sullivan, eye size: 50. They're bigger, thicker and blacker than my previous frames.

Problem 1 distance clarity does not feel comfortable when I'm moving around through space. I think I need a lighter prescription for distance than clarity of reading would give me.

Problem 2 a reading prescription doesn't work for reading lyrics on stage because the distance is more like eight feet rather than two.

So I need 4 different types of glasses.
​• Daily Wear progressives going from 'reading' to a 'light distance' prescription (color pure black).
• Stage glasses: progressives that go from an 6ft 'intermediate' to a 'light distance' prescription (color: tortoise).
• Driving or golf glasses: would be only for distance (color: something sporty).
• Reading glasses: purely for reading or looking at the computer (color: something studious).

I wear Croakies with my glasses when performing to keep them in place so I can play without losing or having to constantly readjust my glasses.

When I’m on the road, I use blue light blocking shades to combat jet lag. This is for jet lag. I talked about these in a 2017 interview with Vulture Magazine. “It blocks blue light. So, right now, my brain thinks I’m in Hawaii, which counteracts the fact that I just came from London, which will help me adjust to L.A. more quickly, which is where I’m going tomorrow. There’s an app called Entrain. You put in where you are, where you’re going, and what time you want to wake up, and it tells you when you should put on your orange glasses, and when you should shine this insane blue light in your face. Some girl at the University of Michigan made it. I use it religiously.”

Here are some examples of my different eyewear:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/182036391@N03/50654384822/in/album-72157717067971893

( Last edited by Tiffany at 2020-11-27 21:10 PM utc )

Kyoko

Kyoko Ito. My wife. Met her at The Middle East Downstairs then at TT & The Bears in Cambridge, Massachusetts in November, 1997.

Her father is Harutoshi. Mother is Kimiko. Sister is Yoriko.

She's from Kumamoto, Japan. About a 2 hour flight from Tokyo.

She went to Junior College in Nagasaki. Santa Monica College. Then graduated from UCLA with a degree in design.

By the way, this is our song.

It was playing when i proposed to her. I first heard it on a drive through the Kumamoto countryside to get to Mt. Aso.

( Last edited by Tiffany at 2020-11-27 21:11 PM utc )

Model Airplanes

A hobby I tried during the quarantine. I worked on them with my family. I completed two planes.

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( Last edited by Tiffany at 2020-11-27 21:15 PM utc )

Santa Monica College

I went there in the early 90's, first as an English major, then as a music major. I wrote the Buddy Holly chorus melody while walking across one of the quads.

I performed at the 2018 Homecoming halftime show, along with a group of other “All-Star Alumni.”

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( Last edited by Tiffany at 2020-11-27 21:12 PM utc )

Warmoth Stratocaster

Aka “the Strat with the Lightning Strap.” “Mei” and "Satsuki," named after characters from My Neighbor Totoro. Mei is Seafoam Green, Satsuki is Sonic Blue. I mainly use Mei live, while Satsuki is a backup. Both guitars have stickers on them given to me by fans.
They are custom from Warmoth. My setup is slightly different from standard Stratocasters, with a black hardtail bridge, only one tone and volume knob, and no middle pickup.
Seymour Duncan Trembucker 59 in the Bridge, and a DiMarzio Super Distortion 2 in the Neck, both pickups are humbuckers.
A Sonic Blue Warmoth Strat was my main guitar from 1994 to 1997, built shortly after the Blue Album was completed.

In 1997, the original Sonic Blue got a huge crack in it, and replacement bodies were ordered. One came in black, which is featured on the cover of the Green Album. Some years later, some more replacement bodies arrived in blonde.

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( Last edited by ThatOneFish at 2020-11-27 22:43 PM utc )