Across the River.

Across the River., originally uploaded by theothermattm.

This is why I love living in Portsmouth, NH. This is a view from across the Piscataqua river, looking at downtown Portsmouth.

When I first got a job in Portsmouth, I was very skeptical that I would enjoy living in the area. Mainly because of the stigma we Massholes attribute to New Hampshire. However, the first night I walked around downtown, I knew it was hidden gem. Over time, that feeling has been consistent: It's got great food, great nightlife, open minded people and a great overall old European aesthetic. An article in the New York Times recently agreed. What I think I love best is that the atmosphere feels like a tiny, less crowded version of Harvard Square in Boston. With much cheaper rent and less homeless people ;)

If you've never visited, give it a try and I bet you'll love it.

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Posted by Matt 8/30/2007 09:04:00 PM Comments (0)

Heavy Metal Mayhem: 3 Inches of Blood

3 Inches of Blood, originally uploaded by EmmO))).

I used to be a metalhead. I had hair down to my shoulders, went to lots of concerts with fat, hairy guys, and wore lots of black t-shirts. (However, I always kept personal hygeine a priority: Cleanliness is next to godliness). Metal still runs through this sellout's veins, though... I recently went to Ozzfest after a 4 to 5 year hiatus (because it was free...), and saw one of my personal favorites there: 3 Inches of Blood.

3 Inches of Blood are an incredible metal outfit from Vancouver. They play an epic blend of Metal that harkens back to the days of 80's Power Metal, yet is extremely fresh and with top-notch songwriting. On top of all that, they play it with incredible technical skill and spectacular lyrics that border on parody, but end up being all-around spectacular. What other band would write a trilogy of songs about a doomed pirate ship? You can tell these guys genuinely love the genre and celebrate it proudly. That's rare these days, in any genre. Not to mention they're nice guys, too. Their bassist, Nick, was nice enough to chat with my friends and I, and they were very appreciative of their fans at their meet & greet.

Link: Mass Movement: 3 Inches of Blood

This interview with them explains their love for metal and some details around their previous album. If anything, it's worth reading for the explanation of song titles: "['Premonition of Pain' is] about a soothsayer alerting the powers that be that they're foolish and making unwise decisions, and of course the king won't listen and is crushed because of his own folly... " A-mazing.

You can hear some of their music on their site. This stuff definitely isn't for everyone; Not many can handle such (amazingly) brutal vocals. But if you're into metal at all, I strongly suggest you give it a shot.


Posted by Matt 8/26/2007 06:05:00 PM Comments (1)

flickr goodness: The Portsmouth Tugs

portsmouth NH3, originally uploaded by mik3ymomo.

Great find on flickr, these are the oft-photographed Portsmouth tugs, looking particularly classy.

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Posted by Matt 8/22/2007 11:24:00 PM Comments (0)

Flickr goodness: Zakim Bridge

Bridge, originally uploaded by clockworkpink.

A particularly good photo I found on flickr recently. Nothing of note that I've taken in the past few days ;)

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Posted by Matt 8/19/2007 11:02:00 PM Comments (0)

Lit Up Steel.

Lit Up Steel., originally uploaded by theothermattm.

Went around and took some shots with the tripod tonight. Got a few good ones.


Posted by Matt 8/15/2007 10:12:00 PM Comments (0)


Yellow, originally uploaded by theothermattm.

Beautiful weekend, got a chance to get a few shots in. This is from the gardens in Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH.


Posted by Matt 8/12/2007 02:11:00 PM Comments (0)


Time, originally uploaded by theothermattm.

Haven't posted in a while. Thought I'd post one of my older better ones.


Posted by Matt 8/07/2007 07:01:00 PM Comments (0)