Great fun was had at the Westford Red Hat office. Though few dressed up those who did came up with some great costumes. Click on my picture to see my small gallery. I’m sure others will post more.
October 29, 2004
October 25, 2004
Thanks to all my friends who came out last night to hear me play up in Nashua. I can’t remeber having that much fun in a long time. It wasn’t all without trouble though. I had called Penuche’s to see if the open mic night was still on and they told me it was. I went down there only to find out that it was filled with people watching the Sox game. They were nice enough to tell me to go to the bar across the street. The guys who run the open mic night didn’t show but the lady behind the bar told me I could set up and play all I wanted. Although there was no amplification everything went off really well with me entertaining people for a good hour, hour and a half, sans the 15 minutes some other really good guitar player took up. I have much more energy when I’m not constrained by a mic – getting up, getting the crowd into it and generally being a Ham. Hey, I even got a free beer out of it. Next week I’m taking a break for Halloween and I have to write an outline for a D-BUS article I’m doing but the week after that I expect to see some more people come out. So, I leave you with this last thought – The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round…[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]
October 18, 2004
It’s been one of those amazing weekends where I didn’t do much but got a lot done. Saturday around noon I went to Natik with Chris Allion to ckeck out the Guitar Center. We had lunch first at the Olive Garden which was right around the courner. I went in to buy some strings, picks, an acoustic guitar pickup and a metronome. The girl behind the counter started teasing me because my NY address was in the computers and I had to tell her I was indeed a Yankee fan. When she forgot to ring up the picks the manager came over sighed and said, “I can’t belive I’m giving free picks to a Yankee fan”. It was all in good fun. I spent the rest of the day writting words to a two year old song I had never finished.
Sunday I got up early and decided to go to the Church across the street. I haven’t been to Church in years but I have to say there is something wholy comforting about walking in to watch the familiar rituals.
I had to go to the Guitar Center again because I cut the high E string to short and it kept slipping out of the tuning peg. This time I went down to the one in Boston around 10:00. It is nice to see I am only a 15 minute bus ride from there. Got there and realized they don’t open until noon on Sundays. I ended up walking down to the Prudential Center and buying Once Upon a Time in China 1 & 2. If you liked Croching Tiger Hidden Dragon these two are much better movies. I ended up going to Daddy O’s Music shop to pick up a new set of strings. The rest of the day was spent watching the movies and practicing my songs.
That night I went up to Nashua to check out an open mic night at a bar called Penuche’s Ale House. I ened up being the only other band there besides the house band so I had fun and did a 1/2 hour set. It was fun, I wasn’t that great being that I am not used to being amped or playing while standing up but I don’t think I was bad either. I’ll be there next weekend, hopefully with a cheering section.
It was a good weekend.
October 15, 2004
After reading Jakub’s blog on the iAudio M3 I checked it out. It had everything I wanted – ogg support, voice recording, cool small form factor, huge storage, good battery life and works as a USB mass storage device. Once I checked my credit card balance and found out my favorite online tech shop NewEgg was selling the 20gig version for under $300 with shipping, I ordered it. Now I don’t have to bother David with cool new ideas I have for hardware detection every time they pop into my head. I can just record them and then write them up later. Also I can record all the new songs I have been writting so I don’t forget the riffs or melody. Oh and it is good for playing my collection of oggs instead of bringing CD’s everywhere I go[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]
October 9, 2004
We are in a Stata Center Auditorium (or as the big logo on the front door infroms you – The William H. Gates Building). This is a Computer Science building yet we must hunt for outlets. Oh there is one – not powered. Another one in a totaly random location. Ah, finally one that works. Must camp this spot.
October 3, 2004
I just got finnished dropping off Christian, David and Soren at the airport. This past weekend I showed them around Nashua, Arlington, Watertown and Cambridge to give them a bit of a feel for where they want to live. We all got drunk together at the Blues and Brews festivel on Saturday. I would have gone to the Octoberfest festivel in Harvard Square but I was dead tired after droping the guys off at the airport. They should be back from Red Hat orientation on Wednesday. I am really looking forward to working with them as they are all great guys.
October 1, 2004
As FC3 comes closer to shipping my stress levels are rising. Thats ok because in short bursts I actually like the feeling. I think that is the endorphins counteracting everything else. Climbing up in Nashua twice a week is a great way to releave stress. Other things in my life are stressing me right now also, though again I can’t say I mind the stress as long as it comes to some sort of resolution in a short amount of time.
Good to see Python is being considered for use in core Gnome apps. Many Gnome hackers and Gnome companies use Python a lot and it is nice to see that such a simple yet powerful language is being endorsed by the project. It will make it a lot easier for newbie hackers also. Not that they couldn’t use the bindings before but if the approval goes through it drops the fear of hacking on something that has no chance of ever getting into the core. Not that any old pyGtk app will be accepted but at least there is a chance vs no chance without the endorsment of the Gnome project.