Very busy, but in a good way

Hello all, I will write quickly as I am very busy right now. Outside of my normal work I was doing a technical review for an upcoming Apress book [the plug]. Long story short, I am writing several chapters for it now, which is very exciting but also, of course, more work than normal for me.

Recap of some events of late: Tressa won the door prize of $100 in Mary K cosmetics/manicure from our Valentine's day dinner at The Ivy. We went to a wedding in Hudson Bay this weekend. It was a fun time, but ungodly cold -35 celsius without windchill when we left. Tressa and her mom left today for Las Vegas for a week (T's graduation gift from her mom). Meanwhile, I am holding the fort in town and getting my work done, braving the cold and probably returning to my night owl bad habits for awhile.


music, music all around - martin sexton show and upcoming releases

Tressa and I saw John Martyn Martin Sexton play in Saskatoon on February 3rd. It was a good show. I only knew the songs Glory Bound and parts of Black Sheep beforehand, but was impressed. Sexton was much bluesier that I had previously thought and a very solid guitarist. He also has a really good voice...like...you don't even know how good, Vince. You don't even know ; )

It was a fun outing and we discovered that Tressa needs a wagon for her purse. So I welded her one ; )

Looking at the list of upcoming albums, three have piqued my interest in the next month.
February 15th:

  • PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
    has had rave reviews. Interested in what this will sound like
  • Bright Eyes - The People's Key
    latest from the Nebraska band of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott

March 3rd:

  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness blues
    Long await sequel to there great first album. Really looking forward to this one!


Easing into the work day through classical music

Recently, I've discovered a classical music program, tempo, on CBC radio 2 (105.5FM locally) that coincides with my drive to work. When it is -30 Celsius outside and I can barely open my eyes, it is a nice transition between sleep and dreams and the real world.

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I have always liked classical music - in limited doses - so ten or fifteen minutes a day of increased exposure is perfect : )

Plus I get to find out all kinds of useless trivia arcana. Example: Apparently Mozart liked to sign his letters as Trazom - his name backwards.


Love the holidays, but not being in the stores

I enjoy the holidays a lot - visiting with friends and family, time off of work, giving and receiving presents, the world junior hockey championships. What I do not enjoy is the shopping itself.

I liken being in a popular mall or chain store to being in the environment of a casino crossed with a carnival. You have the constant noise of cash registers, salvation army bell ringers, people bustling every which way, high sugar and deep fried food items as substanance, and a lessened sense of time with store hours extended.

Now that I am nearly done my shopping, I hope to start earlier next year and order online : )


Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

The entire wikileaks story is intriguing to me and will set a major precedent in how similar future events are handled. After September 11th, an event now so ingrained in us that it needs no year, I was enthralled in the show 24 which had tense terrorist plots and torture techniques.

Now as the leader of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is being held in prison on probably false charges, the US Republicans express their hate of him and the need of new freedom of speech restricting laws, one wonders what will come of this all. A good article about the insanity of it all is available at Times Colonist.

On a technical level, it is interesting to see how the 'cloud' is censoring his site, visa, mastercard are not supporting it, DoD attacks have tried to stop it, but it keeps multiplying into more and more mirrors. You can't censor data in our new technical world. You can't forget what has been exposed.


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Ray Lamontagne - Jolene

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The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny..."

Isaac Asimov

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Ray Lamontagne - Jolene ()

...A man needs something he can hold onto
A nine pound hammer or a woman like you
Either one of them things will do
Jolene
I ain't about to go straight
It's too late
I found myself face down in the ditch
Booze in my hair
Blood on my lips
A picture of you, holding a picture of me
In the pocket of my blue jeans
Still don't know what love means
Still don't know what love means...



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