Why yes, I am playing with micro.blog. (Non-)surprise! Manton and the gang are rattling off a variety of things their service can get up to, all of which look like fun, in 12 Days of Microblogging.
24 ways - the advent calendar for web geeks. This one is all over the place, in the best possible way. I’ve stolen liberally from the Service Workers article, and probably will do so with the Eleventy piece, as well.
In hindsight, an Advent Calendar of Advent Calendars would have been fun. Ah, what could have been.
This is one of those things that us nerdy types already know about; but three times recently, I’ve explained it to normal human beings (you know, the ones whose actual lives get in the way of exploring every menu on their phones). They either didn’t know that “Do Not Disturb” existed, or weren’t sure it would work for them.
Yesterday, I had the minor misfortune of witnessing a serious accident from far too close. A pickup, traveling very fast on a crowded highway, cut off the car in the adjacent lane, started rolling to one side, swerved back the other way, and flipped; he rolled twice before stopping sideways 20 feet from the road. I was the driver he cut off.
Boiling (potentially responsive) grids down to their essence. Planning on stealing much of this, soon, for a music site near you.
I could quote-mine this for days. I kept bouncing back and forth between “that’s hilarious”, “I should do that” and “I shouldn’t do that… should I?”
“Full of Holes” Reverse Kickstarter
I’ve been visiting my friend Mark for a few days, and we’ve been making music.
Just got in from a nice run on a beautiful night. Not too long, not too fast. An easy weekday run. Almost punted and gave in to “I’m tired, there’s laundry, I’ll run in the morning.” I’m glad I didn’t, and I’d like to remind my stupid self why, for next time.
Should you (for some reason) visit the root page of roub.net, you’ll see a collection of posts from this blog, my work blog, Flickr photos, and other things, all collected by an aggregator named Planet Venus.
I recently lucked into a Takamine G-335 12-string in a well-timed eBay bid. I'm very happy with it, but sitting down? On stage? This will not do. But there's just the one strap button at the butt end, and I'm not tying a strap to the headstock; that maybe looked cool on Elvis. Maybe.
If more than two people ask me about something I'm using, especially if it's more than two people at one show, it seems worth the time to write it down.
"Disappear", "One Man at Best", "The Great Unknown" and "Mind of Its Own", live at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
(or any gate, really)
I was lucky enough to get one of the Acer 1420P convertible tablet/netbooks at Microsoft PDC 2009. Yesterday, the AC adapter died. Since this isn't a model that was sold through normal channels, different find-your-adapter sites give varying answers as to what might work.
From: Name Redacted <email@example.com> Subject: The Domain: OpenMicNight.com
Less "hack" than "life support".
As has been mentioned here once or twice, part of the funding for my CD came from people who, in return for their donation, could require me to record a home demo of any song they chose. I could not say "no".
So I had this goofy idea. And I had a friend, Mark, who was capable of putting that idea into action.
First of all — thanks to everyone who came out to the House of Joe and the Stage 84 / Insync with Autism benefit show. The latter, by the way, raised something like $1300. People rock sometimes, is my point. Alex and Brian, especially.
<p>So after a brief flurry at the beginning, sales of my CD have pretty much dropped off. Instead, lots of free downloads are happening. I like this very much, and I’d like to see it continue. And you can help.</p>
The "Acrophobe" CDs are here!
I wanted to say "my new CD has been released", but I don't have the CDs yet. In a week or two, yes - but the songs? The music? Those are available right now, right here.
It would be an understatement to say I'm overwhelmed by the response to my call for CD funding (in case you missed it, I'm recording a CD, and decided to fund the recording process through pre-orders and donations).
I'm recording a CD. Almost said "a new CD", but where's the old one?
I know I'm at least a year late on the "babbling about Evernote" train, but here I am anyway. I knew it was a nice app, heard all sorts of rave reviews... but having it on my phone kinda changes things.
Just posted a new demo, "A Little Bit Wiser".
Some users of IE View 1.4.5 have reported that, after upgrading to Firefox 3.6, they're told IE View is not compatible with the latest version of Firefox. What should happen is that Firefox checks the add-ons server, sees that 1.4.5 is compatible with Firefox 3.6, and is happy. This works for some, not for all.
Google tells me I’m not the first to have seen this issue, but I hadn’t found any suggestions on fixing/working around it, so I thought I’d post mine.
I'm heading back to Illinois on Sunday, and wanted to get out and play once while I'm here. Begged, borrowed and rented some gear. Indian River's open mikes are unstructured - no PA, no nothing.
There's a demo up of a brand new song. It's quieter, sadder, simpler than most of what I do. And, I think, one of the best things I've written.
Assumptions: you have a Movable Type blog, and rights to the underlying database. That you can create a PHP script on the same server, and can edit either .htaccess or httpd.conf. Similar approaches should work fine with other blog software, other languages, etc. Yes, PHP sucks, etc... but on my particular server it's the lowest-overhead scripting option, so it wins.
Just a quick, last-minute-ish reminder that I'm playing at Aroma Café in downtown Champaign this Wednesday. Starts at 7, ends about 9.
... OK, yeah, I am actually a music nerd, but that's not the point here.
My friend and erstwhile bandmate Alex has a new CD coming out, and a couple of my songs are being covered in the process. Which is pretty flattering, and a bit humbling — he’s taken two songs I never quite got a handle on, and handled them just fine.
IE View 1.4.3 isn't available via the standard auto-update channel yet, but you can get it from the IE View download page.
Just an early heads-up: Wednesday, July 1 I'm playing at Aroma Café in downtown Champaign. The show runs from 7 to 9pm.
I always forget the “blog-about-it” part. Busy evening of soccer practice + theatre group warehouse clean-out.
Let's say I run a web site.
It was pointed out to me this morning that I hadn’t updated the IE View home page to mention version 1.4’s release. Correcting that omission, I noticed that I had never mentioned it here – nor had I mentioned v1.3.9. Both of those releases happed in October. Today is actually v1.4’s two-month anniversary.
Just posted the roughest possible demo of a brand new song. My voice is shot, my G string goes out of tune midway through, and I don’t care ‘cause I’m happy to have finished something. I’ll make it perfect later.
Tom Toles sums it up pretty well.
Since I was in there anyway…
Hope everyone’s holiday weekend went well. Mine involved kids, pools, puppies and NASCAR, so chalk that one up as a win.
At some point, the choices narrow down to:
So who was better last night? Ben:
They may not be getting along as well as I’d like.
IE View v1.3.7 is out.
Thanks to Steve Babineau’s help, we’ve tracked down the error to a conflict with (at least) one other Firefox extension (Server Spy, in his case). Any extension which declares its own “gBrowser” object (overriding the built-in Firefox variable) would cause this problem.
An issue has cropped up recently in IE View. A compatibility tweak for Firefox 3 (beta) caused an annoying error message and bad behavior in Firefox 2. I thought I had fixed the bug in question, but it’s still popping up in a different way for certain users.
Any day where I have soldering irons and guitars in my hands is a good one.
A rough cut of “Idiot” is up at the RPM Challenge site. It’s low-fi, low-bitrate MP3 per their rules. I’ll post it here in full HiFi modernistic glory once I’m happy with the mix. Not sure about the vocal — my voice is shot today, but the sound kinda fits this song.
Since it appears Bloglines will never answer my request for sane ‘My Start Page’ behavior, here’s a DIY fix if you’re using Firefox.
So how’s that RPM Challenge going, you ask?
From the NY Times’ “Bits” — Could Amazon and Audible Rewrite the Rules of Publishing?
In case you need it next time…
May I take a moment to sing the praises of GoToMyPC?
“Yes I’m blue,
but from holding my breath
like I have from the start…”
So many of the books (and music, and TV, and..) I love sit in that sweet spot where you either can’t wait to get your hands on it; or you can’t imagine wanting to bother with it at all. Alan Turing generally hits a broader audience, but his computability paper (PDF)? And a book walking you through the same? Right on the money.
So, Scott Adams has a new book out: Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!. It’s a collection of writings from his blog, and it’s basically what happens when the guy who writes Dilbert has no restrictions whatsoever on his writing. Which is to say, really, really funny. Guaranteed to irritate and amuse.
Noting that Amazon is rumored to be launching their own e-book reader on Monday.
Spending most of next week at the DevConnections / VS & .NET Connections show in Las Vegas. If you’re attending the conference, please drop by booth #333 and say “hi”.
IE View v1.3.4 was released yesterday. What’s new?
… that simply using them makes me happy.
Thanks so much for the flyer I received the other day. The one ranting about our homeowner’s association. As I’m very new to the neigborhood, I don’t believe we’ve met. Can’t say for sure, though, since your note was unsigned; however, all the neighbors I’ve met so far have seemed quite reasonable and coherent.
So, yeah, the move is in progress. Slowly, as these things tend to go.
This is where Guitar Acquisition Syndrome leads.
Did I mention I uploaded a new demo recently?
A reminder — this Saturday, June 16th, I’m part of “Recital for Survival”, an SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) benefit show at the Funky Buddha Lounge in Boca Raton. I’ll be joining Gordon Withers, frenjen, the Fantastic Five, and Anthony Hall
… was just amazing.
Apart from the fact that it’s pretty funny, what I mainly take away from today’s Ctrl+Alt+Del (NSFW language) is “he plays right-handed, but bats lefty. Weird.”
I guess you know your creation has hit critical mass when you get your own “considered harmful” article. From Gervase Markham’s “IETab Considered Harmful?”:
This thing is just ridiculously fun. It works perfectly, the sound quality is excellent, and it’s probably the best turntable I’ve ever owned. I realize that for audiophiles, I might as well say I’m playing LPs with a Cheeto attached to a party hat; but from my standpoint, it’s a rock-solid, heavy turntable with a really well-balanced tonearm. Old, scratchy records sound remarkably clear, and all but the deepest gouges are ignored and left unskipped.
So as of today, I’m no longer in my 30s.
Also seen at Daytona. A warning decal that does NOT mess around.
Brought Miranda’s Flat Stanley to the Daytona 500 yesterday. Got a number of Stanley-on-a-windshield, Stanley-in-Gilliland’s-pit, etc. shots. But this was kinda the winner of the day.
Huge thanks to everyone who came out last night – that was a lot of fun, with the percussion and the duets and the everything. Thanks, Brad. Thanks, Christy.
Since the last one has generated many amusing responses, another video clip from the same 1993 show at the Talkhouse: “She Believes”, again with the amazing Rich Lyles on guitar. I’d very nearly forgotten about this one; now I’m thinking I might play it Saturday night.
Next Saturday (December 16th, 2006) at 8pm I’m back at the Sun Shoppe for another evening of music and disjointed rambling.
Jeff Nall wrote a very flattering review of several of my tunes for the 12/8/2006 Florida Today. I’d link directly to the article, but it doesn’t seem to have made it online. So I’m leaning on a fairly liberal interpretation of “fair use” and posting a scan of the whole thing right here:
My Grandmother died on Wednesday. She was ready, really ready – she’d made that clear. And she’d had 92 years of a life she was very happy about. That’s how it’s supposed to go, but it doesn’t seem to make any of it easier.
ArsTechnica’s A look at Firefox 2.0 RC2 is an excellent overview of the changes since the FF 2.0 betas, and of some of the new 2.0 features in general. My favorite little tidbit, though, was this one:
IE View 1.3.1 has been released – no major changes; a couple of translation updates were made, and the main reason for the release was to mark it compatible with Firefox 2.0 RC 1, and the upcoming Firefox 2.0 release.
So I neglected to say “thanks” to everyone who came out to the Sun Shoppe last Saturday – a surprising number of you, in more ways than one. And it really was a good night – not least thanks to my brother, Brad, bringing on the percussion.
I’ve mentioned more than once that I did some guitar and vocals on a number of tracks on Lorena Mire’s CD “Kid in a Candy Store”. I thought it worth a mention that the disc in question is now available on iTunes, and that everyone in the universe should purchase it immediately.
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Entertainment Book time.
That’s the second gig this year! Man, this schedule is crushing.
IE View 1.2.8 is now available at addons.mozilla.org, and from the IE View homepage. This release is mainly for the sake of some bugfixes and performance improvements; added command-line flexibility; a ton of new translations; and an updated max-version number that allows it to work with Firefox 2.0 Beta 1.
Help Holly Find a Cure for Syringomyelia and Chiari malformation.
From Administer IT
Well, that was quick. I mentioned the other day that Lore would have something new up soon…
Lorena Mir� has posted a new tune for your listening pleasure… it’s called Kid in a Candy Store, and some of the guitars are courtesy of yours truly. How can you tell? The acoustics: Lore. Beautiful, atmospheric, perfect-finishing-touch electrics? Brian Franklin.
Looking for the few… the brave… the ones with a bit of time on their hands. Who attend open mikes, and use openmikes.org to aid in that endeavor.
So last night was just amazing. Speaking selfishly, that is… had a great time, enjoyed playing as much as I ever have, pulled some really old songs out of the hat. Amazing what a receptive audience and a great venue will do to your courage.
Really should have posted this sooner. It’s been on the gig list, and an email went out, but still…
So I’m reading the latest Guitar Player, and I run across a full-page ad for a couple of Mel Bay artists. And one of them is Jonathan Kreisberg.
I’ve decided New Year’s resolutions don’t work for me. I’ve also decided to blame this fact on the too-long timeframe, not on my own lack of will power.
A few people at the last Sun Shoppe gig told me they’d signed up for my mailing list, but I haven’t seen their subscription notices. The problem here, in all likelihood, is that you need to confirm your list signup – either by replying to the thanks-for-signing-up email, or by clicking on the link therein. If you don’t do that, you never make it to the list.
So Tuesday went well. Had fun, made new friends, tied for first in the competition. And therefore, back I go on Tuesday (12/13) to the Sun Shoppe. Details / directions / etc. at paulroub.com/gigs, as always. This one’s all about audience voting, so come one, come all. If I do somehow win, all the money will go to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids.
A reminder – the Sun Shoppe gig is, in fact, tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 6) at 8pm.
So I tried to sign up with Frappr yesterday, with less-than-successful results. So off goes the bug report, to wit:
… open mike in Montana, South Dakota, or Wyoming. And yet none have ever been submitted to openmikes.org.
Add me to the long list of people passing this link along - Cool Running :: The Couch-to-5K Running Plan. I started several months ago, with occasional lapses. But yesterday, I actually ran my first 5K race. My goals were simple:
This is too sad… Chris Whitley, 1960-2005.
Says Dave Winer: “I don’t have a conflict of interest, I just have an interest.”
Tuesday, December 6th, I’ll be playing at the Sun Shoppe Caf� in Melbourne. This is actually part of their Battle of the Acoustics, a multi-week, single-elimination, bare-knuckles, WWF-sanctioned competition. I made some of that up.
I’m trying to psych myself up about the impending preparations for this like a good geek – you know, “Hey, great, I get to try out the new shutters!” or “I can use that collection of Sterno recipies…”
… and a blog.
IE View 1.2.6 (.1) was released yesterday. Had to do a quick .1 release to make an adjustment so the Mozilla Update server would take the file. Long story, and I promise You Do Not Care. If you download it from the IE View homepage, you may get 1.2.6 or 184.108.40.206; they are effectively the same.
No offense to Wil and his mug of piratey goodness, but this:
Forgot to mention, in all the server-crashing-fun, that I released IE View 1.2.5 last week.
On the plus side, the mixing is done on one of the two songs I helped Lore out with a few weeks ago. As an unexpected epilogue, I got to add some background vocals this week – from home, while tending to the server crash. Mailed the vocal track back to Carlos, and voila.
Hard drive failures are not fun. Especially on a remote box hosting about a dozen sites. So last nights was spent rebuilding. We’re getting there. Updates as warranted.
Imaging being some poor bastard working at Audible.com.
When emailing requests-for-booking-info to two different establishments, perhaps it would be best not to copy-and-paste the email from one to the other.
Maggie’s school is selling Entertainment coupon books, to raise money for teaching supplies, etc.
For sheer variety, plus the opportunity to invent creative backstories, here’s a pretty good Flickr tagset.
The ever-helpful (but incorrectly spelled) openmikes.org furnished a list of nearby venues...
… and healthy baby boy Daniel. The fun begins.
Note to Hugh: if you put this one on a T-shirt, I’d buy one in a minute. And a mug. Maybe a poster.
"For instance, if they genuinely wanted to reduce the incidence of abortion and unwanted teen pregnancy, they�d support birth control education, which they don�t. If on the other hand you want to make women less uppity, fear of unplanned pregnancy is a great way to do it."
I’ve looked everywhere I can think of. Someone must sell a print, or have a high-res image available, of this image or something similar. It’s the Court of Honor, from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and Columbian Exposition, at night. Any suggestions?
IE View 1.2 is out. Up now at the home page, should be on Mozilla Updates later today.
Via the best ever, with instructions copied verbatim:
I probably should have mentioned IE View 1.0’s release. Oops. It’s cool, it’s better than before in a variety of ways - notably a cleaner, improved and easier-to-use “always view this page in IE” list.
Had to mention that I got my Taylor back from J. Michael Instruments yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
This came up today on the mozdev project-owners list. My response was aimed at the one person asking for help, but I think the problem is general enough (and I banged my head enough while solving it), that it seemed worth mentioning here.
Thinking of adding some social / interactivity features to openmikes.org – nothing major, just something to make it more interesting / useful to players, and maybe inspire them to contribute more updates.
From On Bullshit, by Harry Frankfurt, Princeton University Press, 2005:
Well, Mr. Wheaton rocked on CSI last night. Between the books and the blog, it’s amazing how wrapped up – and excited – you can be about the success of, in fact, a total stranger.
For what it’s worth, I’m in Tampa on business at the moment… and every so often, I’ll take advantage of my own damn site and find an open mike to visit. Tonight, that would be Yeoman’s Road Pub. See you there, whoever “you” might be.
A new IE View feature is in the works – a configurable list of sites to always open in IE. This is by far the most-requested feature.
First time in a while.
From Dave Barry's blog today:
“How lame is that?”
L.A.me - Hell Hath No Fury - man, does Sara nail this.
The current release version of IE View (0.86) contains translations into Russian, Polish, Traditional Chinese, French, Spanish, German and Italian.
Julian Sanchez comments far more clearly than I could about my state's ass-backwards priorities:
Seeing a ton of referer spam lately – which shows how well these “SEO” twits do their jobs, as my logs aren’t public.
It's fun when your complaints strike a chord. Vented to This is Broken about bad on-hold behaviors at most customer service numbers; and now there it is on the site.
A fun side effect of OSS development is the people who throw in help you didn’t even ask for. I just put out a new IE View build – no new features, I just finally got around to adding in some localization. Basically, a bunch of people, independent of each other, started mailing me things like “here’s a Traditional Chinese translation of IE View” or “IE View in Polish”. So they’re all in there now. How cool is that?
IE View 0.86 has been released – no functional changes this time, but it now includes translations into French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Should hit update.mozilla.org soon, but in the meantime the latest is always available from ieview.roub.net.
Only fair to note that I did not hear from the Applebot robo-mailer today.
Again with the not looking good.
Well, this doesn't look good. First response to the iPod Photo vs im3 cries for help.
My wife got an iPod Photo for Christmas. OK, technically we both got it, but it’s not the most shareable device, and I already have an iRiver. But anyway.
OK, maybe not indispensable. But I really don't want to be without these -- I use them constantly, and they spare me untold amounts of grief (and yes, obviously I use IE View all the time, but I'm talking about other people's extensions at the moment). I don't keep too many extensions installed for more than a day or two; but a few seem like part of the browser to me now.
In Aux In For All, I whined (heavily ellipsized for your protection):
Dug up an old Crash Basket song, “Nobody’s Bleeding”, off of our first casette (do we have to start explaining what those were yet? or is that a couple of years off?). I still don’t have the DATs for that tape, but pulled this off of a compilation CD we were part of.
In setting up the map links used at openmikes.org (each club's address is linked to an appropriate Yahoo Map), I wasn't happy with Yahoo's prescribed map creation methods. First, looking up the address in Yahoo and using their generate-a-link tool was obviously too manual a process. Second, the generated URLs were full of meaningless (to you and I) Yahoo-internal data. Third, and unlike the maps available via Yahoo's Yellow Pages, only address information was included in the map -- no name, no phone number. I wanted a map that, when printed, would be all that my users needed to track down the club.
“The Simple Things” is up for download again, at the audio page.
Dave Winer, that is. Lady Madonna, that is. Nice to know I’m not the only one hooked on that song. Since age 5, in my case.
Man, wish I’d taken some “before” pictures. Jean has sent along work-in-progress pictures of my (former) old, trashed Ovation.
And for the first time in 10 years, an update to the Ovation saga.
So I'm trying to install a Subversion server, but I'm trapped in .so / RPM hell. The big sticking point: Subversion depends on Apache 2.x, and in particular the recent Subversion builds want httpd v2.0.48 or later. I, of course, have 2.0.40 installed.
Man Without Ties (great Paul Westerberg fan site) posted MP3s of a solo show (May 15, 2004 in Louisville). Great stuff.
Mitch Altman is an asshole. And not just any asshole…
The folks at Audible at least seem to be looking further into my questions…
Mid-upgrade of Movable Type to 3.1. Trying to figure out why the CSS is all weird, but at least let’s see that posting / rebuilding works.
Hey, I got escalated! A bit.
Update to: An open letter to Audible.com:
Submitted to Audible.com’s “ask a question” page (I’d link it, but I can’t, really – read on). The reason for the admittedly snarky tone, and for my posting this on my blog, is that I’ve tried to ask these same questions, nicely, via all available tech-support and customer-feedback routes. Once or twice a year for several years now. I’ve been a subscriber all that time, so it’s not like I haven’t been patient…
Yes, Network Solutions’ fantastic customer service, open communications, and lightning-quick response times are all still going strong.
A while back, I complained about the sorry state of IMAP mail clients.
Looking for a case for a case. More specifically, looking to get an Anvil-type case to hold my grandfather’s 1930’s tenor guitar, in its (no longer all that sturdy) case. So a solid case, foam-lined to fit and protect the guitar in its original case.
IE View 0.83 is out – not much new for Firefox users (apart from better behavior if you mis-enter an explicit path to IE); but the Mozilla installation script is back.
Hate PowerPoint? Me too.
IE View has been updated – no functional changes this time, just marked it as working just fine with Firefox 1.0 PR1. Mirrors may not have been updated just yet – if you receive version 0.81, try again later.
Raymond Chen <a href="http://weblogs.asp.net/oldnewthing/archive/2004/09/01/223936.aspx" title=""How to find the Internet Explorer binary">takes "some people" to task</a> for "[going] to enormous lengths to locate the Internet Explorer binary". The linked poster-child? IE View.
So, bad enough that there are still plenty of companies out there who don’t get the whole “your URL is public. I can link to it. Now shut up.” concept.
Remember in Orwell's 1984, the idea of "Room 101"?
If the Aladdin hotel, or any other establishment, doesn't like what a performer says/does on stage, they are of course within their rights to ask that performer to leave, never come back, avoid hitting their ass with the door on the way out.
In addition to the just-plain-off-the-mark open mike comments, others that I refrain from posting are insanely negative comments from anonymous sources, or those that are just… insane.
Running openmikes.org is fun. A nice diversion, hopefully (and apparently) useful to quite a few people. And very much a result of the constant input, suggestions, submissions, corrections, etc. from those same people.
… for a small cost.
From Scobleizer, "Cory wants Microsoft to be a bully with the RIAA":
So I was going to post about my gmailswap request, but it wasn’t up long enough. Thanks, Marius!
Peter Provost says:
The photo album is now running the Gallery package. Added “photo album software” to the list of “stuff that exists in such nice canned form I see no reason to go on maintaining my homebrewed version.”
Brad Templeton wonders what we should call those who insist on making heated cellphone conversations public.
“Due to popular demand… a collection of female sneezing pictures.”
That was fun. Brian and I had a great time, managed to get an audible soundboard recording on the iRiver (excerpts to be posted soon). As a bonus, Jack Shawde and Matt Sabatella came out, and were drafted into service as well. Thanks to all who came out, thanks to Jack and Matt, and especially thanks to Brian. We'll definitely be doing this again.
Ye Olde Crash Basket CD, "Letters", has been re-ripped and re-uploaded. It had been pointed out to me that the MP3s that were up had some pops and other errors in them, so I took another stab.
Posting this so that others might Google it, feel like less of a dumbass than I do, and save some head-banging-against-wall time.
Brian’s show, that is. Hadn’t seen him live in a billion years, and forgot how good he is. And he graciously invited me to do a couple of songs, and it was a complete blast.
I’m going to hear Brian Franklin play tonight.
Just a reminder that I'm playing the Chocolate Moose tonight. I'm feeling lousy, particularly throat/voice-wise -- historically, this means:
Turns out the AP they sent was meant for use in Japan. So US 802.11a cards don’t use the same channels, and can’t associate with the Access Point.
So, apparently part of the way overstock.com saves you money is through recycling. Of UPS tracking numbers, unfortunately. Placed an access point / 802.11a card (no typo, long story) order with them, but the order tracking shows it shipping last week, arriving last July. And also the previous October. In various parts of the country.
Scratching my head on this one. Since upgrading my server to kernel 2.4.24PIII (uniprocessor), keventd is constantly taking 70 or 80% of CPU. It seems to yield OK, in that web processes, spamassassin, etc. get space to run when needed, but it’s weird. A box that used to sit with lots of idle time now seems to be running full throttle; it may be in my head, but I think it shows in web and IMAP responsiveness.
Three upcoming shows on the list at the moment. That's definitely some sort of record for the current millenium.
New gig added: February 12 at the Chocolate Moose in Davie.
Hey! They actually replied to the last email!
No, not another encounter with the domain-squatting weasels.
ieview v0.6 was released today. A small case-insensitivity fix when searching for IE executables or shortcuts. Mirrors are updating, should be available shortly from <a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ie-view/>Mozilla</a>.
Know what I’d like to find? Avery® MPI 4002 Perforated Window Film. But in less than 100-yard batches. A lot less. As in, a few square feet at a time. Seems like the use of this product must generate scraps, way too small for bus windows, but just right for my needs. Any suggestions on where to look for such leavings?
Another IE View update. The extension now searches still in more locations for Internet Explorer. If you’ve removed IE from the start menu, and the previous versions couldn’t find it, you’ll want to grab the latest build.
Argh. Left a .properties file out of last night’s build. Doesn’t work all that well without it.
Periodically, I need to view a page in Internet Explorer. Whether it needs some plugin I don’t have / want in Mozilla, or whether I need to see how a new page is shaping up under a different browser, I find myself perpetually copying the Mozilla address bar, opening IE, pasting it in.
Upgraded my home network switch recently, and the old one is up for sale. Mint-condition Linksys 10/100 Etherfast 5-port switch, cheap-cheap.
There’s a gig. Tomorrow. I’m involved.
So I've decided that the boxes of comics from my childhood, unopened through the last 10 years of moves, should probably go to those more currently-interested in such things.
We've all heard the crime-prevention refrain that car thieves, for example, will go for the most convenient target. Alarms, wheel locks, etc. can't prevent a theft, but by making it more difficult, more time-consuming, you lead the thief to grab someone else's less-difficult ride.
Mmmmm…. Preliminary Pie…
I’ve noticed a few well-intentioned attempts to link to openmikes.com. All well and good, except the site that I run is openmikes.org.
If you’re any kind of web geek (of course you are, you’re reading a blog - deal with it), you definitely want to check out the batch of interviews over at Meet The Makers. Folks like Jeffrey Zeldman and Steve Champeon talking about the things they do very well.
Delphi 6 found, purchased, delivered. All is well.
Looking to purchase Borland Delphi 6 Enterprise, preferably as an upgrade, preferably new.
It’s back! Not My Desk is back!
... day 1.
My grandmother was…
Of all things, looks like Outlook Express might accomplish some of what I need. That is, it does seem to open up folders with new messages. And the "download all messages" setting gives me a reasonable offline view. Unfortunately, there are quite a lot of holes, as well:
Looking for a serious Windows IMAP client that doesn’t drive me nuts.
This is, initially, a place for me to collect my thoughts re: my conversion to IMAP.
Maggie on morning breath: "Daddy, your voice is stinky."
Moved to a dedicated box at Dialtone/Interland. Huge sigh of relief.
We've been trying to watch our language a bit around Maggie, since as reported earlier, her capacity for verbatim repetition is scary. We're not doing that well since we, personally, don't have any particular hang-ups about "bad words" -- at least, the non-racist, etc. kind.
Note: this is unedited, stream-of-consciousness babble, containing profanity, a bunch of possibly-incorrect assertions, and a clear Emacs-over-vi bias. I'm frustrated, I need to vent, and that's life. My friend Mark asked for the gory details of my server problems, and it felt so good to spew about them that I thought I'd do so really publicly.
I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, had a free night and a last-minute, irresistable urge to perform. Finally found an open mike night where I could go make some noise, but it took some doing. Seemed like there should be someplace to look up that kind of thing.
I've been a Beatles fanatic since age 5 or so. A friend's older brother played me side 2 of Sgt. Pepper, and that was it. Just this morning, it hit me that the common thread between a number of apparently-utterly-dissimilar bands whom I love was this -- beneath the surface, you could hear they clearly love the Beatles.
- Maggie knocks over her cup of rice milk at the dinner table (no, no, no, we haven’t gone vegan or anything, she just really loves it). She looks at it, frowns, and with perfect inflection spits out “Oh, cwap!” I give her a big hug.
- Discussing The Onion’s 9/11/01 Special Edition (again at dinner), I try to mumble the issue’s tagline very quickly, so as not to put bad, bad words into the mouth of our little angel. Of course, about 10 seconds later, she happily exclaims “Holy Fucking Shit!”
Sticking to the completely trivial for now, as all I have room for in my head is that end of the spectrum, or the extremely serious end -- and who needs to hear what I have to say about all that? It's still all too much to wrap coherent thoughts around anyway...
Miranda Allison Roub, born August 12, 2001, 11:43am. 7lbs, 6oz, 19.5 inches. Everybody's doing great.
More to come.
Meanwhile, there's pictures.
So today was ultrasound day for Baby Number Two. We’d been going nuts trying to decide whether or not to learn the baby’s gender; we didn’t with Maggie, and it was really wonderful being surprised at the end. On the other hand, it would be nice to know how to paint the room, to be able to give Maggie a better idea of what to expect, etc.
So we took our first real family vacation, to Disney World. Commercialism and overpriced food aside, what a blast to go there with a toddler. And what a heartbreaker, as we were packing to leave, to have Maggie putting on her shoes, grabbing my finger and tugging while asking for “Peter Pan” and “Mickey Mouse…” Pics to come.
I’ve noticed that even people I’ve known since the dawn of time still want t o spell my last name “Raub”. They complain that they tried to look me up, but couldn’t find a web site, or my phone number was unlisted, etc. To that end, I went ahead and registered paulraub.com, and pointed it here. The registration takes a few days to fully propogate, so it’s not fully working just yet.
Finally found an acoustic that I love as much as my Tele. I realize this means nothing to anyone else, but I’m really happy…
Got a letter from the nice people at Playboy. Seems the Marilyn Monroe picture used on the Porno Solution page belongs to them, and they want it taken down. It’ll be changed in the next day or so, to a picture freely donated by the subject herself.
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