Using only the Brat Pack

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:07 am
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Cast a 1980s New Teen Titans film....
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It occurs to me I haven't looked at the Heavy Gear rules in a long time....

Extremely short concert reviews

Sep. 19th, 2017 11:10 pm
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Quatuor Bozzini+Philip Thomas at Gallery 345 edition.

Mostly I went to this to support the Bozzini Quartet, who I had the pleasure of playing with at CAMMAC last summer.

The program was new music, two pieces built around the idea of formlessness. The first was a takeoff on a chaconne, with the ground bass instead played at the very top of the violin's range (the two violinists traded this role off) and the other three playing a short phrase over and and over with minor variation. The second was a piano quintet consisting of random notes played on the piano while the quartet played glissandos. For an hour. In theory, it was in two movements, but once underway, I could not distinguish them.

The composer of the quintet in the pre-concert talk said that he was trying to reach for the idea of a waterfall, which has motion but doesn't move. Mostly the effect it had on me was that I was bored. Heavily. Already I can barely recall anything about either piece, and I can't say sitting through them was particularly enriching. The material struck me as pretty pointless.

The Bozzinis were great, though. I suppose I can salute their technical accomplishment, even as I'm left to ask "but why?"

End of an era

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:48 pm
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Sold my 2013 MacBook Air today ("zadkiel", archangel of mercy). It was my severance package when Keek ran out of money in October of 2013 (said the CTO, "take your laptop home with you"). Not sure why I kept it in the first place, as I think about it. Barely touched it for the winter, then I started sitting out on the balcony with it, and eventually it became my primary computing device. Now I haven't touched Windows in nearly three years.

It went to my friend Sam as she embarks on the next stage of her film career, having just signed her first feature deal as an Executive Producer. Big step for her, and she was looking to get a Mac to be on the same technical page as her new colleagues.

Mostly I'm happy to finally find a good home for it. I haven't really had a use for it since I got the 13" MBP last fall outside of toting it when I was on-call because it was still lighter than my MBP, but I couldn't bring myself to sell it to a stranger.



My computers and computer-like devices are usually named for Judeo-Christian angels, mostly from the Book of Enoch, because the names sound cool and usually end "-el". There's also usually a pun involved in the choice.

I've also had azrael ("help of god", 2002 desktop), kerubiel (the four-faced prince of cherubim, 2009 four-core desktop), asphodel (a flower that grows in Elysium, not an angel, Dell Mini 9 netbook), raphael ("healing one of god" for a biomed company, Sciencescape desktop), gabriel (the messenger, router), bezaliel ("shadow of god", a succession of Android phones, when a hostname is required), raziel ("secret of god", media box), remiel ("mercy of god" for finally getting a steady gig, FCT 2014 Macbook Pro), arael ("vision of god", Chromecast), gamaliel ("reward of god", personal 2015 MacBook Pro), and zaphkiel ("knowledge of god", FreeNAS box).



I've also had computers named gutbucket, tomato, mccoy, essex, and the imaginative elogan-pc and elogan-mbp.

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Sep. 18th, 2017 10:08 pm
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Declan is participating in the Terry Fox Run at his school on September 29. His online donation page is here: http://www.terryfox.ca/declane.

(And because I'm old, I still have very clear memories of Terry Fox. He is part of my childhood in a way that will never truly be part of my son's. But Declan does run because he loves running and he loves running for Terry Fox.)

I will follow this advice

Sep. 18th, 2017 12:19 pm
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According to my brother, one should not bounce a chainsaw off one's knee as it is very hard on denim.

Homesick

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:39 am
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How is it that it's only Monday morning and I'm already bagged? This isn't fair.

So this week and next week I'm in the office in KW Mon-Thurs. That's a LOT of time away from home, and it makes me unhappy. I'm glad it's just two weeks, and that the week after these two weeks, I'll be on vacation in Killarney.

It's not that I dislike anything about it here. I like the office, I like my co-workers, I like my job. I like my mother and I like the city and I like knowing that Luna is also happy here. I may have grown up here, but it's no longer home. I miss Maize. I'm not in my own bed. I don't have my own kitchen. I don't have my own stuff. I don't have my library of RPG books or my own desktop computer or any of the video games I play (except the casual ones I play on my phone, like Simon's Cat Crunch Time or Pokemon Go).

I'm actually glad of it, because when my mother inevitably sells the house I grew up in (probably sometime within the next 5-10 years), I won't be as gutted as I might have been in the past.

But for now, I miss my Maize, I miss my house, and I wanna go home.

Work understands me :D

Sep. 16th, 2017 12:53 pm
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Came in for a morning shift, found this:

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because I care

Sep. 16th, 2017 09:01 am
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Project Lucifer: Will Cassini Turn Saturn into a Second Sun?

This is from a few years ago. I wonder what the people who thought it was plausible are doing now? Aside from presumably supporting Trump.
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