Is it Mr?

[Listening to: Magoo by Drums and Tuba from the album Mostly Ape]

I don’t think I’ve posted recently about how much I like the band Drums and Tuba. I’m reminded of it since the track Magoo from the album Mostly Ape came up in my usual shuffle mode listening. Finding myself typing in time to the music while writing some code is kind of an odd experience. It is exactly the sort of song that grabs hold of your lizard brain and begins to reprogram you to move and breathe in it’s own time until the first horn solo comes through and sets you free to figure out what the hell is going on before the capturing riffs come back just like a fairytale piper to lead you back out of your own head.

While quite a bit of D&T’s music can be quite impenetrable to those who don’t like to be challenged in their music listening, this track in particular shows off exactly how well composed, challenging, and yet so incredibly listenable their music can be.

Experimental? Hell yes. But approachable. Appreciable.

I don’t usually do this sort of thing…

From Thinking Too Much and Angry Starfish

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t you dare dig for that cool or intellectual book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
  6. Tag five people.

From Singularity Sky by Charles Stross:

I am the Eschaton. I am not your god.
I am descended from you, and I exist in your future.
Thou shalt not violate causality within my historic light cone. Or else.

The book immediately under that one (Not from a closet :-P ) is A Peace To End All Peace by David Fromkin:

By the end of the war, the export trade was down to a quarter and the import trade down to a tenth of what they had been.

The Porte ran up huge budget deficits during the wartime years, and helplessly ran paper money off the printing presses to pay for them. During the war prices rose 1,675 percent.

Continue the meme at your own peril and on your on recognizance.

I always thought "Heavy Duty" was a euphemism

It seems our new SAN devices are too heavy for the current tiles in the data center.  Today the environment will be unavailable to move the devices and replace the tiles with heavy duty tiles.  The environment will be available tomorrow morning.

I thought it was funny. Or maybe it’s the allergies and decongestant doing the thinking at this point.

No tag for this post.

New Google Talk Client

Google released a new version of their Google Talk client today, and it’s got some fun new stuff in it. Honestly I have actually been preferring gTalk to the other networks for awhile, which is apparently somewhat unusual. Primarily this is for two reasons:

  1. Small, compact, clean looking client.
  2. Centralized chat history.

The big one was always #2 by a long shot. There used to be a service (That I can’t even remember the name of unfortunately) that performed the same service for the other IM networks by having you configure your clients to point at their proxy server. Seeing gTalk have that feature right out of the gate made me a fan instantly, and the interface has always been nice and simple over the, IMHO, hideously over cluttered MSN, Yahoo, and AIM clients that I’ve seen lately. That wasn’t actually so much of an issue necessarily because I was using Trillian anyway, but it was certainly a point in their favor.

Then the network admins where I work started blocking IM traffic that was not MSN and somehow missed gTalk. That made the use of Trillian at work pretty much pointless and I wasn’t really at my system at home often enough anymore to really care there so when the new MSN, er, Windows Live Messenger Beta started last spring I unloaded Trillian and played around with that, but left gTalk loaded. I certainly used it more than MSN when I could simply for the centralized chat logging.

When they introduced the interface with Gmail? Eh. I have it turned off but they have certainly been working on the system slowly but surely and the new release really shows that well.

The feature that I’m, oddly, most happy about in the new release? Music history. They finally picked up a feature that other players have had for awhile to display your currently playing music as a status message. The thing they are doing different however, is sending that information back to their servers where it shows up in your personalized search history.

As a religious user of scrobbler clients to upload my playlist data to for the past couple of years I am really excited to see another service dabbling in this space. Like Last.FM, they will be showing aggregate information on the Music Trends page which I have yet to locate. Unlike Last.FM your personal history is in your personalized search history and I haven’t seen anything that says you can get external access to it.

However, given that I’ve been having trouble with the iScrobbler plug-in crashing out iTunes at home for the last six months or so this may finally let me pick up data logging at home again.

Something else I haven’t used much lately

Something else that I haven’t used much lately that is being cut from the budget: World Of Warcraft. Given that I haven’t logged in this month yet, I’m not particularly surprised. The last time my 6 month subscription came up this last spring I was sort of getting back into the swing of things. That was pretty short lived, though I did enjoy the bits of Zul’Gurub that I had a chance to see with my old guild.

While I understand for a lot of people that once you get your character to level 60 there is almost a whole new and different game to play, it’s just not a game that I like playing.

We’ll see what happens when the expansion is released this fall. That might finally be enough time and new material to make it interesting enough to go back.