January 1, 2012

A New Year, A New Try

Filed under: Life through my lens,Noble Effort,Personal,Writing — base2wave @ 9:56 am

“Fuck! I slept through the alarm!” And these are the words that I woke into 2012 with. I suppose that life gives you little more than you can handle, or at least that’s what I tell myself so I can muster the energy to wake in the morning…

So my best laid plans to wake in the wee hours of the morning so I could start smoking a 13 pound brisket for a small get-together later today have been rattled a bit, but se-la-Vie, I press on. Not only did I coming screaming into consciousness this morning with these words, but this was also a screaming launch into sobriety for me. In an effort to lose weigh, re-align my Seratonin levels, and generally get a better view of my life I’ve endeavored to spend the entire month of January (And possibly February) en abstentia from booze entirely. My gut feeling, is that this will be a trying month…

And so along with the obviously bigger life choice, I also have made several other resolutions for the year that endeavor to keep/make which is why I’m so publicly posting these (Not that ANYONE reads this anymore; which is my fault for letting it go to rust around here). So, in no real particular order my 2012 Resolutions:

  • In addition to my month (or so) of self imposed sobriety, I’m endeavoring to become more moderate in my vices (at least this one), and I’ve set the goal that once the abstinence period is over, I’m only allowing myself 2 “night’s-out” per month, to be taking non consecutively, preferably not on weekdays, and in better moderation of what I consume.
  • My goal is to read a bare minimal of 10k pages this year. One of my friends thinks this is too easy for me, but I wanted to set realistic and achievable goals, and 10k pages is 27.3 pages per day (It’s a leap year) and that gives me all the flex to handle life as it comes at me as well.
  • Included in this 10k pages, I want to read the entirety of Neal Stephenson’s “Cryptonomicon” as we all as his entire “Baroque Cycle” series. This task alone is 3344 pages, so it ought to take a big dent out of the afore mentioned goal.
  • In the past few years, I’ve slipped as a solitary practitioner of Theraveda buddhism, and so I need to get back to it, and I want to practice Samadhi a bare minimum of once a week (preferably more, but again, realistic limits)
  • And lastly, I’ve decided that this place has gathered far top much dust (and brambles and rust and ghosts and woodland creatures large and small, etc., etc.) and I’m going to update this blog once a week for the year, if not more. Maybe this will force me into some creativity which I’ve longed for for some time. It’s also a good place to be accountable for all of these things I’ve set myself to for the year, even if for no one other than myself. We shall see. I’d like to redo the look of the site too, but I’m not making it a goal, just something I rant to do this year.)

And there we have it. I’m sure I’ll come to kick myself for some of these choices throughout the year, but it’s all for good reason and noble effort. And maybe that’s what I more so endeavor to this year, is better effort. So off we go…

November 26, 2007

Sad Face, Ducklips

Filed under: Life through my lens,Personal,Work — base2wave @ 2:33 pm

My iPod fell from my pocket and will boot no more. After a quick disassembly it is clear that the hard drive spindle is no longer functional. In other words, it’s fucked. Damn it. I shall by a new one soon. In the meantime, work is long as all my music is at home. but it’s still quiet around here from the holiday, so I’m just quietly working on my other website (which I will not link here as to keep my real name away from this site for privacy purposes). But I’m happy to share the link with anyone if you drop me a note.

October 19, 2007

[Insert Clever Title Here]

Filed under: Geek-ery,Life through my lens,Love,Personal,Work — base2wave @ 11:20 am

I could should be working right now. But I really just have no motivation to. I’d rather go sit outside with a cocktail and a book that I could feign reading before drifting off to sleep. Right now it’s a gorgeous “Fall” day in Houston [No comments on REAL seasons from The Other Professor Middents]. After the typical humid summer, I’m definitively enjoy this.

Two weeks from tomorrow L & I will be married in Santa Fe, NM. I’m a mix of nervous, excited, and exhausted. I didn’t think I’d get nervous; hell I’ve done this before, right? But I strangely am. It’s not cold feet, or question whether this is right, it’s just nervousness over taking that step. And obviously the excitement needs no real explanation. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to spend the rest of my life with this woman. And as for exhausted… Fuck, I am so tired of wedding planning and minutia-level details. I just want it to be done, and get back to pre-wedding planning life. I look forward to getting back to things like trying to make something interesting out of this site, the podcast and all my other stupid projects that are simmering somewhere in the back of my brain.

I’ve been working [albeit at a snails pace] on a handful of things

  • Blog research/review on mobile computing platforms
  • Blog research/review on Post WEB 2.0 gateway services and productivity enhancement
  • A handful of Steampunk design projects [both graphic, decor, and “invention”]
  • New [And regularly posted] Podcasts
  • Music Reviews
  • Redesign of the wedding-soon-to-be-married web site.
  • Stuff…

I’m just want to try to get back to whatever it was I use to call normal.

Anyway, I suppose I should think about building a mass email that needs to go out Wednesday for the office. Blarf.

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January 30, 2007


Filed under: Life through my lens,Personal — base2wave @ 11:22 pm

I had all the intentions and designs working on/posting two new posts and the long-promised podcast, but as the day wore on my energy was just drained from me, and by the time I got the Goblin in bed and sat in front of my laptop, glass of wine in hand, all I had the energy to do was to watch episode 2 of the Dresden Files before I conceded that my best intentions of glorious bloggery have been back-burnered until tomorrow [hopefully].  Sorry.  I suck

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December 31, 2006

Winding Down ’06

Filed under: Life through my lens,Love,Music,Music Review,Personal,Podcast,Writing — base2wave @ 11:25 am

All the important details of the year have been recapped, I won’t waste time with that. I guess that means it’s time for a few obligatory something-something ’06 lists…

A number of the best albums of ’06 [In no particular order]:

  • Waiting for the Time to Be RightThe Brother Kite: Waiting for the Time to Be Right
    Sun-bleached melodies, with a lingering melancholy without being heavy. The album reminds me of ‘Pet Sounds’ if Brian Wilson weren’t so full of himself.
  • Ten Silver DropsSecret Machines: Ten Silver Drops
    I can best describe this album as ‘anthemic’. It has arena heavy drums, swirling guitar sounds, and great lyrics.
  • Tom Cruiseill lit: Tom Cruise
    If I HAD to choose, this album would be my favorite. It’s cosmic road music for a generation that is trying to find home. Somewhere Gramm Parsons is smiling.
  • Everything All the TimeBand of Horses: Everything All The Time
    I suppose this is best described as southern-influenced rock; a indie with a twang, if you will. There’s a comfort in the familiar sadness here.
  • October LanguageBelong: October Language
    This album is skittery and static-y the perfect album to turn on and drift into your own head late at night. Lyrics would have ruined this album, as its swells and distortions conjure create the emotions without manufacturing a feeling.
  • The History of Modern SilenceThe Black Spoons: The History of Modern Silence
    The sophomore album from a trio [well, currently duo] of talented musicians. It’s intelligent, thoughtful rock music with no pretenses.
  • FoiledBlue October: Foiled
    If you haven’t heard Blue October by now, you must be living in a cave [Can I come over and have tea?]. It’s dark, raw, honest rock music. As an added bonus Imogen Heap sings ‘Celebration’ with them. What more do you need?
  • Hallelujah SirensDirty on Purpose: Hallelujah Sirens
    This is an album of jangly indie-pop music, again, probably best suited for late nights alone with bottle of wine.
  • Night RipperGirl Talk: Night Ripper
    Again, if I had to chose, this album would be #2 for the year. It’s a continuous mix mash-up of hip-hop and pop music. Things you never thought could go together somehow mix SEAMLESSLY with one another. A must-have.
  • Movement EPLetting Up Despite Great Faults: Movement
    Apparently as I compile this ’06 was a year of melancholy. This albums is a great mix of organics like a string section, acoustic guitar, and a piano with the blips and bloops of daydreaming synthesizers and gentle, sad music.
  • Eyes OpenSnow Patrol: Eyes Open
    So, sometimes I tend to be a music snob, and I almost missed these guys without giving them a chance. Just a great emotional indie-rock album.
  • With Strings: Live at Town HallEels: With Strings – Live at Town Hall
    I typically HATE live albums, as I’ve rather SEE a band live, but this albums I think captures the intimacy that Mr. E set out to accomplish. You can almost smell the scotch on his breath.

Other notables include Té, Tex La Homa, Metallic Falcons, Brightback Morning Light, Chin Up Chin Up, Amusement Parks on Fire, Blue Sky Black Death, and the list goes on. Hopefully I’ll get around to reviewing ALL of these and more in the next year. Which brings us to our next list…

A Few Things I Intend on Doing Next Year:

  • Write more regularly: Both on my blog and in general. I’m still struggling to regain my previous habit of writing. I caught myself procrastinating too much this year and self-editting to the point of destroying a piece before it’s ever started.
  • Get married. I think this requires no real description.
  • Read more. I got burned out on reading this year due to the high volume of tech blogs I read daily and the general exhaustion from work. I need to force myself to do this. There’s a great deal I want to read, but I just haven’t sat down to do so.
  • Work on some animation. I have these ideas rattling in my skull, I should try to get them out.
  • Take more time for myself. It seems simple, but I am horrid with that. I need to take time to mediate, read, and take care of myself so I can better take care of those that I care about.

Well, it’s time to get dressed and head out to toast the END of the Rockettes. Happy New Year!

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Catching Up

Filed under: Life through my lens,Love,Personal,Work — base2wave @ 12:47 am

I have become unspeakably negligent of this poor site, specifically in the past month, but surely not exclusively.

Well, obviously, and as most of you who read this blog know, L and I are now engaged.  On November 4th [our one year anniversary], I proposed to her at the Byzantine Chapel.  But beginning at the beginning…  We started the day of driving around to different furniture stores in search of a new bead and mattress, as:

  1. We had been given a generous gift of money from the sale of some furniture that had been given to us that we had no way of actually claiming.
  2. Our old bed a a futon [a nice futon, but a futon none the less] that was taking a toll on both of our backs.

After a trip to the "the Dump" [For those of you out of town, it’s a store full of overstock, etc., with DEEP discounts] we purchased a top of the line hand-stitched pillowtop mattress [cliche as it may be, it’s like sleeping on a cloud].  And less than an hour later had found a the bed frame that we had really liked at a different store, but in the correct mattress size AND $200 less.

Later, we had dinner plans that night for our favorite restaurant, Divino’s, but I told her I had a surprised planned before dinner.  So we got dressed for dinner and headed out.  Near the intersection of I-45 and I-59 I told her she had to close her eyes.  We arrived at the Byzantine Chappel and I guided her inside.  I then made her stand at the back of the church, facing the back.  When she opened here eyes and turned around there I was, on one knee, holding this:

Show up you damn image
Yes, that is an LED light built into the box…
and yes, I am that big a geek

So, yeah, she said yes. [Well, to be exact she said "Oh my God!  Seriously?  Yes!"]  We are planning on getting married on November 3rd, 2007 in Santa Fe, NM.  Detail and documentary of all the planning and our thoughts [I’m trying to get her to TRY to blog during this period] will land on our newly acquired site www.lydiaandjoel.com.

Elsewhere in life, work has been busy.  The Radio City Rockettes [or as we call them at the office, Evil Bitches from Hell…  I should note, the Rockettes and just about everyone with the show is very nice, it’s just the fact that we are all tired as hell from 58 performances of the same show in less than 30 days] have been in the theatre, but their last performance is tomorrow afternoon.  After which all of us at the office will start new years about 11 hour early and start popping open the corks.  So yeah, life on the work front is busy.

And Christmas has come and gone.  I put away the Christmas decorations today and threw out the tree.  After which I set loose the newest member of our family Nunu, the Roomba, to handle the aftermath [I wanted to name it Suckey, but L didn’t like the name].  I am quite surprised by just how effective it is.  My floor is spotless and Nunu is took itself back to it’s charging station.  Morgan gets major props for this gift!  The better gift was just having Morgan home for a few days, as I haven’t seen him in close to a year as he is finishing his education elsewhere.  It was nice to have a holiday with the post-nuclear family; Morgan, L, the Goblin [and now Nunu :)].  Other notables include a new 80 GB iPod [as my 4th Gen 40 GB is nearing death], the Riedel O-Series Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling wine glasses, A Scanner Darkly on DVD, and a massager for my recliner.

And that brings to the present.  L is away for about three month in Sarasota for work.  The Goblin is currently on Christmas vacation in Illinois with her mother, to return later this week.  And me, well, I’m just here, doing my thing.  Looking forward to a slower time at the office so I can clean my office [with a Bulldozer] as there is a great deal of crap my predecessor left, well, EVERYWHERE.  I also hope to spend more time working on this site and get some mixtapes up in the podcast soon and maybe a few music reviews.  And of course wedding planning will own my life a great deal this year.

So begins a new year and a new chapter…

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October 6, 2006

So Very Busy

Filed under: Geek-ery,Life through my lens,Personal,Work — base2wave @ 12:49 pm

My poor blog is rusting away here in the wild of the blogosphere lately. I’ve had so much going on lately between the new job [I’ve been here almost amonth now] and parenting and relationships, I’m just too damn tired [and frankly sick of sitting in front of a terminal] to blog like I should.

Things are starting to become more routine at the office; less fires to put out. It’s a bit lonely, I have to admit. There are only about 14 full-time employees at the Hobby Center and everyone keeps busy, so I go hours without seeing another face somedays [If only I could get the phone to stop ringing now]. And to boot, my office, while huge, is in the back corner of the building, so no one really walks PAST. But I like the quiet. I learn new things every day, and get the feeling that I am about to be given the task of compeltely rewriting the website, which could be fun [And I have being toying with the idea of being all “web 2.0” and coding it using a goodly amount of AJAX, which I have wanted to learn anyway].

L has been an absolute blessing over the past month; being support during all my frustration, self doubt and long hours at the office. She and are have continued decorating the house, though we’re paused at the moment as she left to work in North Carolina for 27 days. I miss her already.

Other irons in the fires right now that once again I can’t discuss until the moment is right. Hopefully I’ll get around to updating some of the other content of this page soon. But right now, I require lunch.

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June 28, 2006

Don’t forget about me…

Filed under: Personal — base2wave @ 12:57 pm

I’ve been so darn busy with things lately and apparently slightly more self-critical than normal that I have 3 posts still in editting in the cue right now that I just need to buckle down on and finish. The biggest of course being an entry about the road trip to New York and even a few pictures to share. I also have a music review that needs some editting and will soon get posted [I hope] along with some yet to be drafted out of notepad music reviews I’ve intended to write. Oh yeah, and there is also the small matter of the podcast page with noting on it. That of course I have decided to hold back a bit until I can get some slightly better equipment, as to not sound like a damn amature… Anyhow, please don’t foget this site. Content will follow. Aggregate the site via RSS if you must so you don’t have to keep seeing the same old posts everytime you visit. I’m a horrid slacker at the moment.

May 10, 2006

Without a Net

Filed under: Personal — base2wave @ 2:23 pm

So, here it is. I bought the domain. I bought the webspace. And now I’m blogging on my own. The quiet I must admit is slightly terrifying. It’s like a vacuum. Especially since as of currently, only I know I have done this and only I will probably read this post.

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