January 7, 2010

Damn you American Publishers! or I Love you Amazon UK!

Filed under: Books,Life through my lens,Work — base2wave @ 5:35 pm

Yes, I know that everything I seem to post lately is about books. But that’s my escape. Work is keeping me busy with working with a design team to redesign both the company’s logo but also our website. And it’s about to start snowballing, as we are looking at an April/May go-live. So I’ll need more escapes. Hence more books…

Yesterday, io9.com posted an entry regarding more non-english speak authors delving into the English language Science Fiction. They cited Israeli author Lavie Tidhar’s newest (and as best I can tell first English language I’m wrong, not his first English-Language book, sorry) steampunk novel “The Bookman” which comes out today overseas. The title intrigued me, and after reading the book description and an early review, I knew I wanted to read it. So since I already had a pre-order item with Amazon UK I decided I might as well have that added to my order too (Since the American edition will not come out until frakin’ June or July…). How could I not buy this with a description like this

A masked terrorist has brought London to its knees – there are bombs inside books, and nobody knows which ones. On the day of the launch of the first expedition to Mars, by giant cannon, he outdoes himself with an audacious attack. For young poet Orphan, trapped in the screaming audience, it seems his destiny is entwined with that of the shadowy terrorist, but how? Like a steam-powered take on V for Vendetta, rich with satire and slashed through with automatons, giant lizards, pirates, airships and wild adventure, The Bookman is the first of a series.

And a review like this:

The punkgenre has a new term, BookPunk. The Bookman pokes at the fat and waddled body of steampunk with its walking cane and leaves it on the roadside with its fresh take on Victorian London without loosing any steam on its way.

From loudmouthman.com

And it’s a series, and I LOVE books in a series (Get back to writing Dahlquist!)

And well, if I’m going to buy TWO books overseas, I might as well buy three…

So I added Paul McAuley’s book Cowboy Angels, which I can’t remember how, where or why I heard about this book, but I believe it was shortly after having my head bent around the storyline Iain M. Bank’s Transition which involves rogue reality-hopping, and multiple character storylines for people who may or may not be the same people later in the timeline… So when I came across a book about a government agency hoping across time lines and dimensions to shape the fate of other Americas, I was needless to say intrigued. And of course, it doesn’t seem an American publisher ever picked it up… I’ve had it in my saved cart for awhile and figured now is as good a time as any to buy it.

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January 30, 2008

[Grumble]

Filed under: Life through my lens,Music,They Don't Pay Me Enough,Work — base2wave @ 1:35 pm

Podcast #3 (still lacking a title) is about 95% finished. I had the intent of doing the final edit today while at the office, but in my only vague-lucidity as I left the house this morning, I left my external HD @ home; without which I can do nothing of substance as it holds my music collection.

Then again, it seems the day has quickly tightened its reigns on me, as I spent the better half of my morning pawing through security footage to determine which employee of the restaurant walked out of the building last night with several hundred dollars worth of someone else’s stuff. Festive, I tell you.

And my previously scheduled morning appointment has since been time shifted to 3 PM, thus timeshifting the rest of my day.

And I still need to go to the grocery…

Be that as it may, expect a new podcast later tonight or in the very wee hours of tomorrow morning.

And in no way related, but a little something to tide you over until the podcast… DJ Lobsterdust: Jenny’s Superstitious [Stevie Wonder vs. The Killers]

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November 29, 2007

[Insert Explitives Here]

Filed under: Geek-ery,Life through my lens,They Don't Pay Me Enough,Work,Writing — base2wave @ 1:53 pm

Well, for those of you who might think a plumbers pipes never leak, I can assure you with all certainty that they do. And when they do, it often floods. What I am eluding to is my recent string of bad luck with electronics (i.e.: A dead iPod) and now compounded with failed sectors in my companion laptop, meaning my laptop is dead until I can get a new hard drive in it and reload EVERYTHING [Grumble]. While I am relatively sure that the majority of the data will be recoverable, and luckily my music collection was spared on an external hard drive, I am still too fucking frustrated for words. At least it happened AFTER the wedding. I am trying hard not to take this as a life sign that I ought to be doing other things.

That being said, maybe I ought to be doing other things; like writing a damn article about the end of the labor union strike on Broadway for the company webpage that the boss wanted me to write (For those of you just tuning in, I am the IT Director, not a Public Relation Manager or a Journalist…) Then again, maybe I should take that as a sign that I should also be blogging more over here…

Photo by me, taken some time back. There are more pictures over at my flickr page.

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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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March 12, 2007

So Very Tired

Filed under: Life through my lens,Love,Music,Work — base2wave @ 5:48 pm

I don’t really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind. I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to reduce my time for enjoying it. At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves.

Robertson Davies, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, 1947, XIX, Sunday.

And damn you too, Mr Franklin for even the notion.

Anyhow, last week was filled with last minute preparations for this decade’s Y2K of computer shenanigans, and as expected, Daylight Saving Time came around with not so much as a fart from any computer system under my authority.

That aside life has been quiet and busy.  I’d like to say that I’ve been working on the next podcast, but right now it’s just a note in my widget notepad.  but rest assured it will be coming soon enough [Though I GUARANTY it will not be this week, for reasons I’ll discuss in a minute].

I did Houston’s Annual AIDS Walk again on Sunday and had a great time as always.  And the after party at my friend/former boss’ house never disappoint either.  After that is was on to see Snow Patrol @ The Verizon Wireless Theater.  I managed to finagle tickets to said sold out show with my new Live Nation connections here at the office.  Sadly, I missed 90% of the first opening band, whom I really enjoy, the Silversun PickupsOk Go, was, well ok as usual.  I saw them open for Death Cab for Cutie here at my own Theater back in February, and I tried to give them a fair shot, but they’re just kind of lack luster I suppose.  Though I:

  1. Have to give them points for doing a great cover of Electric Light Orchestra‘s Don’t Bring me Down
  2. Give credit to the fact that these guys get the whole [Noun] 2.0 aesthetic, and know how to market themselves to their audience.  Not content to be held be the reigns of traditional, you can only see/hear us on MTV/Radio bullshit, they release their stuff themselves and make it easily available.

And Snow Patrol, were, simple awesome.  Great stage presence, lots of energy; you could really tell they ENJOY doing this.  I had my lingering fear of the "Grey’s Anatomy/One Tree Hill, I’ve only heard Chasing Cars" bullshit, and don’t get me wrong, there were a fair share of those folk there.  But, to the bands credit they played a pretty even mix of older songs vs. newer songs, not content to just play the "hits".  My only [meager] complaints:

  • Too much strobe.  I had to turn away and close my eyes to avoid educing a seizure more than a few times.
  • The crowd SUCKED.  I pogo.  A LOT.  And the crowd just wasn’t moving AT ALL.  LAME.  Dance, bitches; enjoy yourself.

Oh well, those tiny gripes aside, I had a great time.

Now I just have to sit here and not climb through my skin for the next hour waiting for L’s plane to arrive from Florida.  She’s been gone since the end of December, and I miss her something awful.  Sadly she will only be home for about six days before heading off yet again, this time to North Carolina for another gig, but I will take the time I get.  That being said, I’m going to be largely "Off-the-Grid" this week, making the most of the time we have together this week.  Back in a few days…

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January 11, 2007

Rather Mundane

Filed under: Geek-ery,Life through my lens,Work — base2wave @ 12:39 am

The quiet of post-holiday madness has now passed at the office and it’s ‘business-as-usual’. My body is killing me; everything from my hips to my wrists ache from either constant movement [scurrying about the building fixing or assessing things] or long coding sessions. Management has officially dropped the edict that they want a new website, as they currently HATE the design & structure of the current site [Linky-linky]. So, I get to work from the ground up on a new design, framework, and all the associated web-applications required for it. I’m both excited and overwhelmed. Meanwhile, we are also expecting the installation of the new electronic marquis for the front of the building at the end of February, and yours truly has to do all the content for that [That will actually be a bit of fun, as it’s strictly graphic design and I fully intend to hide things in the pictures for my own amusement]. So, it goes without saying that I’m a might bit tired.

On the non-boringless-boring, I’m-a-big-dork-front, I discovered that Ned’s Atomic Dustbin released a brand new single in ’06 and I have acquired it and am re-living the 90’s quite contently. I’ve also rekindled my love affair with modern Icelandic music, specifically anything by Biggi [Birgir Hilmarsson]. With my new iPod, and long sessions at the terminal, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy listening to music again [and my office is so far away from everything else, I can listen as loudly as I like…] This makes basey a happy little Puffin. This is also helping me build the tracklist for the first of my long-intended podcast which I expect to post by the end of the weekend.

All of this is exceeding had to really concentrate on as I am two weeks away from my five-ish day venture to Sarasota to visit L [Whom I have not seen since Dec. 27 and will be gone until mid-March]. So yeah, time is both flying past me in some aspects and crawling at an agonizing pace in other ways. Less mundane posts to follow soon…

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December 31, 2006

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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September 16, 2006

Finally: The Announcement

Filed under: Life through my lens,Work — base2wave @ 2:02 pm

I’ve had to keep my mouth shut for a bit about this, but I can now make it known. I’ve started my new job and I a can finally publicly speak about where.  I am the new Director of Information Technology for the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. It’s a huge change after 6 years at the Opera, but It was an opportunity [and pay raise] I could not pass up.

This being said, the last 12 days have been the longest two weeks of my life [Yes, I am aware, 12 days makes not 2 weeks, exactly, get off it]. First I had to catch everone up at the Opera as to what they need to know to keep everything running. Then I hit the ground running at the Hobby Center last Friday at about 4:00 Pm as my predicesor was let go at 3:30 PM. Subsequently, I worked all the way through last weekend to get a handle of everything I was now responsible for [especially since there was no documentation of what all I now manage [ie: servers, router, phone system, etc.]

Despite frustration and exhaustion, I finally feel like I have a good handle on everything after only a week. I know there will be bumps ahead, but I feel less like I am free falling and more like I am finally settling into the groove [and other tired metaphors].

So onward I go into yet another stage of my life; New responsibilities and new challenges. The Opera is already begining to feel distant, and on a trip or so back there to help with a lingering issue, I feel akward and alien, and I know it’s clear I made the right decision to move on.

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