Tag: Musing

Sincerely, Mr. Fervently Hoping

February 27, 2007 » Geek

You know what an awesome feature for last.fm would be? A location flag/tag thing. I wish I could set something that would tag everything I listen to as “At Work” or “At Home” or “On iPod” (even though I don’t have one). That way I could create trends and see what I tend to listen to at work, home, doing the dishes, etc.


Necco Wafer Conspiracy

February 2, 2007 » Life

I am convinced that every pristine roll of delicious Necco wafer’s is hit with a hammer on the way out of the factory. I have never eaten an intact wafer. Sure, they look like they’re all in one piece wrapped up safe and snug in their wax paper haven, but they’re all just waiting to dash my hopes against the rocky seascape composed entirely of broken candy.


Happy New Years!

January 1, 2007 » Geek, Life

Hey, it’s 2007! Seems like time flies. Thought I’d do a little recap on the year, or at least what I remember of it. I have a very poor memory for events that have happened to me. Here goes nothing.

By The Numbers
On the statistical side of life I have this blog. Started in April of 2006 I now have 87 posts (counting this it’s 88) and 5 comments. Two of those comments are mine, two are from strangers, and one is from Adam Hike. I also have 11 drafts which I’ll probably never use.

I’m the owner of 10 domain names (how did that happen?!) and administer two more. My computer now has 527.07 Gb of storage, and is 38.8% full (204.69 Gb), though some is backups. I’ve played 7,717 tracks onto last.fm since January 6, 2006. Thats about 643 a month, 148 a week, and 21 a day. Ozma counted for an entire 9.9% of those songs and The Weakerthans were another 9.4%.

During this year I converted entirely to Linux, only keeping windows on my recording computer because it isn’t worth the effort to find and learn a whole new suite of music software. I learned a whole bunch of Java, Perl, got a better handle on JavaScript, the prototype library, and AJAX. I’ve also become a much better PHP coder and learned a ton of CSS and compatibility tricks. I also tested on a Ubuntu derivative, Fluxbuntu and had a background I made set as the default on the second alpha revision.

I kept fairly busy this year. I ventured into the realm of electronics quite a bit with my PS2 and Chu Moy disasters, DK421 and my Arduino board. I wrote several web based scripts, including BlowPass, my PHP Virtual Machine, SimpleBooks, and UploadyThing. It seems I have a penchant for CamelCase project names.

A good deal happened this year. The most notable event was the wedding of my sister Stephanie to Brandon Rogers. That was certainly a big occasion and cleaning up was not at all fun. A group of us went to Denver to see Ozma play at the Bluebird theatre. We went camping in March. Stephanie graduated from college. We had our second annual guys night and found out that John Smith was going to get married. I turned 21. Never Luke played at Riverfest and for our first time at Sokol. I got a job at Scooters with Leigh Jordan, then quit and got a job at Northstar financial, then got a part-time student job as a web programmer at UNO. I made and renewed a lot of friendships this year, especially at the end of it. I started dating Darcy and I’ve gotten very attatched to Dani, Amanda, Carmen, Seth and others. On the whole my year has been good, I can only hope that 2007 will top it.




November 1, 2006 » Uncategorized

I love rediscovering something I really enjoy. It seems like every time I have mac and cheese I’m amazed. It’s like I’d totally forgotten how incredible it tastes and the memories rush back in. Same thing with hot chocolate and deviled eggs. No, not at the same time, don’t be gross.

I hadn’t listened to the old Showbread disc in at least a few months. I’d forgotten how much I love that cd. It’s amazing. I was listening to my 24+ hour “Mix Tape” playlist at work and Welcome To The Plainfield Tobe Hooper came up. It moved me, almost to tears. Okay, not really almost to tears, but I was still moved

Last Saturday I went ice skating up at Motto McLean. Just stepping into the arena was a trip back to Stephanie’s competitive figure skating days. Stepping onto the ice was far more powerful. It was like a rebirth of the freedom and fun that skating and hockey brought me when I was younger. I’m going back this weekend.

I also love rediscovering characters. I just finished reading the Heir To The Empire trilogy for what is probably well past the twentieth time in my life. I enjoy getting to read Thrawn, Palleon, Jade and Karrde again. I also started watching the first, and only, season of Firefly. I loved Serenity, it ranked just beneath ROTJ and I’m glad there is a whole season worth of those characters for me to enjoy. Too bad it’s only the one season, this is possibly the cleverest, funniest, funnest sci-fi series I’ve ever seen. Once I finish that I’m digging back into Crime and Punishment to read Raskolnikov again.

Enough sentimentality. I need to go hock a loogie or something to, you know, be manly again.


Moniker Junkie

October 3, 2006 » Uncategorized
Oh, be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

– Bill Shakespeare

I admit it. I fully confess. I know that overcoming denial is the first step to recovery, and thus I willingly say; I am a moniker junkie.

“Moniker?” you say, “What the heck is that?”

Momentarily putting aside the issue that you are talking to yourself again, let me explain. A moniker is an appellation. A handle. A designation, an alias, a pseudonym. Perhaps an epithet, or a label. Eloquently put it is a sobriquet. And most certainly and simply put, a name.

My story begins 7+ years ago when we first got a Juno disc from my cousin. We fired it up on the old green dinosaur Acer and I needed to make up a login name. Not a day earlier I had read through “Tales From The Empire“, a collection of Star Wars short stories. My favorite had been a story about a dark Jedi named Aladric Brandl. It had also mentioned his son Jaalib Brandl, and I took an immediate liking to the name. Thus I became [email protected]

As time progressed I continued to use the name for everything from my AIM screen to the name of my alien at AAA. It got to the point where seeing that name triggered the exact same feeling you get when you see your real name in print. A disconcerting familiarity and inexplicable caring for a collection of letters. Needless to say I also gobbled up any information on Jaalib, and collected the Star Wars Journals he was in (4,8,12).

One of the coolest occurrences was when Patricia A. Jackson, the author who created Aladric and Jaalib, contacted me on AIM to ask where I had gotten my handle. It was neat, and it was her who pointed me to more of her work. To this day they are some of my favorite characters from any genre or work.

Since then I’ve moved on to a new handle, but I still respond to the old ones. My current moniker is PineSolPirate, for no reason other than it’s positively unique. Go Google it, when I did (ack! ego-surfer) the first two pages of results were solely me. I didn’t check the rest.

I also used the AIM name “IEatKitties4Fun” for a short time, but it was to disturbing.

So where does that leave my moniker-philia now? (Just watch as I make-up hyphenated-words at-will.) Well, now I’ve been collecting names for computers. So far I’ve been looking for strange/unusual and fitting ladies names for the computers.


Yeah, I know.

Regardless, it’s where I stand and I have far more names then machines. They aren’t all strange though. Also, almost all of them have stories, but this post is meandering and not resolving so I’ll just close with a my five favorites. I seem to like “A” names it seems. Feel free to steal them to name your computers. Or your firstborn. Whatever.

Cadence, Asuka, Adalia, Aria, Urd