Archive for August 2004

Seeing Rush in concert

With Stevie! They were fantastic. Stevie said it was the best concert he had ever been to. We both got excited and nervous at the same time when they opened with a medley of old tunes that we both knew and loved. “Uh oh. Is this one song their homage to the first 15 years of the band? Is the rest of the concert going to be jammed with stuff we’ve never heard?” Well, we weren’t disappointed in the slightest. The show was a mix of old and new and darnit if every single song they played sounded like a super-hit to my ears. It was like a 3 hr “Best of” show…. Most bands don’t have 3 hours of best-of material. But they did! :-)

After intermission, their second song was Tom Sawyer, I called Trav (who should have gone, he really should have) and held up the phone. It sounded a little like this.

Rush at Saratoga Springs, Monday August 9th, 2004

Don’t they sound great on my cell phone?

Making Ma’at in EL wire

She’s done! Take a look

How: I got window weatherproofing plastic (it’s lightweight and crystal clear. Thanks for the hint, oh my genius sister!) and 3M packing tape. As I’d go along, I’d shape the EL wire and then tape it to the plastic.

I ran into some weirdness when I tried to run some of the EL wires in parallel. Depending on how I did the positive and negatives, sometimes they’d light in parallel, sometimes not. Sometimes the brightness would be affected, sometimes not. I think the power supply didn’t like having 3 in parallel. I found one configuration that worked by putting some in series…

Seeing Stevie in Albany

It was great seeing Stevie, Kim and Benjamin! :-)

Pulling a mostly-nighter for Ma’at

3 hrs sleep on Friday night, from 6am to 9am. I even woke up before my alarm at 9:20. I only do that for things I enjoy on a subconscious level. Otherwise, I’d sleep through even an earthquake.

The book meme

This memelet has been going around the blogosphere forever (which is to say, for half a year, or so):

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 23.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

First horrified, then indignant, Cayley placed her hands firmly on her hips and declared “This is not America!”

From “Fair Play” by Steven E. Landsburg.

Seeing Jen et all in CT

I hadn’t seen Jen & Michael in something like 2 years. Little Michael celebrated his first birthday party in Connecticut. I was there. It was good. :-) There were some NERO folks there too. Good fun.