Musical Pause

Posted in Music on January 30th 2005 by Randy Reichardt

:: Without going into details, it appears that my three-month foray back into the world of rock music has come to an end. Perhaps at a later date I will explain. Suffice it to say that circumstances leading to this event were beyond my control and had nothing to do with me. However, it is a great disappointment, as I was very much enjoying the creative process, and playing loud and angry electric music again after a 14-year break. Damn it.

Nearby

Posted in Miscellaneous on January 25th 2005 by Randy Reichardt

:: I am around, just really busy and really tired from work and other stuff. I’ll be back soon. One thing I am working on is consolidating as many sites in my Bloglines account as possible, and that is taking some time to make happen.

Ice Rain – I Wanna Be Sedated

Posted in Miscellaneous on January 17th 2005 by Randy Reichardt

:: A week ago we were living through -35C temperatures in Edmonton. Currently it is -2C, and there is a light rain falling, turning to ice as it hits the ground, making driving a hazardous affair. The east coast is getting hammered with another major winter blizzard. While the temperature never gets that hot in Edmonton in the summer, and while I do wish winter was a bit shorter here, overall it’s tough to complain about the weather in this part of the world. We don’t seem to get the extremes that other regions do. The 1987 tornado that ripped through the east half of Edmonton took 27 lives, but was considered a rarity, an disaster not expected to happen all that often.

I am continuing to rehearse with Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys. The band knows 10 songs, and is learning two covers. There is much more to learn. I am enjoying it, the challenge of learning original tunes, most of which are very unconventional, featuring mixed time signatures coupled with jamming intervals. A song’s framework is sidestepped for 30-60 seconds while the my guitar, the drums and the bass play, well, whatever. Each time a song with such a component is played, it will sound different as a result. There is much more work to do. It’s a new experience, playing in a three-piece rock band.

I played boggle on Sunday night with Marissa, Melissa, and Sarah. Melissa is a Boggle Queen, and Marissa and Sarah are no slouches. Needless to say, the girls cleaned my clock in every round. Saturday night Marissa and I saw End of the Century, the movie about the seminal 70s NYC punk band, The Ramones. The film is a real eye-opener, highly recommended.

It’s January, and I’m restless for any number of reasons. The year is barely two weeks old, and planning for activities in the summer and fall has already begun. I am also about to agree to do to something that could result in a three-year professional time commitment, to June 2008. More on that at a later date.

Landing on Titan

Posted in Final Frontier on January 13th 2005 by Randy Reichardt

:: The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan will be covered live tomorrow on NASA-TV, on the web, very early in the morning. The European Space Agency’s Huygen Probe will begin its descent to Titan on Friday. More info is available on the ESA Cassini-Huygens site. The detailed Huygens descent timeline provides details to the minute, including parachute deployment, data transmission to Cassini, atmosphere sampling, and surface touchdown.

:: This is the time of year that can be called The Cold and The Dark. Late sunrises and early sunsets, coupled with sub-sub-zero temperatures. The forecast is calling for -34C tonight. It is nights like these that give us character. Next Thursday, the high is predicted to be +5C.

:: From Google Groups, access to 800,000,000 Usenet messages back to 1981. Very scary. Thank God all I did in the 80s was discuss music and movies in those damn newsgroups.

Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 800 million messages dating back to 1981. This is by far the most complete collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand historical account.

Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 800 million messages dating back to 1981. This is by far the most complete collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand historical account.

We compiled some especially memorable articles and threads in the timeline below. For example, read Tim Berners-Lee’s announcement of what became the World Wide Web or Linus Torvalds’ post about his “pet project”. You can find more in-depth information about the archive here.

Blogomania Update – Back To Normal and Getting Better All The Time

Posted in Blogging on January 9th 2005 by Randy Reichardt

:: Special thanks to Christina of BlogMoxie and Christine of Blogomania for responding quickly to my last post. Important points to note:

  • Blogomania is going nowhere but up – the company is growing and expanding. Blogomania has extended its hosting service to Blogmoxie clients, and vice versa: Moxie Design services are being offered to Blogomania clients.
  • Christina corrected my impression that BlogMoxie had suspended new hosting applications. In fact, by partnering with Blogomania, BlogMoxie is accepting new applications for hosting

So why was I having so many problems? Christine responded with the following critical information that explained what happened:

  1. On Friday night, Blogomania and BlogMoxie experienced a DDOS attack, followed by a second one. This ended around 4:00 am CST. It took staff members a few hours to resolve this, working through the night.
  2. On Saturday, the server on which Blogomania resides had a primary hard drive failure. A new drive was installed, and the backup was restored.

It’s important for me to emphasize that since switching to Blogomania in the fall of 2003, the service has been excellent. Christine and her team respond to Help Desk tickets quickly, and provide rock solid customer support. (My thanks also to Keith, who read my post and called to say he had no problems getting to the Blogomania site.)

What happened today was an anomaly. My father said many times, “Mechanical things break down.” Such is life. If you need a host, or need to switch, consider Blogomania.

What’s Up With Blogomania?

Posted in Blogging on January 8th 2005 by Randy Reichardt

:: Weird things are happening, if at all, with Blogomania, the service that hosts my web sites, and Geoff‘s and Tony‘s, among many others. If you’re reading this, then something is working, but not everything is kosher, and I’m worried. I cannot reach the Blogomania site, the Blogmania Helpdesk, my website’s Control Panel, nor my e-mail.

A websearch revealed this post, advising that Christine, the Blogomania girl, has joined forces with Blogmoxie. The girls of Blogmoxie are here, including Christine. The thing is, I haven’t heard boo from Blogomania that this was in the works, and if so, what the implications were for BM customers. Are we being transferred to Blogmoxie? If so, check this out: Blogmoxie has suspended new hosting applications. Say what?

The Blogmania site isn’t working, as of 1631 hrs, MST. This is what you see when you try to reach the site, or Christina’s BigPinkCookie.com – not reassuring at all.

For the time being, i.e., the weekend, I’ve giving Blogomania the benefit of the doubt. I hope Christine resolves this within a day. Blogomania’s reputation, solid until now, doesn’t need a hit like this.

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