Being...
the adventures of a youngish man whose principal interests are knowledge, beauty, and music

© 2005 by Andersen Silva (3-1-05)

Inner children lost their way,
  Now they know the price you pay.
I'm holding on to life with you,
  'Cos life without you just won't do...

Everything I do is driven by you.  :)

Wow, the snow is really making up for a few lean years this winter. We got another few inches dumped on us last night and early this morning... The office has a delayed opening this morning, as does Gina's school. Of course, a state of emergency, forcing us both to stay home, would've been even better...

Gina and I had a delicious (as always) and sweet Valentine's Day lunch of sushi and champagne. The roses I'd ordered to be delivered to her at the restaurant had to be rescheduled slightly, as my honey was running a bit late... but in the end, they arrived ten or fifteen minutes after we did, so that worked out very well indeed. And she got me "The Ultimate Matrix Collection" DVD set, which was just ultimate cool. No, maybe it's not very romantic, but she knew I wanted it, and I was touched.

Gina, Hannah, and I went to Casey O'Toole's last Saturday night for my roommate Jon's surprise birthday bash, which was very nice, even if we only knew a handful of people there. Jon was certainly surprised...! We think Hannah may have been trying to replace his girlfriend...

"Spamalot" was a blast and a half. The cast were all phenomenal, and despite it being the first night of previews, I only noticed one or two glitches in the show. Definitely a lot of fun, and probably even for people who don't know "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

That was a long week for me, though, starting with the previous Friday, when I discovered that my external FireWire drive (containing my iBook backup, all my archived documents, and all my music files) was no longer accessible. I stayed up late that night and the next, trying to repair the damage, then I couldn't sleep well at all on Sunday night, got in late Monday night after "Spamalot," worked on the drive again Tuesday night... I didn't begin to catch up on sleep for a week, and I was sure that my raspy throat was going to turn into a cold. But it didn't. And the hard drive is functioning normally again.

NetBSD is booting fine on the Quadra now, but that's as far as I've gotten. It boots. Heh... I want to configure X and start playing around with the system, but I think I'm going to need a serious chunk of time for that, so I haven't started yet. I'm also allegedly buying a new Dell server from my co-worker, Michael, though he's dragging his feet about getting it to me. The FireWire incident made me a bit paranoid, and I want to get my hands on the server's 160GB hard drive and create a partition on it to store my files on, then back that up to the 100GB external drive. The server itself will come in handy for work tasks and maybe a little Web site.

Speaking of Web sites, I've got a new one. Well, there's only the one page up so far... but Mike also pointed me in the direction of a good deal on a domain name and hosting, and so I decided that it was time to stop having my album dominate this Web site and give it its own. And so JoyInTheNew.com was born... Over the next few weeks, I'll move all the album-related material there, fleshing it out a bit, and probably much of my other music-related stuff, too. This site can then return to the zany and slightly baffled reflection of me it was before I released the album and began the shameless self-promotion.   ;)

The next few weeks may also bring a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Barbara, a visit to the Children's Museum of Manhattan with Gina and Hannah, and a get-together with my old co-workers Yesika and Rhonda (possibly accompanied again by Gina and Hannah). And other things as they arise... I saw Dawn and Dave after a looong hiatus last month, and it was good to hang out with them. We saw "Hitch," which turned out to be a really fun movie. And my parents picked up a couple of degus, small rodents I'd never heard of before which are very cute and sweet. We're hoping they're both the same gender, though, otherwise I may be asking you if you'd like a baby degu...!

And, on that note, I'm going to make a cup of coffee, since I don't have to be at work for two hours. No more snow...! No more snow...! No more snow...!
  - A (webmaster@andersensilva.com)


June 2006 - "Desperation," concerts, where's my music been?
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May 2006 - Nothing too exciting for Cinco de Mayo, fresh blood at Microwize, Apple v. Apple
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April 2006 - Late night at the office, a trip to DC
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March 2006 - Aimee Mann, fillin' up the iPod, science fiction, a trigger-happy veep?
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January 2006 - In the paper again, my own iPod, on my own
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December 2005 - Where is everybody?!? "Christmas Lonely"
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November 2005 - Arizona, the Palisades Center, alone again... naturally
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October 2005 - 35 and still alive, an Ovation and not a Tanglewood, anyone for tennis?
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September 2005 - The city of New Orleans, Rome, CBGB, let's joust!
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August 2005 - Microsoft Winblows, no Transit Village for you!, songs 'n guitars
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July 2005 - The Fourth, the Ozonic, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"
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June 2005 - Lunch with Gina, a penguin from her penguin, hongry for Nine Inch Nails, "Episode III" and "Hitchhiker's"
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May 2005 - My new PowerBook, HHGttG, the end of the Astronomy Tip of the Day
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April 2005 - The Children's Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Dark Tower, the Dell
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March 2005 - Snow, my sushi valentine, technical difficulties (please stand by)
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February 2005 - It's BSD, it's dynamite! the Dalai Lama, Zhao Ziyang, fruit with "Raymond"
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January 2005 - A frightening New Year's, spaghetti and meatballs (and Christmas gifts!) with Gina and Hannah, Samichlaus
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December 2004 - A fun evening with Gina and Hannah, test-taking, partaking of the library
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November 2004 - A lot can change in twelve months
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October 2004 - My birthday and my honey
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September 2004 - Anniversary, spreadin' the word about the CD, dumb E-mails and the women who send them
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August 2004 - Philadelphia freedom, the album is finished, where did my parents go?
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July 2004 - Together again!; playin' guitar in the park, promoting the album
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June 2004 - Mother's Day, Gina's day, preparing the CD... don't dream it's over. Please don't
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May 2004 - Gina being so far away from me, chicken cordon bleu, Macintosh consulting, the album
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April 2004 - No more Vitriol, lovin' and cookin' for my pretty baby, upgrading to a Treo 600, working on my music
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