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

© 2005 by Andersen Silva (5-2-05)

If I should seek immunity, and love you with impunity,
  Then the only thing to do is for me to pledge myself to you.
But they only dealt one card, so for me it is not hard;
  You're the bright star in my chart, you go straight to my heart.

It's May Day morning, and I'm writing this on the 319 bus to Toms River, on my way to visiting my parents. It's nice to have a laptop with a battery that can hold a charge... I'm starting to wonder if that was part of why the iBook started acting wonky lately; its battery doesn't seem to have any juice left at all. I guess it'd be worth buying one more and seeing if that helps. Right now, I've got Yellow Dog Linux and Macintosh OS 9 on Dana, the iBook, and I don't think I'm going to bother putting OS X on it, even when my copy of Tiger (OS X 10.4) arrives within the next week or two.

I will install Tiger on Trinity, my new PowerBook, with which I'm very pleased. It's very speedy, very portable, and ultra-cool. I've put tons of software on the hard drive, from open source stuff like the GIMP, OpenOffice.org, and Audacity to professional audio software like Deck and Peak to games like Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness... and Infocom's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Well, it's running on a Commodore 64 emulator, but hey, it's the original game, the way I remember it, and how cool is that? I do have a Commodore 128 and can play it on that, too, but this is better.

Speaking of HHGttG, I haven't seen the movie yet, but I hope to do so soon. The way movies depart the big screen these days, it's going to have to be soon, 'cos somehow I don't see this one sticking around too very long... I've heard good and bad things about it, but mostly good. I'm not such a fanatic that I'll take offense at the changes that have been made to the characters or the story. For cryin' out loud, there are differences between the books, the radio series, the television series, and the game; why is it such a surprise that the movie introduces a few of its own?

I started reading "The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah" last night. It's all I can do to pace myself, because once I pick one of these books up, it's incredibly difficult to put it down again. The last book is not in paperback yet, so I probably won't buy it now, but I hope the Lyndhurst Library has the hardcover, because there's no way I can finish "Song of Susannah" and then wait a few months to see how the story ends!

The Astronomy Tip of the Day is nearing its life expectancy, as Gina's astronomy class is drawing to a close. Heh-heh... I helped her with a few assignments this past month, and had to reach far back into my brain as I ran through a few algebraic equations and struggled with some physics. It was a pleasant experience, though, and Jon and I got some more chuckles from the DOS programs that needed to be run for some of the questions. Even the Commodore 128 had better graphics...

Gina and I didn't get a chance to do sushi in April, and we missed an opportunity to get together for lunch last Friday; I was on-site at a doctor's office just a few blocks away from her school, but the job ran longer than I'd anticipated, and I couldn't ask her to hang around the campus for an hour and a half while I finished up. We did see each other a few times, and now that the weather's getting nice again, I picked up some of that scrumptious Karamel Sutra ice cream from Ben & Jerry's, which we broke into. Yum... And I'm definitely taking her out this week for sushi to celebrate her birthday, and the semester coming to an end.  :)

My honey noticed my right eye when she was over last week; it had been irritated and really bothered me last Monday, but after that I'd rather forgotten about it. Gina saw right away that it didn't look right, though, and lent me her drops and told me to put a chamomile tea bag on it. It's all better now...

OK, I wrote most of this yesterday morning, but somehow I didn't finish until this morning. Oh, well. I still have to post those new songs, too. Sometime this week, I reckon. Anyway, I'm off to Manhattan in less than an hour, on another job... Keep an eye out for those May flowers!
  - 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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