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

© 2006 by Andersen Silva (5-8-06)

Sounds of laughter, shades of life
  Are ringing through my open ears,
Exciting and inviting me...

Yes, I know, this column is about a week late. Maybe if it had several readers, instead of one or two, I'd have felt compelled to get it done on time, but... well, it doesn't. There may be dozens or hundreds of people a week listening to my remix of "The Hand That Feeds" on this site, and numerous people looking for pictures or info related to Anderson Silva, the wrestler, but not many seem interested in the ramblings of an aging punker techie. Just as well, really.

Gina's aging, too, and had a birthday over the weekend. Maybe we'll do sushi again in the near future to celebrate; we had a nice time together last month. I gave her phone support with her Excel project recently, too, but that didn't feel like work. I'm glad that we're talking more these days... I made pão de queijo last night, something I know she enjoys, and had some while watching "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy." Waldorf and Statler had a quick cameo on the latter, which was fun.

Didn't actually consume any tequila for Cinco de Mayo, but I did have a few cuba libres over the weekend, substituting Pepsi for Coke, of course. I also played numerous games of Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, and a couple of Leather Goddesses of Phobos. Don't worry, I was productive, too. I went through a lot of mail and documents, sorting and filing and shredding. It was rather dismaying to note that I'd pretty much stopped doing that stuff around the time that Gina broke up with me. Anyway, I did some other spring cleaning, too, and it felt good to straighten the place out a bit. On the other hand, putting the air conditioner in my bedroom window felt bad, for my back at any rate. I put a fan in the studio window, too, as Saturday got pretty warm.

I've been working on music again as well. The last song I recorded was February's "Frendy Tucker," and I'm long overdue for another. I'll be posting some new lyrics over the next few days, and by the end of the month there should be at least one new song recorded. I put a different video clip on the front page of JoyInTheNew.com, and it's now a Flash video rather than QuickTime, which should work out better for most surfers. The bit I'm playing there is something inspired by "Tubular Bells," but I'm not necessarily going to incorporate it into a new song. I recorded two other short video clips yesterday which I'll put online later this week, too. Fingertips are getting callused again...

We had two new employees start last week, one as a 'tech' or on-the-road engineer, the other as phone support. I've got high hopes for both of them, and along with Freddy and Mark they should lighten the load, but of course they need a lot of training first. Hopefully, we won't have the high rate of turnover that we did last year, and hopefully, I can manage to get away for more than a day or two this year. Besides Vegas in September, that is, which is really a business trip...

I saw Dayglow twice in April, meeting Lindsay, the bass player, after the first show. We chatted for a bit outside Fat Baby before I headed for the subway, and then at the next show, where I brought a couple of friends, Lindsay introduced me briefly to the rest of the band. They won't be playing in Manhattan again 'til the summer, but I'll be sure to see them again then!

I'm not sure which president is more dangerous, Ahmadinejad or Bush. Neither one is being quite as rational as he should. Nobody wants Iran to have nuclear weapons, but then nobody can say for certain that Iran is trying to make some. Rewarding India, which has nukes yet hasn't signed the non-proliferation treaty, while condemning Iran, which doesn't have weapons but has signed the treaty, is contemptible, and let's not even talk about Israel. I don't know what the solution is, but saber-rattling ain't it.

Apple Corps lost its latest legal battle against Apple Computer. Good. It was nitpicking, in my opinion, to claim that the iTunes Music Store was infringing on the Apple name and logo. Let's put it all behind us now, fellas...

Unfortunately, I've got work looming up ahead of me. Time to finish getting ready... Until June, people...!
  - 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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