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

© 2005 by Andersen Silva (7-4-05)

Today's the Fourth of July,
  Another June has gone by,
And when they light up our town I just think,
  "What a waste of gunpowder and sky..."

It's been a quiet Fourth of July weekend (well, except for the explosions), and that's quite all right by me. After Microwize's lunchtime barbecue in the parking lot Friday, I came home and watched some "Benny Hill" with Jon; he's really buying a lot of DVD sets these days. As much as I enjoyed "Sledge Hammer" and "Benny Hill," I can't see myself buying either set. "Moonlighting," though... that one I just might have to get.

Anyway, the rest of my weekend consisted of consuming tortilla chips and salsa, Breyers' black raspberry chocolate ice cream (yeah, I'm normally a Ben & Jerry's man, but this stuff is excellent), green salads, potato salad, fruit salad, green tea, and Country Time raspberry lemonade iced tea. Yum. And some Cider Jacks, the last of which I'm drinking now; they're made in Vermont, don'tcha know, and since the center of my universe is there this weekend... I watched "Troy" on HBO Saturday night, which was enjoyable and at least never claimed to be strictly following Homer. D'oh! I also spent some more time sunnin' at Tar Beach, carefully enough so that I avoided any real sunburn, and I'm about halfway through the collected "Chronicles of Narnia." I bought the volume for Gina, but she told me to go ahead and read it first, since she wasn't really going to have time to look at it herself just yet. I read the Narnia books ages ago, of course, but they're just as enjoyable this time around.

While I wasn't quite as productive over the long weekend as I'd intended originally, I did manage to start working on some music. The piece that I began putting together last month will probably see the light of day this month; I think I'm finally going to complete the "Hate Theme from 'Waiting for X,'" too. I ordered and received an M-Audio Ozonic MIDI controller and FireWire audio interface last month, and after all these years, I've got a good reason to get rid of my two aging Yamaha keyboards. One of the synth sounds in GarageBand caught my ear as I was tinkering with the Ozonic this afternoon, and so I recorded a new rough demo of the "Hate Theme" that I'll have to work with later. The real project this weekend, however, was a surf tune (with just a smidgeon of techno bass) which isn't done yet, but is coming along nicely.

This past week, I learned that I'll be going to Arizona in October for a few days on business. Fortunately, Claudia and Rosmary are going, too, so I won't be stuck with Robert's company the whole time. Heh-heh... OK, he's not that bad, but who wants to spend a whole trip with the boss? Speaking of flying, who at JetBlue is so interested in my Web site, anyway? I'm not complaining, mind you, just a little surprised to see that domain popping up so often alongside the AOLer's and the NJ state employee's.

I'm pleased to hear that NASA's assault on Tempel 1 went as planned early this morning. I'd considered staying up for the fireworks, but I don't think I'd have gotten a good view (if any). Lyndhurst's fireworks are going off now, though, and those I can see and hear quite well from the living room window, as well as those from two neighboring towns. Ah, if only my honey were here to see 'em with me...

Well, we're going to get together this week, and hopefully for sushi and "Star Wars," which she's got to see on the big screen before it's gone. It'll be my third time, after having gone with Yesika and Luigui, but I have no problem with that. I believe Claudia's already made it to four, in fact... Not that I'm trying to compete. Anyway, even if I don't see the movie again, I've just got to see my honey.

Jon and Karin are going away for two weeks or so, and I think I'm going to utilize the solitude in the apartment to try to get several songs recorded. I'm not exactly preparing for a second album yet, but I did have the title Tougher Than Flannel materialize in my head one evening... Oh, c'mon, I'm sure Run and DMC would find it funny. I bought the new releases from Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, and Martin Rivas over the past few weeks, and I'm likin' them all. Hmmm, Mart's on solo release number three; maybe I do need to get cracking on my sophomore effort.

My Cider Jack is almost finished, and so (I believe) are the fireworks. Poor fireflies seem confused... Gonna have some more fruit, and read some more about Narnia, and then get to bed. Tomorrow's another (work) day...
  - 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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