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

© 2005 by Andersen Silva (8-1-05)

You're walking unencumbered down the shady side of the street,
  You're thinking to yourself, "There's just one girl I want to meet."
Of course, you know she's out, as you grab yourself something to eat,
  But it won't be all that long 'til you see her again; ain't she sweet?

Y'know, those huge monstrosities some people are calling sunglasses didn't look cool back in the '70s, and they certainly don't look cool now. If you really want to look like vintage Elton John, then by all means go for it, but don't be surprised and offended if I laugh.

In other cheesy news, Dubya has used a recess appointment to get Michael Bolton in the ambassador's seat at the United Nations. What, the United States' image hasn't suffered enough lately? What if he sings a snide rendition of "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?" to Kofi Annan?

I had some major computer issues at work last month. Trying to print would cause my Dell to crash. Then just opening the Printers window would cause it to crash. Pretty soon, it was crashing pretty randomly, and no antivirus, antispyware, or hardware checks turned up anything wrong. I finally convinced Robert to just get me a new computer, because it's difficult to support a client when your own system reboots in the middle of the phone call. Have I mentioned how much I hate Windows? Of course, if it weren't for Microsoft, there'd be far fewer jobs for techies like me, because there'd be far less need...

The "Transit Village" idea championed by Lyndhurst's last mayor has died a quiet death. We never did get Transit Village status, and since the new administration is against the idea, any development is going to be on a much smaller scale. Still, it'd be nice if somebody puts a new laundromat next to the Dunkin Donuts, where the old one was. It'd be a shorter walk for me. I'm curious to see what, if anything, is done with the old Shop-Rite building now, as well.

Barbara took me to pick up an air conditioner on Saturday, so the temperature in my room is finally bearable. Woo-hoo! I'm the kind of person who prefers natural air (if that's the right term for what we've got in New Jersey), but lately it'd been difficult to get any restful sleep, that's how hot it was. We also went to IKEA, where I picked up a leopard-spotted desk chair and a new desk/workstation. My PowerBook and its associated hardware, along with the Ozonic (which I've managed to put in the keyboard drawer), fit very comfortably on it in my bedroom, and it's got a smaller footprint than the last desk I was using. Between the new layout and the newly comfortable atmosphere, it should be easier for me to work on music now.

June saw me record three songs: "Down the Shore," "Too Loud to Be Eaten with the Naked Eye," and "Heavywait." I'd hoped to get another one done over the weekend, but I'm still pleased with myself. While I don't have any definite plans for a sophomore album just yet, I do have a backlog of songs to be recorded, and it feels good to be doing it again. The Ozonic has really sparked the creative flow, too, and having it and the Danelectro in my room for instant access should assist in the songwriting process.

There are two more guitars I want to own in this lifetime. No, I don't feel the need to become another Rick Nielsen... The first, which I've craved for quite some time, is a left-handed sunburst Gibson Les Paul. I'm going to keep waiting on that one, because I just can't justify spending that kind of money on a guitar at the moment. The second, however, while still not cheap, is more affordable: a Tanglewood Odyssey 12-string acoustic-electric, also left-handed and also in a sunburst finish. I'd never heard of Tanglewood until three years ago, when I started considering the idea of a 12-string but balked at the price of a Rickenbacker (beautiful guitars, but yipe!). It's a U.K. company, and I'd have to have it shipped overseas, but it looks like a great guitar and I've heard good things about it, and so I'm thinking that I may make a birthday present of it to myself. Of course, if you'd like to chip in a few bucks in lieu of a gift, that'd be appreciated; I know it's not always easy picking out gifts for people like me...

Another decision recently made involves relegating all my music-related stuff from this site to my other, JoyInTheNew.com. It doesn't make sense to keep the CD-related material there, and all the other music material here. I've been migrating everything over to the other site over the past three weeks or so, and updating some of the info; I still need to redirect mp3 links from this site to point to that one, but for the most part the split is complete. Be sure to tell your favorite radio station. Or perhaps you'd rather tell your least favorite radio station...

Tell someone, at least. For my part, I think I'm going to enter a songwriting contest or two. CD sales have been sluggish of late...
  - 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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