Apparently the demographics at X vs Q say some interesting things.

For instance, the workforce at Q is far more racially diverse and has a far higher female/male ratio. (Though, either oddly or interestingly, Caucasian females remain very rare.)

Does that suggest a selection bias on X's part, or that these things actually correlate with who is perceived as top talent?

And yet, the group that regularly goes to lunch are all Caucasian asian males. At least none are too into sports!

I have coworkers with relatively cooler names.

Office guitar hasn't been used in awhile. We'll see where it goes.

Debugging browser code kinda sucks. Even poorly architected mundane web programming is more interesting. That said, things are slated to improve...
...after we hire a replacement for the guy who was supposed to be my Buddy (X called it "mentor"), who's last day was yesterday.

Web anything is funner* than C++.

My appeal to limit the use of AOP was well received. Screw you Lieberherr.

I've inherited responsibility for all of Buddy's code. Thankfully, he was a good programmer. Ruefully, it's more C++ than web development... to be fair, some of it is pretty nifty C++.

Dojo has interesting prospects. But has changed enough version to version that documentation is scattered.

Lots of frustrations. But. I'm n00b and have to deal with current bugs before potentially fun dev arrives. #potential

And I get mailed a "You should come interview with us" ever 3 days or so. So options exist if it doesn't pan out.

* "The reason the use of funner and funnest has been discouraged is that fun was until recently only a noun. Nouns do not have comparative (-er) and superlative (-est) forms, but mass nouns such as fun can be modified by more and most (e.g., “I have more water,” or “he has the most courage”). But while some of the stodgier English reference books still pretend fun is not an adjective, most English speakers moved on long ago, and the adjectival fun is rarely questioned. Ultimately, if we accept that fun is an adjective—and we have no choice, because it’s common—then we also have to accept funner and funnest. Comparatives and superlatives of one-syllable adjectives usually take the -er and -est endings, and there’s no good reason fun should be any different." - grammarist.com

Well, That Happened
Yes, yes it did. Surprisingly quickly.

Here's hoping.

Jack White Stripes
Went to see Jack White w/ d at BU.

Mr. White continues to impress and inspire. He was backed by an all-female band playing drums, contra bass, pedal steel guitar, violin, piano/keyboard, and a tambourine/rattle player who provided backing vocals for a few songs. Besides playing more-or-less all of Blunderbuss, they also played Dead Leaves And the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes), Hotel Yorba (TWS), Top Yourself (Raconteurs), Blue Blood Blues (The Dead Weather), We're Gonna Be Friends (TWS), Hardest Button to Button (TWS), Ball and Biscuit (TWS), and Seven Nation Army (TWS). Jack played the hell out a few guitars, pianos, and his vocals. That guy is crazy talented.

There was an opening band that was clearly meant to evoke The White Stripes, being a lanky guy and a cute, big breasted woman playing guitar and drums, though they did trade instruments, play duets, and otherwise show they weren't just a TWS knock-off. Some good songs. They didn't give their name though.

Bands I Have Seen In Concert
Updated whenever I make it to a concert...

Jack White
opening band

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Missing numerous opening acts, bands heard in bars et cetera, and bands watched for a few songs at festivals.

Chop Hit
Saw Hot Chip at HoB w/ d.

Opening for them was Chromatics, but we only caught about half their set. They were interesting enough, but the samples of their studio album didn't impress so I'll leave 'em at the concert.

To say Hot Chip was disappointing would be misleading, because the show was fine and entertaining. At the same time, most of that entertainment came from having an elaborate light show in time to their music, because while there were vocals, a drummer in the back, and somebody tended to have a guitar, mostly it was four or five guys standing at synths.

Somewhere through the show they started getting so much high-pitched feedback that they stopped the song and had the sound guy kill the signal and the audience cheered. It was interesting, because the sound guy had this real-time heatmap display of the mix going to the speakers and you could easily see the erroneous signals. They fixed it in short order and the show went on, but it reminded me of when the film melted while watching Stargate at the theater.

They saved Ready For The Floor for the encore, which was frustratingly predictable, but also, sounded more like a cover than them really playing it. They then went nuts on some other song and had a really thrumming chaos that I felt would have ended the show perfectly by dropping to silence, but followed up with a mellow closeout that felt like nothing more than a cool down.

Ah well. Presumably The Killers will tour this fall, so that may be the next show.

d'Elf Wooten
Saw Victor Wooten at the Paradise w/ j & d.

Opening band was Club d'Elf. In this incarnation they were a violin, a kick-bass + cymbal + bongo + hand drum, a santir, and slide guitar. They were very jazzy and pretty excellent. d commented they kinda reminded of a slowed down and mellowed out acoustic NIN without lyrics.

Then, after an agonizingly long "set change", Wooten took the stage. This time around he was much less the center of attention (though still mind-bendingly ridiculous in his bass playing), now having a full++ band: FOUR bassists, two drummers, and a female vocalist. The drummers were situated on opposite sides of the stage and were facing each other, and played clever fills and timing games back and forth continuously. The four bassists were Wooten, of course, rocking his four-cum-three-string, and then two six-strings (one fretless), and another four-string. Fretful six-string also played trumpet and fretless six-string also played trombone a few times. Wooten played an electric cello for the opening number and then went through a number of different basses, including a few songs rocking out an upright. It was all very impressive and fluid with a number of excellent songs, but if you weren't watching it could also feel like jazzy background thing for long stretches. Still, it was a band of ridiculously talented musicians, so plenty of awesome ensued.

Excellent evening out with w/ c & d to Paradise Rock Club.

We arrived late enough to miss the opening band, but arrived just in time to catch the opening song of AWOLNATION. As they're new enough to only have one album, I knew all the songs they played and they played most of the songs I'd hoped to hear (notably omitting Knights of Shame, which is understandable since it's a long song that spans a variety of styles). Was fun and energetic and excellent. d liked that they ended with a few measures of Rage Against the Machine's "Freedom".

However, top amazement for the evening certainly goes to Neon Trees. I'd bought the tickets to the show to see AWOLNATION, not knowing who Neon Trees were. Due to c's saying they were good I grabbed an album, but still, I knew little about them. Was blown away. The singer reminded me of a more subdued Jimmy Urine (of MSI) with his zany hair and unbridled energy, and there was a bassist and two guitarists, but what really caught my attention was the drummer. She was excellent, and sang in a few songs as well, and I more-or-less watched her for the whole show and thereby appreciate that Neon Trees has some awesome drumming. I really liked a number of songs, though was surprised to find I wasn't nearly as enamored by their wicked-popular song (which I hadn't heard before) as the rest of the set. Mid-concert I bought their album I didn't have; they'll certainly be getting more listening. Great night!

Casa Buena
First concert of the year! Out w/ ch and j, neither of who were sure who Kasabian was, but both of who decided concerts are fun and came anyways!

The opening band was called Hacienda (Spanish for estate), which I think was these guys: http://haciendaonline.net (there appear to be multiple bands by this name). They were a guitarists, bassist, drummer with a small kit, and synthmaster. The synth sounded very synthy, and stood out pretty strongly across a bunch of songs. The bassist played rather fast.

Kasabian (British) went completely ridiculous with the lights. Colors scintilating everywhere, variously in time to the music or accent changes in tempo or just tracking around. They played a really long set, covering all the tracks I cared about on West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, though the timing felt off in Underdog. Two guitars, one bass, synth, vocalist, and drummer with a big fucking Zildjian gong... though I missed where it got used.

Five Most Important Albums Discovered In MMXI
Albums listed in order of discovery.

Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
The Killers: Sam's Town
The Fratellis: Costello Music
The White Stripes: Icky Thump
Oysterhead: The Grand Pecking Order

Notable also-rans:

White Rabbits: It's Frightening
Franz Ferdinand: Tonight
Red Hot Chili Peppers: I'm With You
The Zutons: Who Killed the Zutons

last year's list

Maundering Forward
Recorded the first attempt at a melody set to lyrics. Though it is but the first germination of an idea, having something to work around both confines possibilities and opens up paths forward.

Got from laptop-is-in-the-other-room to recording guitar through amp to capture within 10 minutes.

Working title is I Once Knew A Girl.


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