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Jul. 30th, 2009 08:36 am
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Well, I completed my grant application. They always seem to take more work than you expect, but they're generally worthwhile, even when you don't get them- they force you to think about hard questions and get your shit together. (This is also what we tell people at work... it sounds kind of Pollyanna since so many more people apply than get funded, but, I do actually believe it.) I feel this one is stronger than the last one I submitted (and didn't get), but, who knows. It's also the first time I bothered to meet with a program officer to talk about my questions, too, which was a good idea. Considering the travel and big events for work and the wedding that've all happened this summer, I'm just proud of myself for managing to get it done. I am going to do my best to not think about it once it leaves my hands. Even if I luck out and get it, they don't tell us until February.


Jul. 25th, 2009 02:40 am
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My brother got married. It was good.


Jul. 19th, 2009 06:46 pm
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S4 and I turned 7 today. 7! High five!


Jul. 10th, 2009 09:48 am
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Went shopping. Bought dresses. Plural! One is very not-black! And shoes! With sparkle-things on them, even.

Weird. I have no accessories to match. Hmm.

Today it was insanely difficult to wake up, and my throat hurts. Maybe all that lounging around in bed was really good for me...

I'm glad it's Friday. Looking forward to sleeping in late in my own bed, and playing some Wii with my favorite brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law this weekend. :D
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After a crazy few weeks capped, of course, with getting kind of sick, I'm starting to feel like a normal human being again. I caught a kind of flu-ey bug, probably either from a sick co worker or someone from the Con, which what I blame for falling fast asleep after loading out the SpLounge on Monday despite getting good amounts of sleep and not, generally, being one for naps. The last two nights I've basically gone straight to bed with my lappy after work, though last night I got a little stir crazy and convinced S4 to just walk around the neighborhood with me. Xcel/the Roy didn't have space for derby this week, so there aren't official practices. I haven't gone skating on my own in the interim, which is too bad- between this week and last week I really miss the exercise and don't want to fall out of shape, but the timing couldn't have been more perfect for me to just have a breather and get over this bug without feeling like I'm letting myself or my teammates down. I've done some laundry and dishes, put away a lot of my detritus from the weekend, and started to reset my studio. I woke up with energy this morning for the first time in a while. It feels good.

Tonight I'm going shopping with mom for clothes to wear to the wedding and wedding-related functions. I'm actually looking forward to it; I feel like I haven't gone shopping in a while. I hope I might get a chance to look at some normal clothes too- all but one pair of my jeans are getting threadbare or have holes where I used to carry my cell in my pocket, and I need a new swimsuit.

Summer goes too fast.


Jul. 1st, 2009 10:20 pm
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"Neighbor", in our artists' co-op, means neighbor in kind of a small town sense... we all know each other and work together. We have pot lucks and pumpkin carvings and orphan Thanksgivings and spring cleaning day. We have troublemakers and alliances and old rivalries and older friendships and meetings that last too long and arguments about pets and bills and when we should buy new washing machines. We tell each other when we have art openings and performances. When the Con schedule allows, S4 and I watch the fireworks over the Mississippi on the roof of our building with everyone. I don't want to sound cult-y, but we are, basically, a kind of family. Lowertown is like a tiny artist-town stuck in the middle of a major downtown metropolitan area - it's a lot of why I like it here so much. And it's also why it sucks so much when someone like Jean is suddenly gone.

A lot.

Jun. 29th, 2009 10:41 pm
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Friday morning: Dear neighbor tragically killed by a truck.
The rest of Friday: Get this news, and then set up and execute huge fundraiser for work. Finish packing out ~midnight.
5am Saturday morning: get up to fly to Philly for 3 day roller derby tournament. Miss memorial gathering of neighbors because of being out of state.
Monday night: fly back.
Tuesday: Fiscal year-end at work (I do bookkeeping.) Also, funeral for aforementioned neighbor, 1.5 hours out of town.
Wednesday: Load in for CON, where I will be until.. Monday?

I feel really overwhelmed, and kind of need more physical and emotional rest than I can afford right now. This is a really bad position to be in coming in to the convention.

I'd planned to sleep in and go in late for work tomorrow. Now, because of the funeral, I don't really know what to do, or what exactly needs to be done to tie up the loose ends, or if it's better for me to go in after hours or on Wednesday. I don't feel like I can let any of these things budge, they all need to happen.

I also don't have information I need from musicians, and for some god forsaken reason, I put myself on the bill even though I haven't practiced a set for even five minutes in two months.

If there are one or two people who would like a last minute Dj set in the space lounge on Friday night, let me know...


Jun. 5th, 2009 11:24 am
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Dear LJ,

The website that my workplace uses has a big crazy backend that serves as our organizational database.

Throughout my tenure here, I've served as tech support/web maintenance, and have been learning more about how it works through osmosis, but I mostly only make cosmetic changes and add the odd static page here and there. I would like to learn more about the nitty gritty of the coding so that I could have more autonomy to make changes and fixes in the database parts. Unfortunately for my macintosh sensibilities, it uses Access and .asp, and while I like problem solving and taught myself enough html and css to made a website, I don't really have any programming or web development experience.

What are good resources for me to learn this stuff, and/or would this be over my head?


May. 27th, 2009 04:54 pm
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Turns out poor communication just cost me $130.
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I got an 800-600 firewire cable and the Firebox still doesn't work, so it's officially for sale. I'm going to clean out some other gear I have sitting around that I'm not using, too. I have some travel plans I'd like to make and hospital bills I'd like to get rid of, and having gear I don't use around the studio doesn't help. I think these prices are fair, but I'm willing to barter, especially if you want to take more than one of these off my hands.

Presonus Firebox firewire 6x10 audio interface. In great shape, original package/docs and some included software, cable, and power supply. $160

MOTU 828 firewire interface, used, in decent shape: $100.

SKB 4 rack space flight case, 19" deep. Dusty and a bit scratched, but tough as hell. $100

Behringer FCB1010 midi pedal. Bought brand new, lightly used. $100

Kurzweil K2000 sampling keyboard. This one's hard to give up; we have a lot of history. But, I just don't use it anymore and I'd like to see it go to a loving home. Comes with full analog sample set, all documentation, a bunch of tutorials, plus a zip drive and soft case. $450.

Electrix Repeater phrase sampler/looper. Used, in great shape. This is a super cool little piece of gear that's also a little hard to part with, but, I just don't use it now that I'm a drooling fangirl of ableton live and barely leave my house without my laptop. Will throw in a flash card and reader. $550.

Let me know if you or anyone you know is interested!


May. 13th, 2009 06:24 pm
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In case I ever wondered what I looked like getting backhanded in the eye while rollerskating, now I know!

Looks a bit like I drank lemonade that's gone off.


May. 5th, 2009 09:21 am
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Note: Due to a circuit design change, Mac Book Pro laptop computers will not supply sufficient power over the FireWire bus to initially boot up the FireBox. Once the FireBox has beeen initially powered on with the included external power supply, you may disconnect the external power supply, the FireBox can then be bus-powered.


This means that both of the new pieces of gear I just bought SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE THEY COULD BE BUS POWERED actually aren't. For fuck's sake. I was ok for it to happen to one, whatever, but both? COME ON.
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starfive just showed this to me. You guys need to see this.

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Derby in Grand Rapids was really fun. I feel like I could have definitely played better, but we had a great time. And we won! It was a nailbiter of a game, too... we owned the first half and kept them to 7 points, but they came back with a vengence in the 2nd and it came down to the last jam. We won by only a 10 point spread, which is pretty negligible in derby-land.

I believe MNRG also continued its reputation for winning the after party. For my part, I drank more than I should have on an empty stomach, stayed up really late, and learned how fun it is to take an early flight after that. (Not very.) After a long nap and Pho deliciousness and Vietnamese coffee from Jasmine26 I'm starting to feel like a human being again. Yay. Time for fluffy tv and movies in bed!
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I'm looking for a small, bus or battery powered midi foot controller that I could assign a couple buttons to MIDI CC messages. Would one of the little cheap guys that guitarists use for FX patch switching work for this? (Like this one? I don't know if they can be programmed for CC messages or if they just do program changes.

This guy is the exact kind of form factor I'm looking for, but I don't think it can be battery/bus powered and this one is a little more than I'd need, I think, so it's also awfully spendy.

Other things I'm considering:
Smaller, bus-powered audio/midi interface, probably an M-Audio 410 and a little battery powered keyboard amp.

Also, This is so sexy. I wish it wasn't sooo expensive for 9 knobs.

(I've been thinking a lot about how I might pare down my rig considerably and still make the kind of music I want to make, as well as have the ability to have a totally portable mini-rig...)
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I'd really rather not be awake right now. *sigh* C'mon, brain. Shut up.


Apr. 12th, 2009 02:33 am
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Whoa, ok, so I was pretty used to people I never see from high school finding me on facebook, but for some reason I didn't expect to be found by one of my relatives in Norway and his daughter. Looks like he plays and teaches classical guitar for a living, and has a fan page for a Norwegian metal band.



Mar. 23rd, 2009 11:54 am
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We have a high school student doing some admin/intern-y stuff for us today, and she just referred to her jump drive as a "jack". None of us in the office had heard that term before- is this a weird name or are we just tragically unhip?
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This weekend S4 and I headed out across America's Dairyland for some derby.

off we go. )
the safehouse )
cheeeeeese )
the derby )
good and bad, an abbreviated list )

Sometime in my Dairyland travels I need to see the Forevertron and the House on the Rock...


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