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Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

Wild Elf, live on the Internet

January 1st, 2011 (11:07 am)
current location: home

Wild Elf will be performing on Sunday the 2th, at Cannon Mine Coffeehouse (http://www.cannonmine.com) in Old Town Lafayette, from 11am to 2pm Mountain time (presently GMT -0600).

With any luck, the show will be available as streaming audio online. Assuming that everything is working, you can listen by pointing a web browser at http://www.wildelfmusic.com:8000 - you should be presented with an "Icecast2 Status" screen. After about 10:30am Mountain time, there should be a link labeled "M3U" on the right-hand side; clicking
that (and selecting "Open this file" if your browser asks) should start the audio.

Wild Elf plays a variety of music, mostly "British Isles" folk, but with selections from around the world (and even a few pieces from the hundred years!)

Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

'Tis the season...

December 30th, 2010 (12:39 pm)
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current location: home

I don't know if I have ever gotten around to posting my version of Evil Tea (as popularized by rosefox) - but that season is again upon us, so here it is:

1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne, depending on potency (and your capsacin tolerance - but add a little *more* than you think you can stand)
1/8 tsp wasabi, Chinese mustard powder, or other dry horseradish powder
1/8 tsp ground mustard
1/2" chunk of ginger root, or 1/4 tsp ground
Particularly if your throat is also sore, add 1/8 tsp clove
<1/8 tsp rosemary or thyme leaves

Put all the above in the bottom of a mug of some sort. Add a *tiny* bit of some 80-proof or stronger alcohol onto them. Don't worry too much about the flavour, since you will likely not be able to tell. Let that steep for a couple of minutes. Add ~1/8 tsp of lemon juice and let that sit for another couple minutes.

Add a bag of some mint tea - again, it doesn't really matter which. If you have them available, add about 1 tbsp of dry mullein leaves: (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/Verbascum_densiflorum_%27dense-flowered_mullein%27_2007-06-02_%28plant%29.jpg) This plant grows bloody near anywhere. It's a disturbance plant, so railroad tracks or gravel parking lots are good places to look.

Fill the mug the rest of the way with boiling water, and let that steep for another 5-10 minutes. Drink as quickly as you possibly can - you're going to want to get it over with - and you will probably want a little more of that alcohol to swish around in your mouth to help negate the capsacin burn, and probably also a large glass of water after that. And possibly some swearing and/or appeal to deity...

Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

rePing: IT position available near Boston

September 16th, 2010 (08:17 am)
current location: home

In case you missed it before...

My employer, ICS, is still looking for an IT person. Please pass this to anyone you know who might be interested...

Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

No danger here...

September 10th, 2010 (08:55 am)
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current location: home
current mood: busy

Things have been very, very busy... I hadn't even thought to post a note here.

...for the immediate moment, no, we're really in no danger from the fire near Boulder. We're another ten miles eastward, and realistically, out on the plains where we are, there's not really enough plant material to sustain a wildfire.

As an aside though, I've heard that the tentative just-in-case evacuation plan includes the western portion of Boulder proper... which I don't believe has happened within my lifetime.

Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

Wild Elf, live on the Internet

August 31st, 2010 (07:15 pm)
busy

current location: home
current mood: busy

Wild Elf will be performing on Sunday the 5th, at Cannon Mine Coffeehouse in Old Town Lafayette, from 11am to 2pm Mountain time (presently GMT -6).

With any luck, the streaming audio will be actually loud enough to hear this time. Assuming that everything is working, you can listen by pointing a web browser at http://www.wildelfmusic.com:8000 - you should be presented with an "Icecast2 Status" screen. After about 10:30am Mountain time, there should be a link labeled "M3U" on the right-hand side; clicking that (and selecting "Open this file" if your browser asks) should start the audio.

Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

PSA: Sysadmin position in Boston area

July 28th, 2010 (10:46 am)

Quick FYI, since I have some recollection that one of you in that area was looking...

ICS (my employer) is hiring for a system/network administrator position. They're located a bit northwest of Boston. It's a laid-back, fairly small outfit. Experience with multiple operating systems, and administration of the sorts of tools used by programmers (source control, bug/issue tracking, content management, etc.) are big pluses.

Drop me a line if you're interested.

Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

Crabs!

July 9th, 2010 (11:22 am)
busy
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current location: ICS
current mood: busy

So, I'm back out in Boston, briefly; I've been busy with work stuff the whole time so far - so much so that I didn't manage until today to let anyone know that I'm here. (That said, I've really only been here since Wednesday.)

I've been much more successful this time, overall, on my standard goal when near an ocean of having meals which originally came out of the water. I had to share some pictures from last night's dinner. (ObSquickWarning: here be crustaceans.) In fact, I think that my glass of water and the ear of corn were the only things which didn't come out of the water: appetizers included mussels, clams, calamari, and a half-dozen oysters (each on a different kind, no less - I had a favourite, and I remember that it began with a W, but I don't remember what it was called). Even better, they said very specifically where everything I had was was from - so I could keep it all very local. (If you're going to have fresh seafood because you're on the coast, don't order something from the wrong ocean!)

Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

Cephalopod Cinema

June 9th, 2010 (12:40 pm)
working

current location: home
current mood: working

I thought particularly of montyy0, but this is worth seeing:

OSU now has an OctoCam!

Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

Aw, crap.

June 8th, 2010 (08:27 pm)
sad

current location: home
current mood: sad
current song: Dark Dawn

A week ago Saturday morning, I got woken up a bit before five by being repeatedly prodded by my Muse. Mind you, this was a fairly gently prodding as these things go; the voice-over for the dream I was having went something like, "Okay, so you've been distracted for a couple of years now, and I've politely left you alone... but it'd probably be a good idea if you actually got your tools in order for when I come back in a bit." So I woke up for long enough to start some archives extracting across the network, and went back to sleep; when it was a more reasonable hour, I began installing onto my laptop the various and sundry programs that I use to compose music, and finish resuscitating and installing the little computer I use for recording.

Should it ever be relevant in your life, I have a pearl of wisdom for you.

Don't strike a bargain with your Muse in order to get her to come back later. Rather like bargaining with the Devil, you may think you're fine - until your payment comes due.

The sub-orbital ballistic trajectory that my Muse came in along, terminating at my head, apparently just took a few days to traverse.

May your most propitious dreams find their way here, to be carried out by those you inspire.

I don't like this trend of my Muse keeping quite such close company with Death. Guess this shouldn't really surprise me though.

Gordon Schumacher [userpic]

Wild Elf, live on the Internet (we hope)

June 5th, 2010 (11:33 pm)
sleepy

current location: home
current mood: sleepy

No promises yet - this is the first time in over two years that I've had this set up - but in theory the Wild Elf concert tomorrow morning (Cannon Mine Coffeehouse, 11am to 2pm Mountain time) will be streamed over the Internet, for those who would like to listen but can't make it to the show.

Assuming that everything is working, you can listen by pointing a web browser at http://www.wildelfmusic.com:8000 - you should be presented with an "Icecast2 Status" screen. After about 10:30am Mountain time, there should be a link labeled "M3U" on the right-hand side; clicking that (and selecting "Open this file" if your browser asks) should start the audio.

Keepin' my fingers crossed...!

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