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"Walk It Down" by Talking Heads. Play Count: 22

9/16/2022

Mike and I arrived and there was a line of cars to get in. It took a little bit of time, but it wasn't too bad. We walked about a half mile to get to the entrance. The opener had just ended. We got to chat more while waiting with hundreds of people to get a beer. This is a big place, and the slope is just right. We were not too close at all but could see just fine. I was reminded of the time I saw The Who back in 1989 on their 25th anniversary tour. That was at Alpine Valley, and I can't remember if there were any video screens back then. Pavement played many of the hits. It sounded terrific. With all the time off from shows I've had, I've really been enjoying the experience of feeling live music again. Pavement's guitar sounds made me happy. Even though I guess I know more lyrics than I assumed, I still like the rhythm of his singing. It's unique. He changed up the lyrics to "Range Life" at the part that talks about the police to add "All Cops Are Bastards," which got a cheer from the crowd. I don't know if it was in shock or in support, but it was memorable. It made me wonder if that resonates anywhere else than Portland. All around it was a great show and a fun large venue.

9/9/2022

A fun night out with an old friend from San Francisco, Jon. The opener gave me a 80s Ministry vibe. They had a live drummer, a singer, and someone twisting a knob for sound effects. Automatic was a band with more of a nice 80s vibe, with simple fun bopping bass lines. It's been nearly ten years since I'd last seen Osees. I've really enjoyed their last few hard prog rock albums. After moving to Portland and the pandemic, I'd missed a show or two of theirs. This show was so loud and so fast. The double drummers were locked in. I had a blast. I was very grateful for my earplugs!

Digging (6/23/2022)

I've been learning and creating more SwiftUI code. It's super interesting. It twists and stretches my brain in a good way. I've never been a UI programmer, so I appreciate what I can accomplish so simply. You can look at the code here, but to run the program you'd need to be an Apple Developer. Perhaps I'll publish it someday.

Summer is finally here. We've had the longest Winter/Spring in my Oregon experience yet.

I've found old videos from when I used my Flip camera often. I was able to convert the files all to something that would play back today. It's funny to look at the old stuff.

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4/5/2022

This was the 17th time I've seen Superchunk. It had been a long time since I've seen show, regardless of COVID. I wore my mask. I went with my old coworker Ricky. The venue is a cool old high school auditorium. It was great to be back at a show. It felt really good to literally feel the music again. Superchunk played lots of the greatest hits. It was so much fun. I was grateful I got to see them. Just a few days after this show, they had to cancel the rest of their tour due to COVID cases in the group. I sure hope live music recovers; I love it so much.

Always Learning (3/27/2022)

I went through the entire SwiftUI tutorial by Apple. I was very impressed with it. I plan to make my Missing Artwork application use SwiftUI as my learning project.

I've also updated the program that creates this site to use JDK 18. It appears that java finalizers are finally going to be deprecated. I'd no idea that there was a new language feature added back in JDK 8 to remove the requirement to use the finally keyword to close the files.

We went to Bend, Oregon for a few days this week. What a beautiful place. #

The World Turns (1/17/2022)

I hope to be doing a little more development of my own in 2022. Stay tuned! #

Modern Hardware (10/30/2021)

This site is now generated by Java running on macos M1 Pro ARM. You're welcome. #

Hikes (10/19/2021)

Oscar has been into going on hikes in the Gorge lately. The last one we did is Beacon Rock. We went up in one hour, and down in 40 minutes. #

5 and A Half (9/13/2021)

Oscar got some new shoes, and could not wait to show me how fast he was with them. Oscar told me he has code names for himself. They are secret. Oscar made up a serialized chapter book series today, and made drawings for the covers. Oscar can climb higher than ever before at the playground. #

Summertime (8/27/2021)

With a fine Spring and Summer, I guess I haven't had much time to update things. #

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