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*wave* [20 Nov 2008|01:19am]
How's everyone? Been an uber-busy summer, but it's all been good.

I need input from my geek friends out there. I've been using Site5 for web hosting for quite some time, but the outages and number of unexplainable mishaps as of late are just getting ridiculous. So... I'm looking for recommendations for a new host. Anyone? Thanx!

(if i get some time, i'll toss up a lengthy update)
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Ahoyhoy... [11 May 2008|08:49pm]
How's everyone?

Just got back from Tokyo... pictures can be found here: http://gallery.mac.com/revrance
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Oh yeah! [07 Jan 2008|06:56pm]
I *must* have a pair of these...

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The memory, she's a slippin'... [04 Jan 2008|07:02pm]
Just got pictures from the Red Cross for the `07 year... completely forgot about this one.








That is all. Oh wait, I passed the Certified Ethical Hacker exam a couple of weeks ago. Now I can h4x0rz j00, with m4d ski11z!
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hah! [24 Nov 2007|01:43am]
Today's woot is funny.
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I'm freakin' sexyhot! [17 Nov 2007|09:09pm]
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O.M.F.G! [11 Nov 2007|06:50pm]
Zappa plays Zappa was PHENOMENAL! Way better than I could have expected. Their renditions of Frank's music were superb, the players themselves were freakin' awesome, and Dweezil has definitely worked on playing his father's style. To add to it, they had a video screen, and took tracks from various FZ videos, and spliced them in to the show. So, some songs had Frank singing while the band played, or it was an FZ guitar solo on video while the band did rhythm, and there were a coupe of times where DZ was jamming along with the video of FZ. That was way flippin' cool.

On top of all that, they played for THREE HOURS STRAIGHT! Amazing show... simply amazing.



A few more pics...
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What I'll be seeing tomorrow! [09 Nov 2007|06:52pm]


Doubt Vai will be there though, which isn't too bad, I've always kind of thought he was a posturing fool, but he does alright with this solo.
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heeeeeeeeeeeeelarious... [29 Oct 2007|03:56am]
Upgraded to Leopard on Friday (new Mac OS for my non-Mac friends)... browsing the network in finder, if you do a "get info" on a windows machine, this is what you get.



I *heart* Apple.
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Satistics... [25 Oct 2007|09:55am]
Some stats on the SoCal fires...

1,000,000 - Number of people evacuated (now larger than Katrina)
65,000 - Homes still threatened
9,000 - Number of fire fighters on the scenes
6,500 - Red Cross staff and volunteers in the area
1750 - Homes in San Diego alone that won't have families returning to them. (Destroyed)
723 - Number of square miles burned
500 - Destroyed homes in the Lake Arrowhead region
24 - Number of Red Cross shelters open
23 - Fires burning in SoCal
0 - Number of people on my friends list that took 30 seconds to make a post saying "if you want to help, click here..." That's... kind of disappointing.

And now, there's an easier way to give that you can utilize or spread the word about.

From this press release.

The Wireless Foundation and the American Red Cross today announced that most American wireless subscribers can make a charitable donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and assist relief efforts such as those ongoing in southern California, by utilizing the Text 2HELP™ program established by their partnership. Here's how it works: Subscribers of participating wireless carriers can donate $5 to relief efforts simply by text messaging keyword “GIVE” to “2HELP” (24357). The donations will appear on customers' monthly bills or be debited from prepaid account balances.

“The wildfires in southern California have caused tragic loss of life, serious injuries, and enormous damage, and now Americans wanting to lend a hand to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund can do that through Text 2HELP™,” said Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association and President of The Wireless Foundation, the charitable organization coordinating Text 2HELP™. “Through a simple text message, Americans can send a donation to the American Red Cross that will be put to good use in providing those in need with invaluable support during their time of crisis.”

Wireless carriers participating in Text 2HELP™ include AT&T Mobility, Alltel, Boost Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and SunCom. VeriSign is powering the intelligent messaging infrastructure to enable the short message service.
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Again, I ask... [23 Oct 2007|09:58am]
Please donate.

The American Red Cross

In San Diego county alone, over 300,000 evacuated, 700 1000 homes lost, 68,000 72,000 homes threatened in all areas.

Also, please spread the word. Link back to me, put a banner in your journal... something, anything.

(No, the Red Cross hasn't asked me to do this... I'm just familiar with the cycle by now. I'm personally asking that my friends help.)
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Not usually my style, but... [22 Oct 2007|09:03pm]
The fires in California have displaced over a quarter million people. The Red Cross is mounting a huge response to the fire... this includes shelters, food, etc, and there will be financial assistance long after the fires are out. You can donate as little as $5. Having helped in the worst area hit by Katrina, I can say that any few dollars help, and people will appreciate it, even if they can't tell you.

So, click...

The American Red Cross

Feel free to link to this post in your journal. If you want to run your own banner: http://www.redcross.org/psa/bannerorder/all/

(While it's tracked... no, you don't get any kickbacks from hosting the banner.)

And for those that don't know... the Red Cross is an entirely donation-driven organization. They receive no government funds whatsoever. Thankfully, over 90% of the money donated to the Red Cross goes back to the communities. So, if you're going to give money, the Red Cross is a great organization to give to.
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...and in other concert news... [21 Oct 2007|10:13pm]
Just got tickets for Zappa plays Zappa in Kansas City. *REALLY* looking forward to that.

For those that don't know, I'm a *huge* Frank Zappa fan. Been listening to his music for over 20 years now, and still don't get bored with it. I was supposed to see the Broadway the Hard Way tour in `88, which wound up being the last tour, ever... but the band "self destructed" on the east coast after playing Europe, and never made it to the west coast. Thusly, I never got to see FZ live an in person. One great disappointment in life, which I'd give just about anything to have the chance to change, but that's obviously not going to happen.

I thought the ZPZ tour would be just like seeing any other tribute band, but the reviews for this show have been sensational. As close to the real thing as you can get, as some have said. The fact that Napoleon Murphy Brock, Terry Bozzio, Ray White, Mike Keneally (at times), all former members of FZ's band in the past, are in the show I'm sure adds to the enjoyment and authenticity of the music.

Dweezil himself has been getting a ton of recognition for "growing up" and really dedicating himself as a musician to his father's work. What I've seen from YouTube videos, and clips from the link above, I think Frank would be really proud of his son.

Less than two weeks to go to the show, and I'm already excited. See you from the 8th row!
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BMG [21 Oct 2007|07:26pm]
Got to see Blue Man Group from the second row last night! It was pretty much the same show I saw a few years ago... but it was awesome being so close.



More...
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Logic Pro 7... [07 Oct 2007|10:41pm]
Anyone want? It's the full retail version with XS Key, upgradeable and all that. Manuals are in great condition, used, but no writing/marks, no folded pages, etc.

I bought the full version of Studio instead of the upgrade, so I don't need this box. Upgrade to Studio is $199...

So, I dunno... $200 plus shipping?
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Freaky... [01 Oct 2007|06:55pm]
There was some bad weather in the state last night... a few tornados apparently. This picture was on the local news site, but it doesn't give any information, like if it's a frame from a video camera, the circumstances under which it was taken, etc... but it still looks pretty cool and threatening.

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a'cause i thought it was funny... [29 Sep 2007|07:50pm]
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[27 Sep 2007|11:22pm]
I'm holding my ankles in anticipation of my iPhone software update. Apple has been pushing the "if you've modded your phone, software updates may leave it in an unusable state. Modding your software is against the license, and if it breaks, you're SOL" message pretty hard.
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[24 Sep 2007|12:21am]
Family Guy was hilarious tonight.
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Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! [14 Sep 2007|02:02am]
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