Announcement: Health Hiatus

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April entries are usually written in March, but I’ve a strange flu for most of the month that culminated into an infection that left me in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Virginia.

That’s right, I got sick on a trip.

So there will be no new entries for the month of April. I hope to find time later in the month to prep entries for May.

Purchase log entries will continue to be posted.

See you then!

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Hiatus extends while I sort through some spoils

It looks like the January break is going to last for a bit longer.

At the start of January, I took a trip home to inspect a box of records my mom discovered. It turned out to be most of my dad’s records and a fraction of my brother’s collection. My two sisters’ meager collections were nowhere to be found.

I shipped everything worth taking. (A number of Disney storybook records were unsalvageable.) Alas, I had run out of shelf space to accommodate the new arrivals.

So I spent a weekend assembling new shelves and moving old shelves around, all the while listening to some my brother’s penchant for hard rock and light metal.

By the time I was finished organizing everything, the month had ended. So I’ve written nothing, but I’ve listened to a lot.

And I’ll share it with you once I make sense of it.

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I’m going to take a break from updating this site for a while.

Back in March, I learned my position at the University of Washington was eliminated. My last day in the office is May 1.

Of course, I’m writing this entry a month ahead of that date, so by the time it’s published, I could very well have found new employment.

Regardless, I need to concentrate on that job search. You’ll know I’ve found one when the site returns. I’ll continue to post Purchase Log updates.

See you then!

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By the way, I released an album a few weeks back

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I don’t write about my music projects here on because that’s not the intent of the site. It’s all about other people’s music that I admire.

But I have to say I’m really proud of the album I released at the end of March.

It’s titled Travis, and most of the songs were written around the time I was preparing to leave Austin, emotionally if not physically.

I actually finished recording it back in 2016, but I had other things I wanted to release before then. So I’ve had two years to live with the finished product, and it’s so far the best-sounding album I’ve recorded. Upgrading some components of my home studio to use a better class of software helped a lot.

I also stretched my abilities as a self-taught audio engineer, relying slightly less on computers to make up for my faults as a musician.

The album is up on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. I also have CDs available for sale at the Eponymous 4 web shop.

Next week, I’ll go back to talk about other people’s music.




It’s time to recharge for 2018

Somehow I managed to keep up a publishing schedule through one of the busiest quarter’s I’ve encountered in my remedial academic career. Yes, that’s right — I’ve been juggling school, work, music projects and this blog.

So now it’s time to recharge a bit and give 2018 a chance to unfold its musical offerings.

New entries fire up again in February.


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As you all know, I try to write my entries ahead of time, so it’s the middle of August as I write this entry.

Summer has been busy with entertaining visitors and playing tourist. As a result, I haven’t been preparing any entries for September.

So I’m going to let the month go without updates. It probably won’t be till September when I can get around to writing more entries.

See you then!

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When, exactly, is the birthday of

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If I were to be technical about it, was born on Sept. 21, 2000, when I registered the domain name.

There’s a few problems.

I had already been writing music reviews online for at least a year before hand, and some of those entries can be found in the earliest archive. This review of Freedy Johnson’s Blue Days, Black Nights dates back to Aug. 1, 1999. But it was published when the site was called The Soloist’s Notebook, and that date isn’t very accurate because that entry in particular was written before systems such as Movable Type and WordPress came into widespread use.

In that case, didn’t so much launch as it did re-brand.

I’m inclined to consider the domain registration date as the official starting point for the site, since no other record seems more definitive.

That means this site is 16 years old. The web itself is only 25 years old. I’ve been building web pages since 1995. Let’s break down those stats.

  • I’ve been working on the web for 21 out the web’s 25 years, or 84 percent of the web’s life time.
  • I’ve been writing for this site for roughly 16 of those 21 years, or 76 percent of my web career.

I’m old.

Because I haven’t taken down any of the old versions of the site, I’ve got 16 years bad and half-baked opinions out there for search engines to crawl and for readers to ignore.

It’s probably time to take a look back at some of that stuff to see how badly off-the-mark I was. I might do so in addition to the weekly entries.

Should be fun.

P.S. Happy Birthday,! You’re not old enough to be drafted, but you may get your driver’s permit just yet!


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By the time you read this announcement, I would have wrapped up my vacation in July. Because I write my entries ahead of time, you wouldn’t have noticed a thing … until now.

I took a week off to visit family in Hawaii, and another week to recover from that visit. Now I’m facing a large project at work starting to ramp up.

So I’m taking a break from updating this site, which means August will be a barren month.

Entries should resume in September.


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