Archive for April, 2012

Michelle Shocked @ The Triple Door (Seattle)

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Another year of Michelle’s Roadworks touring, this time back at the Triple Door, and she was in fine form as always. She started the evening off with folkaoke; she plays her guitar, and feeds lines as needed, while an audience member came up and song one of four classic folk tunes (Blowing In The Wind, Deportees, This Land Is Your Land, and Do Re Me).

When the ‘real’ show got going, she sang new interpretations of her classic tunes. Given the choice, the audience picked ‘Graffiti Limbo’ over ‘Come Along Way’. Once she’d gotten through those (sadly, no Hopeville this time), she did some of the new songs off the as-yet-unfinished album in progress.

She then took time to bring up a couple of local foreclosure activists (against them, for some reason =P), and then did some speaking of her own on the subject. This really ticked off the slightly loud table over my shoulder, who just wanted her to shut-up and sing. It wasn’t as bad as the Goldthwait woman by any means. When she finished talking and did one last song, they were happy, but still managed to chatter away through the whole thing. I don’t get some people.

If there was anything really wrong with the evening, it was that I had eaten just a few hours earlier, during the SQREAM ride, and just wasn’t hungry enough to order my favorite, 9 Flavor Beef. Unexpectedly, my tablet had wifi access. I didn’t notice this until after the show, or I would have uploaded the pictures I took, as I took them. As is, I’m at work without the cable to unload them now. D’oh.

The Schoolyard presents Cabaret

Monday, April 30th, 2012

When the Open Circle Theater went under, I wondered where the players would end up. If I understand things correctly, The Schoolyard is made up of some of those folk. That’s what the guy who recommended them to me said, anyways. Anywhoo, they had a Kickstarter for their next show, I pitched in, and Saturday night was my turn as VIP, for my reward. In typical style, I had a completely different show in my head, having not fully read the project description, but still ended up entertained.

Cabaret is a classic musical of love in Berlin, before the war. They had the Re-Bar set up with a tiny stage in the center of the room, and the audience surrounding all four sides. My seat was at a table on the venue’s actual stage (along with two other sets of VIPs), a old-style-looking phone on my table, and one of the other VIP tables. I should have realized what that meant, but when the male lead came and sat down at my table during the phone-club scene, and started small-talking with me, I was unprepared for improvisation, and just had to smile and look pretty =p

The cast did a great job, the german landlady was played extremely well, as were all parts. The live band providing the musical background did a good job as well, with the intermission costume-change a subtle clue to the impending inevitable tragedy of the second act.

The audience was an interesting mix. One guy in the front row looked like he was in love with the stage, a sort of dumbstruck smile on his face almost the entire time, especially in contrast to his date, who looked mostly bored the whole evening. Another front rower, something must have gone wrong during intermission, as he came back with a scowl that never left his face.

Not a bad way to spend a saturday night.

Trust but verify, on Y&R?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

One of the characters on today’s YnR just used the phrase, “trust, but verify”


Serious Biscuit Party pics

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Had a fun time at the Serious Biscuit customer appreciation party. Free biscuits and booze, how could one not have fun? And I got to play with markers =p

Tom Douglas stopped by, but I was so intent on my ‘artwork’, I didn’t get a chance to meet him. What would I have said, “hey I really like This restaurant of yours” or “Finally, you opened a place I want to eat at” =p ??

So that is why…

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I only check my twitter feed about once a day, so sometimes I miss the beginnings of things. Like when a local jazz place started retweeting a bunch of #stoprush emails, it took some digging to find out they’d had an ad accidentally run during a Rush Limbaugh show. Without context, it seemed kind of odd.

Context is hard in 140 characters.
Scratch that, spelling and grammar are hard in 140 characters. Nuance and context are nigh impossible. Unless you are Emily Dickinson. Then you can do both. Most people on twitter are not Emily. Quite possibly 100%, if rumors of her death have not been exaggerated. Twain could probably twit a good tweet, too. But again, rumors of death are likely not exaggerated at this time, prior occasions not withstanding.

Modern world

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

This morning, I’m eagerly refreshing my browser every few seconds, waiting for tickets to see Weird Al Yankovic, at the Seattle Symphony Hall, to go on sale. I get an email, it’s from the theater group I just did the exact same wait-for-10am-sale-start, for the Sinead O’Connor show, announcing that she has canceled her tour =( An hour later, I get an automated phone-call letting me know the same thing.

The conveniences of modern living, multiple ways to find out about the same disappointment.

Hope she feels better soon.

What do you want?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

When I ask someone a simple question, at work, and they respond with a paragraph of snark, I have to wonder what they are hoping to accomplish. Are they thinking that if they obstruct my work, whilst complaining to my manager about my lack of progress, that we’ll just say, “fuck it, we just won’t test your stuff”?

I am tempted to simply start burying the dev in valid but annoying issues; I think it will be more productive if I get the Test and Dev managers together with the guy who has been championing the Test-Driven-Development model, and try to get everyone on the same page in terms of what buying into this process means for our workflow, and just exactly how I am supposed to convince the dev to engage me in good faith.

It’s that or start looking for another department/company.

Aww, Twist

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The housecalling vet came by and saw Twist today. He was already kinda skittish after being stepped on by a visitor last night, and people with needles didn’t help much; now he’s hiding under my bed. On the plus side, other than his blood pressure and fast breathing, likely from nervousness, they gave him a clean bill of health, contingent on the blood work results.

She did recommend I switch from the current mix of wet/dry food, to a wet-only diet, to prevent diabetes. I’m willing to give it a shot, though I dunno what I’ll do with the 20 pounds of left over dry food; I don’t think a shelter will take an open bag of food. Maybe they will.

The end is here (for gmail)

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The old look seems to have been well and truly kilt. While I have at least one account still signed in with the classic look, another account has been forced into the new look and no longer has the option of going back. Will there be a massive wailing and gnashing of teeth, or is this truly the non-issue that Larry thinks it is?

Ironically, for all the time they spent ‘fixing’ it before they forced it out, it’s still is broken and dysfunctional. Lines of text that are supposed to be at the bottom of the page, are instead showing up about 2/3’rds of the way down, leaving a massive ugly block of whitespace.

Weird Al does Benaroya Hall?! =)

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

First Joan Rivers, and now Weird Al? Has the Seattle Symphony always been this cool, and I’ve just been unaware, or is this a sign of economic hardship, that they are booking more ‘pop’ acts out of desperation?