Sunday, September 11, 2011

R.I.P.,Cliff Robertson (1923-2011)


Nothing more to say. I recommend you see his work in these films.

Picking up Speed!

Today we started wrapping up the final components being included in the preview.  Working on the component code-named "Smith River".  ETA is next Saturday.

It's getting pretty exciting! 

Can't say too much but I will note that this component is scaling up to a LOT of servers (8K+)...

More to come.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Celebrity Dude

Angie took the Dude to the Air Show in Lake Tahoe this weekend.
He was a big hit. Everybody wanted to pet him, play with him, get their picture taken with him, get his autograph, etc...

Well, he is a pretty handsome Dude!

He even got to go aboard a helicopter!
So the Dude had a pretty great day and Angie did too.

My buddy Roberto and family at the Grand Canyon this week.  Sorry I couldn't make it.  Holdin' it down at the Bomb Squad this week. 

Talia survived Hurricane Irene.  No power since 9 last night and a yard full of branches, but she got off relatively light.

Bob's in London.  His mom's not well. Hoping for the best.

That's all the news!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Traditions Continue

A couple of photos of Jorjanna and her hubby Sebastian at the Trek convention as Uhura and Spock, respectively.

I used to work at the conventions as an astronomy lecturer back in the late 70s. 

Live long and prosper!
Love, Dad

Monday, July 11, 2011

Congratulations, Angie

Congratulations on the new job in Lake Tahoe!  Things are looking up.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day 2011

Happy Father's Day, Fellas!
To all my friends who are dads, step-dads, and grand-dads, today is your day!  Congratulations on your continued survival!
  • Roberto
  • Jon
  • Bob M.
  •  Stephen and Steve
  • Jim 
  • Werner
  • Bill
  • Dan
  • Dave A. and Dave F.
  • Pat
  • Dennis
  • Robert
  • James
  • Both Rafaels
  • Robin and Aaron.
  • Hao
  • Fred
  • et al...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Farewell, Gil Scott Heron

I learned a lot about the joining of poetry and music in a popular framework from listening to Gil Scott Heron in my teens.

His talent was undeniable and his charismatic presentation elevated his craft to true art.

He will be missed.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hey California, Didja Miss Me?

I was recently back home in California doing a lot of junk I can't really talk about quite yet.  I was in San Francisco and Crescent City.  Above are some pictures with updates on some of the characters in my ongoing story.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mothers' Day

Happy Mothers' Day to Mom and Joyce and Joeigh and Talia and Celia and Selonie and Carole and Jackie and Michele and Ana and Cathy and Dawn and Robin and Jeri and other Joyce and Marney and Nan and all Moms I know.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Day

It's Teacher Appreciation Day.  I appreciate teachers and hope you do, too.  Couldn't do what I do without 'em.  Couldn't have learned how to do what I do without 'em!
Used to be one. Now a vet (Purple Heart)  

Thanks Ed, Chuck, Mel, John, Suzette, and Talia

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Digs, Desktop Project

The Bomb Squad moved to new digs over the weekend.  I got a nice corner space with windows (much to be coveted around here!).  Added a new digital picture frame to my desk, so asking all friends and family to contribute portraits to the slide show.  Changing the lineup all the time and it's a good conversation topic ("Court, who's that cute girl on your desk?").

This week starting out with:
Angie, Tal, Zach, Jasmyne, Joeigh, Jorjanna, Erica, Dawn, Nan, Fred, Wallace, Roberto, Jeri, Kevin, Bob, Brigitte, Werner, Jerry, and the Dude.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sidney Lumet, an Homage

Sidney Lumet, film director extraordinaire, passed away last Saturday.  Along with the films of Joseph Sargent, his work had a profound effect on my thinking of what film should be and what my part could be within it as a provider of music cues.  His understanding of the tensions that run through American society struck me as unique.  Whether, racial, sexual, economic class, or gender, politics.  He was brilliant.  at weaving that through the world of the film and making you reflect on how we see the world.

I was always amazed at his ability to keep doing it so well into his 80s.  Directing is usually a young man's game.  I can hardly imagine doing a score at my age much less an entire film.

Even if you nothing about film, I'll bet you've been a fan of at least one of his films.

  • 12 Angry Men ('57)
  • The Fugitive Kind ('60)
  • John Brown's Raid ('60)
  • The Pawnbroker ('64) [Terry, where's my copy of this??]
  • Fail-Safe ('64)*
  • The Hill ('65)
  • The Deadly Affair ('66)*
  • King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis ('70)
  • The Anderson Tapes ('71)
  • The Offence ('72)
  • Serpico ('73)
  • Murder on the Orient Express ('74)
  • Dog Day Afternoon ('75)
  • Network ('76)
  • Prince of the City ('81)
  • Deathtrap ('82)
  • The Verdict ('82)
  • Daniel ('83)
  • Power ('86)
  • Running on Empty ('88)
  • Q&A ('90)
  • Night Falls on Manhattan ('96)
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead ('07)*

* Hellz Yeah!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

In the ComputeSpace Tool Room

Working away in the Tool Room. Presentation coming up. Probably back in California at the end of the month. More on that later. Sharding the database and, if you're a basehead, you know that's nothing to be proud of.

Bomb Squad moved to new slave quarters this weekend. Got an email notice they're stripping me of my beloved whiteboards (it's a bureaucracy, after all!). Also being monitored on video now. Badges to monitor coming and going. Longer commute. More scrutiny. Some colleagues bugging about it. Not being a stranger to voluntary enslavement (had kids, you know), I am not.

The Dude got stood up for his playdate today. That was harsh. I think he needs an extra treat! Tal just bought her son his first car. I'm sure her hair colorist is pleased for all the new gray hair coverage to come!

Looking for an attorney with SMB and intellectual property experience based in California. If you wanna recommend your brother-in-law, comment here.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Everybody Needs Friends

Mister Horse having a few tough days but, as you can see, he still has friends.  Thanks for the picture, Angie.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Putting the Harbor Back Together

The boats that were sunk in the harbor during the recent tsunami are being craned off the bottom and repairs are being done on the piers.

Angie took a few pictures the other day.

Looking forward to seeing it myself in a few weeks when I'm back in Crescent City.  I'll also be heading to Silicon Valley to give a presentation so I hope I'll get to see those of you in the Bay Area.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Let's Party!

My friend, Jackie, sent me these photos.  They show American Bald Eagles in St. Louis stopping for a "lunchwalk" thanks to some thoughtful citizens who put some fish out for them. The water was too icy for them to do there own fishing.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Crescent City in the News

Here's a link to the KCRA ne2ws report on Crescent City and the tsunami.  It got picked up by CNN so Crescent City is getting its 15 minutes apparently.

Friday, March 11, 2011


Thanks to everybody that checked in to see if we were okay.  As you can see the waves rolled in and did create some havoc at the harbor.  I believe 5 boats were sunk and several damaged as well as a lot of damage to the harbor infrastructure.  Angie and the Dude were up above the flood plain and they are fine.  Just an exciting day.  

When the waves came in I was sitting at my desk in the Bomb Squad about 1600 miles from the Pacific so I too was safe.

Still have to check in with my friends Dave and Michael in HI and LAD in Tokyo to see how they are.

Monday, February 28, 2011

All My Honky Friends...

We thawed out a bit this weekend with temperatures up in the mid-40s.  The Bomb Squad sits on the edge of a lake and, with the snow melting, the geese came back to hang out.  We call them honkies and they are very comfortable around people.  But I also have learned the meaning of the phrase "We're gonna go through him like crap through a goose!" from Patton by hanging around wth these guys.  They take defecating pretty seriously...

Making major headway on the ComputeSpace back-end database.  Sprinkling it with "secret sauce" over the next couple of weeks and handing it off.  Next stop, custom web services.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Farewell and Rest in Peace, John Barry

This blog is all about ComputeSpace and not about music, but I did very much want to mention the passing of film composer extraordinaire John Barry at age 77.  When I was in that business over 30 years ago, I was strongly advised by my teachers and my peers to listen to his work and to see the films he scored to watch what he brought out in them.

He had a very deep musical influence on me even though I never got to meet him.  More than anything else, I appreciated his ability to bring out the romance of life.  Not just between two characters, but the situation itself. I think he was very romantic in his viewpoint.  Still he could also right taut cues and also haunting songs you never forgot.

You may not have known his name but if you're over the age of 20, I would guess you been influenced by his scores.  Below, I've added a list of my favorites.  I bet some are yours, too.

  • From Russia with Love
  • Zulu
  • Goldfinger
  • The Ipcress File
  • King Rat
  • Thunderball
  • The Chase
  • Born Free
  • You Only Live Twice
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Diamonds are Forever
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Robin and Marian
  • The Deep
  • The Black Hole
  • Raise the Titanic
  • Inside Moves
  • Body Heat
  • High Road to China
  • Octopussy
  • Cotton Club
  • A View to a Kill
  • The Jagged Edge
  • Out of Africa
  • Dances with Wolves
  • The Persuaders
So long, John Barry. And thanks for scoring our lives.

Saturday, January 08, 2011


Thanks to everyone who participated in buying a ticket to tonight's Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Patti Bern.

Sadly, tonight's dinner became a tribute in honor of her memory as she passed away earlier this week.

I couldn't be at the dinner tonight but Angie is attending.


Saturday, January 01, 2011

Yard- Skiing!

A couple of kids from the neighborhood were cross-country skiing through my backyard this morning.

It's Gonna Get Interesting...

A Very Happy New Year to Everybody!