Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Found a file named “Silly Verse for James Dempsey”

April 17, 2016

awash in the miasma
of async blocks on dispatch_queues
bad data flyin’ like kids from pews
(when church lets out and they go free)
and to the console logging spews
apocalyptic, no good news
mood turning into plasma

Geek Song #3: The Eye of the Kernel

October 26, 2012

The Eye of the Kernel

( Based on The Eye of the Tiger)

Risin’ up, back with the 1337
Played with time, took my chances
Gamed the system, now I’m back on my feet
Just a geek and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You trade your “indie” for money
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must code just to keep them alive

It’s the eye of the kernel, it’s the code that we write
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known debugger stalks its prey in the night
And it’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the kernel…

Face to screen, code to the beat
Hackin’ lean, hackin’ dirty
The stack is odd still we’re scripting our deeds
Making code as a way to survive

It’s the eye of the kernel, it’s the code that we write
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known debugger stalks its prey in the night
And it’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the kernel…

Risin’ up, straight to the top
Had the scripts, got the glory
Wrote the software, now I’m not gonna stop
Just a geek and his will to survive

It’s the eye of the kernel, it’s the code that we write
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known debugger stalks its prey in the night
And it’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the kernel…

The eye of the kernel…

(With apologies to Survivor)

Geek Song #2: Taking Care of Business, geek style

September 8, 2011

You get up every morning
From your alarm clock’s warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There’s a whistle up above
And people pushin’, people shovin’
And the girls who try to look pretty

And if your train’s on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed
Look at me I’m self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day

And I’ll be…
[Refrain]
Taking care of business every day
Taking care of business every way
I’ve been taking care of business, it’s all mine
Taking care of business and working overtime
Work out!

If it was simple as a hammer
You could be a programmer
If you can juggle ones and zeroes
Get a second-hand laptop
You could make it to the top
If you get in with the right bunch of fellows

People see you having fun
Just a-lying in the sun
Tell them that you like it this way
It’s the work that we avoid
And we’re all self-employed
We love to work at nothing all day

And we be…
[Refrain]

[Spoken] Take good care of my business
When I’m away, every day whoo!

[Repeat first 2 verses]

[Refrain]

Takin’ care of business [4x]

[Refrain]

Takin’ care of business [repeat, fade]

(with apologies to BTO)

Money for Nothing, geek style

June 30, 2011

It’s the Internet; Money for nothing and the clicks for free.

Now Look at them yo-yo’s, that’s the way you do it
You play your keyboard ’til 2 or 3
That ain’t working, that’s the way you do it
Money for nothing and your clicks for free.

Now that ain’t working, that’s the way you do it
Let me tell you them guys ain’t dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We got to install microwave uplinks
Custom computer deliveries
We got to move these server racks
We got to move these big monitors

That Geek with the earring and the glasses
Yah buddy, that’s his own hair
That little Geek got his own jet airplane
That little Geek, he’s a millionaire

We got to install microwave uplinks
Custom computer deliveries
We got to move these server racks
We got to move these big monitors

We got to install microwave uplinks
Custom Internet deliveries
We got to move these multi-core servers
We got to move these giant screens

Look at that, look at that

I should have learned that Objective C
I should have learned that G D B
Look at that mother, two big monitors, all cores screaming
Man can we have some
And he’s up there, what’s that, Hawaiian phrases?
Banging on the keyboard like a chimpanzee
that ain’t coding, that’s streaming TV
Get your money for nothing get your clicks for free

We got to install microwave uplinks
Custom computer deliveries
We got to move these server racks
We got to move these giant screens

Listen here
Now that ain’t working, that’s the way you do it
You hack the commands into G D B
That ain’t working, that’s the way you do it
Money for nothing and your clicks for free
Money for nothing and clicks for free

Get your money for nothing, get your clicks for free
Money for nothing, clicks for free
Look at that, look at that
Get your money for nothing, get your clicks for free
(I want my, I want my, I want G D B)
Money for nothing and clicks for free
Easy, easy

That ain’t working

(with apologies to Mark Knopfler)

John Scofield and Pat Metheny – Jazz Fusion Excellence

June 13, 2010

John Scofield & Pat Metheny – a great combination!  Jazz Fusion.  Two great guitarists.  Recommended:  John Scofield & Pat Metheny – “I Can See Your House From Here”

Not quite as much the hard driving tunes of, say, Jeff Beck – “Wired” or Jeff Beck – “There and Back” but quite good with some ripping guitar work.  I’m looking for “work” music that drives me along but doesn’t distract.  This album has many that are just great.  It does have  a slow song or two that are a little too sleepy, and a couple have such complex rhythm variations that they are too distracting when I’m programming. That said, the jamming songs are perfect.  Got a good rhythm section on this album, that’s for sure.

I’m looking for more driving Jazz Fusion to add to my collection, so any recommendations would be much appreciated!  It’s the best “work” music currently.  Got the drive to keep me jamming along but not so hard rock to tire me out (getting old I guess 🙂 ).

Dad found his first Garage Band experiment… what a laugh!

April 20, 2010

I was random shuffling my entire iTunes library today and it played this hack recording I made the day I got GarageBand.  I hadn’t played music much in years, but just listening to this I remember just how much fun I had doing this and how much fun playing music has been in the past.   I remember being just amazed that one could now have a multi-track recording studio on a laptop!  Hearing it makes me want to buy a bass and bass amp (I now have a drum kit but no mic(s) to record with – this was jacking straight into the laptop audio input port).

Alas, I recorded this one test and never did anything else (time, time, time!).  I need to carve out some time to play more music – GarageBand is astoundingly FUN!

Bit of Dad’s ancient history…

December 4, 2009

Dad and Dad-of-Dad playing a slack-key duet back in 1982. Late at night after who knows how many libations (maybe after a gig where Dad ran sound for Dad-of-Dad’s band? not sure). Recording quality is about as bad as it gets, but as a snapshot of a rare moment it’s priceless (Dad must be getting old to be getting sentimental like this).  Somewhat rock-n-rolled up version of some slack-key.  Dad was (and is still) more into rock-n-roll, but dad-of-dad who’d played surf music and rock-n-roll in the 60’s had long ago moved on to slack-key Hawaiian music.

Kelakela Rough Rider (sort of), 1982 mp3

(might have to right-click to save linked file to disk as server might not be up to streaming it…)