Archive for May, 2005

Seattle from Afar

on Wednesday, May 25th, 2005 ... ob: gatherings + music + travel

Well phoenix festival was moved to lake bronson, a venue I tend rather to dislike. I’m sure the fest will be fantastic as always, but I don’t think I’ll be making it. As a result, I think I may refocus a planned visit around Decibel Festival in late September. Decibel will be returning for its second year, and will hopefully continue to grow as a showcase for experimental and electronic music. Mark your calenders, I’m coming to town ;) .

Were I still living in my old neighborhood off union street in seattle’s central district, I would likely be beginning a new job with the recently (re)opened central cinema! Good luck all involved, and if you are within range… do drop by for a show and a pizza.

And… right down the street, a crack team of geeks and dreamers is working on a killer looking burning man project dubbed the mach12e.

I miss everyone up there! I’m struggling with whether to stay through another winter here, and where to go sooner or later. I’ve still got a rather strong itch to return to Berlin for a good portion of next year through the world cup and incredible geek gatherings throughout europe. There is little doubt that I will return to the northwest, who knows when.

Summertime Partytime

on Thursday, May 19th, 2005 ... ob: gatherings + music + travel

Music is in the air… and the outdoor scene has awoken (yes, awoken). As usual, my schedule is a bit beyond my reach ;). Do share your favorite that I’ve left off, and enjoy the choons.

I’m off to the local regional burn, 3 sided whole, this weekend, and possibly ‘Junebug’ the next. Looking forward to assisting my undernourished gatherings receptors. I have high expectations, craving my usual northwest lineup of prosperity, phoenix fest, countless one-off outdoors, and the new portland regional soak (ahh.. for the ocean!).

Autechre (bbc interview) are touring the states for the first time since 2001 when I caught them in Minneapolis’ Ascot Room. Photek is out and about, ( Seattle, do not miss ).

On to the big boys… Topping the wishlist (so far) this summer is the sold out Glade Festival, july 15-17, outside Newbury, England. Headliners include hawtin, vibert (cool site), herbert, afx, squarepusher, but screw the big names … it just goes on. Glade wins primarily due to my never having attended a proper english outdoor fest – yet. Of course, the complete international circuit is back and better than ever. Sonar, june 16-18, spain, would likely be a better choice for all around experience. Someday I’ll make it to Denmark’s Roskilde, June 30 – July 3. Berlin’s loveparade is cancelled for 2005(!), but promises to return from the grave newly structured in 2006… though I’d say it has run its course. New on my list, but around since 1979, Austria’s Ars Electronica, Sept 1-6, probably belongs to a different set, but nonetheless wins for overall geek pleasure. The canadians are still kickin with Mutek’s experimental line-up. Stateside, Coachella came and went, Bonnaroo is still booking those silly jam bands, and the man burns in only 107 days, this year including borg2’s art curation experiment. Finally, and not till January, the Aussies’ big day out still looks like a damn fine tour.

Whew… Thanks all involved in making these events go down! … and remember if the music ain’t playin when you open your eyes in the morning, it ain’t a real outdoor. ;) See you by the bassbins.

hype wagon – ruby on rails and postgreSQL

on Thursday, May 19th, 2005 ... ob: geek

I am looking at implementing a relatively simple database for information management at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and will likely end up using a PHP/mySQL solution. However, Ruby on Rails with postgreSQL has me intrigued. postgreSQL vs mySQL comparisons are mixed, with mySQL appearing correct for lighter applications, but severely disadvantaged for larger projects.

The ever-hyped basecamp is apparently rails’ birthplace. CD-Baby is being rewritten using rails/postgreSQL. hobix, the white pantsuit of weblahhing (hohoho), is a blogging app quickly picking up on the ruby boat (and adding yaml and textile(bleh) ).

Quotes like, “Ruby on Rails is astounding. Using it is like watching a kung-fu movie, where a dozen bad-ass frameworks prepare to beat up the little newcomer only to be handed their asses in a variety of imaginative ways.”, are everywhere. I can’t tell you whether this is just a hype splinter riding a few high profile site memes… but I can say that the hype is impressive and widespread.

Unfortunately, dreamhost’s support of ruby on rails is definitively lame without fastCGI, and absent entirely for postgreSQL (dreamhost customers, vote for support! Dreamhost… lets get this going!

Looking forward to dabbling a bit deeper into these languages.