17 Oct 2005

Jeff is dancing?!?

in new things

When Amy "outed" me yesterday in her post, it served as a good reminder that I should post about one of my newest interests: contra dancing. Read more »

13 Oct 2005

Favorite Music: Lead Voices

in music

If you're a long-time reader of Sliding Constant, then you might remember my last "Favorite Music" post, which covered my love of vocal harmony. This one is about vocals as well, but this time I'm going to share some of my favorite lead vocalists.

First things first. If I know who you are, and you're interested in this post, then you need an email from me. Drop me a quick email referencing this post and let me know. Trust me. Just do it. :) Read more »

26 Sep 2005

The Tape

in memories, music

I was cleaning out the truck this evening, and I found The Tape. I can't believe it. Over 21 years ago, I was passing the time on a summer afternoon recording songs off the radio on my dad's cassette radio. Basically, if a song sounded interesting, I kept it. I ended up filling up most of one of those good old cheap "low noise" C-60 cassettes.

A couple of those songs became pretty important to me (see this post and this one for two references). Most of it, though, was just random music I found interesting. It's a real slice of memory that I'm glad I dug up. The cassette itself is going in a case in my "memory box" for safe-keeping (though I don't know how much longer it will last).

However, now that I've had a chance to listen to it again, I've decided to dig up all the music in digital form and turn "The Tape" into "The CD". :) A lot of the songs I already had, of course. All but one of the rest were available from iTunes.

Anyway, just for fun, here it is:

Side A:

  1. "Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean
  2. "Everything She Wants" by Wham!
  3. "Smooth Operator" by Sade
  4. "Every Breath You Take" (AKA "The Stalker Song") by The Police
  5. "Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves
  6. "The Search Is Over" by Survivor
  7. "I Saw The Light" by Todd Rundgren

Side B:

  1. "One More Night" by Phil Collins
  2. "Angel" by Madonna
  3. "Invisible" by Alison Moyet
  4. "Late In The Evening" by Paul Simon
  5. "Possession Obsession" by Hall & Oates
  6. "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon
  7. "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head (from the Chess soundtrack)
06 Sep 2005

Another one in the can

in Dragon*Con

Dragon*Con 2005 is now done, and we all escaped amazingly unscathed. The 'con went incredibly well overall. I spent another 5 days honing my RegencyFu [tm]. I'll probably write more later, but right now I'll just say this: I had some really awesome people helping me in the room this year, and it continues to amaze me that they seem perfectly willing to for me to do nothing much more than just let them know what needs to be done next. These last 2 or 3 'cons, I've always considered myself just as much a technical grunt as room runner, but it's finally beginning to sink in that I'm probably most valuable concentrating on coordinating the room. If I continue to collect such talented help, I may be able to do just that.

12 Aug 2005

Another meme

in funny, memes

Shamelessly stolen from Joyce...

Directions: Type "(your name) is" , (with the quotes) into a Google search, cut-and-paste the first 10 responses that work. Just pull the answers right out of the excerpt google shows you, don't click the link and search around. The only rule is that each one has to start with "(your name) is".

Jeff is so wrong about this that I find myself shaking my head on this one.
Jeff is down! (I cheated on this one and had to look. It involves baby oil wrestling.)
Jeff is in a serious relationship with his boss Julia
Jeff is late, and interupts the class.
Jeff is also largely responsible for Newsgator Media Center Edition
Jeff is a remarkable talent making cool records
Fr. Jeff is experiencing rejection and betrayal from Fr. Steve; he is left out.
Jeff is the Primary Colorer at Coloring Outside the Lines.
Jeff is weak against fire!
Jeff is a contributing editor to MSDN Magazine, where he writes feature articles about Microsoft