Thursday, April 14, 2005

 

I'm baaaack...

Lots of administrivia and client issues have conspired to keep me from blogging for the past couple of days, so I've been pretty much incommunicado. Needless to say, enough's been going on for tons of commentary, however, I've only got a few minutes to dash today's entry off.

The recent Comcast broadband outages have proven just how bad their first level tech support is. No, I don't have them, but a lot of friends and family do, and needless to say after their frustrating encounters with tech support I was deluged with pages and calls on what to do. A few DNS changes, a few Treewalk installations, everyone's happy (except for those folks who had an outage caused by a downed ATTBI router and the shmucks on first level support telling them to reboot their cable modems as if that was going to fix the problem).

RIP Johnnie Johnson. For those of you who don't know the name, Johnnie was Chuck Berry's pianist on his classic Chess sides, and played with him until the mid-70s. Johnnie was allegedly the inspiration for "Johnnie B. Goode" and as recently as a few years ago actually claimed co-authorship of some of Berry's classics. The judge in the case ruled against Johnson, saying that too much time had passed to determine the facts in the case. He was awesome in "Hail Hail Rock 'N Roll", that wondrous celebration of Berry's music (which is criminally unavailable in any home video format at the moment; contrast that with the newly schwanger Mrs. Federline, who has fifteen, count 'em, fifteen DVD titles available at Amazon). Most interesting, consider that most of Berry's classics are recorded in piano keys (B flat and E flat), not guitar keys (A and D) as most often played by covering guitarists. Johnnie Johnson's influence, friends. Coincidentally, Chuck Berry doesn't travel with a band, preferring to use pickup musicians provided by the promoters at his concerts. These musicians are often flummoxed by Berry's choice of keys for his songs.....

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