Tuesday, July 12, 2005

 

Tout insignifiant avec une touche de travail

Still much heaviness at work with the preliminary design for the SOA architecture we're going to bolt on to our existing service offering. Good part is that there's considerable impetus to do it right with realistic time and budget constraints, so no complaints other than I really have to get up to speed quickly with some things that have been a bit outside my bailiwick (for instance, setting up the document router do I use a SAX parser to extract enough info to route the document, or should I just use one of the lower level APIs to read just enough of the doc. Gut check is to use the SAX parser and throw some very fast hardware at it, anything else is going to be too convoluted - I want this thing to be ultimately maintainable.).

The Montrose album was a great listen - some very fine chops indeed by Ronnie Montrose (although I could've sworn he was a Les Paul type back then there are some decidedly Strat-ish sounds on this record). Sammy Hagar is just about right for this record, the bombast is kept in check. Production is typical Ted Templeman - pretty ghastly early 70s, so don't expect a lot from the sonices. "Space Station #5" is my current favorite.

The Redwalls album is also a good listen, a bit more consistent than the Blue Van (there are plenty of decidedly Beatlesque moments on both CDs, one song reminding me of "Lies" by the Knickerbockers). A bit gratuitous on the language, a Tipper Gore warning was found on the label. Having grown up in Brooklyn, language of the sort doesn't faze me. See episode one of the Sopranos - "What, no fuckin' ziti?" for an illustration...

A Borders coupon for 25% off DVDs led me to purchase a recent Lynyrd Skynyrd concert DVD over the weekend. There's method to the madness, as we're adding "Tuesday's Gone" and "Free Bird" to the band's setlist (I can hear the chortles now, but come on, this stuff is harder to play than you think!) Great show, although it's needless marred by having a string section on stage. It isn't chamber music, folks - you need string sounds, get another keyboard player. Biggest excitement of the show was Gary Rossington breaking off his Bigsby's arm from his Explorer while going nuts at the end of "Free Bird" - I hope that was only one of the new Gibson signature models.

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