Verdi Quartet

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I’ve been listening to my awesome new CD of the Hagen Quartett (my favorite string quartet these days) playing the Verdi String Quartet. It’s a fantastic recording, I’m glad to have found it. It was discovered on Amazon, being sold by some seller in Germany.. however, that seller wouldn’t ship the disc outside of Germany! But Mirco Müller was kind enough to let me send it to him and he shipped it to me.

Hagen Quartett disc

Thanks Mirco!

Icky Thump

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Very cool news from the White Stripes today. They’ve finished recording and mixing their sixth album, which will be called “Icky Thump”. Okay, whatever. But I’m excited because the White Stripes are completely awesome. More info about the album.. some of the songs are:

  • Catch Hell Blues
  • Little Cream Soda
  • Monkeys Have It Easy (discarded)
  • Rag and Bone
  • Clicky Bump (retitled into something pleasant)
  • Blue Orchid (relocated to previous album)
  • You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)

Medsphere OpenVista CIS Open Source

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Yeah, I know Pete and Brad have already posted about it, and both of them have said more about it than I really could, but I want to post anyway! The place I work, Medsphere, has released the source for the OpenVista CIS client. It’s very exciting for me to be a part of this project and team, and it’s great to get to work on open source software. I’ve had the privilege of getting to work with really awesome hackers (Anthony, Bailey, Brad, Cesar, Jon, and Pete), getting to work with Mono and gtk#, and being able to do some hacking on GTK+ itself (next release should have some noticeable improvements for Win32!). Of course, as much as I’ve been learning and hacking GTK-Win32 internals, I would love to see all the hospitals using this software use it on Linux. :)

As Pete already mentioned, Medsphere is interested in hiring more gtk# hackers. As a fairly new person there, I think it’s a great place to work and I think everyone there is really awesome. If you’re interested in working somewhere in a Gnome/GTK/Mono type environment, email Pete or Brad.

Visiting California

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I went out to California last week for work. We had a good time hacking, watching movies, eating, and hearing music. Cesar, Anthony, Amber (Anthony’s girlfriend), and I all went to hear LA Phil play on Thursday. They played Brahms 3 and Brahms 1, which seemed like a little bit of a strange concert.. but it was really good. Whoever was sitting principal viola was playing on an Iizuka viola like mine, which was sort of cool. Walt Disney Concert Hall was fantastic. On Tuesday we went to see The Departed at the dollar theater. Very cool movie.

Pete and Cesar hacking

Philip’s recital

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On Wednesday I went to the university to hear a cello recital by Philip von Mahltzahn, who was a friend of mine back in high school when we played in a string trio together. It was a cool recital, with a Boccherini sonata, George Crumb sonata, sonata by György Ligeti, Astor Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango, and what cellist could do a recital without a Bach suite.. so Philip did the third one. It was cool to meet him again after the recital and say “hi”. Philip plays in the Degas Quartet now. I hope I get a chance to hear them sometime.

Gerry and Shannon

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I saw Gerry and Shannon the other day, and had a nice visit with them. They have a new dog now, Louie. Very cute dog. We talked about a lot of interesting things, went out for pizza, watched some rock DVDs. It was very fun. I wish I could see them more often.

Happy New Year!

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I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year! I went over to Valerie’s house and hung out with people from Dallas Symphony and other friends of theirs. It was fun, and I got to taste many delicious wines. Pam’s son was playing Destroy All Humans! on Ralph’s PS2. It’s pretty amusing, but when Pam saw that it involved anal probes she took it away and made him switch games. :)


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I went over to Megan’s parents’ house tonight to visit for a small wedding reception. I got a call from Megan on Thursday telling me that she was getting married on Friday, which was kind of a surprise since she had never even mentioned that she was dating anyone before. But it turned out she is pregnant, so I guess it sort of makes sense. So I went over today and hung out for a bit and met her new husband, Scott. He seems like a good guy. He works as a web designer somewhere in Dallas, so we chatted briefly about that kind of stuff.

New Year

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Everyone have a happy and safe New Years Eve this weekend! I’m going over to Ralph and Valerie’s house that night. Should be a fun time. Maybe next month I will finally get around to reading Perilous Power by Noam Chomsky. I bought it back in November, but the copyright date in the front of it marked as 2007 for some reason so I’ll use that as my excuse for having not read it yet. :)

Chamber music

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As always, I’m looking forward to starting some new chamber music soon.
I ordered a copy of the Piston duo for viola and cello to play with
Amirosh and a copy of Mozart duos K423 and K424 for violin and viola to
play with Jason. I just found out last night that Jason just came back
from his long gig in Florida, but he’s going to Colorado in a few days
to play a couple concerts. So hopefully by the time he gets back I’ll
have the Mozart duos. Also, I am itching really badly to start a
new Beethoven quartet.

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