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By way of explanation…

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(with apologies to Will Smith / DJ Jazzy Jeff)

Now this is a story all about how
My site got twist-turned upside down
So I’d like to take a minute just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I fixed this blog ’bout a situation rare

It’s been four months or more since a topic’s been raised
Getting married is how I’ve spent most of my days
Working some, gaming, spending time with my wife
Now the wedding is done so I can write about life

Then thirty thousand bots, they were hawking their sites
Started writing comments with lots of bytes
I tried one little upgrade and WordPress got frustrated
“There’s so much junk here, now your backup’s truncated!”

I cursed MySQL for its lack of transaction
But I thought for a second and calmed down a fraction
If work’s taught me anything it’s been “save data twice”
This recent SQL dump would make everything nice

I wrote some lines of script (about seven or eight)
And it cleaned out the spam not two seconds later
Re-imported the data and now I prepare
To write posts on this blog ’bout a situation rare

Written by Chris

November 10th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

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Kansas City: not metal

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I was looking up tour dates for Kamelot – a power metal band from Florida – and what a shock, their current tour doesn’t stop anywhere near Kansas City. Not even St. Louis. As near as I can figure the closest they get is Mokena, IL. It’s a southwest suburb of Chicago. This is not a town I’ve heard of before today, even having lived in the Chicago suburbs for eighteen years. I’m guessing that they’re playing there because of the Tinley Park amphitheater.

This keeps happening with metal bands, for reasons that I’m not completely clear on. I’d blame a perceived lack of listenership, but Gigantour ’06 went to Oklahoma City of all places. Come on guys, Kansas City has some places where a band can do a thing like play a song 🙁

Written by Chris

October 16th, 2008 at 9:34 am

Posted in General,Music

Well, that was fast

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My horn came back from the shop on Wednesday, only a day after they’d called with the repair list and estimates. I’m stunned at how fast it went, but I’m also really impressed with the work. The slides are all working now, and I had a hard time locating the dent that had to be removed from the 1st slide. The valve rotors are much quieter, and they even polished the keys! It seems clearer as far as sound goes, though I only played for a few minutes when I brought it home, as I haven’t been feeling well for the past few days and expending precious oxygen through a horn didn’t seem like a good idea. This weekend I’ll give it more of a workout and start a concentrated effort to get my chops back.

Kansas City weather continues to confound me. This isn’t the first winter I’ve spent in KC, but this one is definitely worse than last year. Yesterday it was 40 degrees when I woke up and drove to work, today it was 14. I’m helping a friend move this weekend; it was going to be Sunday, but just yesterday the weather report changed to announce rain, snow, and wind moving into the area Saturday afternoon. Spring can’t come fast enough :/

Written by Chris

February 15th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

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Horn overhaul

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On Saturday I took my French horn to the shop to get various things repaired, and this morning I got the repair checklist:

  • Pulling stuck slides (1st and 3rd F slides, at least)
  • Flushing the valves and pipes
  • Working out various dents in the bell tube
  • Removing a sharp dent in the 1st F slide
  • Replacing the rotor bumpers on all four valves
  • Shimming the rotors with Mylar to reduce noise

All told, only $280! I was expecting a much steeper bill for the work items, since this is the instrumental equivalent of an engine rebuild, but I will freakin’ take it. The shop offered to do a total reconditioning of the valve rotors, but that would have bumped the bill to $400…strongly tempting, and if I were planning to go pro with this horn I’d have done it, but I’m not so I didn’t. I’ll just be happy that everything’s clean, moving, and quieter. It should be done by this weekend.

In other horn related news, the music store I went to gave me the number of a French horn instructor in the area. Once I get my horn back and playing again on my own, I’m planning on giving him a call and setting up at least a weekly lesson to improve in areas that I find myself lacking. Embouchure is pretty high on that list, I’m not sure that I was ever doing it “correctly.”

Written by Chris

February 12th, 2008 at 11:00 am

Posted in General,Music