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Thursday, December 17, 2015

So tired of all this

Well, investors in the company ended funding them, so tomorrow is my last day here.

I am so sick and tired of this kind of thing.  Out of the blue, and this time I have no real savings as I was paying back loans that got me into town in the first place!

So, I have 3 weeks worth of money, then I'm homeless.  And I refuse to end up homeless.

I do have a Plan B, and no it's not killing myself (too cowardly), but it'll get me 3 hots and a cot instead of living under a bridge and waiting to die from exposure.

During my enforced vacation, I'm going to try working on an EP and getting it up on to SoundCloud and Baboom before it all comes crashing down.  4-5 songs in 2 weeks, when I have nothing else to do but send out resume's?  Should be simple.

So, when not in job search mode I'll work on music, art, and occasionally going out for food and to visit places I might not get a chance to see for a looooong while.

Lets see what new adventure arises..

Thursday, December 10, 2015

What a crock!

Yes, I'm in love with my crock pot!

I ended up getting a small Hamilton Beach 3 quart slow cooker.  There's not a ton of space in my new kitchenette, but the 3 quart cooker fit neatly in between the 2-burner range and the large stainless steel sink.  There was even enough room in front of the crock pot for a cutting board.

I ended up making a stew from stew meat, red and yellow potatoes, yellow onions, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and hickory Liquid Smoke.  12 hours on low and it was perfect!  Tender meat, potatoes still slightly firm, and the broth had turned into an amazing sauce.

Next up - Greek style chicken thighs with olives, potatoes, lemon, pepper, and onions!  Ugh, hungry now...

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Austin in Austin

Long time, no blog.  So much has happened it's not even funny.

First, I'm back in Austin, which I have decided is now my adopted home town.  From now on, when someone asks where I'm from, they'll get "Austin" as the answer.  So there!

Second, this weekend I will move out of the "bed and shower" place I've been in to a nice efficiency in an extended stay suite!  My friend Anne was nice enough to rent me a plae to crash while I found better housing, but it's time to move into a place where I can get the m usic studio set up and start cooking again!!

The new job is great, lots to do, smart people to work with, and nearby food - all within 2 blocks - a Starbucks, a Popeye's and a Taco Bell! Nearby is a killer bbq place as well!

Hopefully soon I can start cranking out music again, it's grating on me to NOT be able to sit down and record.

And finally, once I get moved I'm buying a bloody crock pot!  Yes, time to cook chili, chicken, wings, pot roast, ham.. in a crock pot!  I love cooking!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Moving Time!

Well, today is my last day on this job - the project got killed by our parent company, so I found myself a nice job in Austin and I'm moving down on Monday!

I'll be working for a small startup, doing something I can't really say much about.  It's a 2 month contract extendable all the way to going full-time, which I wouldn't mind at all.  The pay is excellent so I should be able to bank a raft of cash in case they fold or it doesn't work out.

Sad to see my had work go unused, but maybe they'll take some of our technology and use it elsewhere.

End of project party tonight, wheeeeeeeeeee!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Game over, man... game over!

Well, the parent company of this company has decided to exit the gate operator business, so we're all out the door at the end of the month!

Lots of scrambling.. I've already had 3 interviews, submitted about 15 resume's and spoken to 5 placement agencies.  Apparently, there's a shortage of talent out there!  Perfect timing!

Pretty much zero chance of staying in Tulsa, and that's a good thing, Tulsa is.. OK.. but I'm not really a good fit.

I have an interview tomorrow morning for a position in Cary, NC., which could be promising.  I was submitted for a job in Pittsburgh, six months, which could be interesting.  No telling where I might end up!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ambient Online Compilation #5 Available For Pre-Order!

AO Compilation #5 is available for pre-order NOW!  105 tracks for less than ten bucks, the best music deal you can find!

And of course this compilation contains two tracks I recorded SPECIFICALLY for this album, not to be found anywhere else!

Visit https://ambientonline.bandcamp.com/album/ambient-online-compilation-volume-5 for more information!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Windows 10 installed!

This was going to be a profanity-laced rant about Windows 10, but I'll try to lose the profanity.

Windows 10 installed in about 45 minutes on my screaming-fast laptop, not bad.  It boots faster than Windows 8.  Works better... ONCE I HACKED INTO MY OWN LAPTOP.

That's right, Win10 locked me out of my own fricking laptop.  It lost my password and I had to go change it on Outlook for my account and EVEN THEN it wouldn't let me in.

I had t use my Android phone and my Android tablet to reset a <deleted>load of password and account info to get into the system.  I was literally screaming invectives at the top of my lungs and beating on the desk, I was so angry.

Right now I would gladly lay a nuke on Microsoft's Redmond campus and dance around the smoking radioactive corpses of every single Deity-damned Microsoft employee and feel not one twinge of conscience or regret.

I want to kick whomever is responsible for this lame upgrade process in the crotch with steel-toed boots! I'd laugh as they screamed in agony! Yeah, that's how it felt to upgrade, moron!

Regretfully, once I beat the crap out of the login process, Win10 is so far happier than Win8, so.. oh well.

Time to save up for a Mac and buy Logic Pro, this upgrade process is bullcrap.