August 15th, 2003

Older Than Dirt

Our company was recently acquired by Hyperion Solutions. Over the year, we had sent many, many things to offsite storage. Now, they've all come home to roost.

Mostly, they don't roost. Mostly, they just get discarded. Years and years of accumulation of things that were important once but aren't any more. Stacks of 1.2 MB 5.25 inch floppies, backed up using hardware and software that we no longer have. (Fortunately containing information that we no longer need.) Bernoulli cartridges the size of a comic book and half an inch thick that held an astounding 10 MB of data. 10 year old release versions of software written in an obscure interpreted language.

I saved less than a tenth of the stack as being interesting or of possible value. The rest is going out in the trash. And the trash collector won't be happy about it...

Album Chatter While Compiling

My other computer is busily compiling the new versions of the Stingray libraries, so I'll take the opportunity to natter while it's busy.

Some of you know that I've been working on an album of my own music (as opposed to all the other people that Gretchen and I have recorded) to be released at OVFF, if we're lucky. Dorotha Biernesser came in last weekend from DC and laid down the female backup vocals which is almost all of the parts that we'll need to finish. This means that it's time to engage in some serious trial mixing.

Naturally, I'm running behind. We've gotten two tracks worth of test mixes done with twelve to go (and one track to be completely re-recorded). Tomorrow, we're meeting Barry and Sally Childs-Helton in Rensselaer, Indiana to get our portable recording gear back in hand before Torcon and I've promised them something to listen to.

It's going to be an entertaining 18 hours or so.