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  1. Wednesday, June 05, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  These pictures were taken 15 years ago today, on  June 5, 2004 . The occasion was a housewarming party for my newly-purchased Sterling house. The basement was quite cheery and had not yet been made over with bachelor jazz posters and a pool table. There may have been twenty different types of cast-off chairs furnishing the room.     The guest list was roughly 20% people related to me, 30% people related to Anna, 30% people I went to high school with, and 20% coworkers. Evil Mike (then known as Jaood) got me a clock shaped like a billiards rack which still hangs on the wall today even though it permanently stopped working around 2006.   
  2. Wednesday, May 01, 2019:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: 19 Years Ago Today  Nineteen years ago today, on  May 1, 2000 , I performed my final project in Conducting class: a live performance of a piece of my choosing. My orchestra consisted of the other students in the class, a horrible permutation of 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 violin, 2 alto saxophones, 4 trumpets, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, 1 piano, and 2 percussionists. Because I couldn't possibly do anything the easy way, I chose to treat my final project as both a conducting and a composing assignment. I arranged one of my 1997 concert band pieces,  The King's Entourage , for this cancerous orchestration.      The King's Entourage, arranged for Conducting Ensemble  (MP3 of a MIDI rendition, 4 MB)    ...
  3. Wednesday, April 17, 2019:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: 19 Years Ago Today  19 years ago today, on  April 17, 2000 , I was unusually productive. It was my fourth year of undergrad at Virginia Tech and there were only 2.5 weeks left in the school year. I started the day by working on my second (and ultimately aborted) text adventure game,  Robin Caruso , still high off the success of  Augmented Fourth  which had finally been released 17 days earlier.   After a morning conducting class with Dr. Glazebrook, I had an early lunch at Shultz Dining Hall with the usual band of music misfits. I then went to Computer Graphics in McBryde (a disappointing class where we spent most of the time doing viewport math instead of actually writing OpenGL code).    Our high-...
  4. Wednesday, April 03, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 11 years ago today, on  April 3, 2008 .     It was our last day in London and my right knee had just become painful to walk on after two full days of tourism. I strolled through the city lock-knee'd for the remainder of the trip and seriously considered purchasing an old man's cane at one point.   We started the day in search of the Theatre Museum, which we found had moved somewhere on the other side of the city. We abandoned our plans to visit and ended up in this outdoor market instead. This stroll was followed by a trip to the Transport Museum, and additional walking across almost every bridge over the Thames -- it felt like we were trying to solve some "longest pat...
  5. Wednesday, March 20, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 36 years ago, in  1983 .     This is the tail end of one of our regular weekend road trips to a battlefield or regional park -- you can tell because my parents' coffee travel mugs have been tossed in the trunk of our constantly failing Chevy Citation. I'm not totally sure what's depicted on the front of my shirt. It looks like a thief in a ball cap jumping a fence?   This picture was also taken before my nose became permanently scarred from falling out of a tree, an event that would happen in the following few years. 
  6. Wednesday, January 23, 2019:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: 17 Years Ago Today    Seventeen years ago today, on  Wednesday, January 23, 2002 , I was in my first year of grad school at FSU. After a morning class of  Pedagogy of Music Theory II  which was about as useful as it sounds, I came back to my cinderblock apartment to work on the  second movement  of my string quartet. I then played  Wizardry 8 , a new game which I liked for about a week before getting bored.   In the afternoon, I received two packages. The first contained  Finale 2002  which I used for music composition until 2011 when it stopped working with Windows 7. It also came with a stylish blue water glass that's still in my cupboard today. The other package, from Amazon, conta...
  7. Wednesday, January 09, 2019:
    Memory Day: 1992 - 1993  In the 1992 - 1993 school year, I was a 13-year-old 9th grader in my last year at Hammond Junior High. After years of lagging behind my social peers, I finally held some illusive level of popularity and kids that would follow my lead, especially in band. I was  not  a kid that I would want to hang out with today, and definitely treated some people nastily until confronted with my own meanness as the year went on. I like to think I greatly improved after that turning point!     A typical day started out with an Early Bird session of Mr. Bonfanti's World English class, most of which was spent taking word-by-word dictation of study notes about Gilgamesh. From there, we went to band, where a new band directo...
  8. Wednesday, December 19, 2018:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This was the family Christmas picture 27 years ago in  1991 .     I was in 8th grade and had not yet started wearing glasses. The outfit I'm wearing is pretty standard, from the British Knights to giant digital watch, although I sometimes swapped in a gaudy sweatshirt with Perth animals from our family friends in Australia.   We generally took the Christmas picture on or around Christmas. My Dad would then write the family Christmas letter and send to everyone on Christmas afternoon, long after the rest of the world had sent out their cards and letters. Meanwhile, my sister and I would be playing with our new gear, and eating neck meat and pie crust from the dinner that Mom was preparing.&nb...
  9. Wednesday, November 28, 2018:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: Christmas List  This is my joint birthday/Christmas wish list from 1990. Because of my September birthday and horribly delayed video game development cycles, half of the things I'd ask for for my birthday wouldn't actually come out in time. I hedged my bets by making my list a living document and adding/removing on the fly.       I didn't like Castlevania 3 much once I had it -- it was too hard to jump and I always fell down to the bottom of vertical game levels.    Hero's Quest 2 (later  Quest for Glory  to avoid trademark issues with the classic board game) was a great game featuring an impenetrable maze in the first town as a form of copy protection. (I did not win the contest to get a free copy...
  10. Wednesday, November 14, 2018:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken almost ten years ago today, on  November 15, 2008 .     This was the first of 3 hosted Thanksgiving Dinners (two for friends and one for family), back in the days when I was still expending way too much effort making fresh cheese soup, eating Totino's pizzas for dinner, and playing Mario Kart with FSU people on a weekly-ish basis.   In order of when I last saw these people, from most recent to least: BU, Rebecca, Michael, Jessika, Marc, Sam, Annie, Mike. Surprisingly though, I have seen them all in 2018. 
  11. Wednesday, October 24, 2018:
    Memory Day: 10 Years Ago Today    On  Friday, October 24, 2008 , we had the biggest of our memorable Halloween parties, featuring two Sarah Palins, three pirates, and Vu, in town briefly from San Francisco. 39 people showed up, a mix of all of Anna's friends that just had kids and Rebecca's friends that were still kids.   At the time of this party, Rebecca was working at Customink, so of course we gave out Hanes Beefy T-Shirts with the party logo as costume contest prizes. This was also the first year we experimented with putting cheap tablecloths down all over the basement which made cleaning up after Beer Pong a smashing success. Less of a smashing success was the majority remains of the 64 pack of cheap Miller Lite that always seeme...
  12. Monday, October 22, 2018:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: Trophies  The next casualty in my war on clutter is my cabinet full of high school and college era trophies. For posterity, they will be preserved in the digital ether for many years to come.     Here are my 9th, 10th, and 11th grade music trophies, including the Director's Award for Band, Outstanding Sophomore at Band Camp, Outstanding Musicianship, Section Leader, and Outstanding Contribution as a Junior.     Next up are my senior year band trophies from my time as the drum major. I actually got two Drum Major trophies, because the band director forgot that he already gave me one after Band Camp. In the middle is the John Philip Sousa Award.     I got the Most Valuable Athlete Award in my...
  13. Wednesday, September 26, 2018:
    Memory Day: 1991 - 1992  In the 1991 - 1992 school year, I was a 12-year-old 8th grader. Still establishing my persona in the middle year of junior high, I was much quieter this year and often signed my name as "Brian the Bestest".       To fit a whopping 3 electives into my scheduled, I started the day with an early bird session of gym with Mr. Korns. No one ever used the aged gym showers (a holdover from when Hammond was a high school), so I'm sure we smelled nice for the rest of the day. I remember standing up to an angry classmate while waiting for the bell to ring. He told me, "get out of my face before I steal you", and I refused. The teacher broke it up before he actually punched, but we were cool after that.   The...
  14. Wednesday, September 19, 2018:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Ten Years Ago Today  Ten years ago today was  Friday, September 19, 2008 .   Following an 8-hour day at work on the Metadata Registry v7.1 (6 AM - 2 PM), I drove out to Jack and Kristy's old house in south Arlington for game 11 of the 2008 poker championships. They had recently remodeled their kitchen, and Jack and received a weird (for the time) homebrewer's kit and was eager to give people samples. (It was just okay).   Rebecca (of Falls Church), Kathy & Chris (of Centreville), Recurring Mike (of Glover Park), and Yet Another Chris (of Arlington) also attended. Yet Another Chris was the first out, probably stemming from the bottle of Scotch accompanying him. Kathy ended up winning, a surprising result since she usuall...
  15. Wednesday, September 05, 2018:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken about 4 years ago, on  September 7, 2014 .     This was the second day of our final trip to the Outer Banks (although we did not realize it at the time: 2015 was Europe, 2016 was Colorado, and 2017 was picturesque Sterling, VA, so we have yet to return).   This house had a pool, an elevator, and a quick walk across the road in Nags Head to the real beach. Among the common themes of the trip, I recall:     Both a horse's head mask and a unicorn's head mask showed up on this trip, giving most evening dinners an equine theme.    Recurring Mike (of Mike and Chompy) did not come, because he was hiking up (and then falling back down) Kilimanj...
  16. Wednesday, August 22, 2018:
    Memory Day: 1990 - 1991   It's been over a year since this BU origin story series atrophied into nonexistence, so I thought I'd try to revive it. I'm switching to school years instead of real years, since that's how my memories are chunked together until I left grad school.      In the 1990 - 1991 school year, I was an 11-year-old 7th grader. Francis C. Hammond was a Junior High School with grades from 7 to 9 (so I was there at the same time as my 9th grade sister) and while everyone else in the 7th grade was a hormonal mess, I was much younger and just wanted to play games all the time. I didn't understand or subscribe to being cool (as evinced by the fact that I was  that  kid who ran through the halls between classe...
  17. Wednesday, August 15, 2018:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken two years ago today, on  August 15, 2016 . Maia did not yet exist.     On our way out of Boulder, Colorado towards Estes Park, we stopped for lunch at the original Oskar Blues for beer flights. These massively American-looking meals were our lunch for the day. Clearly we were bulking up for our attempt at hiking  a 14er  in the coming weeks. I was also on a mac and cheese kick, ordering mac and cheese at every restaurant that had it in Colorado, in hopes of finding the best one. Although no restuarant's serving was the winner, I won by getting to eat a lot of mac and cheese.   In the evening on this same day, we went hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park and...
  18. Wednesday, July 25, 2018:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 3 years ago today, on  July 25, 2015 .     On our last day in Munich, we rented bikes for a free range exploration of the northeastern part of the city. We chose this area because it was covered by an expansive park (the ironically named Englischer Garten, or "English Garden") and reduced the chance of being run over by a car in the tight windy streets.   In the middle of the park, equidistant from two Biergartens, we stumbled upon this flock of sheep, and naturally, we had to communicate with them. 
  19. Wednesday, June 06, 2018:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken ten years ago today, on  Friday, June 6, 2008 .     Following a rousing night of Jazz in the Garden at the Sculpture Garden in DC, a portion of the group (myself, Rebecca, Jessika, Baylis, Mike, and Shakir) split off for drinks at a bar near the Verizon Center. Mike is clearly impressed by Jessika's story. One of these people had too much to drink and became obsessed with playing catch with Mike someday, and then threw up at the Blue Line transfer point in the Rosslyn metro, forcing us to wait another 20 minutes for the next train. 
  20. Wednesday, May 23, 2018:
    Stuff In My Drawers Day: PEPCO  It's intern season at my current company, and it's pretty impressive how much effort has gone into giving them something interesting and useful to do. For example, one intern is doing data mining of publicly available open-source data to extract intelligence that our company can use. I'm reminded of my first internship at PEPCO which I  previously wrote about . While other computer science majors were writing Makefiles or learning UNIX Scripting, I was retyping handwritten invoices and delivering mail.   Here is an article from the PEPCO newsletter about my internship, where I was clearly more politically lenient on the position than it warranted.     "Program a database and create interfa...
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