Free Friday

Tomorrow I don’t have school (3-day weekend!) so I’ll spend the morning at work and spend the night watching local band Gimme 5 perform. If you’re in the Carbondale area, you should definitely check them out: they are going to be performing in Longbranch Café at 10pm on Friday in the back room. They always put on a awesome show. I’ll probably be helping out with sound and I’ll take some pictures.

Saturday is the annual Oblong Spooktacular Field Show & Parade competition for the CCHS Band and is our last performance. We’ll be staying overnight at Oblong, IL which should be fun… I’ll probably bring my Xbox and beat my friends at play Halo all night. (Sleeping is near impossible, so why not make the best of it?)

Promotion, SIU Homecoming

On Thursday I got “promoted” to the Production department at SchoolCenter. This means I’ll be doing programming instead of general system administration. Right know I think that staying a sysadmin would be a better job, but I was offered a bit more money ($8/hr as opposed to $6.50/hr) and the ability to work longer and have a more flexible schedule. So I took the new job. I haven’t worked on programming PHP, the language SchoolCenter is written in, in a while… the last major PHP project I did was their telephone logging system I developed for them last summer. However, I pick up anything technology-related pretty quickly, and looking at the training manual it looks like I’ll have no problem.

This last Saturday was the SIU Homecoming Parade, which we didn’t do too well in this year. We only got 3rd place and we have won the last 2 years. I mean, the competition is in our own town… we have to win. It was fun though, even if I had to get up at 7am on a Saturday.

Later that day I met up with alot of friends (the Stevens, KC, Kate, Kris, Cameron), had wings at Applebee’s and watched the stupidest horror movie on Earth. It was so predictable and bad we laughed at alot of it.

I have not had alot of time to be online much lately, between school, work, and friends. I hope that will change soon… lately it feels like I have way too much stress even though I really don’t have anything to really stress about. I really hope that will change soon. We do have a nice long weekend coming up…

School’s tomorrow, so I’m off to do a few pages of homework (maybe).

First Band Performance, Work Update

I’ve been really busy lately with school, work, and band. On Saturday the Carbondale Marching Terriers had our first and second competition on the same day in O’Fallon and Belleville, Illinois (near St. Louis). We didn’t do as great as we hoped; nevertheless, we were able to beat Marion, a local rival, in both competitions. The other bands besides Marion and us were perdominately from the St. Louis area and therefore very big and well-funded. Most of them used semis to transport their stuff to the event, we just used a relatively small delivery truck.

Historicially, our band doesn’t do too well in the first couple of performances; then we begin to do very well after the newcomers to the band have lost their nervousness and major problems have been addressed. I’m anxious to see how well we will do next time.

For an example of just how big some of these bands are, here’s a picture of a band from around St. Louis performing at our first competition (this picture was taken from the rear of the field):

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If you look near the rear of the field you can plainly see the generator and orange power cable that powered their amps, speakers, and other audio equipment they needed for their pit! Crazy.

For some pictures of our band (as usual, not alot of drumline pictures are up) you can visit the official site’s picture gallery.

At work, we finished moving to the new building on Friday. It went suprisingly well given not too many problems have come up, at least not yet. The server room and our office is a mess, I’ll be able to get pictures after all the dust settles. It’s really nice though.

I’m really tired, so I’m off to get some sleep.

Categorized as Band, Work

Band, Steak n’ Shake, Server Move

On Friday we had another field show exhibition at a home football game. It went alot better than last week but we still have work to do… on Tuesday we have Media Night where we perform a exhibition of our show, Mask of Zorro, for anyone interested. We invite the media in particular; thus the name Media Night, but anyone can come. If you haven’t seen our show yet you should check it out at 7pm at the CCHS football field.

After the show Friday I went to Steak n’ Shake… had a good time with friends. They have the best milkshakes around. Here’s me with my buddy Caitlyn:
Caitlyn and Me

Yesterday I had to go to work to assist migrating all of the servers where I work from our old building to the new one across the street. The situation at the old building was getting bad because we were running out of room, espicially in the server room. Observe the horror that is our old server room:
Old Building Server Room
Yikes. The lack of cable management makes this a nightmare to work in. Note the cheap K-Mart fans which help keep the servers cool.

Today, shortly before we started physicially moving servers, I managed to snap this shot of the new server room:
Unfinished New Building Server Room

Visible are the mostly empty racks, patch panels, and switches. By the time I left around 11:45, these racks were filled with about 25% of the servers from the old building. I would have stayed, but due to local curfew laws I can’t drive home after midnight. Which sucked because I am getting great on-the-job experience in setting up a datacenter from scratch… not many people my age can say that. As I write this the rest of the staff there (5 others) were still racking up servers… the rest won’t leave until it’s all done. By sunrise about 99% of our servers will be in the new building.

My department will probably move to the new building on Monday, and I’ll get some pictures of the new finished server room when it’s all done.

Band Camp, The Sounds of Music

Sorry for a lack of updates lately, I’ve been so busy with band, work, etc. It’s crazy. Today was the first day of full band camp, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I’m very tired.

I think I might get to go to Six Flags and Nashville before school starts… can’t wait! However, Gimme 5‘s last show with Grace Mitchell on keys will be on the same day as when I leave for Nashville… too bad. She’s leaving for college and her last show will be this weekend at Booby’s. Sad to see her go. If you’ll be in town be sure to chek them out at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Booby’s. For more info, see the shows page on their website.

The Sounds of Music
I’ve been working on recovering… Steven’s old website which was launched in April of 2004. For awhile the site was very popular and got several posts, then it slowly crawled to a halt, the server was defaced, and it’s been sitting there in a crippled state since December. Well now it’s restored, and I suggest you go and check it out… espicially if you’re into music at all and live in Southern Illinois (but anyone is welcome). Not only are there discussion boards but there’s a nice picture gallery full of pictures from concerts and local bands. Anyone can add pictures too, so if you want to add to the collection, do it!

Spread the word! Steven and I hope you enjoy the new tSoM site… if you don’t, just give us some suggestions on how to make it better. We are open to (nearly) anything!