I’m raging, ripping up the stage and don’t it sound amazing

Incredibly, the pre-sale for Rock the Bells did not sell out this week.  Not even an entire day after it started.  On a whim, I checked the Ticketmaster site this morning as tickets for NYC went on sale to the general public today.  Apparently, the show sold out in about 15 minutes.  Tickets are going for over $150 on Ebay already.

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The rage is relentless

Redundant systems at my reach, pre-registered with Ticketmaster, calendar marked, cell phone alarm set. Regular weekly meeting gets rescheduled to now. No problem thanks to good 'ol wi-fi. Meeting runs longer than I'd hoped. Checking the web site every minute just before 9:00. Conversation switches to small talk. Suddenly, the pre-sale is on. Heartbeat is pounding loudly in my throat. Tappity-tap. Breeze through the visual verification test, which is illegible to this sighted user half the time. Click standard mail delivery without even reading the purchase details.

I have two tickets for Rock the Bells in NYC. Yeah, boy.

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Poppin’, sockin’, rockin’ puttin’ a side of hip-hop

Rock the Bells tickets go on sale this Saturday. I was concerned that a pre-sale notice had been sent while my email was down, but no such notification has gone out yet. Public Enemy has been added to the line-up. Yikes. Tickets start at $82 ($156 for VIP) plus the usual Ticketmaster surcharge. I won't be surprised to see non-VIP tickets go over $200 once this sells out.

EnTouch broadband connectivity has been rather flaky this last week so I'm definitely gonna have to consider making backup plans for Saturday morning. 😉

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Domain transfer

Completed a transfer of domain registrar today, which I have been intending to do for over a year. Network Solutions domain registration is way overpriced, and I get private registration at no additional charge with 1&1. The transfer took only four days, which is very fast, but it also had the unfortunate side effect of making the web site unavailable and rerouting all email to my domain for several hours. I was able to configure an email catch-all through the 1&1 control panel in the interim. Everything seems to be back to normal now.


Blog is in da house

It is done. I transferred nearly six years of entries into the new blog. Wrote a Perl script to parse the content from the original templates and generated a bunch of RSS files, which could be imported into WordPress. The toughest part was categorizing the entries, which wasn't absolutely necessary, but it gave me the opportunity to reread just about everything I've written since I started this little project. Very interesting.

Next step is to redesign the home page and refine the current WordPress theme (or pick a new one). This web site was designed originally as a big online sticky note for me, but I'm bored with that. Unlike the current site where the blog stuff is (deliberately) difficult to find, the new site will be blog-centric. Now that this thing is driven by WordPress, you, fine reader, can actually write comments (moderated for spam protection).

Having been at my job for a year now, I have developed a bit of, uh, hatred for Daylight Saving Time due to the real-time nature of some of our applications. Now I see that WordPress wants to stamp entries with UTC, which is excellent in my opinion, but possibly confusing for the average reader. I'm sticking with CST instead of CDT. Like anyone else cares.


Site is long overdue for a redesign. Way too functional and utterly lacking in aesthetics. Enough of the hand-rolled Perl stuff. I'm working on importing everything into a WordPress blog, which I hope to roll out by the end of the month.