Thursday, October 25, 2007

Music Find: Nuttin' but Stringz - A cool ass class act

I've been wanting to get the Nuttin' But Stringz album ("Struggle from the Subway to the Charts") after seeing them on Jack's Big Music Show last year. They are amazing. The group is a duo - two brothers from Queens, NY who are classically trained (read Julliard) musicians who blend magical classical sounds with hip-hop, r&b and jazz. It is simply wonderful. They are fantastic violinists and the tunes are beautiful, sexy and fun.

From Wikipedia: "Nuttin' But Stringz, also known as N.B.S., consists of two brothers, Damien (18) and Tourie Escobar (20). The talented young musicians from Jamaica, Queens play an intense blend of Classical Music, Jazz, R&B, and Hip-Hop."

Anyway - I finally got around to downloading the album and LOVE it. Check it out.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuttin%27_But_Stringz
http://www.nuttinbutstringz.com/

I can't wait to maybe see them live one day. They are so much fun to watch.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Endlich zu Hause!

I finally made it home last night. The day started out fine, but there was a delay at LaGuardia that held up the plane to Pittsburgh. It was supposed to leave at 3:40 p.m., but ended up not leaving until almost 6 p.m. We landed in Pittsburgh around 7:30. Not a huge delay, but that still put me at home around 9:30. I was hoping I'd get to see kira before bedtime, but oh well.

Got to see her this morning, which was good enough! I got her a little backpack that looks like a little bear with overalls on that says I (heart) NY. At least Steve was still awake! We hung out and watched Bleach. Then I realized how pooped I was and went right to bed.

I need some coffee.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

HighEdWebDev 2007

Greetings from Rochester, NY! This is my second year attending HighEdWebDev a conference for web professionals in Higher Education. I'm getting ready to sit through my last session of the conference and I've been quite happy with the quality of sessions this year. I've unexpectedly found myself not attending any sessions in the Usability track for once, rather I've been in more Social Applications and Content sessions and sessions on Marketing, Management and Professional Development. Anyway - the most disappointing this is that I'm the only one from WVU OIT here. WVU Web Services only sent one person this year becasue he's presenting, but they do have a university presidential inauguration to prepare for, so that is understandable. There a several groups at OIT, however, which would benefit greatly by sending someone to this. Our programmers and sys admins, my boss and any of or all of the training group would get a lot out of this. I have attended several web design conferences, so it's hard to surprise me with new info anymore. These other groups though, don't focus on the quality of web development as much as they should, but they all work with it even if their titles are not specifically "web-related."

Anyway...the last presentation is starting now, so I'm going to log off and listen.