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Remember in elementary school when the first assignment would always be to write about summer vaca? [Sep. 23rd, 2009|01:56 pm]
Chaz Meyers
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There hasn't been much to write about. The summer went by in a blur.

Back in June I was trying to get more in touch with my non-work geek. Went to some local User Group meetings. Want to do more of that soon.

I started some work on a web-based frontend for computer-based music notation and MIDI generation because everything that exists sucks in one way or another. Music can be incredibly complex and tricky to map. The only reasonable text-based route is Lilypond, which is an entire scheme dialect and there aren't any great GUI options. Most commercial options are incredibly tedious and error prone drag-and-drop based like Finale. And, don't even get me started on writing software that speaks MIDI. That's just a clusterfuck in and of itself.

As the summer picked up, all that went to the wayside. This was my last year at UD Summer Stage, which was significant to me since I have participated in that program for every year save one since 1996. I landed an ensemble role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, participated in a lovely Caberancetroupe, and directed a scene from Barefoot in the Park, all of which were rewarding experiences. I haven't often won things at the end-of-the-summer award ceremony, so it was an unexpected but very much appreciated pleasure to be awarded "Mainstager of the Year" and one of the two "OneActs: Best Director" awards. It was a nice way to end that chapter of my life.

Life has since slowed down a bit since then.

At the end of August I started rehearsals for Seussical at Narberth, a venue I never even stepped into before auditions back in June. It's less time intensive than what I was doing over the summer, but it is interesting since it's the smallest cast for a musical I've ever been in. Everyone is very talented so I need to keep my A-game on if I don't want to look like a dunce.

I've also taken up voice lessons again for the first time since high school. I didn't realize how much I've missed them until I started them up again.

As you can see, the theatrical geek side of my brain has been saturated over the past four months. I really need to engage in more computer geek recreational work to balance things out. That equilibrium is important to me. I need a new hobby project. Maybe something in Perl or C. Ruby is very pretty but I feel like I've spent too much time in that code culture over the past few years and I really miss in particular Perl code culture.

I need to take advantage of the time I have right now. If all goes as planned, I'll be finishing up the last two classes for my undergraduate degree in the Spring, so once that starts up time will not be in ample supply.
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[User Picture]From: gwennluin
2009-09-24 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yay for theatrical goodness! Also, I am not too proud to admit I don't understand most of the computer stuff you're talking about, but I am nevertheless impressed by your know-how. Good on ya, dude. heh

CP, Park, Sam & I have been kicking around ideas for a short film of sorts - if you wanna stretch your screen acting muscles sometime we'd love to hit you up!

Edited at 2009-09-24 11:44 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2009-09-25 03:08 am (UTC)
I'd love to. I'd also like to give a go at that film portfolio webapp we were talking about before Michelle moved.
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[User Picture]From: fool_for_a_took
2009-09-25 10:38 pm (UTC)
I forgot about that!! Don't know what I can do on this coast, but I would totally be a part of helping getting that off the ground. ;^D
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2009-09-26 01:01 am (UTC)
Well, the big thing is I don't know exactly what it needs to do/feel since I'm not the target audience. If you, Steph, Chris, and anyone else who would use this sort of thing could describe to me, pie in the sky how would it ideally work, that would be a good starting point.
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