Gourds last night, the Resentments tonight

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Went to Stubb’s barbecue last night with Syrup and her beau to hear the Gourds and Old 97’s. Tried to eat there but there was 45-minute wait so we went to Jaime’s across the street and I had – wait for it – tex-mex again! Shrimp enchiladas were excellent, as was the top shelf margarita.
The Gourds were really great. It turns out I’d heard them once before (they do a killer cover of Snoop Dogg’s Gin ‘n’ Juice – but they didn’t do it that night). They use at various times a fiddle, a mando (two guys play it), a banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, and accordion and keyboards. This is just five guys. Great sound. Often somewhat down-homey but always rocking and at the end even a bit shreddy. They also covered the Standell’s “Dirty Water.”
Old 97’s were ok alt-country radio friendly rock, but I was getting tired so walked the four or so blocks back to my hotel after about six of their tunes.
Tonight, on the recommendation of Fresh Air’s Ed Ward I’ll be checking out the Resentments at the Saxon Pub.

Don't mess with Oakland

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I told B I was going to wear my A’s cap in Austin at SXSW because it’s sunny there and I’d need an eyeshade and she thought that maybe Texans would be offended but I said that was silly. We can all represent our home towns without giving offense, right?
Anyway, here I am blogging with my expensive wireless connection in my expensive hotel in downtown Austin, chilling before things really get going, starting this evening.
I’ll mainly be blogging SXSW over at Personal Democracy Forum (activist technology stuff) and The Power of Many (social media stuff), but if there’s anything truly metablogtastic I’ll be sure to post it here.

Awkward silence

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For some odd reason both of the outgoing mail servers that route mail for me from my various addresses are stalling out repeatedly at the moment. This means I have about seven or eight messages in my queue that aren’t being sent out.
This means that I may be trying to reply to email from you but I may be unable. I’m a little distracted today, printing out sample documents for a long meeting/interview, so diagnosing the problem isn’t high enough on my priority list at the moment.
Rest assured, I am receiving incoming mail just fine and I’ll figure this problem out probably by tomorrow, unless, like so many other Internet issues, it decided to just go away on its own.

We can rebuild it

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I tore down the monolog at x-pollen and built it back up as a new standalone blog. It was a fake blog before. Now it has its own blog number in my system and for the time being it will only update when I update it manually (at least until I get a crontab working).
I’m going to play around with the new dynamic page generation features in MT 3 and see how they work. If I can get them doing something interesting for monolog then I will probably apply what I learn to Telegraph.
It’s tempting, though, to just use something like CivicSpace which has a built-in news aggregrator and seems to know how to the do the cron stuff itself without asking. It’s gotten very easy to install and even though I’m not a social movement, for the sites that combine content from multiple blogs it might turn out to be the best solution.

Blog is beautiful

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Jerry Brown is blogging. He is also running for attorney general of the state of California. He is also the mayor of Oakland.
I voted for him in the California primary in 1992.
He still has the generic TypePad design.
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