Notes during an all-day meeting

I'm in a room with 13 other people, a room that's meant to hold maybe half that many, for a meeting that's scheduled to run from 9 AM until 5 PM. I have something along the lines of 30 minutes worth of content, but it's an important 30 minutes and I need to be here to answer questions, so...that's my Friday.

Fortunately, writing this looks a great deal like "working" if you aren't watching me closely and it doesn't look as though anyone is. So, at the risk of going looking like a doofus when a question comes my way, I might as well take advantage of this semi-free time.

It's been a good week from a musical standpoint. One of the folks I work with remotely suggested that I check out the not-at-all-new Legendary Pink Dots. They weren't even on my radar, but after a couple of ours of listening last night, they most certainly are now. Definitely German in character, but there's some late-70s King Crimson (that sax!) in it is well. Really interesting stuff, and very much up my alley. On an unrelated but similar note, we're going to go see 242 next Tuesday. I haven't seen them since they toured with Siouxsie and the Banshees on the Tyranny For You album.  That was...ugh...27 years ago?

This one's for synth nerds only. When I wasn't listening to the Legendary Pink Dots, I spent the rest of the evening geeking out over a series of videos reviewing the most-recent addition to my synth stack, the Korg Minilogue (thanks again, Blade!). This guy is an enthusiast in the best sense of the word: He gets excited and sometimes even just starts laughing at all the weird stuff you can do with it. If you're looking for an inexpensive synthesizer with a ton of bang for your buck, this is your machine.

While I'm repping products here, I'm going to risk so blow-back here, but the Central Market brand frozen etouffee base is pretty damned good. It's not as good as some of the home made I've had, and there are restaurants that do it better, but....I don't believe there are any restaurants in Austin that make a better etouffee. It's got everything but rice and crawfish, but that's what you want from a frozen base, isn't it? 

The next time I write here, I'll likely be in the City of Angels for the Battlebots Grand Final. At this point, I don't know any more than you do about who'll be the finalists, but I'd bet on Minotaur and Tombstone. I won't be able to share any of that info until it airs, but I will be to let you all know how awesome it was. Which will be "very," of course.

OK, I guess I should start paying attention to some of this. Only 5 1/2 hours to go. Wish me luck.