When
· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · September
· · · · 22 (2 entries)

Red Rock Magic · If you, like me, know ba­sic Ru­by and are per­haps ready for some more ad­vanced top­ic­s, Ola Bini’s Ru­by Me­tapro­gram­ming tech­niques may be just the tick­et. The first tip, about sin­gle­ton class­es, is kind of scary and it’s a tech­nique I haven’t ful­ly in­ter­nal­ized, but the voodoo lev­el de­creas­es fast and there are a few tricks that I can use right now. I’m al­ready us­ing method­_miss­ing, any lan­guage that doesn’ t have that just seems crip­pled.
 
Who? · The con­cert cal­en­dar this fall fea­tures Paul Si­mon, the Rolling Stones, and the Who; is it 1968 again? I’ve seen ’em all and don’t feel much of an urge to go back. But then I thought of our seven-year old son, and about Roger An­gel­l, who writes beau­ti­ful­ly for The New York­er, of­ten about base­bal­l; he was born in 1920 and has told about be­ing tak­en, as a boy, by his dad to see Babe Ruth play. This feels like a di­rect liv­ing bridge to an­oth­er epoch. So I’m won­der­ing if maybe I should scalp a cou­ple of tick­ets so that when my lit­tle guy is an old man he can wow ’em with sto­ries of hav­ing seen the Who or who­ev­er. On which sub­jec­t, I was driv­ing around the oth­er day and they played a cou­ple of songs from Who’s Next. Any­one of my age has that mu­sic per­ma­nent­ly im­print­ed of course, but it’d been quite a while, and all these decades lat­er, what stands out for me on those cuts is the as­tound­ing, vol­canic drum­ming. No­body has ev­er sound­ed like Kei­th Moon be­fore or since; he played like two men with three heads and six arm­s. In re­views of the lat­est Who tour, they say that Zak Starkey (Ringo’s son) is chan­nel­ing Kei­th re­mark­ably, and that Townsend seems to be in­ter­est­ed in his gui­tar again. Many years ago, last time I saw the Who, when they were singing Lis­ten­ing to you, I get the mu­sic the stage went dark and the lights all turned on the au­di­ence. Im­pos­si­ble not to be moved.
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