· 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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