Its been a crazy past few months. I changed jobs in August. I’m back at Healthstream, where I used to work a few years ago. Its much more development focused than my last job, and I’m learning something new every day. I’m very excited to be diving deep into web app development, and seeing old and new faces alike. Its also a great time to join Healthstream, as they (we!) are really taking off now and are very stable. Its taking a little getting used to commuting again, but I don’t really mind. Another interesting observation is what 3+ years of working from home does to one’s wardrobe! I’ve got some shopping to do.

In July, we took on a stray cat, Davy. Davy is short for Davros, an evil character from Dr. Who. Little did we know that Davy, like her BBC counterpart, also had a secret agenda for complete domination (fortunately for Earth, that agenda would just be dominating our house). In August, Davy popped out 6 tiny kittens. Sadly, over the course of the next month or so, 3 passed away, but we now have 3 very hyper kittens practicing their parkour-combat moves throughout the house.

Also in August, Greeter became very sick one day. A very long story short – she had the dog equivalent of appendicitis. It was very bad, but after a couple surgeries at Blue Pearl veterinary hospital (highly recommended!), she is amazingly back to normal. We were very worried for a while, and there were times that the outcome did not look good. But she is a very willful dog and was not ready to leave us just yet, and we are thankful for that.

All this has not left much time for music, alas. I do plan on getting back to it and finishing some recordings, along with a release of some sort. Hopefully the new year will provide some opportunities to do so.

Cicada Invasion

The cicada invasion of 2011 is winding down. I’d say they’re under 100 dB now. Not the case last week. Wow – they can be insanely loud at their peak. I recorded some stereo wave files for safe keeping, and took plenty of pictures. Greeter ate quite a few.

In brewing news, I was elected as President of the Music City Brewers Nashville homebrew club for 2011. I’ve won a handful of medals at various competitions so far this year for my beers – including passing the 1st Round of the National Homebrew Competition for my Irish Red. I’m finally feeling like I can consistently make quite good beer. Of course there will always be room for improvement.

Music-wise, the new recordings always seem to come last on the list sadly. I have continued to make progress, but in tiny spurts here and there. I have started playing guitar and bass more often now – just to try and be a better player. There are a couple new tunes in the works too. But I need to get the current project done before I flesh those out.

The hot¬†Nashville¬†summer rolls on. I planted 4 varieties of hops this year and they are doing great. Some of them are 10 feet tall. I’m really enjoying tending to these and watching them grow day by day.

Thats about it for now.

New site

Welcome to my newly updated site. I went ahead and got my own domain name instead of branching off of The subjects here will still be the same: brewing, making music, etc. To that end, here’s a quick update. I brewed an APA a couple weeks ago, made with the cascade hops from Denny Conn I won at the Music City Brew Off last year. Dry-hopped also. I’ll be kegging that for this weekend. (I havent had anything hoppy on tap in too long!). I’ll also be brewing a dry stout this weekend, and re-using the yeast from the APA. And music-wise, I’ve finished 2 mixes for my upcoming solo release. I think I’ve decided on a band name also, but that’s secret for now. I decided to go with a band name instead of just me, I guess because its too much fun coming up with band names.

Vacation and Music City Brew Off

Since my first post, Kim and I went on vacation to coastal South Carolina, and we attended the Music City Brew Off in Nashville, TN. Vacation was great, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, long walks on the beach and great food. I even discovered a couple new good breweries. I’ll try to cover those in another post. This last weekend was the Brew Off. Sadly, I did not place with any of my beers, but I think the best part was judging for the first time. It was great to sit down with a particular style and really get into the nuances of it – from aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, etc. I judged Bocks in the morning and Barleywines in the afternoon. There were some exceptional beers in those flights. Its been a very busy past few weeks, but now its time to get back to some house things, and making music. I spent last night working on mixing drum and bass parts for a tune called Shallow. I need to redo the vocals on it, but its progress.