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Dustin Boston is a developer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lives in Pasadena, CA. Read more

October 19, 2018

Mourners @ The Hi Hat

Mourners is Jarrod Gorbel’s latest gig and it’s fucking fantastic. 90’s era Weezer-esqe pop-punk with a modern vibe. Gorbel and company are the picture of how to start something: four tracks on Spotify, solid social media (their Insta is beautiful with uniform black and white photos), a Bandcamp page, and a nice lineup of opening gigs with a professionalism that belies the $10 ticket price. If you didn’t know their history, you’d think, Who the hell are these guys?! They sound like they’ve been doing it for years!

I love a good three-piece: It forces each member of the band to be absolutely great at what they are doing, and these guys fit that bill perfectly; it also puts each member in charge of a larger sonic domain—if you want a guitar solo, you’ll probably have to stop playing rhythm for a sec, and somebody else is going to have to patch up that emptiness a bit, or not. These guys have it down.

Loving their sound and energy. Can’t wait to see more.

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October 14, 2018

Read “The Three-Body Problem” by Cixin Liu

I went into this book expecting the standard dystopian future stuff, or maybe a tale of evolutionary weirdness, but it was so much more. This book is legit science fiction mainly concerned with astrophysics but also the search for aliens, and the state of humanity. It’s about a galaxy with three suns and the gravitational chaos that it wrecks on a planet within. I can’t say that it is my genre, but definitely got me thinking.

★★★★☆

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October 13, 2018

Stabbing Westward @ The Regent Theater

Stabbing Westward killed it. Christopher Hall’s vocals were insane—some leads lose it as they age, that was certainly not the case here. He hit every high note, and screamed every line perfectly. I might even say better than the album for which they were touring.

Darkest Days was released 20 years ago. While that fact is instantly recognizable, it still holds up. The band made light of its age, cracking jokes about how goth they were and just being generally un-serious despite the content of their songs. They played the whole album from top to bottom, took a quick break, played a few songs from 1994, and finished with Save Yourself. It’s definitely worth getting out to see them at least once.

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October 10, 2018

Link

How to view a file in a different Git branch without changing branches:

git show branch:file

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Note

Material Design is frustrating for the following reasons:

  1. It does not have clear guidelines or examples for web usage
  2. All implementations not listed on the site are incomplete1

  1. Specifically the Google backed Polymer and Angular Material libraries [return]

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September 25, 2018

Note

You don’t really need a big desktop environment like KDE or GNOME. For a super minimalistic setup, you can just install xorg, xinit, and openbox.

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September 24, 2018

Note

It’s been a while since I had to configure my system to connect to a Git provider via SSH, so I needed a little bit of a reminder. Once the key has been generated it needs to be added to the ssh-agent:

eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa

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September 23, 2018

Read “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad is a brutal and illuminating tale of the Underground Railroad reinvisioned as an actual underground railroad. It follows Cora as she escapes from the plantation where she has been enslaved, through her journey to freedom. Whitehead is exceptional in his account of the foundations of bigotry and hatred in America and masterfully conveys the horrors of its genesis from colonization into slavery. As Cora was enlightened by the books she read, I too felt the power of books in this wonderful story.

★★★★☆

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September 22, 2018

The Spill Canvas @ The Hi Hat

This was the second time I have seen The Spill Canvas. They were just as exuberant and polished as the last time. Nick Thomas (the lead singer) was forthcoming about mental health struggles, the death of his mom, and love of his wife (who was present offstage), which made the show unique in its vulnerability. It’s hard to discuss topics like that in public openly without making everything a downer, but he managed it well. Nick’s charisma and amazing voice made the more than two hours of hits fly by.

The venue itself is a really nice spot. It is large and open with food available, and beer and wine. We grabbed a giant can of Golden Road Wolf Pup and sat in the corner on some stury leather couches for the duration of the show. We had a perfect view of the stage and the sound quality was decent.

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Millard Canyon Falls

One of my favorite parts about Millard Canyon Falls is the drive to get there, with the road curving up the San Gabriel Mountains, then making a hard left to bend and slope back down into the canyon where it ends at a plentiful parking lot and the Chaney Trailhead. The hike up is short and easy. Both of the boys had no trouble going up and back down with plenty of energy to spare. The trail is fun and shady, heading through a small campground (with bathrooms), scaling a wall, skipping over a stream several times, dodging overhead trees, and ascending natural staircases. The waterfall itself, while meager, is pretty, and fellow hikers were kind and chatty. This is the second time I’ve been on this hike, and it has now become a family favorite.

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