daily life

We Are In the Top Million

I want to set the record straight. I had a very vague idea about finding something to write about leading up my engineering contract expiring with Topps in January 2018. On the 6th day, there was domain registration.

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In 3 months, we cracked the top million list of websites for US traffic.

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It's a thing.

My first acceptance

So if you have been following me at all recently, my new music blog is taking all of my spare time right now. It's a labor of love, and things are just perfect right now. For the first time in my life I feel like I am making a very real, if small for now, difference in the lives of other musicians. And that makes me feel good. It's really nice to think that I might help someone connect with a song they wouldn't have heard otherwise, and help an artist connect with a fan they might not have found in some other way.

I started out just wanting to do playlists on Spotify, but I quickly realized that I really like writing about the songs I get. it occurred to me yesterday that as a poet, a decidedly non-academic one at that, it makes a lot of sense that I enjoy writing song reviews. The way I write them, it feels a bit like poetry, because music description is fraught with opportunity for metaphor. It just feels natural for me.

So I would like to announce that after 28 days of being a blogger for SubmitHub, I have been accepted into their "Really Good Bloggers" program (#RGB), which just means I get a star next to my name, I get to feel cool about it, and I make slightly more money.

Perhaps the first recognition I have ever had as a writer. They just put lil star next to your name.

And I get to do things like this: write a review that gets top listing, and help my artist climb the chart a bit. It's not much, but it's something.

Top 3 listing of 8 blogs.

Top 3 listing of 8 blogs.

If you are on the charts when your piece posts, I will vote for you.

If you are on the charts when your piece posts, I will vote for you.

And the best part is the thanks I get for the blogs I do. I feel more appreciated right now than I ever thought possible.

Thank you.

some good news lately

It's a messy business promoting music, but sometimes things start lining up a bit in your favor. This last week has brought me a lot of good news.

but that's not all. American Tracks Music Awards does seem to offer some good opportunities for exposure, but we also have 2 nominations in the older and more legit International Songwriting Competition (ISC).

And there are quite a few more submissions moving through the process with other organizations. Different songs seem to resonate with different folks, which is fine by me. So far:

  1. American Tracks Music Awards - December 2017 - Best Independent Artist (selection: Go My Way)
  2. American Tracks Music Awards - December 2017 - Best American Song (selection: Someday)
  3. International Songwriting Competition - 2017 Unpublished (selection: Follow the Light)
  4. International Songwriting Competition - 2017 Unsigned (selection: Seeing Stars)

This should turn out to be a great year for the music in and of my life. Thank you.

running armory on Mac

So I have been party to a sort of bitcoin saga for months now. I had a miner running for a few months in the summer of 2014, and I ended up with about 1.3 bitcoins. At the time it felt like a bad deal, to make barely one coin over three months, so I just forgot about it. Enter this whole crazy crypto run-up at the end of this year and I started to wonder if that wallet was still doing all right. As it turns out, it's doing fine. It's getting money OUT of the wallet that is proving difficult.

You see, the blockchain is now around 160GB and growing. Armory then runs an index database along side, so I'm not sure if a 256GB SSD is enough to comfortably host a BTC wallet now. Plus you need at least 8GB of RAM and a decent processor; and of course a good internet connection. I had a little Dell Inspiron that I thought would do the trick, but man it was slow. 2 weeks to get the blockchain downloaded. Another few days to run the Armory indexes. And then, because Windows, the McAfee sales popup crashes the app and corrupts the index. Reinstall the OS. Repeat.

Anyway, it sort of became my white whale, until I realized that the hardware was just not good enough.

Now, I have this workhorse laptop that I had situated for running SQL and importing our massive database, it has tons of RAM and and large SSD and it is perfect for finally pulling up this wallet and getting those BTC out of there. I want all of my bitcoin to be ready to sell if the price gets too much higher.

So the blockchain downloaded over night; took barely 12 hours. Armory was difficult however. Here's what you do.

  1. Get version 0.95.1
  2. you will need to have HomeBrew installed.
  3. run xcode-select --install if you haven't done that already

  4. make sure your ssl is up to date: brew upgrade openssl

  5. make this edit to ArmoryUtils.py:
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and that is all you need to get Armory running.