Rockin The Net With No Warm Water

We’re in the new place now. We moved all weekend into our house that has no hot water, barely any light, three rooms filled with more stuff than we have room for, a phone that doesn’t work, paper "blinds," dry wall dust everywhere and did I mention all the stuff we have no room for? On the brighter side, we don’t have three residences anymore, we have a bedroom set up as our oasis, no TV, painted walls and wireless internet connectivity.

Here’s the quick recap of our weekend… Slept in until 7am, packed for a while, waited for the movers who were 4 hours late, didn’t have enough boxes or tape, took 4 hours to move, lost Patrick for a while, went on a bike ride with a flat tire to find him, yelled his name like a crazy person, started panicking, looked all over for him some more, rode to the beach asking if anyone had seen a brown dog off-leash, found him in a parking garage, took him home, dropped the load off at the house, went to Audrey’s, got another full truck, 15 hours later…dropped it off at the house and said they would be there the next morning at 8am. Woke up at 7am the next morning (at the new house), drove to my apartment to meet them there, waited for another 2.5 hours, loaded up the rest of the stuff, the cleaning lady showed up right on time, couldn’t speak much English at all, but was so sweet, I nearly forgot, left her there to go help at Audrey’s because they had to pick up more stuff there that they couldn’t get with the first trip, picked up Celina and took her to Audrey’s to clean, went to get food, stopped by Home Depot to get some spackle for the holes in the wall at my old apartment to insure that I get every penny of my security deposit, dropped Audrey off at the house, patched up the holes, got home, unloaded the car, tried to light the pilot light on the water heater but the gas was off, woke Audrey, upset Audrey, got Starbucks with Audrey, went back to Audrey’s old apartment, picked up her iMac and the cleaning supplies, ate some dinner, came home, had a cold shower, set up a desk for Audrey, checked email, wrote this and…

From Record Store Employee To VP

There was quite a bit of press surrounding the announcement of Network LIVE. One of the more enjoyable pieces was from PaidContent.org.

As we reported first last
night, the new AOL-AEG-XM venture is being announced today at a press
conference by AOL Chairman & CEO Jon Miller…the venture is called
"Network Live". Besides Kevin Wall, Andrew Thau, the former president
and CEO of VOY, the Latino-focused media company, is the COO of the
venture. Mike Bonifer, former creative head at iXL, is the VP of
Creative at Network Live. Brad Barrish, who previously worked at
Wherehouse Music, is the VP of content development.

They were reporting before the announcement was made and didn’t do much in the way of fact checking. First of all, I’m not a VP, though content development is in my title. Second, they make it sound as though I worked in a Wherehouse Music store before joining up with Network LIVE, which reads kinda funny. That’s quite a promotion. I did work for Wherehouse Entertainment (who owned Wherehouse Music stores) once upon a time, so they weren’t way off.

Home Improvement: Week 1 Summary

Audrey and I bought our first house in Venice, CA. We bought it with the intention to fix it up and sell it in a couple of years. We have until the end of the month to at least finish the walls, flooring and painting. It’s an odd-shaped house that has been added onto a couple of times. Our main goals with the first phase of renovation are to completely redo the kitchen to open it up, replace the windows, put in bamboo flooring and paint the inside.

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Live 8 Coverage: 1 Day To Go

Our resident technical advisor, Christopher Levy is in Philadelphia for the Live 8 show. He snapped some pics of the backstage area as well as the front of the stage and recorded a bit of footage while he was surveying the grounds.

He was also kind enough to give me a moment of his time for a quick interview.

B: Hey Christopher. I just realized I have no idea what you’re doing in Philadelphia. Explain.

C: I am a Technical Advisor to Kevin Wall’s (Executive Producer and our CEO) Philly team working with John Rubey (CEO of AEG-Live) to provide coordination support to the Broadcast Services Team. We are overseeing all broadcast and transmission of the World Feed and all Global Feeds.

B: So you’re doing a lot of sitting around.

C: Yes, I am telecommuting to the Live 8 site.

B: What has the atmosphere been like around there?

C: Hot, Hectic and Humongous. This is a gargantuan effort unseen in the history of music. The city is literally come to a halt.

B: How many people would you say are involved?

C: We have over 2000 people on site to make this show a reality. Verizon had to install a Company Office in the middle of a field to support all of our voice, data and video needs. Everyone from union workers to erect the stage to Verizon, XM, All Mobile Video, Show Power, Volvo, AOL, MTV, etc.

B: What about the technical stuff like equipment, bandwidth and stuff like that?

C: Without disclosing anything proprietary we have setup a platform that uses three different satellites, 16 fiber video feeds, and over 300 phone lines to operate the broadcast. It will be live on AOL.com and we expect to hit 20+ Gbps of sustained peak bandwidth.

B: Wow. That’s a lot of internets!

C: Internets… yeah… umm, right… I have to work now.