Recognized in public by a reader of this blog!
by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/08/08 04:30 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/08/08/448932.aspx
(nothing technical here, sorry!)
I have posted about Aimee Mann's new album The Forgotten Arm; She is actually touring now on the West coast and I got to see some shows....
She appeared Saturday, July 6th at South Lake Union Park in Seattle, WA to do a show. This was going to be a landmark show since Cathy was going to go (I am not sure if she and Kevin were there, I did not see them. But I am hopeful that they were able to be there!).
Anyway, before the show I was kicking back with John Stewart (there to take pictures, he is Aimee's photographer) and Teresa (there to see the show), when a woman walks up and asks if I am "the Unicode guy"....
I tell her maybe, cautiously (I was worried about a joke punchline, I guess? Silly of me, in retrospect).
She goes on to say that she reads the blog every day, and mentions some of the things she likes, like the character 'sponsorship' of posts. I think this my first official proof of overlap between people who read this blog and people who like to see Aimee Mann perform (other than me or perhaps inspired by me), which is a very cool thing in my opinion.
Hi Elizabeth, you made my night on Saturday, thanks!
Other highlights include:
- a cool venue setup with a special 'VIP' platform for people with scooters and wheelchairs. Anybody looking for me would have a relatively easy time, and I got to see the whole show;
- a great opening act (Kathleen Edwards) who referred to me as her "Street Team connection" on the CD she signed after we had a conversation about how I ended up at so many concerts, and who also signed a poster for me the next night;
- a great moment where security almost busted someone who they thought was using a camera. It turned out he was using binoculars, and Kathleen wondered why the f*** he needed binoculars -- he was in the second row!
- a really great show that rocked the park, with an awesome encore that included part of a song not performed live in years (It's Not Safe);
- a magical night where a huge piece of the crowd all got up and crowded in front of the stage. The band loved it!
- a chat with Aimee's guitar player Julian Coryell and found out that the version of his very cool album (Rock Star) has two extra songs on it that are not present on the commercial version since it was from the original batch he had done before United Musicians got involved -- which just shows the benefits of buying the CD early and from the artist at a show!
- an awesome conversation over drinks between John, Teresa, myself, and John Sands (Aimee's drummer, who also wrote a really nice note on a CD he signed for me);
# Elizabeth Grigg on 8 Aug 2005 11:30 AM:
Hey, I was glad my brain was working and remembered you guys -
I was reading your other post and if it's a question of guts, I think you should go for the napalm. If it's a question of medical fitness it looks like you have already done your due diligence.
On a side note, can you write a post about why they put Klingon and Elvish etc into Unicode, and how this works for other alien and made-up races? At the concert, my dh asked "what's unicode" and I could offer him only - it's the replacement for ASCII, and it's expandable to all human and some non-human languages. Being a game developer, he drilled down into the nonhuman and that's where my "knowledge" fell short.
# Michael S. Kaplan on 8 Aug 2005 11:58 AM:
Actually, the questions you raise are interesting ones, I think I will cover them soon.
FWIW, the Klingon proposal was rejected; the Elvish scripts have not yet been accepted or rejected (but are still on the roadmap). I'll talk about some of these things in the post....
Like I said, you made my night. Very cool to be recognized in such a situation!
# Dean Harding on 8 Aug 2005 7:13 PM:
That's when you know you've made it to the big-time :)
You should get a t-shirt printed: "I'm the Unicode guy". Save a lot of trouble in the future...
# Michael S. Kaplan on 8 Aug 2005 7:20 PM:
The actual Unicode guy wouldn't be me though -- it might be Mark Davis -- president of Unicode Corp. snd even has a CA vanity plate that says UNICODE. :-)
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