I am now working part-time for Ampslam.com

I suppose it is a testament to how busy I have been that I am just now posting this. I actually started working in July.

Ampslam.com is dedicated to independent music. If you have any question, comments, or suggestions about the site, please contact me at info@ampslam.com, in the comments here, or basically anywhere where you can find me!

Santa Claus, er, David Rovics is coming to town.

As many people no doubt did, I got an email from David Rovics about his fall tour. I asked him if the information was online somewhere and he said no. For the time being, I am correcting that problem:

Hi folks in New Hampshire,

OK so I realize the kids aren’t even getting out of school yet and summer
hasn’t technically begun yet, but I’m already making plans for September,
because that’s the way these things work…

I’m planning on being all the way up and down the east coast in the fall to
meet and greet politicians at both the Republican and Democratic National
Conventions in Florida and North Carolina, to do various shows in the
southeastern and northeastern US — hopefully including New Hampshire!

And the whole way this shoestring operation of mine works in a nutshell is
I make plans to go somewhere and then I blindly hope that some people in
their right minds will decide that one thing they want to do with their
life now is organize a gig for David Rovics when he next comes to town…
So if one of those people might be you, I look forward to hearing from you!

Hope to see you on the road and in the streets in this year of 2012!

David
http://www.davidrovics.com
(503) 863-1177

Also, David is right, it is time to schedule for September. If you are in a Creative Commons band and you would like to speak with Tom and I on our show, Music Manumit, let me know!

Baltimore (and debt), here I come.

The plan[1] is that I will be in Baltimore this summer (3 months) and need a summer job. As many of you know, am currently in school, but already have a master’s in information science. That said, being in Baltimore is more important to me at current than having a job for which I’m qualified. I was initially planning on working at a YMCA or something like that. I realize this is probably early for summer jobs, but the post is unlikely to go anywhere so perhaps people will find it closer to time. I can always give a reprise/update on the situation.Aside from the job thing, I’d be interested in getting to know the GNU/Linux community in the Baltimore if anyone stumbles across this.

As to the job situation, I was not that concerned about it until an auto-shop said I needed $810 work done on my car[2]. That spurred me to do some number crunching and I realize now that if I don’t work at all during school that I will end up ~$75000 in debt. This is projecting housing costs and (obviously) some other stuff over the next 2.5 years but at the very least it seems I’ll be $60,000 in debt. This not a number with which I am comfortable. After graduation I do not want to be a slave to some corporation doing things in which I don’t believe. My savings from my former Wisconsin job does not go nearly as far as it needs to in New England.

I have no idea what the job market is like in Maryland, but I’d like something that is more than $10/hour and around 20 hours a week. The hours are flexible. I’m working on an independent project for the summer, so I don’t want something full time, but for the right price/opportunity I would definitely consider it.

Obviously, I’m willing to send a resume but just to give some idea of the breadth of jobs I would consider:
I have experience in film, music, organization development, event planning, podcasting, biology (my undergrad degree), sports (was paid to coach), healthcare, Windows, Mac (though not recently) and GNU/Linux.
Additionally, I’m trying to shed a Teeter Hangup and some other stuff which can be found on flickr. For anyone that stumbles across this that is in Concord, let me know if you know of cheap housing options.
[1] I’m still considering whether I’d like to “work” as an intern for EFF, Creative Commons, SFLC, IBM, Google or Red Hat. It’s unlikely any of those will have me in Baltimore. That’s a decision I will have to weigh if an opportunity arises.
[2] I am going to get a 2nd opinion since I am not having any problems with the car and took it in just to get a flat tire repaired.

 

EDIT: I was substantially (factor of 2) off on my calculation for tuition, meaning the number is probably in the $50,000-$60,000 range, which is still not a number with which I’m comfortable. However, that keeps me in the Stafford loans rather than other loans, so I’m no longer freaking out about it, but I would still like a job. Something to keep my tech skills up or something where I am getting exercise would be ideal.

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Make sure you vote for Madison’s own Lorenzo’s Music in the Pop category as well as in the Rock category.
Other suggestions are:

 

Professor Kliq – Electro

David Rovics – World

Pete Prodoehl – Experimental and Instrumental

Emcee Lynx – Urban

 

Obviously you can check out the Music Manumit Podcast for other artists I’d suggest.

Who should we interview for the Music Manumit Podcast?

We put out the call to all of our interviewees for people they think we should interview, but often we don’t get very many suggestions.  What about you, my loyal blog readers, who do you think we should interview.  You can post here, hit me up on Status.Net or leave us some voice feedback at  646-495-9205 x 36355.

Also, I apologize about missing September, but if you want to know about what’s going on in my life, you should probably just listen to the podcast.

Open Source Playground is Alive! (and other news and notes)

Ha! I started this draft on March 28th and never typed a word.  No reason to speculate why, but here I am, nearly a month later fixing that. 🙂

We’ve got a StatusNet install, an OpenAtrium install, a Drupal install, a trac install and a news install up at what we are calling OSP for short.

We’ve contemplated updating the plan I have with DreamHost, but until AdBard revenue is higher, I can’t justify it considering I’m still looking for a roommate for my move and we’ll be paying $1100 a month for a couple months if I don’t find someone.  Ad revenue the first month was $0.20, but considering we got that going at the end of the month and it was only on one of our sites, I was ok with that.

Tom Ray of Lorenzo’s Music and I are starting a podcast called “Music Manumit”.  I’m dubbing Sunday’s episode “Episode -1” because it’s a test.  I’m going to see if Tom will let us release it though.

I’m finishing up my web dev class with P2PU this Sunday.  I haven’t done as much work on the class as I’d like, but on the upside that’s because I’ve started dating again.  It had been almost a year since I went on a date.  There were a lot of reasons for this, chief among them being the statistics course I took last semester.

So, I missed a potentially great talk on Linux because of user issues today.  It also reminded me that I need to fix the sound issue in my VM. I really hate VMs, but I have to use one until Evolution works with Exchange 2007.

Help me help you.

Several things are coming up and I need to know how best to help you and the Madison community.
October 20th is the next MadLUG meeting.  We don’t yet have a topic.  We could do something on Python or have a bit of a state of the union and really figure out what we want to do with the LUG.  LUG attendance has really been pathetic.  Should we move to Saturday meetings like they have in Milwaukee?

November 1st is the next Open Everything event.  We do not have very many people signed up.  We want to have this event in Pewaukee at a fabulous location, but if people don’t sign up, it’s not going to happen.

November 13th-ish we are going to have Open Music Madison.  We don’t have a firm date, because our 1st choice of venues fell through.  It looks like we may have to charge $5 a head.  I don’t like it, but doing something is better than waiting to have the perfect event I say.

If you have ever been to an OE Madison or to a MadLUG meeting, please leave your thoughts or e-mail me directly at douglasawhREMOVEFORREALZ@gmail.com