Concerts, photographers, and OpenSolaris, oh my! Please do come inside. If not for the interesting tidbits about the BPO (which I will finish at a later hour), at least stop in for my latest techie project with some gushing on the side about some local photographers!

The weekend has been tame as per usual. Thankfully Saturday night was scheduled for another one of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts that I got in my package. The performance was a wonderful reminder of how good Aaron Copland’s works were! I wonder how many people are familiar with his works. At least besides the beef commercials that were on television during the ’90’s.

    Saturday night’s lineup was as follows:
  • Aaron Copland – El Salón México
  • Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring, Suite for Orchestra
  • Johannes Brahms – featuring Peter Serkin as guest soloist!
  • Serkin was very interesting to watch as a pianist; his energy and enthusiasm was among some of the most vibrant I have seen in a BPO performance yet.

    Earlier Saturday evening, I got interested in a little side project I’ve been considering to an even greater extent thanks to a couple locally situated photographers. Rich Mattingly of Nickel City Studios and Clark Dever were discussing pros/cons of the Drobo when there was some consideration for alternative options such as unRAID and ZFS-based network-attached storage (NAS) systems. I’ve been examining the possibility of getting a ZFS-based OpenSolaris system going for a few months now, but I’ve really lacked any significant initiative to do so. Apparently this was the kick in the ass I needed to get this going. I dug out the old PC desktop of nearly a decade in age now (yes, it’s really getting there) and surveyed what I still had to work with. Regardless, nearly 24 hours later I had a system up and running in that old box, albeit with only two drives in the zpool. I need to rearrange some stuff to try out the RAID-Z setup, but the mirrored drives worked just fine. Pegging out at ~10MB/sec in transfer rates, I need to see where my bottleneck is. I’m guessing it’s the network cabling, but we’ll have to see. In either case, I can’t complain about the speeds!

    I have reconsidered my cooking goals that I’ve been trying to sort out over the past month or two. I really want to try to stick to something, so I’m opting for a more modest proposal: one new entrée each week, and one new smaller dish be it a dessert, snack, appetizer, or whatever. I am being a little lofty in my goals this week, but it is my birthday week after all. I want to make some homemade macaroni and cheese as per some suggestion from my friend Julie as we were discussing my experimentation in trying Swiss chard from a while back. I’ve got fresh Parmesan, lots of extra sharp cheddar, and pancetta to sear and crisp to put in! I have yet to decide on the vegetables to fold in, but I’m leaning to peas and/or broccoli for the moment. As for item #2, I have high hopes of making a peanut butter cheesecake with a chocolate crust. I had the recipe around somewhere, but it seems to be neither in my delicious links nor my TasteSpotting favorites! AHHH!!!!

    Okay, getting late, so I have to wrap up. I just have to plug Mattingly and Dever from above. I’ve been following the work of Rich and Alyssa Mattingly for a while now (I think sometime last fall), and they do amazing work! I really cannot recommend them enough! Just peruse their website for a while (either their blog or even their Facebook page) and you’ll see just what I mean. Dever’s work I’ve only come to see recently (although I’ve heard about it for about as long as I’ve been following the Mattingly’s), but he garnered himself some nice national recognition when he and another undertook the project Twelve Hours in a City thanks to an air travel deal JetBlue was cutting at the time. Flickr has a bunch of cool shit (perdon mon français), but if I want to look at really awesome stuff, I’ll usually go sink an hour into Nickel City Studios’ blog and see what beautiful stuff they’ve done since I last checked!

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