Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

Six Weeks of Constant Thinking

As you know, I've moved this blog into an independent webspace and relaunched it as "Constant Thinking" about six weeks ago. Check it out, it's at constantin.glez.de. Here's a short "status report" after about 6 weeks of independent blogging:

One of my goals for my new blog is to achieve 500 RSS subscribers by summer (Yes, you're invited, too :)). You see, as a blogger, my lifebread is the number of people who regularly read my blog. That's how we bloggers feel rewarded for what we do: Every single RSS subscriber, every comment, every piece of feedback is like a pat on our shoulder, a drop of endorphine in our blood, a carrot... Well, you get the picture. Little things please little minds :).

In this case, my old blog has about 550 subscribers and I want you all to show up on my new blog as well. No, I won't just redirect the feed, that would feel like cheating and I'd never know if I deserved all those subscribers for my new blog or not (after all, you might just follow this blog just because it's a Sun blog, not because of is content).

So first of all, a big "Thank You!" to the more than 160 people who chose to follow my new blog's RSS feed. This is greatly appreciated!

To the other 390 or so, here's what you've probably been missing:

I hope you'll find these articles interesting and useful. Feel free to get more Technology Thoughts and add "Constant Thinking" to your RSS reader. I'm looking forward to your comments and feedback!

Friday Mar 30, 2007

Xing is Crossing

When creating our CSI:Munich ZFS Video, it became clear to us that music was going to play an important part. The unpacking Thumper scene and the building of the USB-Stick-Cluster scenes clearly demanded some fast paced techno music and the whole command-line session would have become quite boring without some light background music. All of this was quite easily done thanks to Garageband and as a result of this experience I ended up upgrading to Logic Express and an M-Audio Axiom 49 USB Keyboard Controller so I can try doing some real music for future projects.

But the title music had to be real. We needed a good, hand-made, progressive rock track that transports the spirit of ZFS. So I asked our colleague Tom Henzen who happens to be a drummer for a band called Xing. Xing is a new progressive rock band based in Munich that recently played together with  the good old-school rockers from Nazareth.

We listened to a couple of tracks from their latest CD "Independence", which is a great album. There were a number of candidates that really stood out becuase of their great sound and spirit, so we had quite a difficult choice. In the end, we went for their song "Don't want to live without you". What better way to describe ZFS in just 7 words!

Again, many thanks to Tom and Xing, you did an awesome album!

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