Living the Dream (Red Rocks version)

My folks spent most of their working years toiling away in the music business. As far as concerts go they’ve done it all. So when I asked my mom what her favorite concert of all time was and without hesitation she replied, “Neil Diamond at Red Rocks” it immediately added the mythical venue to my bucket list.

Today, after 20 years of want, I can scratch this off;  Michele and I saw Sturgill Simpson play at Red Rocks! It was positively amazing. I had read so much about how incredible and pristine the sound is but to actually hear it is another thing all together.

The wait was worth it and the hype is real.

Admittedly, I was pretty disappointed to find that Sturgill isn’t touring with the horns or strings that were so prevalent on Sailors Guide to Earth (not to mention, one of my favorite things about the album). But good gawd they rocked out every song with just a 4 piece band. Clearly, it’s a new direction, but a direction that I can get behind.

Wha-hooooooooo-heeeeew!

For a portion of the concert, it was just Sturgill and a guitar. Between the music, Michele, and the stars it was blissfully ethereal when he sang Just Let Go and Breakers Roar.

Woke up today and decided to kill my ego

It ain’t ever done me no good no how

. . .

Oh my God it’s so beautiful

Everything is a part of me

It’s so hard looking through all the lies made of wool

But if you close your eyes it becomes so easy to see

 

 

It’s so easy to drown in the dream

Oh, and everything is not what it seems

This life is but a dream

Shatter illusions that hold your spirit down

Open up your heart and you’ll find love all around

Collective intelligence vs. Superstar Developer

Lunar Logic has an excellent post about why it’s not always about the developer skill set but more-so how well the developer integrates into the team.

From my experience, cowboy coders and catfish programmers can be remarkably effective but there’s nothing more powerful than a solid team working together towards a common goal.

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” -Kenneth H. Blanchard

It’s all about the team, yo.

Github and Facebook launch the Atom IDE

For a few months Danny had me determined to work with and love Atom.io. It never happened.

Atom certainly is snazzy enough, and neon syntax plugin was fun (but ultimately became like Cathode vintage terminal and the retro fun faded after awhile). Cool enough, but not enough to make me switch.

A personal requirement for me with any editor is the ability to use multiple cursors. Atom came to a crawl (if not crashed) any time I had a large number of multi-cursors active.

The Atom IDE seems like a cool idea (and I applaud GitHub and Facebook for creating and open sourcing it), but I just don’t see how this could dethrone my current favorite IDE: IntelliJ or my current favorite editor: VS Code.

Official Atom IDE Launch Announcement