It’s not snowing in August, at least not here in Los Angeles. Quite the opposite, in case you hadn’t heard the news it’s been a little warm and a large unexpected fire cropped up. Imagine that. I took a photo of it while out to lunch the other day with my friend Robert.
Pretty darn big plume of smoke. That was about 3 in the afternoon. By 8 p.m. that night the fire had started to come over that ridge and down towards Burbank. Yikes…
My snow line came from the fact that Apple released an update for their operating system called Snow Leopard. It’s supposed to be a way to reclaim some drive space and increase speed. I had a little down time in the studio over the weekend so I took the plunge and installed it on my machine there. For the most part it was an easy update. But I did have an issue with the audio driver for my audio setup. Fortunately someone else in the world had figured out the issue with that audio driver and posted the fix online. Once I did it, it worked well.
My initial response is that it’s a bit snappier. I’ve already found that Logic runs better and more efficiently. Unfortunately Apple hasn’t allowed my Mac Pro to be one of the ones that can run in 64bit mode. Rather uncool seeing as how it’s a very capable machine. I’ll have to bug them for an EFI update to make it work.
As a result we’ve had a scent of fire, smoke, and ash in the air around here. It’s also hazy at times. With that in mind, I’m going to tie that to a song by Rage Against the Machine. Their album- The Battle of Los Angeles is roughly 10 years old by now. It’s still got a fire in it (no pun intended) that feels relevant today.
There’s a sense of urgency not only in the vocals, but also in the drums and the guitars. The band blends a mosh pit of sounds that are raw and in your face. With a little bit of polish that helps it go down easier, but with enough angst that you can pump your fist to it as well.
While I’m sure that the lyrics are referring to fire as a gang shooting, it still makes sense in that people near the current fires are being asked to leave their homes. Thus they’re literally sleeping near a fire that may wake them at any moment and cause them to leave. I can’t imagine how unfun that would be.