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Hi, I'm Dave Hyndman. I am a senior IT consultant providing CIO-level advice to small & medium businesses, non-profits and government departments and agencies.​

Wilco on Austin City Limits

Here's a great video of Wilco performing Impossible Germany on Austin City Limits. The song is from Sky Blue Sky, Wilco's most recent album and one of my faves. One of the highlights of the album is the addition of free-jazz guitarist Nels Cline to the lineup. The video is a great example of what he adds to the band.

Apparently this show aired on PBS a few nights ago. However, due to the frustration that is PBS, its affiliates and how they carry and schedule shows, it doesn't appear to be offered by our affiliate, WGBH in Boston. I guess I'll have to track it down on BitTorrent instead.

Thanks to Aquarium Drunkard for the video.


Alex, Abby & Jonathan bringing in the harvest after a day of apple picking up in Montague.

Meet George

George is the newest member of our family. He’s a six month old “Goldendoodle” (a Golden Retriever / Poodle mix).

We met him on Saturday, October 20, and took him home the next day.

A few more pictures here.


Alex and Jonathan at Brackley Beach.

Tom Petty rock-doc, Running Down the Dream

Tom Petty resides high in my personal rock canon. Damn the Torpedoes and Hard Promises were formative, seminal albums for me; albums I've listened to hundreds of times. So I was very excited to learn this morning, via a post by John Gruber, that he's releasing a rock-doc this month called Running Down the Dream. The DVD will be released on October 16. I've pre-ordered mine.

Here's the trailer:

And here's a great video about The Waiting (I love Tom playing the guitar intro over and over):

Time for a switch

Just ordered myself one of the new 15" MacBook Pros that were announced this morning. Santa Rosa chipset, LED backlit display and all sorts of other geek candy. 15″ MacBook Pro

I'm really looking forward to switching my main work over to Mac. Windows has been driving me crazier than usual and Vista is making the problem worse, not better. I wish it was a full switch, but we still have the workhorse PC at home that manages all of our photos and music. One of these days that thing will get replaced with an iMac or Mac Pro. I'll also have to maintain a Windows environment for work. I'm hoping I can accomplish this in Parallels or Boot Camp.

Seems I'm in good company.

But it shall be an awesome mini-van that will haunt your dreams.

This made the rounds a while back and was sent to me by my cousin, Rob. The Best Band Email EVER.

Valley Lodge/Thurs., January 18/10:30pm/Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston St. at the corner of Avenue A)

Attention People Of New York City:

Hi. How are you? Super, I hope. Anyway, I was just writing to totally remind you about how my incredible rock band Valley Lodge will be rocking like a four-headed motherf&%ker TOMORROW night (Thurs., Jan. 18, dammit) at the Mercury Lounge (right over there on Houston Street, near all the shops) at the rock-sanctioned time of 10:30pm. We shall arrive on horseback, brandishing torches and drinking the blood of priests as the screams of the undead echo in the distance. Actually, now that I think about it, we will probably just rent a mini-van or something. But it shall be an awesome mini-van that will haunt your dreams. Anyway, I really hope you can make it. It is good to rock and one day we will all be dead and we will not be able to rock as much anymore. And then I shall see you in Hades and you will be all like I wish I had done more rocking in life and then I will be all like Well, I totally sent you that e-mail. Then I will ride off on the horse with the blood and the torch and stuff. It is easier to get that stuff in Hades. In fact, you kind of look like an a-hole if you do not have that stuff in Hades. Anyway, we can talk more about all this tomorrow at the rock show.

Godspeed, Dave Hill www.valleylodgemusic.com www.myspace.com/valleylodge www.davehillonline.com

Damn Rob's fast

How does he do it? I met my cousin Rob last Thursday for one of our attempting-to-be-regular breakfast get-togethers and recommend to him a book I'm reading: Tim Ferriss' The 4-Hour Workweek. Only four days later, there is an article in the Globe and Mail titled, The $2,000 executive assistant. It's an article about outsourcing admin work, as espoused in the Ferriss book. And Rob is cited as an example, including a big picture of Rob sitting at his desk (in the act of outsourcing some work?).

"It's a great way to delegate to other people parts of your job that you really don't enjoy doing," says Rob Hyndman, a one-man Toronto law firm. "I can simply parcel out individual tasks to individual providers. It makes me faster. It makes me more nimble."

Last year, Mr. Hyndman paid nearly $2,000 for a "virtual administrative assistant" to schedule his meetings, organize his contacts and do all the other office work that once kept him behind his desk until late. As the personal offshoring business evolves, he's finding more and more tasks he can farm out to India.

Great Music ... 4 Months into 2007

Four months into 2007, I have a list of music in heavy rotation that I'm enjoying as much as any batch of music in a long time: Arcade Fire - Neon BibleArcade Fire - Neon Bible

Bright Eyes - CassadagaBright Eyes - Cassadaga

Dinosaur Jr - BeyondDinosaur Jr - Beyond

Kings of Leon - Because of the TimesKings of Leon - Because of the Times

Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even SankModest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

The National - AlligatorThe National - Alligator

The Shins - Wincing the Night AwayThe Shins - Wincing the Night Away

Wilco - Sky Blue SkyWilco - Sky Blue Sky

Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall 1971Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall 1971

All of the links above are to Amazon.com (US). Unfortunately, of these albums only the Dinosaur Jr and The National are available from eMusic, my preferred source for music.

Happy listening.

Quote of the Day

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs