Author Archives: Gandalfe

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant jazz saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.

When Microsoft Lays You Off ~ Tips from Someone who has been There.

For those of you who live in a cave, let me catch you up. Microsoft gave 12,500 employees walking papers last week. Note, Microsoft conducts these Reduction In Force (RIF) exercises every 3 to 5 years. This current RIF is … Continue reading

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Microsoft Live Spaces Saga Continues

This blog started on a platform called Microsoft Live Spaces. Wikipedia sez, “Windows Live Spaces was Microsoft’s blogging and social networking platform. The site was originally released in early 2004 as MSN Spaces to compete with other social networking sites, … Continue reading

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Professor Gadget Sax Quartet, take 2014

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” ~ … Continue reading

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A Cold Summer for the Emerald City in 2014

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo I’m sitting here finishing some projects and looking out the window here near the Emerald City aka Seattle. Mid to high 50s most … Continue reading

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My Dawg and Me …

I’m here watching TV and Amelia is, of course, sitting right next to me. She is an Australian Red heeler and German Shepard mix. Her smile is omnipresent and her love is unfailing. Words fail me, so here are some … Continue reading

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Google X Built A Fully Self-Driving Car From Scratch, Sans Steering Wheel And Pedals

Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Google’s experimental Google X division has been working on self-driving cars for a while, but it’s created the prototype for a brand new version that looks nothing like the retrofitted version. “We took a look from…

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Memorial Day Gigs ~ 2014

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America. ~ Bill Clinton This 20-year veteran retiree is thinking about the things he saw in the military. Some was amazing, some was tragic, and … Continue reading

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Analysis of my Zip Code ~ Stats 2014

I thought I’d research my corner of this blue marble and save the findings here. Bothell is a city located in King and Snohomish Counties in the state of Washington. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. The population … Continue reading

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“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Smartphone Apps to Improve Low Brass Teaching and Performance

Originally posted on The Reforming Trombonist:
The development of smartphones and other hand-held computing devices has brought rapid changes to the ways in which we live, work, and play. Not all of these changes are positive; I doubt I’m alone…

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