A Band of Bugs came and went, and this marks the last gallery opening at our old location. If you missed the show, check out some photos – and don’t miss the entomologist this Saturday, complete with live bugs! The new Nucleus (newcleus?) is shaping up nicely; we’ve been moving stuff all week, and there’s still a lot left to do. It’s amazing seeing it take shape… the new office space, the network, stock room, new custom store furniture, moveable gallery walls… quite a treat. I’m documenting the progress with photos, of course.

I picked up Professor Layton and the Curious Village, and I love it! If you’re a fan of brain-teasers (I was obsessed when I was younger), you won’t be able to put it down. It’s basically a ton of logic puzzle with a charming story wrapped around them, topped with great artwork, animation and music. I remember seeing it in Akihabara in Tokyo, and couldn’t wait for the English translation.

On Valentine’s day I had lunch at Dreamworks with some friends, and got to see their offices and current work. The studio is great! The concept and pre-production art on the walls are very inspiring – some of the best I’ve seen, in fact – and the upcoming films and story ideas seem awesome. Lunch was ridiculous. So much food there…

A bunch of us went to see Maceo Parker at the Roxy – man, so powerful. That band was just pure talent. I mean, they made you feel it, really feel it, because they really felt it. If there was ever a pocket around, it was on that stage, and they were in it. When he sang a Ray Charles song, I really felt as if I was witnessing something rare – his voice had so much history in it… so weathered. And his guitar player! I’ve honestly never seen technique like that before, but it wasn’t just technique – it sounded like butter. It was a great night, and I made some new friends.

Kazu got a super-cool telescope (it’s enormous) for Amy’s birthday, and I got to assemble it the night before the lunar eclipse. It was so massive and had all these attachments, I felt like a spy working late into the night. We surprised her with it in the parking lot of Vromans bookstore, and got some amazing moon views. Almost every person that walked by had to look. Telescopes bring people together!

Thanks for the cookbook, Clio! I shall start cooking at our new place…

I finally got a load-balancer (Pen) up and running in front of the mongrel clusters that run the Nucleus web site (and the backend). I had been trying for a while with no luck (some configuration issue) but I bunkered down and now it works super-well.

Some Goings On

Working on a top-secret Nucleus thingamajig: