Archive for September, 2010

Sendmail / IMAP email server setup

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Until recently, On Ensemble’s email server lived in my apartment.  By using all Free Software, we have been able to host the website and email for the group on recycled computers, for only the cost of my internet connection.  The software is top-notch… the only limitation is knowing how to set up and administer everything.  I often need some guidance and help understanding the software.

This is where the gnu/linux community comes in, and my friends in the Los Angeles Linux Users Group.  We meet in an IRC chatroom called #lalugs, helping each other out.  You too can hang out here and ask questions: download Xchat or Colloquy, join the server, and join the #lalugs channel.  My nickname there is “xuxa”.

My most recent challenge was to move On Ensemble’s email server services to the new server.  For this, mail master Stu Sheldon helped me out at the SCLUG meeting.


The following step-by-step assumes you have a base installation of debian that is up-to-date (apt-get update, apt-get upgrade). If you need help getting to this stage, please contact me.


Kisen and Hanami Odori Wrap-Up

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The main portion of my performance at the National Theater was a piece called Kisen. Here is a bit of background about the piece with photos and audio recordings from the performance!


Japan, Last Day

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Relaxing day of packing, jogging, talking. Final dinner in Japan: Tofu Ya Ukai with Yuika and family. Conclusion from trip: We have amazing friends and family in Japan!
荷造り、ジョギング、おしゃべり、のんびりと過ごした一日。日本での最後の夕食、由伊香(姉)の家族と一緒に、『とうふ屋 うかい』にて。今回の旅行でつくづく感じたこと、僕たちには日本にこんなに素晴らしい友達と家族がいる!

Thank you to Yuta and Taro-chan for our time in Hachijo.
Thank you to Yuika and family for hosting us in Tokyo.
Thank you to Hiro’s parents and brother, the Three Sisters, Kazuyuki, Hideyaki, Yuuko-chan and Ikki, for all the food and fun in Kumamoto.
Thank you to Yoshi for dinner at Sasa No Yuki.
Thank you to Tosha Sensei for bon-taiko and nidan-uchi lessons.
Thank you to Michiko and Osamu for the home-made meals.
Thank you to Saki-chan for the delicious lunch and Rakugo laughs.
Thank you to Yukie Sensei and Kineya guild members for the great music and shamisen inspiration.

Japan, Day 19

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Met with Sensei for last time this trip. High-class soba restaurant followed by swanky Japanese dessert in Ginza. Then dashed to see live sumo tournament. Two-person box seats were awesome… thanks to Hiro’s diligent research. Finally, a feast at Michiko and Osamu’s with interesting conversation. This post-performance free time can be habit forming!

Yamasong Screening in Los Angeles

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Yamasong our short film collaboration with director Sam Koji Hale will be screening this Saturday at the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry’s “Evening of Puppet Film Shorts”.

Saturday Sept. 25th, 7 pm
Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater
1345 West 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Suggested Donation: $5 Members, $10 Non-Members, Parking $3.

Japan, Day 17

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The gaijin has left the building.

Today was awesome! An exhausting kind of awesome. A full 10 hours of shamisen, singing, changing kimono, and bowing to famous nagauta musicians. I survived Kisen! Performed sitting next to Iemoto Kineya Katsukuni, head of our school. (Eighth in the current line, replacing Katsusaburo VII, who died in April.) Was able to play out a bit. Well… as much as one plays out in Kabuki music. Felt great!

The perfect end to 15 months of preparation. Looking forward to 2014 – the next Kineya guild National Theatre performance. And shorter term, a night of stress-free sleep!

Hakodate crew, post performance

Japan, Day 16

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Seiza hurts. Rehearsal at the National Theater with the full 400+ cast for Hanami Odori. Made mistakes in Kisen run-through but Sensei says that bodes well for tomorrow’s show. What’s the Japanese equivalent of crossing one’s fingers?

11th row, 9th from stage right, hiding behind Fujii-san

Japan, Day 15

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Hakodate musicians arrived today for rehearsal and Kisen felt great! Am much more confident than four years ago. Spent the evening on yakata bune, the low-hung traditional party boats on Sumidagawa river. An amazing group of dancers, singers, shamisen players, and famous-person impersonators! Stomach is sore from laughing too much, eating too much, or both.

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