Archive for May 16th, 2007

Guitar recital and automated eyes

J2 invited a bunch of us from work to his first guitar recital tonight. It was in the Historic Adobe Building in Mountain View. Cute little venue. The guitar recitals were given by people of all ages and skill level. I was quite impressed with how well J2 did considering this is his first. He played three pieces by John Anton Logy.

I recognized a number of pieces, but the one that really struck me was In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg. It bothered me because I couldn’t come up with the name of the video game that it was in. J2 had a reception at his place after, and considering the number of geeks there, I was surprised that no one could remember. I knew it was an Atari game, and other people remember hearing it in movies, but no one could remember where exactly. I remember it being a game that was underground with a king at the end. I just looked it up, and boy do I feel dumb. Mountain King. You’d think I could have guessed that name. I just didn’t think it was actually named after the music that they used!

While at the reception, I re-met a few of the guys who moved onto our floor at work. They are the whole reason that I had to move offices recently. One of the guys is originally from Pennsylvania. Come to find out, he used to work with candy before he started working with computers. I guessed Hershey, but I learned there is more than one candy company in the state. Turns out, he was the guy who put the eyes onto the Peeps. That is, until they automated his job and he landed out here. Mr. Peeps says that the machines were never as accurate as he was. Sometimes the machine would accidentally put the eyes too low. How embarrassing.

He also says that Peeps on the production line haven’t quite solidified yet and aren’t all that great for eating. We joked that you would have to eat all of your mistakes. J2 used to make Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Those are supposedly fabulous hot off the line. I said that they should partner with Krispy Kreme so that you could go into the store and get them straight out of the oven along with a hot donut!

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