# Saturday, October 9, 2021

POTR-1Lukas Nelson strode onto the Vic Theatre stage, smiled at the audience, and announced "Hi, I'm Lukas Nelson; and this is Promise of the Real!" He seemed genuinely excited to be there performing in front of a sold-out audience  September 30. The band quickly launched into the kinetic song "Start to Go", quickly followed by "Perennial Bloom" - a song from his new album which was released just a few months ago.

Nelson's enthusiasm did not wane throughout the evening. He raced from song to song, sometimes switching from rock to ballad, sometimes pausing briefly to swap guitars or switch to the piano, but always with an eye toward keeping the music flowing. He managed to engage the audience while doing so, focusing his attention outward to those on the main floor and balcony, rather than inward toward himself, his instrument, and his band.

The energy was not exclusive to the lead singer. Bassist Corey McCormick had a bounce in his step that he maintained as he kept a mean rhythm on the multiple bass guitars he played and as he sometimes danced with Lukas. Logan Metz kept busy moving between steel guitar, piano, electric keyboard, and harmonica; while drummer Anthony LoGerfo could be seen singing along to every song, despite the absence of a microphone.

POTR played a few more songs from their recent release, which contains an impressive collection of music. A classical piano solo led into "More Than We Can Handle" - another impressive new song; and "Leave 'em Behind" was an emotional song about a woman encouraged to escape an abusive relationship (a true story about his friend, according to Nelson.)

They also drew from the rest of their 7-album catalog released over the past 11 years. "Start to Go", "Perennial Bloom", "Fool Me Once", and "Carolina" were all crowd-pleasers.

POTR-2Nelson was sentimental in his delivery of "Just Outside of Austin" and "Forget About Georgia" - two songs of the opposite sides of a young person falling in love, but turned cynical with "Four Letter Word", told from the point of view of a husband growing tired of his wife two years into their marriage. Other highlights included "Start to Go", "Perennial Bloom", "Fool me Once", and "Carolina".

For the encore, bassist McCormick returned to the stage first for an impressive solo before the rest of the band joined him and played for another half hour.

Nelson has a long way to go to match the songwriting legacy of his father - legendary country star Willie Nelson. But he has a solid start with six studio albums and songwriting credit in the recent "A Star is Born" remake. He is a solid composer and brings enthusiasm and charm when he performs live. He and his band have also established a place in the music industry by recording and touring as Neil Young's backing band.

Lukas retains much of his father's charm and adds a charm that makes him a joy to watch perform.

Saturday, October 9, 2021 8:42:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Thursday, October 7, 2021

GCast 115:

Registering an Azure Account Subscription

Sometimes, you may receive the following error message, when trying to do something in Azure: "The subscription is not registered to use namespace 'Microsoft.AzureActiveDirectory'. This video walks you resolving fixing this issue.

Azure | GCast | Screencast | Security | Video
Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:11:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, October 4, 2021

Episode 681

Tudor Damian on Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking

Tudor Damian is a Certified Ethical Hacker. He describes how he uses this skill to protect his customers from malicious hackers and to increase their cybersecurity.

Monday, October 4, 2021 7:32:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, October 3, 2021

Today I am grateful to see NRBQ in concert last night in Berwyn.

Today I am grateful to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with friends last night.

Today I am grateful for my annual physical yesterday.

Today I am grateful for a day to recover.

Today I am grateful for NFL football.

Today I am grateful to Matt, who answered my questions and helped me resolve a difficult technical issue.

Today I am grateful for a full day yesterday:
-Seeing Lemony Snicket at the Printer's Row Lit Fest in the morning
-Tacos and margaritas in Old Town in the afternoon
-Seeing Alanis Morissette and Garbage in concert last night in Tinley Park

Today, I am grateful to:
-Watch a book reading and Q&A with Colson Whitehead yesterday afternoon
-See Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder in concert last night

Today I am grateful to complete a difficult task on this project after struggling with it for weeks.

Today I am grateful for new pillows.

Today I am grateful:
-to Ted for loaning me his laptop charger
-for my first time at an Ax-Throwing venue.

Today I am grateful to deliver technical presentations in person for the first time in about 2 years.

Today I am grateful to Jeffrey, Jonathan, Heather, and all the organizers and volunteers who made KCDC an excellent conference

Today I am grateful:
- for a visit to the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City yesterday
- to Tim for a ride home from the airport last night
- for 4 enjoyable days in Kansas City

Today I am grateful to see Asleep at the Wheel in concert last night.

Today I am grateful for caramel praline ice cream.

Today I am grateful to return to the gym after an absence of almost 2 weeks.

Today I am grateful to the store that gave me a bunch of free groceries to make up for a mistake on my order.

Today I am grateful for all the natural areas in my city

Today I am grateful to see Joan Osborne in concert last night.

today I am grateful to see Ravi Coltrane in concert last night.

Today I am grateful to finally replace all the dead light bulbs in my home.

Today I am grateful for an unexpected impromptu visit by my sons last night.


Today I am grateful for 2 months without a flat tire on my bike.

Today I am grateful to see Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real in concert last night wit h Pete.

Today I am grateful to be invited to speak at #CodeMash for the first time in years.

Today I am grateful breakfast in Elmhurst yesterday with Tim and Nick

Sunday, October 3, 2021 7:36:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Saturday, October 2, 2021

RaviColtraneRavi Coltrane is back in Chicago. He performed two sets a night for four nights at the Jazz Showcase in the South Loop.

I attended the late set Saturday evening, and I was not disappointed.

Coltrane is a man of few words. He did not speak to the audience until he introduced his band near the end of his set. Instead, he spoke to them through his music. He and his quintet (pianist Gadi Lehavi, guitarist David Gilmore, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, and drummer Elé Howell) brought great energy to the sold-out venue. Ravi is a naturally talented musician, as you would expect, given his lineage. Coltrane's father was the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane, and his son has adopted his father's instrument and passion for jazz. While not the innovator that his father was, Ravi has great technical chops, which he showed off on this evening. He was also willing to step aside to showcase the talents of his band. Guitarist Gilmare stood out in particular, but every member of the group was outstanding. At times, they seemed to be racing frantically to keep up with one another.

I had the privelege to see Ravi in 2005 when he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his father's classic album "A Love Supreme" by performing the entire set live on stage. He has matured and developed his own style in the 16 years since that concert.

It was an excellent show and a tribute to the strength of the local community that this small neighborhood jazz club can continue to attract national talent like Coltrane.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:41:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Thursday, September 30, 2021

GCast 114:

Creating an Azure Active Directory B2C Tenant

Learn how to create an Azure Active Directory B2C Tenant

Azure | GCast | Screencast | Security | Video
Thursday, September 30, 2021 9:48:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, September 27, 2021

Episode 680

Eric Potter on Kusto Query Language

Eric Potter describes how he uses the Kusto Query Language to help him query Azure Application Insights data to track down bugs, set alerts, and determine the state of a deployed application.

Monday, September 27, 2021 9:17:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, September 26, 2021

Joan Osborne in concertSometimes it only takes three people to fill a room.

Friday night at Evanston's SPACE club, Joan Osborne was joined by guitarist Jack Petruzelli, who switched between electric and acoustic guitar; and keyboardist Keith Cotton, who alternated between a baby grand piano and an electric keyboard. Combined with their musicianship and Osborne's strong vocals, it was enough.

I know Joan Osborne from her 1995 hit song "One of Us", but she has released ten albums since then and I prepared for this show by listening to them all. Osborne is known less as a songwriter than as an interpreter of the music of others. Her favourite songwriters are Eric Bazilian, with whom she collaborated for many of her early songs, and Bob Dylan. She also has covered many of the great R&B / soul songs of the 1960s and 70s; and many great blues songs over the years.

Friday, she focused on her early works, her newest album ("Trouble and Strife", released during last year's pandemic), Dylan covers, and the blues. It was on her blues numbers that she shined brightest. "She opened with the rousing "My Right Hand"; the opening guitar riff of "St. Theresa" was a dynamic precursor to a dynamic song that energized the sold-out audience; "Spider Web" - funky rocker describing a dream about the results of Ray Charles regaining his vision got us all clapping along.

Osborne changed the arrangements of some of her older songs. "One of Us" was transformed into a haunting ballad; and Cotton's jazzy piano solo in the middle of Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue" was a delight.

Oddly, there were no R&B or soul numbers, even though these comprise a significant part of her recorded catalog. It may have been because of the stripped-down band (most Motown numbers feature more than a guitar, a piano, and a singer); or she may have simply chosen to focus on other types of music. There was certainly time to add a few more songs, as she played for only about 80 minutes.

She closed with an excellent rendition of Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips", bringing extra enthusiasm to her vocals.

It was a short, but sweet show and the audience left with a smile.

Sunday, September 26, 2021 9:08:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Saturday, September 25, 2021

Asleep At The Wheel in concertThe fiddlers were already playing when they walked onto the stage at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square Sunday evening. Behind them, strode guitarist and lead vocalist Ray Benson. At 6'7", the founder of Asleep at the Wheel is larger than life - both figuratively and literally.

The band opened with the Bob Wills tune "Cherokee Maiden" and, for the next two hours, they played what could have been a selection of my favourite AATW songs!

They performed more Bob Wills songs, including "New San Antonio Rose", "Faded Love", "Take Me Back to Tulsa", and "Big Balls in Cow Town". This is not surprising. For five decades, AATW has been carrying on the tradition of Western Swing music popularized by Wills and his Texas Playboys in the 1930s and 40s. They even played "Bob Wills Is Still the King", Waylon Jennings's tribute to Mr. Wills; and "Milk Cow Blues", a song recorded by Wills's younger brother Johnnie Lee Wills.

The band mixed in many classic tunes, such as "Route 66", "The House of Blue Lights", "Hot Rod Lincoln", and "Tiger Rag"- the latter of which featured frantic solos from each member of the band. Speaking of the band, every member was excellent. They brought energy and fun and projected both onto the crowd.

Of course, the group played some original songs ("Half a Hundred Years", "I Guess I'll Call it a Day Tonight") and "Miles and Miles of Texas", which is one of their best covers.

A highlight of the evening was a moving interpretation of Guy Clark's "Dublin Blues", a song I've always loved and did not know AATW had recorded.

They closed the encore set with an a cappella version of "Happy Trails" - a song made famous by the legendary cowboy duo of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Asleep at the Wheel gave us an amazing performance. They reminded us how much fun music can be.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 9:23:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, September 20, 2021

Episode 679

Cameron Presley on Mentoring

Cameron Presley has developed a program to help train and mentor junior engineers in his company. He talks about getting them involved in working on a KATA, working with other developers, and engaging in all areas of software development - but doing so in a safe place.


Monday, September 20, 2021 9:53:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)