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About Jeff

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:16 am
by jeffcobb
I am lived all over, love the blues of Chicaco the best but no surprise there. I like blues all the way from Lemon Jefferson, through Mississippi John Hurt to the younger generations like Young Austin and Michaela Raye. I picked up both CDs at the last International Blues Challenge but also got some great other acts as favorites like Cheryl and Them Bones, Grady Champion and Sugar Thieves. Also like blues artists outside the US like Ash Grunwald and Mercy.

A software engineer by trade, I am noodling at being a blues guitarist. I still suck and probably always will. Living in Las Vegas, my options for blues is slim but I will always cherish my Hound Dog Tailor, Robert Johnson, Dave Specter, Lurrie Bell, Luther Allison and more. Listening to Robert J. doing Riverside Blues as I write this.

One thing I have that is of some pride is an axe I bought from Buddy Guy that was signed by him, Jimmy Johnson, Guitar Shorty and a host of others. No, I don't play that one :)

Looking forward to learning from others as this is a path, not a destination. I used to be active on the Blindmans Blues Forum, now defunct. I think it is time for some Luther Allison or the man himself, the Wolf...

Re: Abount Jeff

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:04 am
by rustyslide
Welcome!

What kind of software do you write/work on?

Re: Abount Jeff

PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:41 pm
by jeffcobb
I do C/C++ for my "day job" for all known platforms but also work alot in Python, some Perl (if you put a gun to my head), Lua (learning), Object Pascal (a la Delphi on WIndows, Lazarus everywhere else), javascript on occasion, java on occasion, bash on occasion. Some TeX. Work on all platforms (WInLinMac) but also code for Playstation 3, 2, PSP, PS Vita and XPeria phones. Pretty much if you have any Sony tech, there is probably a little of me in the heart of it all....I have been involved in Blues for some time, was a hard-core headbanger and lover of classic rock but one day on a business trip and found myself in a blues club with a friend and the most astounding thing happened. FIrst I loved all that I heard and more, seemed to recognize beats, rhythms and words to music that to my mind I had never heard before...l was spellbound to say the least. At the time I had no idea that the blues was the genesis for so many popular tunes but since then it has been a path of discovery. One thing that helped was getting to know the musician that was playing there that night (Dave Specter) who has become a lifelong friend and always treats my wife and I like friends when we come to town and we get to meet all manner of Chicago blues greats like Lurrie Bell, Buddy Guy and Jimmy Johnson, just to name a few...

Of late I have learned to enjoy blues from around the world. In my car my road tunes range from domestic to Australian (love Ash Grunwald, Collard Greens and Gravy and my sweetie Fiona Boyes. Love the French blues band Mercy though the lead singer is dead. The guitarist Jean Paul blew me away at an informal jam in southern california...

Other local faves include Hound Dog Taylor, Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials and Luther Allision.

Re: About Jeff

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:59 am
by jeffcobb
Also from the complete blues geek department, before BBF went tits up, I was working with some members of the crew to make a blues adventure game online, just for the members. Whoever solved it first would win (I can now reveal since it cannot happen there) a signed photo of a famous New Orleans blues and jazz musician who died just after Katrina. I still have the photo and much of the game layout so may still make this happen but as my personal circumstances have changed I will have to think about it or get help...I actually had help on the old board in the form of a 15 year old gamer who was a walking blues knowledge encyclopedia who sadly died in the middle of the project, something to do with his heart, just went to bed one night and never woke up. Very sad thing.

Re: Abount Jeff

PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:16 am
by rustyslide
jeffcobb wrote:I do C/C++ for my "day job" for all known platforms but also work alot in Python, some Perl (if you put a gun to my head), Lua (learning), Object Pascal (a la Delphi on WIndows, Lazarus everywhere else), javascript on occasion, java on occasion, bash on occasion. Some TeX. Work on all platforms (WInLinMac) but also code for Playstation 3, 2, PSP, PS Vita and XPeria phones. Pretty much if you have any Sony tech, there is probably a little of me in the heart of it all...


That's quite a lot! I mostly do PHP web apps; have done some C, Perl, bash scripts, etc, as well.

jeffcobb wrote:I was working with some members of the crew to make a blues adventure game online, just for the members. Whoever solved it first would win (I can now reveal since it cannot happen there) a signed photo of a famous New Orleans blues and jazz musician who died just after Katrina.


That sounds interesting. Very sad about the teenager.