Geek Moment: Going Fanboy on Jonathan Coulton

Quick note: this weekend I got to see Jonathan Coulton perform. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, he’s a staple of geek culture: he wrote the ending song of the extremely popular video game Portal, and has written numerous songs, most of which involve robots, zombies, or mad scientists. Or various permutations of the above.

His song Code Monkey reminds me uncomfortably of my current job:

More than just his music, I like Jonathan Coulton because he’s someone who was able to quit his job as a software developer and pursue his creative dreams full-time. I guess you could call him something of a role model in that regard.

The opening band, Paul and Storm, were pretty good, too. Lots of geek humor from them: Blade Runner and Star Wars references flew back and forth, and they occasionally argued over grammar with members of the audience (all in fun, of course). I didn’t realize this until they mentioned it onstage, but they were former members of DaVinci’s Notebook, another awesome band which wrote one of my favorite songs ever, Title of the Song, which you don’t even have to be a geek to appreciate.

So yeah… this blog post had basically no point other than for me to vent some geekiness and link to a bunch of awesome songs. But that’s okay. My next blog entry may even be about writing… isn’t that what this blog was supposed to be about? So hard to remember…