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Ukulele & All That Jazz - 
 

Are you new to the ukulele?

If you're a newbie on the ukulele I'd like to recommend Ukulele 101 from Woodshed at the Uke Hunt blog. I don't have this particular e-book but I have all his others and this one, like the others, is getting great reviews.

At only $9 it's a great deal. Check it out.

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How to multi-task

Today Will Femia at Clicked sent me off to the Atlantic Monthly site to read an article by Walter Kirn called The Autumn of the Multitaskers. In it the author claims that multi-tasking by humans doesn't work and supports his claim with both anecdotal and scientific evidence.

Good for him. But I think he's got the wrong idea about multi-tasking, though he comes close.

Not that I blame him. Most people who multi-task have the wrong idea about it. Here's the problem.

People think that when they multi-task they should do it just like their computers do. And you know what? They can't. Or rather, they can, but not at the same speed.

They're trying to read a book while entering a blog post while watching CNN while cooking dinner because they're thinking that their brains work just like a computers.

Wrong.

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New videos and the trials thereof

I've put up a couple new Snake Suspenderz videos over the last couple days. Goodness it was a trial too.

First, the vids came out of our cameras in two different formats, mine as an mpg and the Fallen Angel's as an avi, but both shared the fact that they were huge. The smaller one was 369 megabytes. Nothing on either the Linux box or the Windoze boxes in the house would successfully shrink them down to the size that YouTube insists on.

Thad to the rescue! I burnt them onto two CDs (they wouldn't both fit on one) and Thad took them home, put them on the magic Mac, converted them to mpeg4, and shrank them down to the point where the largest one was about 12 megs. Yeah!

But could I leave well enough alone? Noooooo!

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First Tour report - pt. 2

I know you're expecting more from the "gig stories" category here but I'm going to take a little detour. But I'm still tagging it with the gig stories tag because it was on the tour.

As I stated in my last post on the subject, Andrew, Dean and I spent the night between the Matrix Coffeehouse gig and the National Kazoo Day gig with my friends Curtis "Saw King" King and Nikki "Ukulele Jones" Jones. They have a fabulous collection of musical instruments, the majority being ukuleles, so I thought I'd give my uke-phreak friends a treat and give y'all a quick tour of the collection.

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First Tour report - pt. 1

I've said it before but I'll repeat. We had two gigs on two consecutive days in two different states and neither gig was in (or near) our hometown. As far as I'm concerned, that's a tour.

Small, yes, but doughty!

Here's part 1 of the Snake Suspenderz tour report.

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Spotty tour blogging

I was going to try and blog the "tour" as it went along but I'm staying with friends here in Portland and have no access to wifi right now. I'm currently on the friend's computer but, alas, it's a Windoze box and has none of the little tools and such that I'm used to, nor access to my photos or my ftp client to get said pics up to the server.

I do have some great pics from last night (and hopefully will get some tonight) but I'll have to wait to get them up.

Stay tuned!

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Word of the Week

I'm trying to get this durn feature down to an every Friday thing but I'm feeling lucky to just get it to a sometime on the weekend thing.

Fortunately I'm fairly insouciant on the subject.

insouciant

in·sou·ci·ant[in-soo-see-uhnt; Fr. an-soo-syahn]

free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.

–adjective[Origin: 1820–30; < F, equiv. to in- in-3 + souciant prp. of soucier to worry < VL *sollicītāre, for L sollicitāre to disturb; see solicitous]

in·sou·ci·ant·ly, adverb

lighthearted, debonair, jaunty, breezy.
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

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Snake Suspenderz on tour... sorta

I'm sitting here in the Matrix Coffeehouse in Chehalis, WA happily hooked into their wifi. The place is way larger than I had thought it would be and decorated/furnished in a most eclectic fashion. Hope a reasonable crowd shows up.

Dean, Andrew and I have been here in town since about 3:30 pm and we don't go on until 8:00. Thaddeus is coming down in a seperate vehicle, bringing Sandahbeth with him.

We took a little driving tour of Chehalis while Andrew, who is a painter, happily snapped photos of a bunch of the architecture here.

After some searching, we found the McD's and had some cheap calories. I was pretty excited to see big ol' signs advertising wifi but, unlike small, independent coffee shops nearly everywhere, McD's charges for their wifi, whether you buy something or not. Feh, on them.

Now we're just going to wait.

Actually, I'm probably going to tune up one of my ukes and do a little practicing. There's a tune that I'm not really sure of that we're going to try tonight.

And what's this about being on tour? Well, we're here tonight and in Portland tomorrow night. Two on-the-road gigs in two nights and two states. That's sort of a tour. Closest we've come to it anyways.

I'll let you know how things work out.

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Miss Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators

Miss Rose & Her Rhythm PercolatorsA few months back Dean (bass player and fabulous mouth trumpet for Snake Suspenderz) told me he'd stopped by Egan's Ballard Jam House and seen this marvelous retro band called Miss Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators. I checked them out on their MySpace page and friended them immediately.

I've been thinking about starting some sort of 'ukulele-centric' show here in Seattle and have been sort of collecting bands/performers that I'd like to include in such a line-up. I contacted Miss Rose right after she ok'd my friend request and told her about it. She demurred, saying that she didn't feel she was a good enough uke player (or that her band was necessarily 'uke-driven').

Well, I'll agree with the second part. With the great piano of Dayton Allemann and the tasty cornet of Mark Bentz, they've got a lot going on without having to worry about what a little ol' ukulele part is doing. (This, by the way, is not to slight the solid bass by Ericka Kendall, she just doesn't take the lead breaks, preferring to be a solid anchor to the grooves.) But I don't think Miss Rose has to worry a bit about her uke playing.

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The Polyjesters

A couple years back I discovered a Canadian band called The Polyjesters. I went to their site and listened to some tunes and was pretty impressed.

Since then they've added the ubiquitous MySpace page to their online presence. 

The Polyjesters are two brothers, Jason Valleau on baritone ukulele and Sheldon Valleau on upright bass along with Aaron Young on guitar and Drew Jurecka on fiddle and sax. They all sing, often in fabulous four-part harmony.

Google alerts reminded me of them again today, linking me up with an NPR feature from their Folk Alley series. The Polyjesters: Hilariously Off-the-Cuff is a 35 minute interview and features the band playing four tunes live in the studio.

I highly recommend you go and listen. All the tunes are terrific but the last one, Emma's Lullaby, is an amazing and beautiful song with a hell of a story behind it.

They've just come out with their second album, Kitchen Radio. Their first is called Ka-Chunk. I'd recommend that you buy both of them.

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Suzanne Pleshette, January 31, 1937 - January 19, 2008

One of my early crushes -- yow, what a voice! -- died of respiratory failure Saturday evening at her Los Angeles home.

R.I.P.

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More about the new CD

Long ago when Snake Suspenderz released their first CD, Preliminary Slither (which is still available, BTW), I heard from a number of my European friends. They said, "It's too expensive because of the import duties. Can you make it available for download?" Well, for a variety of reasons we couldn't.

But that's all changed.

As of yesterday you can go to our SongSlide page and download the new A Few Loose Scales EP either as single songs or all at once. They're all hi-fi (192kbps... and no DRM!) mp3 files. The best part is that SongSlide let's you choose your own price! (Though they have a minimum of somewhere around 50 cents, IIRC.)

So if you think you only want to pay a half a buck for a song... go ahead! It doesn't hurt our feelings at all. We're not a big, greedy corporation (we're looking at you iTunes!) so we just appreciate the support.

Or if you're feeling generous and want to support Snake Suspenderz in true fan fashion, feel free to spend a bit more. Their patented SongSlide gizmo shows you what part of the price the artist (ummm... we) will get both as a percentage and a dollar and cent amount. The more you pay, the smaller percentage the site takes.

We've already gotten our first PayPal order for the physical CD. So which of you uke fans is going to be first to do the 21st Century thing and order direct for their iPod mp3 player?

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Word of the Week (2 days late)

That's what you get when you're all wrapped up in gigs and new releases... a late one but a good one.

numinous

Dictionary dot com
nu·mi·nous
[noo-muh-nuhs, nyoo-]
–adjective

1. of, pertaining to, or like a numen; spiritual or supernatural.
2. surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious: that element in artistic expression that remains numinous.
3. arousing one's elevated feelings of duty, honor, loyalty, etc.: a benevolent and numinous paternity.

American Heritage Dictionary
nu·mi·nous (nōō'mə-nəs, nyōō'-)

adj.
  1. Of or relating to a numen; supernatural.
  2. Filled with or characterized by a sense of a supernatural presence: a numinous place.
  3. Spiritually elevated; sublime.

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New Snake Suspenderz CD is out!

We in Snake Suspenderz are pleased as punch to announce the release of a 6-song EP, A Few Loose Scales. It's off of our upcoming full-length CD Shedding Our Skins.

At only $5 (+ S&H) we think it's a heck of a good deal too!

All of the songs on it were written by either me or Thaddeus Spae. As we expand it out toward the full release we're going to stick as close to that as possible (though we may do one or two covers of friends's tunes).

For you ukulele fans, there's only one song that doesn't have uke on it!

You can get all of the details and order it online by going to the Snake Suspenderz site and checking out the merchandise page or just click right over to my shop page.

I got a number of pictures over the time we were recording for this and I hope to have an entry about that soon.

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The Disintegrator

This is yet another cool link courtesy of Will Femia at Clicked.

I don't know how many of you are aware of this, but the simple rubber-band war of your grade school years has been taken to truly ridiculous extremes by the geeks in cube-land. Because, hey, anything worth doing is worth going over the top on.

The Disintegrator is probably the best example of this I've ever seen. A terrific video too.

Talk about too much time on your hands!

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For you civilized Tarzans

Will Femia at Clicked pointed me to the Top 8 Most Amazing Treehouses.

I've seen #1 before (I may have even blogged about it but can't find it if I did).

#6 is pretty cool.

#8 is simply over the top.

But #2 is my very favorite. I could live there.

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MSM continues to choose for us

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My Canadian Hero

I'd like to introduce you to a new hero of mine, Mr. Ezra Levant.

Mr. Levant published a magazine that reprinted the editorial cartoons (from Denmark) a year or so ago that caused all the Muslim riots (or rather, that batch of Muslim riots).

If I recall, none of the US press had the stones to do so.

Because of this he had two complaints lodged against him and has been brought before the Canadian Human Rights Commission, a veritable kangaroo court, to answer these "charges."

This was (part of) his response.

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Angry Hawaiians

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Note to self: Don't visit SF zoo

Not quite three weeks after a 250 pound tiger escaped its enclosure, killed one person and mauled two others, there's been an incident with a snow leopard and another with a polar bear at the San Francisco zoo.

These last two incidents didn't pose a threat to the public at large, but still.

I think if I visit SF in the near future I'll stick to the cable cars and Fisherman's Wharf.

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Word of the Week

uxorious
Main Entry: ux·o·ri·ous

Pronunciation: \ˌək-ˈsȯr-ē-əs, ˌəg-ˈzȯr-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin uxorius uxorious, uxorial, from uxor wife
Date: 1598

: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife
— ux·o·ri·ous·ly adverb
— ux·o·ri·ous·ness noun
 
from Merriam-Webster 

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Alice Stuart, ukulele player?

One of the games the the online uke-phreaks like to play is "what famous folk play(ed) ukulele?"

The list is actually quite astounding, but today I found another addition that really surprised me, mainly because I know her personally.

Alice Stuart is a Seattle-area legend. She's been rockin' the blues (and rock and country) since the 1960's. One of her notable moments was playing one of the first ever rock festivals, held right here in our backyard, the Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair, a three day event that opened on August 30, 1968.

This was America's first multi-day, outdoor rock concert (the Monterey Pop Festival, held in June 1967 during the "summer of love," was a daytime-only festival).

Check out more about the festival.

If you don't believe little ol' me about her importance, Taj Mahal said, "Alice cut the road that Bonnie (Raitt) traveled."

I had the opportunity to sit in (on harmonica) with Alice on several occasions when she was playing a club right down the street from where I lived in West Seattle. She's just as kind and gracious as she is talented, and always made me feel welcome.

So imagine my surprise when this article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer appeared in my Google alerts for ukulele. It seems that after Alice graduated from high school she "moved to Seattle and picked up a gig at the Pamir House, a popular University District club, playing folk songs on a baritone ukulele."

Next time I see her I'm going to have to talk about that!

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Give us the money first

The latest development in Washington state's traffic plan debacle is to start charging tolls on the 520 and I-90 floating bridges before they actually build the new 520 bridge.

Boy, that sounds good to me. Being charged to traverse the aging and already over-crowded 520 bridge in hopes that the government doesn't spend all the money on something else before getting around to building its replacement.

Fortunately, Tim Eyman has already filed an initiative to make sure the tolls collected actually do go for the new bridge. Unfortunately, Mr. Eyman is such a controversial person that the very Wikipedia entry I've linked to is prefaced with a load of "we've got to clean this article up" warnings.

I'm not so sure what to think about Mr. Eyman -- he could very well be a horse's ass -- but I do know what I think about our state government weaseling their way out of several of his initiatives that have passed.

The voters spoke, the government ignored them.

But, since I often drive by our lovely baseball stadium, the one the voters rejected three times, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

PS: Most of the commenters on the Horse's Ass site, from both sides, are exactly the kind of divisive dickheads I just ranted about in my Politics as usual post. Guess it might take one to know one after all.

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Tiny pre-fab housing

For someone like me who craves a spacious abode, it's odd that I like the Single Hauz Elevated Domain so much.

If I were single and could afford both the unit itself and a really cool place to put it, I'd give it some thought. It definitely leaves a 'small footprint' on the land.

When I saw the article I thought something looked familiar and, sure enough, I'd already seen something similar on the same blog. The WeeHouse looks pretty cool to me and is not only a bit more practical but is one of the few ideas of its type that is already for sale. 

They're both certainly more 'socially acceptable' than the much maligned McMansions.

McMansions don't interest me though. If I was going to spend that kind of cash I'd want a real mansion.

(Hat tip to The J-Walk Blog)

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Sir Edmund Hillary, July 20, 1919 - January 11, 2008

Famed explorer and the first man to climb Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary has died at age 88.

He was a true hero. Brave and daring, yet genuinely modest about his achievements. We could use more like him.

R.I.P.

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Paleface ukulele

William King has put up pics of his latest concert ukulele. I'm not a concert guy myself but the uke is beautiful.

He's pictured it leaning up against a guitar (in a case) that he made with the same pale spruce face.

Uke pr0n at its finest!

I've never had the pleasure to play one of Mr. King's ukes, but by all reports they play as fabulously as they look.

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Politics as usual

Over the past couple days no less than two of the bloggers I really admire have let me down.

I suppose it was foolish of me from the start to look up to these folks just because, at least initially, they sounded like "my kind of people."

But it's really disheartening to find out that, not only was I wrong about both of them, but I have spent a lot of time and energy following their writings and citing them in my own.

Here's the details...

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Cigar Box Ukuleles

Check out Catfish Carl's Tribute to the Stogie Stradivarius.

The first row of pics has Joel Eckhaus's Hootchulele in it.

I wants one.

If any of you wanna buy me one, just send Joel the money and have him get in touch.

Thanks ever so.

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Ukulele Olio

A couple ukulele players to enjoy.

This first one I found via her father's blog a week or so ago. Suddenly her blog (with the same video) shows up.

Her name is Erin and she was taking a walk with her father on Christmas day. They went through (by?) a railway tunnel and he sort of challenged her to play I've Been Working On The Railroad while he video'd her. It's a very funny clip. I especially like the "Ha!" at the end.

You can find the video on her blog.

The next one is a recording by the Tokyo Ukulele Afternoon Club. This recording has been released as a vinyl EP in England under the aegis of the Clarks shoe company.

Odd, what?

On one side is the TUAC doing Tequila and on the other is an interview with one of the leaders. They're having too much fun doing the tune and the interview is pretty funny as well (and in English).

I found them via this blog entry on Inner Sounds.

Go check 'em out!

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Studio to be updated soon

I finally remembered to call DBM Pro Audio (the New York company that handles Behringer replacement parts here in the US) and order the power supply for the larger of my two Behringer mixers.

The guy said he'd have it shipped out this afternoon.

This means in a few days I can reassemble the recording studio using the larger mixer and the small one can just live in the suitcase with my live sound system parts.

Huzzah!

That means I don't have to disassemble my studio every time I have a live gig that I need to supply sound for. The studio has been apart an entire month now. 

Now if I could just afford a couple microphones for studio use only.

Oh yeah. And another set of headphones.

Meanwhile I'll be recording some more solo stuff as soon as the power cord gets here.

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Chickadee's got a new ukulele!

Chickadee LaVerne, accompanied by the Kelp Maiden and Laguna Gold, came and picked me up yesterday afternoon so I could go out and help her find a new ukulele.

I sold her the last one. It was a Harmony Roy Smeck model (the all mahogany one) and she loved it. Unfortunately, on her recent trip to Florida, the airline crushed it.

A hard way to learn the "never put your ukulele into checked baggage" lesson.

We went to The Trading Musician and looked at a number of ukuleles. The one I most highly recommended -- and the one she finally decided to go for -- was a little 1940's vintage soprano. Definitely mainland made but in the style of an Augustus Dias. Slim, rope binding, not terribly fancy but nice koa wood, the little strip of fancy inlay up the middle of the fretboard, and the rounded headstock.

Wish I'd had the sense to have her bring it in with her when she brought me home so I could take some pics. 

It had a small, stable crack on the face (near the lower edge of the lower bout) and two professionally repaired cracks on the back (cleated and all).

Even with some cheapy strings on it the tone was lovely and, like a lot of these little guys, it was amazingly loud. It has a nice slender neck that Chickadee said she liked the feel of.

The thing was only $300 too.

Chickadee was still a little worried that she'd take it home and decide in a couple weeks that it wasn't really the uke for her. I told her if she did I got first dibs.

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Music Lessons

If you're sitting there in a pet, grumbling about how unfair life as a musician is, you should go to Seth Godin's Blog and take some Music Lessons.

Seth lays out 14 brief, pithy lessons (though oddly enough, the last two seem to both be number 13) and paying attention to them might just help you move into that percentage of musicians who're making money from their art.

One thing I've found ignored amongst some of my contemporaries is lesson #10, Don't abandon the Long Tail.

Everyone in the hit business thinks they understand the secret: just make hits. After all, if you do the math, it shows that if you just made hits, you’d be in fat city.

Of course, the harder you try to just make hits, the less likely you are to make any hits at all . . . the smart strategy is to have a dumb strategy. Keep your costs low and go with your instincts, even when everyone says you’re wrong. Do a great job, not a perfect one. Bring things to market, the right market, and let them find their audience.

Interestingly enough, he also touches on the '5,000 Fan Principle' in his lessons but he seems to have doubled it to 10,000. This is the idea that you only need -- as a solo act anyways -- 5,000 fans hardcore enough to spend $20 a year on you and your music. Go ahead and do the math. 

Yeah, probabilities are you're not going to be the next big thing. But the only real response to that is, so what? The possibilities are out there to make a good living from your music.

Stop whining and go get 'em!

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Blog tweakage nearly complete

That's right. I'm still working on getting this thing to its just so state.

Today I thought I'd go over to Blogger (where my original blog is still active) and fix the paths that I broke by installing this one.

It worked.

Sorta.

Enought that I'll go into the admin mode here and put a link up to it in the sidebar (like I had the old version of this blog). But I think there's no hope for the rss feeds.

Not that it's a big deal. My new posts will happen here. It's just that I'm persnickety about such things I guess.

Meanwhile... Chickadee LaVerne is due any second now and we're going to go out ukulele shopping together. She's buying one, I'm just the advisor. So I'll sign off for a bit.

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Prolix Songwriter

I was reading the Ukulele Cosmos Forums and a fellow named shangyien posted this hilarious video of a song called 'Prolix Songwriter' performed by Andrew Hansen. It's from an Australian show called The Chasers War On Everything.

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New Snake Suspenderz pics

I got all busy yesterday and posted new pictures on the Snake Suspenderz pics page.

They are from two of the gigs that the Snake's did this last December.

Heck, one of them even features lingerie and cross-dressing.

(We spare no expense to amuse our fans. Better go check 'em out!)

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DRM down the drain?

According to Wired:

"In a move certain to rock the distribution of digital music, Sony BMG is in the midst of finalizing plans to begin offering at least part of its downloadable music catalog DRM-free, according to BusinessWeek.com. This makes Sony BMG the last of the Big Four record labels to cave on digital rights management schemes designed to restrict the distribution of music via peer-to-peer networks."

Can it be true? Could the "Big Four" actually be coming to their senses?

Well... maybe.

According to the EFF article on the subject:

"Next step (and I hear that at least one major label is considering it) will be a blanket license for music fans -- pay a small monthly fee, and download whatever you like, from wherever you like, in whatever format you like."

Yeah. And they're going to track this how? And how much little are they going to actually pay the artists?

Methinks it's a matter of too little too late. Buy from Indie artists, folks!

Like... umm... me for instance!
I'm just sayin'!

(Hat tip to przxqgl at Hybrid Elephant dot com for the EFF article. Can't for the life of me remember how I got to the Wired article.)

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Jake makes an appearance in ESPN

When you think of ukulele legend Jake Shimabukuro, ESPN is probably not the first thing that springs to mind.

But since he recently played The Star-Spangled Banner to open up a golf tourney in Hawaii, that's exactly where his pic ended up.

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Clicking along

If you're a musician and you've done some recording you may well have run across the idea of a click track.

For the rest of you, it's simply a metronome that plays in your ears while you're recording your track. It helps you you stay on the beat.

Lots of you will say how you "hate" working with click tracks and how they're a pain in the ass, etc. Well, you'd be right. But after today I won't do any multi-track recording without one.

And it can be made easier.

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Word of the Week

euryphagous

Dictionary.com
eu·ryph·a·gous
  [yoo-rif-uh-guhs]
–adjective Ecology. (of an animal) able to subsist on a wide variety of foods.

American Heritage Dictionary

adj. Ecology: Feeding on a wide variety of foods

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The "cultural guerrilla" movement

It occurs to me that the last several entries in my blog have been about my blog.

What a circle-jerk! Time to change that!

I've had this story in my "bloggable tidbits" file for over a month. It's the story of a band of underground "cultural guerrillas" who set up a secret workshop in Paris's famous Panthéon in order to secretly repair an antique clock.

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Welcome to the new blog!

It took me nearly twice as long as I had expected, but at last the new blog is up and running. There are still a few minor tweaks left but I can do them "on the fly."

The reason I changed from Simple PHP Blog to Pivot was that SPHPB had issues and the developers didn't seem to be working on them. They came out with a whole new version after I started using it but they didn't fix any of the egregious bugs. Instead they added new features, many of which were broken.

I finally got tired of it and searched up this software. Since it is a new software there are things that both of us need to learn. I'm sort of on my own but I've got a little tutorial for those of you who leave comments. Also a bit more of the story of changing the software.

All of that is right after the page break.

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Fixed it!

Yay me!

Of course as it turns out, I was the one who broke it in the first place.

Part of my desperate attempt to finish all the related tasks I put on myself in order to switch over to this software was working both on the remote version (i.e. what you're reading now) to get the "blood and guts" parts working and editing (on my local machine) the new template I found to get the blood and guts to display all pretty.

When I finally got those two aspects done I breathed a sigh of relief and went to transfer files. Therein lay the rub.

The other day I was in the midst of an earlier step on this road and did something (ghod only knows what) that broke my ftp access to my site. I keep getting "connection refused" messages. I know that once I get this thing done I can email the host and they'll fix it (if it is on their end) but I just didn't want to wait for the fix. So I used their web-based file manager.

It's not a bad one as these things go but you can only upload 5 files at a time and you can't rename files or folders. After a bit of thought I said fuck it and just went into the templates folder, deleted everything, and then uploaded the minty fresh new templates files.

The problem here is that there were two files in the old one that weren't in the new one. Those two were, of course, the ones that wrote out the rss and atom syndication files.

After spending nearly an hour today pawing through Pivot's support forums and online documentation I found an article about setting up your atom feed to be more "purist" than the one they use.

Apparently they kludge a bit by wrapping stuff in CDATA tags. You non-geeks can immediately forget that and you won't be missing anything.
At any rate, part of the fix instructed you to go in and edit one of the files in the templates folder. 

I went, "Ooops!"

Sure enough, all I had to do was go into the folder with the old templates in it and upload those two files. Now it's all working and I'm going to run right over to the old iteration of the blog and send you all over here to the spif new one.

I'll also be writing a largish entry on some of the new features for both you and me. Some cool stuff in this software.

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Blog software woes

I finished transfering all the blog entries over here.

I worked hard getting assorted template files customized.

I tweaked the feedburner thing to reflect where the new blog is.

I upload a buttload of files and go through the admin dance for setting up a new "look."

And for whatever reason, it just won't write either of the little syndication files (that allow you to subscribe to the blog).

I'm nursing a current forlorn fantasy that maybe a new entry would "kickstart" that last process. This, of course, would be that very entry. It might even stop me from screaming in frustration.

Here goes nothing.

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New Year, new blog

Yes, I've been gone for a few days. That's because I'm changing over from the Simple PHP Blog software to this Pivot software.

Luckily, you can, with some effort, export from the old blog software and import to the new one. That's what I've been doing for the last couple days and I'm still not quite done with it.

This is why I'm double posting this in both softwares. I'm going to turn off the comments in the old blog and by tomorrow afternoon I'll have all the links set up to the new software.

I'll do several double posts like this until I'm pretty sure everyone who wants to find the new place has a chance to find the new place.

The new software has some very spif features for both you and me. My next post will point out a few of them.

Meanwhile, I hope you all had a great new year celebration!

We'll chat soon.

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