Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Banjo Summit" at the Birchmere October 30th

'A Gathering of 5-String Masters' featuring Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Noam Pikelny, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg, Pete Wernick & more!

So, in order:
Bela Fleck (beautiful, I love Celtic tunes):

Tony Triscka (and here's a bonus history of the song Sally Goodin from Richard L. Matteson, Jr.):

Bill Keith:

I can't embed funnyordie's piece on Noam Pikelny with Steve Martin ("I had King Tut, I had...King Tut.") and Ed Helms, so here's something else (sort of):

Richie Stearns:

Eric Weissberg (but NOT Dueling Banjos, so he's barely audible, alas):

Pete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo, with Jeff White:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

More Upcoming Music: Casey Driesson

Casey Driesson is coming to Strathmore Mansion October 26th!

Check out the vid in the link to Strathmore's tix page above, then...

With Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (coming in about half-way thru, but it's great until then, too):

This one tickles me, he's playing on the way down Telluride in a gondola (gorgeous background scenery, dammit, now I wanna go to Telluride!):

Sugarfoot rag:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Incredible Shrinking World

We are caged in bubbles...

" couldn't get a functioning democracy, if citizens didn't have a good flow of information..."

Explains a lot, doesn't it?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Water Art

OK, this is beautiful and unusual, but the music is horrible, sorry, you probably want to turn off teh sound for this one.

This one is done with several colors, and adds a technique of transferring the painting to paper. :o The music's a little better, no vocals at least:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Antidote to Suck

So, when I see things like that poor guy yesterday who got his iStuff & everything else hacked, erased, etc., I think it's natural enough to think "aw, $4!+, people suck", but nobody wants to stay in that headspace, so fortunately, there's an antidote, brought to us by failarmy:

(Aw, man, *I* wanna play tennis with lightsabers!)

And others:

People can suck, be fearless, be awesome. It's a choice.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Public Service Announcement: Beware Your iApple Stuff

Back it all up, people. Read this very scary account in Wired, and then take appropriate measures to protect yourself. This guy was probably targeted because he's a Wired writer, but someone will just want to try this to see if they can do it, and you could be the next toast-ee.

Here's the link.

Good luck.

Friday, August 3, 2012

TMI: Leamur is not a morning person

Background: Quick video summary of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's stages of grief.

I travel this journey every morning.

bzzzzz...bzz...bzz...bzzzzz What the eff is that? No. Already? No, it can't be that time yet.
bzzzz...bzz...bzz...bzzzzz I do NOT have to get up yet. I need Snooze. Oh, shit, which one is snooze? Green? Yellow? Right, it's the yellow one on the bottom, that's snooze.
[snooze activated, head hits pillow with a thud. Tink sighs. I reach over, figure out where her head is & rub her.]

bzzzzz...bzz...bzz...bzzzzz DAMmit! Already?! That so did not feel like 10 minutes. I hate this, it's still dark out, just when you get into a good sleep this happens, where's the effing snooze? bzzzzz...bzz...bzz..--
But I hit snooze already!!!..--oh, alright.
[burrow deeper into covers, snuggle Tink, she gives a little groan]

bzzzzz...bzz...bzz...bzzzzz Aw, crap. Can I afford to do this once more? Maybe if I use the all-in-one instead of the shampoo and conditioner in two steps...Did I put my clothes in the bathroom already? Do I have a micro-meal, so I don't have to--- bzzzzz...bzz...bzz...bzzzzz I'll make it work. Snooze, snooze, there it is.
[thud, snuggle, Tink sighs pointedly and with emphasis this time]

bzzzzz...bzz...bzz...bzzzzz I can't face it, I can't. I'm going to be late. Again. It's not like anyone cares. The inevitable snooze owns me.
[roll over & rub Tink a little. She rolls onto her back because I'm supposed to rub the belly already. I do for a bit & then stop & start to nod off again. Tink licks my face to tell me I'm not done yet. I rub her belly some more then turn away so she can't get to my face to make me keep going.]

bzzzzz...bzz...bzz...bzzzzz Oh, man, I should've been up a half hour ago. Green is dismiss. Right. Done. OK, Tink, yes, more belly rubs. Yeah, sure, scritches there, too. Mmm-hmm.
[rub Tink a bit longer, get vertical, drink some water & take some vitamins, think how nice horizontal was, yearn for horizontal, fall to horizontal again with the excuse of scritching Tink some more, realize that she knows what I'm up to and that this is scritching as an excuse to stay horizontal, finally get up and stagger to bathroom.]

So now you know too much about my mornings. And why I can't ever get married. No one but Tink would put up with all that.