Archive for March, 2012

Day 9 of 11

Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 12:57 am

Day 9 not yet an hour old, one more party event to the rear.  Thursday Jam had Patty staying till midnight, which was a joy.  We had a good time.


Three more days to go before the party flops for good.  Can you say “sound man”?

Day 5 of 11

Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 10:47 am

Well, today begins “the lull”, which is actually not much of a lull in terms of work done, but it is a lull in the people.  The Fling was joyful, quite a boost to the psyche.  The music was a hoot, quite enjoyable (with the exception of the volume knob kings on Saturday night).


Today is a day of mending and starting projects, such as mowing, shopping, etc for the coming weekend.  The dew is everywhere, so it’s a slow start, blessedly.


The Plunge

Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 5:50 pm

This marks the definitive departure point for the spring party.  It will end in ten days.  Well, actually, last night was the start, at Thursday Jam, but this is the point where we take the party there, the jump off.  Four days, a short break, four more days.  You’d think we were young….


Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Just finished mastering the Patty Finney tracks from Saturday.  33 songs.  I’m tired and smiling.  I love her voice so much.  It’s sweet like so few things in life……..  And to get to make it what it’s supposed to be.  A hard feeling to describe, and such an honor.


My reputation as a sound man is going to be the doom of me.


CD’s and mp3’s tomorrow……

Happy Equinox!

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Unusual, but equinox here happened roughly four days ago, when the local sun rise and sun set came 12 hours apart.  But this is the one everyone celebrates or observes, when the perpendicular of the sun crosses the equator.  So happy equinox!

Chills and Thrills

Posted on Sunday, March 18th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Just emerged from a wet bed after a severe case of the chills.  I haven’t the faintest idea of the source of the flash fever, as there are no other symptoms and no forewarning.  I was sitting at the Mac as usual, and bang!  I was so consumed by it, I wasn’t even able to dig for the hair dryer near the head of my bed, already plugged in, to warm myself.  I just used my breath to warm the bed while I rode it out.


Patty Finney was wonderful last night.  She did three sessions, and I did video recording on the Nikon as well as audio from the mixer board.  Being my first session with video, there were a few lessons learned, and not all of the show was usable.  But the majority of the show is good footage.  I’ll have no problem creating a few song tracks by editing the two products together.


I discovered that the 16G flash chip (SDHC) doesn’t work in the USB reader I got today.  The new 4G works fine, but not the 16.  Fortunately, the old PC laptop has a flash card reader slot, and I can transfer the video content from the camera to memory sticks this way.  Trying to capture a gig or two (or ten) of video using iPhoto is pure folly.


Spring Fling is this coming weekend.  And Helen’s birthday is next weekend, back to back all weekend parties…..  Sigh!


Gulping down liquids to replace the loss from the sweat.  Argh!

modo 6

Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2012 at 9:37 am

Sure wish I had the hardware to support modo 6.  They added character animation, and I am itching to get after it.  But alas, I need a hardware upgrade.  Groan…..
Save my pennies……

Shill clog

Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I am so tired of the deluge of pro-nuke hype spilling out praise for fission power production at the one year mark for Fukushima.  The taxpayer money being spent on propping up the sagging image of NPP’s, the flood of downright lies and scalding omissions and stilted standards that paint such  a rosy picture, must be staggering.  Anyone who thinks differently from this PR blitz is ignorant, immature, and a fear monger.


If it:

1)  requires massive government subsidies to exist,

2)  can not be privately insured,

3) creates toxic waste that will last for millions of years,

4) is opposed by a majority globally,

why would it possibly exist?


(Hint: criminal greed)


Oh, and as for the carbon footprint argument….. Actually, the nuclear fuel cycle creates more carbon emissions globally than an equivalent natural gas production.

No posts exist for this topic…..

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

This is a common sight to people who visit highly moderated phpBB forums.  It’s certainly a familiar sight in the Daz 3D forums.  But today, on a swing pass of a masochistic glance at the Commons showed one topic (Mod actions discussed in MM 2012) that had three contributors, one viewing, and “No posts exist for this topic” on the first page.  I let out a mournful chuckle.  The attitude police there are busy today.


Thursday Jam tonight.  Will unveil Rooty Toot Toot for the Moon.  (An oldies from the 70’s that many people played back then, but none remember today.)


And I have to add this, as the yard was being policed for the dogs today:

For Mona

Kibbles, kibbles, the magic scoop,

The more you eat, the more you poop.

The more you poop, the better you feel,

So let’s eat kibbles for every meal!


Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Spring went on hold last night, with cool temps, high winds, and rain.  But it doesn’t appear to be a frost threat.  Not counting them completely out, as we have another month before the frost risk is negligible.  But I’m hopeful, as long as the arctic air mass doesn’t lunge out of Alaska.  I’d like to see apricots fruiting this year.


Taking the weekend off.  It’s too nasty to party.


The barn in bit of a jumble…..



Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 9:16 am

Yesterday was largely a rest day, a needed one.  Bianca De Leon performed here on Saturday night with Tony Airoldi, and Tony’s guitar was impressive.  Today, I get to edit audio tracks down into polished song tracks.


I get next weekend off, as it’s all baseball days.  (There is a Bill Staines show at Anderson Fair next weekend, though.)  All I need to do this week is the  jam, which never goes away, and I enjoy that.


Got to use the new camera again yesterday, mostly photographing the first blooms of spring.  Helen needs some photos for her blog, so she can get started.  And I needed to learn to use the autofocus in macro mode.


Nikon S3100

Posted on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Yesterday began my digital camera days.  Found a Nikon S3100 for $80, and one was needed for Bottomland business/website.  So the expenditure was made, along with a 16G memory chip for lots of video.  Nothing like a new learning curve….


It’s not like the silver halide days.  But then again, it’s a modern world.  I’m not having much trouble finding my way through the manual.  My hardest thing is figuring how to hold the camera steadily for low light shots without blurring (and flash off).  But I still still have a couple of very good tripods.