Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

back again...

Nice and clean... The blogs looks right again, with pictures loading automatically. Things happen faster. All will be well now till Windows gets all moth eaten again...


Blogger phil said...

Well done. Beta blogger does not 'remember me'. In the absence of identifying anything I'm doing wrong, I'm taking it personally. At least it gets my mind off the government.

January 16, 2007 10:34 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

It was still a tedious and agony-filled process. I hate Bill Gates and the horse he rode in on... You'd think after twenty years Microsoft could work out how to make windows less prone to rat infestations or at least make re-installs a breeze... I bet if they had serious opposition, they'd sort it quick-smart...


I do notice that Blogger spell-checking is back on here in the comments.

January 16, 2007 11:26 PM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

One of the many thoughtful extras Microsoft throws in free of charge: moth larvae.

January 17, 2007 7:19 AM  
Blogger Kurt Reply said...

Well, Gerry, I came over to hand this link to a guitar-lover for enjoyment, even though your post here has nothing to do with that topic. Hopefully you like acoustic. . . .

I had the pleasure of seeing Michael Gulezian last March. I had to drive to his Sunday morning performance on unplowed roads in the middle of a late-season snowstorm, but I was determined that NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING would keep me away from this. It was worth every one of the twenty white-knuckle miles. The fifteen of us who did show up were treated to an intimate event, highlighted by a dimpled, curly-headed three-year-old who eagerly taught Michael the latest kindergarten chicken song, including fancy footwork and armpit wing-flapping!

I know you have dialup, Gerry, but believe you me, if you have the determination to wait for any of these clips to load, you will experience the most remarkable playing you have ever seen. The Little Meggie one is especially wonderful; his left hand performs stunning magic. At any one moment all ten of his fingers are certainly accounted for, yet the sound, oh the sound, it comes from another place. He plays with his whole body, and the energy just flows through him. I personally do not believe in auras, but if they do exist, he's got one of the brightest on the planet. He re-defines the verb, "emanate;" the performance kept me invigorated for days. I don't know how long Michael will be able to keep his art (and his humility) as pure as this, but I hope it's for a long, long time. Enjoy.

January 17, 2007 4:13 PM  
Blogger Kurt Reply said...

I should add that the most stunning sounds come at the very end of Little Meggie. The ringing sound--or whatever you call it--that he gets out of that instrument is out of this world.

January 17, 2007 4:32 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Thanks, Kurt. I'll check him out. I love listening to good guitar play. Heard of Slava Grigoryan? He's our very own Armenian guitar virtuoso here in Oz.

January 18, 2007 12:05 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

GreenSmile, yeah, the moth larvae... You'd think after twenty years that MicroHardOn would have invented a way of installing programs into Windows in way that allows for a Windows re-install which doesn't require the re-installation of all the other programs. What's wrong with those morons?

How about decentralising the registry? i.e. each individual program duplicates it's own bit of the registry into it's own installation, so that when your re-install Windows, Windows can detect and copy-back the bits of its registry pertaining to these programs, and voila!, no need to re-install the other programs.

Oh, and they'd need to figure out how to uninstall Windows and re-install it without a re-formatting of the drive.

Surely it can't be that hard. They've got tens of thousands of brains they can bring to bear on this if they want to.

Does an ex-grunt from Oz need to go there and take over their R&D department? Sheesh!!!! No wonder The Empire is decaying...

January 18, 2007 12:27 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

OK, Kurt, I downloaded the video and the MP3 of Little Meggie. He sure gets some interesting and impressive sounds out of that guitar. I enjoyed it. Now you need to listen to Slava Grigoryan. (A quick way is to flick the "Music" switch in the top L/H corner to "On") He leans a bit more towards the classical. Awsome too.

January 18, 2007 2:17 AM  
Blogger Kurt Reply said...

I immediately listened to all four snippets. Excellent!
Both these guys will surprise us for years, methinks.

If you want to watch any of the other Gulezian clips, the one to choose is "Slugbug." It is more close-up and is much shorter. Again, his left hand produces sounds that only the right hand should be able to do!

January 18, 2007 2:58 AM  
Blogger Kurt Reply said...

Oh, and the music switch gave me more to listen to. Danke.

January 18, 2007 3:12 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...


January 18, 2007 10:59 PM  
Blogger Kurt Reply said...

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January 20, 2007 5:17 AM  
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January 20, 2007 5:25 AM  
Blogger Kurt Reply said...

Wanna hear some of the world's best 12-string acoustic flatpicking? This is the guy who started my love affair with Bluegrass (the old-time stuff) and the acoustic guitar.

Norman Blake:
Choose these:
Arkansas Traveler
Under the Double Eagle
Fiddler's Dram/Whiskey Before Breakfast

Doc Watson
Tennesee Stud (voice)
Black Mountain Rag (astoundingly fast pickin')
Beaumont Rag (fast pickin')
Windy and Warm (typical picking style, full and rich)
More Doc Watson album clips:

I'd hate to be forced to choose between these two. Norman learned from Doc, who's still going strong at 84. If you want to go onto further Doc meanderings, google Doc Watson or Merlefest.
What I like about oldtime Bluegrass is that the playing skills and the comraderie are considered much more important than the ego or fame of any one of the players. Humility abounds. Everyone gets a turn, and kudos are offered genuinely. Bluegrass is an honest genre that sprang from hardworking, spartan lifestyles. No fancy lighting, no fancy dancers, no fancy stage props; just pure skill. And love of craft.

No need to respond on this; I'm just throwing these out.

January 20, 2007 5:26 AM  
Blogger Brownie said...

The Dillards!!

Tribute To The American Duck!
*slaps thigh and taps toe*
sheds a tear for Bill Monroe.

Hi Gerry - glad your moths have gone - mine are just pressing their little noses to the window pane.

January 21, 2007 10:56 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Kurt, I was having trouble downloading the smples, and gave up. :-(

Brownie, hi.

While we're on the subject of REAL music, I'm a big Chris Smither (blues/folk) fan.

The Blue Mountains Folk festival is on again in March and I'll be there, Black Dog permitting.

January 21, 2007 7:36 PM  
Blogger Kurt Reply said...

Try those amazon links again. Each one opens as a small black popup in the upper left corner--you might have thought that there was nothing loading. There is no video, just sound. Each snippet is about 20-30 sec. listening. Gosh I hope it works for you. If not, try your library or your local internet cafe (yeah, I know, dream on) because it's really worth it. I'll look up Smither.

January 22, 2007 12:44 PM  

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