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Everything and Nothing / Here's a good one for ya!
« on: July 15, 2008, 02:34:58 PM »
Church Cancels Teen Gun Giveaway
July 15, 2008, 6:44 AM PDT

 OKLAHOMA CITY -- A church called off plans to give away a semiautomatic assault rifle at a weekend gathering of teenagers, the church's pastor said.

Plans called for Windsor Hills Baptist to give away the weapon as a way of encouraging attendance at the gathering but plans changed when one the event's organizers was unable to attend.

The church's pastor, Bob Ross, said officials anticipated hundreds of teenagers from as far away as Canada would attend.

"We have 21 hours of preaching and teaching throughout the week," Ross told reporters.

The church Web site featured a video showing the shooting competition from last year's conference.

A gun was given away last year, but this year organizers decided to highlight the giveaway in promotions for the conference.

Ross told the TV station the church was not "putting a weapon in the hand of somebody that doesn't respect it who are then going to go out and kill."

The gun giveaway has been taken down from the Web site, but Ross said the church will give the gun away next year.

Everything and Nothing / More on new wheels
« on: July 01, 2008, 09:37:47 AM »
A while back, I was questioning "Prius or Scion XB?" or something like that.

I decided not to get another car.  With gas prices and all, as well as Ringo is getting more comfortable in the Scion XB (which just hit 145000 and is now paid off!), the idea of replaceing it was downright silly.  My wife and I drive a combined 160 miles to work every day, so the plan is that she is going to park the Mustang Convertable (we just can't get rid of it) and start driving the Scion.  I, however have alternate plans.....

Partly due to the rise in gas prices, and partly due to that mid-life crisis thing, I just got my learners permit for a motorcyle license.  I will be taking a beginers riding course next weekend.  The choice is coming down and I am looking very longingly at a Harley 883 Sportster.  57 mpg, <$9000, and LOUD!!!

So, the reason for the thread is... are there any other bikers here?  If so, what do you ride.

Everything and Nothing / Does this happen to anyone else?
« on: June 26, 2008, 08:36:55 AM »
I have found my first disc at Amazon and Walmart (search oenyaw at the music download site)
I guess they got it from CD Baby, but I have no idea.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Two more from Oenyaw
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:32:37 AM »

A Line From A Pale Blue Dot
Total Time:  6:00:00

In the book "2001:  A Space Odyssey",  Arthur C. Clarke discusses the solitude of space travel.  I had been pondering the idea for an obscenely long piece of music for quite some time.  I had recorded approximately 18 hours of music and was in the process of editing.  I had the idea of taking the parts that fit and combine them, with the different parts drifting into each other.  The overall theme of the piece was that of taking a long journey and looking out the window.  I am scared to death of airplanes, but it's the quickest was to get to Italy.  One time on the return trip, I was drugged with sedatives and Dramamine and spent the day looking out the window at the Atlantic Ocean.  It was so beautiful.  40,000 feet and it looked like textured glass.

The question was, if this was going to be about a long journey, then what would the journey be?  What could happen, where could one go in 6 hours.  A drive to Atlanta, a walk to the Auscilla River, or a flight to Vancouver?

I began to think in terms of "where would the music go?"  Knowing radio waves travel the speed of light, I calculated that over a 6 hour period, the radio waves in a continuous broadcast would travel roughly 4 billion miles.  The next question was "What is 4 billion miles from earth.  So I do a Google search for 4 billion miles from earth and discovered the whole Pale Blue Dot thing.  The probe Voyager took a photograph from 4 billion miles out, which is the furthest photo ever taken of earth.  So, basically, if I can ever get a radio station to play this on some late night show, it will theoretically form a continuous line from earth to the edge of the solar system.  I think it is a great description of how far does light travel listen to this, and travel at light speed, and you'll be out past Neptune.
1:  Ganesha                                                           3:10
2:  3am Cab Ride From The Airport to the Hotel           30:45
3:  Belvedere                                                          7:43
4:  Lysergic Martini                                                22:43
5:  The Pumpkin Girl                                                 6:15
6:  On A Distant Shore                                           10:47
7:  Idyll Idol Idle Ideal                                            29:49
8:  Land Of The Elephants                                       18:40
9:  Deadalus                                                          34:45
10:  Initiation of Mithras                                           8:55
11:  Underneath The Overpass                                 11:33
12:  The Dreams Of The Innocent                             49:11
13:  Left For Dead On The Subway Tracks                  19:43
14:  Vanilla Shake                                                  20:41
15:  112807 (Live From The Lighthouse Keepers Convention)  61:25
16:  Mei Fu Flies a Phoenix To Feihong                   5:27
Total Time  5:41:38

Most of the music on this disc was recorded "live".  One track recordings that were duplicated to become stereo.  Enhancements consisted of  dynamics for continuity and Pantheon reverb software to simulate space, or an illusion of a room the piece was  performed in.  Everything was recorded around the same time as "A Line From A Pale Blue Dot."  I grew tired of constructing pieces of music, or maybe even lazy.  The Blue Dot thing was a burn out, let's make something as long as possible, no cuts, no tracks kind of disc.  I was thinking of Jethro Tull's "A Passion Play" when conceiving that one.  This happens to be a series of works that I can best describe as exercises in solitude, hence the title.  Alone at the restaurant, waiting for a table, staring at the pictures on the wall, checking out the groups coming in.   

A few samples are here:

Everything and Nothing / Advice on computer repair
« on: March 24, 2008, 06:18:36 AM »
My son gave me a used laptop with a cracked screen yesterday.

Any suggestions?

Everything and Nothing / "Happy News"...sort of
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:02:32 AM »
Happy news because maybe he'll do a tour to make some money.  The Paul McCartney "Hear, My Dear" Tour.
"Federal prosecutors must still decide whether to pursue charges against Spitzer. The married father of three teenage girls was accused of spending tens of thousands of dollars on prostitutes including a call girl "Kristen" in Washington the night before Valentine's Day."  What a scumbag!  I mean, I'm not without sin and I won't cast any stones, but come on.  I don't care what people do with their own Johnson, but if you happen to be the "get tough on crime" candidate, you shouldn't break the law.  I am estatic to see that a blind person has become the govenor of a state.  For some odd reason, it makes me feel a glimmer of hope for the future.

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