Archive for July, 2011

Rock & Roll All Night…

While not a member of the Kiss Army (by any stretch), I do have an affinity for any good rock songs, and this one is classic – and actually adapted pretty well for an Unplugged session.

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Slowhand

Probably the best to use the Unplugged format for exploring different sounds – bringing new listeners to music and songs they may not have otherwise heard – was Clapton.  As great as the original Layla is, I actually prefer the Unplugged version… there’s just something much more powerful with the control it brings… but here’s one that’s completely different, and a nice example for the other songs he brings to the table.  It’s mostly because of Clapton that I’ve gone out and sought after different blues artists, to at least get a familiarity.

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Fun with Subdomains…

Over the last few days I’ve been making some changes to by site plans…  I had mentioned before that I have been considering porting over to  another service.  That service is WordPress, and the reasons may seem silly, but they made sense at the time that I started everything: compatibility, publicity & maintenance.

WordPress has struck me as more “Forward Thinking” in developing and enabling features than Blogger, from mobile viewing [compatibility] to site feeds through other social media [publicity], and tracking site statistics, comment moderation features [maintenance].  They had “mobile formatting” ahead of Blogger, and they already have site feeds/push notifications for most of the major social networking as built in options.  That said, there are features with Blogger that I like, ones that I am still trying to figure out alternatives for on WordPress.

But here’s the point I wanted to get to… I am planning on getting some business cards printed before going to Worldcon next month… something simple, to have something on hand for networking.  Before I get anything printed, I wanted to  get some tweaks and kinks worked out.  One of the tweaks I’ve been especially wanting to resolve involves pointing my existing domain name to a blog and tying them both together… something a little more sophisticated than blind domain forwarding (which would mask any of the subpages…).  So for the last couple of nights I’ve been tweaking DNS entries and domain forwarding properties, experiencing loads of frustration getting everything figured out – which is to be expected for a first time set-up.  Finally, today (this morning), I had a touch of epiphany and was able to get the situation resolved (even tested on a couple of different platforms)…

So now I have a working subdomain plotted and ID forwarding… go me.

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No Excuses…

Continuing in the Unplugged vein, here’s another one of my favorites that I think translated well (if not better) than the original version.

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Come As You Are…

Unlike some of the kids today that only have the band as a “gee, they were actually something cool that my parents used to listed to” relic, I remember when they were actually NEW, and changed the music scene.  I have always had a soft spot for the Unplugged series (at least, how it was supposed to be and initially pitched), and theirs was one of the sets that worked well and exemplified the format.  For those wondering about my musical inclination, this is also one of the few licks that I actually can play (and often play with it on either bass or guitar).

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Here’s One For the Troops…

Here’s a special bonus video in honor of the 4th of July here in the states.  Don’t blow up the barbeque.

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