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A half-stack doesn't fit in the trunk.

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Cratering

a half-stack doesn't fit in the trunk
Friday Five:
Done. As in, done done done done done DONE motherfucker done.
Done, at least with the scoring, that is. I’m still going to play guitar in the pit, so there are a couple of rehearsals next week and the show is Friday.  That’s low stress, though.
It’s still top secret, I still can’t talk about it, and no, you can’t go see it. :-(
But they are making a video, and if I can share it, I will.
There is also some talk of making a studio recording after the show. Which would mean I’m not really done anymore, since there are some bugs in the score that would have to be fixed. Small potatoes.

Friday Five:

  1. Done. As in, done done done done done DONE motherfucker done.
  2. Done, at least with the scoring, that is. I’m still going to play guitar in the pit, so there are a couple of rehearsals next week and the show is Friday.  That’s low stress, though.
  3. It’s still top secret, I still can’t talk about it, and no, you can’t go see it. :-(
  4. But they are making a video, and if I can share it, I will.
  5. There is also some talk of making a studio recording after the show. Which would mean I’m not really done anymore, since there are some bugs in the score that would have to be fixed. Small potatoes.

105 page vocal book: delivered.
Like a baws.

105 page vocal book: delivered.

Like a baws.

These, my friends, are the colors of the light at the end of the tunnel.
Ba-doo-da.

These, my friends, are the colors of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Ba-doo-da.

idea

Start a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that brings the RAWK to twee, beardy hipster bands who need a kick in the scrotum. Collect old amplifiers and distortion pedals and solid-body guitars, and take them around to those what need them.

"Here, Bon. (May I call you ‘Bon’?) Have a Les Paul and plexi half stack."

"Messrs. Avett? A Strat and MXR Distortion+ for each of you. You connect them this way."

We could film it and put it on TV, do a big candid camera reveal thing like when Ty gives people new houses. Tears, hugs, screaming neighbors, etc. Merchandise tie-ins, all of it.

Led Zeppelin - The Rover
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The Rover // Led Zeppelin

I used to listen to music beyond these 24 songs I’ve chosen to spend my retirement with. Sometimes I’d post that other music here, maybe occasionally write something about it. How it struck me, or something I knew about the recording, an anecdote about the artist, a love letter to guitar tone or drum groove. Often I’d finish with a lyric, something pithy, representative, or just plain awesome. I’d put that in italics.

I used to rock it
Sometimes I’d roll it
I always knew what it was for 

I spent about 10 hours of my life trying to get this to work today, and I finally did thanks to some awesome guys at the forum. No thanks to the application or its “help” or “documentation,” though.
The irony of this program being called Finale is not lost on me.
Now, to find some solace at the bottom of a bottle.

I spent about 10 hours of my life trying to get this to work today, and I finally did thanks to some awesome guys at the forum. No thanks to the application or its “help” or “documentation,” though.

The irony of this program being called Finale is not lost on me.

Now, to find some solace at the bottom of a bottle.

The good news: the deadline has been extended until Thanksgiving.

The bad news: the deadline has been extended until Thanksgiving.

Output so far: 77 pages. Big ones, 11x17.

Mental health day or two: coming up.

Spent the morning reading about Fukushima and Chernobyl

For reasons.

a brief aside

  1. Imagine a word processor where you had to go into a whole different mode to add punctuation, and when you got there, it was so awkward and difficult that you just gave up and stopped using punctuation altogether unless it was an absolute emergency, like maybe 2 or 3 times per chapter. That’s Finale and articulations (accents, staccato, legato, etc.). Horrid. And the music that comes out suffers just like that hypothetical prose would.
  2. Keyboard skins are a waste of money.
  3. Projects like this teach humility. I thought I knew a thing or two about music, and it turns out that’s exactly what I know: one or two things. If you round up.
  4. It’s pronounced joo-el-ree, not joo-le-ree; ree-al-tor not ree-la-tor; shole-vin not shlo-vin. Read the letters in order and you’ll do fine.
  5. I tried un-hiding some Facebook people this morning. Too soon. Back in timeout they go.

And we enter the Despair stage. It is due today. :-(

And we enter the Despair stage. It is due today. :-(

Put some arco in there. Bitchez love arco.

Put some arco in there. Bitchez love arco.

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I’ve alluded to a giant musical project I’m working on. Still can’t say much about it due to the client’s confidentiality requirements, but I will say it involves me creating (a metric shitload of) orchestral arrangements for a Broadway-style production.

Here’s one in progress that I’m happy with. No lyrics, no rhythm section, and just the demo string and piano samples that come with Finale, but it’s pleasing even in this spare construction, I think. Or maybe my brain has shut down entirely.

Last night’s dream

All the signs were typeset in Jazz Text Extended.

missing-e:

~ Your Freedom To Use Your Browser Is Under Attack ~

Tumblr’s Terms of Service hasn’t changed yet. So please read and help out!

The Tumblr staff recently requested feedback on updates they will be making to their policies. They specifically mention one of their goals is to prevent the promotion of self-harm. However, their updated Terms of Service includes something a lot less laudable.

Unable to find the required avenues to stop developers from creating and distributing browser extensions that enhance the way you use Tumblr and not getting enough of a response to their scary warning campaign, they now seem to be preparing the groundwork for coming after users of these extensions.

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As disheartening and awful as this is for users of Missing-e and similar, this actually has far larger potential ramifications. Tumblr is, by any measure, a major player in this space. What they do will be watched, and, if successful, probably copied.

They want to dictate what you do in your own browser on your own computer, the one in your home, after the data has been received there via the Internet provider you paid for. For the entire history of internetworking protocols, it’s been generally understood that once something goes out on the wire, it’s not under the sender’s control anymore. They have a different view.

Remember how agitated we got when Congress wanted to screw with how DNS worked? It’s about like that, except of course it’s a private company, not the gummint.

This is a bad one, gang.

UPDATE: tumblr has issued a clarification that they specifically do not intend to go after plugin users.