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June 11th, 2011
06:05 pm

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Almost a year later...
Here I am again, thinking about life, April, pirate festivals, and so on. Following up on my last post:
http://morrisman.livejournal.com/144384.html
April is still here in my life, more than ever, and will hopefully start moving in this Summer in a slow, controlled process so that it's not a massive must-move-everything-at-once weekend. She's still going to as many ren faires and pirate festivals as she can, and is making more friends all the time. Dave, Matt and I are being hired at more festivals, and just added yet another one for this Summer. We played the John Levique festival (which was moved to mid-May to successfully deal with the temperatures), and the remaining pirate weekends we have are Punta Gorda the last weekend of August, Stuart the second weekend of September, Ft. Myers Beach the second weekend of October, and St. Augustine on Hallowe'en weekend. Life is looking pretty good...

mood: accomplished
music: Charles de Lint's "Old Blue Truck" cd

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June 18th, 2010
11:14 am

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Pirate faires and stuff...
Things are taking off better and better with the music gigs, but a couple years back I sure didn't think things would be where they are now. Just a few years ago I was thinking that I'd eventually get tired of playing music at various shows, and it was even more of a downer when my accompanist and friend of 9-10 years, Matt, moved to TN to help with a family situation. A few fun and unique gigs came along while playing music with my next accompanist and friend, Dave, and so I started giving more thought to increasing the number of pirate shows we played, etc. Now many things have changed recently that have all brought the fun back into playing these shows: Matt moved back from TN and we've formed into a trio, the people who organized entertainment for many of the pirate shows have teamed up and are throwing a lot more paying work our way, and April is in my life now, going to shows with us when she can and being as supportive as one could ever dream. She enjoys the festivals and meeting many new friends, and thinks it's pretty funny when we go places and people recognize me from some show or another.

In light of all that, this past weekend we played for the John Levique Pirate Days festival, and two different promoters approached me and asked if I would please send press kits to them because they'd like to hire us. :-D

mood: happyhappy
music: "Mond Tanz" Blackmore's Night

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April 7th, 2010
02:08 am

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Contemplating....
...the passing of a former roomie. Lots of signs pointed to his untimely demise, so it's not a great surprise but definitely a downer.

mood: contemplativecontemplative
music: Battlefield Band

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September 29th, 2009
12:33 am

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On music and life...
I just got word that David and I were hired as "For Love or Money" at the St. Augustine Pirate Festival, and I am so tickled about that.


Matt and I played music for years and were hired for many weddings and a few parties here and there, and we played regularly for the John Levique Pirate Festival and the Florida Pirate Festival. We had wanted to get into more pirate festivals, but things just never went anywhere that way. Dave and I are playing our kind of music at a good time, because now it seems that pirate festivals are getting bigger and becoming more popular and they're a great venue for folks who don't want to do ren faire. Renaissance and medieval stuff is almost too different from modern life for some people to participate in comfortably, but pirate festivals are more accessible to many.

A number of factors have all come together at the right time for enjoying what we do... Mike and Kathy from Pirates of the Treasure Coast started acting as organizers and sort of agents for pirate acts and festivals, the festivals have become more prevalent in our region, and I feel that live musicians for these events are being seen as more necessary to creating the atmosphere that the organizers desire. There are even a few pubs across the bridge from me in Tampa that want Dave and me to play there a few nights a month, because our music is fun and different, and not the mainstream stuff that 99% of musicians play.

All I know for certain is that we're playing more music in more places, and enjoying all of it. :-)

mood: happyhappy
music: Whatever is playing on The Globe's stereo...

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July 21st, 2009
10:26 am

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A good weekend...
(thank you for the nudge, 'emortimer'!) :-)

Friday night started off going to Sarasota to listen to my friends Carmela Pedicini and Tanya Radtke in their new band, playing at the Monterey Cafe. Good music and healthy food. Just before I left for Sarasota, I posted on Myspace that I was heading down there... I'm glad I did! My friend Mia and her boyfriend joined me down there which made the evening even more enjoyable.

I Left early Saturday morning for Ocklawaha to an SCA event called Cattleraids, as I'd been invited by an old friend who was helping put on the event. It was a fun, small event with many nice people, made a couple new friends, and once again was probably the last person still up that night after walking someone back to their camp.

Hopped in the car early Sunday morning and made it to Gainesville about 8:00 a.m. at Merald and Cyndi's house, and an hour or so later we all headed off to join others at Ichetuknee State Park for tubing down the river... what fun! We saved the twine they gave us for tying the innertubes to the vehicles, and we threaded it through some of the tube-handles, so made a large floating amoeba- much hilarity ensued, followed by a great barbeque at Rich and Michelle's cool old 1914 house with really nifty architectural details. Stayed overnight at M&C's, then meandered my way home Monday morning.

It was a great weekend, all crammed together. :-)

mood: relaxedrelaxed
music: listening to birds...

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July 9th, 2009
11:03 am

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Comic....
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mood: amusedamused

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April 22nd, 2009
01:58 am

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Another reason I use a Mac...
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10223716-83.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5

SAN FRANCISCO--Security firm Finjan has uncovered what it says is one of the largest bot networks controlled by a single cybergang, with 1.9 million infected zombie computers.
The botnet has been in use since February, is hosted in the Ukraine, and is controlled by a gang of six people who are instructing the Windows XP-based machines to copy files, record keystrokes, send spam, and take screenshots, Ophir Shalitin, Finjan marketing director, said in an interview on the eve of the RSA security conference.
The gang has compromised computers in 77 government-owned domains in the U.S. and elsewhere, he said. Nearly half of the infected computers were in the United States. Nearly 80 percent of the infected computers are running Internet Explorer, while 15 percent are using Firefox, Finjan said.
The criminals operating the botnet can make as much as $190,000 in one day renting out the zombies to others, according to Finjan Chief Technology Officer Yuval Ben-Itzhak.
The command-and-control server being used to control the infected PCs is instructing the bots to download and execute a Trojan horse, which is detected by only 4 out of 39 antivirus products, said Shalitin.
The Trojan installs malicious executables that communicate with other computers, inject code into processes, visit Web sites, and other activities the user has no involvement with, according to a post on the Finjan Malicious Code Research Center blog.
"Overall, the cybergang can remotely execute anything it likes on the infected computers," the post says.

mood: contemplativecontemplative
music: "Hallelujah"-- Jeff Buckley's version

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March 21st, 2009
01:00 am

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Glenn got his wish!!!!

mood: excitedexcited
music: "All the Pretty Little Horses"- Joan Baez

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March 20th, 2009
03:33 am

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Outtakes of "Pirates of the Klondike"... (some funny stuff)
Some friends and I shot a commercial called "Pirates of the Klondike" in late June, 2008, which was our entry into Klondike Bar's amateur commercial contest--




We didn't win, but Great Zot, we had so much fun doing it! Now, believing that every video should have outtakes, here they are--

mood: happyhappy
music: "Summersong"-- The Decemberists

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March 18th, 2009
10:59 am

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"Bruremarsj frå Jämtland" (translated- "Weddingmarch from Jämtland")


The video isn't much, but this is currently one of my favorite tunes. I was introduced to the music of Norwegian alt-folk band Gåte by my sweetheart's sister Siri, who gave me one of their CDs for Jul. Their unusual dialect is from near the border of Norway and Sweden, Jämtland being a Swedish city that used to be part of Norway until borders shifted; even the title uses both the letters å and ä, which are the same letter in Norway and Sweden, respectively. I've been told that since regional dialects are dying out, any band that possesses a regional dialect automatically achieves additional exposure and popularity. It's pretty obvious that Gåte isn't singing this in a wedding march style, but it's a great tune.

If you want something more along the lines of a Scandinavian wedding march, I love this one by Sissel Kyrkjebo. Listen to the vocal inflections! :-)

mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: This tune, by Gåte...

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