Every couple or three months or so I wander down to Gilmanton for some work-related shenanigans. It's located in a weird place, just below the Belknap Mountains. But it has a rich legacy or two.
This is perhaps the nicest house in the "4 Corners" part of town, which is a Historical District on the National Register of Historic Places. I'd love to see a virtual tour of this sucker.
For you literary types, Gilmanton is (drum roll) "Peyton Place". Hence this post title.
Trivia....PP was not only a book, but ABC TV also had a long-running prime-time soap opera with it in the early 1960s. It's available on DVD.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Every couple or three months or so I wander down to Gilmanton for some work-related shenanigans. It's located in a weird place, just below the Belknap Mountains. But it has a rich legacy or two.
Firesign Theatre's Phil Proctor, the man of a million voices, will be a guest tonight at 9 PM PDT on the annual Halloween show hosted by Jim Svejda on the USC radio station in LA. Rocky will be featuring a cut from the new "Box of Danger" compilation, "Danger Meets E.T.". Click post title for the link.
Lots of BLUES today.
A new album from the Vaughan Brothers
Another musical group in legal limbo:
Preview of the Sarasota Blues Festival
Stupid Music from the Golden Hill Ramblers
The Sax and Drumming Core (great name)
And a preview of the new album by "Simpsons" star Harry Shearer!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
One of the world's finest drummers, NRBQ's Tommy Ardolino, has a new 5-piece band, originally named "Tommy Ardolino and Friends", and they will be doing their first show, a benefit, in Massachusetts late next month. Opening up will be a band from here in NH, Fat Hands, and The Mayocks from CT.
Click on the post title for more info!
Archaeologists have unearthed fresh evidence about the real-life Crusoe - Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk - who was marooned in 1704 on a small tropical island in the Pacific Ocean for more than four years.
A review of some recent reissues
A major cultural forum opens in New Orleans
And stupid music from upstate New York
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
A well-done to the Philadelphia Phillies, who just completed the rain-suspended Game 5 of the 2008 World Series with a win, to win the Big Dance 4 games to 1.
Nice to know that longtimes Phils announcer Harry Kalas got to call one more championship! He got his start of course calling Hawai'i Islanders games in 1961.
Click post title for box score.
A blast from the past?
As previously mentioned, a batch of New Orleans musicians played in London last weekend. They were there in conjunction with a football game between the New Orleans Saints (who were the "home" team) and the San Diego Chargers. The Saints won a wild shootout, 37-32. Here's a review...
Give me back my banjo!
More South African jazz
Hula for kids
And a Herbie Hancock sighting:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Tangerine Visions by The Little Ones
Buffy Saint-Marie sighted-she's no fool, as she lives on Kaua'i!
Pedal (steel) to the metal!
Mick Jagger headed to the Olympics?
And Phil Spector must face the music...
Monday, October 27, 2008
Web radio royalties fall, but it won't help much:
Boz Scaggs turns jazzy
Into the night with Mac Rebennack
A tennis dad plays air guitar
And Yngwie Malmsteen sighted on tour
Sunday, October 26, 2008
"A decade ago Waikiki was tacky, tired and sorely in need of a makeover. These days, the neighborhood is pulsing with excitement and change. Investors have poured nearly $1 billion into several major redevelopment projects including new shopping centers and the restoration of historic hotels."
On Friday, the state officially became the sole owner of the 800-acre Kailua wetland. The transfer clears the way for restoration work, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin restoring an 80-acre pond that is home to four endangered and endemic water birds.
What do you get when you combine a kazoo, a ukulele, a toy piano and Europe’s “The Final Countdown”?
New freeware for jazz radio broadcasts:
The Oklahoma Heritage Orchestra plays Stupid Music...
A DVD review of 4 old rockers-
And jazz music goes to Malaysia
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I've hiked a few very scary trails in my time-the knife-edge on Franconia Ridge during a thunderstorm comes to mind, as well as some nasty drop-offs on the Bright Angel Trail in Arizona. But only a fool would do this one! Click the post title and turn it up loud.
"And what we found was a cave — once a Pleistocene dune field, and later a sinkhole with pickling-jar powers — that may be the richest fossil site in the Hawaiian Islands, perhaps in the entire Pacific Island region."
A major Stupid Music festival in Texas
Teaching jazz to 3, 4 and 5 year old kids-start 'em young!
Speaking of jazz, ever heard of New Zealand's Anika Moa?
And a review of assorted new music releases.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Get the imu ready!
"Massachusetts State Police say a 200-pound Russian wild boar was euthanized after being struck by a vehicle on a road in Lancaster earlier this week.
That was a big surprise to state wildlife experts. They say although some wild boars are known to live in northern New England, there never has been a native population of feral swine in Massachusetts."
Turner Classic Movies will be showing a wild one, "200 Motels", during the overnight tonight, at 3:45 AM Eastern Time. This was the first-ever feature film shot on video, and stars Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (including Flo and Eddie, of course), Ringo Starr and Keith Moon.
Click on the post title for an 11 minute clip of the film.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
A new recording studio in Louisiana opens
Jazz music in Flagstaff
Dent May and His Magic Ukulele
A tribute to Bessie Smith
And yet another new band, this one called The Stepsons:
I captured a light dusting of snow this morning on the summit of Mt. Shaw, part of the Ossipee Range just east of Lake Winnipesaukee. This is officially called the Ossipee Caldera, a much older and much smaller relative of Haleakala Crater on Mau'i. Volcanic rock (including pumice) has in fact been found on the other (east) side near Ossipee Lake. And you can see the remains of the crater at the top from this angle.
Just above the nearby treeline on the far side of the swamp closest to the camera, you can see the Castle in the Clouds, a mansion built about a hundred years ago that has been a tourist attraction for many years. It's currently undergoing a major rehab. Click on post title for CITC info.
Grateful Dead member (and Hawai'i resident) Bill Kreutzmann is going on tour-including the Islands. In fact, his tour kicks off on Kaua'i.
A wireless guitar is recalled-it can leak acid!
Waylon Jennings forever!
A review of the new Smothers Brothers DVD box set:
And what's this-The Quarrymen, minus John Lennon?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
When we lived in Kailua in the 1960s, "beach glass" was a common sight on Kailua Beach; this was pieces of broken glass that had been worn smooth by years of grinding from the sand particles. Looks like a new outbreak?
Lotsa long urls today!
The "Junco Partner" school of blues
An interview with the great Louisiana guitarist Brian Stoltz, who did a stint with the Nevilles before joining Zach Richard. He's now a funky meter.
Oriental jazz treats
The Mau'i "orchestra leader" talks about Halloween
And a look at Wii music lessons
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The World Series makes its first appearance in St. Pete this year. But the city also has a jazz scene...
Talking musika in Botswana
A big uke-out in New Zealand
And Tool meets Guitar Hero
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thousands of documents about reported UFO sightings -- ranging from calm accounts by professional pilots to unhinged rants about the extraterrestrial menace -- have been released by the British Ministry of Defence.
The Boston Red Sox bid to repeat as World Champions of baseball fell short as they lost Game 7 of the ALCS to the amazing Rays.
The Rays went from worst in the league last year to their first-ever World Series appearance, where they will face the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame induction this year will feature a tribute to stupid music
Ted Nugent will ride a live buffalo onstage
Ovation introduces a new classical guitar...
Kenny Wayne Shepard pays tribute to Jimi:
And tracing various Beatles back to Ireland
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"In August, Army staff discovered Cane Tibouchina on the Koolau summit in the Poamoho region.
This aggressive weed is not known to be naturalized on Oahu, although it is widespread on both the Big Island and Maui"
A sober look at last weekend's deadly surf on Kaua'i. Click the post title for part 1, and below for the sequel.
Another new stupid music band from Texas!
Jazz music goes to church
Why a folk-rocker switched musical genres:
Todd Rundgren checks in from Hanalei:
And a cancer fund has been established for original NRBQ guitarist Steve Ferguson...
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Game #6 of the American League Championship Series goes to the Boston Red Sox as they win 4-2 at Tropicana Field...
Under manager Terry "Tito" Franconia (intentional typo LOL), the Sox are now 9-0 in winning games in which they would have been eliminated had they lost. Game #7 is Sunday night.
Box score will follow in the post-title click link ASAP.
Update-box score added.
Sad news from Iran-the folks there tried yesterday to build the world's largest sandwich, but...
"Event organizers had planned to stuff the 1,500-meter-long sandwich with 700 kg of ostrich meat and 700 kg of chicken, and display it in a park in the capital Tehran.
But as the sandwich was being measured, chaos ensued. The giant snack was gone in minutes."
1842-Samuel Morse lays the first telegraph cable between The Battery and Governors Island. But the cable is snapped by a ship's anchor.
50 years to the day later, the first telephone line connects the Big Apple and Chicago.
Many friends and admirers of the late Jan Berry, who of course was the guiding force behind Jan and Dean, have released a nice tribute to him.
Some of the performers include PF Sloan, who wrote "Eve of Destruction", Jan's former girlfriend Jill Gibson, who actually sang in a late version of the Mamas and the Papas, original Beach Boy David Marks, and Probyn Gregory of The Wondermints, better known as Brian Wilson's longtime backing band.
A popular Hawai'i musician is busted for ICE:
Dave Mason-Always a welcome guest
Another singer from Hawai'i-former Rainbow quarterback Colt Brennan, now a Washington Redskin
"A Ride With Bob" just keeps riding:
And a happy birthday to Wynton Marsalis!
Friday, October 17, 2008
"It’s not all that complicated. But, sometimes, playing the banjo really is like brain surgery. At least, it was for bluegrass virtuoso Eddie Adcock. The 70-year-old musician recently underwent brain surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
The hope was to treat hand tremors that were threatening his ability to play his five-string. But instead of just hoping for the best, the surgeons actually had him play the banjo DURING THE SURGERY."
Early this morning, the Boston Red Sox completed the second-greatest comeback in baseball playoff history, coming back from a 7-0 deficit in the 7th inning to beat the Rays in Fenway, 8-7.
From the New York Times:
"The Red Sox fashioned the second greatest comeback in postseason history; only the 1929 Philadelphia A’s, who rallied from an 8-0 deficit to beat the Chicago Cubs, climbed a higher October mountain."
The Smithsonian visits Ferriday, Louisiana, home of Jerry Lee Lewis:
Creative fusion from the Blue Flames...
A new rising jazz pianist from New Orleans-Aaron Parks
An open letter to Ringo from a pissed-off fan!
And a sighting of blues guitarist Tab Benoit-
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Actress and singer Edie Adams, the blonde beauty who won a Tony Award for bringing Daisy Mae to life on Broadway and who played the television foil to her husband, comedian Ernie Kovacs, has died. She was 81.
Edie was also legend for her commercials for Muriel Cigars...
And here's part 1 of 10 of a lengthy interview with her:
"Guava has a higher concentration of lycopene—an antioxidant that fights prostate cancer—than any other plant food, including tomatoes and watermelon. In addition, 1 cup of the stuff provides 688 milligrams of potassium, which is 63 percent more than you'll find in a medium banana. And guava may be the ultimate high-fiber food: There's almost 9 grams of fiber in every cup."
Bizarre mental picture alert:
"The string quartet Ethel, during a concert on Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, performed with a Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, an American Indian flutist, a Tejano accordion player and a Kentucky banjo player in a work that blended instrumental fragments of hits by Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles with famous lines from movies."
Following four hours of emotional testimony, the Honolulu City Council last night voted 6-1 to give preliminary approval to a bill that eventually would legalize bed-and-breakfast operations on O'ahu.
San Francisco's "Jazz Church"
Sonny Landreth sighted
ZZ Top announces a live CD
Lindsey Buckingham interview
And jazzy gospel from South Africa!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hawaiian Airlines airlifted some rare birds from the Big Island to Kaua'i the other day.
"Early Monday morning, 12 puaiohi were placed into two onboard carrying cases and buckled into passenger seats on Hawaiian from Hilo to Lihue, accompanied by two biologists.
On Kaua'i, following a one-hour drive into Kokee State Park and a 2km hike to the Alakai Wilderness Preserve, the birds were placed into a protected acclimation aviary where they will live for a week before being released into the surrounding forest."
Women of jazz entertain South Africa
Inside Dave Stewart's prop shop
Stupid music post 1
And stupid music post 2
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The National Folk Festival has a long history, but only a handful of cities have kept the music going after the National ended its 3 year run in each location. The biggest success story, of course, is the one in Lowell MA. Bangor, Maine has also kept the music alive. The new kid on the block is Richmond Virginia.
Hawai'i's coin features monarch King Kamehameha I stretching a hand toward the eight major Hawaiian Islands. Inscribed is the state motto, "The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness," in the Hawaiian language. It will go into circulation Nov. 3.
C, S, N & Y at Hotel California
"Stay Awake", the Disney music tribute, turns 20
Review of a new jazz DVD by Sonny Rollins
Opera season opening in the Big Easy
And Ringo has decided he's "too busy" for autographs and fan mail...
Monday, October 13, 2008
An Aloha Festival in Colorado
A new gospel music project from New Orleans:
R.I.P. music photographer William Claxton
Another review of a new stupid music album
And a music writer says we all need more Piazza!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
To answer yesterday's trivia question, this is a picture taken by journalist Don Blair in 1969. Don was on the aircraft carrier that recovered Apollo 11 after its return from the first moon landing. He spotted Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on another world, strumming a ukulele in the crew's isolation chamber.
Click on the post title to read Don's account of how he took the picture.
A most welcome reissue-here's a review of a great long out of print live album done in 1972 by the late great jazz violinist Don "Sugar Cane" Harris.
Cane, who left the building in 1999, was perhaps best known for his early work with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers as well as Frank Zappa and the Mothers. His first band was started in the 1950s and was called "Don and Dewey"; in the early 1970s another electric violin player named David LaFlamme wrote a smoking tribute instrumental song by the same name which graced the second album by It's a Beautiful Day, "Marrying Maiden".
Click on the post title for the review, and click below to see Don at work:
This is long overdue-Barbara Orbison has finally released a 4 CD set covering all phases of Roy's career called "The Soul of Rock and Roll".
Includes a live version of "It's Over" recorded only 2 days before Roy's untimely death in 1988...
Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370 from Hubble
Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA);
Acknowledgement: A. Reiss et al. (JHU)
Explanation: Is this what our own Milky Way Galaxy looks like from far away? Similar in size and grand design to our home Galaxy (although without the central bar), spiral galaxy NGC 3370 lies about 100 million light-years away toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo).
Recorded above in exquisite detail by the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys, the big, beautiful face-on spiral is not only photogenic, but has proven sharp enough to study individual stars known as Cepheids. These pulsating stars have been used to accurately determine NGC 3370's distance.
NGC 3370 was chosen for this study because in 1994 the spiral galaxy was also home to a well studied stellar explosion -- a Type Ia supernova. Combining the known distance to this standard candle supernova, based on the Cepheid measurements, with observations of supernovas at even greater distances, has helped to reveal the size and expansion rate of the entire Universe itself.
Ukuleles made in...France?
The internet didn't kill the record-store clerk...
A new Satchmo movie
Sliders-Sonny Landreth meets David Lindley!
And a chat with jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd (yes, he talks about playing with NRBQ)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
A ride into the Grand Canyon from a different angle-the North Rim via the North Kaibab trail, which is much less-traveled than the Bright Angel Trail on the other side (which I hiked down in 1976).
Includes a scary bit of video shot by the article's author from the back of a mule named Fred!
Credit & Copyright: Howard Edin (Oklahoma City Astronomy Club)
Explanation: On September 30, a spectacular bolide or fireball meteor surprised a group of amateur astronomers enjoying dark night skies over the Oklahoma panhandle's Black Mesa State Park in the Midwestern US.
Flashing past familiar constellations Taurus (top) and Orion, the extremely bright meteor was captured by a hillside camera overlooking the 2008 Okie-Tex Star Party. Astronomy enthusiast Howard Edin reports that he was looking in the opposite direction at the time, but saw the whole observing field light up and at first thought someone had turned on their car headlights.
So far the sighting of a such a bright bolide meteor, produced as a space rock is vaporized hurtling through Earth's atmosphere, really is a matter of luck. But that could change. Earlier this week the discovery and follow-up tracking of tiny asteroid 2008 TC3 allowed astronomers to predict the time and location of its impact with the atmosphere. While no ground-based sightings of the fireball seem to have been reported, this first ever impact prediction was confirmed by at least some detections of an air burst and bright flash on October 7th over northern Sudan.
In 1951, 4 years before she left the building, samba singer and movie star Carmen Miranda visited Kaua'i to give a couple of shows.
"Later, when asked if the Portuguese spoken on Kaua‘i was the same as in Brazil, she replied, “No, no, it’s a great deal different. The accent is very different. It’s like in America. Those in the north talk with a different accent from those in the south.”
But as to men, she replied humorously, “Oh, those big bad wolves are alike anywhere you go in the world!”
Working out to stupid music?
Speaking of which...
A little uke with your wine
Why the Fab 4 never did Vegas
And music opens some doors in New Orleans
Friday, October 10, 2008
I happened to be on NH Rt. 25 in Meredith yesterday when the Meredith Fire Department decided to open up this hydrant in order to get rid of the 5 to 30 pounds of waste that some experts say are spackled and pasted to its inside.
10/10/2008 - BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. (AFNS) -- Air Force Band members from here will be in the national spotlight in a Veterans Day extravaganza when the symphony orchestra and Singing Sergeants join celebrities and recording artists Nov. 10 on public television.
Band members collaborate with two-time Grammy winner Patti LaBelle, country western singer Clint Black, Academy Award-winning actor Cliff Robertson, and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.
The city of New York has invited the public to Governors Isle today, to watch them demolish "Liberty Village" on the southern part of the rockpile. This was built long after we lived there (1988) and by next summer will be a picnic area!
This weekend will be the last of the season on G.I. before it shuts down 'til next May. It's also the final weekend for the NYC Waterfalls.
A new jazz voice from New Orleans
Yet another original band name-Rupa and the April Fishes!
Mama Africa sighted...
And ono New Orleans band Galactic brings its music to Vermont
Thursday, October 9, 2008
After living here in NH fulltime for almost 40 years, today I finally stopped, took a closer look at, and photographed the ancient White Oak tree in Laconia. It's about a mile north of Laconia's downtown on North Main Street, next to Perley Pond. In Saddle Hill terms, it's about 9 driving miles distant, much less as the crow flies.
This tree is over 400 years old, and the trunk has a circumference of 20 feet. It's the oldest such tree in the state.
Yet another visit to Lower Sandwich, NH...this is the infamous "Great Wall of Sandwich", located right around the corner from the house where Claude Rains lived.
Not shown is the equal-length portion directly behind me.
Wow, a lot of stories today-all good stuff too!
Stamp out the Beatles!
A look at legendary New Orleans modern jazz band Astral Project:
All-star guitar tribute to Les Paul in Cleveland!
And last but not least, Klaus (Not Santa)
(Photo from Lloyd's blog)
Lloyd Thaxton, the LA version of Dick Clark, has left the building. We watched his syndicated show in Hawai'i starting in 1964.
Lloyd had his own blog here on Blogger, and was active to the end!
Roots music from Old Crow
Bossa Nova in Massachusetts
Diana Krall sings in Taiwan:
And another great name for a new band-Noah and the Whale!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Click on the post title to see the video...
Weezer have set no less than five world records with their brand new video, ‘Troublemaker’, taken from their recently released ‘Red Album’.The band broke the records while shooting the clip, and had Guinness World Records official, Stuart Claxton come along to monitor and certify the record attempts.
The band and their friends set new records for Largest Game of Dodgeball, Most People in a Custard Pie Fight, Most People Riding on a Skateboard, Largest Air Guitar Ensemble, and Longest Guitar Hero World Tour Marathon.
In addition, Pat Wilson played the World's Smallest Drum Kit in the video, a record the band is trying to get in the book as an official record.
Jazz from Yemen!
A new release from Kaua'i resident Todd Rundgren
A new music education center opens in the Big Easy
Producer Russ Titelman has worked with many of the best...
And an eyewitness to rock and roll history
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Nice story about the revival of the sports program at New Orleans' Tulane University, post-Katrina.
As is usually the case, Tulane sports has a historic connection with us folks here in central NH, as former Tulane Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk held the same job at New Hampton School before he headed down south to Boston, and then eventually to the Crescent City. Chet's dad was also a Tulane athlete.
Ray Benson, the "country Jewish Giant"?
Jimmy Thackery sighting
An orchestra specializing in "cartoon jazz"
Opening night at SF Jazz
Leroy Jones in N.O.
And a report on the UPCOMING benefit for original NRBQ guitarist Steve Ferguson, who is battling cancer:
Monday, October 6, 2008
Big light in sky slated to appear in east.
(AP) Astronomers say a small asteroid is about to make a fiery but harmless dive into Earth's atmosphere early Tuesday morning over Africa.
Harvard scientists announced late Monday afternoon that the unnamed asteroid will burn up in the sky, making a fireball that people in northern Africa should be able to see.
The rock is between 3 feet and 15 feet in diameter.
It's expected to enter Earth's atmosphere above Sudan at 10:46 p.m. EDT Monday, which is just before dawn in Africa.
The title is a line from a great book I have mentioned here before called "Flight of Passage", which is about two teenaged brothers from New Jersey who flew a Piper Cub across the US in 1966. The Boeing Stearman figured prominently in their life stories.
Here's a story about a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines who gives Stearman rides from Dillingham Field on Kaena Point.
Critics' picks from the Boston Globe
What this generation lacks-The Beatles!
A new interactive web site teaches lead guitar online
And Harry Connick Jr. gets ready for X-mas...
Sunday, October 5, 2008
ScienceDaily (Oct. 3, 2008) — Supporting what many of us who are not musically talented have often felt, new research reveals that trained musicians really do think differently than the rest of us. Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that professionally trained musicians more effectively use a creative technique called divergent thinking, and also use both the left and the right sides of their frontal cortex more heavily than the average person.
The research by Crystal Gibson, Bradley Folley and Sohee Park is currently in press at the journal Brain and Cognition.
A New York guitarist writes a song about the soon-to-be-gone Shea Stadium:
A look at the 2008 JazzMandu Festival in Nepal...
Carrie Underwood sighted in London
Ukuleles for Peace in Toronto
And a new release from Wine Country-
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The New Orleans music scene has a recent Swedish transplant, name of Theresa Andersson.
And in related news, TVLand the other day showed a classic "Beverly Hillbillies" re-run where Swedish actress Julie Newmar moved in with Jed and Granny to study their accents for her upcoming movie role...
"It makes for one heck of a project mission statement. Explore the nature of dark matter, chart the Solar System in exhaustive detail, discover and analyze rare objects such as neutron stars and black hole binaries, and map out the structure of the Galaxy.
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is, in the words of Jeff Kantor, LSST data management project manager, "a proposed ground-based 6.7 meter effective diameter (8.4 meter primary mirror), 10 square-degree-field telescope that will provide digital imaging of faint astronomical objects across the entire sky, night after night." Phew.
Here's a great chronicle of one of my assorted zany relatives, Helen Dexter, who studied to be an actress in New York City in the early 1940s. She liked to listen to the Big Bands.
Half a century later, she would be the founder of a school and orphanage in a remote part of India!
She's still with us...
One of the bloggers I link to on the sidebar is Ernie (Not Bert), who shares out a lot of his nice photos (as well as some 65 or so Christmas albums each November and December). Click on the post title for his latest adventure, photographing the Space Shuttles in Florida.
More stupid music-Miss Leslie and Her Juke Jointers!
Classical music meets the iPhone
Jazz in Hartford
Reissue of a Miles Davis classic
And The Edge and U2 offer aid to New Orleans
Friday, October 3, 2008
After an 11 year search, amateur astronomer Mike Brown is giving up his search for new planets.
excerpts (click post title for the whole thing)
"After 11 years of (robotically) scanning the skies almost every single night... I am done, as of last night...
The sky-scanning has evolved greatly over the past 11 years.The very first version, started in July 1998, consisted of real people at the telescope taking real photographic plates (!) of the sky...
When the photographic plates were finished we sent them to David Monet at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Flagstaff who digitized the photographic plates using an outrageously precise mega-scanner he had painstakingly develop just for these purposes.
Soon after the initial survey ended, the telescope got a giant digital camera and a robotic brain... Chad Trujillo... came on board to lead this new effort. Within a year we had a first major discovery: Quaoar...The robotic telescope soon got a second generation camera... and David Rabinowitz... began working with us. From 2003 until 2005... we found Sedna, about 2/3 the size of Pluto... Orcus, half the size of Pluto... Then, in one four month period, we found the big three: Haumea (3/4 the size of Pluto), Makemake (2/3 the size of Pluto), and Eris (5% bigger than Pluto!)...
That's it. No more coming up. We have nothing up our sleeves (well, OK, we haven't completed the analysis of last night's data, so there is a miniscule chance that we happened to make a huge discover on the last night of our 11 year program, but that doesn't seem so likely)...
Starting next January my new student Michele Bannister is going to start a new project; she will be looking for new planets every night... from Australia. The southern sky is the last pristine territory to search for dwarf planets."
Kingston Trio co-founder Nick Reynolds has left the building. Nick helped start the band after meeting Bob Shane, who in turn introduced Nick to Dave Guard. Shane and Guard had previously played together in Guard's native state of Hawai'i. The rest as they say is history!
I stumbled across this fascinating little covered bridge Thursday way out in the middle of nowhere in the burg of North Sandwich. It's called the Durgin Bridge, was built in 1869, and has a fascinating history, including its role as a waypoint on the Underground Railroad. Click the post title for more...
There are several blues cruises out there. Here's a blues train!
What's your musical taste?
Singer Eric Carmen popped for DUI
Blog coverage of DC's upcoming Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
And Chuck Mangione pays tribute to Dizzy Gillespie:
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that will determine if the state of Hawai'i can sell or exchange land once owned by the former Hawaiian monarchy or have to wait until the claims of Native Hawaiians are resolved.
Here's the final rundown from WWOZ on the details for this weekend's mayhem, which will be held at Bayou St. John, at the corner of Orleans Avenue and North Jefferson Davis Parkway in N'Awlins.
As noted previously the event will not be held at Armstrong Park due to ongoing electrical work there.
Bonnie Raitt sighted
New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint hits the road
Dave Brubeck at Monterey
More new music reviewed:
And another gabbin' session with Uncle Tom Moffatt
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
"My rule of thumb: If it's sitting on the counter and looks homemade, it's probably delicious. I've bought kalua pig, coconut and butter mochi, ahi poke, fried chicken and countless other items this way for much less than any menu item, and have obviously lived to tell the tale."
Preview of the Te Vaka 2008 tour
Uncle Chickie staging a charity auction
Big Al Anderson heads to Durango
A new stupid music group from (where else?) Texas...
And a nice appreciation, with video samples, of New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer