Monday, December 31, 2001

Timelords Dr. Who Remix???

While downloading some tunes using Audio Galaxy, I saw my satellite trying to download The Timelords "Dr. Who Remix." I think that tune was supposed to be for someone else logged in under my name.


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Very Busy

No post for you! Very busy day. Thanks to Dad for reminding me to update my age. You know, my Dad is quite a cool guy. I'm quite lucky to have two great sets of parents. Dad was my best man at my wedding. If I were to get marrried again today, I'd pick him again.


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Thursday, December 27, 2001

My Christmas Bounty

I really did ok for Christmas. My wife bought me some new jammies and some CDs, as well as a stocking full of chocolate. My in-laws got me a rock-em sock-em Buzz Lightyear/Emperor Zurg game. My Grandmother hipped me to a cool sweater, which is hard to do because I'm particular about clothes. Me mum and dad got me a Black and Decker "Dremel" tool, which, now that I've gotten to use, is cooler than a Dremel dremel. They also hooked me up with some shooter's mittens/gloves. You know, it's a mitten whose top pulls back to reveal a fingerless glove. They're very warm. And Mom made all three of us kids scrapbooks of our entire lives! Two great big photo albums were needed for each of us, and they contain old photos, school shots, report cards, certificates, and other cool stuff. It was very nice, and took her a long time to do.

Julia got entirely far too many gifts, lots of dolls, countless books, dress up clothes, and a make up table from my sister. Susan seemed happy with the KitchenAid attchment pack and bread machine that I got her.

Strangely enough, only one music related item: John Alderige's book on Vintage Drums from my folks.


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Wednesday, December 26, 2001

New page on my snares

Snares I Own, and Snares to Get! A quick little thing I'm throwing together. I'll post later on my Christmas bounty.


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Monday, December 24, 2001

For Christmas

May we remember what Christmas is all about...

"To Jesus On His Bithday"
--Edna St. Vincent Milay

For this your mother sweated in the cold,
For this you bled upon the bitter tree:
A yard of tinsel ribbon bought and sold;
A paper wreath; a day at home for me.
The merry bells ring out, the people kneel;
Up goes the man of God before the crowd;
With voice of honey and with eyes of steel
He drones your humble gospel to the proud.
Nobody listens. Less than the wind that blows
Are all your words to us you died to save.
O Prince of Peace! O Sharon's dewy Rose!
How mute you lie within your vaulted grave.
The stone the angel rolled away with tears
Is back upon your mouth these two thousand years.



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Friday, December 21, 2001

Santa's in town!

It seems Santa was seen last night passing out huge bags of toys to 200 girls and boys at The Salvation Army Christmas party. Each kid's bag contained 8-11 toys. Boy, you gotta watch out for that Salvation Army: you know they're out to brainwash your children. In fact, last night before they ate the burger and fries that the Salvation Army bought from Burger King for them, they said grace! Of all the nerve. [/sarcasm]


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Thursday, December 20, 2001

Sonor Bubinga snare

Here is another snare I'd like to someday add to my stable. A Sonor Bubinga snare. I just love to say BUBINGA! The Drum Shop in Portland has this same drum, but covered in a different wood. Ebony, maybe? I can't recall. Anyway, I bet they have 100 snares down there, and even though it's a big 8" deep, it's the best sounding snare in their shop.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Ludwig Ringer Timpani

So of course, at work I keep a couple of drum related catalogs in the bathroom. I'm talking with JP today whatever, and selling a Saab, and he says "Yeah, I could sell a Saab and buy some of those "timpanies" like in the bathroom." (Technically, timpani, or tympani as I learned them, is plural. Tympano or timpano is singular.) That got me thinking about the best tymps in the world: Ludwig/Musser Timpani Ringer Series tymps. Hammered copper bowls is a suspended chasis. Foot pedals you strap yourself into. A tuning gauge, with a trigger operated fine tuner. Yum! Of course, I won't be grabbing these anytime soon, but hey, I can dream.

Oh, and last night, while eating a Taco Bell stuffed burrito, I broke a tooth. I went to the dentist today, and for $90 they hooked me up with a "glorified Band-Aid" (their words). They think within a year I will need a root canal and another crown. I already have one crown, and I'm scheduled for the root canal on that tooth next month. I don't feel much like dropping another $1500 or so on a tooth, but hey, I gotta chew. But think of the drums I'll have to give up! I just thank God today's bill was easy to handle.


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Monday, December 17, 2001

Snares, snares, the magical drum

So, it's been a good week for snares here at Billy Rhythm do com. It started with a Pearl mahogany snare. It was on ebay several months ago. I bid on it, but was outbid. Strangely, it was won by someone I "know" from Drum Center Forum. Well low and behold, he decides he wants to sell it! I told him, right after he won the auction, that if he ever needed to unload it, he should call me. well, he didn't call! I just happend to notice on one of his messages that he was thinking about selling it. Well, I contacted him and told him I'd take it. So, of the $600 I got for my Vistalites, $450 has been spent. (That's $225 for the snare, and $225 for that WFL floor tom.)

Then, I was talking with Harvey at Northern Kingdom "Best Music Shop in the Whole Freakin' World" Music. It seems they really wanted me to take home the Stewart Copeland snare drum. They wanted me to have it so badly, they cut a deal that would've made Billy Rhythm proud. So I picked that one up for a song. Man, there just can't be a better music salesman than Harvey Curtis. I mean, he's honest, smart, and good looking. Plus, he plays all that bass. I've dropped a lot of coin on music stuff, and the vast majority of that dough has been spent at NKM. The only time I don't shop them is when I need a specialty type percussion item, and then I shop The Drum Shop in Portland. And when I shop in Portland, I only work with my old bud from Spruce Head, Shane. At NKM, you can deal with Harvey "All That, And Then Some, Swigning and Takin' Names" Curtis, or with Mac "I Got Blisters On My Fingers as Big as Your Head 'Cause I Got the Licks" Economy, or Jarod "Don't Wake Me, I'm Sleepy, But I'm A Nice Guy" Dontknowhislastname. They'll all use you right.


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New England Temperature Conversion

Here's a New Englander's Temperature Conversion Chart which
relates temperatures in Fahrenheit to various human behaviors:

60 above: New Yorkers try to turn on the heat.
People in New England plant gardens.

50 above: Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in New England sunbathe.

40 above: Italian & English cars won't start.
People in New England drive with the windows down.

32 above: Distilled water freezes.
Moosehead Lake's water gets thicker.

20 above: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, hats.
People in New England throw on a flannel shirt.

15 above: New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in New England have the last cookout before it gets cold.

0 degrees: People in Miami all die...
New Englanders close the windows.

10 below: Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in New England get out their winter coats.

25 below: Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in New England are selling cookies door to door.

40 below: Washington DC runs out of hot air.
People in New England let the dogs sleep indoors.

100 below: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
New Englanders get frustrated because they can't start the "kah".

460 below: ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin
scale).
People in New England start saying..."Cold 'nuff for ya?"

500 below: Hell freezes over.
New England Patriots win the Super Bowl and Red Sox win the
World Series.


Stolen from Biz Stone.



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Another test, yet again!




Take the Corporate Mascot Test at Willaston's Lounge!




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Friday, December 14, 2001

Should I turn the comments back on?

OK. Things have cooled down a little. Some changes have been made on my end. Should I allow comments again? If I do, will you promise to be nice?


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Attention Shotgun!

Lookie here, Shotgun Mike Gevova! Somebody hit my page looking for "mike genova". And guess who come up at the bottom of the page? Why, I come up before your own pages show!


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Thursday, December 13, 2001

Updates

I should also note that I fixed the Flash movie so now all the links work. Also, the non-Flash intro page is fixed as well.


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Thanks Sledge!

I just wanted to give a shout out to my buddy Jim. For my birthday/Christmas, he hooked me up with a gift basket of some of the world's finest beers, including 3 Sammy Smith's, a Pilsner Urquel (the origional Pilsner from Pilzn, Chek Repulic), a Bellhaven Scotch Ale (a favorite of mine) and a couple of German lagers I've never even heard of! Tonight I had the Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. A porter isn't seen much anymore. It's a little lighter than a stout, but not by much. It often has a nutty quality to it. Well, this Taddy Porter could be summed in in two words: YUM! It had a bit smokiness, a little bitterness, a little taste of the dark chocolate malt (and that's good: to much chocolate malt makes a beer too nutty, in my book) but not too much. It was very balanced, and very good. Chocolate malts have such a distintive taste, that some beers with this ingredient I can't finish. (Note: chocolate refers to the color, not the taste. If it were the taste, you know I'd love it.) This Sam Smith went down easily. It's no Rolling Rock, mind. You're not going to sit down and drink 3 of em after washing the car. But one on a cold evening is very nice!

In honor of Jim's great gift, I plan on giving a report on each.


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Ludwig Standard in Blue Strata

I used to own a Ludwig kit in Blue Strata, just like this one. I sold it to buy some gear for my DJ business. Bad move. Of all the kit's I've sold, I mess this the most. And of course my Tama Imperialstars in Royal Peweter.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Another Quiz

I am a Chieftan Carved out of Cheese.

My raspberry motivation slides transparently beyond the elongated prune. I dig widely upon the bus of my leather mangroves. Hygienic cameras pardon my curly white atmosphere.

Grant the wise barnacle, forsooth? The Utterly Surreal Test




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Monday, December 10, 2001

Long time, no post

Yeah, I know it's been a while since my last post. I turned 30 on Friday, and took the day off from work. I didn't touch a computer for 3 days.

Lemme say this, though. Northern Kingdom Music is the greatest music store in the world. On Saturday, when my speaker stands turned up missing, I called to see if NKM would lend me a set. Mack lent them to me, and one was still in the box! I treated them well, and got my stands back, but these guys were willing to lend me brand new gear so I wouldn't be stuck. That's why you want to deal with a local retailer, my friends! (PS, Adamup: They've got a used Mesa Boogie on consignment.)


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Thursday, December 6, 2001

If I were a piece of art...

If I were a work of art, I would be Edgar Degas' Dance Class.

I appear soft and gentle, but hide a core of rigid structure and discipline. I work hard and follow orders, because I am determined to succeed, but remain attached to displays of frivolity and maintaining my appearance.

Which work of art would you be? The Art Test


Stolen from Random Abstract.



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Tuesday, December 4, 2001

New It Ginger thing/

Don't have time to wait for the delivery of your "It"? Don't have the thousands needed for your Ginger? You need the new Ghetto Scooter!


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Monday, December 3, 2001

Who was H.D.

There's been some discussion about me removing the comments section. It started over using some language that I would have preferred not to have used on my site. Then, somebody started posting comments using someone else's name. That was the straw that broke the camels back. So, I'll put the comments back if a:) the person who posted under someone else's name emails me, or b:) the person who claims that someone posted under his name tells me he was lying about the whole thing. Either way, all comments will be confindential.


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New Floor is here!

So MLG shot me an email about my "new" floor tom, and whether I got it or not. Well, it arrived today! It's an almost perfect match for my WFLs. It's a little more yellow (White Marine Pearl gets a yellowish/green hue as it ages) when compared to the whole kit, but nothing major. It needs a good polish, and a nickel rim for the bottom, but that's about it. I'm very pleased.


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Saturday, December 1, 2001

Bye Bye Comments Section

Is really too bad. It's too bad that people I work with have to be jerks, and trash the private property that is my webpage. People who have access to post on www.thequietstorm.org, yet rarely do. So they come over here, to my page, make rude comments, post under other people's names, and just turn everything into a big pile of crap. Then I have to go in, and straighten it all out. That's crazy. I upgraded to Greymatter (as you can see from the second or third post) so people could leave comments. Now, less than two whole months later, I have to turn that feature off because my "friends" won't respect my wishes, and continue to be a$$hole$! (I don't normally swear, but I'm really mad.) Now, my Dad, and my sister, won't be able to leave me comments because some 20-30 year old boys want to act like a bunch of clods. Very smooth. [/rant] (Notice the anger tag is still open.)


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Great Guiness Toast

So last night was the night of the Great Guiness toast. And of course, since we were playing, we got to work with the Guiness rep. I say Guiness rep: I think that they hired a bunch of people to come in and play rep for the night, but anyway... This guy says "The Great Guiness Toast..." (I should explain. Guinsess was trying to get into their own book of records by having the most number of people toasting at the same time. So at 11 p.m. yesterday, everyone in participating clubs had a toast.) Anyway, the guy says "The toast is tonight, so could you give away these t-shirts and trinkets and stuff. And would you announce the toast at 11?" So Blind Al says "Bill is the P.R. guy, so let him do it." So I acted as the M.C last night at Joshua's Tavern.

To start out, I explained that I would not require any silly games that most of these shirt giveaways entail. Instead, I would ask some Guiness trivia questions. (I'm a Guiness fan myself.) Then this one gal, who looked surpisingly like my boss's wife Alison, says to me "Give me a shirt, and I'll show you what looks under the shirt!" She did get a shirt eventually, though not for that reason. Another girl, joking with her friends about how they could bribe me out of a shirt, hiked up her skirt. I only caught that out of the corner of my eye. "What was that!" I said. "Well, I know what it was, but whta's up with that?" Everyone had a good chuckle about that one.

Of the 6 or so trivia questions I asked, only one was answered correctly the first time. "Name one ingredient in Guiness." Some guy shouted out water. They missed: What was Mr. Guiness's first name (Arthur), what is the name of the gate near which Guiness is brewed (St. James), what is the shape of the widget in the new Guiness bottle (rocket), how tall am I (5' 10". I gave the shirt to the girl who said I was 6' 2"), what year did Blind Al serve in Viet Nam (1968), and what broad family of beer did Guiness fall into (ale). I also asked a true or false question. I think this did get answered right the first time too. Dorothy L. Sayers, a famous British mystery writter (of whom I'm quite fond), worked for a while in an English PR company. She invented the slogan "Guiness is good for you." True or False. (True.) Of course, with new advertising laws, only a very few countries still let Guiness market with that phrase, though it can still be found on t-shirts and posters and such.


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