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Friday, March 9th, 2012
5:07 pm
Kermit's Minstrel Song
So. I was idle yesterday evening/this afternoon, and was watching some Youtube, when I was reminded of this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JmgepLjKfA

For the lazy, it's Kermit's Misntrel Song from vintage Sesame Street.

I decided I wanted to learn it. So I did. Below is the transcription. I do believe Kermit is playing in Gmin, or, at least, that's his opening Chord. But Gmin is a pain in my ass, so I transposed to E min.

So here's my transcription with chords for the equally musically nerdy. If you want to play it in the "correct" key, cap three on a Guitar.

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Enjoy.
Friday, August 26th, 2011
12:46 pm
So. I'm moving to Cape Breton. On Thursday. To study Ethnomusicology. More news when I'm at a functional computer. The monitor just died on this one, so I'm typing/clicking blind.
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
7:47 pm
Been in absentia for a while. Not much to report. However, I've been having odd dreams again.

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Sunday, March 20th, 2011
3:35 am
Writer's Block: A super debate
If you could either have the powers of Spider-man or the Green Lantern, which would you choose, and why?


Entirely not a fair contest. Green Lantern, no question. I could have agility, webs, and spider sense, or the ability to reshape reality to my will?

I'll reshape it so that I have Spider Man's powers, should I feel the need.
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
3:25 am
Today's posting...
Alright, I'm going to throw my mp3 player on shuffle and see what comes up...

Oooh. Good call, iTunes shuffle! Today's yammering will be about Andy M. Steward's most excellent piece (and, probably, one of his best-known), The Queen of Argyle.

Now... where to begin... Andy and the group he started out with, Silly Wizard, are decidedly in the "Traditional" genre. I might classify them as revivalist, in that their work did a lot to fan the traditional flames of music in a period when the global village was on the rise, and "old" was decidedly not in vogue, but in scholarly circles, the term, "revivalist" implies that they're from outside the genre they're reviving and taking active steps to enculturalize yourself to it.

My understanding about Andy, at the least, is that he grew up in a fairly traditional-music-saturated area, and carried it with him, much like Tommy Makem, Tommy Sands, or the Clancy Brothers.As such, "Revival" would be a misnomer.

The song is off their album, "Kiss the Tears Away" which is, incidentally, an amazing album name, and I'm rotted I'll never be able to steal it. It was released in 1987, and the album cover is visible as the background in the video below.

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Friday, February 4th, 2011
2:32 am
UBB
The major bug up my ass this week has been the CRTC and it's support of usage-based billing (hitherforto referred to as UBB).

Now, what in the name of the Merciful Redeemer is that, you might ask? Well. UBB is the latest cash-grab scheme by the ISPs in Canada to try and, not only bleed us dry, but to actively suck the blood.

IT goes like this. People who are now paying for, say, a 200GB internet package are going to have their bandwidth allotment dropped to 25gb, and each additional gigabyte of transfer is going to be billed at a rate of between CAD$2-5.

To but that in perspective, a 350GB solid-state flash drive with shipping, etc, is going to run you ~$1.95/GB. That means that it's now more economical, even on the plans that are reaming you the least, to have your downloads put on an expensive piece of newtech, mailed to you, and then throw the thing in the Goddamned garbage when you're done.

Is that even remotely sensible?

It's the exact same deal that Newfoundland got screwed into by Hydro Quebec in the 50s -- buy the valuable product for a pittance, sell it for phat lewt, ???, profit!

It's not like we're not already being screwed by the prices in Canada. Our internet is among the most expensive for the least useful on the planet. There are developing nations that are more progressive than us, and we're in the effing G-7!

Now, you might think, "I don't use the internet that much! I'll be fine!" That's where you're wrong. Every youtube viedo, every Netflix movie, every Naxxtramas raid, every picture of a cat captioned with adorable pseudoenglish, every song downloaded from iTunes counts toward your cap. And they're already screwing us!

Bell, or Bell Aliant to us maritimers, is one of the companies that seems least intent on twisting the knife. They currently wholesale bandwidth in chunks of 40gb to small Internet providers for $4.25 per.

That's the Wholesale price. If they're able to make profit enough to sell off 40gb at that price, what are they paying for it? I mean, the $0.10 per gig they're selling it off for must be profitable for them, right? So if it costs, what? half? a third? of that to provide it to us, they want us to pay a 1000% markup for using, "too much Internet."

The entire thing rots me right to the core.

Screw it, I'm going to bed. Maybe I'll review a song, or something tomorrow.

Current Mood: Indignant
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
9:42 pm
I really need to do something with this. I'm going to try and write a "thing" a week. Article, review, rant, something. I need to get words on paper, again.
Thursday, January 13th, 2011
1:08 pm


I am less happy about this than the sing indicates, but it does seem appropriate.
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
12:07 am
Like Han Solo, I've been looking for love in Alderaan places.

Had to throw that out there.
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
2:38 am

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Sunday, December 12th, 2010
1:07 pm
Ok, I need to write this somewhere, or I'm going to lose it.

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Friday, August 6th, 2010
6:04 pm
Writer's Block: Walkin' the line
Do you prefer being the good cop or the bad cop?


Good cop, no question, but sometimes its a lot of fun to ruin someone's day.
Sunday, February 28th, 2010
12:28 am
Religion
Edit: I guess I should preface this with a statement. I am not, nor have I ever been Anti-Pagan. Faith and belief is a deeply personal thing. I have some paganoid leanings myself in my personal belief lexicon. However, the current trend of, "Oh my... you believe in THAT?!? Let me tell you why you're stupid" present in people of all faiths makes me sick to my ass. Pagans just got the brunt of this rant.

Please don't hurt me.

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I hate people who are militant about their faith.

I know, I know, "There are some people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that." Tom Lehrer makes a good point, but I hate anyone who's "in your face" about their lifestyle. Vegetarians, Atheists, Liberals, Conservatives, Period Police, Hockey Fans, X-Box Gamers, Christians, Muslims, Jews, everyone.

Today, I'm mad at Pagans. I was trolling the internet researching something -- I don't remember what, because apopleptic fury wiped it from my mind almost immediately -- when I stumbled across something. "Mary Magdelen is CLEARLY a subsumation of the Egyptian Deity Isis, and furthermore blah blah blah blah, Christianity is bad, and my spurious evidence says that I'm right. All your base are beleoged to me."

Really? Really? Mary Magdelen, one of Jesus' more well-known followers, is CLEARLY Isis.

Well, shit on me and call me a sundae! I've got 25 years of Catholicism, four years in a Jesuit highschool, 20 years of intense interest in compatarive mythology, and companioning research therein, including two years of egyptology, and I've never noticed this.

Hell, I've never noticed anyone who noticed anyone who noticed this. So, really, can it be that obvious?

Yeah, your beliefs and mine aren't identical. Name two people with exactly the same worldview. I challenge you. Why, then, must people feel the need to shit on X to extole the virtues of Y?

It's never, "X-Box is better because of the more robust online play and the better control scheme, plus, you know, Halo." It's always, "Everyone with a PS3 is a donkey-raping shit-eater. Go play your Galo III on your Gay X-Box in the Gayzore Mountains where everyone is gay."

What happened to the days of debate? I mean, even the Tories and Whigs, who spent a lot of time burning people in Effigy, came up with other, more constructive ways to experss themselves.

Ad Hominem arguments never lead anywhere. It just undermines your own position. I'm Irish. I come from a long line of people with temper issues, but I've learned how very little that helps my case when shit isn't going my way. As much as someone might seem like an idiot, indicating tht fact to them a) rarely assists in swaying them to your point of view, and B) are rarely a precurosr to polite and considered debate.

I have it on very good authority, Captain "12 Deciples are CLEARLY the Gods of Thunder from 71 aincient religions that no one but me has heard of becasue I found magical golden plates and hept them in a top hat, and they tell me God's true will" that 80% of what you say and a similar precentage of what you read in these poppie-Joss-Weadon-Unleash-your-inner-buffy-sparkle-in-the-sunshine-twilight-of-cogent-thought-Harry-Potter-and-the-half-baked-theory books is unmitigated Bullshit.

Thanks for playing.
Monday, November 23rd, 2009
9:33 pm
Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."

• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity

• Update your journal with the answers to the questions

• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

From Auntie Bess:

1. Why music? I don't know, really... Music speaks to me, and, I think, it does to most people. Also, apparently, I have an aptitude in that direction, so I'm following the skills, I guess.

2. Why old music? Old music is "real," I guess. It's about people's lives and experience. I especially like pre-literate music and stories, because someone had to compose this stuff without pen and paper. All they had was their own mind. I think it speaks of something that many of us have forgotten, and that a lot of people ignore, painting the pre-literate as stupid and ignorant, or historic peoples as backward barbarians. People then were just as smart or smarter than people now. Also, I find a lot of the "old" music expresses things in a much more genuine and uncensored way. Whereas Disney adn HC Anderson sanitized stories, making everything sweetness and light, Twa Corbies tells a tale of aman, a Knight, who was most likely killed and left to rester behind an earth berm, possibly by the guy who was now doing his wife, and the only ones who care are the two crows that are going to eat him as carrion and use his hair to thicken their nests. Twa Brithers tells a story of a step-brother killing his sibling on the way home from school, on the orders of the deceased's step-mother. The Rearguard's Lament tells the tale of a man who gave his life to protect a noblewoman, and has no one to stand death vigil for him, save his old warhorse. These are songs of palpable emotion, and I challenge anything played on the radio in the past 10 years to match it.

3. If you could be anything you wanted what would you be? Someone asked me this the other day, and I said, "Tossup between folk musician and Misister of Cultureal Heritage." If I had to pick one, probably the first one, though.


4. Favourite SCA moment? Maybe the one and only Crown I ever attended... There were a lot there.

5. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be? I wish I started this music thing earlier. So maybe a five-year do-over?
8:23 am
This amuses me, so I will particpate.

DEATH MATCH, GQMFS
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
2:02 pm
Alright, I said I'd post things about the guitar more than a month ago, but I had the Hamthrax, and was down for the count. Now, my voice is still shot from the plague, but a promise is a promise, so batten down the hatches, here we go...

The Worst Day Since Yesterday
The ghost of singing telegrams past.
Fhear a Bhata
Friday, October 30th, 2009
7:38 pm
I have five assigned questions from the illustrious Aubrey.

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Back to Ireland, without time, money, or tour group constraints.

2. What is your dream vehicle? Something proportional to me. I'm a large man, and 80% of cars involve me folding myself uncomfortably into them. I'd like a car whereby I can drive fro two hours without my knee cramping up.

3. Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right. I am dexterous, rather than sinister.

4. How come you're not around anymore? What's your new job like? i dunno. I fell out of things for a while and didn't really talk to anyone. Annoying as hell, and, frankly, I feel underpaid and taken advantage of, as of late.

5. How old were you when you first discovered the Internet? I think I was Nine or ten... we had a text-based browser, lynx.

And from Mia:

1. What's your motto? Sometimes, I feel like it's, "Bend over; here it comes again." I'd like to say it's "Audaces Fortuna Iuvat," but I think it's more likely, "As you sow, so shall you reap." My family's motto is "Lamh Ladir an Uchtar (sp?)" which means, "The strong arm uppermost," though there is a Latin motto, as well, which translates as "Strength from above."

2. Have you got plants? I think there's fungus growing on my roommate's dishes. I considered getting an aeroponics grower, but didn't have the money on me. So no, not right now.

3. What's one talent you have? A vast capacity to stick my foot in my mouth or screw myself over. :P I'm informed I'm a good musician, and I'd like to build on that.

4. Are you more of a tea or more of a coffee person? Tea. I can't stand coffee

5. What's one thing you do to spoil yourself? I buy things from time to time. Today I bought some music gear.
8:53 am
I had a rather bilious post half-written from months ago, but I can't really remember what I was talking about.

Last update was in June, it seems.

Well, I'm not dead, but I don't really have time to post right now, either. I'm doing the work of two people for the salery of half of one, pretending I'm making academic pursuits, and just generally spinning my wheels with a minimum of ability, progress, or really, any visible change.

Conversely, I've resumed my musical pursuits. Given that I can't seem to play well with others, pun entirely intended, I've struck out on a course to make it on my own. I've resumed taking Music lessons, and think I'm getting a gair grasp of things fairly swiftly. My theory is still abysmal, and my keyboard harmony skills are nonexistent, but I'm progressing with the guitar, and will have a repertoire of songs large enough to net some paying gigs soon enough.

Speaking of the guitar, my father bought me one for my birthday (which is not for another fortnight), whish was very nice of him. IT's a Larrivee LV-03re, and it's so very, very pretty. (Harass me later, and I might even post pictures). IT's a second-hand job we found from a collector, and it looks like it's hardly seen the light of day. I just re-strung it with a set of Elixer medium-gague acoustics, and it sounds very, very pretty.

In fact, I might plug the bastard in and record something just to proove it.

So there is bad, but there is good. I think I've broke even, more or less on this month. if I can slavage the semester academically, then I'll call it an Untainted Victory!

Sorry... went a little mortal combat there...

Now, I'm late for a move-in on Winnipeg St.

Have fun, kids, and remember, this is the one day you're allowed to take candy from strangers.
Sunday, June 14th, 2009
4:16 am
Music Post
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

I got the letter B.

1. The Government Rams -- Banks of Sicily
2. Meat Loaf -- Bat Out of Hell
3. Gaelic Storm -- Black is the Colour
4. The Punters -- The Banks of Newfoundland
5. Silly Wizard -- The Blackbird

I might upload things later.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
9:23 pm
...and Imma gonna see a high-divin' act.
Well, I promised more news, so here it is. Most of you might have heard already, but I got a new, better job. One with human hours, a decent wage, and a modicrum of respect associated with it. White collar, to boot.

Gone are the days of stating that, "I work in retail," or the humourous self-deprication of declaring myself, "A Professional Goon." I now have a big-boy job, and I'm exstatic. I'm even, I think, half-decent at it, though the learning curve is hella steep.

Now, I've been awake for 30 of the last 48 hours, so I might go to bed. To all my friends who are embroilled in strife right now, all the best. I might have some good vibes to spare right now, so I'm sending them your way.
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