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TV TopicA friend at WREK forwarded me this link to a New York Times
article about Donald Wildmon’s organization (remember him?) using some
Christian station signals to drown out the evil influence of NPR
(surely nearly as bad as the ACLU, gays, and other groups that caused
the Trade Center attack as per Jerry Fallwell). This is personal to
me, because one of the two stations mentioned is KRVS, the fine folks who syndicated my
radio show for me and all around good people. I just called the
general manager and chitchatted a few months ago. These folks are
downright wonderful people who opened their studios to me based on one
conversation and fronted me to the NPR organization because they liked
my show. Who can ask for better friends? The link to the NYT article
is here
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Technology TopicThis WiFi stuff rocks! I’ve been lying on the couch in the living
room, laptop on my lap, surfing while listening to streaming internet
radio and SSHing into various machines to do tasks. This is the
life. If only I were doing the same thing from the beach, all would be
perfect. I might need a new battery for the Thinkpad, though. It seems
like it just isn’t holding a charge as well as it used to. I might let
it run all the way down to see if that helps clear out memory effects.

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Now it is Sunday morning, rainy for the first time in months, post
rock-and-roll show, and I feel lazy. This feels like a good day to do
nothing, lie around reading books and drinking coffee and listening to
Camera Obscura. We bought the CD last night at Paul’s
show (why not buy it where he gets the most money?) which we both
enjoyed very much. We got there a little after 11 PM, which was when
Paul was slated to go on. Of course, the band before him was still
playing – rock and roll time has little in common with the EDT time
zone. He played mostly songs from the new CD, all of which I thought
were awesome. His band had Lee Cuthbert from the Gentle Readers and
an electric piano player adding to the four piece band he had at the
last show I saw. Even cooler, on songs like “Jeff Lynne”, Lee was the
one playing the “hero guitar parts” with all the ELO flourishes. The
girl gets to be the badass! Yeah! I had thought he screwed me on the
weblog deal, since as of yesterday his website is all new and no
longer links to his free music page. However, it is still there at http://www.paulmelancon.com/freemusic/
so please check it out. Paul’s wife was happy with me, because I had
exact change. I try to please when I can. The members of the band
weaklazyliar surprised him with a huge banner of the album cover,
which they had the audience sign on the back with Sharpies. I wrote “I
never seen nothing like you” and signed, a reference to “Do Ya”, the
ELO song I think he should cover.

After the set proper, a few other guys came up for unrehearsed cover
versions of “Turn to Stone” (which I remembered 80% of the words to,
despite not hearing it in many years), “Barbara Ann” and others I
forget. All in all, a very good evening. I like that we are going out
and doing things like this. I refuse to give in to impending middle
age! I’ll rock till they kick my walker out from under me!