I probably am not going to be able to hide the fact that I’m writing this story about the August eclipse seven months later, in the midst of a February snow system. Very well. Let me just cop to that fact, and my need to put some interesting “cornerstone copy” on my site that’s a little less than five years old.
Eclipse Day Wakeup
I believe I had set the alarm on my phone for about 7 am on Monday. But I probably didn’t need to bother. I was getting perhaps an hour of sleep at a time. Sean tried to sleep sitting outside in the muggy night, even though he was being bugged by mosquitoes and whatever other insects are out at that place and time. Continue reading “Eclipse Journal 2: August 21”
I have been fussing with the transfer of this blog to WordPress, and with trying to make it current. But let’s start pitching in some new content, first by catching up to a momentous road with my son. This is adapted and expanded from my beer-centric eclipse coverage at beeronaut.com.
My son Sean and I set out at about 9 am Sunday morning to cross the State of Illinois—the long way—to experience the total solar eclipse of 2017. Our route would involve cutting from one interstate to another along an hour’s worth of rural highway so the Boy could practice his driving. Continue reading “Eclipse Journal 1: August 20”
The Gettysburg Address — Lord Buckley — His Royal Hipness — 1956
Gangnam Style! — Psy — 2012
Ruby Baby — The Drifters — 1956
A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done — Sonny & Cher — All I Ever Need is You — 1972
Live — The Merry-Go-Round — 1966
A Quick One, While He’s Away — The Who — A Quick One —1966
The Laughing Song — George W. Johnson — Brown Wax Cylinder Collection (Tinfoil.com) — 1899
Cocktails for Two — Spike Jones & His City Slickers — Anthology — 1944
Planet Rock — Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force — 12″ single — 1982
Get Dancin’ — Disco Tex & the Sex-o-Lettes — Get Dancin’ — 1975
Hadacol! (That’s All) — The Treniers — They Rock! They Roll! They Swing! — 1952
Nag Nag Nag Nag — Art Brut — It’s a Bit Complicated — 2007
The Rain, the Park and Other Things — The Cowsills — 20th Century Masters — 1967
Kermit Schafer — Rock Around the Blooper — 1956
Jackie Onassis — Human Sexual Response — Figure 14 — 1980
Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow (single version) — Frank Zappa — Apostrophe(‘) — 1974
Don’t Go Near the Eskimos —Ben Colder — single — 1962
Another Way to Die – Jack White & Alicia Keys –“Quantum of Solace” soundtrack – 2008
Woodstock — Matthew’s Southern Comfort — 1970
Shake It — Ian (Iain) Matthews — 1978
Hey, St. Peter – Flash & the Pan — 1978
Whole Lot-ta Shakin’ Goin’ On — Big Maybelle – 1955 (produced by Quincy Jones)
Here we are with a new semester at good ol’ WIIT, the voice of Illinois Institute of Technology. The little radio station that could now has a new board and all us DJ’s have had to go in for re-training.
I discovered that this board is much easier to use than the last one, as long as I don’t try to do anything fancy, like try to put phone calls on the air. The two CD decks will start playing when you hit the “on air” button on the board. And best of all, they have another deck for digital media: Flash drives, USB drives, etc. We are even closer to realizing my dream of being able to bring in all my music for a show on the half-a-postage-stamp sized chip in my cell phone. Continue reading “The Return of Musical Cheese! Sept 12, 2012”
Now, I don’t know how long I’ll be doing this little broadcast from the studios of WIIT. There may be a job coming down the line that keeps me from coming in for class, who knows? The next podcast could be my last!
So I learned a few things after last week’s opening salvo. First, the Virtual DJ software on my Windows netbook is by default expecting a soundcard installed with two outputs: one for cue and one for air. So whenever I dropped an MP3 track on one of the cue decks, a channel on the song playing on air would cut out. Finally found the configuration to acknowledge that there’s just the one stereo output. Now if I can just figure why the plug feeding the sound board only plays the right channel (I tried my headphone in the jack, that’s pure stereo). For the sake of this podcast, I tracked the right channel into both ears. Continue reading “Musical Cheese II: The saga continues!”