Hello, Gamers!

Thanksgiving approaches, and you know what that means! Well, maybe you don't, but listen up. Since OwlCon is being held a little early this year (January 28-30), pre-registration time is almost upon us!

Pre-registration for our upcoming Con will start this Friday, November 26th. The page will open at or about 6pm (Central Time), so, if you're able to drag yourself out of your turkey-induced coma, you can start signing up for games even sooner than usual.

Look at all these great games! http://www.owlcon.com/2011/events_overview.php

Pre-registration offers you a discounted pass, as well as the opportunity to get a slot in your favorite games before they fill up! With a Weekend Pass you can pre-register for three games, and with a One Day Pass you can pre-register for one game. When the time comes, go here to take advantage of this fabulous opportunity: http://www.owlcon.com/2011/prereg.php


Oh, and for those of you on FaceBook -- go become a fan of OwlCon to help spread the word!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/OwlCon/179034833087
Yesterday I read that Sarah Palin was considering a bid for the presidency for 2012. I'm not surprised, but I have mixed feelings about this idea. On the one hand, she may make it incredibly easy for Obama to secure a second term. However, there is that other hand to consider. What if there are enough crazy people out there to vote her into office? Hell, there were enough of them to elect Bush to a second term even after we saw what a horrific president he was in his first term.

But today, I found my way to this: Should Trump Run?

Yes, folks, The Donald is also considering a run for the highest office in the land. He states that he would run as a Republican, so there could be a bit of a scuffle between Trump and Palin. (Of course, there is always the possibility of the two of them teaming up...)

This is on the front page of his site:

Donald Trump will even out the playing field and develop a legitimate plan to reign in our massive trade deficits. (emphasis mine)


Oh, yes, I'm sure he will. :)
That was probably the best Lager Gig I've ever witnessed. The audience was amazing. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the birth of our 4th CD -- Bass Mettle!

In Memoriam

Nov. 4th, 2010 03:39 pm
Thirteen years to the day after my Dad, Sparky Anderson has died. (video in the link) Sparky was two years younger than my Dad, and yet, died too soon.

Still fucking miss my Dad.
In preparation for the Lager Rhythms gig, I have been listening to a couple of songs off of Strange Charm (I'll let you guess which ones). Occasionally I will treat myself by listening to a few of the other songs on the album. Wow, I really miss some of these songs! The one I can't stop singing/humming/whistling at the moment is Happy Phantom (now you can remove that from your list of choices for what's being sung at the gig ;)), which I find appropriate for the season. Hmm...maybe we should work a few more of these back into the repertoire.

Also, I really miss Karen's voice. And her general presence.
Last night's rehearsal was brutal! I am all about the hot tea today. Mmmm, jasmine. :)

The CD is at the press, and we are cutting it damned close to getting them in time for the gig, so any karma that you want to send our way would be greatly appreciated. We're pretty pleased with the whole thing, and we hope you guys will be too!

We have decided the shirts are a go! They are awesomely cool, but, due to the cost, we are making a relatively small run (around 50, I believe), so they may sell out pretty quickly. (We can only hope so!)

Our final pre-gig run-out will be this coming Monday at the Duck for open mic. If you'd like to get a preview of the gig (including one song that we have never done in front of an audience!) come see us! Open mic usually starts around 8pm, and we try to get on as early as possible, which is usually between 9 and 10. come on out and support your favorite Houston a cappella band!
That should totally be my superhero battle cry.


I took the plunge and ordered a pair of shoes from Zappos.com this morning. I have found that there is a very specific style of shoe that I like to wear to work and, for the past several years, I have been able to find multiple pairs at Naturalizer so that I can buy two pairs in black and two in brown all at once, thus avoiding having to go work-shoe shopping for another couple of years. :)

This past go round I was unable to get multiple pairs in brown, so I have been occasionally scanning the Naturalizer website to see if they have come back in stock. At this point I don't think they will (boo!), so I figured I could check out Zappos, since so many people have had good luck there. I'm a bit hard to fit, so I like to try on shoes before I buy, but Zappos' return policy looks pretty convenient, so I'm risking it all and have ordered these.

[livejournal.com profile] drelmo calls the shoes I'm in now my "sassy boots," so I'm especially waiting for a thumbs up or thumbs down from him. Cuz, of course, it's all about [livejournal.com profile] drelmo. :)
Last night we went to an open mic at the Last Concert Cafe. The place is well-hidden (no sign, and you actually have to knock on the door to be let in!), but there was a good crowd, and they seemed to be having a lot of fun. The folks who were running the show really seemed to enjoy us, and they asked for us to stay on stage and do more songs (twice!), so I guess we did well. I doubt we got many additional fans out of it, but it was fun to go to a new place and sing.

In a couple of weeks we'll do another open mic (probably at the Duck), and then we'll be ready for the CD release. (By the way, have you gotten your tickets yet? The Duck tends to fill up so you might want to reserve a seat. I'm just sayin'.) We're also working on another outdoor Valhalla gig, which may be before or after the CD release; we're just flying by the seat of our pants with Valhalla, but we love them anyway, 'cuz that's where we were born. :)

Leisa (who is a friggin' artistic MACHINE, I tells ya!) is just putting the finishing touches on the CD design, and then it's off to the press! I'm really getting excited about this!

Come see us!

Sunday, November 14th 6pm
McGonigal's Mucky Duck
Oh, and in case you've forgotten, the Lager Rhythms CD release is quickly approaching!

Sunday, November 14th at 6pm
McGonigel's Mucky Duck


CD music is mixed and mastered and CD cover/liner design has been completed, we're just waiting for a few final artistic tweaks before we send the whole kit and kaboodle in for pressing. Shirts are still up in the air. Leisa devloped an awesome design, but we're not so sure that people want Lager t-shirts, so... we're waffling.

We're doing open mics at the Duck in preparation. I believe our next one is this Monday night, so if you want a preview, feel free to join us. :)
I truly believe, that if you drive a HUGE freaking truck (and let's face it, this is Texas, so most of you do), you should take even more care to try to park straight and centered between the lines.

I'm just sayin'.
I swear to you, I got to this article from the Google News page!

Apparently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is trying to kill off as many people as possible in order to reduce carbon emissions. And they're starting with the stupid people. Yes, those folks who are "stupid" enough to get vaccinated.

Honestly, where do these people get their paranoia drugs from? And how do they get linked to the Google News page??

I weep for mankind.
Y'know, nothing makes me feel more satisfied with how I spend my money than having to clean up after the folks whom I pay to clean my house.

Or, possbily nothing makes me more sarcastic and grumpy. You make the call.
Can anyone point me to a good online resource for learning how to use pivot tables?
Now that we have been given the opportunity to link LJ comments to facebook or twitter, I would request that you do not do so when commenting on my LJ. I keep these two areas as separate as I can, and would prefer not to have to close down this account.

Thanks.
Mixing was completed over the weekend. Last night we set the order for the CD and burned copies for the group. We'll spend the next week or so listening to this "draft" and make sure we like the songs in that order. Mastering is set for the middle of September.

We also had a first look at the cover art, which was very cool, and discussed the rest of the packaging and production. Things are moving along!

Save the date!

Lager Rhythms CD Release
Sunday, November 14th at 6pm
McGonigel's Mucky Duck
Last night was very productive, so today is mostly about tweaking any minor issues and finishing up one more song. Plans are in place for the mastering in mid-September. So much to do!!
Last night we had to do a fair bit of tweaking, so we were only able to get through another three songs. That's 14 ready for mastering and 6 more to go. We know it's possible to get though 6 in one session, but it's going to take a concerted effort. We'll see how it goes tonight.

Mastering is only available during the day, and so only a small number of the group will be able to participate. Sadly, I'm not one of them. :(


The CD release will be at McGonigel's Mucky Duck -- Sunday, November 14th, at 6pm. Cool piece of info for the show -- We have Emily Dugas doing sound! Wheeeee!



Plus, yo, [livejournal.com profile] follybard, we need to talk to you!
Last night we got through a record SEVEN additional songs, plus we did a tiny bit of tweaking to a couple of the songs from the first session. That's a total of 11 for those of you who are counting, and that means we are over the halfway mark for the mixing!

*dance of joy*

We are scheduled to continue mixing this Thursday and Friday, plus Saturday if we need it.

The CD release concert has a tentative date, but we are waiting for a definite commitment before we start advertising. Shouldn't be long now!
We had our first mixing session on Monday, and got through 4 (out of 20) songs. As two of the songs were pretty heavy on the need for mixing, I'd say that was a pretty good session. Having listened to the songs on headphones, I think we did a good job with them, and will only have a few tiny things to clean up before we continue on to the next...16 songs (*gulp*). Next week we are scheduled to mix for three nights. It's gonna be a rough week. Expect much sleepiness.

For those of you who are keeping track, the songs we have now mixed include:

  • I Walk the Line

  • This Evenfall

  • Underdog

  • xxxxxx (No! We refuse to tell you the name of this song!)



Although we do plan to get out to some coffeehouses and open mics during the production phase of the CD, the mystery song will not be debuted before the CD release party. Mwa-ha-ha-ha! (Mine is an evil laugh!)
I've spoken for years about having to dress in a less feminine manner in order to maintain "engineering credibility." I guess it's more than just the clothing choices that we make as female engineers that can hinder our careers - it's our overall level of attractiveness.
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