Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I'm back!

New keyboard (I'm still convinced it's a usb driver issue, but for now I'll live with the new keyboard... love having extra legacy keyboards around for just this reason.. ), but back. Keyboard certainly not as great, and I'll get to work on getting the better one back.

So, where were we.. oh yeah, also found out that I have a problem with the desktop computer speaker system. Great 4.4 PDS MASH Panasonic, but I've had this since 1992. UCC gift. Wow, roughly 17 year old technology. The speakers are a bit tweaky, and starting to notice the headphone jack going exclusively on right without telling me... apparently it's had enough... and I can't fix that; time for something new. Suggestions?

Anyway, back to the music in a second... taking out the garbage between reboots.

Flatt and Scruggs

lyrics. http://www.metrolyrics.com/foggy-mountain-top-lyrics-flatt-and-scruggs.html

I just noticed i lost my 'shift' key... it's still there, but 9both0 aren't working.. WINDOWS1 and drivers... may have to reset... will be back1

Ricky Skaggs

Embedding disabled, but definitely worth watching... talks about his 7-year old appearance. Plus beautiful song.

But still look up the previous link!

Gospel, Acappella. ugh... Can't wait for Easter Sunday in the South:

maybe this is why my first impression was so bad;

Stupid embedding denied; listen to this next.
lyrics. http://www.metrolyrics.com/crying-my-heart-out-over-you-lyrics-ricky-skaggs.html

Has everyone known about this site except for me??!!

Great site covering all music.


Foggy Mountain Boys+




Rick Skaggs at 7!; backed by the Foggy Mountain boys (alright, more Flatt and Scruggs in a bit, but need to find out more about this Skaggs (just horrible name) dude:

btw.. Toronto's own tribute-ish band, I just found out, Foggy Hogtown Boys (other than the "Soggy 'Bottom' boys", of O Brother, Where Art Thou. umm.. not from Toronto)...

Music night!: "Mississippi" John Smith Hurt; storyteller, entertainer, and singer.

Ok, gonna listen to some music tonight and live blog it. That's right.

Museum: http://www.msjohnhurtmuseum.com/

Bio: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:wifuxq95ldke~T1

Good bio, in French: http://latailla.club.fr/JohnHurt/MJHpage.html
Translations: http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Flatailla.club.fr%2FJohnHurt%2FMJHpage.html&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0=

Bio: http://www.mindspring.com/~dennist/#Biographical%20Information

Great youtube story below (with Pete Seeger, Hedy West, and Paul Cadwell!) + Goodnight Irene. Gorgeous. Spend 6 minutes and watch it.

According to personal biography of his life John Hurt learn to love and appreciate music and guitar playing from William H Carson, a man infatuated with his teacher at the St. James School, located in Avalon, Mississippi. John Hurt stated, " I wasn't allowed to bother Mr. Carson's guitar. I would wait until he feel asleep at my house, then I would slip his guitar into my room and try to play. There I learned to play the guitar at the age of nine years old. After that, my mother bought me a second hand guitar at the price of $1.50! 1 can tell you there was no beautiful sound than my own guitar music. I was playing for country dances at the same time working very hard on a farm new Avalon Mississippi."

You got to walk that lonesome valley.
Well, you got to walk it for yourself.
Ain’t nobody else can walk it for you.
You got to walk that valley for yourself.

My mother had to walk that lonesome valley.
Well, she had to walk it for herself.
Yes, nobody else could walk it for her.
Yeah, she had to walk that valley for herself.

Oh yes, you got to walk that lonesome valley.
Well, you got to walk it for yourself.
Yes, nobody else can walk it for you.
You got to walk.

My father had to walk that lonesome valley.
He had to walk it for his self.
Yes, nobody else can walk it for him.
Now he had to walk.

Oh, Jesus had to walk that lonesome valley
He had to walk it for his self.
Yes, nobody else could walk it for him.
He had to walk that valley for his self.

Oh yes, you got to walk that lonesome valley.
Well, you got to walk it for yourself.
Yes, nobody else can walk it for you.
You got to walk that valley for yourself.

The physics behind the stability of a bike.

Nice!... from ibiketo.ca.

It gets into how the design of the bike affects its handling, stability and performance. Originally printed in 1970, 'Physics Today' reprinted it in 2006.

... that the faster a bicycle moves the easier it is to ride (because a smaller steering adjustment is necessary to create a centrifugal correction)... Nevertheless this theory can not be true, or at least can not be the whole truth.

From ibiketo.ca: Jones discovered that a bicycle that has had its front forks reversed so that the rake (curve of the fork) points inward ends up being a very stable bike that will self-correct when pushed and released riderless.

As it turns out this bike is too stable to be a good bicycle. Most modern bikes are built on the edge of instability to provide greater responsiveness.

The article is good, and if you're not that into the numbers, the theory is described on the first page or two, so definitely worth while at least reading that..

Here is the link to the article and to ibiketo.ca source.