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June 30th, 2016
02:54 pm


Songs about Advertising
Songs and other tracks that are about advertising. (Not including songs that relate to just one advertising campaign.)

Stan Freberg, "Green Christmas"
Barry Manilow, "Very Strange Medley"
Homer & Jethro, "The Billboard Song"
Simon & Garfunkel, "Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine"
Smash Mouth, "Walking on the Sun"

Donna Leaf says: Allan Sherman - "Headaches" (aspirin commercials) and
Allan Sherman - "Chim Chim Cheree"

Allison Lonsdale: Tom Lehrer, "A Christmas Carol"

Monica Boyd: "Persuasion" includes words "I Only Wanted Cigarettes" and "buy, buy, buy more now."

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June 28th, 2016
11:40 pm


Red Beans and Rice
Tonight I put on a crockpot of red beans, to serve over rice tomorrow. I've got 12 oz. of Aidells Andouille, three 29-oz. cans of red beans, and three tablespoons of my experimental Cajun Spice Mix.

(I just wanted to make a note so I can come back and tweak the proportions next time.)

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May 17th, 2016
08:52 pm


Fun with Ringtones, part 4
The story so far. I am assigning different notification ringtones to different people. The goal is for me to recognize the tune and therefore know exactly who is trying to reach me. It might be because the song always made me think of them, or because the singer seems to be saying their name. (See my previous LJ post about that.) Or their name is in the title, or the artist has a similar name. Once in a while the person has picked the tune themself.

Most of these tracks are songs from our music collection. Once in a while I use a Youtube clip, using listentoyoutube.com to turn it into an mp3 file.

For a lot of these ringtones, I'm using the instrumental intro followed by the first line or two of the song. For others, I either have the instrumental intro by itself, or I go straight into the lyrics or chorus, or I make two ringtones, one for each. I'll have to see which I like better in practice.

I've been created my ringtones as .mp3 files, usually using mp3cut.net. If you want to turn them into .m4r files, the format iphones use, that's something that mp3cut.net will do for you! -- But the Apple format is limited to 30 second snips. In practice, that's fine for text messages. A telephone call or alarm clock ringtone is going to repeat anyway, so there's no reason to make it too short.

I found another handy online MP3 editing gizmo: www.mp3louder.com. So if it's too hard to hear the phone making the noise, I can increase the volume on it.

To get the ringtones onto my Android phone, I download them to my laptop and then copy them over via Bluetooth. I haven't figured out how to get sound files from the internet directly onto my phone yet. Some investigation into “Zedge” and other ringtone websites may yield the answer.

If you're interested in any of these, I can get you the URL. I just didn't feel up to adding all of them here.

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May 9th, 2016
12:39 am


Fun with Ringtones, part 3
So if you tuned in late: I'm editing some custom ringtones for my phone. The idea is that I'll recognize the song, and therefore recognize who's calling. I haven't figured out how to download them directly from the web to my phone, but that's okay because I'm creating them and saving them to my laptop. From there I transfer them to my phone via Bluetooth.

If I hear Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue," I'll know that Ed Hooper has texted me. I've got the intro here, 18 sec and the chorus, 18 sec. Also if he calls me, I've got a longer one, 48 sec.

The lady who runs RV Awards, where I order my badge ribbons, is named Janet. I picked a Janet Jackson track, "Rhythm Nation," and snipped the intro to use for her texts. I also have the chorus and the ending, and I'll use one of those for when she calls me.

I was thinking of what would make me think of Tilly (Natalie) Williams. Natalie Imbruglia's song "Torn," or Natalie Cole's duet with her dad "Unforgettable?" I decided to go with "Unforgettable," but I'm actually using someone else's duet. But I'll know it's her, because I don't have anyone named Ani or Jackie texting me.

Karl Zéro's album "Songs For Cabriolets And Otros Tipos De Vehiculos" is a quirky thing that I'd recognize any time. So if I hear this bit from El Bodeguero, I'll know it's Karl Lembke calling me.

Assuming that I recognize Dean Martin singing "On An Evening In Roma," and seeing as I don't get any texts from anyone named Dean, I should be able to remember that it's Martin Young calling. In any event, I didn't have any good piratical or philosophical songs handy!

I find "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis instantly recognizable, and I'll know it's Lee Almodovar on the line.

The very first line of "Movin' Out" by Billy Joel mentions his name. So if I hear this ringtone, I know it's Anthony ("Moogle") Walker.

We get a lot of packages via UPS. Did you know they'll send you text messages when they're delivered? I cut three different ring tones from "Living in a Box" to use for those notifications. An instrumental intro, a chorus, and the ending which repeats the chorus a few times.

A lot of pieces of music might make great ringtones but don't necessarily evoke a particular person or name. But I can use them for alarm clocks! Fun Boy Three's “The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum” is suitable for reminding me of therapy appointments. Or conference calls for work. Or both. Phone ringtone, and I have a text ringtone (shorter version).

I use Cusco's "Land of the Midnight Sun" to tell me it's midnight.

Here's a ring tone for Thursdays. (I never could get the hang of Thursdays.) This is the music that they used for the theme music on the BBC radio program “Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.” ”Journey Of The Sorcerer.”


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May 7th, 2016
10:14 pm


Fun with Ringtones, part 2
Colleen Crosby asked, "Are you doing so many different ringtones that you won't be able to remember who was assigned which tone?" It's the other way around: will I find a memorable ringtone for each person? The last bunch of people to text me include people named Kurt, Dora, Alec, Ed, Tilly (Natalie), Trina, Mark, Jason, Tony, Eric, Miko, Cathy, Matthew, Joyce, Michelle... Some of those names, I can think of songs that would remind me of them. Others, I dunno! I've got LOTS of music with intros or other instrumental sections that would be great for alarm clock sounds, or other generic bits, but don't necessarily bring to mind any particular person's name. Oh, if I knew someone named Alan or Parsons or Jean-Michel or Jarre, I'd have no trouble, but...

My ringtone for Ashley Lanning is from a piece by Ashley MacIsaac.

A ringtone based on the Imperial March for obishawn. He's in the 501st, he's got the stormtooper armor, and he's danced in stormtrooper armor. So a jazzy version of the Imperial March makes perfect sense. (Luke doesn't have a theme, he just gets "The Force" theme; and I don't have a jazzed-up version of that.)

The choice for "Felix" Molzahn was obvious. Long version for calls and a short version for texts.

I made a ringtone for the next time "Eric in the Elevator" texts or calls me. Some people might have gone with Eric Clapton, but I decided to use an instrumental piece by Eric Johnson.

Christopher Castro ordered some "Twin Peaks"-themed ribbons from me last year, so I've decided to use the theme for his ringtone the next time he texts me or calls me.

"Gaelic Reels" is a short little ring tone. Suitable for use as an alarm clock, phone call, or text alert tone. The original was only a minute long, but it repeats so I just snipped the last 15 seconds. I'm going to use it for Pat Larson, especially seeing as it's from one of her CDs!

When I hear this track by Candy Dulfer and David A. Stewart I'll know that Kandis Caringer is trying to reach me.

I have a co-worker named Omar. The ring tone and text tone for him are from a piece by Ottmar Liebert.

Another co-worker is named Del. Rather seeking out a song from the Del Vikings or Del McCoury, I went with the classic Delicado.

My cow-orker Kurt Kohlhase rides his bicycle great distances, and tells me some of the tales of his trips. So next time he calls me, I have this ringtone and this shorter one for texts.

While I was in there, I snipped the "You say black, I say white" rap bit. No idea what I'll use it for.


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May 3rd, 2016
11:43 pm


Fun with Ringtones
Made a few more snippets from some songs. My goal is to make it so that if one of my friends sends me a text, I can tell who it is. A bunch of them will be songs that use their name in the lyrics, or in the artist's name. Something from Ashley MacIsaac for Ashley Lanning; The Beatles' "Sexy Sadie" for Marcia Minsky who has a dog named Sadie; probably something from Janet Jackson for Janet, the lady who makes my ribbons; and so on. Here is one I'm going to use when my co-worker Mark texts me.

Here's another classic ring tone. It's Wil Wheaton's voice, so I'm going to use it for when my father (Wil Baden) calls me. Yes, both of them spell their name with one L.

The first one is taken from the Tubes, "What do you want from life." The second one is from the webcomic User Friendly. They had a storyline that involved Wil Wheaton doing some voiceover work, and he was kind enough to send them a recording doing the same lines from the story


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April 23rd, 2016
10:30 pm


Live Program Application Process
Anime Banzai is in six months. Their panel submission form went live earlier this month. I submitted a proposal (Con-Runners Roundtable). Nine days later I received an e-mail telling me it was approved and giving me a tentative time slot for Saturday night.

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April 18th, 2016
04:53 pm


We share a hobby
We have something in common: we share a hobby. It's a hobby that we spend time and money on. We pay for hotel rooms and memberships (badges) and transportation costs, we take time off from our regular day-to-day lives, we do all this to make something happen for a brief shining weekend.

Our hobby is convention-running. Oh, we may have common interests or fandoms, but that's not a requirement. You don't need to read science fiction to help issue badges at a science fiction convention; you don't need to know a Doctor from a Dalek to volunteer to help with line control at a Doctor Who convention; you don't need to know what AMV stands for, to be an usher at an AMV contest. And so on, for the myriad things that need to happen for the event to go smoothly, or go at all.

And we do all this because this is our hobby. One of our hobbies, the one we all have in common. We don't do it for the handful of perks we might get, such as a discount on our hotel room, or a t-shirt, or some free meals. We certainly don't do it for the thanks we get: there's not enough gratitude for all that we do. We find our own reasons, to do what needs to be done.

And I think the most common reason is because this is our hobby.

First draft of a new entry for my personal Bingo Card. But that's another story.

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April 8th, 2016
03:04 pm


Some thoughts on GGG
Girl Gamer Gathering launched. It wasn’t a complete failure. For many people there, it was their best convention experience in years.

Maria wanted a safe place where she could play games. She’s a gay, disabled, woman of color, and wanted none of that to matter while playing games.

We had about 150 attendees. Many of them were women, or young girls. Some were men. Some were somewhere in between. We had a place on the badge where you could put a sticker to show what pronoun to use – some people who looked like girls were actually “he”, there were a few with “they” on their badge, and so forth.

Lynn, Maria and I each achieved our game-playing goals for the weekend. Maria just wanted to play a few games. Anything, really. Video games, board games, whatever. Lynn wanted to get a group together to play the board game “Pride & Prejudice.” And I wanted to stage “Live Action Space Invaders.”

More in a bit, I think,


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April 7th, 2016
12:34 pm


A Con Suite is a just an open party that never ends
Things I learned last weekend include: I have enough party gear to equip a small con suite. Weakest area was large serving bowls -- I don't usually have potato chips and tortilla chips at my parties. I realize this may not come as a surprise to many of my friends.

(I'm aware of the trick of lining soda boxes (flats) with foil, or rolling down the sides of a bag of chips, or buying cheap serving bowls at the dollar store, or serving individual packages of chips instead of big bags in big bowls. As it happens, I have some large bowls and large platters, some of them concave; I just didn't bring everything.)

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