Archive for September, 2008


Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Here in the Dallas area, we can get pretty smug about our distance from any coastline, and thus the low likelihood of being threatened by hurricanes …

That is, until one is predicted to come barreling up the middle of Texas right toward us with just a little loss of power, still having tropical storm strength as it reaches Oklahoma.

At least, that’s what was supposed to happen. Then they began predicting that Hurricane Ike would make a sharp right turn just north of Houston and give us only 50 MPH winds and 100% chance of rain, measuring from two to four inches.

Now, at about 2 PM on Saturday, it’s scaled back to an 80% chance of rain for the whole Dallas area, with only an inch or two of precip and 30 MPH winds.

And for my little burb (about 35 miles NNW of downtown Large D), it looks like we’re going to get Mr. Jack Squat.

All that water to go around, and none for us?

That could change, of course, but for now I’ll set my attitude meter at Smug with a side of Envy.

UPDATE: It’s now 10:30, and we probably got a little over an inch of rain, and little wind, so I’m happy

But we took all the herb pots off the patio for nothing …

Get a (Second) Life

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Aside from the usual jobhunting, I’ve mostly just been DJing in Second Life (hey, it’s free, plus I’ve been earning some miniscule tips), which is not only teaching me new skills, but also serves an informal networking functionality.

I’m currently DJing four regular shifts at three clubs right now: Rockers, Club Siren and Belar Inshan Social Club, with the Orion available any time I want to open it up, and an offer pending for the club I previously managed, Midnight at the Forum. (The reason I quit managing was because I was trying to fill 2 clubs — and they just gave me a third — in exchange for a small (virtual) house. Now I just DJ for tips, and I takes me just two shows to pay rent on a house that’s twice as big!)

As I’ve mentioned, I used to DJ in college, and never imagined I’d be doing it again, but thanks to the miracle of internet, I can inflict my musical tastes on the musical public! I’m also meeting a lot of interesting folks from all over.

One of the coolest new people I’ve met is Tamra Hayden, the real-life Broadway actress/singer/songwriter. She performs live concerts in Second Life, reaching a worldwide audience thanks to, you guessed it, the miracle of the internet.

Here’s a video of her singing in REAL life, performing “Eden Will Bloom”:

And Tamra’s not the only musician I’ve met in the virtual realm: At my DJ gig Monday night, several of us noticed a young lady hanging around on the fringes of the dance floor, unsure what to make of everything, and it turned out that it was her first night in Second Life. A few of us at the club began talking to her and giving her things we had previously gotten for free, and letting her know some good places to get more.

We also found out that she is the lead singer of the North Carolina band, The Situationals. They’ve got some really great music, and she’s got a good powerful voice, reminiscent of The Motels and Pat Benatar — but the songs (and the band) are much better than those too. Here’s a sample of their work:

And finally, I’ve previously mentioned Mazzie, the young lady from Australia whom I met on my first day in Second Life.

The reason I’m mentioning her today is that she recently sent me this joke:

St. Peter is at the Pearly Gates checking up on the people waiting to enter Heaven. He asks the next one in line, ‘So, who are you, and what did you do on Earth?’ The fellow says, ‘I’m Barack Obama, and I was the first black to be elected President of the United States ‘ St. Peter says, ‘The U.S.? A black President? You gotta be kidding me! When did this happen?’ Obama says, ‘About twenty minutes ago.’

She also added that McCain “is a right cock”, and that Hilary “needs a good beating”.

It’s good to know that the people in other countries take an interest in our democracy …