Archive for February 2002

I got a WHAT?

Wow, I’m so excited.  I’m writing this using my brand new iBook!!  This is my big splurge since I got the first check for Wonder Wonder.  I suppose a bigger-name musician might be able to buy something a little fancier with their album money, but I get a laptop!  (I got a laptop when I got paid for Telescopic as well, come to think of it.  But it’s broken now.) I’ve been a PC and/or Linux gal for the past 20 years, I’ve always wanted a Mac.  And it was so cute; I couldn’t stand to get another big ugly grey thing.  My cellist Amy Domingues has an iBook just like this, so of course I had to go copy her.  It feels so weird and Unixlike.  I really have no idea what I’m doing here in Macland.  I’ll have to flounder my way through until I figure it out a little better.

Indigestible cookies

Why won’t my Blogger cookie work?  I have to log in every time I go there to make an entry, it’s a pain.  At this point it’d be easier to do the editing right on my own computer.  But what’s neat about Blogger is that I can update the page from somebody else’s computer, and they don’t need any special software.  So theoretically I could post to this thing while I’m touring — but then again, I don’t usually have time to get to a computer at ALL when I’m touring, not even for e-mail, so… whatever!

Band meeting

Had a band meeting on Monday with Ryan Hembrey, Jim Becker, Adam Vida and his brother Ben.  It was to discuss the tour I’m doing in April with Central Falls.  We had to vote on transportation, how to split up the expenses and stuff like that.  My band shares two members with Central Falls, so we’re just going to rent one 15-passenger van to haul both groups.  It’ll be fairly easy (considering) since we only have one bass rig (Ryan’s), one drum set (Jason Adaciewicz’s, which Adam will use for my set).  Adam and I will also be sharing a guitar amp, so everything will be as consolidated as we can get it.

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Hate my hair

I’m trying to grow out my stupid bangs, which I’ve been cutting myself for the past seven or eight years.  I’m at that really difficult, awkward stage.  I’ve got this one hunk of hair that won’t stop bothering me.

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To blog or not to blog

I’m getting more and more tempted to turn this page into a real web-diary again, but I have such mixed feelings about that.  See, a few years ago I was keeping a journal on my website.  It lasted about a year and people just ate it up, I had some really intense followers.  (Mind you, I only learned the term "blogging" a few weeks ago!) Everybody seemed to love reading my diary except for my actual real-life friends.  That’s why I ultimately decided to stop; because some of my friends didn’t really want to talk to me openly anymore.  They’d lost their trust in me.  Not that I was bad-mouthing them on my website, they were just nervous of what I might say about them in public.  The people who felt most strongly about this were people who didn’t even read my diary; they were just leery of the whole idea.

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Outage apology

I got a note back from BinaryBlocks about the outage they had yesterday:

> Yes there was an issue. We have suspended the client account
> that was the cause of this problem. I am sorry for this downtime.
> Jason D. Piercy
> Founder & CEO
> BinaryBlocks Inc.

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At the Hideout

photo by Edith FrostJohn Whitney

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This and that

Jeez, my site was DOWN today.  Only for like fifteen minutes, but it scared me… sure hope they don’t make a habit of this.

My next goal for this site (if it works, that is) is to make another guestbook like I used to have.  I’m looking around at cgi scripts and different web services… might take me awhile but I’m aimin’ to do it eventually.

Don’t miss John Whitney’s show tonight at the Hideout!!

And happy birthday to my little sister Lucie!!  :-)

Meanings of W.E.I.R.D.

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

You know my Incredibly Strange Music group on Audiogalaxy?  I had to remove (expel) a member just now for the first time.  And it’s a shame because he was one of the original members when I first started the group in December.  Well, he was a pain in the ass then and he’s been a pain in the ass all along, despite repeated warnings and threats to eject him.  His infractions were almost too numerous to mention: he would flood the message board with egocentric posts.  He would insult me on the message board and insult anyone who also felt he was being a pain.  Worst of all he kept sending crappy commercial music.  Not 100% bad shit, maybe 66% was questionable and 33% was good.  That’s why it sucks that it had to come to this, because I will miss the 33% good shit he posted.  What an idiot.

Ryan Hembrey’s back from his month-long European tour with Manishevitz.  Him and Adam Vida are coming over on Monday for a band meeting, to discuss how we’re going to work out the money arrangements and everything for the tour.  Come to think of it I guess I should ask Jim if he wants to come too!  Don’t want to exclude the only other Chicago bandmember.

Moved to Binary Blocks

If the site seems a little faster than it was before, that’s because I’ve moved it to a new server! I wanted to stop mooching web-space off my friend Carl Steadman, who’s been hosting my site for the past year or so (and who hosted my pointer for many years before that). My new site’s at BinaryBlocks. They have a great deal, $35 a year for 50 megs. only takes up about 8 megs at the moment so I’ll have plenty of room to add new stuff!

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Hello world

What’s new? You’re lookin’ at it. The What’s New page is new!

John Whitney has a new webpage. It’s still under construction ‘cuz he just started it this weekend!  I’m teaching him a little HTML but he’s a very quick study.  (smile) He has a show coming up this Thursday the 21st at the Hideout.  It’s his first show under his own name, though he’s been playing in other people’s bands for a long time.

Wow, blogging

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

Learned another new word today: Blog.  It means some sort of web-log or online journal. Of course I used to have one before the word existed…!!!

This weekend I moved away from my pal Carl Steadman’s server and onto a new account I got at  It was easy!  I paid $35 for a year’s service on what they call a BabyBlock account, which is 50 megs.  My site currently only uses a little over 8 megs, so I’m fine with that.  I then went to Network Solutions and went through the e-mail routine to change the ISP.  Now it’s been a couple of days so the website is live, and the e-mail address is working too.  I need to write Carl and tell him to delete my old account.

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Go west young gal

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

Heard a new word today, on the Wired website.  "Hacktivism"!!  Pretty funny.

I’ve been e-mailing back and forth with Mike Frye about the tour I’m doing in April with Central Falls.  We’re going out west.  Most of the schedule is complete now, we’re only waiting for Omaha to confirm.

This, that and the other

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

Hello!  It’s sure been awhile since I’ve written anything.  I’m just burning a CD now and sick of playing solitaire.  Can’t run too many programs while I’m burning or I’ll end up with a coaster.

Everything’s been going pretty well.  Nothing too exciting to report.  Robert Fisher was in town a few weeks ago to do a couple of shows opening for the Handsome Family, at the Hideout on Jan. 24th and then Schuba’s on the 25th.  It was cool seeing him, and of course I did backup vocals on both shows like I always do.

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Neil Michael Hagerty: Plays That Good Old…

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I did backup vocals on the songs "Gratitude" and "It Could Happen Again"