"Antitrust" is on TBS right now. Man, I'm such a sucker for bad hacker movies. Of course, "Hackers" is fabulously bad, but this is pretty good, especially the open source software reference. Makes me feel like I'm back in the dot com days.
Speaking of IT issues, Les has a very well worded rant about why the Navy sucks. It's specifically targetted at their poorly run attempt to get all commands running under one IT infrastructure. Check it out; this kind of boneheaded crap is going on in the government (and probably plenty of regular companies) every day.
A quick band update. We're going to be playing this Friday (Nov. 7) at City Limits, followed by a show on Friday, November 14 at Brewski's. In related news, our sound, especially vocals, should be much better. On Monday, after answering an ad in craigslist.org (an excellent free online classifieds site for many metropolitan areas), I went to Covington (which is east of Federal Way and the Valley freeway) to trade my old Peavey bass amp for a mixing console. When I got there, I was floored to see a 12 channel Peavey mixing console, complete with a flight case. It works perfectly. Once that was taken care of, obviously what was needed was a power amp and some speakers to go with it. A visit to Guitar Center was in order. To make a long story short; we have a real PA system now. A QSC power amp and JBL cabinets complete it, and since we were pegging out and distorting the crappy microphones we had, a couple of Shure SM58's should fix us up. I'm looking forward to not having a Spinal Tap type show at City Limits this time.
We recorded a few songs for a demo. "Prisoner" and "Vampire Girls" came out OK, but "Wally" sounded terrible. We're going to re-record it from scratch tomorrow. Anyway, if you're equipped to play Ogg-Vorbis files, you can check them out. You probably are if you're running any recent version of XMMS or whatever. If not, or you're a Windows using (l)user, get Winamp 3, which does play Ogg. I compressed as far as I dared with Ogg so my bandwidth wouldn't get killed, and they still sound pretty good. However, the popping sounds you hear periodically are not compression artifacts, they're the unfortunate results of the crappy E-machines computer that Greg used for the recording. Anyway, here they are. Be sure to use "save this link" to save these as files. The way to make the link a "download" link is escaping me at the moment.
Enjoy, and send me your comments.