Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Grateful Dead Madison Square Garden, New York September 14th, 1991

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead I am publishing my favorite Dead shows all month, right up until the Fare Thee Well concerts in Chicago. I hope you are listening to the streams and enjoying this magical shows along with me!

Let The Good Times Roll, Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, Little Red Rooster, Jack A Roe, Desolation Row, Tennessee Jed, Promised Land China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Ship of Fools-> Truckin'-> Jam-> Spoonful-> He's Gone, Drums-> Jam-> All Along The Watchtower, China Doll-> One More Saturday Night, E: The Weight

Monday, June 22, 2015

Grateful Dead Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York March 29th, 1990

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead and the upcoming big Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago and California, I am posting some of my favorite Grateful Dead shows all month. I hope you listen along with me and enjoy!

Jack Straw, Bertha, We Can Run But We Can't Hide, Ramble On Rose, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bird Song*, Promised Land* Eyes Of The World-> Estimated Prophet-> Dark Star-> Drums-> Dark Star-> The Wheel-> Throwing Stones-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Grateful Dead Live at Hampton Coliseum October 9, 1989

To celebrate the Grateful Dead turning 50 and the big upcoming Fare Thee Well final concerts, I'm listing some of my all-time favorite shows all month long. I hope you'll light one up and join me in enjoying this amazing music from the past!

Feel Like A Stranger, Built To Last, Little Red Rooster, Ramble On Rose, We Can Run But We Can't Hide, Jack A Roe, Memphis Blues, Row Jimmy, The Music Never Stopped Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band Reprise, Dark Star-> Drums-> Jam-> Death Don't Have No Mercy-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Hey Jude Reprise-> Throwing Stones-> Good Lovin', E: Attics Of My Life

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Grateful Dead Madison Square Garden, New York September 18th, 1987

In honor of the Grateful Dead turning 50 I am publishing a list (with the stream!) of my favorite dead shows. Fare thee well indeed!

Hell In A Bucket-> Sugaree-> Walkin' Blues, Candyman, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bird Song Shakedown Street-> Women Are Smarter-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Jam-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> All Along The Watchtower-> Morning Dew-> Good Lovin'-> La Bamba-> Good Lovin' E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Friday, June 19, 2015

Grateful Dead Civic Center, Augusta, Maine October 12th, 1984

In honor of the Grateful Dead turning 50 I am listing a bunch of my favorite shows along with a link for streaming the show from the internet archive. Here's one that's absolutely amazing, and I believe is coming out for the first time as part of the massive new "30 Trips around the Sun" box that the Dead are releasing to celebrate their fiftieth. I REALLY want a copy of the show, but don't have $700 to spend on what used to be free music (the Dead stopped letting people share their soundboard tapes after Jerry died, because they don't have enough millions from all the tickets we used to buy) (ok, rant over).

Set 1 Feel Like A Stranger, It Must Have Been The Roses, On The Road Again, Jack A Roe, It's All Over Now, Cumberland Blues, The Music Never Stopped
Set 2 Cold Rain & Snow, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Don't Need Love-> Uncle John's Band-> Drums-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Morning Dew, E: Good Lovin'

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Grateful Dead Winterland, San Francisco June 9th, 1977

In honor of the Grateful Dead turning 50, and their huge, super sold-out Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago and California this summer, I'm posting streaming audio (from the Internet Archive) of some of my favorite Grateful Dead shows. I hope you too are lighting one up and enjoying these amazing shows with me. Even if you're not a Deadhead, or only partly like them, or even never listened, some of these shows should make your bones want to dance!

Mississippi Half Step, Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Cassidy, Sunrise, Deal, Looks Like Rain, Loser, The Music Never Stopped Samson & Delilah, Funiculi Funicula, Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Estimated Prophet-> Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Drums-> Saint Stephen-> Terrapin Station-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues, E: One More Saturday Night*

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Grateful Dead Beacon Theatre, New York June 14th, 1976

Cold Rain & Snow, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Cassidy, Brown Eyed Women, Big River, Might As Well, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Tennessee Jed, Playin' In The Band The Wheel, Samson & Delilah, High Time, The Music Never Stopped, Crazy Fingers-> Dancin' In The Streets-> Cosmic Charlie-> Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Grateful Dead Great American Music Hall, San Francisco August 13th, 1975

Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> The Music Never Stopped*, It Must Have Been The Roses, Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Stronger Than Dirt Around & Around, Sugaree, Big River, Crazy Fingers-> Drums-> The Other One-> Sage And Spirit*-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad, U.S. Blues, Blues For Allah

Monday, June 15, 2015

Grateful Dead Live at Philadelphia Civic Arena August 5, 1974

Promised Land, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Dire Wolf, Me And Bobby McGee, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Deal, El Paso, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Around & Around Phil & Ned*, Mississippi Half Step-> It Must Have Been The Roses, Big River, Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, Scarlet Begonias, He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Jam-> The Other One Jam -> Space -> Jam -> Stella Blue-> One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Grateful Dead Live at Bickershaw Festival May 7, 1972

Truckin', Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, Deal, Beat It On Down The Line, He's Gone, Chinatown Shuffle, China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider, Black-Throated Wind, Next Time You See Me, Playing in the Band, Tennessee Jed, Good Lovin', Casey Jones Greatest Story Ever Told, Big Boss Man, Ramble On Rose, Jack Straw, Dark Star-> Drums-> The Other One-> Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, Turn On Your Love Light-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: One More Saturday Night

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Grateful Dead Live at Stakladen, Aarhus University April 16, 1972

Greatest Story Ever Told, Sugaree, Chinatown Shuffle, Black Throated Wind, Tennessee Jed, Mr. Charlie, Beat It On Down The Line, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Mexicali Blues, Loser, Next Time You See Me, Playin' In The Band, Dire Wolf Good Lovin', Cumberland Blues, El Paso, Deal, Truckin'-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Uncle John's Band-> The Other One-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away

Friday, June 12, 2015

Grateful Dead Capitol Theater February 19, 1971

Truckin', Loser, Cumberland Blues, It Hurts Me Too, Bertha, Playing In The Band, Dark Hollow, Smokestack Lightnin', China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider Greatest Story Ever Told > Johnny B. Goode, Bird Song, Easy Wind, Deal, Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Wharf Rat, Good Lovin', Casey Jones

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Grateful Dead Live at Harpur College May 2, 1970

Set 1

Don't Ease Me In, I Know You Rider, Friend Of The Devil, Dire Wolf, Beat It On Down The Line-> Black Peter, Candyman-> Cumberland Blues, Deep Elem Blues, Cold Jordan*, Uncle John's Band

Set 2

Saint Stephen-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Cosmic Charlie, Casey Jones, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', Cold Rain & Snow, It's A Man's World, Dancin' In The Streets

Set 3

Morning Dew, Viola Lee Blues-> Feedback-> We Bid You Good Night

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore East on February 13, 1970

China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Me & My Uncle, Dire Wolf, Smokestack Lightning Monkey & The Engineer, Little Sadie, Wake Up Little Susie-> Black Peter, Uncle John's Band, Katie Mae Dark Star-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: We Bid You Good Night

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Poll Shows Shark from Jaws Could Win the Presidency

Found this hilarious pollster story in the Washington Post,
Voldemort is polling better than many Republican presidential candidates

Of course it's extremely not-scientific, but I find it hilarious that Darth Vader, The Shark from Jaws, and The Terminator are all more popular than anyone currently running for president.

Here's my favorite quote:
 Only one of the villains -- Voldemort, the evil wizard from the Harry Potter series -- has a lower favorability rating than some of the candidates. You'll recall that Voldemort killed Harry Potter's parents, fed his enemies to a giant snake, and tortured and killed muggles just for fun. But he's still polling better than Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie and Donald Trump.

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction indeed.

Grateful Dead McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas December 26th, 1969

McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas
December 26th, 1969

*** Acoustic Set ***
01) [01:30] stage banter
02) [01:50] The Monkey And The Engineer
03) [03:48] Little Sadie
04) [04:43] Long Black Limousine
05) [01:26] stage banter
06) [03:50] All Around This World
07) [01:47] stage banter
08) [02:49] The Master's Bouquet
09) [00:09] stage banter
10) [09:45] Black Peter
11) [01:53] stage banter
12) [06:18] Uncle John's Band
*** Electric Set ***
13) [00:25] drum tuning/
14) [00:48] tuning
15) [04:39] Casey Jones
16) [05:05] Hard To Handle
17) [05:07] Cold Rain And Snow *

Total time: 00:55:59 h:m:s

*** Electric Set (cont) ***
01) [05:51] China Cat Sunflower-> *
02) [05:36] Jam-> I Know You Rider->
03) [08:26] High Time
04) [00:05] stage banter
05) [03:15] Me And My Uncle
06) [02:05] stage banter
07) [23:59] Dark Star//
08) [04:11] //New Speedway Boogie
09) [00:05] stage banter
10) [14:21] Turn On Your Love Light
11) [00:22] stage announcment

Monday, June 8, 2015

Grateful Dead Dream Bowl, Vallejo, California February 22nd, 1969

If you haven't heard this show, light one up and stream it below, your mind will be blown, especially if you're a Dark Star fan:

Set 1

Dupree's Diamond Blues->> Mountains Of The Moon->> Dark Star->> Cryptical Envelopment->> Drums >> The Other One->>Cryptical Envelopment->> Death Don't Have No Mercy

Set 2

Doin' That Rag- >> Saint Stephen->> The Eleven->> Turn On Your Love Light

Coldplay's Game of Thrones Musical

Coldplay is kind of a guilty pleasure.

They have some great great songs, but they also have that metrosexual architect vibe- kind of like "Yeah, I like this band, but everyone else that likes them is kind of a douche" feel. So, I've never really been all-in on Coldplay.

Until this hilarious video. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, Coldplay is your new favorite band:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Grateful Dead Live at Carousel Ballroom on February 14, 1968

Valentine's Day, 1968. Wow.

Dead were ON FIRE. This show was so good it was released as "Road Trips Vol 2.2"

Look at the setlist, it is basically the Anthem of the Sun album done live. Wow.

And, true confession here, I love Spanish Jam.

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Morning Dew, Dark Star, China Cat Sunflower, The Eleven, Turn On Your Lovelight Cryptical Envelopment->>; The Other One->>; Cryptical Envelopment->>; New Potato Caboose->>; Born Cross-Eyed->>; Spanish Jam, Alligator->>; Drums->>; Alligator->>; Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks), E: Midnight Hour

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Grateful Dead Dance Hall, Rio Nido, California September 3rd, 1967

Grateful Dead Live at Dance Hall on September 3, 1967
Amazing Show, listen to this Dancing in the Street- Dark Star fans you can absolutely hear the essence of Dark Star starting to congeal in the middle of it. Absolutely mind blowing.

In the Midnight Hour 31:15
Dancing In The Street - 10:38
It Hurts Me Too - 04:34
Cold Rain and Snow - 03:24
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - 10:36
Viola Lee Blues - 22:50
Big Boss Man - 04:22
Alligator - 14:40

Friday, June 5, 2015

Orient Express Started Running Today, 1883

The Orient Express was the name of a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL).

The route and rolling stock of the Orient Express changed many times. Several routes in the past concurrently used the Orient Express name, or slight variants thereof. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the timetabled service.

The Orient Express was a showcase of luxury and comfort at a time when travelling was still rough and dangerous. CIWL soon developed a dense network of luxury trains all over Europe, whose names are still remembered today and associated with the art of luxury travel (such as the Blue Train, the Golden Arrow, North Express and many more). CIWL became the first and most important modern multinational dedicated to transport, travel agency, hospitality with activities spreading from Europe to Asia and Africa.

In 1977, the Orient Express stopped serving Istanbul. Its immediate successor, a through overnight service from Paris to Vienna, ran for the last time from Paris on Friday, June 8, 2007. After this, the route, still called the "Orient Express", was shortened to start from Strasbourg instead, occasioned by the inauguration of the LGV Est which affords much shorter travel times from Paris to Strasbourg. The new curtailed service left Strasbourg at 22:20 daily, shortly after the arrival of a TGV from Paris, and was attached at Karlsruhe to the overnight sleeper service from Amsterdam to Vienna.

On 14 December 2009, the Orient Express ceased to operate and the route disappeared from European railway timetables, reportedly a "victim of high-speed trains and cut-rate airlines". The Venice-Simplon Orient Express train, a private venture by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. using original CIWL carriages from the 1920s and 30s, continues to run from London to Venice and to other destinations in Europe, including the original route from Paris to Istanbul. In March 2014 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. was renamed Belmond.

All intellectual property rights of Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL) are managed by Wagons-Lits Diffusion in Paris

Second Life Smooth Sliding Door

Looking to make a door in second life (or open sim?). I found a great code here. All credit goes to SimonT Quinnell and Omei Qunhua, I'm just reposting it because I tried it, it works, it rocks, consider this a testimonial repost because I know I have a lot of Second Lifers who read this blog:

Copy and paste this in a new script in your door:

// A go-Physical+Phantom Sliding Door by Omei Qunhua
// with Auto-computation of movement axis and distance
// To avoid problems, the script ignores touches while the door is moving
vector     gHome;                       // Position of the door in its initial closed position
rotation   gRot;                        // The initial rotation of the door prim
vector     gOffset;                     // This will be populated with the move distance stored in the appropriate axis position
integer    AUTO_CLOSE_TIME = 8;         // Can be zero if no auto-close is desired
StartMove(vector Target)
    // Set the door PHANTOM and PHYSICAL and start moving it
    llMoveToTarget(Target, 3);             // Do this first, to avoid the door dropping
    llSetStatus(STATUS_PHANTOM, TRUE);
    llSetStatus(STATUS_PHYSICS, TRUE);
    llSetTimerEvent(5);                    // Start a timer. We will end the move after this time.
EndMove(vector Target)
    // Return the door to non-phantom, non-physical and do a final confirmatory move
    llSetPrimitiveParams([ PRIM_POSITION, Target, PRIM_ROTATION, gRot ]);
        gRot = llGetRot();
        gHome = llGetPos();
        vector Scale = llGetScale();
        // Find the middle sized dimension of the door prim
        // This determines the axis to move on, and the distance to move
        list lx = llListSort( [Scale.x, <1,0,0>, Scale.y, <0,1,0>, Scale.z, <0,0,1> ], 2, TRUE ); 
        gOffset = llList2Vector(lx, 3) * llList2Float(lx, 2);  // Apply the distance to move to the appropriate dimension
    touch_end(integer total_number)
        state opening;
state opening      // In this state, the door is in process of opening
        StartMove(gHome + gOffset * gRot);
        EndMove(gHome + gOffset * gRot);
        state open;
state open         // The door is fully open
        llSetTimerEvent(AUTO_CLOSE_TIME);    // Close the door after this time (or not, if value is zero)
    // We will close the door either if it's touched while fully open, or after a time
    touch_end(integer num)
        state closing;
        state closing;
state closing         // State for when the door is in the process of closing
        state default;

Grateful Dead Winterland Arena March 18, 1967

In honor of the Grateful Dead turning 50 and giving the ultimate send-off with their hugely sold-out shows in Chicago and Cali this summer, I'm going to publish a bunch of my favorite shows over the next few weeks. This first one is, I think, the earliest of my faves, so I list it first.

Whenever possible I will either link to to embed the show so you can stream it and enjoy it yourself! Below, find the show for your enjoyment courtesy of The Internet Archive!

Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on March 18, 1967

Me and My Uncle - 02:54
Next Time You See Me - 03:49
He Was a Friend of Mine - 04:42
Smokestack Lightning - 08:54
Morning Dew - 05:15
It Hurts Me Too - 03:52
Beat It On Down the Line - 02:22
Dancing In the Street - 10:09
Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion - 01:57
Cream Puff War - 06:19
The Same Thing - 12:10
Cold Rain and Snow - 03:41
Viola Lee Blues - 13:58
Death Don't Have No Mercy - 06:19