RIP Myron Rosander ….

My best portrait of my favorite teacher, Myron Rosander in profile, on the field at dci finals retreat in 1997.

Credit, love, reverence, respect, humility, mourning, appreciation, honor, perseverance, integrity, indomitable spirit, courage, love and hope. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think about my favorite educator who later became a close friend and confidante. Rosander was there when a father-figure was needed most. When all I needed was a friend to talk to, lament and connect through shared experience as friends – he was there for that too.
Readers of this site know that the publisher is a pragmatic man of science (who is less on the religious side, yet heavy on the spirituality). Forgive me but, the majority of the New Testament isn’t all that plausible to me. No; I don’t believe; as Carl Sagan said “I do not BELIEVE anything; there are only things that I know and things that I do NOT know…” Does this make me a “Commie-atheist-Jew-bastard”? yeah, it does – the assertion is partially true and it does not insult me on any level. I digress.

In contrast to all the logic, axioms, proofs and lemmas that build the world I Know exists….Myron was a magical, super-human person with the ability to perform magic. How is  this insanity possible? I was there the “Night Myron Brought the Lightning.” Looking back I cant confirm or deny that he had control of forces unknown; yet benefited from greatly. On the night in question, the 17-yr old version of me was convinced that if there were ..say..”gods“…that he HAD to be one of them.

You can locate Spike’s youtube vids and/or order his book for an excellent recounting of this and many other magical moments that transcend anything we can understand — though THAT NIGHT?… no one, not the Elks who’d just toasted us (given thank-you speeches in our “honor” and showered us with kilos of spaghetti and tears) not the staff, the management or even the OG Consultants can explain exactly what happened that night or how he did what he did….only that it was the only way to get our immature heads out of the clouds and back to reality. We’d recently been winning shows almost every night, we had the highest score in the country (~91.3) and Drum Corps World ranked us #1. It went to our heads. I knew the show we’d done before retiring to the lodge was flat, weak …in fact it was lazy; “mailed in” – the crowd still ate it up along with the victory concert that followed.*still* – we could’ve given 10x more; for some reason; we chose NOT to. Some corps peak early and their score reflects it…experienced it myself in 1996 – The Velvet Knights – we peaked somewhere in the midwest, where our best shows were … [and a few in the north-east] – our score pushed 80 but never broke it; at DCI, we finished 16th …south of 75.

Myron had the foresight to realize the 1997 Vanguard was at risk of peaking in late July/early August, which would mean we’d “get our shit tossed” at DCI. He never cared about the score; nor do I — a show that pleased him would please any judge – so simply showing up with the super-suit on, game-facing it, leaving 200 percent on the field and creating emotional moments the audience could connect and feel were guaranteed to jack-up the score (ideally…ahem) Many judges are hard-core fans at heart and will reward the corps that moves them the most with the show’s crown; even if it wasn’t technically the best-technically-executed-show that night. nu?
On the night in question; for its time w/in the season & tour; the show was technically near-perfect. No tears, no drops, no clams, perfect drill with perfect technique…no out-of-stepness. The judges rewarded us because other div one corps; Rockford, Rosement, Canton, Boston, Madison; we’d left all of them far behind weeks ago – sadly, it led a reason to rest on laurels and get lazy — cuz thats what kids do. We were kids and most of the nothings, vets, super-vets and staff were also..technically…kids.
After the show my friend and teacher/tech, Brian Belski pulled me aside and warned me – (I knew we’d mailed in a show, but I thought we’d get away w/ it because of the reception, the victory and soon-coming opportunity to do it up right at the next show). What I did not know was that Myron was beyond-furious…and not just at the corps. Belski’d ridden back to the lodge in the staff bus and witnessed the magic-man stewing. Belski warned me a dreadfully long and painful chewing-out and shaming was on deck and could hit at any time – also that he was equally pissed at the staff.
That was my favorite moment; halfway through our “new-asshole-tearing” (as the lightning began to gather) he turned around to where the leadership was hiding — some of them perhaps thinking they were immune to his wrath.
As the berating crescendo-ed from mezzo-forte to fuck-you-loud; Myron swung a full 180– AT THAT MOMENT; IN TIME WITH THE EXCLAM. ON THE END OF HIS NEXT STATEMENT–WAS THE FIRST LIGHTNING STRIKE…

“[spin] AND THE STAFF!!!!!! [KrackBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!] [EXPLETIVE DELETED EXPLETIVE DELETED ETC]…as he held every man and woman within the sound of his impossibly projected voice responsible and vilified us all; an intense electrical storm commenced; the strikes were close; so there was no delay between flashes and bangs. The marcatos, accents and sforzandos of his most venomous invective were all infused with summer’s most violent strikes from a pitch-black-sky. The more angry he got; the more the lightning gravitated to him and for a few inexplicable moments – the dark forest of upstate New York seared with incendiary, passionate, pitiless rage … emotionally or physically, none was left unburnt by what is still the most inexplicable moment of my life.
I just don’t see how that couldve been a convenient coincidence, dear reader. He knew he had to save the corps from peaking early, he knew it was crucial he got the bullet points thru the thick skulls of every one of us; so he made it happen.

In my life; I have not mailed in a musical performance even once since that fateful show.He brought the corps up. he brought me up [time and time again]. We peaked at Finals; that’s the goal of a div 1 corps or a world-class sr. corps. PEAK AT FINALS. We were ale to do it as performers and the staff was able to help us achieve that; thanks to his guidance; beginning with a rude awakening.

A magical awakening. from a magical man. We will love and remember him forever.

On that note; I was reminded on fb by fellow tbn-player and one of the best Mellophone Bugle players I’ve ever heard (Matt Carol) that “he could teleport!” I was warned early on that he had this power. The man was intimidating for certain; and the first time I met him he informed me that by only drinking water during a 2-min water break – I was wasting about 1 minute that could be used to work on my horn-snap…my horn-salute…my high-mark-time…whatever..just…

“take the goddamn initiative and work on bettering yourself w/o having to be asked; don’t let me ever see you just standing there like an idiot during rehearsal.”

Yes sir,” I said, setting down my water jug and bringing my horn to a carry and running a portion of the timing exercise.

That was in March; and I was used to being abused by viz staff the previous year on a far more cruel scale at vk; hence it didnt bother me that my days of “kicking it” when the staff gave us a break LONGER that an “in&out” were OVER JOHNNY [that means run, drink water, run back and set at a pistol, posssibly at minus1]

That same day I realized he could easily teleport from side 1 to side 2, from side 2 to the stands, from the stands to the box, from the box to backfield….and at times when I couldn’t see him; I conducted myself as though he could…a good idea; because it was in those instances when he’d suddenly appear behind me and pointout that I’d again failed to hit his[my] dot. Myron gave me a handful of crucial drill spots in the 97 show. In the intro “Lonely Town” we all toe-1st out-of time and crescendo to a heart-shaped-form…I was the point at the top of that heart. Same for the biggest hit in the opener “On the waterfront” – the drum feature is followed by a horn-snap, and me playing+jazz-running to what resolves in unison concert C at fortissiissimo, the visual resolve was a massive bow-tie, which hinges on the center of the X it will form – that’s me. (what an honor!) …then we get 8 beats of respite backfield, after which Myron’s amazing Avalanche begins….you could say im in one the 2 most “screwed spots” – geometrically, the bottom left & right drill spots will have to jazz-run backwards at a full-clip-full-extension 4 to 5, the direction change and jazz-run forward for same.

This and many other drill moves were certain to be completely ruined if I did not nail my set (even early season) this means that frequently I was gauging those extremely exposed drill spots on-the-fly in real time – in the moment say, the “center of a giant X” could be up to 5 yards from where it is written to be. I quickly learned a disdain for so-called “dot-marchers.”

me- ‘move back’
asshole – [looking at dot book] “im on my dot”
me- “fuck your dot-book – look at the form, you’re out of it..next time? the dot book goes down your throat after I plug your mouthpiece”
asshole – “ok” [but god-help-him] –if he shook his head, rolled his eyes or [unimaginable to Myron’s students] threw his hands up the air.

Did Myron teach me to treat some students harshly, threaten them and demand unquestioning fealty, sometimes via fear/intimidation? –NO. I was already primed to be a complete dick. Did he make it easier for me to write/teach and clean drill for bands and winter guards [and div2 corps?] YES!

To a well-examined, well-lived, never-to-be-forgotten life. L’chaim!

PS – to my ‘corps’ readers – I began to compile historical anecdotes about Myron right here at tapper7.com/LoveForMyron a few months back. If you’d like to add one, you can submit it to the editor for review — email your story (stories), your name, nickname, section, full dc experience + [obviously] yr & or years you marched scv – as the page is titled; anyone who loves the man is entitled to an opportunity to have their words appear. Note -though about a 5th of you are … there is no need to be an alumni of scv a or b to post…only that your story is a)true and b)from the heart. thx! submit to the webmaster (submit!!!) chris@tapper7.com

*legal notice* consider that all americans have a right to privacy in writing your anecdotes. all content is edited for style, syntax, grammar, fact-checked and may be modified for compliance with US Media Laws, AP Style and SPJ Ethical Compliance. that said; feel free to pour your soul out. Approved authors get full credit and back-linked if they have anything to BL to. Should /loveforMyron grow to a publishable size…all profits will go to the Santa Clara Vanguard. Bias note – the publisher himself has much love for Myron and intends to make a[nother] donation to scv regardless.
-[]

fb compatibility test….

a picture of paris at dawn or dusk with the words hashtag pray for paris inscribed over the skyline and signed by chris welke

as we cycle through the changes to style and funtion; dear reader; I wanted to share with you an editorial I piced together in the immediate aftermath of the tragedies in Paris. I snapped 15-odd shots from around social media to show how quickly/disturbingly hateful invective against Muslims was growing. At the moment I put this commentary together and shared it on fb; HATE itself was going viral. My intent was alert my “real-life” friends…ask them to keep an opn mind that they not fall prey to the fear-mongering, hate-mongering, monger-mongering…u get the idea. as much as “dislike” (note — didn’t take bait to be hypocrite and say I “hate” fb; even though technically I do and technically that’s ok w/ this writer morally because fb is a corporate-adevertising-agency-subdivision-og-google-and-not-a-person;….there ok to hate fb) Facebook, I like the way they package prose that has a great deal of pics to illustrate it.

What i’m getting at is…as long as we are “under-construction” I will audit my privacy level on fb, so how well MY fb page can communicate to you VIA The SoCal Picayune…and as always, give the “handshake” between my fb & my wp a check-up.

<h2>wp post: fb–we’re going start with the usual checkup, just cough while I put my finger here…

your browser: *coughs* link to post that may or may not be public–coughing from

“fb Chris Welke #9” aka /facebook.com/chris.welke.9/* TEST!

Coughing TO: you@your_ip using your device, os & browser.

prediction – you will not be able to read (10/18) due to privacy setting on fb

WIP – find a way to embed or mimck a fb “story” of this nature in WP & || customize privacy setting to make stories initially written in fb jive with the site, so there is no rework when creative energy strikes, news breaks, or both</h2>

Ok my browser says you are using an older-model desktop PC, so go back to work dummy! This site is #nsfw, labeled “mature” in the meta-data and contains graphic depictions of truth; reality and (God forgive me) the above FB post; once you are able to read it; is political in nature. You’v beean warned 😉 –ed []

below is a test of another “mobile-freindly” multi-media-enabled advert, this once


Deus Ex Machina | SDG&E Circuit #0990 preliminary report and analysis ….

A pic of the accident

At apprx. 1:00pm Friday, A man, for reasons unknown, crashed his Yaris headlong into a switch that. *ahem* … switches only do one thing; turn ON and OFF. This particular switch does so with respect to real-time parameters, such as the voltage of sub-switches and transistors, the voltage of its parent switch and other factors.
Ideally it turns ON if “child” switches run low on power. OFF if child-switche aggregate excess power. You can think of power delivery as a cascading system, where the MAIN (source) Power Plants(s) create energy (usually via the rotation of turbines). This region formerly had a nuclear power plant nearby – the San Onofre Nuclear Generating System (SONGS). You know them as the “boobs” Leslie Nielsen refers to in “The Naked Gun” when tells his partner that he misses his ex and that “Everywhere I look, I see something that reminds me of her”

A pic of songs
SONGS
In 2015, SONGS is offline. (the radioactive rods, which must stay cooled and entombed within the 6-foot-thick steel-reinforced concrete “boobs” until the end of time – research SONGS and half-life for more info). AN ASIDE about SONGs and The Marines Corps: By shutting down SONGs, 100s of dedicated employees, many of them combat veterans of the Iraq War II “Bush’s Revenge” &c. Many of THEM were surrounded by the Fedayim in the surged-city of Ramadi and fought their way out. Heroes all; 2-4 and 2-5 is heavily decorated for bravery and sacrifice, The Return of The Feydayim being just one example – the Battlion and subsequent regiments were formed as part of the 1st Marine Division to support The Pacific Campaign (ca. 1940). Security-gigs were handed out to combat veterans of Iraq; SONGs-SEC was a cushy job they deserved. Cushy as it was, the security of SONGS can only be carried about soldiers with combat experience. The worst thing that ever happened on their watch was a helicopter crash in the patrol area. The pilot was an amateur and the crash a mistake. There was no intent to harm SONGS when this incident occurred. Note that SONGS was never harmed in any way shape or form with these men guarding it.
San Diego Gas & Electric laid them off as large companies do to ANYONE, including this writer. They closed, sealed and entombed one “boob” then another, all the while integrating a new energy supplier, The Hoover Dam, which is at the state line of CA & AZ. SONGS is IN San Diego County, close to Camp Pendleton. Where the 1st Marines train. Watch “The Pacific” on HBO GO if you haven’t. How importing energy from 500 miles away is better business than a nearby, stable and secure station within the community it serves is a question beyond my wisdom.
The system goes offline in planned and “unplanned” ways many times. Usually when too many ACs are running –SDG&E fails to implement ERP/MRP adequately. That much is evident.
THIS outage is unprecedented. After the crash
A pic of the accident
“Gee Scoob’ what do we do now?”
circuit #0990 broke. Leaving about 500 people, including this writer, without power.
Conjecture based on available info– SDG&E initially reported that the system “failed due to a combination of factors” and the estimated restore time was 4:30pm. Later it was said to be “caused by an automobile accident” and the restore time kicked back another 30 minutes.
When the Customer-specific Action Items were not delivered on time, SDG&E kicked back the restore time to 5:00am — the following day. The assumption is that SDG&E has an SOP whereby IF the estimated restore time is unknown THEN add 12 hours to it and update the site.

    I conclude from that assumption a few likely scenarios

  • SDG&E didnt’t know WHAT the problem WAS or HOW to fix it
  • The on-site techs took a boondoggle and double-fucked it due to incompetence
  • the design of C#0990 is shit
  • the system itself has poor Exception Handling
  • fault lies with management by deploying in adequately train field techs
  • The Project Manager who designed C#0990 is predominantly at fault

I’ll get into the design and practice precepts that should be used in large systems. I’ll also provide tangible proof that the circuit design is not only faulty, but ugly and vulnerable. I can’t… for the life of me …picture an engineer leaving an Enterprise System with so many customers depending on it in it’s CURRENT STATE– Which merely to was to replace the switch. So far they have not even at least added guard rails to protect it from THE EXACT SAME ACCIDENT RECURRING. …. it *sigh* the techs who stood around all damn night and just stared into the whole could’ve grabbed a shovel and gotten started on a few pylons.
0990 was down for about 25 hours. Many reported lower times, this reporter’s studio was offline for just over one FULL DAY. The restore time, I discovered via a third party (I had no internet access and was conserving a small amount of juice on my smartphone) updated to 930am. To my assumptions, SOMEONE, likely an outside consultant, possibly from a competent Engineering Firm like Deloitte — was brought in. Power returned to the system at roughly 900am. It was done so in a way that minimized the risk of further damage. The presumably complete circuit was brought back on slowly and only for about 10 seconds. Then the system was brought back online in toto. Power was restored at 930am TO THE SECOND and has now been stable for 90 minutes. Bravo to the LEGIT engineer that got 0990 back up.
As for SDG&E – FUCK YOU. Self-Similarity Studios, The SoCal Picayune and affiliated media organizations missed out on an important opportunity I’d intended to implement on 9/25/15 and spent the previous 10 hours preparing to deploy when SDGE’s circuit failed, taking my ability to complete the task away. It was time-sensitive, so attempting to deploy an Organically-Optimized Marketing strategy is dead in the water, so fuck you very much.
All my cold-stored food, along with everyone else’s and local vendor Trader Joes. The less-fortunate got to raid a dumpster overflowing with TJ’s goodies, so there was at least one blessing in that. ALL businesses dependent on 0990 hemorrhaged $. Only Stater Brothers attempted to serve the public, but it was a tense situation. I saw three different people walk out with 12-packs of brew-dizz-ogs. Looting is an incomprehensible concept to me, especially with the OCSD in constant search of crime in a nearly crime-free locale. Overnite was tense as well. Some homeowners playing cowboy shit; flashin their POS 38 specials. Most residents evacuated. This writer stayed behind to watch the street, where SOME residents crouched low behind their windows in the dark.
SCARED WHITE PEOPLE IN THE DARK WITH FIREARMS AND OPPORTUNISTIC THIEVES ROAMING IS A FRIGHTENING COMBINATION. I kept picturing a father accidentally putting a slug the back his own kid’s head in a fit of paranoia, low light conditions, heat and exhaustion. I didn’t here any shots fired. For now we pray.
Time will tell if 0990 was at least PATCHED appropriately.
Preliminary report filed by the publisher FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. WIP. Updates to this post coming ASAP.
(secondary edits 9/26, 9/27 and 10/16….C#0990 has been up since it’s completion at 930am as reported above). The aforementioned replacedment switch i still stacked in the middle of A BUSY intersection with NO guard railings or pylons. A nearby fire plug is still covered by a GLAD-Hefty-Black-Sack-style bag and is presumably offline. [updated photo of accident site forthcoming, 10/2015].

Another full redesign is in-process *Caution* Man working ….

I’ve decided to strip down the style and design of the site again. I’ve only just now (after a week on & off) felt satisfied with the new albeit temporary…presentation of this particular node on the Web.
I’ve written a heavy amount of PHP and CSS again, though they are not technically “programming languages” per se, they ARE subject to almost as many quirky dependencies, rules unique unto themselves; which are inviolable and require extensive research and testing to deploy. Hopefully you will find the site a bit more pleasing to the eye, faster, more secure, more responsive and easier to navigate.
In the meantime it is only fair to announce that we are officially “under construction,” so if you see something strange over the next few days, that’s my fault…. I’ve tested about half the “use cases” (things you might do, read, watch, listen to, click on or use in some form or another). Earlier today, the music uploaded to the private section of the site and the archived prototype podcasts vanished, they were unplayable due to bad PHP writing on my part.
I’m 90 percent sure you can watch all videos, listen to all music, podcasts, read all posts, view all artwork/snaphots/pix, read my stories, search the site, click on links and find the content you are looking for easily, quickly and regardless of device, OS, browser, ISP and service type (4g, 3g, WiFi, Ethernet, Cable, DSL …..). Before I drift off tonite, You can be certain that all of the “common use cases” are functional and that within a week, the lesser-used functions (commenting, guest-posting, all sidebar tools) work exactly as you’d expect them to.
Still on the to-do list is MORE formatting and design of the 2015 style and theme…. an audit of all media on the site (delete unused pictures, audio, video, dead links and raw text-data) an audit of all advertisers being served via Google AdWords to ensure compliance with our ethics and MY morals plus an audit of page-load speed. This will include a further dress-down and rewrite of JS, CSS, HTML and PHP. *Phew*
Thank you for hanging with me throughout your tenure as a reader! I’m working on some devastatingly interesting podcasts, stories, news, editorials….and maybe even a decent joke. No promises about bringing the funny, but you KNOW I always try!
For those about to waste time on the Web at The SoCal Picayune (or whatever sites you’d rather NOT acknowledge… “WE SA-LOOOOOT YOU!!!!!!!!!” -Ed

In the meantime, for testing and shameless promotion why not check out one of my soon-to-be-audited, yet generous sponsors? If the redesign is going well, an advertisement will display below, if you visit them, you help to support the site and me personally a great deal–no obligation to do so, or even to LOOK at one of my ads. As part of a long-term promise, there is nothing for sale on this site, so when I hint-hint-wink-wink-wink-nudge-nudge ask you to check out a sponsor I am NOT endorsing their product or suggesting that you spend a penny. A few seconds of your time however…I must confess, I do suggest as an easy way to support those who keep the site running, the hardware it runs on and the crazy publisher that does WAY more work on it than he should. *Ahem* wink-wink-nudge-nudge -From the Publisher’s desk with love, C “T” W


Embed Tapcast via iTunes INTO The Socal Picayune? Technical testing time DING DING!….

So in order to promote my new podcast, so far I can only give search terms on SM….which is way lame, but lots are listening to my prototype level content either organically or because they YOU are reader and have a twisted sense of what qualifies as entertainment (actually you are likely to have a higher education and IQ than 90 % of the public per my analytics analysis aggregation)

SO!force you to search for “Tapcast” on iTunes or 1 mouse click? as software engineer I go with latter. Fast, ez & SIMPLE. No work should be involved to be informed and entertained by the madhouse that is Self-Similarity Studios.
TESTING…..take 1: Apple’s iTunes “Linkmaker”

Below should feature a button so you can “get some” I mean “get it on iTunes” ….

I’ll even allow the Apple branding if it works….
Here are the some of the new transcription arrangements NOT included in the cast….
Testing…”Salvation is Created” adapted from an arrangement by Greg Flores….
Salvation is Created arr. Tapper by Tapper7
*EDIT – Aerith’s theme removed from embedding due to Musescore’s limit of 5 scores, I will repost it on iTunes as “music only” and perhaps a pdf or two here.
*
Relm and Aerith’s Theme were composed by Nobuo Uematsu on behalf of SquareSoft for FF3 on the SNES and FFVII on the PS1, respectively. You can currently order FFVII via Steam if you can’t wait for the remake. As for FF3 (FF6 in Japan), sans a cartridge and console, I recommend snes9x provided you DID purchase the game legitimately when you were a kid. As for Hayes I love that track but f-him na…I thought that guy was cool.

Throw “4chan raids on twitch” into a search if you are bored and in need of laughter. Join up, but after my first, EPIC “Ramoning” of a creepy cosplay guy to entertain the 4channers, 9gaggers, myself and make they annoying anime guy lose his mind…I’m suspended for 24 hours. Next time I’ll record so I can resurrect “Steve from Yellowstone” I wish I’d been recording the livestream. I honestly think Jim and Op wouldve given me an atta boy. Last nights raid on The guest host of Black Ops 3 was beyond epic. Caution; cringe-humor is not for everyone. The running gag was “Bush did 9/11” simply because it made the host lose his mind. Full-blown mental breakdown on camera. Never realized we had FULL CONTROL of his livestream and that none of the donations were real.

Infotainment you won’t hear anywhere else dear reader: The SoCal Picayune.

News in Blue; BB King’s journey ends, Bill is sent on a new one ….

BB King to play The Great Stage in the Sky from here on out

In a coincidental twist of fate in the life of myself and that of the best guitar player I’ve ever heard play live…the same weekend I’m dreadfully disappointed by The Doheny Blues Festival follows just a day after God upgrade ol BB from a Las Vegas Casino Stage to one in heaven.

Knowing BB, AND God – I’d have to say God wanted a better seat. Lucille – his axe, unfortunately, can’t make the trip, but I like to think a soulful, soaring, lamenting, glorious, velvety voice such as his is something you Can take with you.

If there is no music in heaven; then I don’t want to go there. This begs the iconic Metaphor of “The Crossroads,” … to keep from getting OT I’ll discuss this unique in an upcoming post.

So upsetting to me…not his death…King lived a long life, loved his music, his guitar and most of all – performing live. I’d heard him play The Doheny Blues Festival three times over the course of my life and the festival’s tenure.

As good as Los Lobos was (I nearly missed them, three no-name bands followed)…and instead of paying tribute or even mentioning that the most influential blues singer/songwriter, guitarist of all time had recently passed away, they proceeded to play butchered hacky “blues” like “All Right Now,” literally, pop music 101 – a 12 bar blues in Bb. It was amateur night- all night. “You could Tell,” as Ace Rothstein would say. I heard pitch and ensemble problems to go with what amounted to cheesy cover bands that are technically NOT BLUES ENSEMBLES – weak rock/pop cover bands is what they were.

It busted my spirit for the whole affair. I did not return Sunday for Boz Scaggs. who’d been rescheduled due to weather (I think; that statement is not verified; they WERE INITIALLY SCHEDULED TO PERFORM SATURDAY NIGHT – THAT IS A FACT) I wanted to see them but could not drag myself back to the fest.

My bad. Sorry ’bout that.

Poor King’s body is still warm, and the bands standing in for him ON HIS OWN TURF – proceed to “phone in” weaksauce versions of music that was bad the FIRST TIME it was written.

An insult to his memory – I just couldn’t bring myself to come back – even for Boz Scaggs, whom now I’ve STILL never seen live.

Again…mea culpa.

To write an accurate obit for King is difficult; he led a generally private life, secluded from fame ROUGHLY more than half his life.

Steering clear of racist implications, according to his lawyer, King literally began his life a cotton-pickin ….errr…cotton picker! seriously. Though said to be 89 years old, I don’t think King was ever issued a birth-certificate. I could not verify when he was born OR his real name…leading me to believe he was born into indentured servitude on the Mississippi River Delta in the mid to late 20s.

His parents were most likely slaves in all but name.

“BB King” does not appear to be a stage name, but… born a “cotton-picker” in the Antebellum South; he may have chose his own name, or it was perhaps conferred by friends, family or fellow musicians in his youth.

BB King, according to medical sources, said he’d been in and out of a Vegas hospital for “mini-strokes.”

Thus the circumstances of his birth and death are foggy at best…but for a life well-lived and a towering musical legacy rivaling Louis Armstrong or John Lennon, with longevity and performance talent to rival “Mick n Keef” COMBINED…who cares how King was born? Who cares how he died?

In that vein, does it matter at all? To any of us? How we enter and exit these little lives of ours. Methinks it May NOT SO dear reader.

You never saw me come in, you won’t see me leave—-it is what I do at The Party that counts, #amirite?

For all the gloomy laments in the lyrical aspects of the Blues…there is no sadness to report in this here Obit. Just the love of his music:

Here’s to you, BB ….thanks for all the tunes, for going out to the Crossroads 50 years before me…for never “phoning in” a performance. I saw you enough times to know you were legit. Straight up. Legit. I’ll miss you. So will millions of other musicians and fans you entertained and inspired.

John Q. Public, I implore you see that Lucille makes her way either to The Smithsonian or at WORST, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Somewhere where she will be safe and publicly viewable, though she should never be played again; in THIS writer’s humble opinion….unless he bequeathed his axe to another player. What musicians want to do with their weapons after they can’t swing ’em any longer is for them and them alone to decide.

No one will miss you more than her, old friend.

According to whomever posted the above vid to YouTube, “It was one of his all-time favorite performances.” That’s as hard verify as his DOB, but it fits the narrative. Another poster, uploaded the same video saying “he performed in New York City – at a jail” THIS DOES NOT QUITE FIT THE NARRATIVE.

a) The background, foreground, set & setting look nothing like a city jail or state prison…it looks like a regular ol’ stage
b) There are lots of women in the audience
c) Very few Law Enforcement visible, no one appears to be armed
d) Had King ever been allowed to donate his time and perform at a New York State Penitentiary …. it would not be in The City Proper, but Upstate. Again, one look at the audience tells you this was filmed in New York City; far from The hills and forests of Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo.
e) It is likely a copycat urban legend. Live music performances are OUTRAGEOUSLY rare for all state correctional facilities. The Man in Black was allowed to perform at Fulsom State Prison one of the oldest prisons in the nation – a crown jewel of The California Department of Corrections (an historic site-legendary and infamous), Cash did a bit there himself before making his come up. The show had to’ve been one for the ages. There are a million stories about Fulsom for every prisoner and CO who ever did time there. Cash’s live performance was part marketing stunt and part reward for long-term good behavior on behalf of the employees and inmates of Fulsom. Riots broke out immediately following the show, Fulsom went back on lockdown.

Bust.

Today, music is a strikingly precious thing inside the CDC. Some institutions do not allow inmates to buy or listen to radios. There are no musical instruments because they can be used as weapons. Visit a prison cell-block on any Friday Night where music is banned; and you will here them take-turns singing to their block, in groups or solo. It is lovingly called “American Idol Night” at CJX in Orange County and is the highlight of the week for many of the inmates.
f) the vid is a re-upload of a re-upload…reducing the credibility of the “creator” geometrically. (The oldest upload is embedded above for your listening pleasure – Pure, elegant, sonorous tones from King’s pipes and Lucy’s strings. Transcendent talent)

To the CDC – to all institutions – Take my money, my freedom, starve me, freeze me out, deprive me of sleep, force me to drink awful tap water. Violate my rights, railroad me in court, hit me with antisemitic, homophobic, racist and sexist comments on my way to the Chapel, Put me in constant danger….but please, please please oh please…don’t ever take away my music again. Air, water, food + music and I’m all good. You can keep your bogus “rights” if I can tap a drum pad in my cell and listen to awful top 40 radio…it beats NOTHING. Anything trumps nothing. QED.

Getting “The Blues” is usually misinterpreted as “being sad” or “depressed” or “whining about being underpriviledged or lonely” – through song. INCORRECT. That’s called “Mainstream Country Music.” Blues can express a wide range of emotion; particularly love.

As Rancid reminds us “When I got The Music, I got a place to go.” Nothing sad about that.

RIP B.B. King 1925 (est.) – 2015.

Side note: a work of historical fiction that takes place in the US during WWII starring Bill Feynman will publish soon. I’ve completed the first six chapters. It is my first attempt at such a form of writing; I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I’m enjoying writing it.

Much Love – Tapper

The Sea Lion Hustler and The 4:20 Whistle….

A pic of dana point from palisades drive...pre-sunset

Let’s just let this vid stand on it’s own two feet sans my absurd commentary (I injected plenty into the captions anyway….)

I hope these are getting better, they take about 1hr in post. They used to take 5-6…so at least I’m improving. Your patronage, visits, listens, views are as always; deeply appreciated. Much love and ttys. -Tap
[]

*Web Security Notice*

a pic of a black and white (hat) mage pixel rendering from early version of final fantasy

*Internet Security Notice* (Copy of FB post follows):
Dateline – Silicon Valley – and THE WORLD….
To Friends, associates and beloved readers….plz update Java (v1.8u42) when you get a chance….again this is the time when d—–bags will try to get you to update through bogus sites like java32 or 64 or x86 (whatever they are called I will not link to them) Most of you use Chrome which disables most of the security flaws in Java BUT NOT ALL OF THEM. When you have time-update safely: goto java.com
My YT account was compromised YESTERDAY (*sigh again….some “security expert” I am, right?) anyway I changed my Google pswd again I recommend you do the same and find a way to peruse YT WITHOUT logging in, I know this can be annoying but there is another sh—y piece of JavaScript flying around YouTube right now – update 42 should kill it, which is prob. why the good programmers at Java (nee ORACLE) busted out this security update this morning.
As stated in my privacy policy…see the help section of your respective browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, …for 95 percent of you) if you wish to disable Java entirely while online. Your user experience will be lowered, sites will load faster, have far less functionality but they WILL be a bit more secure. I recommend getting the update. I posted it above plus links to all Java tools are available [for free] in Column Two of The SoCal Picayune.
That is all – plz update when you have time and as always – get back to work and stop reading my site AT WORK. At least keep the window small (NOT FULL SCREEN) and if you you work in a cubicle farm and DON’T share a cubicle with Ops and MKTG Directors (as I have) just get one of those stick-on rear-view mirrors …you can get ’em at TrueValue Hardware. (TrueValue is an official Tapper-approved Legit business).
Much love; thx for all the support and RT’s on Twitter …all that s—. Love you guys. -t
[]-footer adverts my or may not follow, asynchronous and synchronous .js ads follow:
[test asyn ad]



[test syn ad]

On Changing Majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Part II….

Subtitle> Cal Poly SLO News Archive Part IX: Risk, success, failure, the shame of defeat and the honey-dewed nectar of Victory:

Here is the form you will fill out in the Admin Building if you Dean doesn’t have you declared 5150, If he or she does, after you 72 hour hold, should you decide to STILL change majors; well…bring a black or blue pen get ready to throw out about 100 units…I did. It sucked, It was absurdly hard, but I did it—it IS possible yet I don’t wish it on my worst enemy.

CP delta major spoof

Part II of this? Or is it 3? If Nothing else this is Cal Poly SLO News Archive/Historical/Spoof material. Enjoy.

Sponsored Link follows:


thx for your continued patronage…and for those about to smoke, “We SALUTE YOU!”
-t []

Fallout from the Cox Service Van Explosion Part One ….

front shot on fmr. crispins in am. clean and well lit.

In the confusion that ensued as WWIII went up and off all around me, A cop car barrelled through my rare, collectible, fast-as-f— Townie Electra. I love that bike, when that cop nailed it, sending it endover-end, things got pretty “heated” to say the least. In all their were miscommunications on both sides so although I went ahead and filed Case # 15-073858 against the OCSD and the careless officer…I don’t blame him.

I WANT (DESPERATELY) TO BELIEVE HE DID NOT MEAN TO DO IT.

I’ve chosen to give him the benefit of the doubt…it looks like some Turtle Wax and a little elbow grease will get the scratches out….it’s just a bummer cuz as of this time 24 hours ago, the Townie had ZERO SCRATCHES.

I also respect that man-to-man, he apologized and accepted responsibility…that’s all we really need to do when the s— goes down; keep your word, admit when you’re wrong and take some f—ing responsibility for your actions.

That…and a little integrity, perseverance, tradition and honor will see us through if and when WWIII really DOES break out. (Or some alternate Armageddon B-movie script event – Meteors, Nuclear Winter, California Sinking, Flesh-eating Zombies, Ebola Zaire, 1984, Brave New World, Bladerunner, Total Recall, AI…you get the idea).

Stay tuned for Fallout Part II…with a comment about the above topics in the video commentary.

Thanks for the crazy bump in traffic over the past few weeks. I can’t do it w/o you, dear reader. Much Love, Tap. []