Sunday, March 28, 2004

... eight, bop, ten, eleven, bop, bop ...

I am thinking an automated drum corps! I guess they still walk pretty slow from what I have seen of previous robot models so that means slow tempos for marching. How to get one of them to hold a contra? Perhaps some sort of frame could be rigged up on that one in the foreground. Possible savings on equipment trucks and buses if they are the wheeled model. But then they couldn't "march" technically speaking. The mind boggles...

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

It's not raining. I'll tell you when it's raining. ... Okay, it's raining.

I hope you are sitting down: I have updated the site! Long ago in 2002, Michael Marcotte labouriously scanned the pages of the 1986 Out of the Blue corps yearbook and e-mailed them to me. I thanked him and promptly miss-filed them. At long last I have dredged them up from my hard drive and placed it on the site. The scans may be a bit hard to read in places but you can get most of it. I may enhance things in my creaky version of photoshop if I ever get the time. But for now, enjoy!

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Drum Crop

I remember travelling with the Ambassadors in the summer of 1980 to the American mid-west. I think our first stop was in Michigan. We had come to the end of a long, long trip in coaches from Newmarket but the excitement of being "on tour" was still with us. It was late, dark and raining when we arrived at our quarters in small town community centre. I still can see the hastily scrawled sign taped on the door of the arena as we stumbled through carrying sleeping bags and suitcases.

It read "Drum Crop". Welcome to the big time kids. Wheee.

Fortunately, things got better from there.

Yes, this "goofy-looking thing" is a french horn.

I am experimenting with using Furl to keep my drum corps web links up to date (see to the left under "links"). Furl is a great service that lets you save particular web pages and share your links with others. It's hard to describe; give it a try. I am using it as an on-line place to keep my web links of all kinds. For those inclined to use RSS feeds there is one for my Furl page here.

It's also relatively easy to include your list of links on Furl in a web page as I have done here on the blog. So far there is no way to keep them ordered as I would like them to appear in section like my link page in the Ambassador site.

Clicking on the "#" beside the links takes you to my page on Furl that includes any comments and ratings I made have made for this particular link.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

...and in second place,

Well no geek points for Tyler as he doesn't make the site mentioned below, Drums, Chicken, and Poop although he does seem to contribute to it in some way as there is a lot of material about him there. That's alright. Not everyone can be Wil Wheaton.

The Bare Naked Ladies do have a blog of their own here:, but there doesn't seem to be many entries from Tyler there.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Where are my gaunklets?

Time to stop feeling sorry for myself and link to Tyler's crazy mad wicked web site: Drums, Chicken, and Poop. There's an interview there with another Ambassador alum, Steve Pitkin. The last I heard Steve was playing jazz in the Newmarket area. He has now moved on to Rock megagod. [UPDATE: Steve can be seen in the row of '81 snare players on the Ambassador home page near the top of the page. He is the second from the left.]