DDOP 2016 #26: Ramble On Conventional Narratives

DDOP 2016 26 album artIn which I apparently sought every meaning of “conventional narrative” except for the conventional one..


Music is Take The City by Kill Chicago from their album The Grey.

DDOP 2015 #14: Music: Listening & Being Unable To Produce It

DDOP 2015 14 coverartRecounting my long day working at dismantling the hoard of two lifetimes, and a lament and respectful admiration for music and its performers.

6 Updates About My Life You May Already Know

I suck at self-promotion.

I know this, but sometimes it still takes it being pointed out for me to remember to do anything about it.

And, given the number of things that seem to be popping up that I forget to mention, if I don’t start mentioning them, I never will.

First, about my current status: I’m no longer a full-time PhD student. No, I didn’t finish (yet!) and I haven’t quit, but I’ve dropped down to part-time status to take a job as the Program Director at CHSR-FM, Fredericton’s campus and community radio station. I’ve been a volunteer there for a large number of years, and an opportunity (and necessity!) arose last year that saw me more heavily involved than I ever had been before, which in turn led to me making the very heavy decision to leap.

I don’t leap easily, and I never like starting something big before I’ve finished the previous big thing, but it felt like a good fit, and I can’t say I regret it, at least not yet.

It started officially at the beginning of December, 2010 (see how far behind I am?), meaning I’m coming near to the end of the my three-month trial period. I’ve put in a lot of 60-70 hour workweeks so far, but I think things are pulling through. I need a day off here and there, and my PhD work has paused for the moment, but the job is generally satisfying, and I feel like I’ve found a good niche for my odd blend of personality and talents.

It has meant that it has been difficult to continue to produce The WEIRD Show, but I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. I just have to figure out a way to balance better, and start earlier in the week, so that I’m not up until 3-4 am in the wee hours of Saturday morning trying to get it ready for my 9 am timeslot.

The second bit of news to share is that the interview that Mainframe did with me for the Geek Out With Mainframe podcast has finally been released. Actually, it’s now not even the current episode of the podcast, meaning it’s really old news, but the discussion was really fun and interesting, at least to us… Fortunately, Mainframe has the wisdom to take my long discussions and break them up into two parts: part 1 and part 2.

There’s been a suggestion that Mainframe, Nuchtchas, myself and a few others do some sort of roundtable discussion podcast, in which we solve all the world’s problems (or something like that…). I think it’d be a fun idea, if we can arrange it, but as soon as these things start to sound like work they become a bit harder to do. But, fingers are crossed…

The third bit of news is that my small bit role in K’s Wiener Blut has come up. K wrote this book as her NaNoWriMo challenge last fall, and said she had me in mind for the character from the very start. When it came time to produce the novel as a podcast, how could I say no? Unfortunately, since I’m so busy, I haven’t heard the book yet, but I’m planning to catch up rapidly. I imagine/hope/dream that I’m spectacular, but K’s managed to assemble a pretty stellar cast in whose company I am but a pale and twinkling, distant and unremarkable brown dwarf.

A fourth bit about me is that I was recently interviewed by a student working with The Aquinian, St. Thomas University’s student newspaper. I don’t do many interviews — mostly because I’m not really someone I consider important enough to interview — but it was an interesting chance to reflect on how long I’ve been doing stuff with CHSR, and how much a part of my life it has always been. That interview should be published in the upcoming week’s paper, and I’ll try to add a link to it when it comes out.

What are we up to, five? Well, today I had the opportunity to interview Brent and Matt from The Junction as part of CHSR’s growing “Sessions @ CHSR” series of band performances. I don’t get interviewed often, and I conduct interviews even less, but mostly because I get really nervous and self-conscious about them. However, this is the second session I’ve hosted directly, and there’s something about the combination of a really great performance and really talented musicians and singers that really puts me in the mood to talk to them for hours. The Session is scheduled to air on Thursday, Feb 24 at 4:00pm on CHSR-FM, and then should go up on our website that evening or the next night. We recorded a Session on Saturday with Eyeswide, who were sharing the stage with The Junction (and SheRoars) at The Cellar on Saturday night, and that will be airing this coming Thursday, Feb 17.

And maybe a minor sixth to round out this post: I was interviewed as part of an upcoming Lunchbox episode with STU Journalism about the rise and acceptance of geek culture. It was only a brief Q&A session, but it will be interesting to see what they find usable from it. It’s a longer discussion, and anyone who knows my penchant for long discussions in which I muse about a thousand things (like the 2-part, 2-hour interview with Mainframe, or the 4-hour one I did with anim5 on IDDFOS a long time ago) knows that I barely get started in 20 minutes of Q&A.. 😉

There’s probably more I should chat about, but I’m already feeling self-conscious and over-sharing, and I played too much Fallout 3 so my time before sleep is dwindling fast..

(Oh, and have I mentioned that the Sea of Stars audiodrama was a 2010 Parsec Awards finalist? And that I had the bit part of “Narrator” in that great production? No? Well.. now I have.. Consider this a bonus prize, for sticking through to the end..)

Album Walk: Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Brain Salad Surgery”

Dig the groovy, whacked-out sounds, man!

"Brain Salad Surgery" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

I had to get out and get some groceries, refill a few of the staples I’ll need in the last 4 weeks here, so I threw in another album. The grocery store is about a 1/2 hour away, and with the time I spent in the store, I nearly finished the album twice.

Oh, which album? Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery.

(I’m cheating a bit; I’ve had this album for a while, and I’m pretty sure that I’ve listened to it before, maybe even in one sitting. But my collection here says its unheard, and its never received the kind of focus these album walks are giving to it.)

So, what’s this album like?

In a word: groovy. EDIT: I’ve been informed that I really should say: “far out“. I can dig it. 😉

Another word: intense.

And another word: epic.

But here are some more words..

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