Artist Jeanne Wilkinson sent me this photo of a very cool Pink Vespa motor scooter taken by her in Amsterdam. Jeanne and her husband Frank (who is also an artist) are currently vacationing in Europe and blogging about it Here, if you’d like to see more of Jeanne’s beautiful photos and read about their adventures! Thanks Jeanne!
Due to persistent and chronic hacking of this site by an unknown entity that hates bacon and all things Rad, The Worley Gig will be moving to a new host server some time this weekend. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian Koss at the wonderful UBI Korp for his years of devoted, cheerful service and unfailing, proactive willingness to troubleshoot a problem that, unfortunately, proved to be just too confounding to warrant much more of anybody’s time trying to solve. The ‘Gig may experience a few hours of downtime while the move takes place, so please come back later if we are found to be temporarily unavailable.
Thank You, Please Drive Through.
Today We Are Six (Image Source)
Today, we celebrate Worleygig Dot Com’s sixth year of music and mayhem on the web! Thanks to all of you, our traffic has increased five hundred percent over this time last year, and The ‘Gig is currently among the Top Ten Most Popular Art Blogs on The Web! Please help me kick off year six by leaving some comments on my various posts around the page, and enjoying a slice of virtual cake! Cheers!
Tuesday, March 24th is a day for bloggers to honor and acknowledge the achievements of women in technology under the banner of celebrating Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was a brilliant metaphysicist and inventor. The daughter of the great romantic poet Lord Byron, she is considered to have been the first software programmer. The Science Museum in England has more information on Ada Lovelace Day at this link.
Dr. Ellen Ochoa
In honor of Ada Lovelace Day I’d also like to give a shout out to another modern American woman achieving great things in technology, Dr. Ellen Ochoa (B. May 10, 1958). Ellen Ochoa has invented and holds patents on two different optical systems; one used for quality control in the manufacturing of various intricate parts, and a second which can be used to robotically manufacture goods or in robotic guiding systems. In addition to being an inventor, Dr. Ochoa is also a research scientist and astronaut for NASA. She has logged over 719 hours in space and is a veteran of three space flights – her most recent mission being 10 days aboard the space shuttle Discovery in May of 1999. Ellen Ochoa also holds the distinction of being the first hispanic astronaut. In other words, she rocks.
I know there are many others out there besides me for whom the Super Bowl holds no interest whatsoever. What teams are even playing this year? Who gives a shit? Here’s what I’m doing today!
1. Making a huge vat of my delicious home made chili
2. Cleaning the Chick Tank
4. Editing Interview with Drummer Gene Hoglan
5. Transcribing Interview with Mary J Blige’s drummer , Lil Rex
6. Reading an awesome book, “Love Is a Mix Tape” by Rob Sheffield
8. Watching “Rock of Love” on VH1
10. Talking on the phone
Where Did My Archives Go?
At some point last year, the Modern Drummer Website crashed for a number of months. It actually seemed like the site was down for a million billion years, but it was probably not that long. When the site finally made a come back, most of the archived Drummer Update articles had either mysteriously "gone missing" or had moved to new and unknown URLs. Exciting! I am only just now finding the time to rebuild my Modern Drummer website archive by meticulously tracking down each article via Google and re-entering the correct URL, where available. I'm about half way through the sludge right now. Soon all — or maybe most — of those links will once again lead to actual articles! It's not a very pretty job, but who else is going to do that for you?