Archive for July, 2004

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

PLAYBOY FASHION – SCHOOL’S OUT – LE 1000 – Now just exactly to whom is this being marketed? I can’t imagine that the little girls playing with their Barbie dolls are demanding this sort of attire.

Friday, July 30th, 2004

Goodguys Del Mar Rod & Custom Nationals Vintage Car Show

The Devil Is In The Details

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

Seems to me, a good sign of a professional organization is that they pay their bills on time. Its amazes me when a conscious effort is made to contract for services at the lowest possible price, and then fail to compensate the contractor what was deserved.

Perhaps an oversight. Or perhaps evidence of what is important to the company nowadays.

RECORD STORES in LOS ANGELES

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

I came across this nice compilation of record resources in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Figured that some day, I might want to pack a lunch, and set out to visit many of these shops to see what they have to offer. May get some ideas, too.

Thanks to Andy, who developed this list as a hobby, and is having difficulties with “free webhosting services”. The downside of getting to popular, is the pimps want to get their cut of your traffic.

No one said the internet was fair.

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

RECORD STORES in LOS ANGELES & the Internet

The Other Manifesto

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Untitled Document: “History remembers the artisans and thinkers, all the others fall away like sand on a beach, we are the most important people as we make the world and reshape it in our own vision. Without the painters, sculpture’s, artists, writers, architects, designers, filmmakers musicians and performers the world that we life in would be a drab and dull place to live. We give the world colour and texture, and yet, humanity takes a dim view of our relevance, it feels that we need to fit into its rules. Rules of functionality and uniformity where everyone is a product, but we do not and can not fit into there mould, as we are more, and to force us to abide be these rules would render us unable to fulfil our true potential, and we have a commitment to history. We must spend our lives in the pursuit of creativity to achieve our full potential, anything is a waste, and we have no idea how long our lives well be so must realise our dreams and ideas or the they my be lost for ever. I believe that everyone sees the world in completely different ways, so there are, in effect 6 billion versions of reality so that every time someone die a version of reality dies with them. This is what creative endeavour is about, is expressing your interpretation of reality to others, as it is often a unique and wholly different way of looking of the world, that gives other a window onto other ways of thinking. “

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Geek Squad

ABOUT FANTASY VINYL

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

If you frequent weidemannia, you might have noticed the past few postings titled “Fantasy Vinyl”. [If you missed them, check out the links on the Previous Posts listing on the right-hand menu.]

On first glance, they seem like regular album covers. Right? But if you are perceptive – and I think you are – you will have determined that some of the faces shown on the covers don’t seem to match the images in your memory. And you are right. [If you click the Fantasy album cover, you will see the original album cover for comparison.]

My goal is to alter the history of music as we know it!

OFFER – I would love to create a personalized, custom album cover for YOU, too! Just drop me an email, attaching a few images you would like me to incorporate, let me know which album cover you want “enhanced”, and I’ll give it a shot. No charge – at least for the time being.

Wouldn’t it be great to not only tell your friends you were with the band, but show them the album cover to PROVE IT?

Browse my growing gallery of album covers at Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl. They might give you some ideas.

MY MISSION: To Make YOU Smile. Period.

The History of Rock and Roll

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

Rock-and-Roll (räk’n roll’) n. first so used (1951) by Alan Freed, Cleveland disc jockey, taken from the song “My Baby Rocks Me with a Steady Roll”. The use of rock, roll, rock and roll, etc., with reference to sexual intercourse, is traditional in blues, a form of popular music that evolved in the 1950’s from rhythm and blues, characterized by the use of electric guitars, a strong rhythm with an accent on the offbeat, and youth-oriented lyrics. [ more ]

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

Star Trek Sickbay – TOS: Episody – 62 – Spock’s Brain – As funny as it looks. See the stage production at your local Improv.

Ethics Is NOT Seasonal

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

You would think with all the noise going down regarding the executives in Enron, corporations would be taking this whole ethics thing pretty seriously.

However, when you begin to understand about all the inbreeding and backroom politics taking place to perpetuate the facade of propriety, it makes you want to turn your back on the corporate world and open a sandwich shop.

Does anyone really think that destroying hardcopy documentation is an effective way to change history – especially in today’s world of a world-wide, peer-to-peer and one-to-the-world medium?

Honesty is the best policy. Justice will be served. Hidden evidence has its way of making itself visible.

[ See Smoking Gun ]

Friday, July 16th, 2004

Conde’Nast Art – Collection of great covers, illustrations and photos from magazines such as Vogue, and House & Garden.

Misery Loves Company

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

foxylawyer.com – I happened to find this blog that describes a lawyer who is keeping a diary of her “change of life”. Captured here for comfort – knowing that we are never alone.

How to Get ‘Em to Do What You Want ‘Em to

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

How to Get ‘Em to Do What You Want ‘Em to : Distributor Sales: “So, the first step in getting your sales people ‘to do what you want’em to,’ is to decide ‘what you want’em to do.’

Ideally, those things proceed directly from your strategic plan. For example, if your strategic plan says that you want to penetrate a new market segment, then you should expect your salespeople to make X calls per month on that segment, or create X new customers within that segment, or do X amount of sales with that segment, or achieve X amount of gross profit with that segment.

The first step is to develop your strategic plan, and then to create expectations for your sales force that directly support that strategic plan.

What, you don’t have a strategic plan? That’s too bad, you’re definitely at a disadvantage. But, you’re not disqualified. Just start at step two, and create precise expectations for your sales force. Develop a list of the three to ten most important things you want them to do.

Bringing in a certain amount of sales or gross profits should be one of them, but only one of them.

Next, make sure that your list of expectations are easily, accurately and fairly measurable. This can be difficult. Much of your ability to manage your sales force depends on your ability to measure sales behaviors.

If you’re highly automated and use effective sales force software, it’ll be a snap. If you’re not effectively automated, it’ll be much more difficult. “

What’s That Worth?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

Popsike.com provides auction results of rare vinyl records, specializing in Pop, Rock, Beat and Psych from the 60’s and 70’s.

To check it out, I searched on one of my old Seeds albums, Future, and found a like copy/condition recently sold for $54 US! Seems like the values I’ve been logging into my collection database may be undervaluing these puppies. Good to know if it ever comes time to liquidate.

[ more ]

A Bug In My Past

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

While some people enjoy researching their family trees to get a glimpse at how exactly their ancestors paired up and recreated, I wonder how many people discover they are members of the class “insecta” – as are those of us in the “Weidemannia” genus.

Very interesting evolutionary path, don’t you think?

Jerkin’ Crocus – Get It Right

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

Because sometimes you want to sing along, and you don’t want to sound like an idiot if people start listening to what you are saying.

Mott the Hoople Jerkin’ Crocus lyrics: (Ian Hunter)

Old man Tyler had a crash in his car down on the fortune highway

Doctor said it was his cruel sick heart didn’t go to church on Sunday

Oh your pace is going to knock you dead

Out of the race you got time to spare

Jerkin’ Crocus is the cause of the cross you bear

Didn’t you wish you were there

I know what she want

Just a lick of your ice cream cone

I know what you say

Pappas in bed well hey hey hey

When he got stuck with a hole in his head she asked to try it my way

Get down low with all that haughty jive you don’t know what it’s like babe

Oh oh oh it’s getting down around here

I got nothing to hide I’m to tired to fear

Jerkin’ Crocus didn’t kill me but she sure came near

She’s a nads puller

I know what she want

A judo hold on a black mans balls

I know what you think

Ease over baby going to rock that thing

Alright!

I know what she want

Just a lick of your ice cream cone

I know what you say

Pappas in bed well hey hey hey

I know what she want

A judo hold on a black mans bones

I know what you think

Ease over baby going to rock that thing

Alright!

C’mon Jerkin’

C’mon Jerkin’

I know

No no no no

Alright!

I know

That’s better

No no no no

That’s much better

[No one said the lyrics were going to insightful or philosophical. Remember: It’s all about the rock – and the roll.]

A Little Dab’ll Do Ya!

Monday, July 12th, 2004


City Approval Required

Sunday, July 11th, 2004

While reviewing the Lake Forest City website, came across this interesting piece of information for those of you who might be thinking about opening up a business in the city.

BUSINESS LICENSE NOT REQUIRED – The City does not require businesses to obtain a business license in order to operate. However, certain businesses require City approval. If you plan to conduct any of the following business activities, please contact the Orange County Sheriff Department at (714) 647-1868 for a Law Enforcement Review.

– Bingo

– Coin dealer

– Dance instructor/dance studio

– Escort/escort bureau

– Figure model, nude/figure model studio

– Gun dealer

– Interlocutrix, nude

– Introductory service

– Junk collector/junk dealer

– Massagist

– Peddler

– Pool room

– Public bath/massage parlor

– Public dance

– Rap session, nude

– Secondhand dealer/thrift store/pawn shop

– Taxicab stand

Today’s Word: fetid

Saturday, July 10th, 2004



Montara Mtn Plants Family List Part 4

Scoliopus bigelovii

Fetid Adder’s Tongue

(Slink Pod)

RecordStoreReview.com

Saturday, July 10th, 2004

RecordStoreReview.com features record store listings and reviews from around the world including the US, Canada, England, Japan and more. We’re building the guide together with a community of collectors (like you) who share reviews of stores they’ve visited. We hope the directory leads you to those elusive records and CDs missing from your collection. [ more ]

The Little Things

Saturday, July 10th, 2004

Returning to the campus to meet with the manager of the technical staffing company, I happened to pass a colleague in the hallway. He stopped and wanted me to know how shocked he was on hearing of my demise when he came back from vacation. Many people in the company will begin to see the company from a different perspective, after seeing how good, dedicated people can be discarded without remorse. He apologized for the way the company treated me.

He volunteered to provide a personal reference if needed in my new pursuits.

It is those types of connections and interactions that I will miss the most. When you enjoy what you do, and you are surrounded by your friends, life is wonderful. Cherish those moments.

Friday, July 9th, 2004

ToetWeb.com

Making Progress

Friday, July 9th, 2004

Uncovered a few opportunities and leads that somehow seem to feel right.

1 – Placed a call to the head of a technical resource staffing agency about submitting a resume, and interested to hear when he called back, that they themselves might have a recruitment position with their team for which he thinks I might be well-qualified. Sounds interesting, and an interview and discussion is scheduled for this afternoon. Nice to know my previous relationship with him could prove valuable.

2 – Yesterday, I completed an online application for a branch manager position at a well-known CPB firm, for an opening in Orange County, pretty close to home. Based on my experience, and the requirements for the job, it seems like the fit is perfect. However, I expect that salary could be a factor; I don’t know what the job pays. If I don’t hear from them today, I will call them on Monday. A great opportunity to get a better understanding of the retail business. [If this materializes, a number of close friends will give me nods of approval – looking down the road. They know who they are.]

3 – Playing phone tag with a friend/colleague/consultant with whom I’ve worked closely over the past 3-4 years. He tells me his financial services company is growing rapidly, and thinks there might be some opportunities for a person with my background and skills. In browsing the career opportunities on their website, and looking at the formal positions to be filled, nothing seems to be a clean fit. However, we’ll see what might come of the lead…

So, for today, things look somewhat promising.

The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

Maybe you can’t always judge a book by looking at its cover, but you can often judge an album by its cover. The cover art of a record or CD has always been an integral part of portraying the image and the essence of the recording artist. Documented by many books, record cover art has become an art form in itself, above and beyond the music inside the jacket. Many renowned artists have shown their love for this medium by creating covers for their favorite musicians. [ more ]

Erring Soothsayers

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

Like Nostradamus, the prediction from a local soothsayer did not come to pass.

If You Like Tangerine Dream

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

We are happy to announce that Edgar W. Froese’s personal website presentation opened in the evening of July 5th, 2004.

The website is all-round presentation of the man behind Tangerine Dream, with all the bells and whistles. It features:

– an extensive bio
– a comprehensive discography
– a presentation of Froese’s visual arts
– regular news updates on his activities with and outside of TD

All of this is embedded in an extravagant web presentation that invites anyone who visits to explore. We, thus, urge you to pay the site a visit today at http://www.edgarfroese.com.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

Humorous Creative Services, Animation, Illustration and Graphic Design – A business I can identify with. Hope they are very successful!

Pre-existing Conditions

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

The letter said “Declined”.

Apparently, if one has seen a doctor for ANY condition, that is seen as a “risk” to the medical insurance companies and they are in a position to decide whether they want to help or not. In this case, we were kicked to the curb.

COBRA appears to be the only feasible option at this time.

Looking at the current financial situation – without emotion – the BMW has been posted on AutoTrader.com. Hopefully, the money saved on lease payment and autoinsurance will offset the increased cost of health insurance.

No regrets – enjoyed the ride while it lasted. But sometimes you just have to do the right thing.

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

VinylRevolution.com – Vinyl Record Store

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

StupidVideos???Your Web-Repository of Stupid Videos

Independence Day

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

Take time to reflect on and appreciate everything you have.

Independence Day 2004

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

Let’s see just how independent can one person be?

Last week involved; applying for alternate health insurance [ to avoid getting raped by COBRA ]; applying for well-deserved unemployment insurance from the state [ to help put a temporary bandage on the arterial bleeding ]; and exploring the vast wasteland known as monster.com [ where one realizes that there are a lot of jobs out there that one is not qualified for ].

Sobering.

[ Hey, pass another Smirnoff Triple Black Ice, and let’s enjoy the fireworks celebration. ]

When Did You Last Twist?

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

If you didn’t already know, I collect vinyl records. During one of my recent treasure hunts, I uncovered a copy of Parkway’s ‘Your Twist Party With The King Of Twist Chubby Checker’, from 1962, in pretty nice shape. As I cataloged the album, I enjoyed reading the 42 year old cover notes, and I reflected on how times have changed. Enjoy this flash from the past. [ more ]

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Album Cover Art Gallery Nice gallery, with fronts, backs, technical notes and editorial comments.

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

VIP-24.com- CDs, vinyl, memorabilia, music resources

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Collectable Records-Rare collectable vinyl records, art cover and labels, posters

Pictures Worth a Million Words

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Collectable Records – Rare collectable vinyl records, art cover and labels, posters is a great Russian website. To take full advantage of the site, you need to register. However, I found that I was able to browse the psychedelic posters for free, and much to my enjoyment, discovered a Fillmore West poster for Quicksilver Messenger Service – one of my favorite bands from the late 60’s.

But more importantly, it notes supporting act Mott the Hoople – as you know, one of my favorite bands OF ALL TIME.