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Pictures and .ogg Audio Files on

Yea! The images and .ogg audio files are back on the Klok – Memorial, and the Spring 2006 Blossoms page and on the the following Memorial postings for my Dad: Until We Meet Again and To My Dad .. In Loving Memory.

Please let me know if you run across any other broken links to image or audio files. Thanks!

BambisMusings is back!

Just wanted to post and let everyone know that is back online!

Thanks to Mark for his help in getting my blog postings converted to the new type of imports from a recent sql backup. Your help was greatly appreciated Mark!

I will work on trying to get posts from July and August that are missing right now, but if I can get to the current sql I will try to import those few manually. I also have to change the links for all the pictures on my blog and that will have to come in time. But they will be back very soon!

Right now, I am just so happy to be back up and running!

Thought for the Day – June 24, 2008

Thought for the Day – June 24, 2008

Rest in Peace, George Carlin – George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008). You will be missed. Another one gone…

Recalling George Bush’s ranting about how the endless “war on terror” is a battle for freedom, Carlin echoed James Madison’s thinking with a simple question: “Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?”

From George Carlin, American Radical, By John Nichols, Posted June 23, 2008.

Devin Ossman, Talented Fluist, and son to David Ossman has died

Rest in peace, Devin Ossman. My heart goes out to Devin’s Dad, David Ossman, Devin’s wife, and the rest of his family, and the Firesign Theater during this very difficult time.

Devin Ossman, 45

Body Of Missing Hiker Found On Mount Rainier (

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — Crews searching for a missing hiker on Mount Rainier found the man’s body on Wednesday, park officials said.

The park’s ranger office said the body of Devin Ossman, 45, was found just before noon Wednesday 1.5 miles from the trailhead in the Kautz Creek Drainage area. Searchers followed tracks in the snow to an elevation of 4,200 feet. The tracks then descended east of the trail to about 3,000 feet, where the body was found, rangers said.


Jeff Healy – Your Music will be greatly missed!

Jeff Healy - You will be missed!
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Rising above great adversity (cancer) from the time he was one year old, Jeff Healy went on to be a brilliant guitarist and leader of The Jeff Healey Band.

From his website

Jeff Healey, arguably one of the most distinctive guitar players of our time, died today (Sunday March 2) in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto. He was 41, and leaves his wife, Cristie, daughter Rachel (13) and son Derek (three), as well as his father and step-mother, Bud and Rose Healey, and sisters Laura and Linda.

Funeral and memorial arrangements are pending.

Robbed of his sight as a baby due to a rare form of cancer, retino blastoma, and he started to play guitar when he was three, holding the instrument unconventionally across his lap. He formed his first band at 17, but soon formed a trio which was named the Jeff Healey Band.

After his appearance in the movie Road House, he was signed to Arista records, and in 1988 released the Grammy-nominated album See the Light, which included a major hit single, Angel Eyes. He earned a Juno Award in 1990 as Entertainer of the Year.

Also from an article in the National Post:

At the time of his death he was about to see the release of his first rock/blues album in eight years, Mess of Blues, which is being released in Europe on March 20, and in Canada and the U.S. on April 22. The album was the result of a joint agreement between the German label, Ruf Records, and Stony Plain, the independent Edmonton-based label that has released his three jazz CDs.

Mess of Blues was recorded in studios in Toronto, with two cuts recorded at the Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse in Toronto and two at a concert in London England. The backup group on the upcoming CD — the Healey’s House Band — played with him regularly at the downtown Roadhouse, and at a previous club bearing his name in the Queen-Bathurst area.

Sorry to hear that he didn’t get to see how well his album would be accepted when it was released.

More in the article and at his site and on Wikipedia and Wikinews as well.

I loved his part in Road House!

I am so sorry to hear about Jeff’s passing. He was so young and such a brilliant guitarist! My heart goes out to his wife, children and the rest of his family and friends.

Rest in Peace Jeff Healy. You will be greatly missed!

2008 First Snow of the Season

Dendron had it’s first snow of the season, this past week. I waited till I had the new pictures that JimmyLee had taken ready to put up in the new JimmyLee and Bambi’s Photo Gallery, along with a couple other sets of images (consisting of just a few slideshows/galleries). I expect to add more as time goes on. Just haven’t had time to devote to it just now.


EDIT 1/27/2008: JimmyLee and Bambi’s Photo Gallery has moved to JimmyLee’s site here.

TechTV Fans Still Mad as Hell

TechTV Fans [Still] Mad as Hell … But at least we have some alternatives and some great ones that have come out of the ashes.

Leo Laporte, members of the old crew and all the TWiT video shows, not to mention Kevin Rose’s videos, and more.

But I still can’t help but get angered at TechTV’s prior and new ownership. They really screwed TechTV and TechTV Fans and all for a faltering fledgling called G4 over at Comcast.

They seem to forget that there are long collective memories out there. ;)

Happy 25th Birthday to the Smiley Face :-)

The Smiley Face Turns 25 :-):

klubar writes “Another milestone of online communications has been reached. The smiley turns 25, according to Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman who says he was the first to use three keystrokes. ‘Language experts say the smiley face and other emotional icons, known as emoticons, have given people a concise way in e-mail and other electronic messages of expressing sentiments that otherwise would be difficult to detect. Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly.’”

From the MSNBC article:

Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly.

“I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-),” wrote Fahlman. “Read it sideways.”

“What emoticons do is essentially provide a mechanism to transmit emotion when you don’t have the voice,” Nass said.

I certainly appreciate the smiley :-)

Klok – Memorial – Updated!

I know, I could be talking about the iPhone, which I dearly love! I just love cutting edge technology that fits right in with Klok/Brian’s Buttons. One of which says, “Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.” :)

But why bother when so many have already talked and talked and talked about the iPhone…including us on our JimmyLee and Bambi Show on CNI Radio last week and this week!

Besides, I am waiting for Apple’s new iPDA (they just have to do one!!!) that is everything that the iPhone is except NO phone! Of course, I would want a slot for a large SD card, a “To Do” list for the calendar app and the ability of developers to write widgets and other apps for it (don’t forget people get more excited about things that are more open and that they can tailor to their wants and needs as well as having great tech!), a self-serviceable battery (so you can carry a spare), as well as better integration with existing iPod accouterments. ;) But that’s just me.

However, the real reason for this posting is to let all the CNI Radio, Firesign Theatre and Klok, aka Brian Converse family and friends know that we have updated Brian’s Klok Memorial with a couple cool pictures kindly supplied by Fred Davis for the Memorial — including Brian’s collection of ID Tagss and Buttonss! ;) Enjoy!

EDIT: 7/9/2007 – Added an additional picture from Fred Davis. Brian/Klok and Fred/Pen Umbra on the beach at Cape Code in 1999.

Joy of Tech

Thanks Adam for this great cartoon clip that you posted in chat for Tweeny to look at Saturday night (from Joy of Tech).

As a computer technician myself … gotta love it!

EDIT: Thanks to Tweeny for setting me right as to who it was that posted it in chat. ;)

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