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New CultureCandy site is live…

Bit by Bit,Deeper South — d-ashes on March 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

It’s been a long time coming (more than 2 years since I became personally involved with the effort), but CultureCandy, the Baton Rouge-based arts organization finally has a new web site. There’s still some rough spots to smooth out and some polish to add, but it’s alive and kicking. Thanks to CovalentLogic for contributing the graphic design and a lot of the user interface design also. Along with a more pleasing aesthetic, the new look and feel also lays a better foundation for a whole slew of improvements I’ve been scheming on. Look for them to start coming around the first of summer.

Having spent too many evenings indoors on the computer to get that out the door, it’s time for a break. This weekend has me in NOLA for a college friend’s bachelor party, and what should be a grand reunion of a lot of old cohorts, kicking off with what I hope will be a pretty afternoon at the race track for the Louisiana Derby. And it’s only a few short weeks until Louisiana’s music festival season gets into gear. I can already taste my JazzFest soft-shell crab po-boy. Laissez les…

Quite a bit…

Bit by Bit,Deeper South,Minutiae — d-ashes on March 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm

…going on in and around my particular world these days:

  • Gorjus over at PrettyFakes has, after much hustle and toil, got the fifth edition of the Sandusky Review almost ready for the real world.
  • Southdowns, the neighborhood where I live in Baton Rouge is seeing an explosion of new, (and thankfully) local businesses owned by some really cool people who take their commitment to the area seriously. I’m a particular fan of the 1699 Salon, which, being so much more than a place to get a haircut, has quickly come a community hub for me and a few friends to get together, drink coffee or booze, depending on the time of day, and get in a good conversation while listening to a few tunes. I’ve been helping them out with some photography and just put live a little website for them. Might I humbly suggest you give them your business.
  • I’m knee deep in the development of the new CultureCandy website. CovalentLogic did the graphic design and layout and I’m plugging in all the data. I think it will be a big improvement over the current site and hopefully contribute more fully to the arts community in and around Baton Rouge.
  • Tomorrow I ride in my first ever parade, the St. Patrick’s Day one here in Baton Rouge, somehow having been allowed to be Irish for a day. I’ve been delegated to make 100 Jell-O shots to supply the float with. Gelatin drinks are actually a legitimate avenue of craft mixology, so I’m looking forward to my education on the matter. Pondering if I can whip up a Jameson, ginger & lemon Jell-O shot.

I have six months worth of pictures to put on Flickr. Hoping that I get the chance to tackle that sooner than later. If I can get caught up on digital housekeeping then AW updates stand to occur much more frequently.

Mogwai Countdown Playlist

Bit by Bit,The Wonder — d-ashes on April 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Tomorrow night I get to see Mogwai, one of my favorite bands for a number of years, for the first time at Republic in New Orleans. In celebration/preparation I’m compiling a 12 song countdown to the event composed of a number of favorites from their catalog (click track name to listen):

  1. Superheroes of BMX (4 Satin)
  2. Tracy (Young Team)
  3. 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong (Rock Action)
  4. Friend of the Night (Mr. Beast)
  5. Scotland’s Shame (The Hawk is Howling)
  6. Take Me Somewhere (Rock Action)
  7. Cody (Come On Die Young)
  8. Killing All the Flies (Happy Songs for Happy People)
  9. Ratts of the Capital (Happy Songs for Happy People)
  10. Glasgow Mega-Snake (Mr. Beast)
  11. New Paths to Helicon 1 (Government Commissions)
  12. Mogwai Fear Satan (Young Team)

Also found the set list from last night. Hope that we’re treated to something very similar tonight.

What’s 1, 3 and 5 Miles Away From Me?

Bit by Bit — d-ashes on April 13, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Last year Mark Martin over at Baton Rouge Advocate for Safe Streets asked me to do a quick GoogleMaps mashup that would allow people to easily visualize how close a lot of the places they travel are to them. It didn’t take long to do, but then it’s languished on my development server since.  So with the idea that those 3 beers I had this afternoon whilst Mark asked if I still had the code actually did some good to the world other than my immediate enjoyment of them, find the link to my 1, 3, 5 Mile Radii Mapper (it really needs a better name; suggestions welcome). Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions about it.

1, 3, 5 Mile Radii Mapper


On the Beach

Bit by Bit,Deeper South,Minutiae — d-ashes on August 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Excuse me for not mentioning that Ashes & Water was taking a bit of a summer vacation. Thing is, I really didn’t know I was going on vacation myself, but here it is a month and a half since my last post. It’s been a busy couple of months with Professor Fury & Contessa throwing the last Poolapalooza, a trip to South Carolina for fun with the cousins and Maddie Potter moving into the Yellow(ish) House on Morning Glory. But after this weekend’s sojourn to Orange Beach with the Underpass Gang, which I’m out the door for in just a few minutes, vacation is over and I’ll be back in the keyboard powered saddle, whipping this thing for all it’s worth. With the Braves hardly ever playing on TBS anymore it’s been a rather sports starved summer and so it seems that the arrival of football season is even more welcome than it normally is, which is saying a lot. I’ve been following the Saint’s training camp at my alma mater pretty closely this year (I even made it up to Jackson with a Saturday scrimmage), especially with the aid of fellow Millsapian DeMeat’s very thorough training camp expose.

In other circles, Gorjus and I also managed to get him a dedicated website for the Sandusky Review up and running. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t made it over that way yet.

Dark (Side of the) Room

Bit by Bit — d-ashes on January 11, 2008 at 4:28 pm

As Natalia D noted, I’ve actually been able to nail some things to A&W’s wall with a bit more frequency at the dawn of the new year. We’ll still have to see if I can keep up such a pace, but I am making an effort. Since moving to Baton Rouge two and a half years ago I’ve spent way more time in front of a computer for a living, which means when I get home I’ve been much less inclined to put serious time in front of the screen again. But I’m trying to come to terms with the bit-based lifestyle this time around, and while I don’t look to spend much more of my extra-curricular time in front of the computer, I am putting forth the effort to make the time that I do spent there count for more. (more…)