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Random Colour: The Stitch n' Bitch [Aug. 29th, 2009|10:51 am]
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I am knitting. Phnee is knitting. Arin is knitting and spinning. Jan is quilting. Karine misses her sewing.

And I like you people and I don't see you often enough.

What would you say to reviving Random Colour as a stitch n' bitch circle?

The idea would be to meet about once a month - I was thinking a Sunday morning for a couple of hours might be best, since we'd still have the day to spend afterward. Arin has asked that it not be the last Sunday of the month, but anything else is good.

Meeting place can be determined - we can use our houses, or meet somewhere neutral. I'd like to volunteer my place for the first meeting, once we decide on a date.

What do you think?
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Slight scheduling glitch [May. 3rd, 2007|10:29 am]
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Hi all!

So, like I said in my email, I shall have to leave promptly at 2pm on Saturday, due to overtime at work.

Many apologies for the inconvenience, but there's not much I can do about it, sadly.
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FTP stuff [Apr. 14th, 2007|08:51 am]
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I've uploaded two clips of the Bonny Swans rehearsal we had. There isn't much more of use, because we stopped and started so often (perfectly understandable, as this was the first time we were all playing it out together).

I'm at the point where I honestly can't do this any more, which really sucks because I personally find it a great learning tool. I have to play the recordings in real time to transfer them, which means anywhere between seventy to eighty minutes where I have to pay attention and stop and start to make separate files, then another hour and a half of editing the files, then exporting them to MP3, then uploading them (the latter is the easiest part, of course). It was hard enough to find the time to do it when I was working at home; the time no longer exists at all in my current schedule. (Frankly, I don't have time to anything but eat and go to bed at night now.)

I'm annoyed because I'd like to upload some of the Sandman rehearsal we had, because I'm sure it sounds awesome, as well as giving us hints as to how to adjust timing. Except to find bits to post, I have to listen attentively to the whole thing first and select portions to copy/edit/export/upload. Same goes for last week's ass-kicking setlist run.

What I think we'll do now is only record the stuff we're specifically working, as a learning aid, or specific songs people request, to a max of thirty minutes of stuff. I can't see how I can fit working on any more than that into my schedule, and even that's going to be a challenge.

So apologies, gang.
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Rehearsal March 17 [Mar. 16th, 2007|12:22 pm]
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I have forgotten to post this THREE TIMES in the past day. Gah!

Okay, this weekend's rehearsal: I am completely useless when it comes to calendars these days, and thought we didn't have rehearsal this weekend because the first actual date we mentioned was the 24th. I never would have scheduled a party at my place beginning at 4 pm if I'd known I wouldn't get home till 3. Also, there is a nor'easter snowstorm on its way, and we're looking to get between 20 and 30 cm of snow between this evening and tomrrow night, and I'm plenty fed up with driving in snow because everyone forgets how to drive and it takes me twice as long to get between point A and point B. Public transport and walking in the stuff is not much fun for anyone, either.

So what do people think of having a 2-hour rehearsal tomorrow, from 11 to 1? Given that Karine has just begun really going on the comic again, and could possibly use the time with Adam home to work some more, we could even make it a music-only rehearsal to get us back into the swing of things to make the next rehearsal even smoother. (Or, you know, Karine could be clawing at the opportunity to get out of the house. Whichever.)

Can everyone post feedback and thoughts on this?

Also: Ron is officially booked to work Bonny Swans with us on the 24th. Liam will be at his grandparents' place. (We'll still be able to pick you up and drop you off, Jan and Phnee; we'll be removing the car seat for you. Although you may have to share the backseat with the bodhran.)

UPDATE: Seems like I'm not the only one who had the 24th down as the next rehearsal! Okay, gang, by general consensus the rehearsal of March 17 is Officially Not Happening. Enjoy your morning off, and I'll see as many of you as possible Saturday night for Rob's birthday potluck! Thanks, everyone, for your quick responses.
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Burning Calories [Mar. 1st, 2007|07:59 pm]
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At some point in the not too distant past we were talking about how much of a workout music is. Here's proof, although for anything other than drums I'd be tempted to average out the instrument we play with the rock'n'roll score.

The first number of calories burned per hour is for people weighing 130 lbs, the second for 155 lbs, the third for 190 lbs.

Music playing, cello, flute, horn, woodwind: 118/141/173
Music playing, drums: 236/281/345
Music playing, guitar, classical, folk(sitting): 118/141/173
Music playing, guitar, rock/roll band(standing): 177/211/259
Music playing, piano, organ, violin, trumpet: 148/176/216

Source: NutriStrategy. (Although the formatting is terrible; I had to copy and paste into an Excel document to get the numbers to align correctly, so if you want the whole list I can email it to you.)
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(no subject) [Feb. 28th, 2007|12:02 pm]
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Jan, Phnee:

I haven't had time to upload the bits we worked on last rehearsal, and I apologise; particularly to you, Jan, as they were primarily for your benefit so that you could work on your solo. I'm about to start transferring them to the computer now.


Nothing recorded, nothing at all. All I have is faint static. The mic must not have been plugged in to the unit completely.

I am so, so sorry, Jan. Do you want me to come over sometime this week or next and record my bit over again with you, so that you have it to practice against?
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This Saturday's Practice [Feb. 13th, 2007|10:50 am]
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Phnee is away, and we almost certainly won't have Karine, so what do you think of the idea of planning for a short practice, and working exclusively on the music bits for: J'Veux pas Veillir (musical interlude), Manhatten (musical interlude) and Sandman (solos)?
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