Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Here are two people I'm very thankful for. These photos are form this morning when Ani was helping Jen make a sweet potato dish.


Last Night's Show Was a Blast!

I played at the Pend d'Oreille Winery last night. They have live music and hors d'ourves every Friday and Saturday from 5-7. It was a great night. A ton of people came out. The place was hopping. Plus, I played a lot more originals than usual, and that went really well too.

My friend, David, was goodly enough to stream the show, as well as record some of it. He used Ustream.tv, as usual. Thanks David.

Here's a link to the video.


Sandpoint Transition Initiative Kick-Off

What a night! The event was really enjoyable to be a part of. Here are the videos I recorded that night while streaming the event. If you didn't get a chance to check it out, go to the Sandpoint Transition Initiative website.


I'm playing at the Pend Oreille Winery on Friday

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I'll be playing a the Pend Oreille Winery on Friday night from 5 to 7pm. There are hors d'oeuvres and of course great wine. Come on out for the evening, or stop by on your way to dinner. The atmosphere is lovely and the music will be, at least entertaining, if not downright awesome.

See you there.


Imagine a Sustainable Local Economy...

That's the topic for tonight's kick-off for the Sandpoint Transition Initiative. This is a local instance of an international movement to help local communities develop a sustainable local economy.

I had never heard of this movement, but was approached a couple weeks ago about streaming the event live online. Richard Kuhnel, the event coordinator, was very keen on getting the event online. I agreed.

The whole deal starts tonight at 7pm and includes a smorgasbord of speakers and other acts ranging from local musicians to the mayor of Sandpoint.

I'm very interested in the concept. I'm interested to see if this feels like a real, workable solution, or a celebration of everything green without any momentum of its own. I'm hoping it's the former, but we'll see. If you're interested, you can watch below once the broadcast begins, which should be shortly before 7pm tonight.

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Hooray for Obama, Bravo McCain

I am increasingly excited about Obama's impending administration. The fact that we are living in a time when the first black president is elected in America is momentous in itself, but pales in comparison to the excitement I feel about the culture I hope Obama will create in American politics. As he leads the U.S. over the next four years (at least) I look forward to an America that will enjoy a restored international reputation and a sense of responsible nationalism that will prove that we are the great nation we claim to be.

At the same time, I was very impressed with McCain's concession speech. That was the John McCain I remember from the beginning of this whole process. In fact, I can't help but wonder that if the McCain we saw tonight had been present over the last couple months, if this election would have ended differently, or at least more closely. I am thankful for such a respectful and respectable man to be in a leadership position in our country. I hope that he will work closely with Obama through the coming administration to continue to bridge the party gap and work together for the betterment of our country.


Mufin.com Is Kind of Disappointing

I got an invite to the beta of mufin.com. I signed up and checked it out, and I must say, I was thoroughly unimpressed. The concept is that one can discover new music by entering the name of an artist or song they like. I tried three different artists and two different songs. All three of these returned zero recommendations. While the artists were not exactly mainstream, I discovered them through Pandora.com, my current favorite music discovery service.

Mufin's site is clean and simple, unfortunately, it seems their repertoire may be as well. Give them some time to build up their musical vocabulary before rushing out to find a beta invite. They may be fresh out of the oven, as they say on their Twitter feed, but I don't think they're quite done on the inside.