The blues are alive and well in the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue.

We went to Chico last night to the Big Room in the Sierra Nevada Brewery which is my all time favorite venue if you don’t count the lounges and stages on the Blues Cruise. Great sound system, great accoustics, great seating, great service and food. This was the most fun we’ve had out since the cruise in January. Everything was just perfect.

Tommy Castro and his band, Deanna Bogart, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Magic Dick of J. Geils band fame were all on stage. It was a super show, full of fun and energy and great music. The crowd was delighted and everybody danced, danced, danced.  We were all out on a Tuesday night for this. These people were definitely our demographic so it was fun and comfortable.  We got to connect with a cruise buddy, in fact she’s the one who clued me into the ticket sales for the shindig last night. YAY Keitha!

Tommy started with “A Good Fool is Hard to Find,” and then “If I Had a Nickel” (which probably isn’t the name of the song) and various other Tommy songs. Deanna was playing keyboards and they did a great song about being the Girl in The Band. Her keyboard playing is really something to behold when she gets going.

Magic Dick came out and played a few songs. He doesn’t do that much for me, and had a harder time taking cues when they were jamming than anyone else did which was aggravating to watch – otherwise they were tight, tight, tight. He played The No Sleepingest Woman – that was kind of a fun song. He’s a good harmonica player, that’s for sure.

Ronnie Baker Brooks came out and played. He did a good audience participation song called “Take Me Wit’ You” that everybody sang along with. He came down in the crowd and played, which I love. He’s a great guitar player, Chicago blues style, with big energy and charm. Very fun to watch and listen to. It’s nice dancing in the Big Room because you’re right there with the musicians. Up close and personal, just like it should be.

Ronnie said he has women say to him, “Can you do me, Ronnie, like you do your guitar?” and we laughed and then he proceeded to make love to his guitar right there in front of us.  Not humping it or anything, but having sex with it nevertheless. Very sensual playing, and I don’t know how to describe it other than it sounded like fucking feels. It made me horny watching him play.

After everyone had their Me time with the band backing them, they took a break and came back and jammed together. I think the best stuff was when Deanna and Keith were playing sax with Tom playing trumpet and they were all up together in front. They were hot hot h0tt!

All in all, a great night.  Click the picture below to see a few more crappity pictures on Flickr.

Little Girl and Ronnie Baker Brooks play the guitar


Momspit – No Rinse Cleanser for Hands & Face

Problem: Milk moustache.
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On Robot Wars

That post below – on robots – exemplifies one of the reasons more girls don’t get into computer science. Robot Wars, ferchristsake. Not that many females would give a shit about Robot Wars. Now, if they were demoing the robots doing something useful, it would be a different story.

In my experience, most women don’t really enjoy violence for violence’s sake.

Make love, not war! That reminds me, I saw a car with a bumper sticker that said Another Grandma for Peace. It had another lefty sticker I liked on it, too, but I can’t remember what it was. It was all ruined by the fact that granny was driving a mini-van. No sympatico from this quarter.

“In my younger days, when I was pained by the half-educated, loose, and inaccurate ways women had, I used to say, ‘How much women need exact science.’ But since I have known some workers in science, I have now said, ‘How much science needs women.'”
–Maria Mitchell, America’s first woman astronomer.


 Peacebots Picket Robotic Violence
Bryn Mawr College (10/25/07)

A group of robotic students from Bryn Mawr College programmed robots to protest the “Robot Conflict,” the robot fights that were taking place as part of Robot Day, sponsored by the Northeast Robotics Club. The protesting robots, which were programmed by four students in an introductory computer science course, carried signs such as “Make Code Not War,” and “Extendable Arms Are for Hugging.”

The protest was done partially in fun, but also to raise awareness for some important issues. The robot fights were intended to get young attendees interest in robotics, but Bryn Mawr associate professor of computer science Doug Blank, who taught the class that programmed the protestor robots, says the fights do little to attract young women to the field.

“This kind of event appeals to a specific demographic,” Blank says. “I think that using this as a community-outreach activity just tends to perpetuate the current situation in science and technology fields.” Rebecca Rebhuhn-Glanz, a first-year student who programmed a robot for the protest, says the fights were interesting, but probably not the best way to attract young people to the field.

“If I were designing a robot, that’s not what it would be doing,” she says. “We had one of our robots drawing, and I think we reached more of the little kids with that.” Blank says that violence also does not make a very good pedagogical tool. “I think there are better ways to get kids involved in engineering, and to get more kids involved in technology,” he says.

Bag o’ Wheat

Bag O’ Wheat

4 generations of Bob’s people. He clearly remembers this because Grandma and Grandpa gave him his own giant bag of puffed wheat and it was SO big but he could carry it by himself. He took it home and worked his way through the whole thing. I swear Bob is the cutest child who ever lived except for Andrew. He must have been a delight when he was little.  He’s still a delight most of the time. 🙂

That’s Marcia standing with him, smiling and happy like I have never ever seen her since we met 5 years ago. His mother, maternal grandmother, and maternal great grandmother are pictured.