Monthly Archives: March 2010

Thoughts about Jimi Hendrix

Ever since I can remember the music of Jimi Hendrix has captured my soul. Going all the way back to 1967 with Purple Haze from the Are You Experienced recording until his latest posthumous studio album, Valleys of Neptune, Jimi Hendrix crosses the space and time continuum as no one else ever will.

Valleys of Neptune

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Chris Frantz, “The Talking Head”, Debuts on WPKN-FM

My wife and I just listened to a very enjoyable music radio show on WPKN-FM, 89.5 on your FM dial. Chris Frantz, of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame has begun hosting a show on the last Friday of the month from 1-4 p.m. E.S.T.

Chris Frantz’s first radio show was gangbusters, the music he played was so well mixed and totally original. His first studio guests were Mystic Bowie who sings and plays with the Tom Tom Club and Mickey Leigh, brother of the late Joey Ramone, who was there to promote his book, I Slept with Joey Ramone. Chris also received a phone call from his good friend Bucks Burnett, who spoke about his Eight Track Museum Project (very cool). Chris played Bucks Burnett’s new recording Rachel Bazooka. I really liked what Bucks Burnett had to say about packaging music as art and leaving all the rest of the information, UPC code, etc. elsewhere. Music is art, art is music!

We encourage you to tune in to future shows. Chris Frantz presents novel music with great, hypnotic beats. He is very knowledgeable in his craft.

The stream rewind can be heard right here. Give this show a listen, you’ll love what you hear!

http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/6701

 

Finding Ada Lovelace Day Post

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science.

The woman in history I am honoring today is Dr. Grace Murray Hopper. She accomplished so much as an inventor, a brilliant mathematican and computer programmer. She created the original functional specification and the first complier for COBOL. She was also a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy. I learned of Dr. Grace Murray Hopper during my career at Digital Equipment Corporation(DEC), where she was a senior consultant. I started my career as a DIBOL programmer at DEC in 1983. DIBOL is a derivative of COBOL and Dr. Grace Murray Hopper advised the DIBOL product team extensively.

Read more about Dr. Grace Murray Hopper here. We owe her a debt of gratitude for what she accomplished in both her military and data processing career. A powerful woman of great stature.

Thank you Dr. Grace Murray Hopper, I am in your debt as a career professional in information technology.