Hi. Obviously it’s clear that this blog is underutilized. It’s intended primarily for postings that aren’t necessarily news and I’m slowly working on rewriting our whole website so that this blog fits in better. Until then, this blog will remain underutilized.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Monday, February 9, 2009
Wordle is a website where one can put in a sampling of text to be analyzed and rendered as a word cloud. If you use delicious.com or certain blog providers, you might be familiar with this concept already.
I was intrigued enough to put a small sample of our lyrics in to see what might happen. Below is the result:
Now, I didn’t imagine the word ‘god’ would be so prevalent but the sampling of lyrics did include a song called ‘God Hates Me’ so I suppose that skewed the data a bit. I imagine I’ll try again at some point with different lyrics in a larger sample set and see what other results I get. I’d love to just dump all of our lyrics into the site, it would almost be like a free psychoanalysis.
Monday, February 9, 2009
So the time has come for us to embark on our newest search for a drummer. This will be our fourth drummer this time around so for those at home keeping score, the current count is:
Bassists: 2 (Although Josh’s tenure pales in comparison to Ian’s 7+ years)
Additional guitarists: 3
So what happened with Dave, you might wonder? Well, Dave was a wonderful drummer but I’d say we grew apart. Between Ian’s move to Corpus and Barrett’s two international trips to parts unknown, a lot of downtime was experienced for Spitting Angels as a band. Once Ian moved back and we got our friend Justin from Halix on board to fill in guitar playing duties and we were ready to move full steam ahead again, Dave was involved in several other projects (one of which being our dear friends, Rainsliver) and it became clear that he did not have the time needed for us to get our momentum going again. That was in May of last year. It was hard for me to let go of the prospect of continuing with Dave but we simply need someone able to invest the necessary time to get the recordings done and rehearse enough so that we are at the top of our game with live performances.
Now, through all of this downtime, yours truly has been busy working on new recorded material (which deserves it’s own separate post to talk about but as of this writing there are 3 albums planned) and improving my home studio and mobile recording setups plus building towards visual enhancements for our live shows.
I’m really hoping this time around we can take our time in our drummer search to find someone whose interest, ambition and goals match ours and can help fast-track our band’s rise to stardom.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
So spittingangels.com has new new look and some new tweaks. It’s been a bit long since the last major update. I’ve always got big plans for the site (well, I’ve always got big plans for almost anything I do so that’s no surprise) but I wanted to take a moment to discuss my design philosophy.
I’ve been web-designing (although web-developing is probably a more appropriate term) since 1998. I started in college with crude html written in either notepad or textedit. After a brief stint with Dreamweaver that didn’t quite workout, I went back to hand-coding. And that’s how almost everything is written, even to this day.
Several years ago, I made the jump to php/mysql when the music page for spitting angels became a bit unwieldy (it was basically a giant table in a static html page). From there my love for a dynamic/database driven website was born. Along with my migration to php/mysql, I also took the plunge into using CSS and so that’s how everything is done.
Currently, with the exception of a few news posts I have to update, the entire site should comply with web standards and therefore look nice with any modern browser. Even IE 7. I don’t give a flying fuck about Internet Explorer though and if you view the site on IE 6 or earlier, you will see a message at the top of each page.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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