Photo Album: Venomentality At Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands (Thursday)

September 21, 2007


Venomentality participated in the next round of the Virgin Megastore Battle of the Bands last night. The outcome at the end of this post.

But first, the action pictures!

The Virgin Megastore Stage. Where Juliette and the Licks played too!

The band gets last-minute advice from Valerie’s Mom.

Last-minute tuning and checking…

…and it’s on!

Venomentality in full rock effect!

Kristin on bass, Valerie singing

Ben drumming, Valerie singing, Peter guitaring

Ben makes way for Valerie’s power guitar!

Kristin doing her bass guitar thing

Peter doing his guitar thing (with color correction added!)

Valerie using her power voice on the crowd

Valerie pondering her next vocal maneuver (with color correction added!)

Peter making that guitar work!

Valerie bending the guitar to her will!

Ben guilty of beating up his drums again!

Valerie: That weird guy with the camera is here again!
Peter: Oh noes! Will we have to pose again?

Yes! Peter Kansas, Ben Zeigler, Kristin Hoeg, and Valerie Webb

Uh-oh! Ben has that Pre-Scream Look on his face again!

Valerie: I can feel that weird guy behind us!
Peter: Ben, you should have screamed!
Ben: Don’t worry! Kristin is calling the cops.

And the outcome?

I will let Venomentality speak for themselves in today’s MySpace Bulletin:

We’re so excited to announce that Venomentality won first place in the Virgin Megastore Mashup at Union Square in NY!!! Although we didn’t win the grand prize to L.A., we did win a consignment deal with the NY Megastore and we had the experience of a lifetime!

We also had the privilege of meeting some amazing bands…one of which we’d like to give a shout out to…

Please go check out MINK at They are on tour with Satellite Party right now and they were super cool to us. Go friend them and tell them Venomentality sent ya!

We represented upstate as best we could and it was a blast! Thanks to Shane and the entire staff and Virgin, and to everyone who came out to watch the bands!

Congratulations! It was a great show by them!

When their CD is available, I’ll let everyone know!

In the meantime, sample some of their tunes on their MySpace Page.

And if you look at their new photos, no, you’re not seeing double. I gave them a copy on CD-R of all the photos I took last time and they’ve posted some of them.

Previously in this blog:
Band: Venomentality @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC Tonight September 20 2007 At 7PM!
Photo Album: Venomentality At Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands (Sunday)
Photo Album: Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands In New York City
Band: Venomentality, Today Sunday September 16 2007 @ Union Square Park NYC
Band: Venomentality, Tomorrow Sunday September 16 2007 @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC
MySpace Music: Feh!
Why You Should Be On MySpace

Memo To Palm: Bring A Foleo

September 21, 2007

DigitalLife Expo is in New York City next week.

Palm is going to make an announcement then.

Probably some weak little cellphone thing.

The hell with that!

Bring a Foleo I can fondle!

Instruct your booth bunnies than when they see MIKE CANE on the badge they are to have a nubile blonde whisk me off (figuratively speaking) to a private area where I can fondle the bloody hell out of the Foleo.

(Note to blonde: You can be in the room, but you must stand behind me and face the wall. I want no distractions.)

(Note to Palm: It must be a blonde woman. And don’t send Ed Colligan.)

Bring. It. To. Me. Or stay the hell home!

Previously in this blog:
Is The Foleo Completely Dead Now?
Foleo: Dude, I’m Not Getting A Fat-Ass Dell!
Size-Off: Foleo Versus Powerbooks
Will Palm Die Or Show Others How To Be Reborn?
Hey, SanDisk! Buy The Foleo IP From Palm!
Ed Colligan’s Worst Nightmare
Some Foleo on Flickr
New Disease: Post-Foleo Nightmare Syndrome
The Foleo Dispossessed
Quote Of The Day: Popular Mechanics
The Palm Foleo Disaster: Part Two
Quote Of The Day: Flashback To iPod Introduction
Blog Notes: Brain Fever
You Still Make Me Want To Bleed To Death
Foleo: The Beat Goes On…
Asus Eee: Increasing RAM Possible
The Palm Foleo Disaster: Part One
What Was Your ROS*, Palm?
Blog Notes: Yes, I’m Working On It!
Dumbass Of The Year: Ed Colligan
I’m So Bad, I’m Good
If We Can’t Have Momentum On This, Can I At Least Get An Amen, Brother?
Newsflash! Pictures Of Corpses Left In Wake Of iPhone Price Cut!
Palm Kills Foleo
OK, Now The Foleo Scares Me
Ugh. Backlogged. Still.
Poor Ed Colligan. Ascared Of Me.
Engadget Snags The Attention Of Autistic Palm, Inc.
Oh Look! I Get To Bash Palm And Nokia At The Same Time! It’s Two Two Two Hits In One!
Palm Flogs Blog, Flails, Fails
Failure Has A New Name
Record Blog Traffic: Apple iPhone Vs. Palm Foleo
Earth To Palm: Change The Foleo’s Browser To Safari
What Foleo 2.0 Needs
If FSJ Says It, Then It Is So!
Oh My God! What Did We Buy?!!?
Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
LifeDrive Notes: Should Palm’s Software Engineers Be Beaten With A Spiked Bat Or Tied Up Together And Dumped In The Ocean From 30,000 Feet?
Palm’s Flopeo, Uh, Foleo: Best Other Name For It
A Picture Of Two Tech Devices That Should Have Never Been Released
My Reaction To Palm’s New Foleo Device
On A Day When Palm Gets Everything Wrong, Apple Gets It Right

Someone Bop Stephen Fry On His Noggin, Dammit

September 21, 2007

Since yesterday the Whirled Wide Webbthing has been abuzz over comedian-author Stephen Fry having a blog and offering up his opinion on smartphones.

Since bloody yesterday I’ve been trying to get to his blog! No go! Argh!

Stephen Fry: I’ve read every damned novel of yours that’s been published in the U.S. Email me your damned blog since it seems I can’t get to it!

The Asus Eee Effect?

September 21, 2007

Slim Aluminum MacBooks Coming Soon from Apple

Of course, Apple is always up to something. If there isn’t an Apple rumor within each six-week cycle, you know something is wrong.

What’s interesting about this is this bit:

They are set to be priced extremely aggressively

Does this mean an Apple notebook will break the $1,000 price barrier in a real and meaningful way?

And if Apple does that, won’t it pressure all the Wintel notebook makers to start dropping prices on their upper-end machines (I’m looking at you, Sony — can you guys seriously do anything other than imitate Apple? Did you see their latest crop of notebooks? They stole the Apple keyboard design!)?

Is this rumored aggressive pricing a result of seeing the aggressive interest in the Asus Eee?

And is this a rehearsal of sorts for an all-Flash memory OS X-based notebook ala the Asus Eee?

Previously in this blog:
Asus Eee: My Head Is Now Spinning!
Asus Eee: Even On Mars?!!?
Asus Eee: WTF?
Is The Foleo Completely Dead Now?
Asus Eee: Real Hands-On Report With New Pics
YouTube: New Asus Eee Vids
Asus Eee: Alleged Hands-On Report
Asus Eee To Do Color Covers
Asus Eee Versus Raon Digital Everun
Asus Eee: More About Its Keyboard
Asus Eee: The New Timex-Sinclair?!!?
Asus Eee: OS X?!
Asus Eee: XP Runs!
New Asus Eee Article
Asus Eee: Increasing RAM Possible
Asus Eee: OK. Wait. What’d He Just Say?!!?
Asus Eee And Palm PDAs
Asus Eee = Flybook = RSI
Blog Notes: Yes, I’m Working On It!

Tecktonik: That’s So Gay!

September 21, 2007

Tecktonik dance craze takes Paris by storm [update: dead link]

A new homespun urban dance phenomenon has taken hold in Paris and is quickly spreading to the rest of France through Internet videos and word-of-mouth.

Tecktonik, a mix of hip hop and techno dance, was the talk of this year’s Paris Techno Parade, the annual dance music street carnival that took place in the French capital last Saturday.

Groups of teenagers were overheard chanting “Tecktonik” as dance-offs took place in the street and the evening news bulletins were full of images and testimony from the leaders of this latest craze.

The starting point for the scene is a complex of nightclubs on the southeastern outskirts of Paris called the Metropolis, but there are signs that it is spreading thanks to videos on file-sharing websites YouTube and Dailymotion.

Man, Breitbart has a link to a video at the above. Here are two more YouTube vids;

Dj G@LiOn Teckto Délire

NeeKO MiX [update: dead link]

I looked at these and had to laugh. It’s a mixture of old movie musical moves speeded up (think Judy Garland’s arm moves in Words & Music), John Travolta’s moves from Saturday Night Fever speeded up, and the kind of spasmo moves seriously-effeminate men make as they prance and mince about. In fact, it looks like seriously coked-up runway fashion models still hyper after they’ve exited the spotlight.

There are plenty of YouTube vids (and on DailyMotion, France’s answer to YouTube). Go see and judge for yourself.

Blog Notes: I’m Not Playing Tag

September 21, 2007

Part of today’s WordPress tinkering has brought Tags!

The difference between tags and categories

We used to have just categories.
These allowed the broad grouping of post topics but when you wanted to describe a post in more specific terms you had to use more categories. That lead to very long category lists inside the blog, very long lists in sidebars. It was also confusing in that what we said were categories others said were tags.

So now we have tags as well.


Is Tag the same as tag ?
Yes. Capitals letters do not change a tag.

Is there a way to manage tags?
Can I see a list of all the tags I have used?
No, there is no way to view the tags you have used.


Is there any advantage to using tags or categories or both?
Not here at and not for any search engines, no.

Well, that last bit seems to settle it for me. I have enough bloody problems sorting my Categories (everytime I bump up against them, I grit my teeth to delay the overhaul they need). I’m not going to devise a frikkin list of standard Tags to use.

So, Did The World End?

September 21, 2007

Today was supposed to be the rumored COAT Day: Collapse Of All Things.

Aside from the dollar drowning in its self-made toilet of debt — the Canadian Dollar now has more value! — I don’t see anything different.

We’re still playing economic musical chairs…

Previously in this blog:
The Shock Doctrine: Book And Short Video
Uh-Oh. Is Something Cooking?
September 21, 2007: The Next Wave Of Shit…

Blog Notes: WordPress Maintenance Today

September 21, 2007

Got a Bulletin that WordPress is going down for maintenance. According to them, Categories might get all screwed up while they bang around under the hood of things.

They say it should take mere minutes, but they’ve scheduled two hours Just In Case.

Maybe someone over there read my earlier post.

Anyway, I have a morning appointment. So I’ll be away from things while they mess about with the digital plumbing.

When I return, I have only one post I plan to get up today: Venomentality‘s appearance at the Virgin Megastore Battle of the Bands last night.

I don’t plan to blog this weekend. I have books to read.