Holiday Gathering at Court Square Tavern on Saturday

It's the holiday season, and that means a time to celebrate the things we're thankful for. For me, that means the reopening of Court Square Tavern after last year's fire. Even though my office is less than a block away, I've not gone as much as I would have thought. Then again, it's been a pretty busy year.

So, this Saturday, I'm asking anyone who's still in town to drop on by, sometime after 6:00 PM or so, to have a couple of beers (or hot drinks) and to chat and have a little fun. Leave a comment if you're thinking of coming, and come on by. Remember, it's non-smoking now, and there's even wi-fi. I am hoping to leave the computer at home, but you never know.

In the new year, I'd like to get a regular gathering of folks there to talk podcasting and new media locally. This might be a good way to start that off. So, if you've not met me at all, and if I've not met you, this may be a good way to get things going!


Tim Kaine event captured by local Realtor

Kudos to Daniel Rothamel, the Real Estate Zebra, as he covers the press conference of Governor Tim Kaine today at a new bridge over the Rivanna River in Fluvanna County. I had to work on a piece on Albemarle County's Six Year Plan for secondary roads funding, so I missed the 10:30 appearance opening up the ecoMOD3 house.

I'd like to see more of these types of things, and would encourage any would-be citizen journalist to consider lending a hand with the Charlottesville Podcasting Network. There's always something to do. I've even updated the About Page to let folks know more about the opportunities. In 2008, the site is going to need more people helping out if it is to continue growing. There's a lot of really exciting things that are possible, but it's going to take people who are interested in learning a few new skills.

In the meantime, here's Daniel's piece from today:


Devo spending December recording new material

Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and Mutato Muzika was profiled in LA Weekly last month. I had no idea exactly how prolific he and his company is these days. The eight-page piece traces Devo's ascent and Mothersbaugh's pursuit of work in music commercials. At the beginning of the piece there's a great photograph of Mothersbaugh in front of Raymond Scott's Electronium. I thought this was very fitting, in that Mothersbaugh is doing exactly what Scott set out to do when he created electronic machines: create interesting music for advertisements.

Anyway, lots to read in there, and it's worth it for anyone looking for a little creative inspiration, in terms of the connection between artists and the system. Mothersbaugh is such an interesting guy, and the article also intersperses a lot of great clips from Devo, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and the Life Aquatic.