Archive for October, 2005

Balancing Act

Monday, October 31st, 2005

The business web log Thinking Faster has good post about the work-life balance. Much can be applied to the pipe band. Particularly good is this bit

When you start your next project, instead of assuming that everyone has infinite free time available to them and to you as the project manager, sit down with them.  Understand [...]

Ye Olde Workshoppe

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

The end of the contest season means its time to hole up and get back to work. The USA is big on piping and drumming workshops. Seems there are more of them these days than ever. The summer schools seem to thrive and grow each year, bands run weekend learning sessions, various organizations run annual [...]

Literature and TV…with bagpipes.

Monday, October 24th, 2005

For those hungry for a slice of Jacobite history with some old fashioned action, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre has a new production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped airing for the next two Sundays. If the initial reviews are to be believed…

Ransoms, poisons, gallows. Powder kegs, redcoats, turncoats and bagpipes. Forget every overcivilized drawing-room “Masterpiece” you’ve seen, [...]

Copyright nothing, it’s the shoddy tunes…

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Much bletherin’ regarding issues of copyright and infringement and morals these days, but nothing about the sheer low quality of the bagpipe scores one finds on all of these so-called “legal” websites. The true criminal aspect of the whole duplication and distribution of copyrighted or public domain pipe tunes is the outright butchery of our [...]

Expanding the Piping Commons

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

The modern software industry (and the Internet for that matter) was born through the efforts of a community of “radicals” who dared to think that it was better to give away their creations (gasp!) and let others copy and redistribute those creations as they pleased. They never imagined that they could, and did, become very [...]

It all started when the Northern Meeting moved to Aviemore…

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

First, the week started off great with the announcement of Apple’s new toys. Those black iPods are slick! 60GB worth of piping and drumming? Just imagine! Then suddenly, more massive earthquakes are predicted to strike, volcanoes in Alaska are stirring, and Premier Percussion buys the R.G.Hardie, Airtight, and Henderson brands! What a world. In light [...]

Passion Piping

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Passion often gets short shrift in our logic-driven life, which gets us thinking more about it. Over at BeExcellent, there are some good short posts about organizational and management matters, but in particular, the entry on “Creating Passion Within Your Organization”:

Passion is the underlying force that fuels our strongest emotions. When passion is in force, [...]

The Passion of the Craft

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Lifehack.org (a great site every busy easterner should check out) has a great post about that mysterious thing we call “craft.”

With audience receptors unlocked, artists and innovators are released to share their creativity. Creators at their skill peak report feeling emotion flow from each note of music played or every nuanced dance movement performed. Each [...]

Live Goodness

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

If you’ve never been to Arvhive.org, there’s a whole resevoir of media awaitin’. They’ve got all kinds of historical media: audio, software, movies and other video, and sizable text collections—all in the public domain. Now, they’ve added an archive of live music performances for streaming and downloading—all free and legal-like. There’s not much Celtic music, [...]

Good to Great

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

What is the missing link that keeps good and very good eastern U.S. bands from becoming very very good to excellent? There have been few who even show signs of cracking this “glass piping ceiling.” It is easy to pin this missing element on people-oriented things like “discipline” and “commitment.” Those are certainly key things, [...]