Entries from January 2009 ↓

Ladder To The Sun

A long time ago my friend Paul Becker wrote some lyrics and sent them to me in an email. They kind of buzzed around in my head for awhile, until one day inspiration struck and I turned it into a song. I didn’t spend a lot of time on it, I just cut a passable demo of it which me and Paul both liked, but I knew it could be a great song if I spent the time on it that a great song requires. Here are the lyrics:

I want to build a ladder to the sun
Climb it slowly rung by rung
Not fed up but fed the same
Can’t make sense but who’s to blame?

Sweat on brow tongue on fire
Thinking slowly I perspire
From exhaustion almost there
Trouble breathing losing air

Distant future leads the past
Stellar feature not as vast
Lunar feather taking flight
With the silence of the night
Sunbeam trawler running true
In the black out of the blue

Not to be – not to be
Not to see – talk to me
Gotta take it rung by rung
I’ve built a ladder to the sun
I’ve built a ladder to the sun

The finished product really turned out nicely, and will be available through iTunes, Spotify, Google Music etc. in the near future :)

For my linux friends I am posting A free oggg vorbis version soon*

And here is a picture of my good friends Paul and his wife Darla:
Paul and Darla, two of the coolest cats around

*This is in keeping with the promise of my previous post of making Ogg Vorbis files available, not only Mp3s. However, when I tried to save as an .ogg file with Adobe Audition, I found that the option wasn’t there. Now I knew I had done so in the past, but this being my new workstation it triggered a memory I had of having to load a filter into Adobe to save as .ogg, and after a bit of googling I found it:

The Ogg Vorbis File Filter by a guy named James Chapman. It is a nice bit of coding and is the easiest thing I’ve ever installed, so thanks James for the cooleditest filter :) (BTW, I have mentioned on this site how I despise Audition 2.0 and only use Audition 1.5 and Cool Edit — Audition 2.0 already has .ogg support so this filter is only necessary for Adobe Audition 1.x and Cool Edit).

Ogg Vorbis

Slashdot has a very interesting article regarding Ogg Vorbis:
“Mozilla has given the Wikimedia foundation $100,000 to fund Ogg development. The reason is simple: ‘Open standards for audio and video are important because they can be used by anyone for any purpose without royalties, and can be inspected and improved by an open community. Today, video and audio on the web are dominated by proprietary technologies, most frequently patent-encumbered codecs wrapped into closed-source player widgets.’ While Vorbis is a better standard than MP3…etc. etc.”

Everyone seems to agree that Ogg Vorbis is a better sounding codec than Mp3

While I do have some Ogg Vorbis files up, I think they are actually the wrong versions of the songs, which is my fault – it seems I encoded them from the wrong folder, oops. But I am going to make it a priority to encode proper versions and make them available ASAP :rotate:

Will the real Dave Ryder please stand up?

There is a guy from Wirral (The Metropolitan Borough of Wirral is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, North West England) named Dave Coroner, who plays music: here is his myspace page.

For obvious reasons he doesn’t really care for his given surname, so he decided to take the stage name Dave Ryder. Here is his alter ego’s myspace page.

When I found out about this, I contacted him thru myspace, and here is a transcript of my original message, and his subsequent reply:

“—————– Original Message —————–
From: ..The Dave Ryder Band..
Date: 29 Oct 2008, 00:34

hi i’m dave ryder

you are not

so what i dont really give a shit what u call urself

but if u hit the big time i’ll probably sue u

nothing personal


Here is his reply:
Dave Coroner

Nov 14, 2008 3:20 AM
Flag as Spam or Report Abuse [?]

RE: hi from the real dave ryder


cool, no worries, if i hit the big time gimme a shout

I’ve gotta say, loads of people have said its a great stage name, so well done you for havin it for real…

Take it easy the real dave ryder

Dave Ryder (The imitator)”


He seems a friendly enough chap, but all kidding aside it’s bullshit that he is doing this, and I am currently researching my legal options to make him cease and desist. After all, I AM the real Dave Ryder, and he is an imposter.

The Bandwidth Hog

This site is a BANDWIDTH HOG. PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO HELP OFFSET OUR BANDWIDTH COSTS. Even one dollar would help, and if you donate anything at all I will include your name in the forthcoming Dave Ryder Hall Of Fame (FTW!)

BTW, the Bandwidth Hog (which many local readers may recognize as Sweetmeat, the mascot of St. Louis’ KSHE 95 Real Rock Radio) was actually originally the infamous album cover Ahead Rings Out by the band Blodwyn Pig:
Is that nasty pig smoking a joint? Bad pig!!!

Also, as most Old St. Louis hippies know, the original Sweetmeat was portrayed smoking a joint. It seems funny now, but when this image first began circulating on t-shirts and bumper stickers around St. Louis in the early 70’s, there was such an outcry that the joints were removed!

This is a really cool little known fact: KSHE 95 recently announced its first HD Radio subchannel, which will broadcast a 24-hour version of longtime personality John Ulett’s* popular KSHE Klassics Show. You can get details at the KSHE 95 website.

I made two Bandwidth Hogs, one on black, and one on white:
I think this naughty pig is ALSO smoking a joint. It seems funny now, but when this image first began circulating on t-shirts and bumper stickers around St. Louis in the early 70's, there was such an outcry that the joints were removed! Man I have the munchies so bad I could eats my own pork belly

* As you can see, John Ulett’s wikipedia entry has been unfairly deleted (Reason given: article fails to assert why this person is notable), probably by a jealous rival radio personality. I am currently in the process of trying to get it properly reinstated, to say John Ulett’s incredible 30+ years as a radio host, sports announcer and contributor and organizer to countless St. Louis charities isn’t notable is just ridiculous, to say the least. Hell, he’s been the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals since 1983 (the house PA announcer at Busch Stadium).

Laptop hell – Randall’s on a freakin’ roll!

The xkcd.com sysadmin has a Q2010, and I can attest that it can handle a fall down several flight of concrete steps.  Relatedly, he's upset with me -- I hope he doesn't take revenge by messing with my site's contenDISREGARD THAT I SUCK COCKS
[here’s the mouseover text for our RSS readers: “The xkcd.com sysadmin has a Q2010, and I can attest that it can handle a fall down several flight of concrete steps. Relatedly, he’s upset with me — I hope he doesn’t take revenge by messing with my site’s contenDISREGARD THAT I SUCK COCKS]

Ok that is brilliant, and I literally laughed out loud – I’m just thankful I wasn’t taking a drink of coffee when I read the mouseover text, or it would’ve been new keyboard time. Randall is definitely on a roll (XKCD)

There are some similar themes at Bash.org – do a search for blood ninja and you will either die laughing or be so offended you’ll never read my blog again. Oh well, you rolls the dice and yous takes your chances….uh, just for the record try to remember that this blog, and a lot of the stuff I link to is NOT SAFE FOR WORK, so don’t bitch to me you have been warned. Now I put on my robe and wizard hat….

Happy birthday me

Here I am hours before my 44th birthday. Hmmmm I don’t feel like an old man.
Oh joy

Chris Rose is back from the dead (and he doesn’t even smell)

I have recently been in contact with Chris Rose, the awesome drummer who played on Electric Man. It’s been years since we talked, and it’s nice to know that even though we are both (much) older and (hopefully) wiser, we are still good buds. Most people don’t know it, but he was only 19 years old when he played on Electric Man.

19 years old. And he was already smokin’ like a mofo. wow.

Well, he left the DRB for greener pastures (and I don’t blame him, we made literally peanuts back then), but I heard through the grapevine that he turned into a bona fide monster, and played with some pretty monstrous cats over the ensuing years.

Here’s a pic of him playing with his band Ivory Jones – no he didn’t take the name from Inner Travels, he was the one who told me years ago about a bit part Miles Davis played in Miami Vice (portraying an old pimp, and I think a narc, of all things).

Chris Rose needs a beer

Wow, look at all the musicians on that list of guest appearances: Eartha Kitt (hooker), Glenn Frey (hooker), Jan Hammer, Little Richard (hooker), Phil Collins (pimp), Ted Nugent (rapist), Leonard Cohen (evil overlord), Frank Zappa! (played a drug kingpin. how surprising.), Willie Nelson (ice cream dealer), Isaac Hayes (comic book dealer), James Brown (lawyer), Sheena Easton (hooker). No I didn’t include Gene Simmons (rat rapist) – I said list of musicians.

I will give up XP when they pry it from my cold dead PC

Windows 7 beta has been released and here’s a comic about it from XKCD:

Diclaimer: I have not actually tried the beta yet.  I hear it's quite pleasant and hardly Hitler-y at all.

[here’s the mouseover text for our RSS readers: “Diclaimer: I have not actually tried the beta yet. I hear it’s quite pleasant and hardly Hitler-y at all.”.

You may notice the misspelling of “disclaimer”, I’m not sure that it’s a mistake actually if you get what I mean :) . Not saying Gates is a dick, I’m just sayin’.

See your website on other browsers – Browsershots

I check my website on FireFox and IE 6, and even occasionally went to lixlpixel Safari Screenshot Generator (although not recently, to be honest – and now it no longer works, but I used to go there a lot to test webpages in Safari).

I thought everything was hunky dory tra-la-la-la-la and that my website was displaying fine across all web browsers, and the sun was shining and the birds were singing in this beautiful world of togetherness that browser developers share….


My website was so fucked up on so many browsers that almost 33% of my visitors were seeing some horrific looking shit straight out of a freak show. Well, how embarrassing.

Fortunately there is a very cool online tool called Browsershots that allows you to test for compatibility in just about every browser there is.This from the website:

Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service created by Johann C. Rocholl. When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue. A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server here.

So check it out and use it to check out your pages, or you will be the online tool.

And BTW, if you’re not using FireFox, then I have to ask “well, why the hell not”? You know it’s what you should be doing so just go get it already.

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The annual Ryder Family Christmas Card Extravaganza

I hope everyone had a very happy holiday season! I am so lame, I didn’t send any Christmas cards (but then, I never do so that’s no big surprise), but I did finally get around to making my annual Ryder Family Christmas Card Extravaganza
The Muggy Bear digging his new bear
(which I do every year).

[As you can see he loves his new bear and pajamas that he asked Santa for – this pic was taken Christmas morning, and he changed into his new PJs as soon as he opened them :) he is so funny ]

Anyway, it’s only 15 days after Christmas, so that’s not too bad for me haha! Plus, as an added bonus I did the Spooky Halloween Muggy Card featuring the awesomeness of our very own Muggy Bear (much applause and cheering for the Muggy, who BTW is really doing well in school AND heath-wise, thank you God).

So that’s some of the news I just sent out in my late Christmas Newsletter, if you want to read it and you’re not signed up for the newsletter, I’ll try to remember to post it in the newsletter archives later :cool:

UPDATE: The newsletter is up in the archives now, and here are our previous Christmas Cards if you want to see them:
The Christmas Card Page.