The Denison Kimball Trio
Duane Denison – guitar
Jim Kimball – drums
Cats and kittens… It’s time to leave the Blue Hawaiians and Tiki Torches to Trader Vic; These here are hi-ball, low brow, now sounds, played by outlaws. But these condemned men don’t hang, they swing! Need somebody taken out? This is music for making a hit, and I don’t mean record. Bourbon, brass knuckles, and black leather interiors are the tools of the trade for this dynamic duo. Who drives? Mr. Jim Kimball, of course, with a firm hand and a lead foot. Don’t let him show you why they call them suicide doors! Shotgun? Mr. Denison, slightly more refined, but no less dangerous than a rattlesnake. He’s what they call a ringer, lets leave it at that. So, my children, do you hear that bell ringin’? School’s in session. Do you get the point, or is that one peekin’ out from under your beret? Band Photo goes here
Oh, by the way, when they come to town… check your wallet now and again. Pick it up… groove. – The Bishop
Jazzy yet atmospheric, sometimes noisy, minimal yet rife with possibilities; This is the Denison / Kimball trio.…
How To Install A Toilet Seat
If your family is anything like ours, you probably have experienced a worn-out toilet seat or two. This condition can be a problem, particularly when you’re entertaining guests. In a pinch – or to avoid one – you can always cover the worn spot with a decal of a fish or, perhaps, a bird. Whatever you do, don’t select one depicting a snake getting ready to strike. The best solution, however, is to replace the seat. In doing so, there are few important decisions to be made. If you have a designer toilet all you need to do is tell the counter person at the plumbing store the brand and model of the toilet. Others need only concern themselves with whether their toilet bowl is round or elongated (oval or oblong), and what color is needed for a perfect match. Better seats are made from molded plastic as opposed to lesser quality vinyl or plastic covered wood. The solid plastic ones will cost a bit more, but will last much longer. Also, we think that the plastic bolts are best. Unlike seats that are attached with metal bolts, plastic ones never rust and are always easy to remove.…
Benefits Of Eating Seaweed
“Call us not weeds, we are flowers of the sea.” – E.L. Aveline, from The Mother’s Fables. The quote is one of Dr. T.L. “Tee” Senn’s favorites. For, like Aveline, he dislikes the word seaweed for the plant he has studied for much of his life. “If we didn’t call it seaweed, we’d be better off,” says Senn, who thinks the terminology makes it difficult for some farmers to accept products extracted from seaweed. Senn is quick to advise that seaweed extract is no snake oil. He has spent 40 years developing products from seaweed and has a list of credentials and awards that run over several typewritten pages, including his recent appointment as head professor emeritus for the Department of Agriculture at Clemson University. The result of his life’s endeavor are products that have been proven to increase plant yield. In a recent test on peanuts at the University of Georgia, production increased by 20 percent when treated properly with a combination of seaweed extract and humic substances. While the jump from the son of a South Carolina dairy farmer to international seaweed specialist seems huge, it actually was a natural progression of Senn’s life.…
Spring In Prague
I have dreamed of taking a long, leisurely vacation in Europe for as far back as I can remember. The vision of hopping on a train to get to a destination, seeing the beautiful architecture and natural scenery, experiencing history first hand, and meeting the European citizens has long had great appeal. Up to last fall, though, taking this dream trip never reached the top of my priority list as far as time and money were concerned. Every fall I try to plan a trip for the spring so that I have something to look forward to during the looonnngg, coooold Maine winter. In 1995 I realized that I had enough vacation time available to take a six week vacation in the spring. After my supervisor reluctantly approved my vacation request, one thing led to another, and soon I had made rough plans to be on European soil for about 5 1/2 weeks. (To have this much time away from day-to-day responsibility was very unusual and special for me. I’m now 37; I hadn’t had more than three weeks without working/attending school since I was 17!) Ahhh…the planning was so much fun; so many choices of places to see and modes of transportation.…
Southern Culture on the Skids
After a year and a half of touring behind our last Geffen release, Dirt Track Date, visions of leisure danced in our heads. We took a little breather and then settled back into our metal-flake vinyl recliner (shown on the cover) for a couple of months and ended up with Plastic Seat Sweat, our new record. It is so named for that recliner and the perspiration it inspires.
Slippery, smooth and in the groove. Working again with Mark Williams down in the big gospel room at Reflection Sound Studios in Charlotte, we came up with a record that picks up where Dirt Track Date left off and then heads on down a little bit different road. The performances are looser and the groove is deeper, partly because we used noise reduction that allowed us to record at a slower tape speed. That means the bottom end can jump out and smother you. It sounds like chocolate ice cream. We used all the old tube mics, with lots of natural room sounds, and laid it all down on two-inch tape. It’s warm and fuzzy, but it bites like an alligator in pajamas.…
Just How Easy Is It To Buy Firearms Online?
A few weeks before the high-school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) and a colleague in the House introduced a bill to regulate the sale of firearms over the Net. “There are two glaring loopholes that allow kids and criminals to get guns–and those are gun shows and the Internet,” he said. “If you are 14 years old and you want to buy a gun directly through the Internet, right now, no one is going to know your age.” If passed, Schumer’s bill, known as the Internet Gun Trafficking Act of 1999, would require that every Web site dedicated to gun sales be run by a federally licensed firearms dealer. But just how big a loophole is the Net, really? How quickly could, say, a kid with a few bucks buy guns online? Could he just skip the waiting periods and background checks? Some news reports claim it’s as easy to buy a gun online as it is to order a book from Amazon.com. In search of an answer, I hit the Net for a week straight trying to get a gun. This is what I discovered. Finding guns online was about as hard as finding PAC money in Washington.…
It’s difficult to imagine the Southeast before fescue and hybrid Bermudagrass, but a few farmers and researchers, too, remember it very well. They paint a desolate winter landscape of the South in the ’30s, fraught with deep roadside gulleys, eroding pastures, and guant, spindly cattle. The area’s few native grasses – indiangrass, big bluestem and switchgrass – all but disappeared with the native Americans. These species, well-adapted to drought and acid soils, but not to the abuses of hungry cattle, were overgrazed by imported European livestock. In their place grew broomsedge and a few other native species that could survive in the leached, infertile soils. Of little nutritional value, these grasses could not support many livestock, much less an industry. So for many years agriculture in the South centered almost entirely on row crops and cash crops such as cotton. If not for travelers from faraway lands, this might still be true. Nearly every forage important to the South – and indeed much of the U.S. – came from elsewhere: Common Bermudagrass from Africa; Dallisgrass from Argentina and Brazil; Johnsongrass from the Mediterranean; and from Brazil, bahiagrass. Tall fescue, the most widely grown pasture grass in the country, came from Europe, probably mixed with other grass seed.…
Can Software Shield You From Extremist Sites?
What if you could silence hate speech with a software application? What if you could make it nearly impossible to find on the Web, banishing it the way the Prohibitionists tried to banish alcohol with the Eighteenth Amendment?
That seems to be the thinking behind HateFilter, a program that works with your browser to block out the kinds of extremist and hatemongering sites that “Safety Net” has examined the past few months. Developed by the ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE and the Learning Company, which makes the filtering software CYBER PATROL, HateFilter blacklists hundreds of Web sites that the ADL thinks are promoting “hatred or hostility towards groups…on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other immutable characteristics.” (A trial version is available free at the ADL site.) Well, fine. Yes, the ADL has been “fighting hate since 1913,” according to Mark Edelman, the group’s director of marketing and communications. But what gives the ADL the right to decide who’s advocating hate? What is HateFilter, and how does it work? Does it, in fact, work at all? “About 18 months ago, we decided to develop a filter that parents could put on their computer that would prevent their kids from seeing hate sites,” Edelman explains.…
Thailand Travel Books
APA Insight Guides. Thailand. Singapore: APA Publications, 1995. Superb photography and lush text make this a useful introduction to the country. Read before traveling. Clarac, Achille. Guide to Thailand. Malaysia: Oxford University Press, 1981. Published over a decade ago, but still the most comprehensive guide to the architecture of Thailand. Dated travel information but highly recommended for historical background and temple descriptions. Jones, Tristan. To Venture Further. Grafton: Hearst Marine Books, 1988. Amazing true tale of how the author and his crew completed the first crossing of the Isthmus of Kra in a longtail boat; both Jones and his assistants were disabled or amputees. A memorial to the crossing is found on the southern coast of Phuket. O’Reilly, James, and Larry Habegger. Travelers’ Tales Thailand. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly & Associates, 1993. The first of a new series of travel books designed to deepen and enrich your experience in Thailand. Rather than do another guidebook, O’Reilly & Associates collected the finest descriptive writings of 46 talented writers, such as Pico Iyer, Simon Winchester, Norman Lewis, and John Hoskins. Excellent background reading. Smithies, Michael. Old Bangkok. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1988. Professor Smithies leads you around modern Bangkok but describes the modern attractions in erudite terms.…
Eight Science Fiction Writers Consider The Next Decade—online And Otherwise
There is one sure way to make great science fiction writers blow a gasket, one way to turn them from slightly off-center scribes to Darth Maul on a bad-hair day: Ask them to predict the future. They hate the idea that they are prophets, augurs, crystal ball-toting literati saddled with the burden of predicting the Next Big Thing. The very suggestion makes them very, very testy. We organized an e-mail roundtable with eight great writers of the late 20th century who happen to toil in the science fiction genre: Harlan Ellison (I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream), Bruce Sterling (A Good Old-Fashioned Future), Nancy Kress (Stinger), Connie Willis (To Say Nothing of the Dog), Gwyneth Jones (Phoenix Cafe), Kim Stanley Robinson (The Martians), Dan Simmons (The Crook Factory), and Vernor Vinge (A Deepness in the Sky). Collectively, these writers reflect on the millennium past and the Age of Technology. They comment on the light-speed pace of change. They explore the fortunes of Bill Gates and contemplate his fate. They speculate on their own fate and that of science fiction, and examine the likelihood they will be replaced by science fiction-writing robots.…