SITE UPDATE: Still slowly chugging along

We are now in day eight of PNR’s catastrophic system crash, and over the weekend, some slow progress has been made.

I did make the discovery that it was NOT hard drive failure that caused the crash, but a power supply failure. So thankfully most of our stuff is still intact, even if I can’t get to it right now. I’ve got about 50 programs to redownload and reinstall now, since Carbonite’s backup was woefully under-supplied – I really need to keep a much closer eye on this.

Also, the new machine is giving me all kinds of fits, insisting on installing programs on the wrong drive – it keeps wanting to put everything on the solid state drive, which is minuscule compared to the hard drive, and every time I try to load a new program, I have to change a bunch of settings to make it go where I want it to go, and even then, sometimes it does what it’s told and sometimes the computer does whatever the hell it wants…very frustrating…

And of course, there’s no easy way to move the programs from one drive to another. I purchased a program that purported to make this painful process much easier, but for some reason, it’s not seeing anything on the old drive, even though it’s connected exactly the way it’s supposed to. I’m going to be very pissed if this turns out to be a total waste of our funds…I have an inquiry into the software people, so hopefully we’ll get it sorted out, and if we do, hopefully rebuilding stuff will be much easier than it has been.

I’ve reinstalled our main production software, but for some reason, neither program is finding half of the special features they’re supposed to, and I think this is again related to the way this computer is insisting on installing stuff on the solid state drive. It’s so damn frustrating. I’m also running into an issue with OneDrive, which for some reason seems to be mirroring EVERYTHING, even though it’s set to only do what it’s told. So that is causing massive slowdowns on the system as well…

As the week progresses, I expect to bring things back online, starting either tomorrow with Tuesday Digidex or Wednesday with Ring Around The Rosie, plus last week’s Subject:CINEMA, which I discovered over the weekend DID save and which now still needs to be edited and posted, hopefully either tonight or tomorrow. I have yet to check out the sound equipment with the new beastie as well, because see aforementioned problems with the production software…

My biggest problem is that my vacation is now over – I have to go back to work for a few days today, although I am off later this week, using some personal time to continue the rebuild as well as having another medical appointment. Hopefully over the next three evenings, and then over my upcoming five day weekend – I’m off Thursday and Friday, then the weekend and MLK Day holiday – I will finally be able to get things back to resembling some sort of normal chaos around here…

Another update soon…thanks for your patience…:-)

Site update: Still chugging along with the rebuild

Well, in case you missed the earlier post, our old PC completely died last Sunday afternoon. It has now been replaced by a much, MUCH more powerful computer – to aid with audio and video projects, I invested in a nice system normally used for gaming purposes. And man, does it ever purrr along…

Except when it comes to reinstalling the back up…which is taking FOREVER….

Carbonite tells me “a few days” – at this writing, when I’ve had the new box up and running for over 24 hours, we’re only 6% into the rebuild. And I have been advised NOT to install any of the production programs again until the rebuild is complete.

Sooooooo….

We’re gonna be down for another few days when it comes to podcasting. I can access the blog and keep it going, but no audio or video production until things get back to normal, which MIGHT mean we could maybe possibly get a Subject:CINEMA done this weekend, but I’m very doubtful that we’ll be back up in time for it.  SO there won’t be any Three Minute Weekend this weekend (which is OK, and I’ll cover what I missed and put it up when I DO finally get back up, same for Tuesday Digidex this week and probably next week too), but we are right now thinking that the first new show on the new machine will be next Wednesday’s edition of Kim’s wrestling show, Ring Around The Rosie. But if we DO get back up to speed before then, you’ll know it if you follow or subscribe to the blog here and our other sites, which I’m also posting these updates on.

So stay tuned, all, and thanks for your patience. All I can say is thank goodness all this happened when I was scheduled off of work for a week for some downtime. It’s not at all how I planned to spend it, but at least I have the time TO spend it…phew..

Another update coming Saturday…stay tuned!

2019: New year my ASS…

So much for starting off 2019 with a bang…

We have spent the past SIX WEEKS planning our new year’s launch – three brand new shows, a new Patreon structuring, a bunch of new fresh columns…

So of course…disaster hits…

We had JUST wrapped recording on the first new Subject:CINEMA of 2019, our annual preview show…it was fun and hilarious and we knew it was going to be great…

I clicked “save” and the shows supposedly saved…and then…nothing. The screen suddenly went totally black. No noise, no warning, no anything.

Main hard drive failure. TOTAL COMPLETE FAILURE. And I mean failure. There is NOTHING happening inside the box when I turn it on. I can hear it come on, the power supply pumping up, and..the drive lights are black.

Now, thankfully, we had already been planning to get a replacement machine and upgrade our production equipment. And all the files – not  the many programs, but the files – are all backed up in the cloud. Phew!

So now, instead of using this week  while i’m off from work to get things completed and rolling again…I have to spend it getting the new production machine – several weeks before we were ready for it – then repopulating the drive, getting programs reinstalled, etc.

it’s a very frustrating situation, and for some reason, it always happens RIGHT when something HUGE is on the way.

Long story short – i’m not sure what will make it to air later this week. The preview show will be redone next weekend. I may miss Tuesday Digidex this week, but hopefully we’ll be back up and running later in the week.

I’m so sorry guys and gals…how can we ever expect to get anywhere with our Patreon campaign when shit like this happens to us ALL THE TIME?  It just seems like over the past year or so, we just can’t win at ANYTHING…

As Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, “It’s always SOMETHING…”

See you as soon as we can…and thank goodness for the laptop…

What’s that? It’s the sound of One Hit Wonder day

Today, dear friends, is National One Hit Wonder Day, a fact that I would have completely missed had it not been for our local news bringing it up.  For those who don’t know, a One Hit Wonder is a musical artist who manages to hit the top 40 once and only once. Of course this varies by country, but the US uses BIllboard as the starting point. A TRUE One Hit Wonder is someone who hits BIllboard’s Hot 100 only once, although of late that has been amended to strictly top 40 by many people.

Here’s Spotify’s channel devoted to those greats who come hard, burn brightly, and go too fast – and some of them still may return one day soon.  Let’s all have some fun today, shall we?  Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite One Hit Wonder is!

TKR PRESENTS 40BEST: HANSON

It’s time for the launch of my newest TKR series, XXBest! And a shout out from TKR to our peeps on our music and bookstores blog Planet BiblioMusica too!

We’ll kick off this new, hopefully weekly TKR series, with one of the finest and sometimes most unfairly maligned bands around – my boys from Tulsa, Hanson!

For those living in a time warp and who think Hanson has never made it past “Mmm Bop” (and it’s alarming how many poor saps there are like that!), you are about to see what you’ve been missing – some of the best indie rock of the past two decades! Sit back, listen to my 40 favorites, and learn a few tidbits of trivia along the way…

I have been a fan of the brothers since their major label debut, have seen them numerous times in concert, been a card carrying member of their fan club for more than a decade now (I think, might be just less than that), and have been rewarded greatly with incredible tunes the likes of which put to shame much of the crap on the radio today. So sit back and check it out! And don’t forget – LIKE! SHARE! SUBSCRIBE! TWEET! FACEBOOK! And all those assorted things! And please become a patron at http://patreon.com/PNRNetworks !

 

FREDFLIX: more great record commercials of the past

Remember all those music collections where the announcer would say “So you Don’t forget, mail before midnight tomorrow!” at the end? Well a lot of these fall into that category! Once again from the marvelous archives from FredFlix over at YouTube – his collection is awesome and mindblowing, and this is no exception!

FredFlix: Vintage K-Tel Albums

We stumbled across FredFlix on YouTube recently – he’s got a hell of a collection of great nostalgic stuff, and we’re gonna start bringing some of our favorites of his stuff to you here. You can check him out by going to FredFlix on YouTube, and be sure to tell him you found him on Planet BM! First up, a collection of vintage K-Tel Album television commercials from the 70s and 80s. With all the misspelled names and such, you’d think their ad agency people worked for MeTV’s website…heh heh heh…enjoy!

A Visit to BookSmith MusicSmith, Orleans MA

Waaaay back in September 2016, during our annual vacation on Cape Cod, we took a trip out to Orleans to visit what’s touted on their Facebook page as the “largest independent book and music store on Cape Cod”. It was quite a ride on the bus – nearly 2.5 hours from Hyannis because of the constant stops – but we finally made it to BookSmith MusicSmith.

Nestled away in the Orleans Marketplace (which looks a lot larger and less a strip mall when looking at their website), this homey little store was one of those delights you have to search out on your travels.

I had a nice discussion with the clerk on duty (I’m terribly sorry, but I didn’t get his name) and he told me that the store had originally been part of the BookSmith chain in MA (the only one left is Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner), and when the original owners sold off the store, they had elected to keep the name. He also generously said we could snap a few photos of the place as well…here’s the sign out in front of the shopping plaza…

Here’s the entrance…that’s Kim coming out the door…

They have a great little room devoted to used vinyl and cassettes…oh MAN I could have spent all day in here…they had a TON of 45s…

Their main floor is also quite impressive…great selection of CDs to choose from…

And from another angle…

and the bookstore section was pretty good too…excuse my fat finger on the lens, please…

All in all, it was a fun trip out there – although it took a while to get out to Orleans, which is about 3/5ths of the way out to the outer edge of the Cape, the trip down was beautiful. The roads are surrounded with trees and fields, with a few houses and businesses dotted along the way. The trip back was also nice, but we had to wait in the hot sun for about 30 minutes to catch the bus home – unfortunately there were no trees in the immediate area. We also found another independent record store across the street from the shopping center, a place called “Instant Karma” but alas we didn’t get a chance to go in and peruse a bit…we’ll have to do that another time.

Thanks to BookSmith MusicSmith for agreeing to let us feature you – we loved the store, which is a vital link for music and books in the outer Cape! You can also check out their Facebook here!

 

Revitalizing Planet BM

Hey all!  It’s been far too long that we’ve neglected this site. It wasn’t through anyone’s fault, it’s a time thing.

But no more.

We will have at least one new blog a week starting this week, and we will continue our mission to talk about book and record stores, the old days, and more. We’ll also be linking up with my music site, The Kirkham Report, which will be coming back on line this weekend.

Once again, we’ll be here spreading the word about places still out there, places gone by, formats no longer used, and the like. And I’ll be back later this weekend with a store from Cape Cod that we visited over a year ago, and just hadn’t managed to post until now. We’ll also be posting some kitsch from You Tube and the like and more!

Don’t give up on us! We’ll be going great guns again in the next day or so!