...from what I can tell, the inability to create topics without a moderator is a golden concept. I've participated in numerous internet discussion forums and before long nearly all of them turn into some battle of wits between people with little imagination.
Just one thing to consider folks: Everything on this site is a direct reflection on the Grateful Dead which includes the surviving members. I know that if I were one of them I would want some control over what happens in my name. Think about some of the "topics" in the "old" forum. If my name was followed by a "member of the Grateful Dead" footnote and I logged in to that old forum to see what was going on and saw some of the posts, I'd have pulled the plug on it, but thats me. For this reason, I think we owe it to them to bear with them as they (and their staff) explore the possibilities.
Oh, and the "mods" seem real cool. marye penned my favorite interview with Jerry Garcia and has posted it online for all to read so she deserves mad props for that alone!
We dont have the luxury of having had The Dead as our own. So having sites like this is really our only way of keeping in touch with all the other Dead Heads. This site is my contact with all you "Good Guys", so the more the merrier and i am sure that this can only get better.
And who knows, when we emerge from the era of bug fixes...
As for izzie being a babygirl, she is a good 20 years younger than I am. I am Old.:-) But not a mom, except to my dogs.
One of the things I'm liking best about things so far is that we're getting multiple generations of Heads, from people who got on bus in the '60s to teens who never got to see the band. This is, as far as I'm concerned, very cool.
Space brother wrote:
"On the topic of suggestions
How about bringing back CC Joes "Name That Show" thread"
did I just hear you volunteering to be the guest host, spacebrother? ( -:
I'm hitting the road in a few weeks.... won't be able to do it justice.
please do it, if you feel like it.
where is Lou Davenport when I need him? come on Louuuuu!! (Ted Baxter voice)
I have another new and improved idea for a new show, posting up very short snippets of audio clips of the boys tuning between songs, or coming out of space... that would be a new game show 'Call the Tune' I think I got the techno details worked out of how to get the audio clips hosted elsewhere and then posting up a link here.. but again, no real time to start it now or keep it going. maybe from October. if anyone else can do that, that would be most cool. actually, if the site people felt like it, since they have the tapers section available to host audio stuff, it would be easy. (though time consuming) Rhino could offer real prizes to winners, get some actual sponsors (not my imaginary ones) and I could finally chuck the Uptight Game Show Host's Manual into the Gulf of Siam once and for all. I am still trying to get the Go Kat Go hair grese out of my doo.
meanwhile, I ALSO have to dump my cheesy sports coat a la Monty Hall... my old lady has been bitching to me about that. However, the policy clearly states on page 423 of the Uptight Game SHow Host's Manual that I am required to wear it on camera and off. Even I, your humble host, am not above the policy.
"The highway is for gamblers, you'd better use your sense Take what you have gathered from coincidence"
I may be in the minority here but I'm lovin' just about everything I've seen here. Then again I wasn't active on the old forum so I'm not stuck in the "trying to compare" mode...
Being in Beta means never having to say you're sorry ;)
"if you get confused..."
How about bringing back CC Joes "Name That Show" thread and the musicians "Whats Your Setup" thread. Also being able to bold type, use emos and smilies, type size, italics.
*covers head for fallout*
How demanding of me huh? *grin*
I like the new layout.
I'd suggest that the proper term should be 'baby person'
I am full of suggestions this fine day
"full of something" echos CC Joe's old lady... ) -;
(bringing the banter back)
Mea culpa, izzie, (and preemptive apology to Marye), you are a babygirl (Shit, is this ok to agree with? Or did I put my foot in the pudding again?) esp. in comparrison to this 'older than dirt' codger with 3 adult sons (youngest just graduated from high school last month. Hooray!!).
I told you that my wife said I was better, but (after 27 years married) I am still a 'work in progress'.
Picasso was asked when he knew a painting was done and he replied "When I stop painting."
Here's to us all continuing to put brush to canvas and have music to fill the air.
The Truth is realized in an instant: the Act is practiced step by step.
thanks for the words of sanity, gentlemen.
well, except for that mom-figure stuff. I'm the Babygirl in the circles I run with, and am young, dammit. I'm only a momma-figure to my 13 year old, and only then when I'm not Dude or Babe.
But yeah, change is hard and habits are hard to break. we appreciate your patience and willingness to come along for the ride!
It seems like the difficulty may be related to the conditions that one gets used to. I remember when all admission to the shows meant that you could sit wherever you wanted (festival seating?) and then it changed/progressed to 'reserve seating' at some shows. There is always a period of adjustment to any change processes.
I was stating to a friend how the old forums were more like the wild west where anything goes and we attempted (emphasis on attempted) to police ourselves and assist each other in exercising a modicum of respect and control regarding their posts. It was where we ran the show (to a great degree). Maybe comparable the old days of the 'acid tests' where there were no rules but the whole scene kindof ran along on its own creative power. That scene changed and so has this one.
It is difficult moving so quickly to the new 'culture' that is structured in such a different way. But hey, change is hard. It is/was tough for me when I moved the kitchen clock 3 years ago and I still look at that spot (where it used to be) when I want to know what time it is.
So, I am still excited, although sometimes I feel like izzie and Marye are like "Mom figures" (don't delete me, gals, I'm a recovering sexist. My wife tells me that I am doing better, really) but more in the parental sense (don't get too Freudian on me). That this is such a radical change for what we all were participating in on the other site. But that doesn't mean we can't change and that this site can't/won't progress and change as well. Maybe, there is a collective whiplash with such a quick switch for some of us.
Shit, to make a long story short (which I am constitutionally incapable of) I will work on being constructive, but you know, it is hard to change a guy whose favorite bumper sticker was "Question Authority". Luckily, I have also learned that "as you perceive it, so it will be" and will make efforts to view this change in an positive fashion even though it does take effort for me to be able to relearn how to contribute in this venue.
I was kinda used to the the old way ('old and in the way, thats what I heard'em say') of posting etc., but this old brain can manage to forge new synaptic trails (with what I have left) with herculean effort and practice (dammit, that is TOO close to work). Be patient with me all, (you too, izzie and Marye) and as I recall Mark Twain's saying "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble, it's what you know for sure, that ain't so." Then I can remind myself to question and challenge my own perceptions. And maybe I can learn something.
Hey, welcome to the dance!