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my backstory

How I spend my days…

I spend my days in a darkened room staring at twin windows on the electronic world. My twin windows are the twin 20” monitors on which I design my projects before sending them through the cable that ties my machine to the others in this network of interconnected ideas.

My job titles me a design manager, but how does one really manage designs? My actual job has me spending my days (to borrow the corporate branding speak) “designing environments and graphical interfaces that facilitate face to face marketing”. Which means, I design displays and graphics for exhibits, tradeshows and conventions? The illustration on this post will give you a slight idea of what I do…I tend to reinvent myself regularly, though, keeping the myth growing.

I came to this position primarily because I was always a computer geek even before there were computer geeks…and since I was originally a builder of modular exhibits working without the benefits of a designer or detailer to illustrate what we were putting together, I taught myself to draw them, first by hand and then by computer. I was always drawn to drawing and sketching, so the discipline of drafting was a natural progression. The reason I started to draw the exhibits we were building was to be able to communicate the setup instructions to the installation crews in my absence. Over the course of the years my primary work load has shifted from a mainly production bent to primarily a design focus, so that now almost all of my work is done in a virtual world…And, since the ankles and knees no longer appreciate the pounding of the concrete on the tradeshow floor for days and miles on end, I guess the virtual world will do until I can put myself into the real world of the mountains I dream of.

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North Carolina Dreams photography

Blue Ridge Parkway south from Floyd County

 Another shot from the parkway in 2004. The family had not yet learned what Dad with a new camera was like…It didn’t take long for them to figure it out. We stopped more places than they cared to stop so I could try for a few new shots. All of these were taken with a film camera not digital, and scanned when developed to make jpgs. Posted by Picasa

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music

The Vault Radio

About Vault Radio

Bill Graham and his concert promotion company, Bill Graham Presents, produced more than 35,000 concerts all over the world. His first venue, the legendary Fillmore Auditorium, was home to many of rock’s greatest performers – Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Prince – and the list goes on and on.

Graham taped thousands of live performances and stored the tapes in the basement of the BGP headquarters. These tapes and the concerts they captured lay dormant until the Bill Graham archive was acquired by Wolfgang’s Vault (Bill Graham’s given first name was Wolfgang) in 2003.

Vault Radio is now playing selected tracks from these concerts in an FM-quality, 128K digital radio stream. Songs will be added to and removed from the radio show on a regular basis.

For everyone who grew up in the ’60’s and the 70’s this online radio station is a blast from the past. If you haven’t checked out the Vault you should. Live music recorded in all of the famous and never heard locations (at least for this Texas teenager of the time). I must admit a lot f the groups have fallen of the memory chips in my head in the last 30+ years, but it doesn’t take much to pull them right back. If you have some time to kill, check out the posters and photo’s they have in the archives.

My musical tastes have changed greatly since those days, so I don’t take the Vault in any great time segments. Most people who hear what plays in my office all day at work are amazed at the eclectic mix that pours from my computers speakers…jazz, rock, celtic, country, new age, hip-hop, blues, classical, you name it with more and more bluegrass. I generally play everything through Winamp with the shuffle option on, so you really never know what might come out.