Deadstein.com is Back

After being down for approximately 3 years, Deadstein.com, the official website of Deadstein is back up and running. We have been on the Internet since the mid 90s and we’ve been blogging about our adventures ever since. I developed issues with the programming of the website several years ago and my web host took my site down saying it was causing problems on their servers. I wasn’t into figuring out a solution at the time but rather found an alternative, WordPress.com. I migrated our Deadstein blogging to WordPress for the past three years and have about 180 posts on WordPress.

WordPress has served us well. It’s easy, it’s been easy to maintain, it’s me keep up with my blogging since it makes it so painless to actually do a posting week in and week out.

Earlier this year I honed my Internet development skills by resurrecting my work website, MCMUA.com and that got me the chops, the skills and finally the impetus to get Deadstein.com back up and running.

With the release of the Jerry Garcia songbook version 8 over the previous few weeks, I now have new versions of all the individual PDFs of each individual song that make up the bulk of the book. I knew I wanted a good way to post those PDFs somewhere on the web to make it easy to retrieve them. Additionally I recently got Google+ going for Deadstein and I wanted to provide a link to it on our blog website and somehow that’s related to the final push that got me to put a website up.

In a couple hours I took a simple template of a simple website design and put in some elements I knew I would like for the Deadstein’s website. I also took some of the old database elements from the old site and incorporated them into the pages. We have so much history as a band and so much content for a website that it was just waiting to be plucked and featured on a new website.

I was able to get the random picture generation going and now that looks real nice and pretty up on the front page. I also brought back an old favorite of Kevin’s, “Today in Deadstein” with random generated pictures based on those actual posts. I was also able to connect the rss feed from the “my Steal Your Space book” blog nicely to fit right onto the homepage. It’s intertwined within it all; updating the website automatically as the blog gets updated. This is pretty cool. I really like that.

Likewise, I have a Twitter feed that also updates with the Deadstein’s current Twitter feeds going down the page.
One of the things are really like about the new webpage is the ability to bring in the old jams database, as well as old school HTML jam listing into one location. It works pretty well at this point so it’s great to be a will to go back and reminisce and read about all those old jams, those old arguments, those old meals and those old people that were the life and times of Deadstein.

Finally, I was able to incorporate all the new PDFs I’ve made of each song. In addition I have an automatically generating songs page so you could look at all the songs and select one to view. That and this is all rudimentary at this point and all to be improved as I get another couple of hours to actually do these changes. And I am looking forward to it. And one last thing, this one’s for Kevin, every time you open the homepage; located right under the songs picklist is a randomly generated song from the song database. This is something Kevin has always been asking for. We do do it through the iPhone random shuffle which is in essence the same thing and a little faster and better, but the random song generator is a real plus I am sure in Kevin’s book.

This was just a quick little posting about the new Deadstein.com revitalization project as it’s up it’s running and it’s working and I am looking for bigger, better and bolder things in the near future. There are a lot of capabilities of my hands now with the simplified website and I expect big things.

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Jam 2009-02-18 Carroll’s

2009-02-18_brotpenThe night represented the retun of Jason to the scene and we meandered our way nicely through the night.  We had some great stuff including the hot Morning Dew to set the pace of the night.  Click here of the link below to go to this listen to this evenening music.  

http://deadstein.com/audio/02-18-09/

There are several back-logged jams posted previous to this from mid-November 2008 to now that I just caught up on.  If you have anything about those night to add, please do so.  I made a few YouTube videos from one of the nights Trister and Scott from Ha;fstep p;ayed with us, so check that out.  I could have easily missed a night or mis-dated it especially since the date on my digiital camera was not accurate.

Anyway, I think I am up-to-date.  Let’s see how long we can sustain it.  I have been busy blogging by the way.  Check out my wine blog and my dog blog:

Jam 2008-08-12 at Carroll’s

Clouds on the way into Deadstein 8-12-2008

Clouds on the way into Deadstein 8-12-2008

Well it is a beautiful Tuesday here in the NY metropolitan area.  It’s mid-August yet the air is relatively cool and comfortable.  It makes for a beautiful evening of Deadstein.  On the way into the city traveling east was a beautiful billowing cumulus cloud floating effortlessly over the eastern landscape.
 
This is now about the 3rd week of Deadstein blogging in the modern style and it looks like we may be developing a foundation as this system unfolds before our very eyes.  We have had Alan from August West check in and now Dean Loomis of Grateful Dead video taping days making his presence known.   So welcome one and all and good to hear from you.
 
Rags lapping up Larry's acoustic playing.

Rags lapping up Larry's acoustic playing.

It’s 5:25 August 12, 2008, the night of the jam and I am sitting in my living room listening to Dennis, the Piano Tuner, methodically tune my new piano.  I am psyched, but it seems as if this will never end.  I like to leave by 6:30 but he’s only up to middle C and now the keys have 3 strings per key to tune.

It’s pretty cool in that he has a cool tuner built into his PDA that strobes out the whole thing as he tunes and even over adjusts the tuning of the earlier strings to compensate for the stretching and increased pressures that will occur as it gets tuned.  In any case, I may be a few minutes late waiting for the piano to get tuned.  Can’t wait to play some Grateful Dead though.

Rich checking out something on 8-12-2008

Rich checking out something on 8-12-2008

I have just begun adding individual pages for each member and it allows me to assign you as an author of the page, so when you are logged in you should be able to go to your dash board and edit the Page with your name.  This was you could add commentary, pictures, links to mp3s and/or YouTube videos.  So go ahead and edit you own pages.  I see Kevin has not signed up yet to so of course he will have to first sign up prior to being able to edit his own page.  If any one needs help please let me know.

Oh well, the piano tuner just broke a string at 5:58, he’s replacing it but it seems like this is a 25 minute tangent.  At least Kathy is home and I can leave her with the piano tuner.

And now, back to the freakiness.

Larry Loves his Coke

Larry Loves his Coke

Well here at half time of Deadstein, Kevin’s on the phone, Scott’s getting sweets, even Rich hit up the vending machine and I’m posting for the first time ever halftime at Deadstein.  We had a a really hot and solid first set with Jason on lead guitar.  We opened with the Cold Rain and closed with the Music and lots of stuff in between.  There were lots of great moments, very tight tonight we are playing within ourselves, despite ourselves.  Like some of us are playing for our lives.  What else is there to play for?

Before the jam, Chris the manager and his buddy came in for a “hello” to see that everything is OK.  We have the Silver-face twins and not the reissues, but what are you gonna do.  Jason doesn’t have any effects so he’s limiting us in the song selection.  As far as I know, the Piano tuner is still at my house.  Well it’s back to the second set.

Kevin dialing in the sounds 8-12-2008
Kevin dialing in the sounds 8-12-2008

I made it home right at 1:00 and the Piano tuner just left.  Actually he left at 8:14.  That means he was at my house for 4 hours for $95 delivered.  I think I got him at buy.com. Dennis Long is the guy if anyone wants to use his services.  I gave him a $25 tip considering this $95 I paid comes with a free tune up over the next several weeks.

Scott Bayer showed up for the second set and really seemed to be digging us.  He also broadcast us lived from Hell’s Kitchen to his friend Carol over the cellular network.

The wires looked like a murder crime scene on the ground

The wires looked like a murder crime scene on the ground

It turned out to be a pretty tight night.  Jason broke a string symbolically during the first Garband song of the night, Get Out of My Life Woman.  We started the second set with an Easy Wind and it was really good and we ended with the Lovelight which was Okay.  Lots of Good stuff in there including a Dark Star -> Uncle John –> Dark Star –> I Need a Miracle.  There was also a moving Cumberland and a very spirited Tangled Up in Blue.  While singing the I need a Miracle I remember looking down on the ground and seeing a person in the Jason’s guitar cord on the ground.  I decided to take a picture of it so you can see for yourself if I am crazy or not.

Scott checking his microphone on 8-12-2008

Scott checking his microphone on 8-12-2008

Jason played lead for us on 8-12-2008

Jason played lead for us on 8-12-2008

Getting out of the elevator at Carroll's at the end of the night 8-12-2008

Getting out of the elevator at Carroll 8-12-2008

Deadstein blog is open for business

Well, Deadstein.com has been  messed up for 3 months now and we haven’t been able to post for 2 years or so, probably more so I figured maybe it’s time the get with it.  I have been listening to Leo LaPorte on podcasts on my new AT&T Tilt while biking to work recently, and he is a tech guru and he suggested WordPress.com as the blogging/webpage solution that sounded good for Deadstein.  So here it it and here it goes. 

Like any evovling wold of communication, there will be some rough patches in the road.  I assume we will insult someone, some how.  Remeber the Johnny/Dave Schwartz censorship battle in the 90’s I believe.  So take this new path for what it is, avaoid the potholes but enjoy the enginuity and we blog into the future. 

Then again, this webblog thing in WordPress.com maybe another failed atempt to get a forum going.