…in case you were wondering.

Jay Maynard’s Tron Costume
February 26, 2007, 3:05 am
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“I saw lots of TRON costumes on the net, and wasn’t satisfied with any of them. The biggest deficiency was that none of them attempted to capture the green tint of the characters’ outfits in the computer world. Yes, I know that was added in the digital animation process, but, still, a white costume just doesn’t look right. Many of them also used black for the circuit patterns, one more step away from the costumes the viewer saw in the movie.

I decided I could do better, at least to my own way of thinking. This is not a slam on those who have gone before by any means, just an observation that I could resolve what I saw as deficiencies.” – Jay Maynard

Yes. It’s for real.


Better Than A "Real Job"
February 24, 2007, 11:35 pm
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Last night Shaun and I brought my oldest son Blue to Shaun’s show in Lebanon, TN. Ever since I have worked with bands, Blue has been able to come to at least one show a tour, and walk around with me. Then he goes home, blasts the music, and jumps around on his bed with his electric guitar, and claims to be the singer in whatever band he saw the night before.

Last night he helped me unpack the CD’s, the Compassion packets, listen to the sound check, and set out the bottles of water. He watched as I talked to the staff at the church about volunteers, the Power Point slides, and parking. Then later, he helped me run the slides with the lyrics to some of the songs Shaun was playing, and helped me pass out the Compassion packets to people that were considering sponsoring children.

Later in the show, fighting sleep in a dark room and two hours past bedtime, sitting in my lap, Blue looked up at me and whispered, “Being a road manager is better than being in a band”.

“Really? What makes you think that?”

“Because you just walk around for a while, and then you just sit and watch.”

I started to explain to him all the things that needed to be done before the concert could even happen; the booking of flights, reservations of rental cars, booking of hotels, packing of merchandise. I tried to explain to him how I had to talk to everyone that was involved in putting the concert on to make sure that there were tables set up, and water was there to be put out, and sound men were there to sound check. After that I needed to make sure I knew how many CD’s were sold and make the money match. I needed to know how many Compassion children were sponsored and mail in the paperwork for that. I needed to keep track of where we were and how we were going to get home to see our families, and keep us safe the whole time too.
I realized about halfway into my “rant’ of all the stuff I did for my job, that sleep was getting the better of him, and more specifically, he didn’t care. He had already mentally moved on to something else.

This morning my wife and I were talking about how much I travel, and how so many times it can be so harmful for families. How so many times children of traveling fathers grow up not knowing what their dads do for a living and not understanding why they need to be gone so much. We talked about how so many times the relationship between a traveling father and his children drift further apart and can be harmful for the child’s future. I asked her if she thought that was happening to us. Before she could answer Blue walked into the kitchen with our middle son, Aiden saying,

“You can be the singer, and I will be your road manager.”

The Know-It-All
February 22, 2007, 1:34 pm
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I just started reading the book “The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World” by A.J. Jacobs. So far it’s pretty entertaining. It’s something I thought a few of you, here in my small geek circle, might be interested in

He writes:
“Part memoir, part Cliff’s Notes to every topic under the sun, The Know-It-All is about the year I spent reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z (or, more precisely, from a-ak to zywiec). All forty-four million words of it. The book is many things:

First, it’s a compendium of the funniest, most fascinating, and most profound facts I uncovered-from the history of canned laughter to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s obsessive-compulsive behavior to female spies in the Civil War.

Second, it is a search for meaning and wisdom among that ocean of facts.

Third, it’s a memoir of my eccentric, knowledge-loving family. (My dad, for instance, holds the world record for the most number of footnotes in a law review article: 5,435.)

And finally, it is a series of adventures to test the limits of intelligence. I competed in a crossword-puzzle tournament, went on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and attended a Mensa convention.”

What are you reading?

Pocket Full Of Doves
February 21, 2007, 3:54 pm
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Pocket Full Of Rocks has been nominated for two Dove Awards this year. One for “Worship Album Of The Year” and another for “New Artist Of The Year”. Congratulations guys.

“Pocket Full of Rocks’ new CD, “Song To The King,” from Myrrh Records, is the best kind of rock worship, too good to miss.” – ChristianMusic.com

“Myrrh Records re-launches with their first worship offering, Texarkana-based Pocket Full of Rocks. This passionate album, full of congregational and personal worship songs will quickly guide listeners to the heart of the Father.” – IndependentBands.com

Has This Ever Ended Well?
February 20, 2007, 2:11 pm
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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — “The minister has the number 666 tattooed on his arm. But Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda is not your typical minister. De Jesus, or “Daddy” as his thousands of followers call him, does not merely pray to God: He says he is God.

“The spirit that is in me is the same spirit that was in Jesus of Nazareth,” de Jesus says.

De Jesus’ claims of divinity have angered Christian leaders, who say he is a fake. Religious experts say he may be something much more dangerous, a cult leader who really believes he is God…

The prophets, they spoke about me. It took me time to learn that, but I am what they were expecting, what they have been expecting for 2,000 years,” de Jesus says.

The church that he began building 20 years ago in Miami resembles no other:
Followers have protested Christian churches in Miami and Latin America, disrupting services and smashing crosses and statues of Jesus. De Jesus preaches there is no devil and no sin. His followers, he says, literally can do no wrong in God’s eyes. The church calls itself the “Government of God on Earth” and uses a seal similar to the United States…

…And what about the tattoo of 666 on his arm?
Although it’s a number usually associated with Satan, not the son of God, de Jesus says that 666 and the Antichrist are, like him, misunderstood.
The Antichrist is not the devil, de Jesus tells his congregation; he’s the being who replaces Jesus on Earth.
“Antichrist is the best person in the world,” he says. “Antichrist means don’t put your eyes on Jesus because Jesus of Nazareth wasn’t a Christian. Antichrist means do not put your eyes on Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Put it on Jesus after the cross.”

So far, de Jesus says that his flock hasn’t been scared off by his claims of being the Antichrist. In a show of the sway he holds over the group, 30 members of his congregation Tuesday went to a tattoo parlor to have 666 also permanently etched onto their skin.He may wield influence over them, but his followers say don’t expect them to go the way of people who believed in David Koresh and Jim Jones. Just by finding de Jesus, they say, they have achieved their purpose.

“If somebody tells us drink some Kool-Aid and we’ll go to heaven, that’s not true. We are already in heavenly places,” follower Martita Roca told CNN after having 666 tattooed onto her ankle.

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Music I Wish I Had Written. (Continued)
February 19, 2007, 5:27 am
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Foy Vance – Gabriel And The Vagabond


Cell Phones, Virginity And Speeding
February 19, 2007, 4:50 am
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The morning started like this.
Just outside of Wichita we got pulled over and sat in a Check and Go parking lot for over an hour to get ticketed for going 44 in a 30. It turns out when you have California insurance, a Tennessee drivers license, a rental car from Tulsa, and you are speeding in Wichita, things look a little shady. When things look shady to Wichita Police, they write tickets… I got two.

Later, at Monett High School, Shaun and I hung out in a class room that was originally used for cooking and health. Apparently there was some sort of “abstinence” project so there were clever signs all over the room. My favorite: “Put on a ring before you do your thing.” Shaun liked the one about loosing your cell phone and virginity.

Tomorrow we head home for a few days and I think we are both ready.
Thanks Kansas. Your checks are in the mail.