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The Isles of Wa

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New Songs from next Dead Poets Society album!
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Just in time for Halloween, you can listen to four new tracks, “Karma Factory”, “Despair and Despondency”, “Apoplexy”, and “This Vast Ocean of Wire” from our forthcoming new concept album, The Bone Church, right here on Jango.com (the free internet radio station).

This is the only spot you can hear them for now! Please be sure to “Fan” the band. We would love to hear comments about the new songs.


New Dead Poets Society Track, "Schoenfeld"
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“Schoenfeld” is the first of a batch of singles that Dead Poets Society will be releasing over the coming months. As we’ve worked endlessly on the new album we discovered that there were some tracks that didn’t really fit on The Bone Church, but they were tracks that we liked, and thoughtthat they should be made available to you.

Schoenfeld was inspired by the incredibly positive impact that Wa’s maternal grandmother, Leola, had on his life as a creative person. If she were alive, she would have been nearly 107 years old. The album cover is a photo of her taken around 1928. Her maiden name was Schoenfeld, which means “shining field” in German.

This track is an instrumental juxtaposition that takes that shining field and passes it through the pressure infused context of today’s modern world, much as the personality of Leola Schoenfeld once did. She was an unconventional woman, and this is an unconventional instrumental mix of electronica, rock, and jazz. We sincerely hope you enjoy it.

“Schoenfeld” is available for digital distribution through CDBaby now, and will be coming to iTunes, Amazon Mp3, Zune, eMusic, and many other digital distribution outlets in the weeks ahead.

We welcome your impressions and reviews of “Schoenfeld” on Facebook, Last.fm or CDBaby.

Sincerely,

Wa
www.thedeadpoets.org
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When Calculus Comes a Knocking...
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I think that the time to turn the corner has finally arrived.

For those who might be new to the party, my mother passed away just a few weeks before my Calculus Final. So, I requested and was granted an incomplete grade for the term. For those who haven't had any experience with an incomplete grade, it means that an instructor agrees that they will allow a student to finish the course at a later date without penalty. Usually the date is agreed upon at the time that the incomplete grade agreement is made. In my case, they left the date open. Theoretically I have up to a year to finish the work, but anyone who has had the pleasure of taking Calculus will tell you that if you are not actively using or practicing it, your skills can quickly become rusty.

I've tried to return my Calculus studies a few times the past couple of months but discovered that I was unable to keep my thoughts focused and my emotions collected.

I'm not sure what has changed, but  when I woke up this morning  I thought I could hear the call of the Calculus!  Might I be ready? Perhaps, finally, I can begin the reconciliation of my tumultuous relationship with the complex numbers!

*Knocks on wood*

I hope I haven't fooled myself.

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I am:
Gregory Benford
A master literary stylist who is also a working scientist.


Which science fiction writer are you?


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I'm trying out Lala, a web music catalog matching service, giving your music collection portability online. ::matches verrrrry slowly::

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Sweet live Massive Attack performances of "Teardrop" and "Angel". http://ping.fm/yzKb2 and http://ping.fm/OR4WQ

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woo hoo! Made it through work with the wonky wrist!

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I just finished reading The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly. It was definitely one of his better works.

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I'm checking out various keynote rumors in advance of tomorrow's Macworld event. New Mac Mini seems to be the frontrunner. http://ping.fm/5n0tk

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The Guardian has this great piece about Macworld from the point of view of a 17 year Apple veteran ex-employee. http://ping.fm/f1wML

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