WoB Talk

March 26, 2014

#VoteGeek: Geeky Initiative for CBC Music Searchlight Contest

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 9:41 pm


Okay…so we geeky Searchlight entrants have got our act together.  All the stuff I said in the last post is still true, but now…there’s more.

If you click on the huge yellow icon, you’ll be taken to a page that will provide links to all five geeky Canadian songs our little group of geeky bands (and me as the one soloist) has stuck in the CBC “let’s find Canada’s next great musical act” contest.  Our intent, again, is not to win; it is to make people notice us, even if Errol (of the band Debs and Errol) has to stalk everyone at CBC in the process.  He’s made a good start.

The linked page will also tell you about the sub-contest we’re running.  Basically, if you vote for us and then share this fact on social media via the hashtag #VoteGeek, you will be entered to win exciting prizes (i.e., our music).

Due mostly to Errol’s inability not to fling himself headlong into everything he does, we have already been mentioned on Google+ by CBC Music and promoted by the sites Pop Mythology and Geek Hard.  We are attracting tens of voters!  Tens!

One amusing side effect of us not playing to win is that we have basically become the class clowns, or perhaps the court jesters, of the contest.  It is possible that some of the more serious bands are unhappy with us.  Ah well.  We have a hard time being serious, especially when Errol is going around posting images like this:

Sad Doctor VoteGeek

Live long, and thanks for all the fish.  Wait…that’s not right.


March 24, 2014

CBC Music Searchlight Contest

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 12:10 am

So this is not comic-related news at all, but ah well.  I have entered CBC Music’s Searchlight Competition, which allows musicians to submit one song each.  Please check out my Searchlight profile page.  Starting on Monday, March 24–i.e., today, unless you’re reading this on Sunday night–you may vote for (or against) me.  You get up to ten votes per day per region (the first stage of the contest is divided regionally).

Now…let me explain.  I understand perfectly well that my music is way, way below the standards of the majority of other entries, and I do not have a hope in hell of winning.  I’ve also had to enter a song whose sound could, well, be of higher quality; the few songs I have where the sound is better are too long to fit the requirements of the contest.  (Also, my voice has improved at least a bit since I recorded that song, “Kids These Days,” in 2012.)  Basically, you’ve got an amateur recording of someone with a barely okay voice singing a song about a vampire.

However, the Toronto-based musicians Debs and Errol, who also have a profile page, have decided it would be kind of a neat idea for as many geeky musicians as possible to enter the contest, thus promoting Canadian geek music just because they can. We may not win, but we can at least let everybody know we exist.  My friends Leslie Hudson and Devin Melanson of Copy Red Leader also have a song in the contest, as do Press Start 2 Play and The Blast Processors.  In other words, there are a whole bunch of us, and we’re entering songs that range from extremely spare (uke + voice) to sounding professionally produced.  I know “vote every day” contests can be aggravating, but please consider giving us some attention.  We think the music heard on the radio needs to be altogether weirder, and we are willing to help with that.

March 2, 2014

It Never Rains: The Beginning

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 9:05 pm

Hello, everyone still hanging around this blog.  I have posted the first It Never Rains comic.  Here you go:


Yes, I have yet again built the site myself, which means that it’s somewhat old-fashioned and awkward.  Nonetheless, it works for me.  I’ve tried to consider accessibility issues this time around; I explain why in the huge blurb beneath the comic.  Of course, I should be considering accessibility all the time.  I am a bad person.

If you notice any errors on the site, please let me know.  No, there’s no RSS feed at the moment, as the online RSS-creating instructions I’ve found online have succeeded only in confusing the living heck out of me.  I’ll try to see if I can eventually teach myself how to do this stuff.

This blog is now officially not a comments section any more, as I’ve build comments sections right into the new site, but I’m going to keep it around as a general news/Rants site.  I’ll post both WoB and INR news here.

Thanks for sticking around this long.  I hope you enjoy the new comic.

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