Liner Note #34: More on the 4th Anniversary, site stats, etc.

ctan: Okay, we seem to have settled into this thing where every liner note we try to one-up each other with cooler and cooler stuff.

Daron: I didn’t realize it was a competition. I think it’s just easier this way than trying to wrestle the keyboard away from you.

ctan: Right. First we should talk about the impending Fourth Anniversary of the DGC website.

Daron: *blows party horn* Four years?

ctan: Four years. We’re going to do a couple of things to celebrate. One, I’m going to host a video chat, but I’m trying to figure out what the best day of the week and time of day to do it is. So, see poll at the bottom of this liner note to vote on that. Two, we’re going to do an Ask Me Anything style chat with both of us answering, and people can start submitting questions in advance for either or both of those ASAP, by leaving them in comments, or emailing me at ctan.writer @ gmail-dot-com. Three, we’re going to be part of a “gay rockstar” blog tour that will run in mid-November, with Paula Coots (Another Rock Star) and L.A. Witt (With the Band)!

Daron: Four, we encourage readers to do whatever they want to celebrate. Wear your Moondog 3 T-shirts, stick the bumper stickers in the restroom of your favorite rock club, make fan art, write songs, sing songs…

ctan: Write fanfic?

Daron: Sure. Though can I point out I don’t like spanking?

ctan: Not all fanfic includes spanking.

Daron: Hey, we all have our squicks. Just putting that out there. People don’t have to tell us what they’re doing to celebrate. Though it’s cool if you do. When’s the actual anniversary?

ctan: Well, we had a “soft” launch on November 1st–that is, I started posting but didn’t tell anyone about it yet. I think the “official” launch was November 10 or so? I plan to be celebrating pretty much from about November 10 to Thanksgiving.

Daron: OK, cool. So what have you got?

ctan: Actually first a question for the audience. Has anyone read Rob Sheffield’s 80s coming of age memoir, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut? It’s on sale at Amazon for six bucks right now in paperback and I’m trying to figure out if I should buy it.

Daron: You should at least put it on your wish list. Hey, when can I have my own wish list?

ctan: When you get a credit card?

Daron: Oh, like that would prove I’m a real person.

ctan: Anyway, you’ve heard me rave before about how much I love Tab Kimpton’s Khaos Komix. The story cycle of Khaos wound down a while ago (and now Tab just had a Kickstarter to produce the box set). Folks have been wondering how on earth Tab can possibly top the fantastic angsty magic that was the interconnected lives of eight queer/trans teenagers?

Daron: Indeed, I have been wondering that. Khaos Komix makes Moondog 3 look functional.

ctan: Well, Tab’s done it by creating a new series, Discord Comics, beginning with “Shades of A,” which is not only tackling BDSM and asexuality, it’s a “parody” of 50 Shades of Grey at the SAME TIME. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Things get interesting right away when Anwar’s best friend JD makes him go with them to a BDSM/fetish night at a club:

From "Shades of A" by Tab Kimpton.

ctan: Hijinks ensue.

ctan: For those of you who really enjoy watching Daron struggle to figure out his relationships and/or to try to pretend that nothing is going on/going wrong, you will love Anwar, the main character in Shades of A. Just go read it:

Daron: Tsk. Well, I suppose I can’t really complain since you got me there. Here, distract yourselves with this video sent to me by Nona, one of our readers. Unbelievable cover of Sweet Child O Mine, played on the “chinese zither.”

ctan: Okay, then I’m coming back atcha with this one that LenaLena sent. She originally linked me to this blog entry: which gives some context for the mind-blowing musical video below. The group is called Snarky Puppy, and they do these film concerts/jam sessions with the audience live on the stage with them. In this one, they have vocalist Lalah Hathaway joining them. She gives an incredible vocal performance all throughout, but she builds up to a point between minute 6 and 7 where she actually sings chords.

Daron: Oh my god. You can see all the musicians flipping out because they’re like, what! Did I just hear that? And then she does it again, and again, and each time their minds are totally totally blown. MY mind is totally blown. Holy fucking shit. And the whole rest of it was already mind-meltingly awesome. You don’t even have to like jazz. Wowwww.

ctan: Okay, while you calm down, I’m going to talk numbers.

Daron: Numbers?

ctan: See, I recently noticed a thingie in the website controls that lets me see how many “approved” comments a user has. Not surprisingly, you, my dear, have left the most comments, with 1,228 posted on the site. I come in second with 883.

Daron: Well, more people talk to me than to you?

ctan: Apparently. It doesn’t let me see a ranking or anything–just every time someone posts a comment, I can see a little number by their name. Out of curiosity I looked at everyone who has posted a comment since Sept. 1 to see what kind of numbers were there.

Daron: You mean how many people posted since Sept 1?

ctan: No. I looked at the comments since Sept 1, but each of those showed the number of total comments ever left by each of those people.

Daron: Aha.

ctan: Understand I don’t feel it’s a competition and there’s no prize for commenting more than anyone else, and also that this is not a ploy to try to get more comments. I just thought it was a neat number to look at.

Daron: Well, I like comments a lot.

ctan: I know you do, dear. Anyway, here’s the list of everyone who has commented since September 1st and who has left a grand total of more than 10 comments. (It’s not *completely* accurate since if you enter a different email address or spell your name differently, it counts you as a separate poster. So some folks posted more than this, and also some folks who used to post often haven’t lately.)

AK 20 posted
Amy 17 posted
Averin 52 posted
cayra 120 posted (+ some as “cay”?)
Connie 86 posted (+ 7 from another email address?)
Janie 30 posted
Joe 94 posted
LenaLena 94 posted
Linda 14 posted
MCA Hogarth 22 posted (but does not include numerous LJ comments!)
Nona 17 posted
Peter 24 posted
sanders 105 posted
Sara W. 63 posted
Songquake 63 posted
steve 17 posted
TL Thurston 11 posted

Daron: Cool! I wonder how many folks who used to post a lot but who don’t anymore had racked up, like Riki?

ctan: I’ll have to dig back a lot farther if I want to see. Seeing all the commenting leads me to wonder, actually, if readers would like me to install a forum or something where you could talk to each other more easily than in comments on the posts? Let me know.

Daron: They might like to talk about us where we can’t see it, you know.

ctan: There is that.

Daron: Okay, you better do your poll. Please keep those suggestions for how to celebrate the fourth anniversary coming, though, folks.

ctan: Right. Here we go:


  • Joe says:

    Is it OK to post other musical links? If so, here’s one:

    (and if it’s not, just delete the post)

    This is a bunch of kids doing Tool’s 46 & 2 — the little girl singing is incredible, as is the bassist and drummer.

    • ctan says:

      Totally fine to post more links! I’ll have to watch this tomorrow, though… Houseguests sleeping…

    • daron says:

      That fucking rocked. The drummer, jeez, that’s a lot to carry. (Musically I mean.) I think Tool is to this generation what Led Zep was to the one before mine, the music that was hard to learn but awesome to play which was exactly why you and your friends worked on it over and over and over in the garage until the police came about the noise. (I didn’t have quite this experience because my mother wouldn’t let me play in the house at all, really, but you know. Some do.)

  • Andrea says:

    I LOVE Kaos Komix! I loved the first story line and read it a few times and now I am following Shades of A.. The story line was so well done with all the overlapping and intersecting timelines. :]

    • ctan says:

      Such fantastic storytelling, isn’t it? I supported the Kickstarter hoping that Tab would be forced to produce the massive overlapping timeline poster, and he did! We just got the PDF version. Now I have to go re-read the whole thing again! But maybe I’ll wait to have the box set in my hands. Bliss.

  • Connie says:

    I like to comment here (yes, that other email addy is mine, too. I just use whatever automatically pops up.) I’m not big on forums, though. I gets complicated, especially since Yahoo has screwed up their forums. But thats just MHO.

    Can hardly wait to find out about Carynne’s phone call. Tuesday?

  • sanders says:

    17 Nov is the day before my birthday. A live chat would make a nifty present, although I’m also asking a couple of friends to donate to the site for me again instead of other gifts.

    I had to read the comments number information twice to get that it’s a total ever, for those of us who’ve posted since 1 Sept. Until I got that, I was horrified and wondering if I needed new hobbies.

    I like the idea of a forum, especially because the comments here stop threading at a certain point. I keep thinking about starting a DGC comm on DreamWidth, but I don’t know if anyone would be interested and having an empty comm is just sad.

    • ctan says:

      I wonder if there is a forum plugin for WordPress? I have been unable to add new plugins ever since that virus/malware scare we had a year ago, because they “hardened” the site so much I can’t even upgrade… (sigh)… but we’re planning to do a fresh install and port sometime soon and then I can contemplate it!

      I like Dreamwidth but I feel like not enough people are there to make more of the communities I’m in really work. A lot of folks bounce back and forth between there an LiveJournal, depending on whether LJ is up and running or not at that moment.

    • Ver says:

      I would totally join the DW comm. Or an LJ one. Just sayin’. (That being said, if you DO make a comm, you might want to let me know or I’ll be totally oblivious to it. I’m verloren1983 at both. ^_^)

  • deb says:

    Thanks for the khaos komix link. Went over late last night to check it out, read the whole bloody thing 🙂 Could explain why I was late to work.
    Love your work, Tuesday and Thursday have become many favorite days of the week since I’ve caught up.

  • cayra says:

    As an european, I prefer weekends and early times (timezones being what they are), but either way it’s probably up to luck whether I can make it.
    A forum sounds like a great idea, both for music discussion that’d clog the comments here and possibly other topics like writing, queer themes; as well as some general chatter amongst us commenter minions, I believe.

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