Violent Dawn

12th July 2011 at 12:46:37 pm comments disabled :(

My mother shared this snippet with me recently. It was written by Brad Barber about the band him and my father were in, and I liked it so much I wanted to share.

Violent Dawn (VD) emerged onto the rock and roll scene in 1968 with its debut performance of an original tune “Way Down Upon a Lonely Trail” at the Centerville 5th Ward Spring Sing. Original band members Kerry Fowler (Rhythm guitar), Stan Page (Lead Guitar), Richard (Dick) Goudy (Bass Guitar), Gordon Flanders (Drums) and Brad Barber (Keyboards/Lead Vocals). Throughout the ensuing years, VD experienced wild fluctuations in popularity in the Northern Utah, Southern Idaho and South West Wyoming regions. Key performance venues included such well known hot spots as Rupert Idaho, Kemmerer Wyoming, an impromptu concert in Evanston Wyoming and sundry and various locations in the greater Salt Lake City/Bountiful/Centerville area, including their home studio in the old White Church. One of the most popular, and well remembered venues was the “East Patio” in Centerville, where the band played numerous performances to their delight of the local fans. (And sometimes to the chagrin of the local adults).

The band performed numerous well known covers including the oft requested Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida, Little Black Egg, For Your Love, and It Came Out of the Sky. Their repertoire included music from a diverse array of bands including: Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, Iron Butterfly, The Monkees, The Guess Who, The Who, Cream, The Doobie Brothers and many others.

Lead Guitarist Stan Page began his guitar career as do many with a Christmas gift of a fine Gibson electric six string, of which he was very proud. It wasn’t long before the simple lessons of Mary Had a Little Lamb were left behind for the cool and soothing lead riffs of such hits as Black Magic Woman and the impressive guitar solo in Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida. Stan’s love of the musical talents of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, the Beatles, (jointly and individually), and other super groups always kept the band stretching for new sounds and capabilities.

Rhythm guitarist Kerry Fowler was the maturity and strength of the band with his solid accompaniment and back up of any type of sound the band required. His Fender Stratocaster kept the band flowing and was always a favorite of the fans. His easy going attitude and unwavering dedication to the band were a solid strength through the years.

Richard (Dick) Goudy was solid on the bass guitar, to the point that in the early years, his guttural bass lines could be pulled from the simplest of instruments, and often was. Plus his vocal and harmonies were a staple on many of the bands numbers from the beginning. His cool demeanor and good looks were a solid draw for the band’s female followers.

Drummer Gordon Flanders, though he would never admit it masterfully laid down the percussion for the band in all it’s variety of sounds including his flawless performances of the famous Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida drum solo. Always a crowd pleaser. Gordon could always be counted on to be a guiding light to the group and was the main provider of transportation with his stylish van, affectingly named “The Pimp Van”.

Brad Barber, Keyboards and lead vocals, was the youngest of the group, a mere 12 years old when the band first performed. His attack of the ivories and vocal prowess lent to great capabilities and range in various music genres. Barber also went on to play with the very popular Velvet Shade in the mid 70’s, though his music career closed abruptly in 1974, prior to leaving the country in 1975 for a two year religious experience abroad.

VD slowly faded as the band grew older, though they were known to get together and jam occasionally as late as 1974, but never achieved the level of popularity and preciseness of their earlier years. Sadly, due to the lack of viable technology at the time, as well as funds, there only exists one very rough recording of the band, made on a home recorder at an impromptu jam session sometime in the very early 70’s.

(left to right) Brad, Kerry, Stan - 3/4 of Violent Dawn (one of the few remaining photographs of the group that aren't "in 45 yr old girly scrapbooks somewhere")



22nd April 2010 at 10:42:27 am 4 comments

A Look at Nintendo
Via: Online MBA


20th December 2009 at 02:34:08 am 1 comment

IPv6. We should all be switched over to it already. We need to stop dragging our feet, and get those guys with the deep pockets in those ISPs (that are ripping us off and screwing us over so badly) to push us out of our current crisis (running out of v4 addresses, and long since out of v4 usefulness).
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Which fantasy writer are you?

8th December 2009 at 02:25:48 am 1 comment

Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?…

Mary Gentle (b. 1956)

5 High-Brow, 11 Violent, 3 Experimental and 11 Cynical!

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My Knowledge

10th September 2009 at 11:48:54 pm comments disabled :(

I’ve begun a couple files to try to store some sort of index into which languages I know and which distributions I’ve used. Here are the links.

Update (Nov 22, 2009):
Contents I’ve participated in:

These will update as more happens. For example, I’ve already learned more languages since I first posted this.


17th August 2009 at 06:07:28 pm comments disabled :(

Android is everything I could possibly have hoped it would be. My Dev Phone is quite easily the best phone I have ever used in my life. More on this might come later.


24th November 2008 at 09:32:34 am 1 comment

In less than one month’s time, I will be married to the most wonderful girl alive. :)

Why does every day move so very slowly?

Major Changes

2nd April 2008 at 02:11:08 am 1 comment

Roughly two and a half months ago, a major shift in my life and social habits occurred.

I, Tianon, got myself a girlfriend.

She’s amazing, and I wouldn’t trade my relationship with her for anything in the world. :)

However, she is exponentially more interesting than a computer. This leads to less time spent turning yellow in front of a computer screen, and more time spent away, in the real world. A place scary, and filled with real people. Frightening just to think about.

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The Golden Compass (review)

20th December 2007 at 10:04:52 pm 1 comment

I have finally seen the film for myself, and I must say, bra-vo.

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The Golden Compass

3rd December 2007 at 12:34:12 am 3 comments

I have noticed lately on Facebook a surge of groups professing that “The Golden Compass” is an anti-Christian film.
I have this theory that more than half of the members of these groups have no idea that the film has been a book for a long time now, and I bet that half more of those left have never read it. This band wagoning disgusts me.
Some people see the words “anti-Christian,” and they’ll believe or do anything, claiming some kind of persecution or devil worship. As for myself, I have read “The Golden Compass,” and it was certainly not anti-Christian. Anyone who believes as such is so weak in their own beliefs that they probably don’t believe in the first place.

This book/series was an absolutely beautiful testament to the one constant in this whole shit-faced world: Love. Yes, I’m going to spoil the series by telling you it’s not about some damn anti-Christian plot, but is really a fantastic and gripping love story. It is the story of two people who lose themselves to find each other. It has all the elements that make a fantastic story: action, adventure, mystery, romance, and most importantly, plot.
Anyone who believes their beliefs are being attacked by a fantasy story never had solid beliefs to begin with and should leave the rest of us way the hell alone.
I can understand if someone has read the story, and didn’t like it, but pinning your dislike on something as childish and unfounded as anti-Christian is just spineless.

“The Golden Compass” was a fantastic novel, and if I could, I would be there this Friday right when the film opens.

Personally, I believe an open mind is the key to success in this world, and the sooner people realize that, the sooner we can move on as a species. Free your mind.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicators

16th November 2007 at 02:25:54 am 5 comments

Carl Jung was a great psychologist who was good buddies with Freud.

He’s the guy who is credited with the idea of Introversion vs. Extroversion, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was based off his ideas.

It was only recently that I discovered Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and I find it extremely fascinating. (At least as much as the Color Code for personality types, if not more so!)

From Wikipedia:

Fundamental to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the concept of Psychological Type.

In a similar way to left- or right- handedness, the principle is that individuals also find certain ways of thinking and acting easier than others. The MBTI endeavours to sort some of these psychological opposites into four opposite pairs, or dichotomies, with a resulting sixteen possible combinations. None of these combinations is ‘better’ or ‘worse’, however Briggs and Myers recognised that everyone has an overall combination which is most comfortable for them: in the same way as writing with the left hand is hard work for a right-hander, so people tend to find using their opposite psychological preference more difficult, even if they can become more proficient (and therefore behaviourally flexible) with practice and development.

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28th October 2007 at 07:37:55 pm 2 comments

My good friend PixelFish linked to this quiz on her livejournal, and apparently, I’ve got high probability of Asperger syndrome.
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at 02:25:20 am comments disabled :(

In case you didn’t notice, I’ve added Gravatars.

For the curious, see

They’re pretty easy to use, but it’s really quick and simple to sign up and add one for yourself. Then you can look all pretty when you add comments below. :)
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23rd October 2007 at 02:06:59 am 4 comments

It’s interesting the difference an amount of time so small as 24 hours can make on our perspective and our moods.

One minute, I can be depressed as all get-out, but give me 24 hours, and I can be light as a feather, ready for another round. Sometimes, it doesn’t even take 24. Sometimes, it only takes an instant. Read More »

My Brain Be Slippin’!

21st October 2007 at 08:01:22 am 4 comments

Yeargh, my brain be slippin’ away! I slept until 6pm yesterday (Sat.), and I’m still cooking at 8am. Wheeeee.

In other (more important) news, I’ve been working on this theme for hours. Read More »

Are You An Extrovert Or An Introvert?

19th October 2007 at 08:59:36 pm comments disabled :(

Aren’t worthless online quizzes just the best? :D
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At Last!

at 12:52:32 am 2 comments

After many hours of wasted time and effort, I have created my first WordPress Plugin.

document.write('Is it not just so pretty?');

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18th October 2007 at 12:55:17 pm 1 comment

If you’ve never heard of Radiohead, I suggest you go check them out. They’re amazing.

Recently, though, they’ve gone and done something even MORE amazing. Their latest album, “In Rainbows,” is available for download from their website, for free (as in beer, for those of you who keep score). – They are allowing us, the consumers, to choose how much we want to pay for the album. Read More »

Server Running Smooth

at 12:47:55 am 6 comments

Well, the server re-upload is complete… I don’t want to do that again for a very long time. Hopefully I can live with what we’ve got at this point for quite some while.

In other news, it’s way past sleep-time! Hooray!

Hello world!

17th October 2007 at 05:46:45 pm comments disabled :(

This is my first post. Boy, what an adventure this was… Had to upgrade the entire server to make this work, but here I am, and the server’s all the better for it!