Archive for the 'geekdom' Category

The long-running Antiques Roadshow is nothing more or less than a parade of strange and exotic old stuff hiding in people’s attics, storerooms, living rooms, and garages: a kaleidoscope of everything from tables to rings to old guns and everything in-between with no end in sight to the finds to be had from around the [...]

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I am a Christian.  And for the past ten years, I have had a rabbi.
Since October 2001, I have sung in the professional choir of Congregation Emanu-El in Houston, Texas, which has been led since 1978 by Senior Rabbi Roy A. Walter who was brought in by then-Senior Rabbi Robert I. Kahn, of [...]

I know Chris and Clare through a mutual friend, and in addition to their toddler, their other baby is Don Gusano Games, through which comes to the world Quack-in-the-Box, a biting satire of malpractice and incompetence in the medical field.

The village of Pyla in the United Nations Buffer Zone on the island of Cyprus is the site of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP). My little brother, Ian Ragsdale, is producing and directing a documentary on this archeological survey, and I have a large part to play in this film’s music.


The Cabildo in New Orleans was built in 1799 and served as the place’s town council building up to and after annexation by the United States, ceasing in that function in the 1850s.  This place stands at the center of the history of Louisiana and was the location of the ceremony marking the Louisiana Purchase.
The [...]

Next week will be busy, though it will also be a really nice respite from the daily grind.  Portus 2008 is a Harry Potter symposium (replete with papers, panels, presenters, parties, pageantry, pomp, etc.) that will be held at the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas from 10-13 July.  It’s being put on by the [...]

I am quite happy to not only toot my own horn about my own music, but to also let everyone know of good music written by another. Jeremiah Joseph is a composition major at Houston Baptist University, and if this excerpt is any indication of the quality of the whole, then his new monodrama [...]

“Whenever I try to explain the Society to folks who have never experienced it, I always seem to end up dragging out my photo album. Why? Well, because, as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.”
- From Mistress Anastasia Guta, Province of Malagentia, East Kingdom - This collection of photos dates [...]

How on earth do I describe the Society for Creative Anachronism? Well, I think the best way is to watch the above 8-minute piece from CBS Sunday Morning and see for yourself. A picture speaks a thousand words, and this report speaks perfectly of this remarkable organization.