311 Performs in New Orleans

Peter Egan Attends His Tenth 311 Concert in New Orleans at Champions Square

By: Peter Egan

311 still has “it” after 27 years performing as a band

311 Symbol

Friday, August 04 2017, Peter Egan attended his tenth Three-Eleven concert in his lifetime, and the band didn’t disappoint. The performance (not including “New Politics” and any other opening acts) lasted about two-and-a-half hours, which was barely enough time for the group to play MOST of their albums, while performing nine songs from their new release, Mosaic311 Mosaic.

It would be easier to identify the albums from which 311 did not perform aNick Hexum song than to list those from which it did. 311 performed a total of 24 songs, including the extended version of Applied Science when band members take their traditional break, followed by all five band-mates beating on the drums simultaneously.

The set list for the show is as follows:

Song Title – Album

  1. Perfect Mistake – Mosaic
  2. All Mixed Up – Blue Album
  3. Homebrew – Grassroots
  4. Too Much to Think – Mosaic
  5. Beautiful Disaster – Transistor
  6. Extension – Mosaic
  7. Stealing Happy Hours – Transistor
  8. Come Original – Soundsystem
  9. Hey, Yo (Not “Hey You”) – Mosaic
  10. Bass Solo – (N/A)
  11. What Was I thinking? – Transistor
  12. Wildfire – Mosaic
  13. Amber – From Chaos
  14. Freeze Time – Soundsystem
  15. Applied Science – Music
  16. ’Til the City’s on Fire – Mosaic
  17. Do You Right – Music
  18. Too Late – Mosaic
  19. Beyond the Grey Sky – Evolver
  20. One & the Same – Mosaic
  21. Unity – Music
  22. Down – Blue Album
  23. On a Roll – Mosaic
  24. Freak Out – Music
  25. Creatures (For a While) – Evolver
Peter Egan and friends at 311 concert in NOLA
Peter Egan enjoying the 311 show with friends.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the heck out of the show, and I’m most certainly not complaining when I point out that not a single song was performed from Don’t Tread on Me, Uplifter, Universal Pulse or Stereolithic. And of course that’s not counting all the independent releases, bonus tracks on compilation albums and other vintage 311 that you can hear on YouTube or at a 311 Day concert, but not on a studio album.

311 Performs in New Orleans, LA

Let me please make one thing very clear. I enjoy all of 311’s Music. It doesn’t matter what songs from which albums were performed at a given show, I’d have had a good time if I was there and Three-Eleven was playing. That being said it struck me as odd that there were four consecutive studio albums from which not a single song was performed during an entire concert. I can’t help but wonder if this is 311 catering to the more casual fans by mixing in the songs they’re sure to know along with the newly released stuff, or if it’s a reflection of how 311 perceives their four most recent studio albums preceding Mosaic. I would like to think it’s the former and not the latter, as there are just too many good songs on DTOM, Uplifter, Universal Pulse and Stereolithic to leave them off the set list for quality reasons.

311 Performs "Applied Science" in New Orleans

In my personal opinion, the high-point of the show was when the band performed Freeze Time, the opening song from the Soundsystem album. If I had to pick out a low or drawback of some sort, the first thing I’d do is complain about the band only performing 24 songs, or roughly two albums worth of work.

SA Martinez goes off during 311's 2017 show in New Orleans

I’m one of those spoiled 311 fans who has been to multiple 311 Day (March 11) concerts in my lifetime, and have seen the band play on for more than four hours on multiple occasions. That has to taint my opinion at least a little, as 24 seems like a perfectly reasonable number of songs to perform on a promotional tour.

311 Concert in New Orleans

If forced to pick my least favorite moment from the show (assuming there’s a gun to my head), it would have been Amber. Amber is not a bad song, it’s actually a pretty good song all things considered. However, this isn’t your average band we’re talking about, and it is my personal opinion that Amber got far more recognition than it deserved based on the quality of the song itself relative to all other 311 songs. The reason I believe this is that for decades 311 has been perceived more as a “guy band,” and the women in attendance were mainly brought there by male 311 fans.

311 in NOLA 2017

Amber got the attention of female fans, and I’m all about there being a record number of females in the audience (out of any of the ten 311 shows I’ve been to, as there was in early August of 2017 in Champions Square in New Orleans. If Amber is in any way responsible for that, wonderful. I guess the band has to take the majority opinion into account when determining which songs to play in a limited allotment of time. I just don’t think it’s as good a song as it is promoted and perceived to be relative to other 311 songs. If I could have replaced it in the set list, there’s not much 311 has ever done that you couldn’t substitute in there and at least from my opinion improve the musical quality based solely on the songs performed. Literally, just pick any song, from any album or from no album, I’ll probably like it more than Amber.

311 Mosaic Tour in New Orleans

Anyway, I’m a spoiled fan who just has to learn to accept that the band has to throw female fans a bone every show to keep them engaged. I do understand this. However, the August 04 show in New Orleans in 2017 seemed to have not only a much higher ratio of female fans than past shows I’ve been to, the female fans were every bit as into the music as were the male fans. Perhaps the perception that 311 is a “guy band” can be put to rest now?

311 Mosaic Tour in New Orleans

On a scale of 1-10, I’d give this show an 8, and that’s only because I’ve been to two 311 Day events and I know first-hand from experience what this band is capable of when they’re really motivated to please an audience. They can’t match that level of intensity every night on tour. Hence why they only do those shows once per year, max.

311 2017 Summer Tour in New Orleans

I really can’t find anything to complain about. The venue was much better than in an enclosed arena where police are looking to meet arrest quotas. The 8 was a pretty arbitrary score from a biased observer. For a concert of its nature (a stop during a summer promotional tour), this show was a ten (out of ten). It’s not plausible to compare every 311 show to 311 Day, and I’ve come to accept that with time.

When a band has been playing and making music together for 27 years uninterrupted, they may release more albums than they can touch upon during the nature of a given live performance. When you’re truly as great at what you do as are Nick Hexum, S.A. Martinez, Tim Mahoney, Pnut and Chad Sexton, these are the sorts of problems you start to create for yourselves over the course of nearly three decades.

311 2017 Show - Peter Egan

When as a fan my biggest complaint is that I didn’t hear songs I wanted to hear, and think through what it would have taken for me to have heard every 311 song I’d like to hear at a concert, I’d need a lot more than one night and they’d need more than one show. There’s just that much great material that this band has put out over the years.

If either a 311 Day concert or cruise is announced at any point in the not-too-distant future, I will eagerly buy tickets to whichever it is, and if it’s the cruise, I’d arrange for some vacation time.

Peter Egan at the 311 show August 04, 2017 in New Orleans

311 is the greatest rock band (arguably the greatest group of musicians) in my generation, and I’ll soak up every show, 311 Day and Cruise I can before they decide to hang it up.

If you missed it, 311 put on an awesome show Friday night, August 04, 2017 in New Orleans. As a writer, all I am able to do is encourage you to attend the next one near you, whoever you are and wherever you happen to be reading this.

Advice Needed Regarding WordPress Programmer, Plug-In Developer

Advice Needed Regarding WordPress Programmer, Plug-In Developer

I need to hire a WordPress Developer and WP Plug-In Developer (preferably the same individual or company). I don’t know whether to outsource, do contract labor or hire a programmer/developer full-time, in-house.

I also don’t know what a fair price is for the services I require. Can someone please help me with the following questions?

I am trying to develop a site, but the functionality the site needs exceeds my skill-set.

I need to hire a programmer to develop custom plug-ins and ensure proper functionality for the site. The site is about average complexity in terms of functionality relative to most established mutli-user sites/communities.

Should I:

    • Outsource, hire contract labor or a hire full-time programmer?
    • How much should I pay for each full time and outsource/contract? (Site will be fairly elaborate but about average for sites of it’s nature.)

Does WordPress being open source cause any problems with security? I’m comfortable with the platform, but is it worth it to just trust someone else to develop a site using a platform I’m not familiar with and unable to work within?

I will publish all relevant comments so go ahead and put your link in the URL section.

WordPress Forums

I’ve developed a lot of sites but haven’t coded from scratch since 2005 (Dreamweaver days before CMS took off). I have adequate knowledge of HTML, but not great. I’ve developed hundreds of sites, but nearly all using WordPress, Weebly or some similar platform that makes it easy for people like me to make a good looking website without the development skills I would presume most on this forum possess.

For what it’s worth, I tried posting this to the WordPress development forum, where the admin shut it down on grounds that it belonged in the “Jobs” section. “Jobs” wouldn’t publish it because it’s not a job listing.

Hopefully Reddit can come through and provide me with some objective insights from people with nothing at stake to help me make a decision about what type of help I need and how much money I should set aside for those services.

Jan Dembowski

“Brute Squad” is right… As you can see, Jan was none too eager to allow anyone to potentially help me, even though (at least IMHO) she’s dead wrong about this. I know Reddit can be pretty brutal at times too, but I’ve endured plenty of other people’s superiority complex today so please go easy on me and if you can help answer my questions take the two minutes it takes to do so.

** In addition to comments, I’ll publish a followed link in this post to the site/URL of choice for whomever provides the most helpful answer. **

Peter Egan Enjoys Offshore Fishing Trip Out of Venice LA

Peter Egan Offshore Fishing

Peter Egan recently had an opportunity to go offshore fishing with a couple good buddies from high school.

I received a phone call around 6 pm on a Friday night early in May. It was Justin Richard, a friend from high school asking if I’d like to join them for a fishing trip the next morning. That didn’t leave me with a whole lot of time to prepare given that Venice is a good 3.5 hour drive from Covington, however I made it work.

Justin and his father Mitch are a couple of the big shots at Calmar Insulation. If you’re not familiar with the company, they’re the ones that insulated the Superdome during the renovations after Katrina, so it’s a fairly large company.

Calmar Insulation

Anyway, they have a really nice fishing boat, and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to do some blue water, deep sea, offshore fishing in hopes of landing a Tuna, Grouper or Red Snapper.

By the time I made it to Venice (Louisiana) everyone was sound asleep, so I slept in my car and met up with them at around 5:00 am.

The sunrise was beautiful. There’s no words to describe what the sun looks like when it peaks over the horizon out on the open water on what turned out to be a magnificent day.

Sunrise on Offshore Fishing Trip

It was a fun-filled day and a great chance to reconnect with a couple friends I’ve had for more than two decades.

While we didn’t get any Tuna, Grouper or Red Snapper, we did catch a few Amberjack. Unfortunately, at the time there was a federal moratorium in place and we had to de-hook the fish without bringing them into the boat so as to do as little harm as possible.

Jack Crevalle

While I didn’t catch an Amberjack, I did get several bites, caught a few smaller fish in the 2-3 pound range, and landed one 60 pound Jack Crevalle that fought harder than any fish I’ve ever landed in my entire life. I kept the fish, cutting it up to use as crab bait for my grandfather. He’s too old to catch his own bait and throw his own traps so he needs someone to do it for him, and once I got that fish aboard I wasn’t about to let that opportunity slip away.

I literally fought that fish for what seemed like an hour and felt like it must’ve weight at least 150 pounds. I’ve never caught a fish that fights as hard as a Jack Crevalle relative to the fish’s size. Part of that might have been that I was using medium-action spinning gear, but I’d have it no other way.

Peter Egan Muscles

At the end of the day, I had an incredible time offshore fishing for a solid 10 hours. People pay a lot of money to have the privilege to do that, and I got to do it because I’m friends with someone who owns a boat big enough and designed to accommodate fishing in 600 feet of water.

I am very grateful to the Richards and wish I could thank them enough for the invitation. Any time y’all care to invite me to go fishing with you count me in.

Offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is so much fun it’s hard to describe. If you’ve never done it, want to do it but don’t know anyone with a boat, I’d highly recommend doing planning your trip with a guide like Troy Wetzel and get your Venice fishing in with a professional that will ensure you catch your share of fish, and the right kind of fish.

Oil Rig in Gulf of Mexico (Fishing)

Not all guides are the same. My great uncle for example rarely returns to shore without all of his clients limiting out on both speckled trout and redfish (red drum), sometimes with a black drum, flounder (or four) or sheepshead mixed in. However, not all guides care that their clients have a good time.

If you’re paying for a fishing trip, it’s worth putting the time and effort into thoroughly vetting your guide and making sure his clients have nothing but good things to say. I once went on an inshore saltwater trip out of Venice with a captain whose name I can’t remember (I think it was Chad, but I’m not certain and can’t recall his last name). He was just awful. He’d angle his boat in such a way that only he could cast near the grass beds, allowing him to catch all the fish and catch everybody’s limit while the rest of us fished in futility in water where we weren’t going to catch a fish if we fished it a month straight because of the way he would position the boat.

To make matters worse, he ridiculed his clients for not catching fish when it was clearly evident that the only reason he was and we weren’t was because he had the trolling motor and would angle the boat in such a way that only he had access to the grass beds and shelves. If I ever remember that guy’s name I’m going to update this post with it as a warning to anyone thinking about booking a fishing charter.

Venice Louisiana Fishing Trip

Back to my recent fishing trip, I was extremely grateful even though it wasn’t a great day in terms of catching fish. I was an invited guest. I paid them nothing. I did offer to help pay for gas but there was some kind of problem at the marina where they couldn’t split the bill and I didn’t have any cash on me. I’ll settle up the next time I see Justin.

If you’ve never been offshore fishing I urge you to make a point of doing it at least once in your life. It’s well worth the experience whether you catch that 800 pound tuna or not.

If you need offshore fishing rods, reels, lures, tackle and other gear, check out the offshore fishing category at the PeterEgan.net fishing store.

Robert Mann is a Pathetic Coward (An Open Letter)

Robert Mann: Disgusting Human Being, Liar and Coward

I came upon a post by a pathetic individual by the name of Robert Mann while conducting research. The post consisted of intellectually dishonest, misrepresentations of both myself and my father. These misrepresentations were deliberate, and in my own personal case even the most cognitively-challenged individual could have figured out that the Facebook post Mann cited in an effort to attack my character was a lighthearted joke.

It’s pretty creepy to know that some weirdo that I’ve never heard of is Facebook stalking me. I’m not going to link to his site, because I don’t want to give him any publicity, but I will post my response to it below in the form of an open letter.

The following is an open letter to Robert Mann:

Robert Mann,

You are quite possibly the least intellectually honest person whose work I’ve ever read.

Your misrepresentation of what my father said coupled with you dragging me into it by trying to misrepresent what was obviously a lighthearted joke as a “racist comment” is as intellectually dishonest an act as I’ve ever witnessed.

For one thing, my father was absolutely right in his description of political prostitute Jay Dardenne. You totally and deliberately misrepresented what he said, and you did it with malicious intent.

You dragging me into it with yet another deliberate misrepresentation of a JOKE crossed the line.

If you can’t construct logical arguments as a means to persuade others of your political views you have no business writing or even speaking about politics.

Robert MannYou’re an angry old man and your willingness to lie and deceive is disgusting. What’s more disgusting is that low-character individuals such as yourself actually influence others. It is a sad reflection on society when someone like you is taken seriously by others.

You’re not man enough to make those same comments about myself and my father to either of our faces. If you care to prove me wrong, I would be delighted. We both know that won’t happen however… Because you’re a coward, and cowards don’t confront people with malicious, unprovoked attacks in person.

You are a lying, intellectually dishonest coward. I’d be miserable too if I had no conscience, and used lies and misrepresentations to impugn the character of people who have never even heard of you, much less wronged you in any way.

Robert Mann Sushi
This is Sushi, my now-deceased dog and best friend of 17 years. Scumbag Robert Mann used my dead dog to attack me.

I am flattered to know that you’re Facebook stalking me however. It is creepy, no doubt. But I’m more than capable of defending myself from sinister creeps such as yourself, and would welcome the opportunity to do so in person.

But seriously though, using my dead dog and best friend of 17 years as a means of attacking my character is one of the lowest, most pathetic acts I’ve ever witnessed. You really are a despicable human being.

In conclusion, you’re a loser. In the future, if you wish to attack my character with lies and misrepresentations, I kindly ask that you do so directly to me face. I have a feeling your cowardice will never allow that to happen.

Sincerely,

Peter Egan Jr.

* Update *

Unlike Mann, who wrote his libelous attacks in hopes that the subjects of his defamation would never learn of his deed, this letter was sent directly to Robert Mann via Twitter. He was notified of its existence within ten minutes of it being published.

Rather than attempt to defend his deliberate mischaracterizations and character assassination, he did what I expected him to do. He blocked me on Twitter and issued no response or defense of his sinister blog. I guess the old cliche is true that you can’t defend the indefensible.

Provided with an opportunity to explain why he felt it necessary to launch vicious personal attacks on two different people he doesn’t even know and whom he has never met, Mann took the coward’s way out. His response is fitting, and consistent with the rest of his cowardly behavior.

Robert Mann is a coward whose cowardice is his defining characteristic.

Totally.me combines social media activity in one place

Totally.me collects, aggregates social media activity

I came upon a pretty neat site lately that is offering an interesting service. Imagine is all your social media accounts were to be combined into one place — all your Facebook posts, all your tweets, all your pins, all your Google+ shares, all your LinkedIn updates, all your Instagram posts — all published in the same place.

Now imagine if you can combine multiple accounts from these social media outlets into this singular source for all things social… For example, suppose you have a couple of Facebook business or community pages in addition to your personal profile. Imagine if you have a personal Twitter account but also one for your business. Same goes for Pinterest and on down the line… That is in essence what Totally.me is.

Peter Egan's totally.me

To be totally fair, this isn’t entirely a new idea. I remember a nearly identical service being offered by an organization called RebelMouse, which at the time, offered this service free-of-charge, as is the case with Totally.me. RebelMouse has moved on to for-profit endeavors and has a notification that it’s free service was to be discontinued last year sometime, but the two accounts I had set up with it remain active, although the menu of administrative options has been drastically scaled-down to the point not even the account owner can make changes at this point.

If there’s any meaningful difference between the two it lies in how each respective site is coded. Whereas RebelMouse used javascript for pretty much the entire page except for an optional ‘About Me/Us’ box you could affix to the top-left corner of your page. That part was normal html, but all the social content was coded in such a way that search engines could not crawl it. That may well have been by design, I have no idea. What I can say is that the way Totally.me appears to be coded, there will be a log more content on each user’s page that is able to be indexed by search robots, leading at least in theory to more visitors to the site through search engines, if in fact they are indexing the social content on the Totally.met pages and returning them in search results.

One other possibility is that if the pages are crawled, social media could become a valid way of going about getting a web page indexed, if in fact these pages are being crawled and the links within the individual posts to the various social media sites are being acknowledged, then posting a link of your new blog post to Twitter or Facebook might actually lead to the page being indexed.

Peter Egan's Totally.me

That’s all just a theory, however, as I can’t say for certain that I know how all that stuff works, nor can I really say with certainty anything else in this post except that Totally.me takes whatever social sources you plug into it and creates a page whereby all posts to all social media sites are shown in the order they were posted (regardless of the venue).

One other pretty significant difference between Totally.me and RebelMouse is that users can comment on Totally.me posts using the Facebook comments software. So your twitter post can spark a conversation on a completely different site where it was posted automatically, at least in theory.

SocialSear.ch and Tags

Another difference between the two sites pertains to hashtags. As of now Totally.me links each hashtag in your social posts to a hashtag page for that term at the site socialsear.ch. RebelMouse linked all contents of a given social post back to the original post.

If there has ever been a site that aggregated and combined posts containing the same tags drawn from every major social platform and displayed them all in one place, I’m not aware of it. This seems to me to be a unique idea, the potential of which could be massive. I admittedly don’t know the vision of the site’s creators, but whatever it is I like it.

SocialSear.ch

socialsear.ch

These differences might be enough to make Totally.me a viable long-term idea whereas its predecessor fizzled out after a while as there was nothing that could be done with the pages other than observe them and their contents, and click back to the original posting. Time will tell…

If you have a desire to keep better track of your activity on social media sites and think having everything you post to all of them collected, compiled and displayed in one place could be beneficial to you, then Totally.me might just have something worth signing up for.

If nothing else, it’s a cool little tool that’s fun to play around with and that really puts your activity into perspective.