hi folks,  

well, my host has determined that ljp eats up too much bandwidth and other web server style resources so they are requesting that i sign up for a different kind of hosting account that's quite expensive.  so as i'm basically broke (the price we jazz pianists play to live the dream :) i'm not sure what i'm going to do about it just yet.  they are going to give me a few days to figure things out, but if ljp goes down, i'd like to say thanks to all of you who have contributed over the past 13 years!
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i've decided to go ahead with their "your site dies or else" option for a while at least.  i might move this over to a more standard forum system like bbpress (nice open source php forum system recently developed) in the next couple months- we'll see what happens, but for now ljp won't be going down.
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can we contribute to the cause?
of course, a piano player never turns down tips :)  there's a donation button on the left side of the page, down under all the rooms and halls stuff.
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scot, are you tied to your web host or would you consider moving?  i've used ipower.com as a host for a few years, for a couple websites much less significant than ljp.  they've got good features (including perl, php, and mysql) and storage/bandwidth (they say "unlimited" but they clarify that to mean that they'll limit you if you use an amount of bandwidth they deem to not be "normal", so you'd be best finding out more about that based on your needs).  reasonable pricing, too.  there may be other hosting companies out there that give you what you need for a price that you can work with.
i think we should do some fund raising.  there are over 52,000 accounts here.  if everyone donated $1.00 per year (8.3 cents per month), scot would have over 50k to maintain this site, buy equipment, pay some bills and even romance a few babes here and there:) now, if we chip in more, all the merrier.

what's the deal with everyone wanting something for nothing?  let's fertilize the economy by tossing in some moolah and reap the rewards of all the wonderful info we share here
dosowski- i'm not exactly tied to my host, but i need what they have on the back end to run this site.  when i taught myself web scripting i unfortunately did not discover php and instead discovered miva which is what i program this site with.

dr. whack- the best fund raiser i can think of is for people to buy a cd or book from me - i get something, they get something, works out for everyone :)
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i sure hope this isn't some kind of halloween stories made up just to scare the bejeesus out of me.

i sure spent a lot of time uploading tons of educational files to my room (and other places all over this site), as i know albetan has as well.

i'm not even sure if i've got all that stuff backed up come to think of it.

what a shame it would be to see all that hard work and those valuable resources disappear into the ether.  

scot,

when there's a will, there's a way.
although it appears that a temporary reprieve has been granted, i would like to state that i would indeed not like to consider the demise of this site and that i am prepared to assist its continuing viability as much as i possibly can. there are so many valuable sources represented here that are not accessible in any other forum. i would personally like to thank several contributors for their direct impact on me but i fear that i would omit a name or two and cause inadvertent distress (more than likely only to me and not the omissions). i have followed all most every discussion here and have gained something from each and every posting. one person that i must absolutely thank is scot ranney as he is the heart and soul of this site and he is as dedicated to it as much as is humanly possible. thanks to you scot and thanks to all the contributors of this site. i really appreciate everyone here and hope that this site can continue to exist and influence, inform, and educate others for a long, long time.
i'll put in a plug for slicehost, https://www.slicehost.com.  really awesome vps.  let me know if you need any help rebuilding the site.
thanks dalty, i'll keep that in  mind. i think you whipped up a css layout for me a while back?  if i ever get the new site up and running the way i want, you'll be happy to know it's completely organized via css.

folks: wow, when it rains it pours!  yesterday my laptop died because the ide controller went bad.  luckily no data was lost, but another dang unplanned expense...

7 - absolutely no halloween joke about this, however here's the good side (i always try to find the a good opportunity in anything that is thrown my way).  the good side is that now that i"m paying extra for this site and my others (they are all bundled, i'm still getting a decent deal i guess) i have more incentive to whip this place into shape and not only have it act like web 2.0 (what a joke!  we were "web 2.0" back in 1996 :) but look like it too.  probably help book and cd sales quite a bit.  so i've been working extra hard which is probably what killed my laptop.

laptop says, "what the hell is scot doing?  i can't work this hard, i'm over five years old!  hey, wait, is that an artery going?  i think something is melting. oops, lost my hard drives, oops, i'm blue screening and restarting over and over... guess i had a stroke or something, can't really focus..."
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it would be a tragedy if this site were to go under.  aside from all the great info on the site, the sense of community and the opportunity to 'talk' to other jazz pianists is something utterly unique and, in my opinion, very special.

because it's been here for so long and many of us have been coming here on and off for years, it's quite easy to take the site for granted a bit.  it's only when confronted with the possibility that ljp won't be around any more that you realise how important it is.

this site has been invaluable to me in so many ways over the years and, whatever happens, i'd like to take the opportunity to say thanks for all your hard work and for building this unique community.

thank you scot.
scot,

i never noticed the donate button before.  would you consider moving to the upper lh side of the screen?

i would like to thank you also.  your altruistic approach to jazz ed as evidenced by designing and running this site and insisting it remain a free of charge resource and community, has been truly inspiring

~rick
dr. whack must be very serious as he signed with his first name. lol
lol - i do have a serious side:) (but my last name is not whack)
are you are real doctor or did you earn an honary doctorate here at ljp?
rick's been more of a serious help than most of you know- he spent a lot of time going over my jazz piano book and finding countless errors for me.  i still haven't sent him the half dozen i promised - but i figure when i send him a proofreading copy of volume 2 i can include those copies of volume 1 :)
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oh, i'd like to move the donate button up higher, but can't. i've messed with the code so much that if i upload anything it would break the site, no kidding.  however i can do something that might help...
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well i'm not deserving of any free books:)  i see the "donate" at the top!  cool!

as for dr. whack's honorary doctorate....it was just something to put on his shingle :)
listen scot, whatever happens i count the last four or five years
as the best jazz piano years of my life because of all the valuable
friends i have made at this site.  i live in a rural setting and out of the mainstream of live music (at least live music that has more than three chords).  plus...
running a webs site is a big job with all kinds of technical glitches lurking around each corner.  not to mention the cost and time invested.  sooo.
this is a big thank you scot to you and everyone at ljp for your help guidance and inspiration.  just proves that there is power in knowledge and the power of knowledge is in sharing.
so come on everyone open those wallets.

james michael karns
thanks for all the support folks!  i get as much as any of you out of this board, no question about it.  you can rest assure that i will always do what i can to keep this board up.  

my book sales are picking up, my cd sales are picking up, the thing is finally basically paying for itself.

plus i had a good batch of donations come in that will help pay for things here as well.

thanks to everyone!
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don't want to take anything away from dr. whack (aka "rick") as he and a good core of others help keep this site going as much as anything else, but when i said that rick had helped me proofread my book et all in a message above, i was being confused and actually meant 7.  

not only did 7 take massive amount of time to do proof reading for me, i haven't even sent him the half dozen books i promised!  book 2 is almost done, i'll send the half dozen of book 1 along with the proof of book 2 :)
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can i have half of jeff's books?   i admit, i was embarrassed to have not remembered doing such a great job proofing it :)
lol  pretty funny... but hold your ground doctor whack  insist it was you who did all the proofing.
:)

wouldn't be the first time >i< forgot something like that, heh heh
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