Soldering Skillz

A long while back I posted a bit about soldering, and linked to a page about the basics (it’s gone now, and I had to link to an page – and what with link rot and domain changes, it could be gone tomorrow).

So I came across this page The Art Of Soldering and it’s actually better IMHO. It seems like these guys (European Circuits LTD) really know what they’re doing.

I even did a bit of chatting with Sam and Max, they are nice guys – thanks for the tips!

All Apologies

I’m sorry – I’ve been doing work to my website in “live” mode instead of temporarily taking it offline for “maintenance”, so if you got a bunch of RSS notifications please just disregard them. My bad.

Guitar notes and frequencies

I found this on the web some time ago, now I forget where, but it’s useful to me occasionally so I thought I’d post it.

* 82.4 E – open 6th string
* 87.3 F
* 92.5 F#
* 98.0 G
* 103.8 G#
* 110.0 A – open 5th string
* 116.5 A#
* 123.5 B
* 130.8 C
* 138.6 C#
* 146.8 D – open 4th string
* 155.6 D#
* 164.8 E
* 174.6 F
* 185.0 F#
* 196.0 G – open 3rd string
* 207.6 G#
* 220.0 A
* 233.1 A#
* 246.9 B – open 2nd string
* 261.6 C – “middle C”
* 277.2 C#
* 293.6 D
* 311.1 D#
* 329.6 E – open 1st string
* 349.2 F
* 370.0 F#
* 392.0 G
* 415.3 G#
* 440.0 A – 5th fret on 1st string
* 466.1 A#
* 493.8 B
* 523.2 C
* 554.3 C#
* 587.3 D
* 622.2 D#
* 659.2 E – 12th fret on 1st string

Some stuff I’m doing

Here is my latest Newsletter, so if you like this kind of thing go sign up for it (I don’t send them out very often, but when I do I try to make it fun and entertaining :P )

Hi Everybody!
I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff I thought you might be interested in, so let me jump right in:
First off, are you feeling cloudy? Mentally sluggish? Then get your B12! As most of you know, I’m personally very interested in the whole range of B vitamins, but this article concerns B12:

Also, I’ve been working on a landscaping project in my backyard, two terraced patios with a fire pit, so I thought I’d post some pics :) .

View from my back door.

View from the hillside.

Wall detail.

Close-up of the fire pit – I can see a lot of smores being eaten here in the next few weeks.

I also made a guard rail salvaged from old galvanized pipe from a trampoline, some 3/8″ cable and solar lights (2 bucks each at walmart) – total cost about $50 with the concrete:

Solar-capped guard rail.

So, as you can see I’ve been using a lot of bricks, here’s 1000 bricks with Muggy hamming it up for the camera:

Bricks in the truck, with ham.

In the truck, total ham.

Bricks unloaded. Hard fucking work.

We also got two new German Shepherds, sisters from the same litter, they are 1 year old. We originally called the first one “Lucky”, but Muggy called her “Lucky Kiki” so we ended up naming her Kiki, and naming her sister Koko. We got the first one in early June, and a month later we got her sister so she would have a playmate, and they absolutely love running around the woods together. Here are the hounds:

Smithers, release the Hounds.

Only thing is, they’ve been running over to the neighbors property, so we bought a fenceless system that shocks them if they go off our property. Unfortunately, now I have to bury 1000 ft. of wire. After doing about 150ft by hand, I created the Gouger 5000, a labor saving device that works pretty well actually:

Call now to order The Gouger 5000. Hurry, supplies are limited! (Bobcat not included)
Don Cole, Kent Hall and I have been rehearsing at Cole’s house: I was concerned about leaving my gear at his house, so to protect against burglars I built this Closet of Security +5. It has poisoned lock traps, as well as 240 amp shocking capability for unauthorized access:

Closet of Security +5. More traps per square inch than the Tomb of Horrors.
Well that’s all – I’m out l8r,
We’re on a mission from God.

Top Ten reasons NOT to unfriend me

Today is national unfriend day, so I thought I’d post my Top Ten reasons NOT to unfriend me:

10. I sometimes wear a monster mask.

9. My son and I both wear stylish goatees:

8. I do NOT post pictures of my penis, unlike some prominent sports figures COUGH:brettfarve:COUGH

7. I smell nice: It's a manly scent, but I like it too! wait, what?

6. The infrequency of my tweets and facebook posts is matched only by my apathy, so you can rest assured you won’t be bombarded by a constant barrage of useless drivel (oooh, i had pancakes for breakfast. mmmm yummm).

4. My past history of excessive alcohol consumption has not impaired my ability to count. Or speell.

3. 9 out of 10 dentists recommend my music during a root canal, and choosy mothers choose me (not that cheap slut Jif).

2. I make stupid movies of my pet fish, mini docu/dramas that I narrate with a phony French accent.

And finally, my number one reason to not unfriend me:

1. I give away tons of free music!

And here is a bonus reason, which brings the total to 12 (see #4 above): Why would you do anything this guy tells you to do?
uh, i'm not stoned

Remember when Halloween was like this?

It is for me again, when I see how much Muggy loves things like this:



Happy Halloween!

DOT: World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Animation Film

Dinosaur bones? Or freak rock formations?

I found these rocks, wouldn’t it be cool if they were dinosaur bones? Dinosaur bones from the Jurassic period – just joking, if anything they would be late Pleistocene. (Click on images for full size):

Dinosaur bones from the Jurassic period - just joking, if anything they would be late Pleistocene

This looks like this egg found in China:

yolko - oh no!

This looks like the head of a femur, and it even looks like something gnawed the bone:

Caveman golf: Driver

This looks like an egg cut in half, and it almost looks like a skeletal embryo inside:

over easy

Sorry about the fucked up RSS feed

I changed a setting on the website feed parameters yesterday during the static front page change, so everybody’s RSS feed got truncated – sorry about that. I changed it back to normal :) . (BTW I haven’t actually done the front page, it’s currently just a blank placeholder so don’t waste your time going to check it out.)

The whole point of a feed is so you don’t have to go to the website just to see what’s new, duh.

My bad, it’s fixed now.

Happy 70th Birthday Ringo!

Wow, I hope I look this good at 70:

so your going to a party party

Emily Singer writes a terrific review of his birthday bash all-star concert, you can read it here.

Apparently it was pretty special, his all star lineup was:

Wally Palmar – guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals
Rick Derringer – guitar, vocals
Edgar Winter – keyboards, saxophone, vocals
Gary Wright – keyboards, vocals
Richard Page – Bass, vocals
Gregg Bissonette – drums, vocals

Then his son Zak Starkey took over on drums for the classic With A Little Help From My Friends, and some long time friends joined him on stage: Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Angus Young, Nils Lofgren, Jon Bon Jovi, Mick Jones, Steve Van Zandt, Brian Johnson, Max Weinberg, and Jeff Lynne to name a few.

It all culminated when none other than Paul McCartney surprised everyone when he came out onstage, gave Ringo a hug, and the band (with Ringo playing drums, of course) launched into Birthday!