Thinking About Life

I have a friend who is going through some tough times, and I sent him this email which originated from an article about improving your chess rating:

“Today, I want to take a detour from our “make more, buy more, fuck more” culture and argue for the merits of mediocrity, of being blasé boring and average.

Not the merits of pursuing mediocrity, mind you — because we all should try to do the best we possibly can — but rather, the merits of accepting mediocrity when we end up there despite our best efforts.” – Mark Manson (lol I don’t even know who that is).

To conclude, the best advice I can give you is: It is all about the hunt, not about the kill.”

Dave here: I would even add avoid the kill at all costs – just enjoy the hunt (which when you get right down to it, is just experiencing life [are you experienced?]*) and make it last as long as possible. I’m there in life right now (thanks be to God), and aside from my health, I’ve never been happier. BTW, when the guy stopped trying so hard, ironically his score went up faster, even though he had less time to devote to chess! He thinks it’s because once the pressure is off to be the best, he actually found he was enjoying chess far more. I absolutely related (for me, as being a dad and music career-wise, not chess ratings, although I do enjoy a good game of chess).

Anyway, I miss you man, and wish there was some way we could get together more often. Life just sucks sometimes, but it comes in waves, or cycles, I’ve found: good times (that you only recognize in hindsight just HOW good they were) and bad times. The bad times seem like they last forever, but once you break through back to the good, it is SO good. You are going through some tough times right now, but you WILL see good fun times again, I feel sure. Keep the faith brother.


*The Are You Experienced thing is a reference to Hendrix, who we both dig, bigtime.

Who are you?

Who are you? If you’re one of the greatest vocalists of one of the greatest bands of all time, you are Roger Daltrey, and today you turn 74 years old! I saw them at Busch Stadium August 11 1989 – sold out show 47,181. One of the greatest concerts I’ve ever witnessed, from the opening number to the encores the crowd literally jumped up and danced to hit after hit. The pot smoke was so dense and the happiness of the crowd was just amazing. A group of my friends and I rented a limo, and we just got blitzed and had a great night – we actually lost a friend, who we found passed out drunk in one of the bathrooms! Laughed about that for years, lol. Happy Birthday Roger!
Happy 74th Birthday Roger!

Happy Birthday Storm Thorgerson (2-28-1944)

In 1968, along with Aubrey Powell, he founded the graphic art group Hipgnosis. He created many iconic album designs during his career for so many great rock bands: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Alan Parsons Project, Yes, Black Sabbath, Bad Co., ELO, Robert Plant, 10cc, AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Genesis, The Police, and MANY more. Considered one of the greatest album covers of all time, his most famous album cover was The Dark Side of the Moon. A great talent and a really nice guy by all accounts. Check out his wikipedia page for more info, and his appearances in several Pink Floyd “Making of” documentary’s were very cool. He passed away 18 April 2013 (aged 69), but his legacy will live on. RIP, Storm.
The Dark Side of the Moon
“There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark…”

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