Revolution: Spaceship Earth

I’m reading a great book about the American Revolution by Rick Atkinson called “The British Are Coming”. I’m interested because using Ancestry, I found out that I have some British and German relatives who were in America before, during and after the Revolution. As we approach August, Summer is already 1/3rd done. Back to School sales start and swim meets go through their final…

Haunted Camera

I received a new Golden Age R1 Active MKIII Ribbon microphone today and wanted to test it against my trusty AKG microphone, the first test was with a mandolin. Turns out, the two mics complement each other very nicely. The song was just a jam, at first it didn’t sound like a blues song, but the bass line just had to go bluesy –…

Camera Obscura

I think I’ve worn out that coffin thread, so I’ll switch back to photography. Photography is one of my hobbies, and along with music are lifelong and soothing to my soul. Cycling and weight lifting round out my absolute favorite pass times. I’m glad I’ve lived a life where I had to learn how to process film and paper. Don’t get me wrong, I…

The Coffin

Surprise! While the title suggests this might be a spooky story, its not. Its a bit macabre, but more funny than macabre. After my Mom passed away, I took care of my Dad. One thing we had to do was go “shopping for caskets”. When the lady selling the casket asked my father what he was thinking, he said ” Make mine with wheels…

GO!

I wrote my first Golang or Go program – which is a really cool computer language that Google sponsored, and where a few heavy hitters (from my day in the field) were co-developers. The language is a really nice combination of C and Python, and by C, I mean Kernighan and Ritchie C. This makes it so easy for me to quickly pickup. Best…

Camera Eye Puppet Theatre

As you know, this series of Puppet Theatre is NOT to do puppet shows but a cover for doing still life photography. In fact, the 10 years I did Assemblage art were also to give me something to photograph. I’m now working on a puppet stage set that includes cameras as the backdrop – so it should be fun. Building miniature sets with all…

A Year Learning 7 Musical Instruments

While I had played guitar and keyboards in a couple of bands in the 80’s, at that time I was seriously limited as a beginner. I developed writers block because I only tried a little to learn more than just the handful of guitar chords and also did a little site reading at the piano. I took 2 or 3 music classes at Chabot…

Homeward Bound

I’ve had a great two first weeks on the new job. It’s everything I’d hope for – actually even a bit better, if that’s possible. Todays song is a bit drone, dirge and full of melancholy because it was written in a minor key. I’ll have to share how I came up with this – its a totally new way for me as far…

Olde Soul Whisky

Imagine a whisky bottle fashioned on Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup bottle. I’ve been an old soul for as long as I can remember – I knew this even when I was a kid. I remember loving the old houses in Newton, old parts of New York City and old radio show reruns, like The Shadow. I’ve always loved old street cars and rail yards, stations…

Flying

Yesterday I decided to start writing a song using the Lap Steel, and I accidentally stumbled on a way to strum the strings while “dropping” the steel on the strings. The drop was a light handed drop – in fact I tried to make it smooth, but that will take a lot more practice. (The “steel” is the metal bar that lap and pedal…