Friday, April 8, 2011

Shut down pending

Is it wrong that the impending governmental shutdown is getting me kinda horny? I think most of it is posturing, like watching two mountain goats face off. Then the opposing sides will shake thier heads and get back to arguing again. I remember the last shutdown and we are still here, the sky didn't fall.

Check out article on Bristol Palin and her abstinence campaign

Bristol's Abstinence Outrage

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My first synth

In 1989 I took a class in electronic music. It was my first exposure to synthesizers. My school had a very good collection of hardware, though at the time I didn't recognize the importance. I was busy using the tools I personally owned. 10 years went by before I revisited electronic music and the use of hardware and software as musical tools. I don't remember exactly when it was but sometime around 2001-2002 I bought my first synth, the Roland PMA-5.

A friend introduced me to the PMA-5. He and his band mates had discovered them and were using them all the time. The PMA-5 was designed as an all in one tool. It had synth sounds, drum sounds, guitar sounds, as well as a sequencer and effects. It could also be used with other synths as a sound source.

I sold it a few years back in the rush to buy something else, I don't remember exactly what, but I do remember it fondly.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Man runs almost naked from Al Star Fitness

I went to the gym early this morning and saw a man run out through the fire exit in the pool area wearing only a small towel. When I was in the shower two employees were asking someone in the showers to come out or they would call the police. It must have been him leaving. I never got a good look at him, just thought it was odd.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sugar "Tilted"

The music of Bob Mould and his various bands have filled many spots of the mixtape that is my life. Husker Du were the first band I ever won tickets to see. I won tickets off KCMU radio in Seattle. I had sprained my ankle the week before jumping off my parents stairs on the way to my car to go to the homecoming dance masking the pain with party favors. I went to the dance without going to the hospital and the next day was rewarded with a cast the had to be left on for 3 to 6 weeks. The friend who was supposed to drive me to the show cancelled and I sat at home alone tickets unused.

Sugar was Bob Mould's return to a band after some years of solo material. The first album "Copper Blue" was released in 1992. "Beaster" the second release came out in 1993. Bob wrote this about the album, "I'm sure some people are going to perceive this as some sort of step backwards from the previous album. Some people will say it's self-indulgent. Almost anything short of community service usually is. People who have seen the band live will know this is not the case."

The song "Tilted" has a guitar solo that best represents what I love about Bob Mould and his guitar solos. They can sound so out of control that the listener feels like a train wreck is coming and then at the last possible millisecond he come back home tragedy diverted. Take a look and see for yourselves.

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 and I have nothing to say

Well not completely true. I do have things to say just not at the present moment. Maybe tomorrow.