Friday, May 31, 2002

Daytime gig tomorrow

Just as a reminder, I'm playing a very rare in-town daytime gig tomorrow. Blind Albert will be playing at the Rockland Kiwanis Community Day and Motorcycle Raffle. We play from 3-5 in the afternoon, and admission is one non-parishable food item for local food banks.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Timeless Timber and lost data

DW Timeless Timber drumset. See the more section for more.

I've been doing some consulting work for a local doctor. He wanted to upgrade is beige Mac G3, so we did some research, and he picked up a 600 iMac G3 for a closeout price. But of course, he wanted his old data from the old machine. So I brought it back to the office, set up a little AppleTalk network, and moved his hard drive (3.5 gigs) onto my work machine (40 gigs). The I erased the hard drive of his old machine. I did this before I had re-installed the data to his new machine! (Never again.) That means if something got lost, I had no recourse--no backup. So anyways, he'd like to have his Quicken data put on his new machine in smart fashion. So I put this doctor's financial data on a Zip drive, and took it to his house last night. I booted up, imported the data, no big whoop. Only when he opens the file, there are no deposits since like November of last year! Quicked says he's in the red to the tune of like 40k!

"Bill," he says, "these aren't the right files."

"Umm," says I "that's the whole Quicken folder..."

Do you realize how big you feel when you're the computer "expert," being paid for what you know, and you've just lost a doctors financial information? I had a headache right quick.

After noodling around for 1/2 an hour, trying to get it fixed, I finally gave up. "I'll look back on my machine at work" I told him.

Then I went home and prayed.

This morning, I came in and did some digging, and found another Quicken folder hidden inside another folder. This was the right data--I still had it!

All proof that God loves me.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002

Movie Titles Page

This page is filled with the opening Movie Title shot to thousands of movies! It's cool just to browse some of the more innovative ones. Who knows, it may help with my we designs. (Which are marginal, at best.)

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Yummy drums


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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Drums almost done, and big Superstar kit available

Well, I got another dum finished last night. The bass (big!) and snare (little) are all that's left.

Strange thing. Out of the blue today, a guy called me looking for advice with his Tama Superstars. It seems his dad recently passed away, and he came over from Hungary to take care of things. Since his dad's house will be sold, he can no longer store this gigantic drum set. 12", 13", 14", 15" (very rare), 16", and 18" toms, and a 24" kick. He contacted Northern Kindom Music (the best music store on earth), and they put him in touch with me. The sad part is he's not going to be able to get what he wants for it. At least, not before he goes back to Hungary on Sunday. He thought perhaps he would put them on ebay, and sell them as singles. But that takes some time. So, if you'd like a nice, albeit huge (!), drumkit, gimme a call, and I'll put you in touch with him. (I'd like to have it, but I need another drum set like I need another drum set!)

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Is Shakepeare wrote 404 errors

If Shakespeare wrote computer errors.

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PC Fish tank

While searching online for a supplier of caulk-tube sized fish tank sealer, I found this guy who built a PC and a fish tank in the same case!

I also went to Reggie, my glass cutter, to get some more tank glass cut. When I did the first one, he said he'd like to have one. So I told him I'd make him one. He said "You make me a tank, and I'll cut you all the glass you need to make your tanks." Great! He's cutting me enough glass to make 5 more tanks. Now I need some old Mac cases!

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Monday, May 27, 2002

What I did today

So today, I slept late. (8:30) I got up, and made French toast for Sue, and scrambled eggs for Julia. Then, washed dishes. Shower. With the help of my neighbor David, I trimmed the back hedge, and the front bush. (Thanks David!) He's a landscaper, and has all kinds of cool tools. His weedwacker turns into a hedge trimmer and a paddle broom! After putting the debris in the truck, I went inside for a beer. (Pabst Blue Ribbon in bottles! Yum!) Julia and I then went shopping. That first beer was so good, I decided to buy more. It wasn't until I was outside that I realized I bought Rolling Rock Lite!? It tasted like this. Oh well. It does go down smooth. Then I stripped and polished my 14" Starclassic floor. I've owned these drums almost 5 years, and I've never stripped them down and cleaned them. I have 3 of the 6 drums done. I'd like to have them all done by Saturday's gig. After I made supper (BBQ shi'-ken on the grill), I gutted a Mac Classic to be my next Macquarium. As I post, I'm in studio C of WRFR, "prepping" for my show. Then bed.

Bed sounds good.

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Saturday, May 25, 2002

How to Kiss Tightly

Google Search: how to kiss tightly and then have sex in a bathroom

I was #1 for that search request. Now, my post about being #1 is #1. Kiss tightly? Ah yes, I remeber that post. Oh, wait, no I don't.

Gigged last night. The place is sooo smoky. Glen and I both agreed. It's hard to sing in so much smoke. They have not one smoke eater; not one! The inside of my truck smells like smoke this morning.

I played the Pearl African Mahogany snare. Man, is that one fat sounding snare. Deep pitch, lots of wood. A little too much, perhaps. I'm switching back to the bronze snare tonight.

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Friday, May 24, 2002

Source For Macquarium parts

So this Mac guy heard that MIS was giving away a bunch of old Mac software. He also heard that we had a Macquarium. So he stopped in to look at both. It seems he has a penchant for old Macs to. In talking, Ron mentioned to him that I was having a hard time finding the parts needed to make more Macquariums. He mentions he has a bunch of old Macs, and he's willing to give them to me! All right! And, Royce from the local Mac dealer gave me another Mac to gut. Soon, I'll have so many Macquariums, I will corner the market! That rocks Neddick!

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Thursday, May 23, 2002

New cat, maybe

We used to have a Ragdoll siamese cat. The time has come for the family to consider a new cat. Low and behold, I found a Ragdoll breader in Owls Head! Of course, it's a real froo-froo cat with papers. $500. Na. Pound is fine.

Also found out that there is a new hip breed style of Simaese. Would you like a cat like this? Not me, thank you. I like my aliens on the big screen.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Dead fish and fixed car

We picked Sue's car up from the mechanic today. It needed a tune-up and what not. It was less than we expected. That was nice.

This morning, we lost Alpha. Alpha was one of the guppies in the Macquarium. (That's Moto you see in the picture.) None of us were too too sad. We cleaned him out with the BBQ tongs...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Advertise on the church bulliten

I just took a voicemail message from a local pastor. It seems he wants me to advertise on the back of the church bulliten. It may be me, but to sell advertising on the back of your churches bulliten is a little, um, tacky.

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Light damage in front

This machine is listed as having "light" damage to the front. Nice.

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Friday, May 17, 2002

New features here at TRAA

We've got a new feature here at TRAA. If you'd like, I can automatically email you when I post something new. If you're interested in that feature, just put your email address in the form in the left hand column. For Mom, Dad, and My Sister: I've already added you.

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new drums, dreams, and a gig

What weird dreams I've been having recently. The night before last, I drempt that Charles flew me (he is a registered pilot) to a golf game. His style of flying was thus: fly high enough to miss the cars, but low enough to stay under the wires. Ariving at the golf tournament, we played the first hole. This consisted of pitching the ball on to a couch about 15 feet away. Neat!

Jump to spending the night at Patrick's house. But, it's not Patrick's house really. No, in my dream, Patrick lives in Jeremy Alley's old house in Spruce Head. So, very early in the morning, I wake to the sound of a truck leaving the driveway. Patrick and I wonder who could be leaving his driveway. So we go outside to look. Someone has stolen all the drums from the back of my truck! And, they have stolen the cap as well! Someone stole my truck cap! They also left an Army ditty bag full of vintage Ludwig hardware, and my stickbag. Of course, they took everything out of the sitck bag, but left the bag itself.

Last night, I dreamt Susan and I were living in a very tall house. We decided to change out the wallpaper from the upstairs bedroom. For whatever reason, the wallpaper extended up to the ceiling. In removing the wallpaper from the ceiling, I saw that we had, in fact, no roof. Only the rafters and the sky. Crazy.


So, I bought a drum set. Hard to believe, I know. Northern Kingdom Music (the best music store in the world) gave me a good deal on a set of 70s vintage Gretsch. The tom holders are horrific! Designed by the same guy who thought mounting the Saab key on the floor was a good idea, is my guess. So that will have to be changed. Also, they're White Nitron. That's just plain white. I'm going to change them to Tony Williams yellow. Then, they will be cool.


I thought I had this weekend off. No work, no gigs. Then the phone rings. It's Blind Al, giving me directions to the gig on Saturday. "We have a gig?" "Yeah," he said. "I told you about it months ago." Well, in fact he did. We were on the way to a gig, and he brought it up. At the time though, it wasn't a definite kind of thing. He was more like "Are you free on this date" kinda scenario. (Here we go, yo!) And Sue and I were supposed to have dinner at Amalfi. We've not been to Amalfi before; just look at this menu. Goat cheese and onion tarts? Oh yeah! Braised lamb shank is the first entree on the list?! This is my kind of place! Pitty I'll miss it.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2002

What drink am I?

Drink me!

Which drink are you?

A rum and Coke? Yeah, that's me alright. I've never ordered one of those. And I won't. This is just stupid. If I'm going to continue taking these dumb on-line quizes, they shoud at least be right!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

I see dead people!

I had the strangest dream the night before last. I dreamt I could see dead people. So, for some reason, I'm standing at the base of the stairs at my Aunt Grace's house. Uncle Ted and Aunt Grace have been dead 3-4 years, I guess. (Of course, with my timeclock, it could be 10!) So I look up, and I see someone there. No big deal. Then the figure (I can't remeber for sure, but I think it was a tall, slender man--not Uncle Ted) notices me, and notices that I can see it. It's surprised, and that surprised me. That's when I realized that no one else can see this guy, ergo, he's not used to being seen, ergo he's a ghost. So, I scream. And, I actually did. I woke, and was fidgeting. Susan asked "Are you ok? What were you dreaming about?" Now I don't really want to tell her, but I did. "I dreamt I could see ghosts." "Oh nice," she says. I asked her "Did I just scream?" "Yes" she said. Well why didn't she ask about that! Why no concern about that?

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Friday, May 10, 2002

Ghost Pedal

I did some updates to the Ghost drum pedal page. See what you think.

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I am a Jedi!

which Episode II character are you?

Probably the greatest Jedi Knight of all. Like Obi Wan, you are wise and keep your feet on the ground at all times. You will not be outsmarted by anyone. You are always faithful to your friends. Be careful though, danger lurks around every corner - you could even be betrayed by those closest to you.

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Thursday, May 9, 2002

How to kiss the sex organ

Search Google for "how to kiss the sex organ" and see who comes up first! Yowza! I also come up first for the phrase "respite respite and nepenthe." Strange.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2002

DCI and Drumsmith .com

There is the drum message board called Drum Center Forum, which is hosted by the Drum Center of Indianapolis. The guy who runs the joint, Harry, announces that he is going to make the site a pay site: $35 a year--which also includes a $35 gift certificate to his store. Now, I'm not big on paying for content on the web, but hey, how else are you going to make money with a content driven site? The difference is, this site's content is totally driven by the members. So Ron Dunnett, the custom snare drum maker, get's in a huff, blows outta there, and starts his own board, Now, Ron has set up the censoring program of the message board to block the initials DCI. I can see not wanting to get into a flame war, but to not even be allowed to mention "that other site" is a bit childish, I think.

Here's the question: should I buy a snare drum from someone whom I don't know that I like very much personally? I mean, one of Ron's snares is on my Snares to Get list. But I don't know that I want to buy a drum from a guy with a pick-up-my-ball-and-go-home attitude.

What would you do?

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Tuesday, May 7, 2002

Beer Update #5

So it's been a while since my last beer update. But here it is, number 5! You may remember, that for my birthday, Jim bought me a very nice gift basket of 8 premium beers. As I drink each one, I do a little write up. Well, 5 of 8 is gone, and let me say that Pilsner Urquell is one of the best Pilsners I've ever had. And well it should be: the brewery in Pilsn, Czech invented it! (I was surprized to learn that Pilsner was the newest recognized style of beer, "invented" in 1842.) This was a good beer. A little sweet at first taste, with lots of fizz and bubbles. Quite crisp. On the swallow, there is a bitterness that I've not encountered with beer before, but have with coffee and wine. Sometimes, the acid in wine and coffee will leave a very dry finish in your mouth. Almost like you wiped the inside of your mouth with a paper towel. You kind of smack your cheeks and roll your tounge. Well, this beer gave me the same kind of reaction. Of course, as your mouth is dry, you just have to take another sip!

Sum total of beers drunk: 5. Left to drink: 3. (A Bellhave Scotch Ale, a Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and some other Eastern European lager in a hugebottle.) At this rate, I should be done by August!

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Monday, May 6, 2002

Fish contest

I'm planning a "Name the Fish" contest for MIS. You can submit names, too.

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Saturday, May 4, 2002

Zildjian Ride w/Rivets

Q: How many ride cymbals should a drummer own?
A: All of them!

Ride cymbals are like snares. There are lots of different types, and they all sound different. As my hi-fi friend Derek would say, "They're like different tools--different tools do different jobs." I now own 4 ride cymbals. I'd like to own 2 more. Then I'd be done. (Maybe.) I just bought a 20" Zildjian ride with rivets from Jarrod at the greatest music store in the world, Northern Kingdom Music. The rivets give the cymbal a sizzle-y sound. You strike the cymbal, and the rivets dance about, adding the little extra "jenna say kwa." It's going to be a sweet jazzer.

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Friday, May 3, 2002


For my "friend" Dean of Textism. It seems Verisign
sold a domain name that wasn't up for renewal! They've been unwilling to fix it, so I'm helping Dean with a googlebomb. (For those unfamiliar with the practice of googlebombing, see here.)

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What, no updates?

Not very many updates from me lately, huh? The last two weeks, I've been right out straight. Gigs, teaching classes--and tonight I'm doing an in-home computer repair. Work tomorrow morning, but I'm off tomorrow night. That'll be nice.

I've got got a fish in the Macquarium. Nothing special, just some $.39 cent thing. Once the water is conditioned, and everything is cool, I want to get one of those black gold fish with the bulging eyes. I'll name him Dizzy.

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Macquarium Running!

Here it is! There's water in it. Hopefully this afternoon, a fish will be in there, to.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2002

I will dwell in the pocket

Somebody hit my page looking for "i will dwell in the pocket". They were looking for my post on The Drummer's Prayer.

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