I am often overwhelmed with a desire to make stuff. Unfortunately my handiwork invariably looks like . . . pretty bad.
I’m good with electronics. I can solder and wire fine, sometimes better than fine. Most of my electronics, even today, I’ve messed with and “improved”.
When we sold the recording studio we were able to pay off all our debts by selling my customized Neve analog board. The board was superb. I’d spent a few years customizing it . . . actually repairing it. The only way we could afford a Neve back then was to buy a pretty trashed out one from the Record Plant and gut it.
The buyer was stoked until he opened it up and realized that the board had nothing but Hi Q components but we had reconfigured it and added in my own fillips that his tech couldn’t grasp what we had done. Fortunately for me he hired a new tech who loved the board. (Including the fact that I’d built my pirate radio station from Army Surplus walkie talkies and stashed it inside the board so I could be in the car and listen to what was happening in the studio . . . or play the outboard CD changer. Back then I knew about shielding for RF interference . . . )
I got away with it on the Neve because I already had that beautiful Neve case. All my other projects; my homemade cases and boxes looked like . . . pretty poor.
I once built an Signal tracker and stuffed it into a tomato paste can . . . That was the best of my cases . . .
I once made some bookcases for my home office. They looked . . . acceptable. They held up for almost a year! Which is far better than some of my old home built recorders, amps and PA’s. I’d be pleased if those cases lasted through 2 gigs. But the tone! Ah, the tone . . . while watching a speaker cabinet disintegrate while ripping through a power chord gallup can be used as entertainment, its daunting to have to put the whole thing back together again.
My eyes are bad now. So bad I can’t pour over circuits and copper wrappings with my old sense of elegance and hot solder burning style. I can’t even be sure now if they’ll work until I plug them in.
I can’t even get my busted iRobot to work again.
I remain fascinated with Steam punk. Mainly because the cases are what make them punk. And the cases are so graceful and bordering on the right side of campy tacky.
I feel confident that if I even attempted one it would somehow melt into a glob of foil and brass in a month. But what a glorious month it would be!
So when I get these creative urges, these handicraft flings I work on this site.
I spent an inordinate amount of time making a movie of some pictures of my puppy. They were pictures I had thought I had lost in the great hard drive crash of ’06, they move me a lot so it was time well spent in my opinion.
I also have been grappling with my movie catalog. A lot of collectors have been griping that a straight alphabetical listing is too difficult to search. I also don’t have a search engine easily attached to the movie listing.
I’m working on it.
As a stop gap I’ve added another link to the little bar up top. This will take you to the catalog broken down by genre.
Its not as pretty as the straight alphabetical listing but it is serviceable.
Clicking on a title will open up the listing to give you pertinent details and, in most cases, a picture/poster from the movie.
People click through so fast I need to explain this. Since no one is probably going to read these detailed instructions I’ll probably have to explain them again and then again.
Macintosh now seems to natively support SQLite databases. I’m working on setting up the queries in my movie database so it will spit things out in a more friendly fashion. The idea of transferring the database to the server is appealing . . . and difficult. I’m still working on that too.
Right now the genres are arranged pretty creepily. Like the “A”s list as _ Adult Animation etc. And the pages like “D” are stupid long and take a bit of time to download (D for Drama, see?”
But now you can go to “K” and see all the Kung Fu movies or “Z” to see all the Zombie flics.
Feel free to send me corrections.
On the other front there was a big police stand off about 50 yards from my home! It was on the local news and made to sound terribly dramatic.
A two hour car chase, armed man, SWAT teams YOW!
I found out about it when I took out the garbage and was wondering why the cops were blocking the street. My puppy barked at the cops. I told her good girl. I still don’t trust any cop until I can see they are worth it.
The standoff seems to have gone on for hours and in the end NO ONE WAS HURT!
LAPD would have blown the place up with too many tear gas shells that would eventually burned the place down (see how the handled the SLA back in the 70’s, that’s still their approach).
There’s something to be said for small town living. No one was hurt. No one was shot. No one was a hero and no one was a villain.
I like that.
In my quest for World Champion Snow fighter; I seem to have been beaten.
I feel generally unwell. My body is sore and feels like I’ve been in a fight or an overtime game.
Its the kind of unwell where I’d seriously consider taking off work for the day. So you know its semi-serious!
I’ll be fine. I have a new doctor now! I hope I like him.
My little blind puppy is hanging on. He’s still eating and when he’s not feeling miserable he perky and ready for fun!
I pray I’m reading him right and that he’s enjoying life and not suffering. I would despise myself if I was letting him suffer.