An upgraded tremolo block

Overall I have been very pleased with the new upgraded brass tremolo block on my guitar. Adding such a heavy block of brass to the tremolo block where the strings attached to the guitar made a huge difference in sustain. A solid chord or a single note will ring for about 30 seconds which is fairly amazing considering all that was added was a block of brass. Maybe playing guitar is my method of daily meditation these days. With the amplifier or just freshly plucked off the rack without amplification I’ll play for a few minutes and then go back to whatever I was doing. It has gotten to the point where I don’t really think about what I’m playing on the guitar. Playing just sort of happens without a ton of effort. That is probably the key to why the whole process resembles a little bit of meditation. Something that has drawn my attention is a degree of contemplation about the change in tone moving from a pot metal block to a pure brass block. The change in sustain and tone overall is evident. You can feel the change in the vibration being passed along to the body to the guitar. You could say the tone is tangible based on feeling the vibration of the entire guitar.   

Thinking about a new speaker cabinet

At the moment I’m thinking about setting up a new guitar speaker rig. The speaker cabinet will be the Orange PPC212 vertical 2×12. It is probably my favorite cabinet at the moment and I’m pretty sure that is what I’m going to buy to replace my Marshall MG15HCFX mini stack speaker setup. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to end up pairing that with the newly released Orange Terror Stamp 20W value hybrid guitar amp pedal. My guitar pedals should run into the 20W Orange Terror Stamp with no problems and it should be pretty easy to use or store away. That setup should allow me to get the Victory amplification Kraken preamp pedal… which should be an answer addition to my ability to create soundscapes.

Selling all my extra guitar pedals

Well today just might be the day that I made a decision about all my extra guitar pedals. You may have guessed from the title that I have decided to sell all my extra guitar pedals on eBay. Today the first one was listed and then removed a few minutes later. I’m thinking it might be more fun to just list all of the pedals as a lot and see what happens. Sure the alternative here is to list each one and sell them individually on eBay. That path involves a lot more packing and shipping along the way vs. just selling them in one block hoping for the best return possible and being done with the whole process. 

  1. Used Mooer Noise Killer guitar pedal
  2. Used DOD YJM308 Yngwie Malmsteen preamp overdrive guitar pedal
  3. Used DOD FX57 Hard Rock Distortion guitar pedal
  4. Used DigiTech Grunge guitar pedal
  5. Used Boss Metal Zone MT-2 guitar pedal 
  6. Used DOD FX86B Metal Distortion guitar pedal

Update: My plan worked. It worked in under two hours. My extra guitar pedals have now been sold. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this having happened so quickly. Honestly, every time I use eBay my general assumption is that my auction items will go unsold. Strangely, that has never really happened. 

My digital routine explained

Whoa — this is a hard one to dig into. I started to whiteboard out my digital routine and think about what types of content I’m consuming. This was a good exercise to help me think about what I’m consuming and why those content types are a part of my life.  

  1. Google Pixel 3 XL – Google News 
  2. Google Pixel 3 XL – New York Times (app) 
  3. Desktop/Phone – Pandora internet radio 
  4. YouTube creators 
  5. Podcast from The Verge (Nilay Patel) 
  6. Podcast Tomorrow from Josh Topolsky 
  7. Netflix  

It turns out that my digital routine is really grounded in about 7 things that I consume online.  

What albums did I listen to today?

Halt and Catch Fire – Original Television Series Soundtrack – B Side – Vinyl (2016) 

Warren Zevon – The Envoy – Vinyl  

Thinking about Yahoo

I almost put in a copy of Northern Exposure today. My Northern Exposure DVD set has been used from time to time. It was a quality purchase. The series does not appear to be available to stream or on Blu-ray. Northern Exposure is hands down one of my favorite television programs of all time.

The story of Yahoo should have been different. It should have played out in a different way. It should have been better. It should have been more about the potential of technology vs. the reality of squandered opportunity. The rise of the Yahoo corporation should have been enough to stave off the fall for decades. Yahoo become a cultural touchstone. The brand was well known and it had services people used. I used a variety of Yahoo services; games, email, and chat. I played chess with people all over the world via Yahoo games. The chess service is apparently shutting down. I expected more from the Yahoo team. Branding alone is not a business model. For millions of people the Yahoo brand stands apart from the services it provides. It stands disconnected from a defined purpose. That is a business lesson worth understanding.

Northern Exposure will be enjoyed for generations to come. People will continue to be introduced to the television show. Yahoo as a corporation appears to be fading away.