A new record arrived

Things never really got going yesterday. It was one of those days that happens, but does not advance things in a forward direction. Rebounding from that type of day is key to getting back on track to doing something a little bit better to build on the momentum as things start to swing forward. Yesterday an absolute mint record arrived from an eBay purchase. That is one of those things that does not always happen. Buying vinyl records online is always a little bit questionable. You never really know if you are going to get a well cared for record. Scratches, scuffs, and blemishes are not your friend when it comes to sound quality. This record was from 1969 and pressed by Liberty Records. It was a mint condition original pressing of the Warren Zevon classic record, “ Wanted Dead Or Alive.” It was a solid find from an online charity auction. You can imagine my surprise when I opened the package and pulled out a barely used 50 year old vinyl record. 

Interrupted. School.  

Looking at guitars

This is a recording of my blog from December 19, 2019

This morning I spent some time looking at guitars online. Advertisements are everywhere this time of year and some of them are for guitars that look pretty awesome. The one that caught my eye this morning was a, “Chapman Ghost Fret Pro Limited Edition Electric Guitar Bad Blood.” It sports a guitar top that looks pretty epic based on some sandblasting and special color efforts. 

20191001 Thoughts

Whoa… today started out with two scoops of Soylent Mocha or roughly 400 calories of breakfast. Things got going a little bit slowly today. That in part is due to a very early start to the month. I’m trying to make the most of my October.

For some reason, I spent some time looking at Frank Zappa vinyl records on eBay after listening to Mattias IA Eklundh on YouTube for like 45 minutes. The song “A Reshuffling of Atoms” is currently my favorite Mattias jam online.

Writing to the sounds of instrumental music

Getting warmed up to do some writing today is happening at a much slower pace than it should. Yesterday I spent some time learning how to play the intro from the song Universal Mind by John Petrucci. That effort took me about 45 minutes of learning to very slowly play 30 seconds of the song. It was worth it. Today I’m probably going to listen to the Liquid Tension Experiment album.

My Google Chrome browser build is now up to date at Version 76.0.3809.87 (Official Build) (64-bit). People seem to be really excited about this build. This morning I spent some time watching TWIG (This Week in Google) and really enjoying the depth of discussions that happens on these shows. Sadly it reminded me that news organizations at large end up being all breadth and no depth. I know that the medium drives the content presentation style. That does not mean that it actually informs people to any real degree based on presenting a degree of content depth.

I got some Pedalboard Mounting Tape

My guitar pedal board

Writing every day is about taking the time to write. Today my choice of words are going to be related to something I worked on today. This week a package arrived with some Power-Grip Pedalboard Mounting Tape. It seems to be better than velcro, but sort of does the same thing. My new Boss BCB-60 pedal board has been great. Pedals have been put in place. They have power that does not come from 9-volt batteries. It is very easy to pack them up now and put them away when necessary. Getting all the pedals setup was pretty easy. It took me a bit to try different orders and combinations. I found one that works. That pretty much set up the possibility of using the mounting take to position all the pedals in a more permanent way.

My guitar pedal board
My guitar pedal board

Getting things set up was fun. Each pedal needed to be checked to ensure the battery leads were not touching metal. I watched a video on YouTube the other day where somebody wrapped the leads in electrical tape to prevent shorting or noise in the pedal chain. That was pretty easy to do with each of my pedals. Every cable connection was checked and every power cable connection was examined. Pretty much the entire pedalboard chain from guitar to amplifier was checked out for any potential issues. All of this effort did reduce the howl in the chain, but it did not completely get rid of it. My current guitar amplifier does not have an effects loop. That means the pedal chain between the guitar and amp needs to be clean enough to be playable. Sometimes a bad configuration or a bad pedal will create such a howl that it is off putting. Thankfully that was not the case this time around. Things worked and that is great news.