The clicking is deafening!

Monday, October 30th, 2017

I’ve been updating my Link Din stuff. Every interaction with someone causes Link Din to automatically prompt you to send a thank you message. Thing is, I’m the kind of person who does that anyway. Doing stuff on Link Din feels like when your mom told you to do something polite that you were already […]

It’s freezing in here.

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Thanks to Equifax’s data incontinence and the flaming clown-car of death site they slapped together purely for optics, it’s a good idea for anyone subject to American credit reporting agencies to “freeze” your credit reports.  You can read more details on the whys and hows here. We froze our credit reports from all three big […]

Fix door handle 1998-2002 Toyota Corolla

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

The driver’s side door handle on our sexy, sexy base model 2001 Corolla broke. More accurately, the plastic surround that the handle sits in and pushes against when you open the door broke. The surround and handle are all one part, and replacing that part is very very easy on these cars. All the things […]

The Black Squier–Update

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

More pressing of words, less booking of faces. This is an update to an earlier post about my beloved E-series Squier Strat from 198something.  It might be of use to you if you are thinking of modding or rehabbing a Stratty guitar. Since that post, I’ve done the following: Started playing in a band called […]

Reverb replacement for the Fat Boy

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

A few months ago, I noticed that the Accutronics 1BB2A1B reverb on my mighty Carlsbro Fat Boy suddenly started to sound terrible.  I just replaced it yesterday. Yeah, you read that correctly.  I noticed this a few months ago, and only did something about it in the last 24 hours. If this gear belonged to […]

Guitar repair/mod – The Black Squier

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

My friend Richard has had a lot of music gear, and much of it has been pretty interesting. A lot of it has been so interesting that, when he’s decided to sell it, I’ve bought it. I played guitar in Richard’s band for a couple of years. After decades of playing bass, it was my […]

Guitar repair/mod – Festus the Mystery Guitar

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

One of my many annoying habits is sending emails to my musician friends about instruments I know they will: a) love and not be able to afford. b) completely hate. I sent a link to a Craigslist ad for a guitar to a bunch of my friends. The guitar in the ad had started life […]

Something about getting a “charge” out of this

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Most big batteries (like the batteries in laptops and tools and phones) are actually just a bunch of smaller battery cells wired together. It would be very useful, and a lot less wasteful, if there were a set of standard battery cell configurations that rechargeable batteries could be built out of, and batteries were built […]

Free to read

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

“What is ‘RSS?’”  Pooh asked, as if he’d forgotten how to use a search engine, which once again, he had. “It’s short for ‘Rich Site Summary’” said Christopher Robin, though he liked to tell people it meant “Really Simple Syndication.” But he just couldn’t be mean to his friend like that. “All the new information […]

Pedal Mod – Ibanez LA Metal

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

I’ve always believed two rules about bands and pedals: Any group of three or more musicians with a decent amount of talent and commitment can write at least ONE good song Any pedal has ONE usable sound in it.  It might only be usable in the most limited context, but you can always find ONE […]