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23rd April 2009

10:06am: My Article
The fine people at The Electronic Drum Experts got permission from NSMD magazine to reprint my article. Here it is:
http://www.theelectronicdrumexperts.com/vintage_electronic_drums.htm

12th April 2009

10:35am: I am Published
My first magazine article just hit the stands. I wrote a piece called "The Case For Vintage Electronic Drums" for Not So Modern Drummer Magazine. So can I now add "published author" to my resume?

7th April 2009

9:32am: A little bit sad
I hang out a lot on the electronic drum forums and consider my fellow posters friends. I got the news today that one of those friends lost his battle with cancer. "Lost his battle" I guess that sounds better than died senselessly at too young an age. I think I will go read some John Donne.

6th April 2009

9:37am: Random Thoughts
Thursday was Jason's 12th birthday. Holy crud, he is almost a teenager. We surprised him with a cake at Tae Kwon Do class.

I got a new phone because I hated my old one. It is an HTC Touch Diamond. I really want an iPhone, but we live in an AT&T dead zone.

I am spring cleaning. Stuff either needs to be put away, thrown away or sold on eBay. (Say it out loud, it rhymes)

I can't believe how much my junk is selling for on eBay.

I had scallops for the first time this weekend. Kreidler made them for me and they were de-licious!

http://icanhascheezburger.com/amuses me.

I love my Kindle 2. I am now reading the New York Times on it.

My new clients think that I am "creative and innovative." Aww shucks - I am blushing.

20th March 2009

11:01am: My Passion
eBay just offered to Fuel my Passion for 7 pc Corelle Winter Frost Cereal Bowls! I didn't realize I had a passion for Corelle Winter Frost Cereal Bowls. Or that anyone did, for that matter!

16th March 2009

10:23am: Pics from the Con
Here are a lot of Pictures from Ohio Anime & Gaming Con.
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9:12am: Nerd Fest 2009
I spent the weekend at the Ohio Anime & Gaming Convention in Cincinnati. It was, indeed, a rich kaleidoscope of the nerdly, disturbed and socially awkward. My kids had a blast. This was Kreidler's first con.

We get in free to these things because I provide AV equipment.

This was also our first con where we stayed in a hotel. We mostly go to ones in Akron and Cleveland. The kids finally got to stay up late, doing god-knows-what.

Pictures later.

12th March 2009

9:37am: Do I play bass?
I went to the Getaway Pub for jam night and it was like one of those nightmares you have where you are on stage, but you have no idea what you are doing. No bass player showed up, so I played bass all night. People were calling out songs I never heard of, let alone knew how to play. Thank goodness I can watch guitar players and follow the basic chord structure. And 16 bar blues walking bass patterns are a snap. But when I had to play Queen and Rage Against the Machine, well lets just say that was more interesting than good.

The most often used keys last night were A Blues, E minor and G Major.

The most fun is when me, a guitar player and a drummer spontaneously played Maggot Brain by P-Funk. The worst was when the Country Western Git-Fiddle player decided to join us in Maggot Brain. I don't believe it was ever meant to have a twangy Telecaster! Heh.

We also had a hammer dulcimer player who was kicking out some serious folk jams.

Fun times and I was home by 10:30!

11th March 2009

9:35am: Interesting Mix
I used Genius on iTunes for the first time. I selected Pure by Gary Numan and hit the button. It came up with an interesting list: Velvet Acid Christ, Front Line Assembly, KMFDM, Dolby, etc. Those I understand. But Sub-Mission by the Sex Pistols? Go figure.

10th March 2009

4:49pm: Kindle 2
I took some of that PayPal money I got from selling gear and ordered a Kindle. My eyes are getting too bad to read from my PDA screen. We will see how it goes.

8th March 2009

8:59am: Who watches.... etc.
I took Dylan and his friend to see Watchman yesterday. Overall it was a brilliant telling of the story. Very faithful. I shall not discuss any more details, lest I spoil it for people who haven't seen it yet.

I started my new job last week. So far, so good. Looks like a great group of people to work for.

28th February 2009

8:04am: Stalker?
Kreidler has been teasing me because I have a fan-boy friending me on facebook. This 15 year-old kid is a fan of one of my awful movies and he sends me messages with his favorite lines of mine.

Come to think of it, that is pretty funny.

26th February 2009

8:15am: I gots me a job
I just got a job offer from a company I really want to work for. I am psyched. We are going to hash out the contract details today.

I am sort of sad to lose my major client from the last 5 years, but I am also pissed they gave me less than 2 weeks notice. I am wrapping things up with them, but I ain't working hard. My little passive/aggressive side showing.

And our new appliances come today! The crews have finally finished the ceilings and carpeting and now the good stuff begins!

24th February 2009

12:52pm: Album Cover Meme
Stolen from furious_lil

What would your own album look like if you were in a band? Follow the directions below and find out...

Here are the rules:

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random... Read More”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 - Post it and TAG the friends you want to join in.

23rd February 2009

8:38am: Weird Weekend
What begins with Avenged Sevenfold and ends with Gilbert and Sullivan? My weekend!

It just struck me as weird that I took Jason to see Avenged Sevenfold on Friday and then took him to see the Mikado on Sunday. I don't know if he will end up cultured or schizophrenic?

The Kent State Stark Theater Department put on the Mikado and did a very good job of it. Very lively and talented bunch. I liked the way the updated some of the songs with modern lyrics. In "I Have a Little List," for example, they mentioned Paris Hilton, Prince and rap lyricists.

My niece played one of the Japanese Chorus Girls. Or whatever they are called. She was the best member! (And that is not just the proud uncle in me speaking) (Or maybe it is)

21st February 2009

10:04am: A7X Concert
Jason and I went to see Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry and Papa Roach last night at the Wolstein Center. A friend of mine (whom I will not mention, but his first name starts with Gary and his last name ends in Boss) knows the production manager for Avenged Sevenfold. Not only did we get in free and get free guest passes, Jason got his Synyster Gates guitar signed by Synyster Gates - and the rest of the band!. How cool is that?

The show was excellent. My normal music tastes usually does not include bands that could fill an arena, so it has been a long time since I have been to a show this big. First thing I noticed was no cigarette smoke and no smell of weed. That's different.

Jason was such a fan boy - all fist pumping and shouting! It made a dad proud.

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20th February 2009

8:48am: It was Inevitable
So I am working on Jason's Cosplay costume for an upcoming convention and I decided to finally get one of those circular cutters. I have always seen them on Project Runway and decided they look way better than scissors. Plus, if they use them on Project Runway, I just got to have them.

The first thing I do when I open this is touch the blade to see just how sharp they are. Let me tell you, they are f*&cking sharp. I sliced a neat chunk out of my finger and it bled for hours. I guess all the warnings about being sharp are accurate! :D

19th February 2009

10:54am: Unusual Packing
I wasn't going to post again today, but this is too hilarious not to.

I received an eBay purchase today and I opened the box. I noticed everything was there and it was packed really well. As I removed the contents, I noticed the packing material was unusually padded. As I looked closer I noticed - the box was stuffed with adult diapers! That's right, my purchase was kept safe by a ton of Depends!
9:35am: Disappointing Night
Last night was rather disappointing. I often go to the local bar for a jam night where I play drums and/or bass all night long. The night has gotten so popular that there were at least 4 bass players and 5 drummers yesterday. I ended up not playing at all and came home early. I miss the days when only 5 of us total would show up.
8:50am: Looking For a Job
On Tuesday I find out the company I am working for is having financial problems. Wednesday they tell me they want to put me on part-time starting in March.

So I started touching base with some contacts and I will probably have an offer today. Working with a fairly prestigious brokerage. And if that doesn't work out, I have an potential part-time offer on the table.

This could all work out.

16th February 2009

7:45am: Best Laid Plans
I have the day off and was going to sleep in. But I forgot that the ceiling guy was coming this morning, so I am up and drinking coffee.

I had a lens pop out of my reading glasses. So I got my little screwdriver and then realized I really needed those glasses to see what I was doing. I did eventually get the screwdriver in the proper slot, but it was weird.

14th February 2009

9:39am: Covetousness
Man, I really want one of those illegal Kindle 2s!

13th February 2009

9:06am: Note to Self: Things not to do!
I am really sore and it all started Tuesday when my Tae Kwon Do master (Master Wally!) decided it was time to do somersault lessons! Imagine me running at a mat and falling head first and rolling on my shoulders. I was doing OK until he had someone crouch on their hands and knees at the edge of the mat and we had to dive over this person and land in a roll. I, of course, landed on my hip and really hurt it. I limped through Wednesday, but was feeling OK Thursday. Thursday night we did a lot of side kicks and forms that required deep crouches. Owwww. That smarted. I must have compensated for my weak hip by using a lot of thigh muscle because those are sore this morning.

The good news is that as I lose weight and stretch out, I am able to kick higher and higher. I can kick about chest height and am working on head height.

Dylan, of course, can kick to the ceiling. Youth is wasted on the young!

Now that Jason is an orange belt, he does full contact sparring. It is great to watch him. I think he will be as good as his older brother some day.

7th February 2009

12:45pm: Green with Envy
We just got back from Tae Kwon Do belt testing. I scored all A's and now have a Green belt. Dylan went up to Green Stripe (He still outranks me!) and Jason got his Orange belt. Kreidler actually came and watched the testing. Three hours of sitting is hard on anyone, and with her back, I am amazed she lasted so long. She gets Karma points for that one.

Tuesday I start working on my Green Stripe forums. Sejak!

4th February 2009

8:12pm: Same ol' etc.
I just noticed that even at a water park I wear all black. I have been lounging in my black trunks and C14 t-shirt being all goth and stuff. Heh.
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