Area 152

Area 152
During the past few months, I’ve been working on a film project called Area 152. I happen to live in Burien, Washington, which is about ten miles south of Seattle. Among Burien’s many enjoyable weird characteristics is an annual event called the “Burien UFO Festival”, which always takes place on April 1st (yes, that’s April Fool’s ...

Pedalboard Rebuild – May 2013

Pedalboard Rebuild - May 2013
Welcome to the 2013 installment of my pedalboard evolution Apparently, May is the month each year when I completely tear down and rebuild my guitar pedalboard. I outlined last year’s rebuild in another article and it generated some interesting discussion with other musicians. For this year I decided to make a few strategic changes, with a some ...

iPad Integration With Line6 M13

iPad Integration With Line6 M13
I am interested in using my iPad (and iPhone) as a controller surface for music applications and hardware. Most of my equipment can be controlled via either MIDI or USB. My preference is always USB over MIDI, and for live use I prefer bluetooth. Some equipment manufacturers do not provide USB for music equipment at ...

Nigel Tufnel Explains Stonehenge

Nigel Tufnel Explains Stonehenge
Stonehenge has always been my favorite thing on this planet. There have been books and videos offering various explanations of the origins and purpose of Stonehenge. National Geographic created a wonderful research site with interactive maps and other information. However, the true purpose and origin of Stonehenge has already been fully explained by Nigel Tufnel ...

Google To Deliver GB Fiber?

According to the Google blog there is a possibility that some test communities might get Gigabit fiber (!) installed on a test basis. I find this interesting for several reasons, and think Google may be in a position to get a respectable bit of market share on this initiative. On a nationwide basis there we’re seeing a slow implementation of fiber to most communities, and what’s available isn’t all that fast compared with ...

House Infrastructure Update

In the past few years I’ve installed a fair amount of cable in our house. The current total is something like this: Cat 5E : Over 1100 feet and counting. This is both for the internal data network (gigabit throughout the house) and the voice lines. Early in this project I completely removed all pre-existing phone lines from ...

So I'm A Geek. Big Surprise. 3

So I'm A Geek. Big Surprise.
Yesterday two of my co-workers were looking at picture on the internet of a jet (apparently) breaking the sound barrier. It’s an amazing picture and one worth admiring. My contribution to the conversation was “oh, that’s a great example of a Prandtl-Glauert singularity”. Both of my co-workers did a slow head turn in my direction and ...

Paradoxical Wireless Bill

The final step in porting my cell number away from my previous cellular carrier was to get a final bill and close my account. Apparently they decided to do this in reverse order. So I received an email from them (which is how they have always notified me) indicating my current bill is now ready ...

Number Garage : Awesome

Number Garage : Awesome
Today I completed the process of porting my cell number to Number Garage. Throughout this effort I’ve been receiving excellent communication from Number Garage, and they succeeded in making the transition very smooth for me. My previous cellular carrier was a little slow in releasing my number, and I spent a long time on hold ...

Updated WordPress Install

This evening I completed the update for WordPress, moving to the newly released 2.8 version. It was a slow and tedious process, but at this point I believe it’s all working correctly. For some reason my FTP client was only able to get a 2 kb connection to the server, and I had to manually ...