Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
During my junior year of high school (1980), I heard the Dead Kennedys debut album “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables” at a rocking party. I had heard other punk bands and was a fan of Black Flag, the Clash, the Misfits, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, but something about the DKs particularly resonated with me. The music was energetic and ...

Basil 1

Basil
My only pet is a domestic reptile. Basil is a Colombian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria maurus). Like most adult Colombian Rainbow Boas, Basil is medium in size (about 6 feet), and brown in color with circles and spots. His smooth scales are iridescent and refract light into beautiful colors like a fish lure. As snakes go, this ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 5/23

Last night’s Preons show at The High Dive went fairly well. Originally there were going to be three bands on the bill: Monostereo Mercurius The Preons At about 8:00 we were informed “Monostereo” had dropped off the bill, so we adjusted the set times a bit. Ultimately this meant pushing back our start time by ...

Demigod of Thunder

Demigod of Thunder
I’ll never be the official GOD OF THUNDER as that position will be eternally occupied by KISS bassist Gene Simmons.  However, I’m fairly pleased with the low-end mayhem that I occasionally wield. Last night at Preons rehearsal during one song I turned on the “ultrabass” feature on my amp, which generates a note an octave below the ...

Wireless N

Wireless N
I recently upgraded the wireless segment in our house from 802.11g to 802.11n (draft). The “n” standard is still not finalized, with the official specification expected some time in the next 18 months. Fortunately the current draft has been accepted as a core functional set, so the final version will extend it without rendering draft ...

Music and Physics: What Does It Mean To Be "In Tune"? 10

Most people probably have an innate understanding of what it means to be “in tune”. Generally we define this as the state in which a musical sound seems to match or harmoniously complement another musical sound. In Western musical theory (that is, the music of the western hemisphere, not “western music”) we have a well-established set of fixed musical ...

Preons 5/23 at the High Dive

In the musical landscape, electric guitar is my home town although I occasionally stray across the tracks. I currently play in a couple of bands, each of which is in a different style. My favorite current project is The Preons, which I joined a few months ago as their bassist, auditioning at the suggestion of a co-worker who ...

Edward Scissorhands – Theatrical Production

Entirely due to random circumstances, I wound up attending Edward Scissorhands last night at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle. The theater is a fabulous venue and I’ve enjoyed many performances there. However, I’ll come right out and say that last night’s show was disappointing on many levels. The story arc of the movie does ...

Espresso – The Art of Tamping

Espresso - The Art of Tamping
I’m a pretty serious coffee geek. In the past few years I’ve learned a lot more about coffee than ever before, and there is still much to learn before a coffee Jedi am I. One of the side effects of being in this geeky crowd is that you may find yourself in the middle of a ...

Kinetix

Kinetix
Eight weeks ago I began a fitness / nutrition program called Kinetix. The founders of the program designed it as a lifestyle enhancement system, and it has been a good experience. Three days each week I’ve been lifting weights with a personal trainer, and four days a week I do cardio exercise. They also emphasize ...