Sunday, August 30, 2009

Music stuff

I blogged a while back about getting an amp and speaker cabinet for Chloe. The cabinet was rough, so I recovered it using burgundy python tolex (nubbly pseudo-leather stuff) instead of the standard black.

I've also recently built an additional cabinet for my amp.

Click any photo for the supersized view, like if you want a good view of the lovely python-skin amp covering! (wink)

Chloe's amp head.

Cabinet and amp, both covered with the very pimperish burgundy python tolex. Yes, pimperish is a word. They use it on "Pimp My Ride" so it must be a viable customization-world word.

My additional cabinet under "Wolfgang" the Fender Princeton amp.

Here's Synthia in her position.

And our guitars.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Law of Attraction

Do I believe in the Law of Attraction?

Hell, yes!

The Univeral Gravitational Constant, Big G, is one of the core constants of our universe and is part and parcel of the Newtonian Law of Universal Gravitation.

I can even write the Law of Attraction from memory:


Where F is the attractive force, G is "Big G," m1 is one mass, m2 is the other, and r is the distance between them.

Interestingly, Big G is very difficult to measure with precision but it is, nonetheless, very real and universally applicable.

Doesn't matter whether you *believe* in it or not. It is a scientific fact. I LOVE the Law of Attraction. See this page for a pretty good description.

Oh, you were talking about something else? Well, then, channelling Emily Litella, let me say... That's very different. Never mind.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy anniversary, Ronnie!

19 years and we're just getting started! I love you!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

15 tv shows

Taken from Sandra Dodd's Facebook.

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen tv series you've seen all/most of the episodes of that will always stick with you. Series you have bought/would buy on DVD, if money were no object. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

Captain Midnight (Ovaltine shill in the 50s, turned into a tv series after being a successful radio series in the 40s)

Twilight Zone (Rod Serling did some great stuff)

Star Trek TOS

Monty Python (I want a Norwegian Blue parrot!)

Kung Fu (In modern parlance this series jumped the shark from the first episode but it was sooooo entertaining)

Get Smart

I Spy



South Park

House, M.D.


Rescue Me

Burn Notice


Monday, August 17, 2009

Unschooling questionnaire

Ok, I've seen a coupla folks I know participate in this so I gave it a go. My very personal and subjective responses to a 20-question interview about unschooling.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

10 things I wanna do

Taken from Faith's Facebook Note. It's pretty self-explanatory.

1. Watch my daughters become happy adults. Won't be long now.

2. Help Ronnie find her superb happiness.

3. Spend a week at a dude ranch that'll let me use my English saddle instead of those nasty Western things.

4. Exercise regularly and regain some cardiovascular fitness.

5. Have a kickass performance of The Greybeards at the Good Vibrations Unschooling Conference.

6. Do more RVing around the U.S.

7. Do a complete sailing circumnavigation of the Caribbean on a nice (40ish-ft) catamaran. I've only done segments.

8. Move to the Caribbean or have a Winter home there.

9. Ride a Rutan-designed ship into space.

10. Ride the space elevator when it's completed. (Get started and work fast, y'all!)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Surface motion vs. deep ocean currents

People frequently want to discuss discrete topics and extrapolate agreement about that particular topic to assume that you agree with the underlying philosophy of the person or group espousing that topic.

That's probably not very clear so let me start with an analogy.

Before we had GPS, navigators used a sextant, almanac (book of tables of info), and chronometer (watch) to determine their position on the surface of the Earth. And we're talking about naval and aviation navigators well into the 1960s using the sextant as a primary navigational device.

Way back in those dim days I took a class in celestial navigation and learned how to use a sextant. Like the navigators who had gone before me, I believed in and trusted the results obtained from that process.

So if someone were to ask me if I believe in the efficacy of the sextant, I would agree wholeheartedly. The sextant is a useful and accurate navigational tool. I'm with ya on that one, pal.

If that person were then to ask me if I believe in a geocentric universe, I would vehemently disagree. What amazes me is that the geocentric-universe crowd is amazed by my dismissal of their underlying belief. They say, "But you believe in the sextant just like we do. Celestial navigation was developed from the context of a geocentric universe. Therefore, if you believe in that, you surely must agree with us that we live in a geocentric universe."

And their basic facts are essentially correct. The sextant and its use as a navigation tool has its roots and function in the discredited geocentric view of the universe. But their logic is obviously flawed. This is a case of convergent evolution of philosophies. Birds and bats both have wings and fly but they do not come from a common ancestor. They are an example of convergent evolution. They come from completely different roots.

In the same vein, geocentric believers and I both come to a belief in the efficacy of celestial navigation but we do not arrive there from a common history or root. We simply happen to intersect there, having arrived from radically different, even opposing, basic philosophies.

Therefore, although I might agree completely with the geocentric-universe crowd about one or more specific, even significant, concepts, I am in utter, absolute, and violent disagreement with their underlying philosophy.

So if I agree with you about X, or Y, or Z, or even if I agree with you about all of them, please don't assume that I agree with the core philosophy that brought you to X, Y, and Z. I may have gotten there from a completely different path and it's even possible that, although we agree about X, Y, Z, or more, I find your core philosophy unattractive or even repugnant.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Football season is upon us

Not that sissy European crap where they run around kicking the ball and tripping each other. American football, where they take lotsa steroids and then wear all kindsa protective gear but get injured anyway.

Our Seahawks season tickets have arrived!

Go, 'hawks!