June 27, 2011


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 Dust off some of this new and gently abused gear and throw it into your own workspace or rumpus room !


Check me out:

(8) Coelecanth Mini Lobefins $1,500.00ea
(1) Martin Lawrence WAZUP Package incl. Fatsuit Generator & Case $15,000.00
(1) Hastings tapestry frame 224′ w/ 1066 clips and spears
(2) 15″ (diag.) Monitor Lizards
(1) Apollo 18 Lunar Module, never used, $2.5b
(5) Dismal Sciences 15″x23″ Club Truss 10′ (hiatal, rictus) $400.00ea
(2) John Doe gas-powered corn re-tassler $2000.00
(16) Robert Altman Dialoguers (sorry, layered only) $1,000.00
(200+) Black Eyed Peas, the kind you eat, $0.01 ea
(32) Packs of .3125 Inch Lilly Allen wrenches will fit 5/16″ nuts and bonkers
(1) HangRround Elderly Mobility Scooter, handlebar tassles and suicide prevention lockout circuit $7000.00 obo
(54) Lockheed-Kelloggs military-issue stealth cereal decruncher $45.00ea
(2) Rollie security fingers “Shur-Grip-Tite”  $6.50ea (mustache wax incl.)
(12) Tachi Station power converters $11.00parsecs
(1) set Roache-Phazer vaccine pods and liquidation tank (horse available, call for details)


June 22, 2011

Mic-Pre Shootout 2003

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Neve 1272

Neve 1272, my favorite pre of all time

In honor of Sweetwater’s GearFest (leaving tomorrow)…

WHEW, thought I had lost them !

I recovered the notes for the mic-pre shootout we did at MTSU some years ago.    I’d actually forgotten that the band I was playing bass for and had recorded had a blogger page for the school project.

I can’t imagine who might be interested, but here too is the Heller’s Blazingstar band recording diary.


MIC PRE SHOOTOUT, MTSU Studio A, 10/22/03

Also, now that I think about it, didn’t Doug Mitchell look a lot like Richard Branson ? :

Doug Mitchell w/ Eddie Kramer

Doug Mitchell w/ Eddie Kramer


Audio Postproduction + FNB Uploaded !

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I’m headed to Indiana to GearFest at Sweetwater, and I’m reeeeely reeeely aiming to shake hands with a new career, so I must have something to show.   Time to not just have a demo reel on DVD (although not having the 5.1 mixes is a drag) but to just have them up on the Tubes.   It looks like the one based on that famous “Big Damn Boat Won’t Never Sink” movie won’t make it past the no-funners,…   well, okay, fair enough…  I hoped inverting the video would be sufficient to fool the system…  Look, clips to score that are dynamic and interesting don’t grow on trees, but…    Okay, well, if the link to the clip says that it’s disabled in your country, don’t be surprised.

The others seem good, though.   I also re-rendered them to play in sequence so one can see the effects of Effects and Scoring, and just how hard I work at getting the hits to hit on the hits.

aaaaaand then there’s …


Yes, this is it.   I’ve been threatening to put it out there, so here it is – about half of the length of the full length track.

Oh, and uh did I mention VIDEO …  (well, a Fraps capture of eyecandy)…

May 22, 2011

Meanings of words quietly pass away after prolonged internet

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April 30, 2011

Innovation reinvented

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Nintendo Project Cafe

Nintendo Project Cafe preview slide

“Innovation reinvented”
wut ?
That’s the kind of meaningless marketing-departmentese language that gives me the roll-eyes…
like “a breakthrough paradigm concept with next-gen high-density potentialities beyond current-phase levels to maximize your real-world productivity results.”      In PowerPoint if you have the Office Assistant enabled, Clippy will come around and poop out these words onto your slide on demand.


April 20, 2011


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Don’t take me down, I don’ wanna go down no more

March 24, 2011

My lengthy review of FZ & The Mothers’ “Playground Psychotics” on

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Forgive me if I’m unfairly painting with broad strokes here :  your Zappa fanatic is, to a man, each and every one, without exception, an insufferable bore.

Given his musical enlightenment, you would expect to see a golden glow around his head and blinding bursts of kundalini energy shooting out of this top of his skull.  But there he is, sitting in the shadows of a curtain-drawn room on a sunny day, attracting dust motes with his clammy kind of nervous, value-judgment-y sweat and I am positive he’s never, not even once in his life, checked into a Holiday Inn and had a Fear and Loathing moment…  and boy oh boy, does he HATE Flo & Eddie.
This little grey guy doesn’t consider anything before ’80s Zappa worthwhile and dismisses early Mothers humor as annoying, but when it comes to the 80’s albums with their negativity and the weird forcedly-provocative themes, they just get a pass.   I can hardly believe such a gross album as “Thing Fish” has so many champions, when “Playground Psychotics” is left defenseless.
Frank got dark – after being the center of a whole galaxy of freaks and weirdos in Laurel Canyon where he held court in the huge cabin, he withdrew.   He just didn’t like (most) people much, and mostly kept to the fam and the Synclavier.  But I think Frank had at least some fun touring back around the turn of the 70s, and enjoyed the company of the musicians in his band and the funny sounds they would make, and that is all over “Playground Psychotics.”
Don’t get this one if:   if you have no facility for theatre-of-the-mind and couldn’t give a sh*t less why Jeff quit the band; you’ve never seen “200 Motels” and “The Story of 200 Motels” and don’t care to; if you’ve never imagined what it’d be like to be a long haired rock musician on tour in Nixon’s America, cracking each other up, getting drunk in the lounge, making fun of the opening band, pouring beer over each other and fighting …
Howard and Mark and Frank and Jeff and Ainsley and Don and George and Dick and… they were having a great time and it’s a joy to hear it.  And it is the majority of the album, but hey, let’s say you’re not into that, well, guess what –  there are STILL plenty of musical reasons to get this album.
You’ve got your Billy the Mountain, a great rendition featuring a Rhodes solo popularly attributed to George Duke (I think it’s that Bob Harris guy – it’s not as jazzy or adept as George would’ve done it); a rare Concentration Moon followed by Mom & Dad; a great Status Back Baby; A good Sharleena and Wino and Cruisin’;  and then … there’s that John and Yoko mess that’s on there that… well, I’ve always been a fan of everyone involved and it’s historic I guess but it’s just… pretty awful.   By which I mean Yoko – she’s awful.   The song is nothing special, John is fine, Yoko is awful.  You ever see what she did to the Stones “Rock and Roll Circus” ?  She took that and poo’d right on it.  She’s awful, isn’t she ?   God, Yoko.
Now Flo & Eddie era Mothers is just one phase of many, and the “Psychotics” is a Flo & Eddie era Mothers album to get AFTER you get “200 Motels” and “Just Another Band from LA” and “Swiss Cheese-Fire!” and “Filmore East” …   But it’s fun to listen to, it’s less musique-concrete / assemblage of non-sequiteurs and more of a chronological day-in-the-life, tapes made on a plane, in a cab, in a hotel room.  PLUS it’s not too “in-joke-y,” you can actually GET what they’re saying.  I’m telling you, that Howard is a funny motherf*cker when he’s stewed.  It’s fun, and THAT’S what’s missing from the 80’s stuff, and if you’re a big “Thing Fish” fan but don’t like “Playground Psychotics,” then you’re a person whose soul is dead and has no joy inside and I want you out of my house by next week.

March 22, 2011

What Would Keep Me Playing RIFT

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Cleopatra in Meridian


I’ve just had a few days off, and have spent a lot of time playing Rift.    I’ve been playing slow, not grouping much, mostly solo questing and crafting, and tanking a few of the instances (well, Iron Tombs [there is no Iron anywhere], Deepspace Mine, King’s Breeches,…  you know, the place names in the game are really pretty boring – I swear there are places called “Abyssal Depths” and “Precipice Cliffs” “Desolate Wasteland Dunes” and, well, shit, don’t that just describe it on the nose ?).   Have a 34 Warrior Tank (Pala/Warlord/Reaver) / Dual Wield dps / experimental PvP w vindicator, a 16 Mage, and a few lowbies.   Of course one may tell you the leveling in the game is slow, slower than WoW, etc.    Whining about slow leveling is stupid, though – you’re lucky if you’re enjoying the game all the way through to your first level cap.    Then there’s the guy at work who will not bear any epeen opportunity  to go by unused, and with that infuriatingnonchalance as they tell you how they leveled to 50 several times already, or got their first 50 in just fourteen hours, staying up all night, dinging right before they had to come into work and be insufferable at you – WELL you know the type…

Here’s what I put on the debriefing when I canceled my subscription:

What could Trion do to make you want to play RIFT again ?

My response:

Better music, more music, more creative music, less “last minute” sounding, with either longer stems or a better layered approach to assembling stems into a flow.

Also:  ALL sounds slider-controllable (can’t turn down the constant  thunder).

Generally, more character to the zones (cultural references, less “tell” and more “show” b/c quest text = tl;dr just give me the quest I’m not reading that much) –

also, figure out something with racials cause as it stands there just isn’t that much different between the races, either in appearance or function in PvP or PvE or RP for that matter.

But the game is fun.   I just need to do other stuff.

I’m terrified of fitting the profile of an MMO player all too well, and my $15/mo is not a concern but my struggle to budget my time like a grown-up is.

Also in the nude:

I bought an album made in an unknown Eastern European country Finland in 2000 by a group called”Ensemble Ambrosius” playing Zappa music on traditional orchestral or period instruments, – surprisingly, they do Black Page and G-Spot Tornado and it’s really quite good, but it was a series of 4 chords into their laconic-jazz swing arrangement of Big Swifty that made me fork over cash monies for the album.

October 19, 2010

Dale Carnegie at the Carnegie Deli

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Dear Sir or Sirs or Madams or Pre-Op transgender,

I am writing in repose to the naked outboard comments made in the last compulsory issue of your alternative weekly.

In particulates, the ladder to the edifice that concerns me concerned the local industrial concern and their new campaign of demonstrating genuine concern in getting to know the people of our fine communicability for themselves (Op. Ed. Feb 8, “Concerning Concerned Concern’s Concern”). So after wrecking one local economy, they have the temerity to claim that through workforce restructuring, outplacement recruitment, super-long vacation instant winner sweepstakes, and Lucky Gold Watch pension-point-rewards, they will be pumping fresh “recently-employed” blood into the mainstream of our communecity.

Whose kid does he think he is ! Questionmark.    Well, wake up, and keep dreaming, and guess what ?    It’s time I said no, I’m putting my foot down in the other shoe, and my shoe’s on the OTHER foot and I’ve walked a mile in them, and the shoe fits,and by Christ I’m wearing it, because I like these shoes and it’s hard to find shoes in my size. When it comes to America, I say, “Hey!”, and then I say, “Hey ! love it or leave some for me !”

Furthermore and without any ado, I would like to correct that apocryphal story attributed to me which appeared under your advice column, implying that it was I that brought the order from the Trilateral Commission inside the WTO and CFR to the Company to kill off MKUltra and Project Majestic because they were getting too close to the Rothschilds.   That’s how it could have happened, but here’s how it REALLY happened ! :

I was having lunch at the Carnegie Deli with Dale Carnegie.  Or, from another point of view, I saw Dale Carnegie having lunch at Carnegie Deli, and I sat down at his table, and he said to me:

You know,  when it comes down to it, our differences are really all the same; pass the pepper here, please; thank you, what’s important, what unifies us, is what keeps each and every one of us out of trouble with the cops.

And I sat there, across from Dale Carnegie, and Dale takes a bite of his Reuben and takes a drink of what I thought was an egg cream but turns out is his medically-prescribed senior nutritional supplement shake, then Dale Carnegie says to me, …  I’ll never forget what he said next,  …  and I still to this day think about what he said, he said…    something so profound and heartbreaking, … and since then I’ve wondered, but these days, I’m older, and I understand, and I believe he meant what he said and was not just trying to win friends or influence people.   He said:

I think peeing and pooping on someone is about the worst thing you can do to them.   Not only is it not very healthy, but it could damage their self-esteem.

After a further chew of kosher meat, he put his sandwich down and pointed a wizened finger at my face and growled:

Listen here, Sonny Jim.   If you’re fighting somebody who’s wearing glasses, just punch their glasses.    It’s okay cause they’re almost all shatterproof plastic nowadays, you’re not gonna get shards of glass in your knuckles.    Just really knock their lights out.

What about braces ?”, I asked.     This startled him, and he acted like he was seeing me for the first time.     “Braces ?,” he repeated, incredulously.

Well if you’re fighting somebody who has braces, don’t be an asshole and just mash your open palm into their mouth – blood goes everywhere,  a lot of blood and screaming and panic.   I mean, if you’re fighting somebody with braces then you might be fighting with a middle schooler, who is probably very awkward and quite probably short, which may initially seem like a winner event but apparently fistfighting with children is “not cool.”

And what about this internet, huh ?   It’s really something, it’s REALLY something.    It’s like there’s this unimaginably huge data dump of electronic data that is flushed down millions of light tubes, flowing from the cities and into an ocean of millions of lonely, lonely people and their lonely little lives, like some species of ungodly crustacean parasite that cluster around a sewer pipe and just shoveling it in with their feelers, digging through it, eating it with a grin !   That’s the power of love.  Can you feel it ?

Yet some of us aren’t so lucky.  Others of us are less fortunate.  And still others haven’t had all the advantages that the not-so-lucky and the less fortunate just take for granted.

Some are born into poverty.   Some are born into sad situations.  And yet still others are born at the Renaissance Fair.

We should all remember this, and always do the best we can to fight the urge to ruin graphite rods in mechanical pencils by fucking around, clicking them out, pushing them back in the narrow end, fucking it up and the long one breaks, and you say, “Aw, shit,” out loud, and then you realize it’s all quiet and look up and everyone at the meeting is staring at you.

Other than that, everything’s looking better for the future.  That’s just how I see it.

The patrolling militias have just called lights-out, so I must close. Thank you for your time and attention and the subscription to Catalog Weekly, Rusty and I both love the Review Reviews section. Night frisbee-golf Tuesday, sound good ?  My best to you and your hostages,

Rowdy “Roddy” Pippen   (v. 1.0.5b)
1501 East Somoza Driveby, Sector C
Nokusubirru-chome, Och Roydge, TN
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Computer Love (Kraftwerk Cover)

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And here’s the other Buzz Stealth pack cover, Kraftwerk’s English language version, from “The Mix,” again rendered using only machines in the Buzz Stealth pack, and should be playable on the oldest and slowest machines.     The .bmw is embedded in the cover art above – one needs to know how to get it.     BTW, the reason it says ActionJacktion is because that’s me on YTMND since boomaga doesn’t go on YTMND anymore.

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