Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Unfair licensing Practices

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Dear Sirs,
I’m writing to express my concern about certain music licensing practices that are unfair, and unnecessary, to performing and recording musicians. In this day of digital downloads where every sale is immediately tracked there is no reason to force recording performers to pay royalties in advance of sales. I am a composer/songwriter, myself, and I believe the writer deserves his portion of the sale but, he doesn’t deserve a percentage of sales that never happen. This antiquated system is still good for CDs and vinyl where a product is hard to track but, unnecessary and damaging to struggling performers.
Bob Stone


Sunday, June 29th, 2014

I love that song by Tom Petty; I Won’t Back Down. It taps into that primal urge to face off against an adversary. It gives me focus. It’s the answer I need to those distractions that keep creeping into my life. I took a moment from writing this entry to add tags. When I came to one of my favorite tags, 70’s Rock, I felt it necessary to google the song. It was released in ’89 and the article is worth reading:
There is a lot about how people used the song as an anthem. That strikes me as counterintuitive. If you’re really having your convictions tested you shouldn’t have an army of believers standing with you. I still love the song though there is a chance that Tom Petty was consciously writing an anthem.

Music From Bob’s Basement Part 4

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

I’ve been living Murphy’s law;  If something can go wrong, it will.  This time my hard drive filled up. Steve and I were recording a song he wrote and I suddenly saw on the screen a message telling me there wasn’t any more room. Inflation is running rampant not only in government spending but, in the bytes it takes to make entertainment.  When I was young a million was a big number and I had heard of a billion but, I wasn’t really sure what multiple of a million it was nor did I think I would ever have to deal with a number that big.  When I was recording just audio I bought an external hard drive with 160 gigs.  That was probably 4 years ago.  I copied the whole hard drive from the G4 mac onto it for backup and it barely made a dent.  Everything BoScoDen recorded fit on it, all the music I created through a lifetime of creating seemed like a suitcase in an aircraft hanger.  Barely one month of video for Music From Bob’s Basement and I’m wondering how many terabytes I need.

Music From Bob’s Basement Part 2

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I suppose it’s not surprising that you get offered a lot of help when you ask for help in an interesting project.  There have been over 20 people offering me help.  I recorded 9 songs from Robin Storm yesterday and they were all really good performances but, I didn’t enjoy it.  There were no surprises for me except my reaction.  Storm didn’t ask me to play with him and might have rebuffed my offer.  I knew it would be like that because Storm has been in Bob’s Basement before.  I didn’t start this project because I wanted to become a producer.  I became a producer because I wanted to perform and have some control over the final product.  I’m still constrained by time and deadlines, FCC rules and my limitations in the technical aspects of video editing but, I don’t have sponsors telling me I can’t promote my political point of view.  In fact, that’s the whole purpose of Public Access T.V..  One of the people who has expressed an interest the show is a radio host, Judy Stadt.  She has this saying on her website; “Freedom is doing what you want, Happiness is doing what you want and enjoying it.”  I hope she tells me how to do that.

Replacing a Battery on an Electric Razor

Sunday, September 13th, 2009
Electric Razor in Pieces

Electric Razor in Pieces

I’ve had this razor for a lot of years now.  It hasn’t gotten a lot of use so, the only thing that went on it is the rechargeable battery.  I tried to use it but, the battery was dead.  I immediately stuck the recharger into it and planned on using it the next morning.  My wife saw it had been charging for a while and dutifully unplugged it.  I probably would have gotten another minute or two of use if I used it as soon as it was unplugged but, that happened hours before I wanted to trim my mustache.  When I took it apart I figured I would stop at radio shack and pick up whatever battery it used.  I was delighted to find that it used a AA battery.  I have a lot of them lying around.  The orange battery is the original and replacement is to it’s left.  I would have put the thing back together immediately except in the process of taking it apart there was this tiny little pointy piece of metal with a spring on it that jumped out from nowhere.  I have to figure out where it goes before I’m ready to put those cutting blades next to my face.

Hotel California

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009


This song lends itself to using the loop station. I haven’t tried using my octave multiplier to add a bass part to the loop but, I hope it will work.  I noticed that measure 69 and 70 should outline an e minor chord rather than an F# chord.  Just move those 2 measures down a whole step (2 frets) and it will sound a whole lot better.  There are probably repeats further on in the piece but, I haven’t looked for them yet.

Acer Aspire One

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

I bought a new computer.  An Acer Aspire One.  It does a lot of stuff I need to do.  Everyone warned me that there’s a lot of stuff it won’t do but, I have 2 mac G4 towers and a G5 tower too.  They aren’t very portable.  This computer is 2.44 lbs.  I can’t fit it in my pocket but, I can fit it in the pocket of my guitar case.  I feel like I’ve moved to the dark side.  I’ve never really used anything but a mac.  I had to ask about what the right button is for.  It runs on Windows XP and I have no idea what that means.  I heard something about there being a Windows Vista and I was under the impression that was the most recent version of Windows.  The battery is finished charging so, I’m going to go play with my new toy.

It’s now 2 days later and I’ve been playing with my new toy.  I discovered that I don’t know how to copy and paste in windows.  I’ve relied heavily on having my computer remember my passwords; I can’t get into my email at anymore.  I noticed that my email address automatically became a link.  You can still email me.  I can get to my mail on another computer and it gets redirected to another address anyway.  It’s a new machine and it has a learning curve.  I’m hoping I’ll master it faster than my loop station.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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Pedal Board Part 8

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Pedal Board w/retractable cord

One thing I want out of my pedal board is convenience and speedy set up. Since most of my performing recently has been at open mics I have to get set up in the time it takes to plug a guitar into an amp. I haven’t used the pedal board at open mics but, if I ever hope to I need to keep this set up simple. A retractable cord is so much much faster and neater than winding a cord. The challenge here is fitting this unit in the lid of my pedal board case; it doesn’t. I researched months ago on-line for various options on adding a retractable cord to my pedal board and this is the closest I got to what I was looking for. I found this in Home Depot for about $30. My first thought was to cannibalize a vacuum cleaner which would leave me with a 2 prong plug. That wouldn’t be an issue if I was just powering my effects; all the power supplies are two prong anyway. I’m planning on plugging my Ampeg amp into it which was 2 prong until I finally got fed up with getting zapped. There are certain modifications that need to be made; primarily, the outlets have to be switched. The other modification is to make it fit. I seem to remember measuring the clearance above the pedals on the left side and thinking there was enough room. That was before I added that red box on the left front-the looper. I may have to make a bigger box.

In the hour since I published this post I started to take the BAYCO model 800 retractable cord reel apart. There are 2 screw holding the housing and bracket together. I removed them and fortunately I was hold the thing together because I felt the spring inside start to move and undoubtedly would have done something violent if I pulled apart the metal housing. Other options are starting to look better.

Lawnmower pull cord

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I didn’t follow this guy’s  directions as well as I should have.  My lawnmower still doesn’t work.

How to reattach a lawnmower pull cord