Archive for July, 2009

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.


Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Back in the 1970’s I was in a band called Southern Comfort. I blogged about it on myspace. I’m guessing this blog is starting to get more attention than the myspace site I set up for BoScoDen. There’s a lot of stuff on that site including full song performances you can’t find here so, I made a link.


Private Pages

Monday, July 27th, 2009

I was looking at my most recent post and realized that it would probably offend certain people and bore most.  Since my only truly dedicated audience for this blog are spammers and they don’t really read the posts, I figured I’d segment a certain portion of my audience into various contingencies.  In the summer my family starts to monopolize my activities and my blog gets reflected in that.  I’ve promised to upload pictures and videos for family and friends who may or may not want them shared with the world but, I still promised to upload them.  I discovered that I can password protect each post separately.  At the moment the only post protected is some video of Daryl’s graduation party and if you know Daryl’s biological father’s first name you have the password.  Of course, it won’t be long before this post get’s buried in the back pages of older blogs and I have to come up with a good way of presenting hints for passwords in the most prominent way possible.  The best would be right in the password challenge but, I haven’t figured out how to do that yet.

Protected: Vinny’s Pig

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

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Daryl and Regina’s Graduation Party Pictures

Saturday, July 25th, 2009


DKFBA Photos

Sunday, July 19th, 2009


New Subscriber

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Bob’s Blog has a new subscriber. In fact, it is Bob’s Blog’s only subscriber. I didn’t even know you could subscribe to Bob’s Blog. Obviously considering how much spam I get, you don’t have to subscribe to leave a comment. I’ve had 56 comments and I’m surprised that I’ve approved exactly half of them. Two of them are in Russian and I have no idea what they say but, I checked out the links and they weren’t obviously spam. I’ve added a few comments myself. I wouldn’t mind approving a spam comment if it had something to do with the post. The most highly spammed post is Pedal Board Part 7.  Guitar effects have nothing to do with credit cards, pornography, ring tones, weight loss or even the most novel spam: an offer to earn big bucks spamming.  There was a spam that I approved for pedal board Part 1.  That was a guitar teacher in Washington state.  If anyone reading this can translate the Russian on the post Priorities comments.  I would appreciate it.  Also, if you can leave directions on how to become a subscriber that would be nice too.


Thursday, July 9th, 2009

John Lennon said,”Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.” I’m guessing he had people in his life ‘making other plans’ and his being a person who takes his responsibilities seriously he accepted other people’s plans as being put in motion by choices he made. If anyone in the world deserved me time it was John Lennon but, it wasn’t in his nature.

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

Band Etiquette Part 4

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I screwed up royally. I directed a flood light directly over Keith’s music stand.