Saturday, February 9, 2019

Pedal Boards

February 9, 2019 
Genesis Series GSP-500-BK Pedalboard

I'd been getting by with the Electro Harmonix pedal board/bag (bottom of above picture) for a while. However, after damaging the zipper it was a bit cumbersome as the top part could no longer be completely removed (thanks to my repair). Along with a mic stand it took up a fair amount of floor space, so when the Genesis (mid and top of above) went on sale again I jumped at it. Normal price $200, "stupid" deal $100 (excluding the pole which was another $20).

Attaching the Decibel Eleven power block underneath the pedalboard was the first order of business. 

They provide some reasonable clamps for this but the spacing of the back panel is prohibitive, regardless of power block orientation.
Yes I could have flipped the block over with the outlets at the rear (like this) but I wanted the outlets facing the middle of the board dammit, so those short DC wires could reach the pedals. Also I wanted the AC input at the rear. Don't ask why.

I decided to shift that panel down a bit. It wasn't a hard thing to do, just an extra project I hadn't bargained on. I didn't drill/tap any new holes in the sides, just one hole each end of the panel and notches for those edge screws. The above shows the new location, didn't photo the original from this angle but you can see the slots where the screws originally went. Note the picture at top left is diagonally cut off due to rotating it. The side piece slopes but not at such a steep angle.

I don't really trust those clamps, especially as the knurled screws are really hard to turn being recessed between cross-beams as they are. I plan to modify that too.


Speaking of pedals and mods:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Music Peeps

 2019-01-25_BarrelRun (Video frame compilations)
James Knight & Friends, Carol Caine singing.

 James Knight & Friends. 
Behind, left to right: Gareth; Paul Hess; Dale Huffman; Holly.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Winter Birds

Birds: I love those flocking things!

Oiseaux Out The Wazoo / Feathered Frenzy / Tableau Oiseaux
Like Spenser Quinn's dog Chet I'm fuzzy on the expression but like it anyway (wazoo). Thanks to cousin Ruth for the Tableau suggestion!
January 11, 2019 
An amalgamation of maybe 15 culled from over 3 thousand GoPro shots. I didn't set out to do this, I was time-lapsing in hopes of catching the hawk that sometimes lands on our "strut" (from which we hang feeders). If I get a shot maybe we could ID it (the hawk).
 Again, this is not one photograph of a single moment in time, it is a compilation of something like 15 different moments over the span of half an hour. While I don't use Photoshop, you could say it was "Photoshopped" or manipulated in a similar way. 

To zoom in: click the picture, then right-click and "view image"
(browser dependent perhaps). In my browser (WaterFox) a "+" then appears with the pointer allowing me to magnify.

ID Key for the above: 
CM: Cardinal (male)
CF: Cardinal (female)
CH: Black-capped Chickadee
DM: Downy Woodpecker (male)
DF: Downy Woodpecker (female)
GF: American Goldfinch
RBF: Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
TM: Titmouse. That might be the same behind/below, flying away.

?: Male Downy or possibly Hairy Woodpecker. It looks big enough to be the latter but that could be proximity to the camera. Any suggestions? The Hairy is a regular visitor but its usually not the male.
Another indicator is presence of black spots on white tail feathers, as can be clearly seen on the flying DM near center image (but I believe are always lacking on the Hairy). However, I've seen Downys where those spots are hard to see. 

January 13
The GoPro captured the Hawk! I didn't find out until almost 24 hours later while examining the video evidence (felt like being on a cop show going through security tapes).
Thanks to Scott Judd for ID: Immature Coopers Hawk. 

January 15, another composite centered on the feeder given me by Serena and Karen when I retired.

Jan. 28
Ms. Bluebird hovers briefly en route to our kitchen window sill. 

Jan. 31
Getting darker outside so I'm resorting to artificial light. Along with the single-digit temperature they seem to shrug it off. 
 This is the longer sequence that the "shrug" comes from. 
I thought this was around sunset but had the time set wrong on my camera and couldn't verify.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Pine Siskin

Thanksgiving Day 2018, First Pine Siskin of the Season

Photos combined for comparison with female House Finch. 
Smaller Siskin has yellow on wing feathers, shorter tail and pointier bill. 
I'd say a bit more definition/contrast too. Feisty little fellow.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


S'posed to rain tomorrow, thought I'd better cut some grass.

That got me thinking about the divisive political dichotomy (which I try to stay out of publicly). Couldn't help wondering if there might be an inverse proportion of disposition between my (say) musician friends vs the folks who (say) drop cigarette butts and Bud Lice cans at the end of my driveway.
Is it unfair to throw in the unsub who blasted their shotgun at my mailbox?

It's sometimes hard not to rant.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Bluebirds June 2018

June 2, IMG_0604-5.gif
When I was a kid we had chickens (I don't think they were stolen from the rich folks' yard). Anyway it was fun to pick one up and move it from side to side because of the way its head would stay fixed in space. Just like these young Bluebirds, swinging on their tray.

Meanwhile, as of 6pm today all 5 eggs have hatched. Could have crossed the finish line yesterday, I didn't check between yesterday morning and this evening.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bluebirds May 2018

May 18

One of the Bluebird kids. IMG_0056-c

 Proud Papa. Soon the leaves will make it harder to see the winged ones.

May 13 IMG_9995-9.gif First sighting of the Bluebirds that fledged about a week ago.

May 20
 I must say I've seen a heck of a lot more of this kind of feeding on the part of the male. There were four kids early on but I was reluctant to disturb the nest after the Wren episode. I can't say for sure that four fledged, only that the nest was clear, so I like to think it's possible there's a fourth that I've not seen yet.