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Guitar Gear

October 16, 2014 – 4:35 pm

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Here are a few pictures and a listing of my current guitar rig:

Guitar

Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Thinline

Amp

Vox Custom AC15 Creamback

Pedalboard

Pedaltrain PT-2 Pedalboard
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Mondo Power Supply
Strymon TimeLine Delay
Strymon BigSky Reverberator
Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb
Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator
Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff
Paul Cochrane Timmy Overdrive
Walrus Audio Deep Six Compressor
Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ST-200
Ernie Ball MVP Volume Pedal

Slide

Original Polished Brass Rock Slide

Collections Pen and Paper

Title Pen-ding

October 12, 2014 – 7:49 pm

Part 3 of the pens, pencils, and notebooks collection.

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Pens and pencils, from left to right:

Rotring 800+ Mechanical Pencil + Stylus Hybrid 0.5mm – Like the 600, but with a tip that doubles as a tablet stylus.
Tombow Mono Zero Eraser 2.5mm x 5mm – Skinny when it needs to be, but can cover more area with the wider side.
Uni Jetstream Alpha Gel Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm – The best ballpoint with an alpha gel grip, what more could you ask for?
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen 0.4mm – Great writing gel pen!
Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Drafting Pencil 0.4mm – Love the 0.4mm lead option, and the retractable tip is great.
Pilot FriXion Ball Slim Gel Ink Pen 0.38mm (Red) – Beth brought these back from Japan during her semester at sea trip. It’s a pen that you can erase!
Pilot FriXion Ball Slim Gel Ink Pen 0.38mm (Black)
Zebra Expandz Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm (White) – Love this guy, usually what I carry on me; nice and compact.
Zebra Expandz Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm (Red)
Zebra SL-F1 Mini Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm (Gray) – A little smaller than the Expandz, can take a Fisher universal refill.
Fisher Space Pen Bullet Ballpoint Pen – A classic.

 

Notebooks, from top to bottom, left to right:

Midori MD Notebook – A very nice notebook, another thing Beth brought back from Japan.
Field Notes (Night Sky Edition)
Field Notes (Red Blooded Edition)
Field Notes (Northerly Edition)
Field Notes (The Traveling Salesman Edition)
Field Notes (Expedition Edition)
Moleskine Volant Pocket Ruled (Payne’s Gray)
Moleskine Volant Pocket Ruled (Slate Gray)
Moleskine Volant Extra Small Ruled (White)
On the top right is a Saki P-666 pen roll
and on the bottom right is a Boogie Board – a cool digital tablet that you can use a stylus to write on and push a button to erase.

 

All of the Field Notes varieties:

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Some notebook/pen combinations:

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Check out part 1 and part 2.

Collections

Bye-Bye, Buckyballs

October 7, 2014 – 4:06 pm

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Here are a couple of pictures of my Buckyballs collection. It’s old news by now, but it’s a shame they got discontinued. There is a recall issued for them, but I have no intentions of returning them; I’ll do what I can to resist the urge to swallow them. There’s an interesting article on the rise and fall of Buckyballs here. If you’d like, you can still buy Bucky Bigs and Buckyballs encased in lucite here.

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Photography

Photogalore – Canon SL1, Timbuk2 Snoop, Photosynth, Lytro, & Olloclip

August 3, 2014 – 7:44 pm

Canon SL1

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I just recently got a new camera, the Canon SL1, and I love it! I would highly recommend it to anyone as an entry-level DSLR. It’s a great camera that is easy to use and takes beautiful images. I had the chance to take lots of pictures during my summer in Seattle so I figured I would share them, you can few the whole set on my Flickr page here.

 

Timbuk2 Proof Messenger & Snoop Camera Insert

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I’ve been loving my new messenger bag, the Timbuk2 Proof, but what’s great is that it doubles as a camera bag with the Snoop. When I’m using my bag for work or school and don’t need all my camera gear, I can just slide the insert out and keep everything safely stored inside its padded compartments.

 

Photosynth

I’ve also made a few Photosynths.  If you haven’t heard of Photosynth, it’s a technology created by Microsoft that allows you to stitch together images to create full 360-degree panoramas. That’s cool, but the new tech preview is even cooler, which allows you do view them in 3D. You’re not limited to panoramas either, they have a few other types; the spin, the wall, and the walk. You should definitely go check out some of the awesome creations people have made. Below are a couple I did, one on top of the Space Needle and one at the EMP Museum:

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A couple other cool pieces of photography gear I’ve been messing with are the Lytro and the Olloclip:

Lytro

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The Lytro is a different type of camera; it captures the entire light field instead of a flat 2D image. What this allows you to do is take so-called “living pictures,” where you can focus the picture after it’s already been taken. You can also use perspective shift, which lets you click and drag around the picture to see it in 3D. Below are a couple examples of some pictures I’ve taken, try clicking to refocus the image and clicking and dragging around to see perspective shift:

 

Olloclip

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The Olloclip is a little 3-in-1 lens that you can slide onto your iPhone to take fisheye, wide-angle, or macro pictures. One side has a fisheye lens, and the other has a wide-angle lens which you can unscrew to gain access to the macro lens. Very cool. Here are some examples from my Instagram:

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the pictures! If you’d like to see more, you can always follow me on Flickr, Lytro, or Instagram.

Computing

The Promiscuous Beast

January 16, 2014 – 12:46 am

My first computer build, dubbed “The Modest Beast”, has served me well. Now its successor, “The Promiscuous Beast”, has risen to life!

Here are some pictures of the completed build:

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Update:

After many BSODs, I’ve finally reached a stable overclock of 4.5GHz, up from the 3.5GHz stock speed. I probably could have reached 4.6GHz, but it would have required upping the voltage to 1.3, which was giving me temperatures around 90° Celsius under load, which I wasn’t crazy about. Under my current configuration, I’m getting temperatures under 80° Celsius while running AIDA64, and around 25° Celsius idle. I’ve read that with Haswell, it’s pretty much luck of the draw, and while my chip isn’t the greatest overclocker, I’m happy with the results.

Click here to view the parts list

CPU – Intel i7 4770k Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Haswell

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CPU Cooling – Corsair H100i Liquid Cooler

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Motherboard – ASUS Maximus VI Hero

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Graphics Card – XFX Double D Radeon R9 280X

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RAM – G.Skill Sniper 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

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SSD – Samsung 840 EVO 120GB

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HDD – Western Digital Black 1TB (x2)

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Power Supply – NZXT HALE82 v2 700W Modular

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DVD Drive – ASUS 24x DVD-RW

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Media Card Reader – Rowewill 5.25″ USB 3.0/USB 2.0/eSata Hub & Multi-in-1 Card Reader

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Wireless Card – TP-LINK TL-WN881ND Wireless N 2.4GHz 300Mbps PCIe Card

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Firewire Card – Vantec 3-Port Firewire 400 PCIe Card

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Side Fan – NZXT FZ-140mm (Red)

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Front Fans – NZXT FZ-120mm (Red) (x2)

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Case – NZXT Phantom 410 (White)

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Mouse – Logitech G600 (White)

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Keyboard – Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches (White)

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Keycaps – Rosewill RIKA-12001

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Monitor – Monoprice 27″ IPS-ZERO-G 2560×1440

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Games Miscellaneous Video

Entertainment of 2013

December 31, 2013 – 11:59 pm

This year, I’ve been keeping a list of all of the movies I’ve marveled, TV shows I’ve taken in, video games I’ve vanquished, books I’ve buried myself in, and music I’ve moved to over the year of 2013. Click on the links below for a collapsible, comprehensive collection of all the captivating creations I’ve consumed.

Movies

  • Hugo
  • Looper
  • Star Wars Episodes I-VI
  • Rope
  • Headhunters
  • The Grey
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • The Hobbit
  • For a Good Time, Call…
  • The Muppets
  • Flight
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Hitchcock
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • The Bay
  • Jurassic Park
  • Back to the Future Parts 1-3
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 2
  • Django Unchained
  • Skyfall
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Zodiac
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Lincoln
  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  • Drive Well, Sleep Carefully
  • Movie 43
  • This Is 40
  • The Change-Up
  • Life of Pi
  • Inni
  • Gangster Squad
  • Jack Reacher
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Now You See Me
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • Fast & Furious
  • Identity Thief
  • Pitch Black
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Monsters University
  • This is the End
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • World War Z
  • xXx
  • Pitch Perfect
  • The Conjuring
  • National Treasure
  • Trance
  • Oblivion
  • Prince Avalanche
  • Red Dragon
  • Elysium
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • Insidious
  • The Spectacular Now
  • We’re the Millers
  • Only God Forgives
  • Iron Man 3
  • Europa Report
  • The Hangover Part III
  • Kick-Ass 2
  • The Kings of Summer
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • The Iceman
  • The Way Way Back
  • Jobs
  • The Internship
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Pacific Rim
  • Man of Steel
  • Drinking Buddies
  • 50/50
  • The To Do List
  • Riddick
  • The Five-Year Engagement
  • Prisoners
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space
  • Machete Kills
  • American Hustle
  • Legends of the Fall
  • Die Hard
  • The Princess Bride
TV Shows

  • Fringe – Season 5
  • Sherlock – Season 2
  • Lie to Me – Season 3
  • The Guild – Season 6
  • Dexter – Season 7 & 8
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Season 8 & 9
  • Portlandia – Season 3
  • House of Cards – Season 1
  • The Walking Dead – Season 3
  • Game of Thrones – Seasons 1 & 2 & 3
  • Community – Season 1 & 2 & 3 & 4
  • The Office – Season 9
  • Archer – Season 1 & 2 & 3 & 4
  • Hannibal – Season 1
  • American Horror Story – Season 1
  • Breaking Bad – Season 5.5
  • If I Were You Podcast – Episodes 1-48
  • The Walking Dead – Season 4 (First Half)
Games

  • To the Moon
  • Trine 2
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Trine
  • Fieldrunners
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Lone Survivor
  • Offspring Fling
  • The White Birch Prototype
  • AaAaAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
  • Dynamite Jack
  • Super Hexagon
  • Rochard
  • Hack n Slash Prototype
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
  • Black Lake Prototype
  • Costume Quest Prototype
  • Happy Song Prototype
  • Spacebase DF-9 Prototype
  • Autonomous Prototype
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • Proteus
  • Grid
  • The Walking Dead
  • McPixel
  • Hotline Miami
  • Castle Crashers
  • Minecraft
  • iOS:
    • Rayman Jungle Run
    • Cut the Rope
    • Cut the Rope Experiments
    • Cut the Rope Time Travel
    • Pudding Monsters
    • The Room
    • Infinity Blade
    • Infinity Blade II
    • iBlast Moki 2
  • Android:
    • Rymdkapsel
    • Pulse
Books

  • Psalms
  • Revelation
  • Batman – The Killing Joke
  • Fight Club
  • The Dot & the Line
  • Mastering with Ozone
  • Falling Up – Hours Audiobook
  • Cracking the Coding Interview
Music

  • Aletheia Norfolk – Stronger Than the Sea
  • Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  • Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  • Chipzel – Spectra
  • Citizen – Repeat the Sounding Joy
  • The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
  • Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  • The Dangerous Summer – Golden Record
  • David Byrne & St. Vincent – Brass Tactics EP
  • Derris-Kharlan – Time Surfer (Original Soundtrack)
  • The Digital Age – Evening : Morning
  • Falling Up – Hours
  • Falling Up – Midnight on Earthship
  • Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
  • Justin Kovar – God of Blades (Original Soundtrack)
  • Leonard Hummer – Sanctum 2 (Original Soundtrack)
  • Lindsay Lowened (various sounds from SoundCloud)
  • Little Tybee – For Distant Viewing
  • Liv – Liv
  • Local Natives – Hummingbird
  • The M Machine – Metropolis, Pt. II – EP
  • M83, Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese – Oblivion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Micah Jayne – The Clock Project
  • Micah Jayne – The Unreleased Tracks
  • The Naked and Famous – In Rolling Waves
  • The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You (Remixes & B-Sides)
  • The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  • New Politics – A Bad Girl In Harlem
  • Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
  • Phoenix – Bankrupt!
  • The Postal Service – Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition)
  • Power Glove – Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Original Game Soundtrack)
  • Rabbit Rabbit – Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Vol. 1
  • Rend Collective Experiment – Campfire
  • Salkinitzor – rymdkapsel (Original Soundtrack)
  • Savant – Overkill
  • Sigur Rós – Brennisteinn – EP
  • Sigur Rós – Kveikur
  • Skyward – The Launch
  • STRFKR – Miracle Mile
  • The Strokes – Comedown Machine
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars – Love Lust Faith + Dreams
  • Tim Haywood – Bloons TD5 (Original Soundtrack)
  • Twenty One Pilots – Vessel
  • Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  • The Vestals – Perfect Pain / Seventeen – Single
  • Wake Owl – Wild Country – EP
  • Wall of Ears – Perfect Organ Assembly
  • White Lies – Big TV
  • Woodkid – The Golden Age
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
  • 2CELLOS – In2ition

For movies, the list contains all of the movies I’ve watched over the past year, regardless of their release date. Some of them I have seen before and rewatched.

For TV shows, the list includes all of the seasons of a TV show I’ve watched in their entirety over the past year.

For games, the list includes all of the games I’ve beaten this year (with the exception of Minecraft, which one does not simply “beat”).

For books, the list includes all the books I’ve read this year.

I’ve come across a lot of new music over the entire year, and I haven’t kept track of all of it. So for music, the list only contains all of the albums in my iTunes released within 2013.

Happy New Year!

Music The Clock Project

The Clock Project

September 22, 2013 – 12:00 am

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My new CD, The Clock Project, is available now! This time I decided to do something a little different. Each song features a different time signature corresponding to its track number. The album contains 12 songs, all with time signatures ranging from 1/4 up to 12/4. For example, track 5 is written in a 5/4 time signature, 5 beats per measure. If this sounds strange to you, check out the Wikipedia page “complex time signatures” for some popular examples. The Clock Project differs from The Umbrella Project in that it is more of an alternative rock album, with a heavier emphasis on electric guitars, bass, and drums, with some electronic bits sprinkled throughout. Also, while The Umbrella Project was largely instrumental, all of the songs (save for one) on The Clock Project feature vocals. Most of these songs have been written since around 2010, and I have finally gotten around to recording and releasing them. I’ve always held an interest in different time signatures and I hope you enjoy the variety in these songs! The Clock Project is available to stream and order here.

Collections Miscellaneous

Everyday Carry

July 20, 2013 – 3:20 pm

Here are the items I generally carry on me everyday. Links are to previous blog posts where I’ve mentioned said item.

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From top to bottom, left to right:

HuMn Mini Wallet

Keys with Victorinox Swiss Army Classic and 16GB LaCie PetiteKey

Pebble Smartwatch

iPhone 5

Field Notes

Zebra Expandz

Benchmade Mini-Griptilian

As well as one of the Burt’s Bees lip balms and Listerine PocketPaks from my collection.

 

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Collections

Those Lips Are More Chapped Than a Cowboy’s Legs

July 6, 2013 – 3:03 am

In the past, I’ve only used chapstick as a last resort, of sorts. Come wintertime, my lips would crack and peel, which I would often then bite and tear with my teeth, making things even worse. My dad has been a big Carmex user ever since I was a wee lad. While it definitely did the job, I hated the sticky feeling that came with it, and always felt the need to wipe off my lips. Of course, I had heard of Burt’s Bees, but somehow never got around to trying it. This was up until last year, when my cousin David near-had to force me to try the mango Burt’s Bees. To my surprise, I loved it. It felt great, with no overly-sticky feeling. Ever since then, I haven’t been able to get enough of trying out all of the flavors. Some of them almost as good as the mango, others not so great. With my dad, I was able to fashion up a wooden box I can now store them in, along with one for my various flavors of Listerine PocketPaks (also amazing). Below, you’ll find pictures, along with some of my thoughts on each of the flavors.

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From top to bottom:

Refreshing (with pink grapefruit) – Very similar to the mango in feel, but smells like grapefruit!
Island (with passion fruit) – This one’s a no-go for me. It smells kind of like mold, however I do have a peculiar sense of smell.
Replenishing (with pomegranate oil) – This one’s pretty dec, and very smooth. Unlike the others though, it has a bit of reddish tint to it, which I’m not crazy about.
Rejuvenating (with acai berry) – Pretty good. Not one of my favorites, but if you like acai berries, I imagine it’d suit you well. My sister likes this one a lot.
Revitalizing (with blueberry & dark chocolate) – This one is a lot like the acai berry one. That’s to be expected, considering acai berries are often described to taste like a mix between blueberries and chocolate.
Soothing (with eucalyptus & menthol) – This is another one of my favorites. It has a pretty strong menthol smell though, so if you don’t like cough drops, I’d stay away. I love it though. The texture is a little bit grainier than others but it’s not too bad.
Nourishing (with mango butter) – This one is definitely my favorite. Can’t be beat!
Honey Lip Balm (with vitamin E) – Another not-so-great one in my opinion. Smells a bit like an old lady’s perfume.
The Original – This one is, of course, great as well. It has a little bit of a thicker feel than the mango, so it’s not quite as smooth. It has a very strong peppermint smell, which is nice.
Ultra Conditioning (with kokum butter) (not pictured) – Also a great one. A little on the expensive side, but I had to give it a try. Might be good when your lips are super chapped and in a deep state of disrepair, but for most cases one of the others should do just fine.

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Nowadays, I always carry one of these on me, paired with one of the PocketPaks, ready to combat chapped lips and bad breath one day at a time.

Collections

Leggo my Lego

June 3, 2013 – 4:32 pm

Another one of my childhood hobbies, which I’m sure is shared with many others, is Lego. I had quite the collection when I was a youngin’, and until last summer, all of my sets were hidden away in the attic.

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But as you can see, me and my sister changed that. We got out all of my old Lego bricks and tried to reassemble the sets they originally came from. Surprisingly, most of the sets we were able to complete with all of the original pieces. Nearly all of them still had the manuals and some I even still had the original box for. The pictures above are only a very small portion of the collection. Getting all of them out of the attic made me remember how much I liked them, and it has since reignited my hobby. Here is a picture of the more recent sets I’ve acquired:

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I have also been collecting a few minifigures from the minifigures series:

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