Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Odds and Odds

I just saw something on TV that will give me nightmares. A news report on SBS showing a man with a 15kg facial tumor. He looked like an alien from Dr. Who. Shivvvverrs.

Respect for Brian May, Queen guitartist. He has just turned 60 and he will soon submit his PhD thesis in astrophysics which he began just as he was forming Queen, 35 years ago. If this isn't enough incentive to finish mine, nothing is. Actually, I've just been reading about Brian and I'm impressed. What a multi-talented guy. Double respect.

My obsession with creating a digital delay is unhealthy. I need a real life.

I'll end on a quote:
"Now that we are in year 12, like, we are no longer students, like, we are people who want to learn." - The School Captain

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

As the Oz brothers once said, "This country is stuffed!"

It's a sad day when governments overrule the courts. I'm not eloquent enough to express how I feel so I'll use the words of others.

Naturally, the common people don't want war ... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
Hermann Goering

This appears on the front page of "Howard's Guide to Staying in Power".

Education is dangerous - Every educated person is a future enemy.
Hermann Goering

This appears on the second page of "Howard's Guide to Staying in Power". Make sure to keep the people dumb.

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

When will we ever learn.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Douglas Adams

Apparently never.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

Those in power, listen to this piece of advice from over 2000 years ago.

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
George Santayana

Split Enz was wrong.

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Albert Einstein

The inherent apathy in this country angers me.

Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.
Gloria Steinem

So true.

We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice.

How can you tell others to be just and fair, hypocrite.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The journey into sound continues....

That was then ......

This is now .....

On the right is the newly housed phaser, or the "Phase'Door", on the left the SM-9 super metal pedal.
And below is the complete setup for producing the classic 80's metal sound; Ibanez produced, 'Door crunched (with some help from Ibanez), and Marshall power.

I will be making some more effects.. but first, let us now ROCK!