Posts Tagged ‘Yamaha DX7’

Reviving the Yamaha DX7s, part 2

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

[Note: this is Part 2 of our saga.  You may want to start with Part 1]

So I finally had time tonight to look at the DX7s.  I was planning on spending a bunch of time tonight working with my new Presonus Firepod, but that didn’t work out as I had hoped.  Presonus sent me the unit, but no power adapter (even though there was even a tag on the box from the factory that said “include power adapter before shipping”)!  I’ve emailed Presonus customer support about it, and based on my dealings with them so far, I expect we’ll be able to work something out.   It just means I have to wait even longer to use it.


Reviving the Yamaha DX7s, part 1

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Yamaha DX7s

I wish I had been taking pictures of this whole process. In case you haven’t been following along, I have a Yamaha DX7s which, since it’s “inception” in the late 80’s, has seen many owners and a lot of disregard. Two keys were broken, along with the pitch wheel being “wobbly” and the battery needing to be replaced (considering the amount of leaked acid on the battery, I’d guess for several years). Since I know the value of the DX7 (a really impressive partial list of users can be found here) I took it upon myself to “revive” this one.


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New Releases

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

So since I last posted, it could be said that I’ve celebrated a few new releases.

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First off, Jill and I had an adorable baby girl on December 13th. Her name is Lilian. Rather than even get into it here though, I’ll just say that this has already been said at length on

Second, my music project Kether just released our record “Reality”. You can buy it either from us, or Directly from the manufacturer. I’m working on other deals and ways to get it out, and I’ll post more news when I have it.


Saturday, December 8th, 2007

I have a lot going on. Duh.

Jill’s last day of work before maternity leave was today, and I was sort of buried under fixing last-minute report card issues (gotta love people who wait til the absolute last minute to do things, and then do the “ohmygoditsnotworkingandineeditrightnow” dance when there’s a problem). Of COURSE there will be a problem at the last minute (Murphy and I, we go way back)! With quite a bit of help, those crises were averted, and then we got a Xmas tree on the way home, set that up, and went out to dinner and Half-Price Books. Ahh Half-Price Books. (more…)

Long Mobile Post, v2

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

So as I sit on hold with the tech support from the company who makes our finance database, I’m taking another stab at making a longer news post. There are three things

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First, there’s the fact that my wife Jill is due with our son on December 12th! She and the baby are doing well, but this means a LOT of planning and preparation and thinking about all sorts of baby/family stuff I’ve otherwise never really payed attention to. I’m excited for the baby to come out and meet us, and don’t feel as nervous as Jill seems to feel, but I can’t say I blame her – I don’t have to actually give birth… (more…)

“Mobile Blogging” with uBlog

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

After making a few failed attempts to blog from my palm using the OpenSource software “Plogit”, I’m trying a smaller (and much less

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bit of a redesign

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

So I’ve done a bit of a redesign, based on the “Mushblue” theme by Mu. The picture at the top is of my own design, and was made in the Gimp, which is an excellent Open Source image editing app. As for the content on this site, it’s still lousy…

Otherwise, I have been insanely busy with working, finishing the Kether record, and preparing for the immanent birth of our baby, who is due on December 12th. All of these things go well, but are terribly time consuming. This has lead me to a new quest to find a more efficient

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I hope all is well for all of you.

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Monday, June 4th, 2007

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Software Sunday

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Please excuse the alliteration. I’ve been playing around on my computer today and tried out (or at least tried “for real this time”) some new software that I think is work mentioning..

The first is Pidgin, which is not a brand new IM client, but instead the newest version of the ever popular GAIM IM client. It seems that the GAIM folks were sued by AOL (oh come on) and decided to change the name instead of fight it. At any rate, they seem to have also used the opportunity to release a product that is rather substantially different (and better) from any previous version of GAIM. Try it out.. it’s probably better than whatever other IM client you’re using…

The next thing is SongBird Media Player. SongBird is a media player built on top of Mozilla Firefox. Really. Instead of just trying to be an “OSS iTunes” (which is does very well), its focus is that it will catalog ALL of the media you consume, whether it be your iTunes, your MP3 collection, your favorite Internet radio station, or even your favorite music or video website. You can use it to “play the web”. Neat huh? It’s still in development (the official 1.0 public release is expected sometime this year), but you can go check it out and see where online media is going. Seriously, ditch Winamp already!

While I was surfing around on the SongBird website, I also ran across a similarly named (and just as interesting) project, also based on Mozilla, called Flock. Flock is sort-of a replacement for Mozilla Firefox. More specifically though, its Firefox “modded” to be WAY more useful on Social Networking sites (like WordPress blogs like this one, or like Flickr). It has a builtin Flickr photobar, builtin blog posting clients (which I am actually using to post this entry now!) and many other enhancements to make the “Social Web” easier and more fun to traverse. If you are a blogger or Myspace-er or Flickr-er, you really ought to try this out…

So that’s what I’ve been playing with in my “spare time”, in between working, and working on my new my new record. Ahh, the Internet…


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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Wow. It’s really been 3 months since I posted last. For some reason I’m still constantly amazed at how fast time goes by. But Spring is springing now and all of those creatures (like myself) that go dormant in the Winter time are slowly starting to crawl out of their holes and hiding spots and rejoin the sunlit world. I haven’t been totally dormant though.. I’m finished now with the first single for our new record, and just waiting for tomtom to master it, and then it will be released

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Winter Solstice

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Winter Solstice sunrise at Newgrange, Co. Meath Ireland, in 2003

Today is the Winter Solstice, or as they said on NPR this morning, “a fancy way of saying that it’s really dark”. Our spinning blue globe is now at the farthest point away from the life giving Sun that it will reach on its travels. If there was a day when the Earth would go hurtling out of orbit and flinging a million miles per hour into the cold, dark reaches of space, plunging our planet into a darkness so cold that it makes Nuclear Winter look like a Summer day in Arizona, today would be that day.

But that, quite thankfully, is not going to happen. I know this with a realatively HUGE degree of certainty because this island Earth has been floating in the seas of our region of space for a very very long time, and man has been observing its cycles as constant since the dawn of his age. In fact, for over six thousand years, humans all over the world have actively worshipped on this particular day as a day of extreme holiness. After all, in a culture centered around agriculture, no other source of power and magick could ever replace the Sun, and the Winter Solstice is the pivotal day when you hope and pray that that Source comes back in the Spring. It must come back. To this end, sacrifices were made, chants were recited, and temples and monuments were built.

A picture I took of the entrance stone at Newgrange, Co. Meath, Ireland

This previous Summer, while on our honeymoon tavels in the wonderful nation of Ireland, Jill and I had the opportunity to be a part of that; to actually go inside of one of the greatest monuments to the magick of the Winter Solstice that has ever been constructed by man. I am talking about the ancient passage-tomb of Newgrange. This is one of the finest examples of a tomb of it’s type (actually a “cairn”) anywhere in the world, and amazingly, this tomb has not only stayed almost completely intaact, but not leaked any water, in its staggering 5,000+ year lifespan (this makes it 1,000 years older than Stonehenge, and 1,300 years older than the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt). One of the many things that makes Newgrange so significant, though, is its precise (even still, after 5,000 years!) astronomical alignment with the Winter Solstice sunrise.

Newgrange, Co. Meath, Ireland

It is on that magickal morning that the sun’s rays enter a special box above the entrance to the passage (dubbed a “roofbox” by Professor Michael O’ Kelly when he excavated the temple) and reflects up the curved passage, travelling until it Illluminates the central room for a maximum of 17 minutes (weather permitting) before receeding back down the passage. Having witnessed a demonstration of this (with artificial light.. the curators of the Bru Na Boyne museum complex hold a lottery to see which lucky 15 people get to witness the real thing), I can say that it is one of the most magickal events I have ever experienced. To the Neolithic Shamans that no doubt oversaw the building of this great temple, and subsequently worshipped there, this must have been the gateway to pure Gnosis (unity of the Self with the Divine) in a sense that is incomparable anywhere else I am aware of.

The Winter Solstice sunrise from within Newgrange

The Bru Na Boyne valley, and Newgrange in particular, has been said to be the most “Paranormal”-ly active spot in Ireland, with more reported UFO and Ghost sightings in and around this area than anywhere else in that extremely paranormal land. One only has to

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*Our photos from the day we visited Newgrange

Specifically check out the 101 Facts About Newgrange page as it is loaded with interesting information about the site.

I spend so long talking about Newgrange not only because it is one of the most amazing places I have ever been, but because it directly, physically (literally “set in stone”) illustrates the magick and importance of the Winter Solstice day/night. It is easy for us in our modern conveniences and constant artificial light to forget the magick of the cycles of the seasons, and that today is “the day the sun goes away”. I don’t know about you, but I pray to the Gods that it comes back…

Have a Happy and Blessed Solstice


Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

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Why Tool is Cool

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

I found this on Toolband: a VIDEO from ABC News and World Report about why Tool is so popular. Worth watching if you like Tool. Speaking of which, I was fortunate enough to attend their recent show at the Target Center in Minneapolis, and it was amazing, awe-inspiring, and plenty of other words that don’t even start with A. Seriously, this show (my 3rd tool show) did not disappoint. For the sake of those who haven’t gotten to see them yet on this tour, I won’t give away the secrets of their new live show, but I will say the guys did a good job at keeping everyone in the house entertained. And for the love of all that is holy go out and buy 10,000 days.

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Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

For those of you who have gmail accounts, you may know about Google Talk, the service that lets you chat with other Google talk users. But did you know that you can set your gmail account up in Gaim (or any other Jabber-compatible client) and

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