Dust On The Blog

July 20th, 2010 by Erik

Sorry folks, haven’t updated the blog for over a month, so sad. Why? I’ll give you a typical response, we’ve been extremely busy. The good thing is that we’ve been busy building websites for others and taking lots of photographs, enjoying our summer with friends and family, tending to the garden and trying to keep the kids happy while they’re out of school. At the end of the day, the last thing I want to think about is, well, updating the blog. Sad indeed. Fear not, soon the weather will turn crappy, days will become shorter, and I’ll be more inspired to post random bits of amusement/music/happenings/etc. For now, I’m off to the lake. For those of you that don’t live in Washington, we take it when we can get it out here….and enjoy it while we can.

The Mellotron Demo

May 19th, 2010 by Erik

Found this video a few years ago and keep going back to watch it, so I thought I would share it with you guys. For those of you that don’t know, the Mellotron could be considered one of the world’s first samplers, aside from the Chamberlin. In a nutshell, each key triggers a strip of tape with prerecorded material, when you press the key, the strip of tape plays. When you let go, it stops playing and cues back to it’s starting position. It’s a rather chaotic instrument and quite a hassle to maintain one…but the sound is so, so sweet. We’ve all heard them, from the opening notes on Strawberry Fields to the Moody Blues, from King Crimson to Pink Floyd. Only if I had an extra $6,000+ to buy one. There are tons of modern emulators out there, but you can’t quite beat the real deal. Enjoy the demo.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

March 27th, 2010 by Erik


I’ve been a big fan of Jamie Oliver for years, there’s just something about the guy. Coincidentally, I’ve been a huge fan of cooking ever since childhood. When this show premiered last week, I knew it would be great. After just watching the second episode, I realized that it’s beyond great. His dream is to change the way our kids eat, starting with our schools (talk about an uphill battle). Anyway, this very well could be one of the single most important television shows to air this decade. The message is clear and the guy is genuine, we need to eat better food. Sure, it may take a little more time to prepare than a microwave dinner or snagging a fast food meal, but it certainly will be more enjoyable. It’s worth the time and effort.

Anyway, you can learn more about the show on ABC’s site:
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Also, you can check out Jamie’s site here:
www.jamieoliver.com

P.S. Sweet logo too, eh? Props to the design team!

Happy Birthday .com!!!

March 15th, 2010 by Erik


Wow, today is the 25th birthday of the first .com ever registered! Can you believe it? 25 years ago people actually had to go to the library for information, read a physical newspaper, write letters, rent movies at the video store, the list goes on. Life was rough. Happy Bithday .com, you have served us well. You can read more here.

Phil Harris – RIP

February 11th, 2010 by Erik


While watching the news last night, I was informed that Captain Phil Harris passed away due to complications from a stroke. For those of you that don’t know of Phil, he was the Captain of F/V Cornelia Marie, a crab boat featured on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Being raised with a commercial fisherman (though I never got into it myself) a lot of my childhood was spent down at Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, where Phil’s boat was moored during the off season.

When we were finally able to sign up for satellite TV, Deadliest Catch became an instant hit in my household due to nostalgic reasons. Capt. Phil was one of our favorites. The guy was tough as nails, yet as sincere as one could imagine. I send my condolences to his sons (who were a part of the crew), family, friends and fans.

It appears that massive amounts of traffic on their website has crashed the database servers, though I’m sure they will be up and running before too long…it can be found here.

RIP Phil, you will be loved and remembered across the world.

Boeing Dreamliner

December 22nd, 2009 by Erik

So the weirdest thing happened last week. As I was driving home from lunch, I turned the radio to 97.3 expecting to hear some oldies music. Little did I know, KBSG has closed their doors and is now KIRO news talk radio. Anyway, they were doing a bit on the new Boeing Dreamliner, it was in the middle of a test flight and about to land at Boeing field.

I hardly travel and I’m not necessarily passionate about airplanes, though I did think that it would be cool to see the thing land (I guess there was a crowd of thousands waiting at the field). I pulled into our driveway, got out of the car, and BOOM there it was…flying directly over our house with two escorts. It’s hard explain the feeling that came over me, I was in pure awe. Fate or coincidence, isn’t that just weird? Let me tell you, from the ground this is one amazing looking plane. It was a wonderful site indeed.

After a sense of perfect timing, I realized it’s time to practice drums a bit more often. Anyway, here are a few pics.

If you’re interested, more info and images can be found here.

How to save money by making your own trim and baseboard

October 25th, 2009 by Erik

Step 1: Cut down about 10 good sized cedar trees, cut logs into 20 ft sections.
Step 2: Rent an excavator and stack (or deck up) the logs, let them sit for 1 year.
Step 3: Hire a mobile sawmill to come out and cut your logs into 1×4, 1×6, 1×8…whatever fits your needs.
Step 4: Stack your wood in a dry covered place with stickers between each layer, let them dry again for 4-6 months.
Step 5: Run each board through a planer, at least 3 times to your desired thickness. Due to the sawmill and drying process, thickness will vary.
Step 6: Run each board through your tablesaw on the left edge to straighten one side.
Step 7: Run each board through your tablesaw on the right edge to straighten the other side.
Step 8: Assuming your planer did a pretty good job of smoothing the face, sand the faces of each board with 120+ grit sandpaper.
Step 9: Assuming your table saw left blade marks on the edges of your boards, sand each edge with 80 grit sandpaper.
Step 10: Now you sand the edges of each boards with 120+ grit sandpaper.
Step 11: Wipe each board down with a damp tack rag to remove sawdust.
Step 12: Add a finish product of your choice, make sure you get both edges of your boards. Let dry.
Step 13: Lightly sand your finish with steel wool or fine grit (like 500) sandpaper.
Step 14: Wipe each board down with a damp tack rag.
Step 15: Repeat step 12.
Step 16: Repeat step 13.
Step 17: Repeat step 14.
Step 18: Repeat step 12, if necessary.
Step 19: Repeat step 13, if necessary.
Step 20: Repeat step 14, if necessary.

Your trim is now ready to use!

Cost of what trim would have been from the lumber yard: $5,000
Cost of doing it yourself, including labor paid at less than minimum wage: $4,997
Total savings: $3
Value of doing all of the work yourself: Under $3 at this point.

Lucky

October 4th, 2009 by Erik

A simple experiment with vocal harmonies and background noise. I know my vocals are lacking, which is why you hear a minimal amount on the majority of the songs. Though I did realize that multiple layers tend to hide your imperfections to a slight degree….slightly. Regardless, this song is dear to me for some reason.

Lucky

Time to hop on

September 24th, 2009 by Erik

We finally decided to hop onto the blogwagon.  After several years of programming blogs for other clients, I realized I was just reinventing the wheel over and over.  I must say, I’m quite impressed with WordPress.  Very flexible, user friendly and downright fun to use.  So here we go, time to get the show on the road.