Archive for August, 2010

Bite me Bill, I’m a Linux guy now.

Posted in rants on August 31, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

Hello all,

After many years of threatening I’ve broken down and switched to Linux (Ubuntu) as the operating system in my home.

Not to be some nutty M$ bashing “true believer” in Linux, but…

On the very modest “hand me down” PC that my drummer gave me, and without hardware upgrades, the machine is easily running twice as fast as before.

As for ease of use, I didn’t even mention in particular the differences in interface & my kids were up an on as soon as I gave them their logins.

I just couldn’t be happier with my machine right now and much thanks to my good friend Noel for taking care of it for me.

It’s His Majesty’s Birth Day, Celebrate Accordingly

Posted in rants on August 25, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

Another year I’ve mysteriously outsmarted the reaper and get to sit here with a nice cup of tea and the determination to do little but play my new bass and hopefully see some friends.

Obviously you all know what’s been going on the past few weeks and your compassion and friendship in my time of need is the best gift i could have gotten…

Though I could use a new amp and a more relible computer…lol…

Thank you all so much my Lummoxcateers,

Celebrate yourselves accordingly and with abandon!

New Bass Day SX Ursa 6

Posted in music on August 21, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants
Finally got my Ursa six LOVE IT the output was a bit mellow but I had the factory strings on them and I don’t know if all the comments to Kurt at Rondo Music affected anything but they felt great; however I’m sure there will be more zing when I put a set of Ernie Balls on them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can honestly say I like this bass more than models that cost more than 3X this bass did ($150 plus shipping)
I have to tweak the action a bit but that would require me not playing it for an hour or so that will have to wait…lol..

Between that and the 2 super low end SX Strats I bought for my kids I would Very enthusiastically recommend the brand to anybody.

Aug 24

I’ve really been playing the hell out of my SX 6 and I have to tell you I’m a compulsive “Modder” and I’ve pretty much decided to leave it alone.
Though I prefer higher output pickups a little tweak to mySansAmp gets me all I need without soldering (which is part of my pedal board anyway) and even though I took advantage on a great sale on Carvin pickups (which aren;t wide enough BTW) that I intend to leave in the parts box for some project in the nebulous future.
I A/B’d the output with my MEC equiped Warwick Corvette standard and it was around the same.
The only real Mod I intend is to jazz up the pickguard somehow since I have a neurotic aversion to white pickguards.

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Diary of what’s gone on since my Mother Died

Posted in failure, kids, rants on August 20, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

8-10-10

‎8:16am My mother just died

8-11-10

I wish to thank all of you for your words of condolences and well wishes; they have helped me so very much as I’ve been dealing with my Mother’s demise.
I hope I never seemed needy , but again you all have helped so much so far.
I know it will take time to deal with all this but I am eternally grateful to have been bless…ed with so many wonderful friends.
I very truely love you all.

8-16-10

I’ve started going through my mom’s things with my Aunt & grandma. It’s so hard, we can only survive a couple of hours at a time before something hits us and the waterworks start.

I found a long letter my mom wrote to me when I was 17… I couldn’t get through a paragraph though I kept it.

In a few hours we go back to f…inish, wish me luck in keeping it together.

as always thanks so much to you all.

8-17-11

i feel dumb saying this but… It has only now sunk in that my mother has died.
Hell I was right next to her when it happened, I saw it.
I guess all the running around with funerary bullshit was a distraction but the more that gets done the more real it gets, and the harder everything else gets.
I don’t know I’m just t…rying to fuck up as little as possible as I get things done.
wish me luck guys & as always thanks

8-20-10

As of today I’m officially overwhelmed & more than a bit nuts, the funeral bullshit is finally taken care of (barring a breif interlude where I was convinced they lost my mother’s body at the crematorium but that is a story I’m not ready to write) the kids go back to school monday and we havent finished the back to school stuff, the funeral home is still taking forever to handle things so when teh urn is finally ready I’m picking it up myself because I dont trust that load of royal fuckwits that run the cemetary.
Oddly enough the final straw for me to totally lose it was my kids breaking a brand new guitar cable that I just spent $25 bucks on yesterday afeter I warned them not to….
I’m so angry I’m shaking —the fact that I went yet another night without sleeping doesn’t help either.
as always wish me luck I really need it

My Mom Just entered Hospice

Posted in rants on August 6, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

Much like my father did a year ago. my mom fell ill and within 24 hours her hospitilisation went from ulcers to stomach cancer spread to her liver, to having breast cancer added to it as well as kidney and the majorityof her chest cavity.

She gets moved to the Hospice ward tomorrow and I’d by lying if I said I was reay for any of it.

Tal Farlow Playing “Misty”

Posted in music on August 4, 2010 by kingbiscuitpants

Gut busting virtuosity is rarely so subtle.

Let Hernan Li try this.