Here are my first two homemade CAT Scans. Impressive?
In 1984 I got to see these guys open for AC/DC.
- At 4:23 the band starts.
- The first guitar solo is at 6:07.
- The keyboards and guitar do a high-speed Baroque-thing simultaneously at 9:55.
- 35:00 is the beginning of I am a Viking. Watch that.
- 44:47 begins an almost 10 minute long guitar solo.
Unfortunately the video's audio quality is not best, but you can still get the idea of what this was like.
They Were The Opening Act
Almost everyone came for AC/DC, and AC/DC brought everything they had:
- Fake cannons? Check. (They sounded real, and fire shot out of them, until the cannons' amp blew a fuse, then it was quiet fire shooting out of them.)
- Fake bells? Check.
- Fake TNT? Yes.
- Angus' school uniform. Yep.
- Angus plays a solo off-the-stage, and in-the-crowd, on some guy's back? Check.
Yngwie Malmsteen's band's props? They have long hair, and he has a piece of tape on his guitar that says "PLAY LOUD" on it.
After That Concert They Were Off The Tour
Something really weird happened; after each AC/DC song there were fewer people in the stadium. The place was almost empty by the time Angus played his solo.
This was a time when Heavy Metal wasn't played on much of the radio. In my town, major bands played shows at a loss (according to a local union roady). The shows existed to sell records; these days the records exist to sell concert tickets.
There Was Magic At That Concert, And This Video Shows Us How The Magician Does Some Of It
Note: there are some guesses here. If you know more details, then please comment below.
He Played A Solo With His Teeth!
Yeah, but here we can see that he is actually using hammer-ons. There were no teeth harmed in the making of that solo.
His Feedback Moved Through Each Row Of The Crowd!
There appeared to be a standing wave that moved through the crowd from the front of the stage to the back, slowly. In the video, during that sound, the camera focused on the keyboard player. He was slowly twisting a potentiometer. A synthesizer can slowly change the pitch, in a more consistent way, than a guitar player can, but we were all looking at the guitar! (Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!)
This part is a guess. I can't tell the difference between a mode, where a standing wave creates more volume, and someone cranking up the volume when a specific note plays. One would need to make measurements in different places.
Then At One Point He Held The Guitar In A Specific Spot, And The Feedback Made It Sound Like A UFO!
In this video, Malmsteen holds up the guitar, then looks at the audience, then looks at the guitar. While we are all looking that the guitar (see 55:49), he tweaks a potentiometer on a piece of equipment (see 55:53). Maybe he was tweaking a digital delay.
We can see Moog Taurus Bass Pedals at the edge of the stage, but I didn't see him play them during this video, or during the other concert. A Taurus-like analog synthesizer would make an awesome guitar effects device, but they can't do that out-of-the-box, because they don't have a place to plug-in a replacement oscillator.
Since the 1980s, I wondered why guitar synths were designed as (mistakenly) glitchy MIDI controllers, when the guitar itself could replace the oscillator, in an analog synth, or a digital representation of one, and that would have no tracking problems at all. I thought that this was my idea, but Wikipedia now tells me that these existed in the 1070's. They are coming back in style in recent days: the guitar gets digitized, and that gets sent to a digital emulation of an analog-synth.
States That I Have Lived:
States Where I Have Worked:
States Where I Rode Motorcycles (Florida was a scooter):
States That I Have Traveled-to:
Countries? I've only been to the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas [Traveled] [Lived] [Worked] [Rode] California [Traveled] [Worked] Colorado Connecticut [Traveled] [Worked] Delaware [Traveled] Florida [Traveled] [Lived] [Worked] [Rode] (scooter) Georgia [Traveled] Hawaii Idaho Illinois [Traveled] [Worked] [Rode]
Indiana [Traveled] [Rode]
Iowa [Traveled] Kansas [Traveled] [Lived] [Worked] [Rode]
Kentucky [Traveled] Louisiana [Traveled] Maine [Traveled] [Lived] [Worked] Maryland [Traveled] Massachusetts [Traveled] [Worked] Michigan [Traveled] [Lived] [Worked] Minnesota [Traveled] [Worked] Mississippi Missouri [Traveled] [Rode] Montana Nebraska [Traveled] New Hampshire [Traveled] [Lived] [Worked] New Jersey [Traveled] [Worked] New Mexico [Traveled] New York [Traveled] [Lived] [Worked] North Carolina [Traveled] North Dakota Ohio [Traveled] [Worked] Oklahoma [Traveled] [Lived] [Worked] [Rode] Oregon Pennsylvania [Traveled] Rhode Island [Traveled] South Carolina [Traveled] South Dakota Tennessee [Traveled] [Worked] [Rode] Texas [Traveled] [Lived] [Worked] [Rode] Utah Vermont [Traveled] Virginia [Traveled] West Virginia [Traveled] Wisconsin [Traveled] Wyoming Washington Washington D.C. [Traveled]
We hear things from fundamentalists like:
- "Evolution is not a law, it's only a theory."
- "Evolution is not a fact, it's only a theory."
- "Evolution is equivalent to creation theory; they are both theories."
When creationists say things like that they are using the words "theory", "law", and "fact" in a completely different way than how scientists use those words.
Here's how Ramon Bautista explains the meaning of the scientific words:
"Laws tell you what's happening... Theory is telling you, or at least trying to tell you, why something happens.
- law of gravity=what goes up, must come down
- theory of gravity=graviton
For scientists theories are always theories. They can never become laws, and they never become facts. That said, there has never been a single piece of evidence against the theory of evolution; and there has never been a single piece of evidence for creationism. These are very different uses of the word theory.
I discovered Frank Steiger's website only after I wrote my essay. Mr. Steiger covers the same issues— in more depth.
- Frank Steiger: Is Evolution only a theory?
- Creationism and Pseudo Science by Frank Steiger
- Creationists then sent ignorance-filled emails to Frank Steiger in response. How so? Not a single one addresses any real criticism. In fact, there aren't any issues that can over-throw evolution. Every piece of relevant evidence— in every scientific discipline— supports evolution. Yes, there are occasional tweaks— such as when Richard Dawkins explained that survival-of-the-fittest is on the gene level, and not at the species-level, but even big-ones like that, only add to our understanding.
The Old Homestead
I used to live in the-middle-of-nowhere: no electricity, no running water, no phone, no mobile service, no sewer, etc. The house was built in the 1800s. We lived on the porch, used unleaded-fuel in our Coleman lanterns, flushed the toilet by poring buckets-of-rainwater in, showered on the back porch over a rattlesnake's home. I showered fast.
I actually attempted to order phone service from the phone company. They told me that they would provide it, if I would pay them to install the telephone poles. Riiiight.
Some animals lived in the walls of the main house, we stayed on the porch, The critters in the walls of the main house were mostly mice, birds, and raccoons: although a black bear did hibernate in the basement the previous Winter: Grizzly-trucking-Adams.
Someone shot a raccoon near the house. It managed to climb into a second-story window, and drag its sorry-self all the way down to the first floor hallway with its intestines trailing behind. Where it died. Bastard.
Our friends from college would spend the weekends out there at the house, and there was so-little light polution, that we would lie on the cars and see man-made satellites with the naked eye.
What can I tell you about roughing it? Peanut butter does not need to be refrigerated.
Fun With Fuel
I would put our trash into a 55 gallon drum, and burn it to make it smaller (yeah, yeah, global warming). There was no trash collection service available. One time I was getting aggressive with the trash tamping, and there were some fuel-filled rags down low, and I was tamping some other trash on top and BOOOOOM! The damned-thing shot raining-fire all over the place! Like the Trash Cannon From Hell. Trash falling here: sidestep. Trash falling there: sidestep.
I had one coworker once, that misjudged the fuse-length on a home-made explosive that he and his buddy were shooting out of their cannon. They wanted it to explode in the sky. It blew a hole in the Post Office. The FBI came to visit, and it was a bad-scene all around.
...and the cow jumped over the fence
Heifer: a female bovine too-young to give birth.
Bullock: a male circumcised bovine, AKA, a steer.
We had heifers living on the land. 50% of the dairy farmers that visited said, "if one cow learns to jump the fence, then all the others will follow her", and 50% said, "Cows don't jump fences" I imagined the latter folks wasting a lot of time looking for holes in fences. The heifers at our house would jump, oh yes, and in the morning I would look out at the just-jumped bovines, and say, "Them's some real heifers." The heifer owning people? There last name was... wait for it... let the comic-timing be right... Remember the definitions up above? Bullock.
One night: SLAM!!! "WHEEEEEE! WHEEEE! WHEEEE!" SLAM!!! "WHEEEEEE! WHEEEE! WHEEEE!" I say to my (now-ex) wife: "You open the door, and wait behind it. I'll hit that thing over the head with this log splitter." SLAM!!! "WHEEEEEE! WHEEEE! WHEEEE!" She opens the door, and there waits a pet racoon. It just kinda stands there for a minute, and then gets cosy in our bed. Great. OK. The racoon can stay for a little while: the alternative is door slamming, and racoon screaming. This did not last long. Raccoons like to rock-and-roll all night, and sleep every day, and you know what? I had a job to go-to.
There was only one solution; wrap "Rascal" in a blanket, and drive him far enough, that he can't find his way back. I drove home imaging the little guy going to the very first door that he could find. SLAM!!! "WHEEEEEE! WHEEEE! WHEEEE!" BOOOM!: he then manages to climb into someone's window, and drag his sorry-self all the way down to the first floor hallway with its intestines trailing behind him.
There goes the neighborhood
Let's take a step back in this story. Our house had no neighbors since the beginning of time. What happens as soon as we move in? An 18-wheeler mother-trucking-flatbed pulls up with a huntin' cabin on back, and drops said huntin' cabin directly across the street, fucking-up my pristine view of our 100% Maple Syrup producing Maple trees. Why? Mr. Bullock got a two-for-one deal on used huntin' cabins, and really only needed the one.
A few weeks later a family of three moves in. My new neighbor wants to provide for his family: in a place with zero jobs. So, he made a deal with Mr. Bullock: "I fix your fences. You let me live in your extra huntin' cabin."
Our neighbors also lacked the comforts-of-home. They did however, have a Honda hooked-up to the TV.
So, the new neighbor tells me how racoon mommas yell bloody murder, but they won't... actually... attack. He tells me how this momma racoon chose the huntin' cabin for birthing her babies. So he removed each of the baby racoons one at a time, and then he removed the momma racoon, but he kept one baby there. This baby grew up to be Rascal. I believe that Rascal had a doggy-door that he, and the dog, could use to go in-and-out. He also had a buddy to play with: the dog.
We went camping for our summer vacation. The woman from across the street came to visit:
"Where did you go last week?"
"Our cabin had running water and electricity!"
Momma neighbor gets sick of pretending that "our life is fun just like camping", and says, "I am going to move in with my parents. You can stay, or you can come", and that's how Rascal ended up with no home.
Imagine a world where where:
- You can only use M$-approved software on your computer.
- You can only write in a M$-approved software-language.
- You can only install software on your computer that you purchased at M$'s store, and doing otherwise voids your warranty.
- If you are creating a program that "ridicules public figures", then M$ will censor it.
- If you are a programmer, then M$ will take a cut of all of your software sales, except for the software that is installed on a computer that has already been altered in a warranty-violating-way.
- Programmers are not allowed to use any "cross-platform" tools. Your program will only run on M$'s computers, or you will have to write it again from scratch.
- M$ will dictate your mobile phone carrier.
Now replace "M$" with "Apple" and "computer" with "device" and you have exactly where Apple started-out with the iPhone. This behavior would be illegal if Apple dominated a market: they don't. Microsoft got in trouble for giving volume discounts to computer-manufacturers, and bundling IE with Windows. Compare that to Apple's list above. (Still not sure about the above? Read Daniel Lyons' Newsweek.com article for more information.)
Vic Gundotra: "If we did not act, we faced a draconian future where one man, one company, one carrier would be our future."
For-sure my problem here is 100% with the actions of the company, and not with the product itself. My friend brought an iPod with him when he came to visit us a few years ago. We watched TV shows on it, and it was really cool. I asked my manager (at my-last-position) for an Apple OSX box if one was available, because putting that UI on a *NIX machine is really cool, and I worked at a Mac lab while in college, and I ran a Mac emulator on my Amiga, and, I think that the iPad is a good choice for non-technical folks. My problem is not with the product itself.
But Apple's choices are an attack on computer programmers. In some cases programmers spent incredible time-and-money creating products, only to have Apple say, "no you cannot sell your product for use on our handheld computer."
In the video below, the folks from AllThingsD.com, a site that is associated with The Wall Street Journal, interview Andy Rubin, the father of Android, about Apple, sort-of. Would they expect Steve Jobs to defend Android? Of course not.
It's otherwise a great video, that shows-off some of Google's future products, including:
- A future Motorola tablet with the Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 dual-core processor and Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
- Near Field Communication (NFC) via Samsung Nexus S handheld computer (smart phone)
- A vector-based version of Google Maps with caching on the Android computer.