Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dreams of Tungsten

Another Video from ConChord

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Obamanation - Ray Stevens

So, Ray Stevens (he of "The Streak") is still singing, and now posting videos to the Youtube.


Pretty certain he's not a big fan of El Presedente.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Central AZ Bloogshoot

Drove out to the Casa Grande shooting range today for the annual Central Arizona Blogshoot organized by
Kevin over at The Smallest Minority.

Never been to this range before and didn't know what to expect.

It is small but nice.  There is a rifle range and a small pistol range, both are covered and have concrete benches.  Best part: No Range Masters and no Fee.

I got there late and the range was already a bit crowded.  I ended up setting up at the pistol range because I wanted to work with a .22 Revolver somewhat away from the muzzle blast of Kevin's .458 SOCOM.

Ended up spending more time at the pistol range than I intended, so I probably came off as a bit anti-social.  Kevin let me shoot the SOCOM.  Very nice thump gun.  Be perfect for hunting Hogs.  Always seemed to me that the SOCOM was the best of the "big bore"  AR cartridges due to the bullet selection.

Had to leave early to get to another shooting event (4-H shooting sports for my Daughter).  But I'll definately try to hit this range again.

Thanks again to Kevin for organizing things.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Versunkener Apfelkuchen

Versunkener Apfelkuchen
(sunken Apple kuchen)

250g plain flour  = 2 cups flour
200g sugar = 1 cup sugar
125g soft butter  = 1.1 sticks of butter
3 eggs (I used 4 since the dough was really dry with 3)
1 pack Vanillin Zucker (vanilla sugar/ I used Dr Oetker)
---If you don't have Vanillin Zucker you can probably just add ½ tbs vanilla.
pinch  salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons of milk
1 medium apple (2 small) sliced

Preheat oven to 180 C. (350F)
Prepare and grease cake tin. I use a round 9.5 inch pan.
Mix together all the ingredients apart from the apples.
Pour the mixture into the cake tin and smooth the top until flatish.
Push the apple pieces gently into the cake so they sink slightly into the mixture.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. (my recipe said 25) Turn off the oven and let it rest in the oven for another10 minutes.  Test whether the cake is cooked through by poking it with a toothpick. If it comes out clean then the cake is done.

Let cool. You can ice it, leave plane, or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas in India - Kippling - Horning

Just uploaded to youtube the recording we took at ConChord for my version of Christmas in India.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fog - Conchord 25

Another youtube video.


This was recorded during my concert at ConChord.  It's a great venue, top floor of a 9 story tower.  The  stage is really high for the room though.   Jennifer shot the video by setting the tripod on one of the big round tables.

The guitar is one of the AGF custom Rainsong "shorties" that were ordered by Ted at L.A. Guitar sales. It's hard to tell, but I was fighting the mic for the whole concert. I really need to learn to set the mic lower and lean into it; I was actually on my tiptoes while singing which is not comfortable. Pickup is a K&K pure mine run through a DI box and then to the mixer.

Monday, October 21, 2013

ConChord 2013 Mini Review

And another ConChord is in the books:

I generally had a pretty good time. The merging ConChord with ConJecture still has a few rough edges, but generally is working pretty well. Still need some better signage, but the music venue is really outstanding. (9th floor of the tower overlooking the city). We had the same issue as last year in that there were simply too many concerts, and those scheduled too late in the evening, to have much of an open filk circle. I'd much prefer the concerts to end by 10 so that people are still awake enough to go to the circle.

On the other hand, the Dead Dog was one of the best I've been to since we had the AirTel. Lots of folks stayed over to leave Monday morning so we actually ended up Dead-Dogging until just after 11pm. Lots of thanks go to Barney who slaved away diligently at the sound-board all weekend.

 I ended up doing a short concert slot on Sunday. Once again I am reminded that I really need to practice playing standing up more. Yes, it helps your breathing, but working the mic is easier sitting down, as is actually seeing my music. (I'm always so jealous of those who can play without the chords in front of them). I'm told Barney made me sound good anyway.  We video taped the concert, so if anything decent came out of it I'll throw those up on my youtube site.

On the ConJecture side my wife and eldest daughter got to do Regency Dancing, and I managed to hit a few of the technical panels. Dani and Eytan Kollin were there so I was able to get a book signed. (the other 3 in the series were already autographed) . Several pieces of Art followed us home from the Art Show. Note, ConJecture usually has a very decent Art Show, not as nice or as large as LepreCon, but equal to the past few WesterCons I have attended. Now to find more of that mythical substance: free wall space.

Tom Smith was very personable, and the Tangers were simply lovely. The Creasy's made it, which meant that we were able to buy several CD's we didn't already have, and I had the opertunity to drop off several copies of my album since they had run dry. Also a copy will be flying back to Germany with the Tangers which is pretty cool.

Tim Griffin did an outstanding job as Toastmaster and looked like he was having the time of his life.

Looking forward to next year and already bought a membership. We have an outstanding music guest lined up, but I'll let Nick make the announcement...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

On her Jets - 20 years ago - DC-X first flight

Twenty years ago today (18 Aug) was the first flight of the Delta-Clipper (eXperimental).

I was there at the 1993 WorldCon, when Jerry Pournell showed us one of the test flight videos and said those famous words:

"That my friends, is a SPACESHIP!   And she lands like God and Robert A. Heinlein intended, ON HER JETS!"  

Jerry also pointed out an important psychological aspect of the test program.  She was flown remotely, but the full size version would be flown by test pilots, not astronauts.  Why?  Because when a test pilot drives on into the desert you name a street at Edwards after him and move on, when an Astronaut dies it's a national disaster and it puts your space program back 2 years.


Those were hopeful times.  Of course, the USAF eventually gave the program over to NASA, and NASA had to kill her, because nothing could challenge the white elephant/eternal money pit known as shuttle.

The things we could have had.