Friday, December 5, 2014

Opeth @ Mill City Nights

The infamous Mill City Nights AKA the Brick.  Opeth, In Flames, Red Fang, Sean, Me and not Steve last night.  Fucking Steve.  It has flaws but it's a pretty good venue as it turns out.  The main floor is one big space front to back, no stairs no barriers just bodies.  It gains corridors between bands but is a forest otherwise.  One bar and few but acceptable beer choices.  We found a comfortable place to stand at the back where the sound was good and the crowd was thinner.

There are a variety of environments available for the antsy including upstairs with quieter back bar and screen views of the stage, limited seating, balcony edge standing and bathrooms.  Or downstairs past the smoking exit and ticket window to the basement with bar, merch, a mellow vibe and more bathrooms.

Red Fang was better than I expected, In Flames was worse.  Opeth sounded great and played unbelievably. The thirteen minute Deliverance the end of which contains one of my favorite grooves ever was the last song.

When you say excuse me he understands you might bump into him but he isn't going to move as you try to step past.  These kids today...




Saturday, November 29, 2014


Saturday, November 22, 2014


Cobra Fist

I told myself I would buy them as soon as I saw them next year.  Hub had them. There is a drawstring cuff around the wrist and upper and lower zips with internal pulls.  CobraFist!

Proper installation instructions would have been:

1.  Take any existing bar end plugs out.
2,  Unzip the neoprene cuff , slide it onto the bar and RE-ZIP IT.
3.  Get the right sized wrench for the inside of the new bar end plug - cause adjusting this part sucks.

4.  Put the new bar end plug through the grommet, then put your wrench-hand inside the pogie and crank it tighter until the rubber end barely fits into the bar - cause it will be too big for the grommet long before it will be too big for the bar.  Come to think of it,  you may want to do that before you put the pogie on the bar.

I consider this a product defect in fact,  the rubber grommets may be better holding than quickly-expanding volcano cone-shaped tighteners when finally installed but the installation of them sucks. I expect more from you Quality.  When it is close to sticking inside the bar, crank it a few more times stuff it and tighten it as best you can.  Fail.

5.  The Zipped cuff foam stiffener instructions suck too.  You already re-zipped and velcro'd the cuffs after you put them on right? - cause you need to do that FIRST despite what the instructions say.  Now slowly stuff the positioned foam into the zipped cuff to create an air seal.

WTF 45NRTH?

Saturday, November 15, 2014



Russian Propaganda Velma

Scooby's ready to go,  I've been looking around for the best download options.  Like insurance and action sports I want less risk now here with the family and the life and everything but I've still got to have the new stuff.  How do I do that?  Don't do newsgroups it's new or rare only there.  Bram Cohn's idea is still the best.  You don't want a VPN for ALL your traffic you want a proxy for your torrents.  You want Private Internet Access.  They primarily sell encrypt-your-entire-internet-connection for crazy people (VPN) but you don't install the software you just obtain the info to configure uTorrent for proxy to get dropped off in Scandinavia instead with no tracing to home.  It's 40 bucks a year and easy to set up Patrick .  Seems well worth it for gigs.

Friday, November 7, 2014


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Evil Dave Double Down Thor Wixom

Remember evil dave from double down? That and Shift are best vids ever.  Thank you Thor Wixom.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Saturday, October 25, 2014


Saturday, October 18, 2014


Friday, October 17, 2014


Friday, October 10, 2014

Soup Hunter Guitars


Check out this shit happening two miles from my house.  This is seriously cool, Jack White would approve.  A hundred bucks?  I want one.  I want three.  Placeholder for Koerner, Ray and Glover download here. Yes Soup Hunter,  I think it's a synonym for hobo. I had some delicious fish soup tonight thank you baby.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Morning bride


Afternoon horses

Forestville Mystery Cave South of Rochester State Park Weekend.  Here returning from visiting with horses over the fence at a local farm a bit past Forestville.  Kathleen rode solo morning early and snuggled the horses at the fence.  Later afternoon fatbike served us well as on a dare I rode a block of rough between the cornfield and the unmowed space before the barbwire to heave carrots at the three horses far back in the pasture, turn around and ride and call to encourage them to come back to the road fence.  Worked.

Above, first shot of the day from bed.  Mara far side of table, garbage bag near side of table.  Branch touching Kathleen's brain for some reason.