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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tanya Memme

The only thing worth watching on "Sell This House"!

Tanya sand the interior design dude... What's his name? Who cares!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #83!

1973 - Steve Miller Band, the Joker

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #84!

1970 - Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #85!

1980 - Boz Scaggs, Middle Man

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #86!

1976 - Funkadelic - Hardcore Jollies

Music meme...

1. What are you listening to right now?
I'm at work. KOKZ Cool 105.7 programming.

2. What song(s) make(s) you sad?
Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin (always reminds me of dad), Mama's Arms - Joshua Kadison,  What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong,  Heaven -[Remix 9/11] DJ Sammy (you HAVE to hear this!), Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle, You'll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins (Tarzan Sndtrk.), You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins, I'm sure there are more - I could do this all day...

3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
Oh, there are SOOOOO many! Anything by ABBA (sorry wife...)

4. Your all time favorite band?
All-time faves? The Beatles.

5. Your newly discovered band is?
Fleet Foxes

6. Best female voice?
Christina Aguilera.

7. Best male voice?
James Taylor

8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
Classic rock... Not just the radio cuts though. I get tired of those. Deeper cuts from the albums.

9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
Probably KISS or Motley Crue.

10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
Jazz or Adult Contemp. artists like James Taylor, Sarah McLachlan.

11. Last gig/concert you went to?
Great White at My Waterloo Days last summer. This weekend going to see Shawn Phillips .

12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
It will always be The Beatles I listen to most, but I get out different things all the time. I don't listen to one thing very often.

13. Most hated band?
Gotta go with ABBA (sorry again, wife)

14. Song that makes you think?
Depends on what you mean? There are so many songs that trigger memories for me. If you're talking conscious thought over something in particular, I'd say Sam Cooke's A Change is Gonna Come, Bille Holiday's Strange Fruit, Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, Marvin Gaye's What's Goin' On, XTC's Dear God.... Again, I could go on and on...

15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
Toy Matinee , Kevin Gilbert

16. Coolest music video?
Silent Lucidity - Queensryche... Oh, I could go on....

17. Music video with the most babe watch?
Christina Aguilera's Candyman! I can watch it all day and night.

18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up
Enigma - MCMXC a.D

19. Can you play a musical instrument?
A little guitar, drums.

20. Ever been in a mosh pit?

21. Are you in a band?
Sure, in my mind.

23. Ever dated a musician?

28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
I wish I was much better at what I love.. Guitar. I don't have the gift to pick stuff up quickly. Singing I've got down!

29. Best chick band you know of?
The Runaways. The Bangles.

31. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...?
And We Danced - The Hooters (playing it on the radio now.)

32. What do you think of Classical music?
I love it. But have to be in the mood.

33. What do you think of Country music?
Most is crap. I like Johnny Cash, Willie Neslon, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, Allison Krauss, Alan Jackson... Not much more than that.

34. What do you think of Death metal?
I like alot of it. I own alot. I have a VERY dark side. the macabre intrigues me.

35. Last BIG band that you saw live?
Besides Great White, Metallica 1996

36. Are you a groupie?

37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?

38. What famous musician would you like to sleep with?
Jessica Simpson. Just to start in one place. Then  Christina Aguilera, Lita Ford, Lady Gaga, Beyonce', Shakira.

39. Worst concert moment?
Nothing sucky ever happened to me at a concert.

40. Funny concert moment?
Saw V-Ice (yup, Vanilla Ice in his metal phase) and it was so loud in the small venue that I had to use 2 cigarette butts as ear plugs.

41. Sad concert moment?
Huh? What's sad about going to a concert?

42. Best local act you can think of?
The Blue Band (Bob Dorr)

43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
A guitar. I dig guitars.

44. Do you listen to the radio?
Yup. Juts not Top 40.

45. Do you watch music TV?
Yup! VH1 Classic, baby!

46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?

47. Have you met any famous musicians?
Yes. Cheap Trick, Shawn Phillips, John Mayall , Great White

48. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?
I have lots of friends that are musicians as well as most of my family.

49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
Earache My Eye - Cheech and Chong (Left ear hurts and is clogged due to my allergies.

50. Song that describes your life?
Love - John Lennon

51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
Yeah, about 90%.

52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
No. Should it?

53. What famous musician do you want to marry?
Christina Aguilera

53. Favourite movie sound track?
Oh, wow.... There are so many. I'll say, Yellow Submarine.... for now.

55. Any musician pet hates?
Anyone who's forgotten the lean and hungry times before they got famous.

56. What do your parents listen to?
Mostly Classic rock, oldies and Blues.

57. What are you listening to right NOW?
Double Vision - Foreigner (playing it now on the radio)

58. Do you wear band etc T-shirts?
If I had any that fit. Hard to find rock Tees in XXL.

59. Do you cook to music?
Not usually.

60. Do you sing in the toilet?
Nope. Never.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Deep record cleaning! Effective and cheap!

Cleaning Vinyl Records! The cheapest and arguably, BEST way to get your vinyl COMPLETELY clean! I use this method. My personal variances on this method in blue.
This a down and dirty guide to liberating your records from all the gunk they may have acquired - all without any special fluid. I show you my method using soap, water and a record brush. Record cleaning is a lost art, but a necessity today, where most vinyl hasn't been played in almost 30 years, and is quite dirty.

I've tried a few different methods of record cleaning: The traditional fluid and brush method, and even vacuuming the surface, and nothing got all the gunk out. I would clean a record, play it, stop the record and find a trail of dirt.

Then I tried this soap and water method. I finally got ALL the dirt and grime off the records!!! With this process, I've been able to clean off records that were literally caked white with mold.

One quick note: The best cleaning in the world simply minimizes the amount of non-musical noise on an album. Instead of hearing dirt, dust, mold, scratches and grove damage, you'll hear scratches and groove damage. After cleaning, some albums will sound "perfect" and other will be absolutely terrible (large number of scratches, lack of high frequencies and groove damage [scratchy, distorted sound])

 Step 1 Gather the items:

You'll need the following:
-A Basin of some kind
-Dish soap (any kind will work)
-A record cleaning brush/pad (Discwasher style) or soft bristle tooth brush
-A few washcloths
-A source of warm water
-A sink with faucet
-Records to wash
-A clean surface to put the records on (their cardboard sleeves)
-Two hands
-Rubber gloves (if your going to be doing a number of records at a time)
step 2 Prepare the water

Put a small amount of soap (one quck squeeze should do it) in the basin, and then fill it with about 3-4" of warm water. To active the soap, stir it around with your hand while filling up the basin. Now place the basin on a counter top or other comfortable surface where your going to clean your records.

step 3 Washing the record

Put a record in the basin, and turn it around by moving the edge with the palms of your hands (as to not touch the grooves).

Once the whole surface of the record is wet, grab the record brush (I use an inexpesive soft bristle tooth brush) and get it wet. With one hand, hold the record (with your palm) and with the other, move the brush in a circular motion about 10 times. I like to do 5 counter-clockwise and 5 clockwise. (I do this a little differently - I use the brush, and brush vigorously, back and forth, within the grooves, in small areas as I turn the record in the soapy basin.) If you've got heavy grime, you might want to do more. just make sure not to touch the label. After one side is clean, flip it over and repeat. (If you do get the label wet, I'd advise to dry it ASAP so it doesnt ruin it or peel off.)

step 4 Rinsing

After you've gotten the record clean, put it in a sink and run some cold water (I use luke warm to get rid of soap better) over it, and turn the record with the palms of your hand. After one side is clean, flip it over and do the other.

After it's clean, turn off the tap and let the water run off.

step 5 Drying

Now that most of the water has run off, put a wash cloth in your hand, and grab the record with it. Now put another washcloth in the other hand, and grab the record. (I actually have a soft dish towel (not cheese-cloth) laying flat on a table to lay the record upon. That way, the back side dries as I wipe the record with another soft dish towel, in circular motions with the grooves, to get most of the water off - then flip and repeat)

With one had, hold the record, and with the other, dry it off. Once it's dry, flip it over and do the other side (which should be most dry by now).

Once the record surface is dry, put the washcloths on the labels and press against them with your hand. This should get the labels dry.

After the record is mostly dry, set it on top of it's cardboard sleeve, then place it somewhere and let it dry for several hours. (I prefer to set the record in a dish drying rack as you would with any plate, and let the deep grooves air-dry over night BEFORE putting it back into the inner-sleeve and into the jacket)

step 6 Storage and playback

I'd recommend that the record is stored in a sleeve (the paper jacket inside the cover). Paper is fine, but does shed over time, so your records might have a little bit of stuff on the surface. Later records (late 70s and 80s) have glossy paper and even plastic sleeves to prevent this, while records from the 50s might not even have a sleeve.

Either make sleeves out of wax paper (this will be a future Instructible) (I'd advise against the waxpaper as it can leave a wax residue that can end up on your needle (stylus)) or buy some paper or plastic ones (they can be found online).

When handling records, make sure to only touch the label and edge, because finger oil acts like glue and dirt will stick to it (I've seen many a used record with blotches of dirt in the shape of finger prints).

Unless you seriously mistreat them, you'll probably never have to wash your records again or even use cleaning fluid. Just get the stray dust off with a carbon fiber brush before playback, clean the stylus (with a stylus cleaning brush) (or this. It's what I prefer and lasts a lifetime! ), keep the turntable clean, and close the dust cover during playback.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


If you want to KEEP saying it, help us to get back to it!

Global Warming - Fact or Myth?

Myth or fact? There are a lot of misconceptions about global warming that have cropped up in recent months.

Here's a look at some of them:

Fact or myth? "Snowmageddon" and all those other weird U.S. snowstorms this winter prove that global warming isn't real.


The reaction to "Snowmageddon" is an example of a common misunderstanding about climate change.

Weather events are not climate; climate is the accumulation of weather events over an extended period of time. So a cold summer day doesn't prove global warming is false any more than a heat wave in winter proves it's true.

That said, the effects scientists predict from global warming are sometimes counterintuitive. While snow is associated with winter, warmer winter temperatures can result in more snow, since warmer air can hold more moisture. One of the most well-documented predictions about global warming is that it will result in more intense storms, in any season, but may leave longer droughts between those storms.

Fact or myth? The U.N. scientific report on global warming was full of errors and should not be trusted.


There have been errors discovered in the U.N.'s landmark report on climate science. The errors concern facets of climate change, like how fast Himalayan glaciers have melted, or how fast sea levels will rise in the Netherlands. The errors are a black eye for an organization that won a Nobel Peace Prize for the authoritative work it has done on the subject.

However, these errors amount to T's left uncrossed and I's left undotted. The sentences still read loud and clear about the overall consensus about fundamental issues: That the Earth is warming, that our pollution is a primary cause, and that continued warming would have consequences worldwide, many of them costly to human life and property, and to wildlife.

"Climate change" is a more accurate description for what's happening than "global warming."


While it is true that the world as a whole is warming, "climate change" is more accurate, particularly when it comes to how individuals in different regions will experience these changes. Global warming is the driving force, but climate change is what we will experience.

What will climate change look like? It could mean more intense storms or more prolonged droughts. It could mean more risk of wildfires in one area, and more flooded basements in another. It could make one farmer's field more productive, while killing that of another.

Some even have called the effects of climate change "global weirding." In general, scientists expect climate change will affect different regions very differently.

Fact or myth? Carbon dioxide is natural. Breathing is not pollution.


There's nothing wrong with breathing, of course, and nothing unnatural about carbon dioxide. Breathing is not causing the world any harm. So if carbon dioxide exhaled in our breath is harmless, how can carbon dioxide "exhaled" by power plants, tailpipes and factories be a problem?

A clue lies in the name we have for what we burn: fossil fuels. By burning coal, oil, and gas, we take carbon that had been buried deep underground for millions of years, and we transfer it to the atmosphere. There's about 40% more carbon in the atmosphere today than there was in pre-industrial times.

In fact, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher today than at any point in the last 650,000 years, before humans walked the Earth -- before even Neanderthals walked the Earth. Ultimately it's an issue of volume.

Breathing is part of a natural cycle that the Earth manages without any problem. Burning fossil fuels, releases too much carbon dioxide for the Earth to handle without significant changes to the climate.

Fact or myth? Even if we stopped driving cars completely today, the climate would not be affected.


Carbon dioxide, which is released from burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas, survives for years or decades. When you hear news reports stating that other gasses are "more potent" than carbon dioxide, it's often because they last even longer in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, trapping heat all the while.

The fact is, the pollution we've emitted in the past will stay with us for some time. So why act now? We understand today that future generations will have to deal with planetary changes we're setting in motion. Past generations didn't have the knowledge we do.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Need I say more?


We took you through Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum’s ModVic (Modern Victorian) Home full Steampunked House a couple of months back. What we had missed then was this gorgeous and elaborate Victorian Organ Command Desk that’s made me fanatical since the very first glance of it. Built with 6 months of labor around remains of the 19th century pump organ that Bruce could lay hands on, this contraption beyond words and thoughts – betters the original - all wonder collectors and Steampunks would second that.

Everything decked in for the Command Desk compilation is authentic Victorian antique. Then be it the inverted Chapel organ pipes mounted on the wall behind the setup, or the all-in-one workstation desk completed in 3 monitors, printer, scanner and webcam, of course the keyboard and other peripherals included. The Victorian Organ Command Desk besides the aforementioned, has a iPhone doc, horn speakers on either side, USB and card media readers, a scanner under the keyboard, a clock face flanked in 6 LCD digital picture frame displays and a pair of coach lamps with neon flicker bulbs for all that ambience required. Bruce’s house also has a wonderful typewriter and about a bronze door weighing about a ton. Aren’t you lured enough to get into this house?



3 monitors and keyboard as well as iDock

Real Horn style speakers

Door to this room


Check out 18th St. Vintage and Metro Records!

I would love it if all my followers and anyone else who visits my blog, to also hop over to 18th St. Vintage and Metro Records and follow them as well. I am a huge fan of this store and am putting forth lots of energy to help them along. I have been "working" there for a few weeks and have created not only the blog link above, but a Facebook fan page for them as well!
If you're looking for some really cool stuff or some great music on vinyl, cassette tape, CD, or even 8-track, you'll find plenty to browse here! Pictures, classic board games, vintage glassware, knick-knacks and brik-a-brak! It's all here!

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #89!

1980 - Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #90!

1975 - Alice Cooper, Welcome To My Nightmare

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #91!

1986 - Miles Davis, Tutu

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #92!

1972 - Allman Brothers, Eat A Peach

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Alyson Hannigan

Love the red head, but REALLY excited by the brunette she's gone with as well. Ever since the birth of her child, she's really blossomed into a beautiful woman....

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #93!

1968 - Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, We're Only In It For The Money

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #94!

1979 - Madness, One Step Beyond

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Voyagers! (1982)

Voyagers! is a time travel-based television series broadcast in the 1982-1983 season starting on October 3, 1982.
Voyagers ran for one season for 20 episodes. The series, broadcast up against the top-rated 60 Minutes, failed to gain high ratings and was cancelled after one season.

Phineas Bogg (Jon-Erik Hexum) was one of a society of time travelers called Voyagers who, with the help of a young boy named Jeffrey Jones (played by Meeno Peluce) used a hand-held device called an Omni (which looked much like a large pocket watch) to travel in time and ensured that history unfolded as we know it. In the first episode Jeffrey ensured that baby Moses' basket traveled down the Nile where it was met by the Pharaoh's daughter.

Bogg and Jeffrey first met when Bogg's Omni malfunctioned and took him to 1982, landing him in the apartment of Jeffrey's aunt and uncle, who were caring for him after his parents' death. Jeffrey accidentally fell out of a window, and Bogg to jumped out to rescue him by activating the Omni. Bogg's Guidebook, which contained a detailed description of how history should unfold, had been grabbed by Jeffrey's dog Ralph so Bogg had to rely on Jeffrey (whose father was a history professor) to help him.

Phineas is a great womanizer and manages to fall for a beautiful woman in almost every episode. Phineas' memory of historical facts is highly selective. He couldn't tell the difference between the French Revolution and World War I, yet he did remember that "Marie Antoinette had terrible legs!" Whenever Jeffrey's wisdom is paired up against Bogg's stubbornness, Jeffrey usually wins out, to which Bogg always mutters, "Smart kids give me a pain!"

Over the closing credits of each episode, regular cast member Meeno Peluce said in voice over: "If you want to learn more about {historical element from the episode}, take a voyage down to your public library. It's all in books!"

Voyagers Opening Narrative:
Version #1: "We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it was needed. When the Omni is red it means history is wrong. Our job is to get everything back on track."

Version #2: "Far out in the cosmos there exists a planet known as Voyager, where the mystery of travel into space and through time has been solved. It is inhabited by a race who call themselves Voyagers. Their purpose is to keep constant surveillance on history. These people have a time machine device, the Omni, which will take them into the past, present or future. As each Voyager graduates he is given an Omni and a guidebook. One such graduate Phineas Bogg, who was assigned as a field worker to operate in certain time zones."

Series Description:

The Voyagers TV show was a 60 minute time travel fantasy series on NBC about a man from another planet whose job it was to travel throughout Earth's past, present, and future fixing "mistakes" in time.

Voyagers TV Show Cast:

Jon-Erik Hexum .............. Phineas Bogg / Narrator
Meeno Peluce ................ Jeffrey Jones

Voyagers Opening Narrative:

Version #1: "We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it was needed. When the Omni is red it means history is wrong. Our job is to get everything back on track."

Version #2: "Far out in the cosmos there exists a planet known as Voyager, where the mystery of travel into space and through time has been solved. It is inhabited by a race who call themselves Voyagers. Their purpose is to keep constant surveillance on history. These people have a time machine device, the Omni, which will take them into the past, present or future. As each Voyager graduates he is given an Omni and a guidebook. One such graduate Phineas Bogg, who was assigned as a field worker to operate in certain time zones."

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Voyagers TV Show - The First And Only Season

1... Pilot (10/3/1982)
2... Created Equal (10/10/1982)
3... Bully And Billy (10/24/1982)
4... Agents Of Satan (10/31/1982)
5... Worlds Apart (11/7/1982)
6... Cleo And The Babe (11/14/1982)
7... The Day The Rebs Took Lincoln (11/21/1982)
8... Old Hickory And The Pirate (11/28/1982)
9... The Travels Of Marco Polo ... And Friends (12/5/1982)
10. An Arrow Pointing East (12/12/1982)
11. Merry Christmas, Bogg (12/19/1982)
12. Buffalo Bill And Annie Play The Palace (1/9/1983)
13. The Trial Of Phineas Bogg (1/16/1983)
14. Sneak Attack (2/13/1983)
15. Voyagers On The Titanic (2/27/1983)
16. Pursuit (3/6/1983)
17. Destiny's Choice (3/13/1983)
18. All Fall Down (3/27/1983)
19. Barriers Of Sound (6/12/1983)
20. Jack's Back (7/10/1983)

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #97!

1987 - U2, The Joshua Tree

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Album covers #98!

1987 - Midnight Oil, Diesel and Dust