Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.

Archives: May 2007

May 8, 2007

Hot for checkered wristbands...

by Chris Randall

Adam and I have this running gag where he says "the JD-800 is really cool" and I say "yeah, really cool for guitar solos" and then we talk about something else because we're not complete fucking retards.

Q.E.D., I guess.

Now if we could just screw some strap buttons in the sides of that bitch like a Poly 800, this dude would be set for life.

May 8, 2007

You know what drives me bananas?

by Chris Randall

These little context push ads are really fucking annoying. I can see where they might Increase Shareholder value on a site that's about a more general topic, but when you're looking at a press release for a digital microphone interface (that is, a mic pre for digital mics) chances are you're on a hunt for very specific information, and something like the above link is roughly as important to your daily existence as, say, a link to a hairless cat breeder, and the only way it's gonna get clicked is on accident.

(Now, don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with hairless cats. I'm all for 'em, and wouldn't mind having one myself.)

So, that being the case, these ads can't _possibly_ make the site (in this case Harmony Central) any amount of money that makes them worth the bother, and they make the user (in this case me) so aggro that he may stop visiting the site at all. So, word to the wise, meta-site operators: these ads are a Bad Idea. Surely an imaginative person could figure out a way to monetize their site that didn't involve annoying the readers to no end, right?

May 7, 2007

Strange Juxstapositions...

by Chris Randall

I'm sure I could come up with a weirder combination, but there's something strangely appealing about Jim Thirlwell and Marc Almond doing a Suicide song as a duet. The Beeb sure didn't mind putting odd things on the air back in the day.

May 3, 2007


by Chris Randall

I'm going to Seattle on Sunday, as a good friend of mine (and erstwhile Positron Recording Artist) is playing drums for Morrissey on his current tour, and the wife and I are going up to have dinner and chat about his current project, among other things. We'll be there a couple days, and I was wondering if anything interesting was happening in the Seattle environs on Sunday or Monday. Obviously, we'll be at the Morrissey show on Sunday night, but if there's anything happening during the day that is worth checking out, I'd love to hear about it.

Also, to those readers intimately familiar with the city, where is the music store? You know the one I'm talking about. The one that sells new boutique stuff and has quality, serviced used gear? The "real" store.

May 1, 2007

Can I get a rewind?

by Chris Randall

So I got one of these Ion USB turntables (they're available under a dozen different brand names but are all essentially from the same factory in China...) in order to part out some of the stacks of ridiculous records I have for my new Micronaut album. Like, for instance, the little drum break in Caravan on "Persuasive Percussion 1966." That sort of thing.

Anyways, I got it for like a buck twenty four at ThinkGeek. If you're thinking about getting one of these, let me state for the record that they are roughly the same quality as the little turntable that goes in the top of the Emerson Bedroom Hi-Fi System you had in 1981 to play Kim Carne's "Betty Davis Eyes" on over and over again. It is, in short, a piece of utter shite. But that said, it gets the job done. USB shows up as a source and there you go. It comes with some sort of Bias software, but there's NFW I'm putting anything from an included CD-ROM in my computer if that CD-ROM doesn't come from a reputable company like, say, Apogee. Never have, never will.

In any event, if you just want to fuck around with some scratchy yard-sale records, it's great fun. If you're looking for a quality way to get your 180-gram audiophile pressing of "Kind Of Blue" in to your computer, look at a real rig. This thing is junk.


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