Guitars, Paramedics, Linux, and Me

March 29, 2017

Update March 2017

Filed under: Whatever! — S. Kindley @ 10:26 pm

I’m still around. I still enjoy guitars and working as a Paramedic. I’m not really involved in software development and/or Linux anymore sadly. I just have too many things going on at once. My other long time passion that had to take a backseat to other obligations are firearms.

I have several firearms and carry concealed on a daily basis. I’m not certain how the topic of firearms sits with WordPress but I intend to find out soon. Hopefully it won’t be prohibited.

I’ve always had a personal policy to only post content when I had something to say. Until now I’ve pretty much said everything I wanted to say about Guitars, Paramedics, and Linux if, and until, something pops up that piques my interest.

I’ve really enjoyed watching the traffic to my article on login restrictions on Fedora Core 6 and articles on guitar neck profiles. I’m simply amazed at how much interest is still around concerning both subjects.

The login article has enjoyed the most views simply because I published it over 10 years ago when no one else was working on solutions like that for Linux. I’ve retraced my own steps and repeated the process with newer “RH” type distributions (and even a Debian based one) with only minor adjustments but have long since lost interest in doing it again.

Today my articles on guitar neck profiles are catching up in popularity with that Linux login article. It doesn’t carry the same personal satisfaction for me because it isn’t something I figured out on my own. These articles are merely compilations of data and specifications gathered from research and other people’s work. Hence the “in article” citations for sources.

In the future I hope to focus more content based on my experiences working the street as a Paramedic and, if allowed, new content concerning firearms and 2A issues.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


July 30, 2014

Fluid Drip Rate “cheatsheet”

Filed under: EMS — S. Kindley @ 4:51 pm

I hope someone finds this useful


Fluid Drip Rate Chart

Fluid Drip Rate Chart

May 1, 2014

Neck Profiles: Fender Guitars

Filed under: Guitars,Music — S. Kindley @ 2:24 am
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As I stated in my article on Gibson neck profiles I think most guitar players look for a particular “feel” about the neck when trying to choose a guitar. Obviously that doesn’t just apply to Gibsons. In this article we’ll discuss Fender neck profiles, shapes, and variations.

Gibson guitar necks are generally categorized into two types, or profiles, with slight variations while Fender has had a long tradition of either three or five basic neck shapes depending on who you ask. I’ll try to address the discrepancy and let you decide for yourself.

The Basic 3

First: The “3” basic shapes as explained by Fender today and published on the Fender website. Fender defines “neck shape” and a “neck profile” as the “back shape” of the neck when cut into cross section as illustrated below. Neck width, neck depth, and fingerboard radius are not to be used to compound or complicate the basic neck shape/profile of Fender guitars.


Fender Neck Profiles

Fender Neck Profiles

Fender uses variations of the “C“, “V“, and “U” designation for their necks. The illustration above shows from top to bottom “C“, “V“, and “U“.

C-shaped neck profile: The most common modern neck profile. C-shaped necks have an oval profile that works well for most playing styles.

V-shaped neck profile: Two versions are popular. A more rounded “soft” V and a more pointed “hard” V.

U-shaped neck profile: Chunky and rounded, with high shoulders. Some consider to be “baseball bat” necks.

There are also further subdivisions of each type, usually denoted by a design year or era (i.e., ’50s V shape, ’61 C shape, ’70s C shape), in which subtle period-specific variations in one of the basic neck profiles is recreated precisely.

There is occasional confusion about C, U and V neck profile designations and A, B, C and D neck width designations. From the early ’60s to the early ’70s, Fender referred specifically to the nut width of its instrument necks using the letters A (1 ½”), B (1 5/8″), C (1 ¾”) and D (1 7/8″). These letters were stamped on the butt-end of the necks and had nothing to do with neck profile.

— Source: Jeff Owens, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Nov 20, 2009.

Read on for more …


April 8, 2014

Ares Management Takes Control of Guitar Center

Filed under: Guitars,News — S. Kindley @ 5:57 pm
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Bain Capital is still in the picture but Ares Management is reported to have taken control of Guitar Center.

Read the announcement here

(Note: a subscription to read the third party article may be required. I’ll try to locate and publish a link that is freely accessible. This link does have a free summary preview.)


Guitar Center

Guitar Center

March 5, 2014

2013 Gibson Les Paul 50’s Tribute

Filed under: Guitars — S. Kindley @ 12:56 am
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Gibson Les Paul 50's Tribute

Gibson Les Paul 50’s Tribute

This is my 2013 Les Paul 50’s Tribute Gold Top/Dark Back with P-90’s. Mine has the Grover tuners instead of the Min-ETune system. Mine is a 2013 model year but according to the serial number was manufactured in November, 2012.

Click ‘more’ to see the specs from Gibson.


February 27, 2014

The Band Perry

Filed under: Music — S. Kindley @ 7:19 pm
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The Band Perry:  Neil (mandolin, accordion, vocals), Kimberly (guitar, vocals), Reid (bass guitar, vocals).

The Band Perry

The Band Perry


January 13, 2014

Paramedic EKG Study Guide – Part 2

Filed under: EMS — S. Kindley @ 10:15 am
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Rhythm Identification

You can stare at rhythm strips all day, but you’ll never be consistent at correctly identifying the rhythm until you master the criteria of each rhythm. Before you start looking at strips take the time to learn what makes each rhythm unique.

It does take some practice but once you have the hang of it you’ll really increase you accuracy and speed in identifying various rhythms.

For those with experience: This isn’t a learn it once and forget it skill. This is something you should brush up on every once in a while.

Read on for more …


January 12, 2014

Paramedic EKG Study Guide – Part 1

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Things To Remember – Part 1

Although this is an EKG study guide it is not intended to be a complete stand alone work of reference. It is merely a study guide I used while attending a paramedic course of study at Vincennes University. I have many more study guides (study aids) to publish when I get some extra time. The information presented is in no particular order and should not be considered medical advice. It’s accuracy is not guaranteed as I’m tired and typing this late at night. Enjoy!

P Wave = Atrial Depolarization, Atria Contract
PR Segment = Delay at AV Node, Atria Relax, Atrial Repolarization
PR Interval = Total Atrial Activity
QRS Complex = Ventricular Depolarization, Ventricles Contract
ST Segment = Ventricles Begin To Relax, Ventricular Repolarization Begins
T Wave = Ventricular Repolarization and Relaxation Completed
ST Interval = Total Ventricular Relaxation
QT Interval = Total Ventricular Activity

Measuring PRI:

  • The PRI is measured from the beginning of the P wave to the beginning of the QRS
  • The normal PRI is 0.12 – 0.20 seconds (3-5 small blocks)

Measuring QRS:

  • The QRS is measured from the beginning of the Q wave to the end of the S wave
  • The QRS is normally less than 0.12 seconds

Autonomic Nervous System:

  • Sympathetic Branch

Affects the atria and the ventricles

Increases heart rate, conduction, irritability

  • Parasympathetic Branch

Affects only the atria

Decreases heart rate, conduction, irritability

Electrical Conduction Through the Heart:

  1. SA Node
  2. Intra-atrial pathway
  3. Inter-nodal pathways
  4. AV Node
  5. Bundle of HIS
  6. Left Bundle Branch
  7. Right Bundle Branch
  8. Purkinje Fibers

Inherent Rates:

SA Node – 60-100 bpm
AV Node – 40-60 bpm
Ventricular – 20-40 bpm

December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

Filed under: Whatever! — S. Kindley @ 11:35 pm

Not looking back!

November 24, 2013

Gibson 2014 Model Year Lineup Announced

Filed under: Guitars,Music,News — S. Kindley @ 8:20 am
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The new 2014 model year lineup from Gibson is now available. There are a few changes that are sure to create controversy for the traditionalists out there.

Perhaps this is best illustrated by Gibson’s decision to forgo the “nibs” on the neck binding in favor of “undercut fret over binding”. This is one of the easiest ways to determine is a Les Paul was a fake. Most fakes do not have “Nibs” since there are so difficult to recreate. Chinese Les Paul counterfeiters everywhere rejoice.

Some are also questioning why Gibson is using a 120th Anniversary fret board inlay on every 2014 guitar. While some like it most don’t. Who celebrates a 120th anniversary anyway?

2014 Gibson 120th Anniversary Inlay

2014 Gibson 120th Anniversary Inlay

Read on for more changes …

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