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October 28, 2013

R.I.P. Lou Reed

Filed under: Music,News — S. Kindley @ 1:29 pm

Lou Reed, 71, passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, at his home in Southampton, N.Y., after battling liver disease.

Lou Reed

Lou Reed

 

Rest In Peace Lou!

September 1, 2013

Blackberry Smoke – Ain’t Much Left of Me

Filed under: Music — S. Kindley @ 8:03 am
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Blackberry Smoke. From “The Whippoorwill” CD.

Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry Smoke

 

 

Fantastic music.

August 1, 2013

Neck Profiles: Gibson 50’s & 60’s

Filed under: Guitars,Music — S. Kindley @ 10:13 am
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I think most guitar players look for a particular “feel” about the neck when trying to choose a guitar. Gibson guitar necks are generally categorized into two types. The 50’s style and the 60’s style necks. I will focus on Gibson electric guitars in this article because I have limited experience with playing Gibson acoustic guitars.

Contrast 50's & 60's Gibson Neck Profile

Contrast of a 50’s & 60’s Gibson Neck Profile

Each have a strong following and some players won’t use one or the other. I personally like both.

Another term used to describe Gibson necks is “Baseball Bat”. This term is generically thrown around to describe a very fat neck and is often associated with the 50’s style neck. As you can see from the graphic above the thickness of the neck from the fretboard to the bottom of the neck is pretty marginal. In my opinion what makes the neck “feel” thick is shoulder of the neck (the area directly below the fretboard, on the neck itself, measured from the ends of the frets). In other words the area where the greatest difference in thickness between the 50’s and 60’s neck profile.

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July 27, 2013

R.I.P. JJ Cale

Filed under: Guitars,Music,News — S. Kindley @ 8:57 am
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JJ Cale is reported to have died of a heart attack on July 26, 2013. Songwriter and performer extraordinaire, Cale has penned many tunes in his time for a roster of bona fide legends as noted in this excerpt from his Wikipedia page:

“JJ Cale (also J.J. Cale), born John Weldon Cale on December 5, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and musician. Cale is one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Cale’s personal style has often been described as “laid back”.

His songs have been performed by a number of other musicians including “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton, “Cajun Moon” by Randy Crawford, “Clyde” and “Louisiana Women” by Waylon Jennings, “Magnolia” by Jai, “Bringing It Back” by Kansas, “Call Me the Breeze” and “I Got the Same Old Blues” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “I’d Like to Love You, Baby” by Tom Petty, “Travelin’ Light” and “Ride Me High” by Widespread Panic, “Tijuana” by Harry Manx, “Sensitive Kind” by Carlos Santana, “Cajun Moon” again by Herbie Mann with Cissy Houston, and “Same Old Blues” by Captain Beefheart.”

 

JJ Cale

JJ Cale

1938-2013. Rest in Peace. (more…)

July 10, 2013

How Indianapolis EMS hopes to cut down on “Frequent Flyers”

Filed under: EMS,News — S. Kindley @ 7:17 pm
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Indianapolis EMS is going to be sending a Social Worker out on 911 calls in an effort to reduce the number of “Frequent Flyers” that are abusing the system. One can read about it here. I am curious as to exactly what a Social Worker can do and whether or not a Social Worker would be appropriate in a 911 situation. Perhaps a Social Worker can explain programs that may exist that could offer assistance but will that really cut costs … or just shift them to someone else’s budget?

What are your thoughts?

 

 

July 3, 2013

Fedora 19 Released

Filed under: Linux,News — S. Kindley @ 6:58 pm
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See the announcement here

and of course the release notes are available as well.

 

July 1, 2013

Beth Hart – Forever Young

Filed under: Music — S. Kindley @ 12:24 am
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Beth Hart. Forever Young from the 37 Days CD.

I like pretty much everything Beth Hart sings.  I’ll definitely post more from her in the future.

June 11, 2013

Gibson Guitar Corp. Changes Name

Filed under: Guitars,Music,News — S. Kindley @ 11:58 am
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GibsonThe Tennessean is reporting that the Gibson Guitar Corporation is changing it’s name to Gibson Brands. Personally I think they should have chosen a name that pays better respect to the rich tradition that this music instrument icon has enjoyed for over 120 years. I would have thought that they would have opted for a shorter more elegant name.

Gibson®” should have been the obvious choice as the logo to the left illustrates. Simple, elegant, and already well established in the music industry.

The companies bought up by Gibson could simply add something like “A Gibson® Company” somewhere around their logos to establish the connection between the various non-guitar related entities and the parent. Maybe I’m just an old fashioned traditionalist. That being said when tradition is part of your identity one shouldn’t go screwing with it now.

Curiously when I ran across this news article I quickly navigated over to the Gibson website and found no mention of the change as of the time of this posting.

I for one hope this is erroneous journalism by the Tennessean. If this proves to be accurate I sure hope we don’t start seeing “Gibson Brands” for the logo inlay on any headstock.

What are your thoughts? Comment below!

June 2, 2013

The Wallflowers – One Headlight & Love Is A Country

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A couple of songs from the Wallflowers I like. One Headlight and Love Is A Country.

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May 23, 2013

EMS Week May 19-25, 2013

Filed under: EMS,News — S. Kindley @ 6:55 pm
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This week, May 19th through 25th, marks EMS Week in the United States.

EMS Week celebrates and honors the hundreds of thousands of EMS practitioners serving our communities across the nation.

One Mission, One Team

One Mission, One Team

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