This weekend I built a mini cigar box amplifier to use when I finish my bass guitar. To be more precise, I built the speaker box. The amp is a little standalone unit that sits on top. This is the second iteration of my practice amp build. At first I tried to build a sealed… Read More


Science is meaningless. Don’t get me wrong, I love science–a systematic method to discover facts. I love technology–the useful application of new discoveries. I work in IT and I was a pre-med student in college. This is not me disrespecting science; it’s about fostering a proper understanding of meaning. Science is meaningless until it is… Read More


I am waiting for the supplies to come so I can build my bass guitar. It’s been a while since I ordered them (and it may be longer still before they finish their journey across the ocean). The other day I rediscovered my initial sketch: I want a bass that is comfortable, cool-looking, but most… Read More


Writing comes down to two parts: Color the white paper dark Trim your initial scribbles into meaningful sentences. That first step is where many of us quit. No matter how many ideas we have they can dissolve into the great whiteness of the blank page. The answer here is to write. Just write. Write about… Read More


Today I drove to church to practice the bass guitar. I arrived, plugged into the amp, and heard . . . silence. I swapped cables, since they are often the first to go. Unfortunately that didn’t fix the problem. The guitarist plugged into the amp and filled the sanctuary with sound. That meant the problem… Read More


I have been making knives recently. Last night I finally completed the karambit I have been working on for over a month. The karambit originates somewhere in Southeast Asia and has been found in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sumatra, and many other places. People think that it started as a farming implement before becoming a knife that… Read More


I just began playing a startup game with Joel Miller. We each will take $100 and try to double it. Whoever doubles their money first wins. The winner takes 1/2 of whatever profit the loser has made over the initial $100 investment. The game started last Friday and it will end on Aug 23. If… Read More


Today I ran into a strange error when I attempted to install a package on a debian server. When I tried to run apt-get install I encountered this error: Media change: please insert the disc labeled ‘Debian GNU/Linux 9.3.0 _Stretch_ – Official amd64 xfce-CD Binary-1 20171209-12:11’ in the drive ‘/media/cdrom/’ and press [Enter] Essentially what… Read More


The sun has finally moved enough so that the dead cockroach lies in shadow. This seems appropriate, though I couldn’t say why. We are in the library, the cockroach and I. We are surrounded by books, paperback, casebound, and hardcover. We are surrounded by book browsers (the book readers all seem to be at home).… Read More


I have an old pair of headphones that I love. They don’t sound good but they use an aux jack as the input cord. This means that I have been able to use these as a headset for making calls. While I have a bluetooth headset, they always seem to run out of battery when… Read More