(second block, fourth letter of the prisoners' quadratic tap code...)

...am here to tap through the walls.

Wed Aug, 29 2007

"The Boston Razor"

"Anything unknown must be terrorism."
(This comment on hysteria in New Haven, Connecticut.)

I have never heard of "hashing". It looks like people who like to drink and run around. I say it's all very odd; marking false trails and chasing each other around the damned countryside. They probably read Balzac in the nude, too. Who the hell knows?

We must know, however. Aside from just nuking the place from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

We should issue these people big hunks of varnished plywood to run around with, like the hall-passes in my high-school, so everybody will be safe at a glance.

Definitely press the felony charges, though. An example must be made, accountability restored, steps taken.

Later --
"The incident drew dozens of New Haven and state police officers, firefighters, health department workers, FBI agents and other personnel from New Haven and neighboring communities, as well as special equipment from the U.S. Postal Service’s Wallingford processing center, which authorities say is the only place in the state that has such equipment."
(New Haven Register)

...and Jesus knows we'd better protect our phony-baloney jobs not miss a chance to put all that stuff to work or none of that funding is going to work out. And, we get to soak the perps for costs and look all responsible and civic-minded. This is going to work out on both ends.

Just so nobody is going to "take situations like this lightly".


Various guitars I see floating by, mostly Gibson and mostly eBay.

Early Norlin ES-335 -- 1970, in Walnut ("ES-335TDW"). This is a period-piece look and feel, and arguably the sound as well but that's to cut things very finely. A "classic" 335 would be the original of 1958 in the Sunburst or Natural finish, or the Cherry Red of 1959; the Walnut of 1970 (second year of that finish offering) is not really a "classic" 335. In the history of the Gibson aesthetic, this is analogous to, say, vertically-striped polyester bell-bottoms or Bahama Blue shag carpeting. None of this is to say that they're not cool guitars, and this is a nice one. Excellent photographs.

Chrome hardware, featuring the trapeze tailpiece (like my L-47 and I've always liked it) and ABR-1 bridge with period-typical nylon saddles. Bound rosewood fretboard, with small block markers, and then the crown inlay at the machine head. These would be the T-top Humbuckers. Vintage Nazis would moan that the upper bouts are pointy (the body templates were wearing-out in the factory) and the fourteen-degree machine head with the volute signals a sometimes not-fun era of the line, but these things really do rock or moan or whatever you want a 335-type semi-hollow to do. ...which, of course, is because it really is a 335.

In the months since I've let AxeBites languish all to bleedin' hell, Gibson's Robot Guitar technology has sifted out to other models than the original Les Paul application. I don't know how it's going: I still haven't even seen one of these self-tuners. I don't see piles of them burning on the sides of the highway, nor reverent hangings in display cases over bars, so who knows? This 2008 Robot SG is ready to rock in the Metallic Red. Nickel hardware; it's the stoptail wired for data to send to the tuners, with dual Humbuckers. It's a bound rosewood fretboard, but I really like the single-bound machine head with the crown inlay. That's a real cool old-school look, right there, to set off that crazy-ass color. {nod}