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

...am here to tap through the walls.

Tue Jun, 24 2008

Oh, Yes They Can

For the first time since Friday, really, I've been rolling around the 'net and seeing the sights. (I spent the weekend at a hayfield with a big mud puddle where people got drunk and crashed cars. No shit.)

So, I'm looking around, and taking in the comments here and there, and then I get to here, and it occurs to me as I'm reading:

An enormous swathe of "the American people" (as they're commonly put) are obviously disqualified to wield any sort of political power if their literary abilities are any semblance of their ways with actual thoughts -- which I maintain they are. It makes my skin crawl in horror to realize that these cripples and defectives are authorized to vote when they're not thinking straight and often not making even a pretense to thinking at all. More: I do not believe that the percentage of the population who try to write online about affairs and ideas is disrepresentative of the herds at large. I think they're probably a pretty good picture of the presumptions of mal-educated shard-basket intellects who slosh out of schools of all sorts now, ready to eat their corrosive ways into the world.

They cannot think, and for that reason they are not candidates for reason.

Ponder that, in its political dimension, ladies and gentlemen.


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}