Thursday, April 30, 2009

either it is a huge cat or

it's a small box

while walking around nyc @ Bleeker St. Records

PM5D Scene Management Class

Highlights from NYC

• The bus from La Guardia filled up with smoke, and we were stuck on the side of the road in Queens for about an hour...

• Dinner at The Pearl Oyster Bar was fantastic. Oysters, clams, and halibut...

• Attended the Yamaha Commercial Audio PM5D Scene Management Class

• Had a Great Rueben sandwich at a deli in Times square

• Successfully kept my mouth shut while surrounded by millions of Yankee, Giants, and Mets fans

M7 update, 'this summer'

The Yamaha M7CL is getting a major update to Version 2.0, some  of the the new features :

Channel LibraryA new memory area for whole channel information
Matrix Send on Sends on FadersAccess 24 mix busses in Sends on Fader mode
Relative Level Channel LinkChannels can share parameter links with offsets between levels
Direct access to Sends on Fader from Mix Send knobsA more efficient use of User Defined Keys by activating the Mix Send knobs to move between Sends on Fader mixes
Post Fader insert for input/outputA new insert position
Post Fader direct outA new pick-off point for direct out
Monitor/Cue level control on Stereo/Mono fadersControl monitor level with fader

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Red Sox 4- Yanks 1

• The Sox have won 10 in a row.

• They swept the Evil Empire 3-0.

down east humor...

- "Had to shoot the dog today.."
"Was he mad ?"
"Twerent too damn pleased."

- Thermos. It keeps hot things hot, and cold things cold.
How do it know ?

- I once stopped and asked an older gentleman in Maine how to get to such and such a place. 
He said, (in that thick downeastern accent
"Well, you want to go up the road a bit, ... and when you see the big red bahn, ... you want to take  a right,  .... just watch out for the bump in the road..."


From The Corner :

"Celebrate Diversity . . .  
except veterans, small-business owners, practicing Catholics, gun owners, talk-radio listeners, tea-party attendees, Texans, smokers, limited-government proponents, pro-lifers, taxpayers, NASCAR fans, Boy Scouts, oil-company employees, secure-border advocates, capitalists, global-warming agnostics, Cuban refugees, school-choicers . . ."

best. frappe. ever.

After the best. hamburger. ever., I made a ChucksItsSummerAndItSoundsWickedGood CoffeeCoffee Frappe.

recipe :
-some coffee ice cream
-a cup of fresh brewed coffee
-some milk

put it in a blender, and viola : you have the
best. frappe. ever.

Note :

Some words used in the Boston area but not in many other American English dialects (or with different meanings) are:

  • bubbler (bublah) or water bubbler – 'drinking fountain'. This term is also used in Wisconsin (and Australia).
  • frappe (pronounced /fræp/ – 'a blend of ice cream, milk, and syrup' (In Boston milkshake refers to a concoction without ice cream, but merely with milk blended with flavored syrup by shaking.)
  • Hoodsie – A small cup of ice cream, the kind that comes with a flat wooden spoon (from HP Hood, the dairy that sells them.) Elsewhere occasionally known as adixie cup.
  • jimmies– 'chocolate sprinkles' ( I always thought these were named after my uncle)
  • milk shake – 'drink composed of milk, iced milk and flavored syrup, without ice cream
  • packie– 'liquor store' (from "package store")
  • rotary– 'traffic circle'
  • tonic– 'soft drink'; the term is retreating in favor of soda among younger speakers.[41] Elsewhere the phrase often has an alcoholic connotation.
  • wicked- 'very'

spring(summer?) is here and how long will these plants live ?

too much sun ? not enough ? how much water ? These are things I just don't know, but will learn...

best. hamburger. ever.

Q: What do you get when a Chinese lady and a Jewish guy ( I know this sounds like a joke, but it's not) decide to make a Teriyaki sauce ? 

A: SoyVay.  Only the best Teriyaki sauce on the planet
This stuff is like candy, it is kosher, natural, and I have put it on/in everything from steak to chicken to mushrooms to fish to......I am real close to just using a straw......

I just bought a new grill, and found this recipe for the best. hamburger. ever. Featuring, you guessed it SoyVay Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce...

Gorgeous Quick and Easy Veri Veri Teriyaki Burgers

Serves: 4 

Preparation time: 10 mins 

Cooking time: 12 minutes


Approx 450g minced beef, lamb or pork
4 tablespoons ( or more!!!! ) Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce
1 chopped onion
1 crushed garlic clove or 8 sprays of Garlic Valley Farms Freshly Pressed Garlic 
1 teaspoon mustard (English or French)
1 teaspoon tomato puree
2 teaspoons tomato ketchup (optional)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, beaten
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Mix together the meat, chopped onion, garlic, mustard, tomato puree, tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Veri Veri Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bind the mixture together with the egg. You probably won't need to use all of it.

2. Press the mixture together into patties and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes before cooking.

3. Barbecue or grill for about 6 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness, until cooked through.

It was like watching the playoffs

Saturdays' Red Sox game was an amazing thing to watch (on Fox Sports, so I was able to watch). The Sox were down 6 - 0 to A.J. Burnett and the Yanks, and I thought, "great, I finally get to watch a game, and they are going to get shut out..." The Fox announcers had to keep giving all the stats about how great A.J. Burnett pitches against the Sox.

Then things started... Jason Varitek' grand slam, Mike Lowell's 6 RBI's, and the score went back and forth, back and forth. I could not leave the TV. It was long (over 4 hours). It was at times frustrating (a ground ball thru Dustin Pedoria's legs). But, in the end it was one of the greatest games I have ever seen, and it is only April...

Final score : Boston Red Sox 16 - New York Yankees 11

Friday, April 24, 2009


have podium mic... will travel to Manhattan next week, looking for a good seafood restaurant ... any suggestions ???

"In North America, the American lobster did not become a popular food until the mid-19th century, when New Yorkers and Bostonians developed a taste for the species..... Prior to this time, eating lobster was considered a mark of poverty or as a food for indentured servants or lower members of society in Maine, Massachusetts and the Canadian Maritimes. Prior to the American Revolutionary War, dock workers in Boston went on strike, protesting having to eat lobster more than three times a week"

vs the evil empire

It's not on TV (in columbus, oh)... 

Yanks-Sox tied 4 to 4 in the 9th, are you kidding me ?!??? and I can't watch it...???!!! 

Update. From : "BOSTON—Jason Bay homered off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, and Kevin Youkilis hit a solo shot in the 11th on Friday night as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-4 for their eighth straight victory."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How tall does it weigh ?

This Crown Power Amp weighs 77 lbs.
(I'm just sayin') 

The word pound comes from the Latin word pondus meaning "weight". The abbreviation lb comes from the Latin word libra, meaning "scales, balances", which also described a Roman unit similar to the pound.

We smile when we are happy

These are actually quite good. Shrimp Flavored Chips from Calbee  "A toasted light snack, with a touch of shrimp."

From the website : "We smile when we are happy. We smile when we experience something tasty. "Happy" and "tasty" are somewhat similar.
Smart snacking can make you feel relaxed and relieve your stress. Whenever there are snacks, there will be smiles and a friendly atmosphere. 
Calbee believes that the joy of eating enriches our lives."

how tall do you weigh ?

Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox beat the Twins 10 to 1

rock star chef

We provided production for Sysco, who had 2 guests speakers : Cameron Mitchell and Guy Fieri. Guy is a chef on the Food Network as well as a restaurant owner, and a rock star...He put on a great show with a cooking demo, funny stories, and some rock n' roll...


It was as I thought ; long days in Birmingham. We brought in Sound, Lights, and Video, and spent aprox. 12 hours rehearsing for 3 a three hour event... One highlight was dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse where I had a great lobster... 

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Monday = Fly to Birmingham @ 6:30AM, load-in@1:00, set-up till 10:00PM. 

The word of the day is : indefatigable :
Incapable of being fatigued; not readily exhausted; unremitting in labor or effort; untiring; unwearying; not yielding to fatigue; as, indefatigable exertions, perseverance, application. "A constant, indefatigable attendance."

Flight departs at 6:35 AM

have (8) podium mic (s), will travel... to Birmingham, Alabama

a chicken on the 5D

From Dayton

We provided PA, Monitors, Lights, and Video for the YEC at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. And that is a world famous chicken on the Yamaha PM5D audio console....

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Economical numbers

    "There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers."
Richard Feynman
US educator & physicist (1918 - 1988)

Yankees lose again

OK, so, the Sox lost, but the Evil Empire is 0 and 2 on the season, and that's good.... I believe that would put the Yanks in last place...

somebody traveling to Boston asked me : "How far is it from Boston to NYC ?"
Me : "Who cares ?"

Digital Vertical Array

we had a rep come in to demo the DVA T4,  a small line-array system, and at 31 pounds (w/built-in amplification) per nice sounding cabinet, I'm sold...
     "Since the 90’s the Line-Array technology has changed soundreinforcement drastically. The vertical arrangement of speakers in an enclosure offers a high influence to soundspreading and reduces in comparison to ordinary soundsystems the loss of signal in relation to distance combined with a slim structure and broad sound distribution." more 

truck pack

must remember... no matter what anyone says...    It. will. fit. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Red Sox Win

Opening Day : Red Sox 5 - Rays 3 , Josh Beckett gave up just two hits and had 10 strikeouts... and the Evil Empire lost 10-5.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Columbus is now under a Tornado Watch. Monday and Tuesday will bring a cold front with snow showers. Nice.


A young naval student was being put through the paces by an old sea captain.
"What would you do if a sudden storm sprang up on the starboard?" asked the captain.
"Throw out an anchor, sir." replied the naval student.
"What would you do if another storm sprang up aft?" asked the captain.
"Throw out another anchor, sir." answered the student.
"And if another terrific storm sprang up forward, what would you do?" asked the captain.
"Throw out another anchor." replied the student.
"Hold on," said the Captain. "Where are you getting all your anchors from?"
The naval student replied, "From the same place you're getting all of your storms, sir."

This is making me hungry....

New favorite web site : The Crepes of Wrath 
Cool recipes with great photos , and step by step instructions... The picture is from the recipe for Mongolian Beef (which was fantastic)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

200 people freeze in place on cue in Grand Central Station

"over 200 people freeze in place on cue 
in Grand Central Station in New York"

Grand Slam

watching the Sox on the computer

more.... Austin, Texas

chance of snow : 0%
From Austin,Texas

Wednesday, April 1, 2009