MacBook for sale

In order to make room for an iMac, I’m selling my 13″ MacBook (white).

Click here for the original specs

Here’s the specifics:

  • RAM upgraded to 4GB
  • HDD upgraded to 350GB/7200 rpm
  • Includes InCase neoprene zippered sleeve
  • Includes MiniDVI-to-VGA adapter
  • All original packaging and media
  • Retail copy of Snow Leopard
  • Was just serviced by Apple to replace the keyboard, screen bezel, and keyboard tray (under warranty)
  • Still has original battery which still holds strong charge
  • It does have some light scuffs on the outer surfaces from normal use, which has always primarily been my home laptop, so not a lot of travel wear

I haven’t installed Lion yet, so that’s up to you. It’s never had any issues, and it’s been a great computer. I will completely wipe the drive and reinstall SnowLeopard back to factory-fresh.

I’m asking $600, and I will cover shipping and insurance (unless you’re local). If you think that’s too high, tell me why and make an offer 🙂

Pictures coming soon.

Update: I have not been able to locate the original media (Leopard), and, I forgot to add that the AC adapter is included.

Happy 4th of July!!!

Enjoy the 4th!. Watch “The Patriot” (Mel Gibson) or “Last of the Mohicans”, or “Saving Private Ryan” and revel at everything that was done and sacrificed to get this great experiment in democracy known as the USA going.

Then watch the news and see how bad everyone is messing it up.

Crack the Gathering™

I just discovered Magic 2013 for the iPad. It’s one of the best MTG dueling games I’ve seen since I stopped playing the real version and sold all my cards 10 years ago. I’m trying to decide whether my productivity can handle the full version. Anyone want to duel?

Wonderfully under productive Saturday

I didn’t do any work today. I think over 21 days straight (a couple were only around 4 hours) is enough, and I needed some down time.

I did manage to give my new drums a satisfactory tuning, and spent a couple hours disassembling my bass pedal while trying to figure out how to adjust the throw. You’d think they would include some instructions. This helped.

I also found some good video lessons to start working on. I need to set a goal for myself.
Also, I took a nap.

On a more somber note, I learned that my primary and junior high band director/music teacher died today. He was a great brass player, and was truly passionate about teaching kids about music. He had such a profound effect on my life. He really helped nurture in me an absolute passion for music.

Ironically, the last time I saw him was 16 years ago, almost to the day, at a funeral – my father’s
Rest in peace, Mr. Howcroft. You too, Dad.

Cheap cymbals are cheap

So I got a drum kit. I had a very specific budget, did a ton of research, watched video reviews, etc. I chose the kit due to the excellent reviews, the smaller size (good for jazz), and of course because it looked cool.
The kit I chose, the Sonor Safari, is what’s called a “shell kit”. That means the price you pay only includes the four drums, and you have to shell out more money to get all the other parts. This include buying cymbals.
Now, being a musician and having worked in a music store (r.i.p. String Shoppe) I’ve learned that pretty much any musical instrument, no matter how cheap, usually has some redeeming quality that a little work and effort can bring out.
Cymbal “starter packs” are the exception to this rule. There’s nothing you can do for a crappy-sounding cymbal: you can’t rebuild it, you can’t set it up properly. I knew going in that I was going to have to cut corners on my cymbals.
When I was making my purchase at the Home Depot of music stores, the guy working in the drum department suggested a cymbal set from Meinl. The only time I’ve ever seen Meinl cymbals was on Lamb of God’s drummer Chris Adler’s kit. My sales guy, who was very cool and helpful, said they’d sound better than the Zildjian set I was originally looking at. Since I’ve been out of the music scene for so long and really had no idea, I decided to take his word on it.
I could have assembled a better sounding set of cymbals from my kitchen and garage. To my ears, these things sounded like random round pieces of metal. The 10″ splash actually sounded like a pie tin.
The next day I boxed them up and took them back to the store to exchange them. I grabbed the original Zildjian set I wanted and actually took them out and tried them, they actually sounded like cymbals! I even played the pie tin next to the Zildjian splash, which sounds like a splash, and the guy actually said “you think that sounds better?!”.
The lesson learned here is that even if you’re buying a cheap cymbal package that costs as much as one “good” cymbal, make sure you play them before shelling out the cash.
Now to figure out how to tune these drums…

It’s a bit blurry, but here’s the happy new cymbals:

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Update: I think I’m going to write a WordPress plugin that automatically replaces the word “actually” with a synonym.

Note to self: look up synonyms for “actually”

A new creative (and stress) outlet

How to add some fun to your life in 6 easy steps:

1. Unload the boxes

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2. Start putting stuff together

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3. Keep putting stuff together

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4. Keep putting stuff together

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5. Sprinkle liberally with children. Mix well.

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6. Enjoy!

Note: The optional “warn neighbors” step was skipped.

Instapaper

I know I’m a bit slow on the pick-up sometimes, but I just recently discovered how useful Instapaper is. Even more so when you use the bookmarklet for the iPhone(and probably other smart phones). I can look something up wherever I am with my phone, send it to Instapaper with a single click, and bring it up later on my iPad or my desktop.