Archive for July, 2009

TWITTER: Crazy 48 Hours

The last 48 hours have been a marathon: moving, work and only 3 hours of sleep. Huge crash coming soon …

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TWITTER: Starting Work Late

My workday begins at 5 pm

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TWITTER: Moving Day

Moving all of my possessions one city block

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Movin’ On Up

Photo © 2009 Stan Syckes

Ok, so about that apartment I mentioned …

I’ve actually been pretty quiet about the whole apartment saga on this blog as 1) I thought the band stuff was way more interesting and 2) the whole story was kind of a blur. I didn’t have much time to process it all, much less feel like I could write about it. Anyway, here’s a brief, listed synopsis of it all:

  • Monday, 6/29 – After deciding to look for a new apartment months ago, we finally go to see first one. It’s in a building located in the east 60’s and includes both a gym and laundry but we aren’t fans of the apartment, itself.
  • Thursday, 7/2 (Afternoon) – The plan was for Cassie to check out a few more apartments on this second outing before I got home from work. I’d catch up with her upon returning home, but as it happened she was just leaving the last of the apartments as I arrived. Luckily, Cassie said she wasn’t a big fan of any of the places she saw. She did, however, make a date with the broker showing her around for early the next day to go look at another batch.
  • Thursday, 7/2 (Night) – Cassie heard back from a broker that an apartment in the building directly behind us was open and we could check it out that very night. We went over, picked up the keys from the doorman and let ourselves in. The cleaning man was the only soul in the place and he let us look around for an hour. However, it only took 5 minutes to realize this was the apartment we wanted: bigger than our current place but in the same great location; not that much more expensive; included a dishwasher in the kitchen, a gym upstairs, and laundromat downstairs; housed a glass-encased pool on the roof; and offered an open sunroof with an amazing view. We immediately emailed the broker back and said we wanted it.
  • Friday, 7/3 – Meet at broker’s office to sign application, pay $500 fee to get apartment unlisted, and get credit background checks.
  • Monday, 7/6 – Thursday, 7/9 – Fax a shit load of paperwork to the broker. I think these jobs were the only the second things I have ever faxed in my life so I was actually nervous operating the fax machine!
  • Friday, 7/10 – Met with the broker and (unbeknown to us) the owners of the apartment at the broker’s office. We handed over all the leftover paperwork and, after about an hour, we left feeling pretty good. The owners appeared to like us and were very easy going about everything. We were told that all the paperwork was going to be delivered to the condo committee who would give us the ultimate approval. We had no idea how long this process would take.
  • Monday, 7/20 – Received an email from broker that we had been approved by the committee and that the apartment was officially ours!!

Anyway, sorry I’ve been so quiet on here but I’ve now spent every night/day since we heard we got the apartment cleaning, packing and planning for the move (it happens Tuesday)! Give me a few more days and I’m sure I’ll be back to talking about basketball ….

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  • Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 16:19 | #1

    obligatory asshole Stever VA Trip part 2 comment

TWITTER: Haricut

Getting this moptop hacked about 2 weeks later than I should have. Never been good with haircuts …

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TWITTER: Zelda Youtube

Watched a video of someone beating NES Zelda in 30 mins. I barely played it but remembered a ton.

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TWITTER: New Apartment!

Breaking news: dream apartment is ours >:)

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Oh, Yes, That Apartment Will Be Mine

This just in!

I’ve just received word that the apartment we have been wanting is now officially ours! More to come when I have a chance to blog!

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  • Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 16:33 | #1

    when’s the second part to the Virginia Weekend showing up?

  • Zepmoon
    Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 15:15 | #2

    How about an address so we can Google map your new place.

Guitar Sim


I picked up my amp a little over two years ago: the Vetta II essentially simulates something like 40 other, famous amps and allows you to tweak these sounds to your specification. Want to run your guitar through both a Marshall JCM 900 and a 5-watt amp that fits on your belt? The Vetta II can make that dream a reality! And, after many a tweak, I found a guitar tone I really liked.

However, the Vetta II weighs 100 pounds or so and just doesn’t make sense to roll into our weekly rehearsals at UltraSound Studios. And, since I have only invested maybe $25 total into pedals (the crappy, orange Boss Distortion from a decade ago) this means I’ve had to rely on the amps (good) in these rooms as well as their distortion (god awful). So, while I enjoy the power and loudness I receive, the actual tone of my guitar during rehearsals leaves much to be desired. This, in turn, limits my inspiration – I just don’t feel like me as I’m playing – and as a result my playing suffers. This predicament really shouldn’t be a surprise, however, since the distortion on these amps have become so muddy after being in constant use 24-hours a day, 7-days a week by random people at different levels. Ugh.

Well, the solution to the problem is to bring in your own effects pedals, plug your guitar to them, and have the output go to a clean (non-distortion) amp. Therefore, you retain the great, loud presence these superior amps are still capable of producing while not being tethered to their dilapidated (and extremely limited) distortion effect. Now, as I mentioned before, I’m not much of an effects man (remember, I only paid $25 for a crappy pedal in my guitar playing career) so I didn’t know where to really start with taking this route. I really like the tone I get from my amp, so I decided to surf around and see if its producer (Line 6) created any effects pedals. And voila! I hit the mother load!!!

I came across the Pod X3 Live … essentially a simulation effects pedal (much like my simulation amp). It basically condenses the majority of what my amp can do into something the size of a large computer keyboard (well, minus any amplification). This means I can recreate the exact sound I like on my Vetta II amp into this pedal and play with “my sound” anywhere! I’ll be testing it out at tonight’s rehearsal for the first time. We also are auditioning another singer tonight, so I’ll be back with how everything went.

Long live the stanus.butt follies!

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TWITTER: Iphone Scratch

I’ve had this iPhone for 4 weeks … Already has a scratch 🙁

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