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January 30, 2013
Missy gets her 30 seconds of fame.

January 28, 2013
New glasses!  Super Geek, 2013....

January 27, 2013
Every guitar player will now want to fulfill their fretboard vanity with their very own Shredcam™!  Okay - not really trademarked - but here is how to make one yourself:

January 25, 2013
A regular day in the sewing shop - I was about to put the steels in a this new corset when I noticed that the tide was in and the waves were breaking so I decided to hang ten with my Galaxy and shoot the curl - Radical!  Unfinished beige cotton twill corset by Contour Corsets, music by The Mysterons.

January 19, 2013

January 17, 2013
Okay, enough of the science - Now it is my turn to rant about the flak I get for being out. You won't find many other professional transpeople standing along side me on this particular soapbox in solidarity, but I sure wish they would!  Yea, it's all about me....   Me, me, me.  :-)   But it really isn't about just me.  There are a lot of us out there in the world (transgendered people I mean) but too few of us stand up for ourselves, or for transpeople as a group.   If my talking about this makes you uncomfortable, well tough crap!  Enjoy! 

January 15, 2013
- Lana Wachowski receives the HRC Visibility Award -
Co-creator and director of the Matrix Trilogy, Lana gives this moving, funny, and poignant address about her journey and speaks openly about success, privacy, and the personal sacrifice of being out and transgendered. 

January 14, 2013
Some nerd porn for Monday - take a look if you please at some highlights from my 1984 Heathkit catalog.... Not the whole thing, but the choice selections, just for you.  Man, that is one insanely lucky kid on the cover!

January 13, 2013
 More hi-fi spy soundtrack stuff live from August 23, 1997.  The high octane intro to the Mysterons set, so loud that it broke the original VHS tape!  Gotta love analog video.  Was I giving the sound guy the finger or just asking for more monitors? Maybe both.   You decide!  Jezebel kicks ass on drums.  Original blurry video and cracked PA speakers even further enhanced for your viewing pleasure.   Enjoy!

January 12, 2013
 I recently returned to the site of the former MOS factory while traveling through Audibon and snapped this shot.  It is endlessly fascinating to contemplate the groundbreaking work that went on in there.  I did add the Commodore logo to the photo....  I wish it was there in real life - faded and paint all cracked - Ah, yes....  but sadly they never did really paint it on the building :(

January 11, 2013 made yet another post of my videos, this time for the ones about the Saturn V LVDC circuit board.  My Design and Engineering page has been getting a lot of traffic this week, and I am probably well over my limits for data transfer.  But it's all worth it - For Science!

January 9, 2013
Compressorhead.... The first all robot metal band!

January 8, 2013
I have finally published some data along with the high resolution X-ray images of the Saturn V LVDC computer board, and they are available on my Design and Engineering Page.

On the right, that's my thumb!

January 7, 2013
January 2004: Completing the construction of the second New York Frantone factory in the rough and raw space in Bushwick Brooklyn took over 6 months.  I had to work and live in partially built surroundings, splitting my time between construction of the loft and the building of pedals.  It was a total build-in live/work, with new floor and ceiling, supplemental heat and air conditioning, and electric.  So much wiring!  Seven rooms altogether - including recording studio, paint room, assembly areas, overhead storage, kitchen and bath, and tiled floors.  It was the first house I ever built all by myself.  It was a magnificent space, but I had to abandon it in 2007.

A lot of construction...

All Done!

Now time to move out. :(

January 5, 2013
Check out the latest from our friendly neighbor Mars, including this stunning full sized panorama courtesy of Curiosity!

January 3, 2013
Over the holidays I lost a filling, and though it meant a week of soft foods and a visit to my dentist Dr. Thomas, it also created an interesting opportunity for me.  I told Dr. Thomas about my Saturn V PCB vlog and that I was looking to get the board X-rayed, and he gladly volunteered his time and equipment to do it.  So, here it is! 

January 2, 2013 and have posted my video about how to make your own friction welder and it has brought out some interesting comments.  I am glad that this simple tool has caught on so fast and furious in the DIY world, and many have found it to be as easy and effective a technique as I have.  Awesome! 

January 1, 2013
Fran and The Mysterons perform "Surf's Up!" live and loud in a dark cavern in Philadelphia in 1997.  Musky analog from VHS, audio clipping comes free of charge, and the blurry video has been further enhanced for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

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