Thursday, December 30, 2004

Frank Says...

"Scientists claim that hydrogen is basic building block of the universe because it is so plentiful. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe."
- Frank Zappa

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Careful Where You Point That Thing!

From a website I stumbled upon today - Author unknown.

The mechanism behind Tesla's death ray is not well understood. It was apparently some sort of particle accelerator. Tesla said it was an outgrowth of his magnifying transformer, which focused its energy output into a thin beam so concentrated it would not scatter, even over huge distances. He promoted the device as a purely defensive weapon, intended to knock down incoming attacks - making the death ray the great-great grandfather of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
It is not certain if Tesla ever used the death ray, or indeed if he even succeeded in building one. But the following is the often-related story of what happened one night in 1908 when Tesla tested the foreboding weapon.
At the time, Robert Peary was making his second attempt to reach the North Pole. Cryptically, Tesla had notified the expedition that he would be trying to contact them somehow. They were to report to him the details of anything unusual they might witness on the open tundra. On the evening of June 30, accompanied by his associate George Scherff atop Wardenclyffe tower, Tesla aimed his death ray across the Atlantic towards the arctic, to a spot which he calculated was west of the Peary expedition.
Tesla switched on the device. At first, it was hard to tell if it was even working. Its extremity emitted a dim light that was barely visible. Then an owl flew from its perch on the tower's pinnacle, soaring into the path of the beam. The bird disintegrated instantly.
That concluded the test. Tesla watched the newspapers and sent telegrams to Peary in hopes of confirming the death ray's effectiveness. Nothing turned up. Tesla was ready to admit failure when news came of a strange event in Siberia.
On June 30, a massive explosion had devastated Tunguska, a remote area in the Siberian wilderness. Five hundred thousand square acres of land had been instantly destroyed. Equivalent to ten to fifteen megatons of TNT, the Tunguska incident is the most powerful explosion to have occurred in human history -- not even subsequent thermonuclear detonations have surpassed it. The explosion was audible from 620 miles away. Scientists believe it was caused by either a meteorite or a fragment of a comet, although no obvious impact site or mineral remnants of such an object were ever found.
Nikola Tesla had a different explanation. It was plain that his death ray had overshot its intended target and destroyed Tunguska. He was thankful beyond measure that the explosion had - miraculously - killed no one. Tesla dismantled the death ray at once, deeming it too dangerous to remain in existence.

Whew! That was a close one!


Monday, December 27, 2004

End Of The Year

"Did you hear about the giant that threw up??? "
(It's all over town.....)

Well, it's the end of the year, or just another week, either way you still have to remember to write "05" on everything next week. Christmas was good. Had to work through the holiday break - not too bad - better than a poke in the eye with a stick. Learned that "tonebender" when searched on Google comes up with my site as the #1 response - yippee!

I hope 2004 went OK for the rest of you - next week/year should be WAY better - gotta be true, I heard it on TV.
- 'bender

Monday, December 20, 2004

Holiday Recipies

Like to share some variations on one of this group's favorite Holiday Recipies. Any of these can be improved upon by adding Hillshire Farms Little Smokey Links. Party Down!
http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/12/12/173135/02

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Ah, Man.....

"That's how I want to go out when I die, like my grandpa, peaceful and in his sleep. Not screamin' and cryin' like his passengers..." - Jackie Martling

Friday, December 10, 2004

Holiday "Fun"

Put the @#!%! lights up today. Don't get me wrong, the holiday season is much easier to deal with these days. Used to be a dreaded time of year. I have finally come to see what's really important. Miss the friends that aren't around anymore to share this revelation with but have a feeling that somehow they know about it. Still get to go to parents and in-laws homes after Christmas, holiday overtime at work permitting, which will still put the "fun" back in "disfuctional". If I miss some of you over the break - have an extra low-carb lite-beer for me and belch in front of your loved ones. Check back for band goings-on scheduled in January.
- Your Dog
"Better Living Through Chemistry"

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Do The Right Thing

Found this site today and think it's worth sharing. Tonebender Products will be sending a package or two. I hope you all will do the same. We have it good here while somebody else is takin' care of business. Please take time to check this out and support our troops. Whether or not you agree with the circumstances, you really should care about our folks who are doing their duty for US. http://anysoldier.us/index.cfm

Thanks !
- Doug

BuzDawg

Saw BuzDawg at Tumbleweeds last Saturday night. The place was packed with the regulars, irregulars, big & talls, and curvy patrons. The band had 'em dancin' & drinkin' with some great tunes from the Hooterbreaker/Loser archives and some great new surprises. Pics from the show are on the Tonebender site under the "Sponsored bands & Other Friends" Link. http://tonebender.net - Cool Deal, Lucille.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Mind Blower

Here's something different that I think you'll find interesting and entertaining - http://www.littlesteven.com/ - check out the "Underground Garage" link. LS is truely a unique individual.
Tune in, Turn on, & Drop out....

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

More Dog Doo

The hot new rock & roll conglomerate from Huntington Beach "BuzDawg" has booked some gigs in the OC area. See them at Tumbleweeds Bar & Grill at Beach Blvd. & Atlanta one block from the beach in HB on Saturday November 20th 9pm - closing. Be there or be square. If this show isn't entertaining in one way or another I'll eat my hat...

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Your Moment of Zen (Part 2)

Why bother? Why do we continue to pick up an instrument and flog away on it for hours? What do YOU get out of it? What is the real "deep stuff" reason for your attaction to the instrument(s) that you play? I'm giving you a place to post your thoughts, both jokingly and serious about WHY you do it. Use the comments link at the bottom of this post.

Some of us started playing at a parent or relative's urging. Some wanted to "be cool" and impress the opposite sex, ie; get chicks. Some were curious as to what the big deal was all about when they saw someone else playing and the enjoyment it gave them. Many of us found out what it was all about and couldn't put it down after that. Some continue to play and really don't exibit much emotion one way or the other. This is what generated this post in the first place. I can't figure out why some folks play and not get the same benefit from it that a lot of the rest of us do. I know that it's probably a little different for each person, but I'm curious none the less.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

"USA, USA, USA" - Homer Simpson

Is this a great country or what? At least the months of lawsuits will be somewhat less dramatic since Kerry did "the honorable thing" and conceded this morning. George probably said "this is cool".
The polling place guys told me to beat it after a couple of elderly onlookers had some of their medication interact with the Coors Lights that I sold them during my "election jam session". I had some requests to bring a big piece of linoleum next election for break-dancing.

Nelson Rockefeller was Ford's VP.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Who was Ford's Vice President?

GET OUT AND VOTE!
Vote early and often - I hit 5 polling places between work and home!
Gonna stop by the one at the church by my house and sell cold beers out of an old cooler, play a little guitar, wear my "Pat Paulsen For President" T-shirt, and talk loudly with my invisable friend Matt. I'll let you know how this works out....

Friday, October 29, 2004

Your Moment of Zen (part 1)

Got a deep one today that I really felt some of you would like. This is a part of an article in the July 2004 Bass Player magazine. The author is Stephen Jay, solo artist and bass player for Weird Al Yankovic.

"While living in West Africa, I was exposed to an ancient and amazing view of music. In many traditional West African cultures, music is seen as a kind of life form - a being that spans the universe and all time. It is an individual with a mind of it's own, one that possesses a will and volition identical to man's, only much bigger. Music moves players as they move their instruments. Inward and outward, this relationship extends forever; you are to your instrument what music is to you. According to African animist beliefs, all objects are alive - nothing is inanimate, including musical instruments. Musicians bring their instruments to life in the same way that some greater force brings the musicians to life. Music occupies a place far above human mortals and the musicians it chooses to 'use' ."

Deep stuff indeed.
- Tone Dog

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Tired Iron

The ToneDogs played yesterday at the Southern California Gas Company's (Sempra Energy) Tired Iron Custom Car and Motorcycle Show at the Gas Company facility in Pico Rivera. A great event benefiting the leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Southern California. There was a great turnout and everyone had a lot of fun. I'll post some pictures as soon as I get 'em.

Some new items are on eBay this week and I'll have some new design Tonebender T-Shirts ready in about 2 weeks. Look for a new design for the Tonebender Website soon as well - a rather krafty individual is working on it as I write this. As usual your comments and suggestions are welcome for changes and improvements.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Carpet Abuse

It has come to this 'bender's attention that there is a new band annoying the neighbors in the Huntington Beach area. Calling themselves "Buzdawg" one can only speculate as to what these guys are all about. As more information on this band developes, I'll be passing along to you all via this page. If anyone out there has an actual photograph of "Buzdawg" please email it to me. A set list of the songs they play would also garner interest with some of the viewers of this site. Any rumors, half-truths, or even made-up stories concerning the members of "Buzdawg" would be welcome as well.
I hope to actually see this band perform sometime this fall and will post a review as soon as it happens. Until then we can only imagine the abuse.....

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

What the hell is this?

Ok, a couple of you have asked "WTF?" when you came here. To put it simply, this is another computer-geek tool that I felt I've missed out on for the last couple of years. Web-Logging or "Blogging" is an online journal of sorts - an interactive one at that since you can post comments to the posts in real time. Right now anyone can comment unless it gets ugly or out of control - then I'll lock it down to just Blogger.com members. It's easy to get set up with your own page if you want. It's a lot like having your own "school newspaper" where you can put that "freedom of speech thing" to some good use. Why should just high-paid journalism majors and political commentary wackos have all the fun? ANY IDIOT CAN DO THIS. Guess I'm proving that right now, huh? Here's a website article that tells a little more about "Blogging" from Wired.com - http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.05/mustread.html?pg=2 . I'm looking forward to sharing some thoughts and images with you folks and hearing back what you think. Could be fun and (shudder) educational.
- Your bloggin' dog,
Doug

Monday, October 11, 2004

Something New Kids....

You know I like a good rant (or rave) and this seems to be a good place to do it. It will also be a fun spot for you all to check and see what's new at Tonebender Products and keep posted on the ToneDogs gigs and whatnot. I swear the band name existed years before the business name. The two came together last year when 6 planets aligned and the earth's magnetic fields reversed for one Saturday in September. It's been a great fit and a fun year making some fantastic new friends and playing some of the best music I've done to date. I don't want to jinx it by going too far with this rave....
Later Aviators,