to my daily update page! What does this mean? This is
the place where I will post things of interest, stuff about science,
the purely entertaining, corsetry, my side projects both past and present,
and any other thing that I feel like sharing. Enjoy!
You've Got DADGAD!
Renowned Bluegrass musician
Woodward stopped by the studio this week to lay down some tracks at
FranLab (yes it is also a studio!). Here in a quick video Buddy describes
the origins of DADGAD tuning and performs She Moves Through The Fair on
my Granddad's guitar, in the classic arrangement by Davey Graham.
December 4, 2013
Emily Graslie has a
this week on The Brain Scoop about the shortage of STEM channels on
YouTube that are created by or hosted by women, and the sexist flak that
we all get putting science content out there. Everything that Emily
says here is true! And it is indeed a very short list of women's
STEM channels, considering the more than 1 billion viewers per month of
YouTube worldwide. But guess who's little STEM channel made the list!
Could it be..... mine??? Damn straight!
My new favorite channel
on YouTube is True Facts! Here are amazing True Facts about the cuttlefish
November 28, 2013
Fran's Space Attack!
Make Your Own Video Multicade - So many people have asked about my Space
Attack! cabinet and how to make a multicade so here is a simple overview
of what you need to do. A project like this has lots of details that
you mostly have to work out yourself because of the differences in cabinets,
monitors, game PCB pinouts, and controller options - but this video shows
how to get started and the basics you will need to work out. I built
this cabinet in 2000 to run original arcade PCB game board pulls, but converted
to multicade PCB in 2007. Enjoy!
November 27, 2013
Today I launched a big
upgrade to my Science
Blog (otherwise known as Fran's Design and Engineering Page) where
the home page is now a complete index, from which you can easily navigate
to and from any article in my database. In this form the blog is
easily updatable as every article will get placed in a dedicated page for
archiving rather than having to keep migrating articles out of a home page
to more permanent pages later on as it was previously. Anyway, I
have more to add in December so keep checking back to my new Blog
main index page!
November 26, 2013
Here I play a quick
game of Phoenix on my custom built vertical Multicade. Even though I have
played this game since around 1980 I still utterly stink at it. But it
is still fun!
November 23, 2013
Part 2 of 2 with The
Jill and Julia Show: Five Questions for Julia Sweeney!
Oh My God - It's Pat! No,
It's Julia - with Fran! I get to sit down and ask five hard questions
to one of my heroes, Saturday Night Live alumnus Julia Sweeney. We
had a lot of fun... can you tell?? Enjoy!
Part 1 of 2 with The
Jill and Julia Show: Five Questions for Jill
Sobule! I stopped by Cafe Live in Wilmington Delaware to visit
two good friends of mine, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, who are on tour
with their show. Jill sings songs, and Julia tells stories - It's
the Jill and Julia Show! Enjoy!!
is putting ads in some of my videos, but my channel is NOT monetized -
I do not make money off of this channel - this is part of the Google changes
in regard to my CONTENT, and it is Google and its third party interests
that get that money from these ads, not me.
What would YouTube be
without Cats??? Here is my contribution.... Ingredients for
the Happy Cat: Take favorite cat toy, cover with loose newspaper, add one
Cat, and Wallah! It's Happy Cat!
Missy is a 5 year old Singapura
Tabby - 6-1/2 pounds of unbridled fury!
November 18, 2013
One of the numerous late
19th century (that's the 1800's kids!) townhouse blocks being demolished
throughout Fishtown to make way for the new influx of Suburbanites.
Every corner is turning into another prefab towerblock - so much history
and heritage lost every day. Imagine how many lives were spent living
inside those hand made brick walls! It is a shame. :-(...
November 17, 2013
This is my first electric
guitar - a 1981 Vantage VP820 that I bought new. Because I really learned
to play Rock 'n Roll on this axe, it had plenty of first position fret
wear from years of D-to-A-to-E chording...etc.
Thanks to Chris DiPinto
and the guys at DiPinto
Guitars for refirbing my baby's fretboard - she plays like new again!
November 16, 2013
Just when I think I'm
out they pull me back in! Okay - I have heard all of you and I am
grateful for all of the support for my little channel - so here is the
compromise. I will continue to post videos, but I cannot post comments
so I encourage everyone to post their comments on my
Twitter feed instead. This is currently the best situation for
everyone in my opinion.
November 14, 2013
My recent interview
with Rich Goldstein of The
Daily Beast ended up included as part of an article about YouTube culture
that was published
today on their website.... VIEW HERE! I was amazed that Rich
even contacted me about my channel, and it was a great honor and a satisfying
end to my efforts on YouTube to get some recognition for all of the hard
work that I put into it over the years. It was a slight disappointment
that in the end the Daily Beast web editors decided not to embed any of
my videos in the article as they did for others, and they did not link
to my Contour website either. What??? Me too controversial?
Li'l 'ol me?? Oh Well!
Well, Thanks to Rich
Goldstein for supporting my work and what I do - and fortunately here
on my own blog I am still Editor In Chief, so here's a little video embed'n
for ya too!!!
November 13, 2013
Is is possible to have
a 60's vintage guitar amp for $20? Yes! If it happens to be
a glorious Haynes Bass King II from 1965.... and if it is partially broken.
This repair would make a great vlog but that is not going to happen right
now. ...sigh... :-(
This photo was taken after I removed the fiberglass packing - it is
a full closed back cabinet.
The right side speaker is a Jenson 12" Vibranto replacement, also from
the 1960's... Also, the power supply and output stages have their
own PCBs. Hmmm...
I did discover too that Haynes
amps were upsell items for Hagstrom Guitar dealers in the mid 1960's....
November 12, 2013
Dave Jones of EEVBlog
has made his own rant about the Google+ changes on Youtube, and given me
a big nod too (Jump to 1:30). I hope that Google will bring back
the less invasive more open marketplace of ideas that Youtube was until
just a week ago.
November 11, 2013
Recent changes in Youtube
requiring that Google+ be used for all comments, voting, and content maker
postings on their own videos has thrown me over the top. Something
must be done -
November 6, 2013
Check out this amazing
HD footage of the rollout of the recent Soyuz rocket, which will take the
next expedition crew to the International Space Station:
My latest LVDC
teardown vlog got a mention
on Hackaday last Friday. It is getting to be like beating the
dead horse, only the horse is not completely dead yet - still a lot more
science to do on this little Apollo board.
The underside of IBM flat pack logic device type #321, showing the
exposed resistors -
taken from the LVDC Page Assembly Board.