Category Archives: Archaeology

Flat Against The Stones

Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz.

The name comes from the Koine Greek ἀμέθυστος amethystos from ἀ- a-, “not” and μεθύσκω methysko / μεθύω methyo, “intoxicate”, a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness.

The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.

Amethyst is a semiprecious stone often used in jewelry and is the traditional birthstone for February.

The picture is one of my privately owned amethyst and it was gifted to me quite some time ago.

D’où Je Viens Or My Creed

The things you need to be learned*:

Tape down all the cables – you need to do it with duct tape and don’t try to be ‘economic’ about applying it – someone will trip or spill, guaranteed.

If the connection breaks or is disrupted in any way there will be an abomination, it equals silence. And ‘silence’ is nothing but disgusting!

“What just happened it is not possible, right?

What you need to immediately:

Re-check all the connections, amplifier(s), pre- and the others, the equalizer, the mixer (it might be ‘reversed’), your needles, your computer, the lights and the projectors and the power!

– Do we even have power?

Last but not least you need to check yourself. That said: when everything works and the boys, girls and the rest are there? It can not be described in words and that is my; “D’où Je Viens Or My Creed”.

And I will not, I cannot compromise or deny that fact ever.

– Do we have power? Thus begins the most rapid complete system’s check that is ever performed in the history of man kind, ever. A military style system’s check infused with adhered stress levels.

Why? Because the sound needs to be brought back, it has to be restored at any cost and as fast as is humanly possible. This ‘silence’ needs to be stopped, right then and now.

– Can we draw enough current or will we pop an auto-fuse? Will, 220V/16A suffice or do we need more? Remember, no less than 2kW for the sound and then you have to power the rest…

– That’s Ohm’s law right? Later, when the machinery gets hot.

– Will the boys/girls turn up? In the end?

The music? You’ll be playing or someone else will be doing it. I never, ever wanted to do that myself (actually I was forced). What I wanted to/still do is one simple thing and that is to dance, listen to, hear the music as it was intended to be played. And you can trust me on that.

* My mentors tough me all that. Be, early, ready and test, test, test – always! Eternal thanks… for having the patience teaching me. Everything is a lesson of some sort.

Paris

Obélisque de Louxor.

The Place de la Concorde (French pronunciation: ​[plas də la kɔ̃kɔʁd]) is one of the major public squares in Paris, France.

Measuring 7.6 hectares (19 acres) in area, it is the largest square in the French capital.

It is located in the city’s eighth arrondissement, at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées.

It was the site of many notable public executions during the French Revolution.

The Luxor Obelisk (French: Obélisque de Louxor) from Ancient Egyptian is made of yellow granite, rising 23 meters (75 ft) high, including the base, and weighs over 250 tonnes and is standing at the center of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France.

It was originally located at the entrance to the Luxor Temple, in Egypt. It was classified as a historical monument in 1936.

Please see: La Cité.

Who’s Afraid Of…?

As I recall it – Eraserhead was/is really frightening, and especially so the soundtrack that goes wit it.

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Let’s not forget:

– The Elephant Man (1980)
– Dune (1984)
– Blue Velvet (1986)
– Wild at Heart (1990)
– Lost Highway (1997)
– Mulholland Dr. (1999)
– Inland Empire (2006)

Incidentally, I don’t like Wild at heart at all (in all honesty I hate it as much as I love Mulholland Dr.).

Maybe not as well-known a fact, I’m completely and utterly intimidated by and/or afraid of Laura Dern.

© Eraserhead (1977), IMDb

A Thing Beauty IV

My last sourced laptop from the scrapheap.

I grinned the surface down by hand, to bear-metal and as I suspected/hoped – I found raw aluminum (Al 13).

The top-coat of some sort of plastic was hiding the share beauty of undiluted and pure metal.

I used two different grains of paper P80 and P120.

I do wish I would have owned a hand-controlled electric tool of some sort or even better my own shop.

It would have facilitated matters considerably.

Memory

The one remaining card is this one (in any event it is the one that I could and did find…) of my old Memory card game.