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Aug 4

Riddick The Cat Drawing

Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 in Art
Riddick Drawing Riddick The Cat Drawing

Here is one of my first, fully digital, drawings I’ve ever done using my Wacom Bamboo Tablet. I’ve wanted to learn how to use the Wacom Tablet as my main graphic design tool for years but never really took the time until now to use the pen instead of a mouse on a regular basis. I am very happy with this drawing so far and I plan to pain it using the tablet as well.

One of the biggest benefits of drawing digitally is that I can draw the image and then paint it using different layers. This means that if for some reason I’m not happy with the way it’s painted, it’s not damaging the drawing since I can just turn off or delete the layer. I have many awesome drawings on canvas that I began to paint and feel like I ruined them since I’m not as good at painting as I am drawing.

Jul 31

Spiteful Poop and Pee

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 in Sketchy Memories
images Spiteful Poop and Pee

I was having a discussion with one of my band members and we began joking about a time that there was a turd found on our hotel room floor. We came back into the room and someone pointed out that there was a small round turd just lying there on the carpet. I would think that if it was there when we checked in, that someone would have noticed it and pointed it out. We were out west playing a show in California so we stayed in those rooms for a few days. It wasn’t like we were there for just one night and then leaving. That would have made it possible that the people who were in the room before us left that there for someone to find. Instead, we were the ones who were there so someone in our crew had to have done it.

I believe our tour manager was the only one in the room at the time. He stayed back to shower and get ready and it seems like everyone ended up accusing him of it. One of the guys joked about how he probably came out of the shower and sneezed and didn’t notice that a piece of shit came flying out of his ass onto the carpet. Personally, I don’t know how the hell it got there but I still wonder till this day what actually happened. Of course, he denies it. But it has definitely become the mystery of the hotel floor poo ball. Maybe one day someone will fess up to it.

This discussion also brought up another pretty fucked up memory that tops out this incident. There was a night where one of our band members got so drunk that he began peeing inside of our singers open suitcase which had been lying on the hotel room floor. There were more people in that room than capacity, so our road manager was sleeping on the floor and the band member who was drunk was about to pee on his face! He quickly woke up and noticed someone standing over him, cock in hand, and pushed him aside and yelled at him to go to the bathroom. However, he turned around and just started peeing which happened to land all over the inside and around our singer’s suitcase. All of his tour clothing was soaked! It even got all over the carpet.

The next morning, I came into the room when I woke up to see if everyone was ready to leave for the next city. I opened the door and everyone started screaming, “DONT STEP THERE!” I looked down and I noticed there was a blanket on the floor. I had the option of walking on the carpet or over the blanket to make it inside the room. I had no idea what they were yelling about, but I was in my socks so I decided to take what I thought was the safer route onto the blanket. My thought process that instant was that someone may have spilled a drink the night before, so I didn’t want to get my socks wet, and figured they had covered it with the blanket so they had a spot to walk in without getting their bare feet in it themselves. Boy was I wrong! I stepped down on the blanket and my feet sunk into what felt like a large wet kitchen sponge full of warm liquid. My socks begun to soak up the liquid and went from white to a light tint of yellow.

I was grossed out and immediately started asking, “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!?” When they responded with, “PISS!” I ran back into my room to wash my socks feet off in the tub.

Needless to say, we couldn’t directly leave with our singers clothing drenched in urine, so we had to find the laundry room at the hotel and wash all his clothing before we could leave for the next city…

For the longest time I thought that maybe it was done out of spite. I know that touring wasn’t always the most fun thing in the world and during that moment and time, a few of us had some things going on that kept us pretty frustrated on the road. After so much time being away from home and cooped up together in a small living space, people tend to get spiteful. I thought for sure that he probably pissed in the suitcase out of spite and blamed it on being black out drunk. I’ve had my fair share of drunk moments where I wasn’t able to walk or talk, but somehow I’ve always made it into the bathroom or out of hairy situations. I guess I’ve never been black out drunk, like some people claim to be, so I’ll never understand why stuff like that happens. I hope it wasn’t a spiteful act though, that would just have been childish and silly but looking back at these moments, they’re pretty fucking hilarious.

The mystery poo though… I have no explanation for that… I’m still waiting for the truth to come out!

Jul 30

Sketchy Memories

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Sketchy Memories

I’ve been thinking about starting a series of posts on here where I post memories and stories of crazy things that have happened to me. There have been many instances and stories that I can recall from tour and personal life that are really interesting when looked back on. I have seen so much on and off being on the road and whenever I’m having conversations with groups of friends these stories always end up coming up in one way or another. This could be a cool place for me to not only share them, but to also have a place where I can look back and laugh at some of the crazy shit I’ve been a part of. For the purpose of privacy, I may be changing some names in the stories so that people won’t get into any trouble but some of the stories will surely contain true identities.

I have chosen the name “Sketchy Memories” for this group of posts because there have been many studies that show event coding which means that people actually code memories differently depending on things that have happened after the event. So some memories may have things recalled that are construed differently from the actual occurrences. Either way, this should be fun for those interested in reading and for me, it will be a cool place to store those thought and stories.

Jul 13

My Vaping Review of the iTaste SVD, Ego-C Twist, FivePawns & Beard Juices

Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 in Personal

For those of you whom vape, I purchased a couple of vapors and a mod that I highly suggest if you’ve never tried them before. The flavor on the left is called Gambit from a company called five pawns. The flavor is apple pie with flaky crust, caramel, french vanilla ice cream, and whip cream all in one. Its a higher end liquid that’s about $30 for 30ml. Its 50pg/50vg blend and comes in 30ml bottles. The vape mod is the iTaste SVD with an aspire Nautilus tank. This tank is awesone because it has a variable air hole ring so you can adjust the amount of air as you want and it really affects the flavor too. The second flavor shown here is the Beard No.5. Its a strawberry NY cheesecake and its all I’ve been vaping lately. The Gambit is 6mg nicotine but the beard is only 3mg. I swear by these two flavors and if you’re into dessert type flavors, definitely try them!!!

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I was originally ordering the Gambit from the Five Pawns website, but found out that I could get it locally literally walking distance from my job. There’s a new vape lounge like 10 ft away from my job called The Vapor Club Boca. Everyone that works there is really awesome and it’s actually a cool place to hang out too. They have pool tables and comfy couches and it’s a really large warehouse type atmosphere. Definitely worth checking out if you’re ever anywhere near Boca Raton. They were the ones who introduced me to the Beard flavors and I highly recommend them. They are having a grand opening party at the end of this month too.

I haven’t smoked cigs anymore since I started vaping like 3-4 months ago. I believe cigs have anywhere from 18-24mg nicotine per cig so I decided to get 3mg and 6mg flavors and it’s basically like not having any nicotine at all. I haven’t even really wanted a cig since I started vaping. It tastes better, smells better, and you can vape indoors without worrying about staining shit brown or with that ashtray smell. Plus, you’ll save a ton of money in the long run.

Here’s the demo video I made using the Aspire Tank on the iTaste SVD:

Here’s the Video of the ProTank3 on the Ego-C Twist and Gambit Flavor:

They both hit pretty damn good. The tank makes a world of difference. I began using the kit tank that came with the Ego-C Twist and now that I’ve used better tanks, there’s no comparison to how much better the flavor is and how great they hit.

Mar 7

Recording Bass for Adorned In Thorns

Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Music

Here’s a short teaser clip of me recording a bass line for the title track on our upcoming release, “Adorned in Thorns”.

Dec 31

Guitar Setup – Free Printable Action Gauge

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in Music

If you’re planning on setting up your guitar, there are a few tools that come in really handy to get the right measurements. Without them, you’ll never really be 100% on point. I looked online for a Guitar String Action Gauge and they roughly cost around $20. The problem was that I needed to setup this guitar and bass right away but I would have had to order it online and wait for them to ship it to me before I can set it up correctly.

Most guitar techs will purchase their tools from Stewart MacDonald. It’s pretty much the go-to place online for anything guitar related. Check out the price of their action gauge here: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Straightedges/String_Action_Gauge.html. This is before shipping. If you’re outside of the US you’re going to end up paying even more to have one of these shipped to you if your local guitar shop doesn’t carry one.

Setting up the action on your guitar means that you’re correctly positioning the strings above your frets using a measurement to get the perfect distance throughout the whole neck. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that will show you the correct way to do it. You can print this gauge out that I posted above using Illustrator or Linkscape.org. Print it out on card stock or get it laminated if you want it to last a lot longer. However, paper works too as long as you cut it straight on the lines. If you have shaky hands, ask your mom to do it. Last time she gave me a handy, her strokes felt pretty steady.

Anyway, back to string action on your guitars; If the action is set too high, you’re going to have to press down on the strings a lot more and a lot harder in order to hit your notes which can be frustrating and tire your fingers a lot faster. If your action is too low, your strings will rattle when they hit the frets and your music will sound like shit. No, I mean worse than it already does. And no one wants that, right?!

What I normally do is set this gauge at the 17th fret so it sits right on the metal, not the wood, and I make sure the string sits about 4/64ths above the fret. Make sure you also check your intonation and for string buzzing after you set the correct height. It may need to be adjusted again after raising or lowering the action.

So above you’ll see the handy string action gauge ruler for you to print out. Just make sure you use the correct software to print it out or else you’re going to print out out the wrong size and the measurements will be way off.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to post them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to help you out!

Nov 26

Aningaaq – The other Side of Sandra Bullock’s Distress Call

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Entertainment

Remember that Scene in GRAVITY when Sandra Bullock’s character is about to die and picks up a radio signal and begins to have a conversation with someone who is speaking a different language? They can’t understand each other but she has no one else to speak with as she’s dying. This short film was created to show you the other side of that whole conversation. Pretty amazing and powerful if you’ve seen the movie. I guess it really touches your emotions when you start imagining being in that situation. She did a great job in selling that part in this movie. I personally loved it and felt it was awesome to see this other side of the radio signal…

What do you think?

Aningaaq
Watch the Other Side of Sandra Bullock’s Distress Call

Nov 26

Amazing Paul Cadden Drawing

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Art

You see this photo of this chick? Well, It’s not a photo. It’s a pencil drawing by Paul Cadden and he has many more like these. His amount of detail in his art is amazing.

Capture Amazing Paul Cadden Drawing
Nov 12

Playing Fetch with a Wolfdog

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Pets & Animals

Here is some video I shot on Sept 27th 2013 of me playing Fetch with our Wolfdog, Luna. Mel was cooking in the kitchen and sometime the best way to wear Luna out before dinner is to get her to run around as much as possible. This way when we put her in her kennel during dinner, she’ll just sleep and relax. She’s a great WD but still a puppy in this video (7mo old) so eating around her is very difficult because she not only begs, but she will actually fight to steal the food from your plate. She’s very persistent for sure and not shy when it comes to dinner at all.

Nov 12

Deadstar Assembly – Breathe for Me at Bar Sinister Jan 2013

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Music

Here is a video of Deadstar Assembly performing our song Breathe for Me at Bar Sinister on Jan 26, 2013. We were playing with The Dreaming during the 2013 Winter NAMM Convention weekend. I had a blast this night and there are a few more songs from the set that I uploaded to my channel if you want to watch.