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Hey all, how have you been? Post-album it’s been upgrade season around here. New gear, better health, hopefully more positive attitude. I’m getting ready to start finishing up some new music. Still not sure what to do with it yet but I’m excited (& nervous) to get back at it after such a long break. Some of these upgrades:

New monitors (Event 20/20bas -> Focal CMS 65’s), new bass guitar (Yamaha RBX260 -> Fender American Standard Precision), new amp (Tech 21 Power Engine -> Surf Green Fender Blues Jr), better audio interface (MOTU Ultralite mk3 -> Focusrite Scarlett 2i4), new self help strategy (CBT -> ACT), new drum skills (couldn’t play drums -> can sort of play drums now), better guitar skills (could not play 7ths all over the neck -> can now play 7ths all over the neck).

I drink these smoothies now. They have bee pollen in them. And the color green.

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Posted on - June 24, 2013 [at] 5:00 pm by Brad
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I’m trying out a contest on 99designs.com for Guess Who’s a Mess’s album art. If you’re a designer, feel free to have at it. If you’re not, you can still enjoy these goofy photos of me as a kid I included in the design brief:

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That was a Michael Jackson Thriller FM transmitter microphone. So you could sing through your stereo. Also an all-black Thriller jacket. The cabbage patch doll was not mine. I had sparkly socks too but I’m not wearing them here.

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Atari 2600 and a Texas Instruments 99/4a, my first (borrowed) computer. All I did was type Basic programs into it. I had no cartridges so I’d lose whatever I had typed in when I turned it off.

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Math tells me I’m eight years old here. Update: ken and my mom disagree. I was seven and the eighth candle was “one to grow on”. Embarrassing.

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Sulking at my sister’s birthday party (reason: too much attention for her, not enough attention for me.)

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A few years later. Lanpar IBM PC, my first official computer. It had a 20 meg hard drive and ran at 4mhz. Later I found out it had a “turbo” mode which doubled the speed to 8mhz.

Also visible: terrible, boxy first mouse, Gravis Joystick, collection of Sierra games and my entire California Raisins collection.

Update: Contest’s over. Unfortunately it was not a success. There were lots of entries but nothing I could actually see using so I’m still on the hunt. Thanks to everyone who entered, sorry I’m so picky.

 

Posted on - March 27, 2012 [at] 3:13 pm by Brad
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Welp, Michael Jackson died. What can you even say about that? Like many, he was a hero of mine and then he was kind of a monster. It was probably a good learning experience to have to reconcile those two things at a young age. It’s hard for me to feel sad that he died since the guy was clearly in nearly constant emotional pain. Also he maybe molested children.

Anyway, here’s me in March 1985 dressed up as him:

Brad as Michael Jackson

That’s me in my Michael Jackson Thriller jacket (in black – though I wanted the red and black one), a glitter glove (in red, I wanted white like Michael had), a Michael Jackson microphone that I can’t find the name of (“Mr. Microphone”?) – it transmitted your voice to an FM radio station so your voice would come out of the stereo.

And I can’t tell from the crappy quality of the photo if those are my sparkly Michael Jackson socks. Once I wore them ice skating and my feet went numb as the glitter material cut off my circulation. I remember sitting in an arena penalty box, crying as an older kid helped me pry off my skates, revealing my sparkly white Michael Jackson socks. She wasn’t impressed.

Posted on - June 25, 2009 [at] 11:09 pm by Brad
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I’ve been tagged twice now in this Seven Things meme, first by Rob Campbell and second by Dan James. I resist this stuff because I’m boring but I’ve found reading other people’s lists fascinating, so here we go:

The rules:

  • Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post. (see above)
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post. (see below)
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs. (see below)
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged. (you’ll just have to trust me)

My seven things:

  • Jobs I have wanted in chronological order: Dickie Dee man, baseball player, Sierra On-Line adventure game designer, computer programmer, writer and musician.
  • People I have written fan mail to: Mr. T and Michael Jackson. Neither replied. In my letter to Michael I lied and told him I lost my copy of Thriller and could he send me another one (signed please).
  • When I was 17 and a desperate aspiring writer, I emailed Terry Pratchett to see if he’d answer my questions about writing. He graciously said "Sure, as long as they’re not too dopey". I then asked him what he kept his margins set at in his word processing program. I still regularly think about how stupid that question was.
  • The first concert I went to was Corey Hart (opened by Katrina and the Waves) during his Boy in the Box tour. I had backstage passes but Corey had already left when we tried to go up. (I lied and told all my friends I met him anyway.)
  • A few years ago I was diagnosed with vitiligo, which is the disease that allegedly turned Michael Jackson white. I’m a pale guy so other than it turning a lot of my hair white it’s not very visible unless I tan.
  • When I was four or five I had a habit of peeing on my neighbor’s steps. I can still remember my dad hosing them off.
  • Me: “I need a seventh fact about me.”
    Her: "Why don’t you say that you try to get angry at animals when they run out in front of the car so that you don’t feel as bad if you kill them?"
    Me: ”Did I say that?”
    Her: ”That’s what you told me to do.”

I am tagging Aaron Walker, Courtney Summers, Jesse Dangerously, David Weinberger, William Gibson, Hannah Aviva and Justin Dykhouse.

Posted on - January 16, 2009 [at] 12:05 am by Brad
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I’m not sure what’s going on with my photo in the Brad Sucks Wikipedia entry. I’ve been alerted it keeps appearing and disappearing. And I don’t want to edit it on my own because I’ll also want to talk about what big muscles I have and how irresistible to the ladies I am.

Posted on - May 31, 2007 [at] 6:49 pm by Brad
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