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Free useful stuff from Redmond

Love ’em or hate ’em – Microsoft does put out some darn useful things. Sometimes they even make them free. The following site catalogs all of the free Microsoft software available – many of which I didn’t know existed. Most are useful, some are awesome. My favorites are:

  • RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer – a must if you use a Canon or Nikon DSLR and shoot RAW format
  • GroupShot – Honestly, I haven’t used this yet but it looks awesome. It groups multiple pictures taken at the same time and makes a ‘best of’
  • … and too many more to list.

Check it out at: Ultimate List of Microsoft Free Software

Chemistry is cool

I’ve recently read a couple of articles on giving things a ‘steampunk’ look by etching copper plates by electrolysis. Though I never thought this was something useful or interesting, I got a couple of ideas on things I could do with my pinball machines. I think an etched copper credits plate would be *really* cool.

Here is an article that illustrates how to do a copper plate: Link

On one of the most stunning examples of this, the author made an etched steampunk pickguard for a Fender Stratocaster. This is so cool I can’t stand it:

Here’s a link to the entire article on making the pickguard: Link

Now.. where is my jar of Root Kill.. 🙂

There is a God. A guitar god, that is..

The final ‘for real’ song list for Guitar Hero is out.. and there is a Guitar God.

It’s going to be an awfully long month until November 7th!

The final confirmed list:

1. Opening Licks
Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil
Danzig – Mother
Cheap Trick – Surrender
Wolfmother – Woman
Spinal Tap – Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight

2. Amp-Warmers
Kiss – Strutter
Nirvana – Heart-Shaped Box
Police – Message in a Bottle
Van Halen – You Really Got Me
Kansas – Carry on Wayward Son

3. String-Snappers
Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench
Alice in Chains – Them Bones
Iggy Pop and the Stooges – Search and Destroy
Pretenders – Tattooed Love Boys
Black Sabbath – War Pigs

4. Thrash and Burn
Warrant – Cherry Pie
Butthole Surfers – Who Was in My Room Last Night
Mathew Sweet – Girlfriend
Rolling Stones – Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine

5. Return of the Shred
Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of
Primus – John the Fisherman
Sword – Freya
Thin Lizzy – Bad Reputation
Aerosmtih – Last Child

6. Relentless Riffs
Heart – Crazy on You
Stone Temple Pilots – Tripping on a Hole in a Paper Heart
Stray Cats – Rock This Town
Allman Brothers – Jessica
Jane’s Addiction – Stop

7. Furious Fretwork
Anthrax – Madhouse
Living End – Carry Me Home
Lamb of God – Laid to Rest
Reverend Horton Heat – Psychobilly Freakout
Rush – YYZ

8. Face-Melters
Avenged Sevenfold – Beast and the Harlot
Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
Dick Dale – Misirlou
Megadeth – Hangar 18
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird

I’m totally buying this the *second* it comes out

I caught a list of the songs on Guitar Hero II on the web today.. this is an incredible lineup. I’m so buying this the day it hits the street!

  • Megadeth; “Hanger 18”
  • Aerosmith; “Last Child”
  • Cheap Trick; “Surrender”
  • Nirvana; “Heart-Shaped Box”
  • Primus (original recording); “John the Fisherman”
  • Stone Temple Pilots; “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart”
  • Anthrax; “Madhouse”
  • Motley Crue; “Shout at the Devil”
  • The Police; “Message in a Bottle”
  • The Pretenders; “Tattooed Love Boys”
  • Spinal Tap; “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight”
  • Heart; “Crazy on You”
  • Allman Brothers Band; “Jessica”
  • Lynyrd Skynrd; “Freebird”
  • Avenged Sevenfold; “Beast and the Harlot”
  • Dick Dale; “Misirlou”
  • Lamb of God; “Laid to Rest”
  • Alice in Chains; “Them Bones”
  • Reverend Horton Heat; “Psychobilly Freakout”
  • Black Sabbath; “War Pigs”
  • KISS; “Strutter”
  • Butthole Surfers; “Who Was in My Room Last Night?”
  • Van Halen; “You Really Got Me”
  • Guns N’ Roses; “Sweet Child O’Mine”
  • The Rolling Stones; “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking?”
  • Rush; “YYZ”

It’s even better than GH1’s lineup..

It Ain’t No Fun To Me

More classic footage on Larry Graham weekend 2006 on the Defenestrator!

For those “not in the know” – Larry Graham was the former Sly and the Family Stone bass player, the leader of Graham Central Station, and most recently – Prince’s bass player. He was solely responsible for inventing slap bass – and he can still throw down wiht the best of them.

Larry Graham is the Master

Ah.. nothing like a little Friday afternoon bass slappin’ from Larry Graham – the inventor of slap bass…

American Ingenuity

I love the creativeness of the American spirit.

Secret Beer Belly

Pinball porn.

Sorry for anybody that thought they were going to see naked pictures – of humans.

These are some *really* beautiful pinball pictures taken at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Wow.

Pinball Photos

The Bellagio – in Diet Coke and Mentos

For you would be Brainiacs..

Apparently, you can drop a few Mentos and get a really big reaction. Within a second after the splash – you get a tremendous geyser of diet coke shooting skyward.

For example:
Mentos and Diet Coke

Why does this happen? According to “Steve Spangler Science Experiments”:

When you drop the Mentos into the soda, the gelatin and gum arabic from the dissolving candy break the surface tension. This disrupts the water mesh, so that it takes less work to expand and form new bubbles. Each Mentos candy has thousands of tiny pits all over the surface. These tiny pits are called nucleation sites – perfect places for carbon dioxide bubbles to form. As soon as the Mentos hit the soda, bubbles form all over the surface of the candy. Couple this with the fact that the Mentos candies are heavy and sink to the bottom of the bottle and you’ve got a double-whammy. When all this gas is released, it literally pushes all of the liquid up and out of the bottle in an incredible soda blast.

Yeah, and it’s cool, too!

Now – go bananas with it. Take 101 2-liter bottles of Diet Coke and 500-some Mentos, and you’ve got the Bellagio’s fountain.

Mentos and Diet Coke Bellagio Fountain

Those gentlemen are REAL AMERICAN HEROS.

I need a castle.

Chaska is great.. but after touring some grand old castles in Europe – it’s the way to go. Problem is, where do you get a castle?

Ah! Here are some for sale:

Castle for sale in Croatia

Now.. where to get cannons and boiling oil?

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