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Dunn County Makerspace

Don and I have exchanged emails about the Fulton and Edna Holtby Museum of Science and Technology. I had suggested that the historical society operate it as a makerspace:

A hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or hackspace) is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and collaborate. Hackerspaces have also been compared to other community-operated spaces with similar aims and mechanisms such as Fab Lab, Men’s Sheds, and with commercial “for profit” companies such as TechShop.

A lot of makerspaces are operated as an member-funded organization (profit or non), but there are others operated out of public libraries.

Taking From Hip-Hop and Giving to White Kids: Girl Talk’s Music – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

http://www.psmag.com/navigation/books-and-culture/taking-hip-hop-giving-white-kids-girl-talks-music-comes-full-circle-79563/

Spector guitars

Today there was a Spector guitar for sale at Hello Music.  A couple of Google searches later brought me to the Spector Guitars website, specifically the Spector history page.  The first production model (G-1™) looks like the guitar that Steve Martin is playing in the gatefold of his ‘Wild and Crazy Guy’ album — same picture as ‘King Tut’ single.

Spector is mostly known for bass guitars, but I’ve had a recurring wish for a double-cut with a Floyd Rose.  My earliest memory of this guitar configuration was used by Snake and Scotti from Skid Row.

There are a number of web forum postings that describe the history of the guitars:

The Blackhawk is a rather rare model that consists of a Spector designed neck and body, along with a Floyd rose, one bridge humbucker, and a single coil in the neck position. Scotti Hill and Rachel Bolan of Skid Row were sometimes seen playing one of these. It was designed by Chris Hofschneider in the Kramer Custom Shop (then ran by Stuart Spector), and is now the current guitar tech for Bon Jovi.

Besides a Floyd Rose, other specs include:

  • Maple body
  • Maple bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Seymour Duncan Hot Rails (neck)
  • Seymour Duncan JB (bridge)
  • 25.5″ scale

Alternatives

There are a few other double cut body styles that are available:

Wishing upon an Evening Star

I’m wrapping up the publishing tasks on my Grampa Yochen’s war journal. I also have a copy of his journal from his earlier years in the war and plan to publish that as another volume.

But Bill turned me on to his family travel journals that he kept in the 1960s. They include a number snapshots which shouldn’t be too hard to track down. But there is a picture from the Washington Evening Star by Gene Abbott which would make a great picture for the cover.

Tiny book art

I used to get asked “What do you do?”

Often I would answer glibly “Whatever I want.”  Lately, I feel that I can add publish a book, or rather self-publish a copy of my Grampa Yochen’s war journal on Lulu.com.

I’ve also been curious for some time about hard-covering a book. With my recent Field Notes, I’d like a tiny little portfolio to hold the notebook along with a pen or pencil. I had asked my cousin if she had any ideas of how — I’d always liked fabric choices. At the same time that I had sent the email, I decided to take a stab at the project myself.

I did some quick searches:

I ended up buying an address book kit.  It was approximately the same size as my notebook.  I also bought some chip board (for use as thin book board), glue, brushes, and black book cloth.