Alternative to Zerk type oiler for bridgeport milling machine

To oil the ways of the mill, oil must be applied daily. in order to do this (conveniently) most mills are fit with a hand pump that pushes oil through the machine through a series of pipes. my vintage machine does not have that…so a handhelf oiler must be used. Normally these come from zerk but I found an alternative in this vintage British made grease pump. Works a charm!

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$20 on eBay.

Fixing Logitech trackball performance

I love these Logitech Marble Mouse trackballs, I have one for every computer.  After a few years they slow down physically.  Cleaning the dust off does not help enough, something different needed to be applied.  I’ve been researching lubricants and oils, doing some tests with households; but I think I’ve found the perfect fluid.  Ian Gomes of Union Sound Company made a recommendation a few years back for Penny and Giles faders.  A quick amazon search lead me to Lucas Silicone Shock fluid.  I must report that it is the perfect product for this application.  If you need a drop, I’ll send you a q-tip of it in the mail.

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SOUND GUY XMAS! The family delivers sound guy gifts!!

I’m so lucky to have such thoughtful family.
I know how difficult it is to shop for us sound guys.
I hope the ideas I’ve been sharing have been of inspiration to eager shoppers.

I thought I would share some of the ideas my family and friends came up with that I missed and appreciate as professional tools and inspiration to learn from!

Super bright LED flashlight.  This one is very small, takes 4 AAA batteries and I bet will last a very long time!
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Gear tie Flexible ties.  I’ve never seen these! This things are very soft and wont scratch anything.
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Maped pencils.  These are awesome because they are orange and they are triangular.  Very nice to work with!

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Ike Zimble of Zimble Audio hooked me up over the holidays with a product he really enjoys.
Rawn America’s Tefrawn, I’m very excited to try it out!  Truly a Sound Guy Gift!! 
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I’m very protective of my hearing (and the family knows this).
I’m going on a trip this week and there will be swimming in the ocean.  Aqua Ears!

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Make it stick – the science of successful Learning,  a very very good read.  I got 1/2 way through and gave it to a teacher that needed it more than I did. 
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Flex X-RAP Finger protection.  I’ve never seen anything like this stuff.  If you’re making a bunch of cables and want to move faster this is the ticket! http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=64762&cat=1,42207,64762

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A KAZOO!!!!  Because I’m easily entertained.

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Happy holidays to everyone!  You’re all an inspiration to me and mine!  Keep the feedback coming!

Visualization of what’s on your hard drive

I was introduced to “Disk Inventory X” that displays a visual representation of what’s on your hard drives. Within minutes I identified HUGE files that were plugging up my laptop. The worst culprit is parallels… but I already knew that virus was huge!

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By selecting a file, you can reveal it in the finder and see what it’s really doing!

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I would recommend checking it out, just for fun!

McDSP ultimate Compressor and Eq

Today I had the good fortune of meeting with Derek Heimlich of McDSP. Derek introduced me to a solution to a grief I’ve always had with software plugins. After his introduction and chat about this product, I blurted out that “Software has sucked, until now”

McDSP has released the 3060 Ultimate Compressor and 6020 Ultimate Equalizer bundles.

Until now no software allowed users to switch the character of an equalizer and compressor without loosing their settings. Modeled after some of the industries most revered equipment, McDSP comes through with another must have studio essential tool. This functionality gives you a true A/B between different compressors and equalizers. A unique experience. “I know what I want to achieve when I compress and eq, all I ever want to do is change the character”. As far as I know this is the only piece of software that keeps the EQ and compression setting between plugins. A+ work in my opinion.

I would suggest you give them a shot today for your next project. McDSP offers a free demo that is a worthwhile experience and great investment, check it out.


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Herman Miller Chair repair

My Old Herman Miller wheels were really ruining my floor.  This is something you don’t really think about until it’s too late…
I ordered hardwood floor safe wheels for my chair.  I really recommend them for any surface… the soft rubber really keeps your floor looking new.

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While I had the chair upside down I thought I’d share a mod I do to them.  If you’ve spent a lot of time in these chairs you’ll know the KLANG the legs make… to keep that klang down to a minimum I Supper 77  in some scrap acoustic foam to the legs.  2014-07-31 22.18.32


RLC calculator for components in series

I’ve been calculating a lot of components in series lately for an ECR255 class. I’ve also had to graph them on impedance diagrams and a power triangle.

In an effort to better understand the math I made a calculator for myself. Here is it for you to use and enjoy. If you see any problems please let me know. It was designed in excel 2011 for mac… there WILL be compatibility issues and I hope they’re minor.

How it works:

You can fill int the info you have in the orange boxes. Once the boxes are filled in the calculator should fill in the rest.

If you need to modify anything else, it’s all dependant on the orange boxes. I suggest a goal seek by modifying and orange cell.

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