T-rev's Blog

4 2004-12-04 23:58 improvements

1) i like this year's Christmas light setup better than what i did last time. last time it was a single string of white around the top railing of each deck. it was anemic looking, too spread out. this time it's more concentrated. it's almost a little strange to have only such a small part of such a large house lit, but it is the right part, the front entrance. and it has the advantage that it is plugged into the existing light sensor, so it's automatic. the way i used to have it there were two separate sections each on a timer, and the timers would occasionally require resetting. one advantage of the other way: it was unobtrusive (also relatively inconspicuous except for the extension cords in front), so i left them up for over 2 years (3 christmasses)--more effort-efficient. these will have to come down after christmas. but overall, i like it a lot better.

2) two weeks ago i checked out a book from the (public) library for the first time in a long time. i got unfinished tales of númenor and middle earth (basically more details on the world of lord of the rings, compiled and commented on by j.r.r. tolkien's son). but what's up with having to return it in only 2 weeks. i read a couple hundred pages (pretty good for me for two weeks, a lot was over thanksgiving), but had about 300 to go. i wonder what the fine would have been. anyway, they have the option to extend the due date, but not if someone has it on hold, which they did. no one wanted it before, it was just sitting there on the shelf, but as soon as i'm in the middle of it, someone just has to have it. oh well, at least it's not some suspenseful story, just filling in historical/narrative details etc. anyway, the point is they should let you keep the books longer and the world would be a better place.

3) i have hardly played my guitar all year because a) it's in crappy shape, and b) i've had my dad's guitar which is nice and in good shape. in january i finally got the frets leveled, and it seemed a bit better, but still certainly not good. the first and second strings still buzz a lot at most of the frets, especially badly at a few. also, they replaced the bridge (i'm not sure why, but it seems slightly lower on the treble side than another 1997 410 (same make/model/year). it's clearly a plastic bridge instead of the ivoroid one that i had filed to reduce my string breakage. so yeah, $100 for not so much. they didn't change the nut at all, which is the main thing that needs changed to match the lower frets, and the bridge they made even lower which makes the buzz worse. so today i took my guitar apart for the first time. i had never had all the strings off. pulled the bridge out. there's a little shim already on top of the pickup (or whatever you call piezo-electric film things). maybe jake will instruct me. anyway, in a way i'm glad the guitar is old and worn enough now that i'm not afraid to mess with it.


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