The Geek Biker

Rambles of a geek that rides a bike

Monthly Archives: February 2011

Who doesn’t like me?

I don’t need to tell you, I can show you. In fact, I can show you with a graphical representation.

Cluster maps

Cluster Maps is a great tool. It shows you which corners of the earth bothered to look at your insignificant little site.

It also clearly shows that North Africa and The most parts of Russia and Asia lacks good taste. I mean really…who wouldn’t want to read the rubbish I write/type/dictate to my minions.

I’ve even made a graph of the world’s interest (it took me 2 minutes, including the time it took me to start and stop the stopwatch):

World interest

Now let’s not worry about numbers (because it depresses me), but this is only a stat for 2 months. Clearly showing that Thailand is the next big economy since it follows the great world interests of US and UK. That, or maybe because I accused one of their tyre manufacturers to harbour a identity theft web site, see this post?

Talking BS in no time at all

Right, it has been a while since I posted something, so I thought I’d just copy and paste something instead.

A recent conversation I had with Nelson Muntz (you might remember him from insightful conversations like Santa is Satan):

TvZ: fng hell…Bulletstorm, $89 at jb and $108 at ebgames
Nelson Muntz: yeah.. NEVER buy from eb..
Nelson Muntz: i always buy from jb now..
Nelson Muntz: every now and then BigW is cheaper…
Nelson Muntz: but in general, JB’s one of the cheapest
TvZ: how can eb justify $20?
Nelson Muntz: why would they need to justify it?
Nelson Muntz: idiots want to give them more $$$, why not? šŸ˜€
Nelson Muntz: let me guess, you just paid 108 at EB? šŸ˜€
TvZ: nope
TvZ: looking for a game to play next week
TvZ: either bulletstorm or killzone
TvZ: big killzone fan though
Nelson Muntz: you need something like cooking mama or animal farm so your arteries dont pop
Nelson Muntz: i have bad ticker, but you have dodgy arteries…
TvZ: meaningless violence calms me down…it is sitting in an office that doesn’t help
Nelson Muntz: you are free to squat? or stand?
Nelson Muntz: oh.. have i told you?
Nelson Muntz: at one of my friend’s job
TvZ: they get to kill people?
TvZ: with spoons?
Nelson Muntz: someone in his office just suddenly start rolling on the ground and cried nonstop… for 30 mins
Nelson Muntz: in the middle of the day..
TvZ: anti climax
TvZ: but odd
Nelson Muntz: very odd
Nelson Muntz: ended up calling the ambulance and everything..
TvZ: Was that the start of another House episode?
Nelson Muntz: lol
TvZ: I can almost hear the theme music
TvZ: and the whack of a cane

There you go…some reading that will make you wonder why you’ve just spent 2 minutes of your life reading it and make you re-evaluate what you do on the internet.

I’m not a morning person

If you don’t know me…then may I introduce my alter ego…RAT:

Pearls before swine, Rat

Pearls before Swine is probably the best short panel comic out there.

Rusty, my DIY electric guitar

Close to finishing my chess board with a difference, I was wondering what I’ll be doing next. So I had a beer (a ginger beer). After that I thought about what I’ll be building next. That was when Marina (my patient wife) gave me the idea of building my own guitar.

Challenge accepted!

After a few hours on the internet, I came across the website for Guitarworx. They sell electric guitar kits in a variety of shapes. So I went for the Vampire guitar kit. (Please see the notes below on cheap electric guitar kits.) ANYWAY, this is who I got it:

But hold on…that wasn’t all… I realised that I had to do the wiring as well…and there is no instructions at ALL on where what piece should fit in.

So I thought I’d jump in and get started… The next few pics were of my progress:

Raw bits and pieces:

Clean guitar body

Clean guitar body

 

Some custom cutting:

Custom pick-guard:

custom pick guard

custom pick guard

 

Beautiful wiring of the 2 humbuckers, 2 volume, 1 tone and 1 3-way switch:

guitar wiring

guitar wiring

 

A bit of paint and accessories:

The Final Product (Add rust for affect, thanks to Porter’s paint):

Rusty

Rusty

Rusty guitar

 

TA-DA!

Now, if you know anything about electric guitars, then you probably know more than I do, but none the less, you would have noticed a few things. the neck is raised aboutĀ  1cm (0.39″) from the body, resulting in the pickups to be lifted out of the housings by the same amount. I thought about skimming the neck, but the screws were to long and would have pieced the fretboard. None the less. It actually works. I plugged it into Marina’s keyboard (I don’t have an amp) and strummed it. Not surprised, it didn’t work. Then I realised I forgot the earphone jack plugged in.

After a bit of fiddling and tuning, it worked…until I snapped the A-string. So I decided to post only the pictures up the the strings and not any pictures where I only have 5 strings attached.

Note on cheap electric guitar bodies: You will get what you pay for. The neck was too high and there was a lot of play in the neck housing. The other main pain in the ass was that the pickgaurd wasn’t done properly and it didn’t align with all the holes. Forcing my to go custom.

All in all I was pleased with the outcome and it was a great experience building it.