Saturday, Febuary 13th, 2010

It's a new year, and site updates are my resolution!

I'm glad to announce that my carbon fiber "XOX Audio Tools" guitar is finally in my hands! It's incredible - only 4-5 pounds in weight but sounds as heavy as a tank! The thing was still in tune when it got here from Italy! I'm using a lot of exclamation points! Hehe.

If you want, check out the guitar here.

As far as the site goes, I'd like to do some cosmetic and organizational updates, and finally get around to designing some merchandise to help pay for the running of the site.

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

XOX Audio Tools "Handle" guitar and the "Guitars Not Guns" eBay auction. Part II

Another Flash widget to grace the front page of our little website. The auction is nearing it's end, but I just got this so I thought I'd put it up here. Let's hope the XOX guys are able to get a big chunk of money for "Guitars Not Guns". So far it's looking pretty good!

If you want, check out the guitar here.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

XOX Audio Tools "Handle" guitar and the "Guitars Not Guns" eBay auction.

I've been working with this awesome guitar company called XOX Audio Tools. Their carbon fiber guitar - "the Handle" - is incredibly light and works great for someone with back problems. They're working on their first 100 limited edition guitars, and the 100th is going to be auctioned off on eBay, with the proceeds going to "Guitars Not Guns". Below is a countdown to auction day. Go bid! If you win you'll not only get this incredibly innovative guitar, but you'll be helping out a great charity in the process!

If you want, you can check out the guitar here.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

I'm not online often lately, but you can try and catch me to say hi. :-)

Aaron the A3 Guy

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Korg A3 based "acoustic" impulses for your favorite reverb Plugin!

I recently mentioned on the mailing list that I wanted to give this a try. There's lots of software out there these days that allow you to "sample" (for lack of a better term) the acoustic properties of a space. I use Sony's Soundforge app personally which includes their "Acoustic Mirror" Plugin for this task. Before I even pulled my gear out of the closet, one of our friendly mailing list lurkers emailed me to say that he'd already done some samples of his A3! I'll keep his email address private here, but he goes by "Mwah" on the list. if you download his IR samples and like them, be sure to mention it on the list and thank him! Here's a link to the File on his server. I may mirror it here eventually if it starts killing his bandwidth. File size is about 40Mb: Korg A3 Acoustic Impulse Samples

Friday, October 20, 2006

Aaron (the website guy) is bored. Please help.

Hey all, your friendly neighborhood Benevolent Dictator for Life (BDFL) here. If you're on the mailing list, you probably know a bit about my medical problems, which turned into financial problems, and have finally resulted in legal problems - all mashed together. The community here has been really good in the past about chipping in for domain name renewal (Adam has taken care of it recently, hand clap for Adam!), but now I want to throw another idea at you. I'm stuck at home not able to do much of anything, can't afford the next steps to figure out my medical (back) problems, and I'm being told by my lawyers that I'll most likely not see any money from the insurance company for at least a year. To be blunt, I'm bored out of my skull and can't even afford a cup of coffee (although Adam helps with that too. Thanks Adam!). When I'm able, I still hack away at retyping all the Korg manuals here so everyone can have their own clean, clear copy, but I can't sit at my desk for any extended periods of time. The one thing I HAVE been able to do to pass the time is play a few video games. Brainless, yes - but unlike reality, I can pause it whenever I need to and go take a nap!

So what do you do when you've watched every show on TV (twice!) and played all the games you have? You start researching those "get free stuff!" websites and see how they work! I've read a lot, and while there IS the occasional scam, most of them are legit - giving stuff away and making lots of money back with the ads on their sites and the (free) offers for affiliates you have to sign up for to get the stuff. So here I am, going to give one (maybe more if it works!) a try. I found a guy that kinda keeps track of these deals online and reports on their validity, so I started at his site (check it out here). Because I'm also a Linux geek and I've been reading about the fact that you'll be able to run a full-blown Linux distro on the new PS3, I decided I'd try that one first. If you guys help out and I get all the "points" required, I should get the OK that I'll be getting a PS3 when they come out later in the year. Who knows, with all the fine folks here, maybe I'll be able to do more than one offer (for a different freebie) and get more mind-numbing entertainment (or stuff to sell for espresso money!). Here's the deal. You click on the link below, sign up for one of the free offers (check the preceeding blog for good hints on selecting an offer - for example ends up costing nothing to join and then quit in a week and you get $5 worth of free stamps!), then when your offer has been registered I'll get the points toward my free junk. Easy enough, huh? I've signed up for my offer (, so if I run into any problems I'll let ya'll know. If you have any questions, drop me a line on the feedback page here on the site. I've got my fingers crossed - thanks for your help! - Aaron (Click the link or copy and paste)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

New Server

We've moved to a new server. Just testing to make sure everything's working.......

Thursday, November 24, 2005

the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated

"i'm not dead yet", "i think i'm feeling better". i'm just waiting for someone to come hit me over the head with a shovel. :)

my surgery went well. considering it was a million times more invasive than my two previous discectomies, i feel like a million bucks. i walked to the restroom the day after the surgery (it's so easy to take things for granted!). i HAVE been using the iBook everyone helped me with (thanks again!), as well as a Toshiba laptop that my new friends at Ubuntu Linux gave me. if you've been hearing about that "linux thing" and want to know more, let me know. i'm not unofficially their art team leader and it's been a load of fun (and helps take my mind off my sore back). i'll give you some free cd's or tell you how to get your own, and instant message you through a live demo or a full blown install (ask Nicholas - aka Noi5eMaker - i think i make a fine mentor. :)

anyway, besides saying a general hello, i wanted to show off this nifty new service i just discovered. it uses Google's cool maps and will let all of us pinpoint where we live and see just how big our little community is. without further ado, here it is:

Check out our Frappr!

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Tsunami Relief

Tsunami news and information, as well as places to make donations.

Tsunami Relief: "Tsunami Relief"

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

iTunes Confirmed!

I just got my iTunes approval this evening, so expect to see some extra links around the site. I'll probably start with the users page and then expand from there. If I've left out any bands or artists, let me know. I'd love for the users page to be a "one stop shop" for people trying to find examples of "A Series" powered music!

I realize iTunes music isn't available to every country, but if there's enough interest I'll work on adding another music store to fill in the gaps.

Without further ado, the reason I decided to do all this in the first place:


Monday, November 22, 2004

iTunes Affiliation

We all know that there are lots of big artists using our beloved processors. Hopefully very soon we'll be able to buy music by these artists right here at!

The biggest inspiration for me to sign up for the iTunes affiliate program is the new U2 album and the special edition single for "Vertigo".

I think I must have visited Apple's site the day the single was released and I was completely blown away. I'm a big U2 fan, but I usually prefer the pre-Zooropa albums. I think the new album, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" provides a little more "rock" and a little less "electronic" than their last few albums. The Edge still sounds amazing, and I can say with confidence that his A2's & A3's are still being used a lot. (Let me know if you can confirm this. I'm a bit broke to subscribe to all the guitar mags out there. :-)

This affiliation will also serve another purpose - getting Aaron a new laptop! It's pretty much inevitable at this point that I'll be having another back surgery - this time to weld a steel rod to my spine. Needless to say, I won't be getting out of bed for a few months afterward and a laptop will be my only access to the outside world (unless y'all want to come visit me!). If you don't need any iTunes music but want to help, Nick (Noi5emaker) is still accepting donations on my behalf (see previous post for info). With the donations we've already received and a few little freelance graphics projects I've worked on, we're almost halfway to our goal! If you're curious, the goal is one of Apple's recently updated iBooks. They're a great deal at $999, and access to a Mac will help me help YOU with the card data transfers. :-)

Ahh. My pain meds are kicking in and I'm feeling almost normal - but it's also making me ramble, so I'll shut up now. Stay tuned for more info!

Monthly News Archive - May 2004 June 2004 July 2004 October 2004 November 2004 December 2004 November 2005 January 2006