Month: July, 2007

The Fat Man’s Annual Geek of The Week for July

26 July, 2007 (09:03) | Uncategorized | One comment

What do these things have in common? A glider that goes 193 mph (click picture for movie) A high-quality Shakuhachi (click for audio sample) An instructional DVD on the art of Zen Shiatsu (Too new. Not even on the WWW!) And the coolest rack panels ever? The Fat Man’s Annual Geek of The Week for [...]

Captains in the News

23 July, 2007 (07:17) | News | No comments

Another article about your friendly neighborhood Captains has appeared on the net – this one in two places! Game Set Watch has a very complimentary article, and they have the Captains thanks. It’s nice to be appreciated. That same article is echoed at Electronic Zone. The Captains of the Chess Team – crossing the internet [...]

The truth? You can’t handle the truth.

15 July, 2007 (06:43) | Uncategorized | No comments

Thing One: It has been reported that the Captains of the Chess Team is fronted by Marc Schaefgen. I can see how one might think that, since at our one and only performance so far, he was positioned in the center of the stage, and he did sing lead on some of the songs. However, [...]

Wanna see something COOL!?

13 July, 2007 (11:13) | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Behold, as Captain Friend Thom Robertson shows off his musical creation – the Arpeggioxxor! You know you want one. I have played along with the Arpeggioxxor in a live jam environment, and I can tell you that it is amazingly musical, very easy to jam with, and most of all – FUN. I can’t [...]

Vintage Shure Goodness

11 July, 2007 (14:47) | Uncategorized | No comments

Just finished upkeep on my vintage Shure SM55SH – put together a new cable for it, and re-seated the capsule by removing the old deteriorating rubber and replacing with acoustic foam bits. It works great, and is mighty loud. Nice vocal character too, better than I remembered. So this means this can be my new [...]

Fat Man Performs at Connecticon this Friday

10 July, 2007 (14:54) | Uncategorized | No comments

This Friday I’ll be in Hartford, Connecticut at the Connicticon with my son, Glen, my daughter, Sandy, her friend Jennie, and Jennie’s dad, Dave. I was invited by Matt Myers to help him give a 2-hour workshop in which the attendees write their own Anime-style song!! Bad-ass. Creativity under the Gun. Also helping will be [...]

Vitamin Water

8 July, 2007 (12:24) | Uncategorized | One comment

I bought some “vitamin water” for Marc, and put it in the cooler. He said he likes that. So for farming tomorrow night, he’ll have a little surprise. Won’t that be nice?

New Prototype Instrument

4 July, 2007 (22:50) | Uncategorized | No comments

Yesterday Jim Plamondon came by to visit…oh, two days ago–I’m up late. (why does the blog date say July 4?). And left me one of, like, three prototypes of his Thummer musical instrument. I think I’m awake now because I’m thinking about it, going through musical patterns in my head, mentally trying out different sounds [...]

Farming report

3 July, 2007 (07:05) | Rehearsal Report | No comments

Excellent rehearsal farming session last night. Started some new songs, and ogled new gear. (Knighty’s new guitar is SWEET!) I think we finally have our stage volume level at a place where it makes sense, and I even took one of my pedals off the floor! Simplify! Until something else cool comes along, anyway. Rock [...]

New Nerdy Friends!! (yourselves included…)

1 July, 2007 (20:21) | Uncategorized | One comment

I just got back from a trip to Dallas where my son and I were very nicely hosted by the very polite, kind, smart, funny, and [according to The Internet] horrible person, Scott Kurtz ( We were there because my son is a member of Kurtz’s Panda Attack guild on WOW. Is he horrible? Well. [...]