Drummers Lost in 2017

A Memorial to our friends we lost in 2017

Halim El-Dabh

He was the composer of the “Symphony of 1000 drums” which we played sometime in August, 2008 (See HERE) . Halim was a professor of music at Kent State and an early inventor of electronic forms of music known as Musique concrète.

Bob Harper

Bob showed up at one of my drum circles in suburban Chicago and became a regular (I’m assuming it was because he lived close to the circle). A drummer for most of his life, he was one of  the members of a Chicago band called The Shadows of Knight, a band well known after recording the Van Morison cover GLORIA.

You will be missed.

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The Big Three have to go (sorry)

The super tall Populus trees on the south-west side of the house:

One of the trees was dead and another was on the way soon

A local tree service parked on the FRCC parking lot and reached over the fence to take down sections of each tree

A nice day to cut these tall trees.

Duncan checks out the logs where squirrels used to run

A similar tree went down next door during some wind gusts and smashed part of a neighbors house so it was only a matter of time that we would experience a similar fate. Strange, I don’t miss these trees as much as I thought I would.

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Laser Hub Update

The big laser is being played with to some extent:

We got the buttons, joystick and analog current meter installed!

So far the operation is via manual control and individual commands from the computer but soon these colored buttons will allow the user to place the laser beam exactly where they want it and then move it where they want, when they want. Think the 007 movie  Goldfinger and the famous lines: “Do you expect me to talk, no Mr. Bond I expect you to die.”

And Mr. Wallace is back from Scotland to get the next upgrade completed.

Laser Web served up on a Beaglebone

… whatever that means.  A claymore refers either to the Scottish variant of the late medieval two-handed sword or the Scottish variant of the basket-hilted sword.

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CAM, the RAM?

No, just a lesson on the HUB’s MIlling Machine

Steve placing in the bit

Center punching the location of the hinge

Suseth making a whole lot of wood chips

Today we learned how to use the wood milling machine. I forgot what we were making but the machine made a lot of noise and sawdust.

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Ween Town

That time of year…

Evil Clown Pair

Organ Playing Giraffe

The usual Halloween stuff. You know this town loves to wear costumes. I’ll just leave these two pictures without any explaination.

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Big Maker Faire

The local DIY yearly event was called a Mini Maker Faire; We now hit the BIG TIME! We are not mini anymore!

Lots of robots

High Vac Equipment

.50 cal machine guns

Steam Punk

Information overload in two days. This thing should be a week long.

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Rosemary’s farm

It’s where we had our first samba instruction from Marcus Santos:

No Samba this time

We came as the Alexandria group to play for the local dancers at the Art in the Farm or was it an Artisan Fair or something like that.

The dancers loved the live music

Well, maybe not some of our strange 13 beat time signatures; Next time we will warn them when that happens!

Don’t remember this group’s name

I think they were new to Fort Collins. Anyhow, it seemed like they all had a great time. Rosemary’s farm is called the Laughing Buck Farm, located on the north side of town.

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CORGI DAY!

People with their corgis. Duncan was there, but he was not being very photogenic today.

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HOPS RODS

I think this was called Hops and Rods:

The Rods

Last Call Romance

Trixon Drums

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BLOCO is BACK!

Did it ever leave?

Ready for the Tour De Fat

Some rather complicated gears

Not a bicycle

The BLOCO Band!

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