Thursday, July 24, 2014

Portable Speaker Fetish

Bottom to top: Jawbone Jambox, JBL Charge, TDK A33, Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2, Altec Lansing InMotion Classic (iMT620), Logitech Wireless Boombox.  The TDK is easily the best-sounding of the bunch, with the Logitech Boombox a close second.  I plan to write up a review of the TDK A33 for's an outstanding device!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Here's a comic story from Pat Moriarity's BIG MOUTH (circa 1990s)...cartoons by Pat, inks by Jim Blanchard, story by yours, truly.  Read the whole dang thing at BoingBoing.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bike Backpack Boombox

This is by far the simplest, best-sounding, and most convenient solution I've found yet for mobile music: my Logitech Wireless Boombox strapped to the top of my backpack.

This works out so well partly because of the unique, "bone"-shaped build of the's narrower in the middle, allowing it to be secured without worry of having it slip out...

This double strap with snap clips holds the boombox in place.

One strap wraps around the middle of the boombox; the other clamps the speaker to the straps on the top of my backpack.

The boombox is equipped with its own internal rechargeable battery, which doesn't power the speaker at full output capacity (on battery, the speaker output automatically drops from 20 Watts to 6 Watts...presumably to preserve battery life).  This results in a significant decline in volume/sound quality.  No worries...I have an external battery pack capable of supplying the necessary 12 Volt charge for full output.  Although the speaker is a bluetooth-enabled device, my iPod Classic, unfortunately, is I still have to run a cable from music source to speaker.  Anyone out there have an old iPod Touch or unused smartphone they'd like to get rid of/donate...?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Man Down!

Fellow WFMU supporter & all-around cool dude Greg Germani was the recent victim of a senseless hit-and-run.  Greg G (as he's typically known online) has been sharing his remarkable country music finds for years via WFMU's BEWARE OF THE BLOG, WFMU ICHIBAN, and etc.  A few years back I threw together a collection of off-the-wall C & W tunes titled COUNTRY TRASH; most of the songs included on the comp originated from Mr. G's stash.  Send healing vibes & other cool stuff:

If you would like to send a card to Greg, we would love it. We'll share them with him and post in his room. For now the best way to do this is send to: Greg Germani, c/o Beth Anne Harrill, 2586 Woodridge Drive, Decatur, GA 30033. Greg remains critical, but stable and in excellent care of Grady ICU. Again, visitation is family only at this time.

COUNTRY TRASH at WFMU's Rock & Soul Ichiban!

Greg G's posts at WFMU's BEWARE OF THE BLOG