A little more information

The two main activities in my life: Helping the hungry in the late hours of the night and helping guitar players sound better one amp at a time.

I always try to remember that in order to do good one has to take action and actually do something.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I have watched the city and Southern California change for well over half a century.

I can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/mylesr or on twitter at www.twitter.com/myles111us

As of late 2019 the music related links and prints noted on this page which had their links to by GAB (Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting) website are no longer accessible. I grew weary of updating my GAB website and let it go away. You can contact me on Facebook. Saunders Stewart Models continues full operation but we are not accepting new clients without a referral.

Los Angeles Architectural History

Los Angeles Architectural History
1935 Art Deco at some of its finest: No. 168 - Griffith Observatory- (click on the photo for information)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The last few days in photos

It is over 90 degrees today in Burbank.  Last week we had rain and cold.  I thought I would take a few moments and post a few cell shots on what has gone on over the last few days.  Below are a few moment from the last few days or week.

This is the Leslie out of the Gilbransen President which is being scrapped for parts (and for destructive entertainment I suppose).  The unit works great for guitar.

As I mentioned, it is about 90 degrees.  This was taken 3/31/11 at 3pm local time in Burbank.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The GC1 Guitar - great guitar

Today I am taking a few moments to post the link to a fellow that crafts a wonderful guitar.

There are a lot of terrific guitar builders out there and hopefully I will post links to some of them in my future blog posts from time to time.

As a point of interest, the guitar above belongs to Steve Kirk ( http://stevekirkpop.com/ )  Steve Kirk is the most listened to guitar player in the history of amplified guitar music.  Am I crazy for making this statement?  Seems that I am on track, there were even a few news stories on this fact.  Steve Kirk wrote and performed the theme to FarmVille, a game played on facebook by millions of people each day.  The theme runs in the background of the game as it is played. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Homeless Situation in Los Angeles

Each month it seems as if I write about the homeless population growing.  The situation is not getting better.

Regardless of what the press reports in reference to the economy and to the employment situation, things are not getting better from my point of view.

Before I go deeper into this post let me just say a few things.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pictures, places, my thoughts

In this blog post are some of the photos I have taken in the last few weeks. Most were taken from my cell phone.  There are a few photos which have sent me from some of my friends as well.  The photos were put together in a little slide show rather than post them individually in a very long post.

The photos show a bit about some of the things I have been up to.   Some of my thoughts are posted below which are from comments on facebook in response to news items or in response to the comments of others or posts of others on my page.

There are many photos so I will post them in a single slide show below.  Some of the dialogue from facebook I will just cut and paste in this blog post. 

Every blog entry has a photo tied into the identification of the particular blog entry.  I thought this shot of Mike Franceschini would be about as good as it could get for an initial photo!  Mike is a great amp designer and amp tech.  I am a bit older than he is but I still learn things from him almost every day whether it is about amplifiers, life or humor.  If you have an amp that needs a bit of help you can find Mike in my friends list on facebook and send him a message.

I suppose I can be talked into some drinking since she is driving. - my thought on the night of 3/4/11.  My friend Cindy was driving.  She is a very bad influence.  Since I was just talking about Mike Franceschini I will comment that Mike has some of his own feelings on some of my friends.  He likes some of them.  He has some disparaging comments on some of the others.

There are about 70 photos in the slideshow below.  Not a lot by my standards.  You can view them all in a few minutes.  If you click on any individual photo you will be directed to the photo on flickr in my album where there may be more info.

On 3/7 I updated this post as I had received a comment to something I posted on Facebook.  On Sunday evening 3/6 there was a show on 60 Minutes about the number of children in poverty today.  A story of the homeless and the economic situation.  I posted the link to CBS piece that was posted on the Internet.  I was asked:  How do you think the situation would have been with a republican president? Better or worse?

The short answer?  Probably no damn difference at all.  Perhaps the biggest fault in my eyes of our system of government is that nobody is in a position of responsibility.  The buck doesn't "stop here", it never stops anywhere.  I am not talking money.  I am talking about leadership. 

If something goes wrong does the President take responsibility?  No.  He may be blamed by some but the news media and press will tell the story how one direction should have been followed but it was not possible due to Congress or the Senate or ....  

It took this country decades to fall to where it stands today.  Both parties held office.  Both had their high and low points.

In the past I have written about America.  We used to produce some of the finest products in the world.  Our cars were some of the finest.  Our electronics such as television and stereo equipment were some of the finest available anywhere.  Our design and engineering was at the pinnacle of the industry. 

Over the decades our elected officials cut education.  They removed art classes, vocational classes, music classes.  The classes that taught our youth to be creative.  Our education scores dropped in all subject areas. 

Schools became areas where parents expected teachers to watch over their kids.  School was a place to send a sick child as they could not be left at home alone.  Discipline was left to the teachers.  In the sixties teachers could punish students who were disruptive or misbehaved.  The tools of discipline were taken away.  Now kids bring weapons to class, listen to their iPODs and text in classes.

We grew into a nation that expected to be paid much more than an honest day of pay for an honest day of work.  $50 an hour with full benefits to turn a wrench to produce a second or third rate product.

We lost our basic education that taught us to be artistic and creative for the most part.  Thankfully there are some younger generation people who are developing their own technology via their own education via the Internet.  There are still some artists, writers and musicians but as a collective nation we are not in a very good place.

You can argue to me all you want but I have a lot of proof.  Look at the jobs which have been outsourced.  Look at the car in many of your driveways.  Where did your guitar or amp come from?  Your television, washer, furniture?  Most of you will be able to illustrate my point. 

This is not a government issue of Republican or Democrat.   None of you have taken responsibility.  Too many people on both sides of the political fence spend too much time defending some obscure position and stalling rather than working together for a solution to our nations problems.

It has taken decades to sink to our current level as a country but there are people in America that have spirit, ability and the desire to move forward.  Hopefully they can overpower the polical machine.  Seems as if that is being done in other parts of the world right at this moment.  Then again, it may take a bit longer to fix things here because there is no single person to blame as nobody takes responsibility.  That is a bit different than things are done in Libya as an example.  Perhaps that is why nobody in America is willing to lead the country by taking responsibility.  Safety in numbers.  Business as usual.

Back to my previous writing...

Rule number one. Always associate a name and a face to any target if you want to take things to the highest level of proficiency. ;-)

latimes: Dow off 88 points, or 0.7%, to 12,169. S&P 500 off 10, or 0.7%, to 1,321. Nasdaq off 14, or 0.5%, to 2,784.

Dan Boul of http://www.65amps.com/ loaned speakers to my son. They sound great.

Darryn - once you run out of benefits on unemployment you are no longer counted. I once published the number at the time, I believe it was between 250,000 and 450,00 people EVERY TWO WEEKS that became what are dubbed "99ers", no more benefits after 99 weeks of unemployment.

What did I say the other day about stock prices falling sharply after a big rise?

What did I say about our government leaders and country having no direction as the economy flounders? There is some nonsense about the employment picture getting a sliver better but by now you might all know that these reports are shown to be nonsense as real information comes to light.

Long marinated but cooked fast - Caption on a meal one of my friends cooked for me.

latimes: LAPD seeks felony charges against school police officer who faked shooting http://lat.ms/dKFpTj

Where's Donna? If you want to take a guess where Donna is go to the post at http://la-economy.blogspot.com/2011/02/lookin-for-donna.html  and put your guess into a comment.

If folks are wondering what the #music type of stuff is doing in my post it is a "hash tag" as this is also sent to twitter.

Mike Franceschini with timecopter radio. The console radio in Timecopter was developing a bit of static around 1954 or 1955 broadcasts. Mike did a bit of tweeking. It looks as if he is happy with the results of his magic. Before you ask, the answer is YES, he can make your guitar amp sound terrific too.

Okay ... I don't get it. Where would somebody wear this? Banquet? What if you dropped your bread? The theater? Looks difficult to sit in for a few hours. Social situation such as a party or event? No peripheral vision.

Pure nonsense. Read the comments at the bottom of this article. One more story in this never ending news nonsense that I point out week after week. Question: How many people do YOU know that have been out of work have jobs now? Shame on you AP for not looking at what you posted in the last month, or year.

I have adopted a new technique when it comes to dinner photos via cell to upload to facebook and twitter. Whoever has the best cell with a flash takes the shot and sends it to my phone and then I can post a better shot. I experimented with this with my boys when they got updated HTC phones.

Unrest in the Middle East and Africa -- country by country - http://bit.ly/ge321D

Keeping Up With The Auto-Tune: Kim Kardashian Premieres Her Pop Song - Reality Rocks
Will the producer ever live this down? ..."work for other artists includes Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Rihanna's "Umbrella," Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine," and Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body." But sadly, it seems like Kim just dragged The-Dream down to her nightmarish level. He really should have known better."

איך זאל זייַן ייִדיש אָבער קיין רעליגיע וואָס טוט ניט לאָזן שרימפּ, קראַב און בעיבי צוריק כאַזער - פלייש ריבס האט אַ שווער צייַט בעכעסקעם מיר אין שורה.

Đó là một con chim què bơi ngược dòng để điều chỉnh một mũi tên sủa.

Economy Improving? A few folks out of work yesterday and today
J&L FARMS, INC SALINAS 110 (people laid off)

Lunch with Dan Boul of 65amps Special Guest Mark Loughman from BAE  Location: Ustream - http://www.ustream.tv/channel/london-pro-info

‎19 more days. I am posting this here for Tammy Knight Gibbons and Ludovic Pierson who will be running. I will NOT be running, walking or doing anything associated with the event. I will be eating prior to the event. I will probably eat during the event and probably eat after the event. Yeah ... a tuna shashimi marathon.

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". John F. Kennedy

Feed 5 people for $10 in seconds from your cell phone - donate $10 to Union Rescue Mission, text the letters URM to 85944 #hunger @urm

latimes: Dow off 168 points, or 1.4%, to 12,058. S&P 500 off 21, or 1.6%, to 1,306. Nasdaq off 45, or 1.6%, to 2,737. Not a good day.

I guess he is covering all bases?  Mr. Bernanke says while the turmoil in Libya is having an impact on the price of oil, it should be temporary and modest.  But he warned if commodity prices remained high they could threaten economic growth and price stability.

Just a few folks getting their final paycheck today:


Some things in life just come apart

latimes: DUI suspect accused of killing cyclist kept driver's license despite 15 traffic citations http://lat.ms/gh1BVK - Sometimes I can actually find one example of our legal system working. Not this time.  With the banks, investors, scandals, Lohan, and stuff like this it seems I have not been able to find a single example of "the spirit of the law" working in a very very very long time. As far as "the letter of the law", even using that criteria things don't look acceptable either.

I think you get an idea from the above dialogue clips.  There is a lot more on my facebook wall.  I also post a lot of things to twitter as well.
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