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Depending on who you are, you may be interested in what I do.

Things I do professionally:

 

Things I do for the love it:


Some Funny Stuff and Some Serious Stuff

Britney Spears' Guide to Semiconductor Physics
A little story on how semiconductors really work
A simple investigation into astrology
Some thoughts on the metric system
Some food recipes I made
But can Spock do this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Music Stuff

To paraphrase Frank Zappa, I do not write music that is strictly commercial. This stuff would never get airplay but some people have expressed an interest in my electronic drumming. These drums look like and play like regular drums but they trigger sounds electronically. They can sound like acoustic drums or just about anything else. My kit is based around an expanded Roland TD-20 controller. I also use a MalletKAT keyboard percussion controller (kind of like an electronic marimba or vibraphone) which triggers a Kurzweil sound module. I use these because I can't afford nice percussion keyboards. Have you priced a symphonic marimba lately?? I also play bass guitar and occasionally plunk out a few chords on a normal piano-style keyboard. With very few exceptions, if it's not drums or bass, it's coming from the MalletKAT.

You can hear some of my music at my myspace page: www.myspace.com/jimfiore Below are a few examples (details at myspace):

Fun Is Where You Find It

Hoodie Too

Timmy Umbwebwe Lights A Candle

The Return Of Wayne Dangre



I'm selling some music gear. There's a Digi-Tech RP-5 guitar multi-effects processor. An older model but still quite nice. I'm asking only $50 (with power supply). 

RP-5


Running Stuff

Check the Utica Roadrunners site for road race schedules and info.

Here's my Boilermaker Training Plan for first-timers.

Want more running stuff? Check out the running section on my other site.


Some quotes I like...

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
    - Isaac Asimov

"We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on."
    - Richard Feynman

"Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth."
    - Frank Zappa"

Begin with the possible and move gradually towards the impossible."
    - Robert Fripp

"Ask yourself, 'Can I give more?' The answer is usually 'Yes.'"
    - Paul Tergat (former world marathon record holder)

"Do what you fear and you shall conquer your fear."
    - Karen Schaffer

"Alone, you can fend for yourself. Together, we can improve the world."
    - Anon

"My hovercraft is full of eels."
     - Monty Python

"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
    - Stephen Roberts

"There are people who believe that dinosaurs and men lived together. That they roamed the Earth at the same time. There are museums that children go to, in which they build dioramas to show them this. And what this is, purely and simply, is a clinical psychotic reaction. They are crazy. They are stone cold f*** nuts. I can't be kind about this, because these people are watching The Flintstones as if it were a documentary."
    - Lewis Black


Some links I like...

The Out Campaign: Scarlet Letter of Atheism

A great site for info on media and politics: www.mediamatters.org

Good stuff to know from the Department of Agriculture (Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion): www.usda.gov/cnpp

How much fat is in your lunch? The Center for Science in the Public Interest: www.cspinet.org

Reality checks anyone? www.skeptic.com

Richard Dawkins' site, including his Foundation for Reason and Science: www.richarddawkins.net

The Freedom From Religion Foundation: www.ffrf.org

The Secular Web, promoting a naturalistic view of the universe: www.infidels.org

Information on secular humanism: www.secularhumanism.org

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Drummer Bill Bruford's (Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks) site: www.billbruford.com

"Music is the Best". www.zappa.com

 

Warning: Excessive exposure to techno-tools can drastically increase your Kg (coefficient of geek-osity). The surgeon general hasn't said doody about this, but it might be a bad thing. On the other hand, it could be a good thing. Of course, there's always the possibilty that it will make no difference whatsoever. We simply don't know. Either way, you've been warned. Sort of.

This could happen to you...

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