Repairing Your Guitar Amplifier

It is important that when you are trying to repair or troubleshoot your guitar amplifier is that you approach it in a step-by-step procedure.

Examine Power Supply: One of the first things that you have to examine is the power supply and the fuse. Make sure that before you start troubleshooting anything is that everything is already unplugged. The same goes for fuse.

Power: This portion would be easier to examine if the guitar amplifier is not completely working. The first thing that you have to do when checking the power supply is to determine the direct current or DC voltages. You can determine it by searching for a transformer, a big capacitor or rectifier combination. Make sure that you have your tester so you can test the output voltages which should be in the range of 12-0-12 V /0-12V and 42-0-42 /0-80V. The reason for doing this is to figure out if the problem is coming from that portion of the guitar amplifier.

Examine The Capacitors: if there are signs that the capacitors have been burn out or showing that they are charred or blackened. Check the transformer then by utilizing a continuity test of both the primary and secondary rolls. If it is doing well then the next thing that you have to do is to apply main power and test voltage across the secondary rolls. Now, if this portion is functioning then the next thing which needs to be done is to unplug it and move to point six.

Now, if there is no main supply of energy is passing through the secondary coil then you probably need to replace the transformer or perhaps get yourself a new maxon tod9 at musicians friend.

It is important that when you are trying to repair or troubleshoot your guitar amplifier is that you approach it in a step-by-step procedure.

Examine Power Supply: One of the first things that you have to examine is the power supply and the fuse. Make sure that before you start troubleshooting anything is that everything is already unplugged. The same goes for fuse.

Power: This portion would be easier to examine if the guitar amplifier is not completely working. The first thing that you have to do when checking the power supply is to determine the direct current or DC voltages. You can determine it by searching for a transformer, a big capacitor or rectifier combination. Make sure that you have your tester so you can test the output voltages which should be in the range of 12-0-12 V /0-12V and 42-0-42 /0-80V. The reason for doing this is to figure out if the problem is coming from that portion of the guitar amplifier.

Examine The Capacitors: if there are signs that the capacitors have been burn out or showing that they are charred or blackened. Check the transformer then by utilizing a continuity test of both the primary and secondary rolls. If it is doing well then the next thing that you have to do is to apply main power and test voltage across the secondary rolls. Now, if this portion is functioning then the next thing which needs to be done is to unplug it and move to point six.

Now, if there is no main supply of energy is passing through the secondary coil then you probably need to replace the transformer or perhaps get yourself a new maxon tod9 at musicians friend.

Far Away

A cool breeze blows upon your face
While you look at the sunset
Reminiscing of joyful memories
Now buried in the past

Your heart sadly longs for them
But alas it can no longer be
You turn away from the setting sun
To return to the city you scorn

You walk back the same path
That you have been through countless times
The path that does not glitter
The road that you’ve stumbled countless times

Then for a moment, the sky seems to shine
An aurora covers the land where you stand
Is this what is called hope you thought?
Your heart seems to flutter at the feeling

The road that you walk on now glitters
As if it never looked bleak
Taking this chance you ran towards the path
The path that is now slowly crumbling

Alas, the bridge at the far end of the road
has already fallen to the abyss
Taking a deep breath, you made leapt of faith
The stars then began to fall on the world

When you opened your eyes again
You found yourself lying on soft white sheets
Looking outside the window of the isolated room
Rainbow flowers filled the land beyond
With the dream now far away

Tips Regarding Bird Bath Heaters

Birders are individuals who make it their hobby to observe different species of birds and most of birders utilize bird bath heaters especially during the winter season. Despite a lot of snow fall, there is not much water for birds to drink or use to bathe themselves with. This is where bird bath heaters come in. if you are a birder; keep the following in mind when it comes to utilizing bird bath heaters.

Color: Pick one that has a dark color so that birds will easily spot it even though the ground is white due to thick snow. Furthermore, dark-colored bird bath heaters absorb solar radiation and functions well without utilizing too much electricity.

Instructions: Do not just plug your bird bath heater without reading the instruction manual. A lot of people tend to neglect the importance of reading the instruction manual.

On Autumn Frost: As soon as you see the first sign of autumn frost, make sure that you put out the heater until frost has passed. No need to worry about shutting it down since the device’s thermostat will shut down on its own when it is not needed and will automatically activate as soon as it senses cold temperature.

Advise In Setting Up Lighting In Your Home

A lot of people tend to neglect the importance of properly setting up lighting in their homes. Make sure that you keep the following in mind when setting up lighting in your home:

Goal: Make sure that you have a specific target or goal when you are making an attempt to set up lighting in your home. Are you looking for a lighting that will be directed to a specific spot like that path way you have in your garden on your backyard? Or do you want to make the study room brighter?

Safety and Security: Do not just set up lighting to set the mood but also, set up your lighting at home properly for the safety of your family and for added security. You would want to easily see who is knocking outside the house with the help of proper lighting. Try utilizing directional sconces that are strategically directed to places inside the home which needs to be emphasized by light such as the staircase going the second floor or the basement.

Multiple Lights: Another way to also brighten up homes is to set up multiple sources of light in a specific area. In addition the light bulb that is illuminating the study room, there should be a lamp of some sort on the table of the study room for better reading. You can even put Axo lighting here if you want.

Tips When Choosing Guitar Strings

Before you go buying some guitar strings for your newly bought guitar, it is important that you have an idea of what strings to buy. The following tips should give you a guideline to follow when it comes to purchasing strings.

  • Know Your Guitar: Obviously, you cannot purchase nylon strings if you own an acoustic guitar since most acoustic guitars have metal strings. At the same time, simply buying metal strings for your electric guitar will not cut it.
  • For Finger Playing: If you are more inclined on finger playing with your guitar, getting silk and steel is your best bet since they are easier to play than the standard metal string. Be advised though that these strings are not for electric guitars since they do not pick up electricity.
  • Pick The Correct Type: Do not put acoustic steel strings for classical guitars since they have a higher string tension which may not work well with the guitar. On the other hand, nylon strings do not vibrate as much when it is put on a steel string guitar.

So if you are planning to buy Savarez guitar strings, it is vital that you have an idea where and how to start.

Forsaken Dreamer

Chorus:

Wishing for a dream that I know I would never have

Clinging on, to a hope that the heavens won’t give

Dreaming of this future that I know would never be

Sitting beside you like we used to

Verse:

I lay on my bed haunted by long lost memories

Figments of a forgotten past keep on haunting me

I tried to close my eyes and sleep but to no avail

I still can’t

Refrain:

I’ve been dreaming in this same dark room

About a dream that never ends

Memories of long lost love

That I am forever cursed not to feel

Held down by the chains of fate

I am bound to experience tragedies

Imprisoned in this dark cold dream

I cry for help, but no one seems to hear

Chorus:

Wishing for a dream that I know I would never have

Clinging on, to a hope that the heavens won’t give

Dreaming of this future that I know would never be

Sitting beside you like we used to

Verse:

Far beyond the window I see you walking alone

Or is it just an illusion I just made up on my own?

I tried to call you with your name

But you seem far away, to hear my voice

Refrain:

I’ve been dreaming in this same dark room

About a dream that never ends

Memories of long lost love

That I am forever cursed not to feel

I tried to hold on to dear hope

With every strength that I could give

Wishing for this endless dream

To end with my wishes fulfilled

Bridge:

As I stare out afar

I see your image so clear and serene

Wishing that, hoping that

Want to be with you again

At the end of these all

[instrumental]

Refrain:

I will find a way to break

Away from this cursed destiny

I’ll find my way back to you

However hard as it may be

I will one day be with you

And find the hidden truth in me

No matter what this will cost me

I won’t care as long as you’re with me

Chorus:

Wishing for a dream that I know I would never have

Clinging on, to a hope that the heavens won’t give

Dreaming of this future that I know would never be

Sitting beside you like we used to

Fighting for this dream of you even though it would be hard

Clnging on, to this hope that I know that’s in me

Dreaming of this future I am hoping that will be

Sitting beside you like we used to

[instrumental]

                                                                                                  Restless heart of mine

   I wish you were but mine

Alluring smile of yours has awaken me

   From this emptiness I feel within me

Restrain this heart from breaking

    Put the reigns for your taking

I am but a lifeless puppet on your hands

   Hold me as you wish by your warm hands

None comparable but to a white rose

  I endlessly, hopelessly wish you’re close

Admiraton I offer to thee so true

Under this serene vast sky so blue

NOSTALGIA

Chorus:

Wherever I look I see your face

When I think of you

But you are nowhere to be seen

I am lost and want to hold you once again

And feel you

Though the winter may fall eternally

I would go as far as life goes

And even if fate won’t let me touch you again

I’ll still go on..

Verse:

I walk the plank not looking down

Holding an old key in my hand

With my eyes blindfolded with a bloody cloth

My dreams, where doth leads me to?

Refrain:

My soul is lost, to wander forever for eternity

I am left alone, to endlessly search for you

Chorus:

Wherever I look I see your face

When I think of you

But you are nowhere to be seen

I am lost and want to hold you again

And feel you

Though the winter may fall eternally

I would go as far as life goes

And even if fate won’t let me touch you again

I’ll still go

But for now I have to keep on treading forth

And hope, to see you once again

In the future

Verse:

The world is darker than before

Even though the sun rise towards the sky

Has the heavens turned it’s back on me?

Won’t I see you again?

Refrain:

My soul is lost, in this so called “paradise”

I am left alone, to endlessly search for you

Chorus:

Whenever I start to think of you

I feel like I am getting lost

In this maelstrom of emotions

I am alone I want to hold you again

And feel you

Though the winter may fall eternally

I would go as far as life goes

And even if fate won’t let me touch you again

I’ll still go

[instrumental/lead]

Refrain:

My soul is lost, to wander forever for eternity

I am left alone, to endlessly search for you

Chorus:

Wherever I look I see your face

When I think of you

But you are nowhere to be seen

I am lost and want to hold you again

And feel you

Though the winter may fall eternally

I would go as far as life goes

And even if fate won’t let me touch you again

I’ll still go

But for now, I’ll have to live and to survive

If I wish to see you once again

In the future

First Impressions: Strike the Blood

After reading the synopsis while taking the title into account, I thought that this would be an anime similar to Blood Plus which is an anime that I wasn’t fond of. Having that impression, I didn’t bother trying the anime until one time, I saw a gif showing a girl wearing a student uniform performing a what seems to be similar to Street Fighter’s Ryu’s Hadouken to strike a blow against an opponent. The only difference was that the move was done up-close and no fireball or wave attack came out of her open palms that were in contact to the opponent’s abdomen or what seems to be an abdomen if I remember correctly.

First Impressions: Strike the Blood

“Blast Lance! Because I want it so.”

Seeing that move reminded me of an old idea for an original character I made years back in a story I was writing with a special move similar to what I saw but I call it the “Blast Lance”. It gave me a nostalgic feeling and got me to consider watching Strike the Blood. After watching the first few minutes of the anime, I can say that it’s not anything like Blood Plus and come to think of it now, the girl, who was the secondary or primary protagonist of the anime is reminiscent of Shakugan no Shana.

First Impressions: Strike the Blood

“Though I don’t remember Shana doing anything like this.”

Strike the Blood revolves around a young man named Akatsuki Kojou, who was the new incarnation of the Fourth Progenitor, the most powerful vampire who was said to bring forth chaos. A vampire without any brethren and kin as narrated in the story. The story is set in an Island south of Japan where humans, demons, and other supernatural entities live in harmony. An island called “The Demon District”, a place made out of magic, fiber and I forgot the rest of it.

The thing is that I am a vampire purist and I am very particular about how anime and movies portray their vampires though I am more tolerant in anime since well, its anime. So far, the main protagonists Kojou, hasn’t shown any spectacular move as compared to Himeragi so I really can’t say much about Kojou’s vampiric traits except that the first episode shows his nose bleeding after seeing Himeragi’s underwear, then coughing blood afterwards or something. But I am relieved that he’s not sparkling or anything like that but these days, a lot of authors are no longer keeping vampires limited to walk in the evening but also during the day.  I personally don’t like this because well, Vampires are creatures of the night and should not be adulterated but what the hell.

First Impressions: Strike the Blood

“Twilight this is not.”

Overall, I can say that the anime is interesting especially that there’s already action in the first episode plus a fan service to keep the kids’ eyes glued to it. I still have to see what else will happen in the anime but so far so good.

First Impressions: Strike the Blood

“Oops…”

A Foretelling

Clear water flows quietly
As time passes by so close
To the arrival of fate’s
Sealing hands to judge

The unworthy souls who
Wander about searching
The land of pits and treasures
Only but a few sees the truth

The sunny days had passed
And left the flowers abloom
In it’s warm embrace
As a mother’s bosom to a child

Now cometh the rain
Falling endlessly, and mercilessly
Upon the dried forsaken
Metropolis of sinners and saints

And when the judgment of one
Who’s name unmentioned cometh
The land shall be purged clean
To welcome a new history

First Impressions: Log Horizon

If you’re a fan of anime similar to the Dot Hack series or Sword Art Online then you will definitely enjoy Log Horizon. For the past few days, I’ve been checking out the newly uploaded anime in Otakustreamers and so far I am enjoying the new releases. In fact, I’ve watched a couple of titles already like Tokyo Ravens, Galilei Donna, Kill La Kill, Samurai Flamenco, and Blazblue: Alter Memory. I must say that this is perhaps the first time that I enjoyed watching a number of new titles as compared to past releases.

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Got ain’t any clue what’s happening here.”

And one of more interesting titles that I just watched a while ago was Log Horizon. These days, a lot of people are hooked into MMORPG or Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game wherein you take on a role of a particular character class similar to how Dungeons and Dragons games are played. At the same time, the market for MMORPG-based anime has grown in the last couple of years and maybe this is because most gamers out there dreams to live the life of one who’s inside their favorite MMORPG.

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Not looking like these characters though”

Log Horizon is the latest anime of this genre but unlike Sword Art Online which was hyped during its air time, mostly due to the romantic elements between the two main protagonists, Log Horizon’s approach is more reminiscent of Dot Hack in a way that the story just doesn’t revolve around the relationship of the two protagonist like the ones in Sword Art Online but rather, the interaction and cooperation of the three main protagonist as well as the guilds that they’re allied with. Furthermore, the anime seems to give a feel that it won’t delve much into romance as compared to the former.

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Sword Art Online This is Not”

However, Log Horizon shares the plot idea from Sword Art Online wherein the players across the globe are trapped inside a game with the exception that the characters don’t die in real life when they die in the game. Also, unlike Sword Art Online, Log Horizon doesn’t seem to focus on how the players trapped in the game world gradually adapted to the environment where they are trapped but rather, through the exploration of the new expansion as mentioned in the first episode.

But perhaps what I really appreciate about the first episode and hopefully, will continue throughout the series are the brief explanation of the characters’ special attacks and the emphasis on the strategies developed by the main protagonist, Shiroe. With regard to the artwork, I still find it better as compared to Aoki Hagane no Prepeggio: Ars Nova’s art style. The anime has a light atmosphere and one can say that setting aside the in game mechanic portrayal, it is your typical adventure kind of series which you’ll dearly enjoy watching. As of this writing, I am watching episode 2 and so far so good. Overall, I’d gladly recommend this anime to anyone who enjoys watching anime of the adventure genre, and having a MMORPG feel.

SPECIAL MENTION:

I also like the running gag in the anime wherein Akatsuki would hit Naotsugu’s face before asking permission from Shiroe if she could do so. This anime also reminds me of Slayers minus the in-game technicalities. I also like the main protagonist, probably because I am able to identify myself more with him and hmm, I just realized, their party reminds me of my friends’ characters in the D&D campaign we used to play but that’s another story.

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Forward ->Forward Down -> Down -> High Kick”

First Impressions: Log Horizon

“Yes, you may ma’am”