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I finished a nice little project today. The "Build Your Own Clone" 5 knob compressor.  It's a clone of the Ross compressor with an additional tone knob, and a blend knob which will blend the straight signal and the compressed signal.  The remaining 3 knobs are Attack, Sustain, and Level.

It sounds amazing.  It's really really clean with lots of variation on how much sustain you need.  The Attack knob is very subtle but you can hear it affecting your pick attack slightly.

What a fun project.  You get the circuit board, case, and a bag of parts.  Then you go online to download the instructions, get out your multimeter to make sure you're reading those resister code properly and go to it!
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Mammoth is another company which makes these kinds of kits.  I suggest Build Your Own Clone over Mammoth because BYOC gives you access to very complete instructions.  Mammoth makes you sign up to a forum on GutiarPCB.com and that can take weeks or even months to get accepted to the forum.  And that's just to get the layout of the parts on the PC Board.  It's ridiculous to make you jump through that many hoops just to get basic directions to the kit you already bought.

Yes, Mammoth sells their kits without instructions.

BYOC, on the other hand, gives you a PDF of incredibly good step by step instructions.  My biggest tip is to double check every single resister with a multi-meter to make sure you're  reading the resister codes correctly.  It's easy to mistake a 10K for a 100K resister.
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Thank you for the advice on building control areas.  I had a pretty good day wandering around my town.  Here's a before and after comparison of my first real farming/linking day.  And even though the intel map doesn't show it, I leveled up to level 4.  Slowly but surely I'm getting there.
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Good job, agent! 
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I just captured 6 portals all within 200 meters of each other. I filled their resonator and tried to link them. I can get one link to work but not the 2nd link to make the triangle. What am I missing?
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+Michael Peeler​ this looks like an enlightened group according to the title..Please stop being an annoying twit. If you are resistance..then get out :)
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I just finished reading Warrior's Blood. Book 2 of Shawn Jones' Warrior series. Damn you Shawn, now I have to immediately start reading book 3 to see how the story progresses. 😀

I don't have enough spare time to read as much as I would like. But these books have me hooked. More Please.
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HI Folks:

This weekend I made a video which I will be using as a supplement to my teaching.  It discusses right hand picking technique.  Although I use bluegrass as my example music it's perfectly applicable to jazz.  The second half of the video discusses a practice technique I use called "Picking Puzzles".  I've found this incredibly useful as a practice tool to develop the ability to move from any string to any other string with either an upstroke or a down stroke.

I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
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Greg - videos should be people playing a chorus or more of a standard as I'm trying to keep things as practical as possible. And also focused on jazz. But good playing!
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I'm starting to make support videos for my students.  This first video talks about the proper way to hold a pick and also covers some fun exercises which will help your students learn to pick across strings with either upstrokes or downstrokes.  I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
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I like this it'a very helpful. I have a student I teach in North Carolina & I'm in Utah. I find videos have been very helpful with her. Keep these coming. 
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The trees in the Sierra mountains are blooming. The only problem is that it's February and we should be having temperatures in the 30s to 40s with some snow on the ground.
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Winter is going extinct. It is time to solve the climate crisis. 
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I really only started throwing a yoyo about a week ago. I'm considering making a "100 days of" video where we quickly see what my progress is over 100 days. What do you think? Would that actually interest anybody?
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I hope it is helpful.  I tend to only rotate the Mach 5 / 3 times if demonstrating it for an audience.  In the WYYC and National contest they require 5 rotations.
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Question about the Ingress App:

The small town near where I live is a nice blue farm.  There are about 30 blue portals within a 3 block area which I can hack to build inventory (and eventually, I hope, start to take over).  But I notice that as I walk down the street my Ingress app doesn't seem to understand that I'm moving.  I've walked up and down the block but Ingress thinks I've never moved.  I can stand right in front of the object for a portal but the app thinks I'm 100 meters away.  Then, suddenly, the app thinks I'm 60 yards in the opposite direction.

Without consistent GPS location I can't really farm this promising area.  Is there anything I can do to help the Ingress App locate me more accurately?  Thank you.
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My GPS has gone completely useless to the point where I can't even navigate to an address while driving my car.  I brought it back to the Verizon store and all the setting were correct.  We pulled the battery and let it sit for 30 seconds before replacing it and it seemed to start working again.

So a battery pull/reset seemed to help.  If it continues I'll call the warranty department and they'll probably suggest a factory reset.  But at least we seem to be on the path to a resolution.
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I'm a newbie to Ingress.  But in 2 weeks I've been able to get up to level 3.  Last night I created my first link between two portals but there wasn't a 3rd green portal within range for me to create a control field.

But I'm learning, and I'm helping.  I've already claimed 5 portals for The Enlightenment.  Most of all, I'm having fun.
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+Greg Brouelette​ Great play area. Lots of nice frogs out there, my big brother included. +Shaun Case​ is definitely a good local contact; I met him when I last went out to visit the brother.
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Every now and then my friends and I get together for a "guitar Tasting".  Sort of like wine tasting but with beautiful guitars.

Left to right: My hand made (by me) '52 Tele replica.  My '78 Gibson ES-335, A Heritage arch top, an early 70's Gibson L7-C (with a rare cutaway), another Heritage arch top.

Also present that day was a Peerless arch top.  I didn't get pictures of another Gibson arch top, a Herb Ellis model which was my favorite arch top of the day.
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+Tom Donahue As you can tell by our guitar selection, we might "Jazz Out" :-)
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Musician, Luthier, Software guy, Dog lover, Fly fisherman, Freethinker
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I'm a software engineer by trade and a musician by passion.  In addition to playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar and jazz guitar I also play mandolin and the occasional banjo.

I also build instruments.  I'm moving from building mountain dulcimers to building acoustic and electric guitars.

I'm married and living in the foothills of the Sierra mountains.
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