January 28, 2015

Pacific Fast Mail Sound System II

This is one of the most wonderful, interesting, strange things I've ever seen. It's a synthesizer that's only purpose is to imitate train sounds. At first I couldn't understand what this could possibly be for, and I'm still not certain but I suppose it must be for the serious (very serious) model train collector - which, will probably be me and Peter someday. 



Turns out Matrix Synth did a post on this years ago. So, rather than repost their pictures I'll just direct you to said post:



It is so interesting because mixed in with the more common synthesizer parameters such as cutoff, tone, echo and reverb you also have throttle, exhaust, wheel noise and bell.

There's also a module that plays three cassette tapes on a loop called the "Quadratape 3 Player"




January 15, 2015

Ginger Is The New Pumpkin


For years I've been obsessed with pumpkin flavored things. Ice cream, soap, eggnog (yes, there is pumpkin flavored eggnog! Thank goodness.). But the new flavor of the season is ginger. I don't know if it has something to do with my developing adult palate or if it's just a wonderful flavor. There is a ginger breakfast cereal that I just can't get enough of. But anyway, here is a picture of me having a nice cup of ginger tea this afternoon.