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Mons + David = BetaMons

Last night’s show was pretty successful. After being introduced by representatives from NASA and the Russian Ambassador who reminded us how to correctly pronounce Sputnik and aside from some rather annoying initial technical glitches we got through the night with some pretty stellar material. That and Lily attended her first cocktail party.

It was a crazy juxtaposition, a la Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground-era performance art. David and I basically performed along side a go-go dancer and hula hoopers both on platforms in the air. It was quite the 50s experience that went to the moon. A classic American tribute to Russia’s Sputnik.

Enjoy the music below, but first, our set up, for the geeks, was:


David R:

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Recorded live to MiniDisc, imported via Audacity and compressed to an 160kbps MP3 via iTunes.

Mons at Sputnik

I will be playing as MONS with David R. this Thursday at Sputnik, in Annapolis. Perhaps my first (and only?!) live performance.

There will be a 50th Anniversary Celebration for the launch of Russia’s Sputnik satellite. There are rumors that the Ambassador of Russia and members of NASA will be there. It should be a sight to see!

Regardless of the performance, the “cafe” is incredible. Their beer and wine list is impeccable and adventurous and their food is more amazing than most. Not to mention the sick atmosphere. Hope to see you!

From their site:

October 4th, Thursday 6pm to 10pm

The Sputnik Cafe will be hosting a Sputnik Launch Party to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Space Age. The event will be a formal cocktail party featuring classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule, The Communist and of course the Sputnik Cocktail. Attire will be Russian Red.

Cost $50 per person

Open Bar including classic cocktails, wine and beer influenced from behind the Iron Curtain

Passed Hor’dourves from Chefs Bill and Karl

Entertainment, fun and just one splendid and grand event.

4-Way And Other Switches

I just have to first off say that I am an electrical genius. In the course of the weekend, I actually wired the attic to turn on a light bulb when the temperature reached 100 degrees. Yes, this was to be my first ‘real’ electrical project outside of replacing receptacles, adding dimmer switches and adding those neat timers in our house.

So you heard about the install of the attic fan last week with David R. It was all installed sans the electrical work. That was for this weekend. Props David!

So I got started Saturday afternoon going back and forth trying different concepts with how to work the circuit. The trick was that the writing to the attic already had a single-pole flip switch for the existing light fixture up there. Which was fine, but we’d have to leave the switch on all the time for the light, and the soon to be fan, so the fan could work when it needed to. (It kicks on when the temperature gets to a set hot temperature.)

So the first purchase was an attic light fixture with a pull switch. You gotta love them. That wasn’t hard, expect I originally purchased one for a ceiling fan at Home Depot, so that didn’t really work. The alignment of the screws were slightly off. I finally found the right kind at Strosniders and attached it beautifully to the new ceiling box. Next was running the armored cable which had 12 gauge wire in there, including a ground. Yay green wire. So fancy. It’s like a nice neat little package. But the trick wasn’t installing the handy box or the light fixture. It was getting the correct circuitry. And it all came down to the simple ‘tandem’ wiring. Duh. It only took me an hour or so. But I figured it out and once it was correct and tested, I used my old speaker wire pins to secure the armored cable to the studs.

So the cost for all the parts couldn’t have cost more than $100, even with the actual attic fan costing around $60. And the cost to bring our an electrician most likely would have cost us $300. So all in all, I saved ~$200, didn’t get electrocuted and had a blast.

Oh and for this project I decided to up the ante in my career as an amateur electrician and finally bite the bullet with a pair of wire strippers. I have to tell you, I feel like I have no control with those cheaters. I used it twice and was back to the wire cutters in no time. Old school and patience and keeping it real. Yo.