I hate digging up new WordPress templates, but I thought a slight change in the look of the blog was in order, because I’m changing some other things, too. You’ll […]

[I started writing this article over two years ago. I’ve finally taken the time to go back and clean it up, removing some content that didn’t make sense anymore and […]

In the world of live sound reinforcement, it seems that a multitude of small bands, worship teams, and musical groups are forever striving for that coveted, “crappy” sound that’s become […]


I’ve been giving a lot of thought over the past few days to the nature of the music industry. Most of that thought has probably been provoked by the show […]


People who know me in any way other than casual acquaintance are probably well aware that my favorite musical is RENT, but to call it my favorite musical is to […]

I was listening to music in my car on the way to work this morning, and realized that of all the things that are important to me about having a […]

Lawrence Baker

I was plugging along at work yesterday, minding my own business, when suddenly my e-mail alert sounded. Someone had posted a comment to my employer’s blog, which I manage, and […]

Miscellaneous Thoughts

It’s a strange world. Thanks to a blogger or two, the name “Santorum” has now become a neologism, tied to a disgusting definition that turned this writer’s nearly unturnable stomach. […]

Brown’s Ferry Brown is my latest chili recipe. A meaty, flavorful chili with medium-low heat and low acidity, it uses both dried and fresh ingredients. The recipe is designed for chili […]


Many have tried to analyze comedy, but to date, I don’t think anyone’s ever described just what humor is. It shows up in the oddest places, as it did for […]

Arduino Graffiti

A few days ago, I decided to see what a little microcontroller like the Arduino could do if I connected it to the Internet. Using the LCD display from my […]

What happened to the ammeter?

Last night I found myself driving my car home in the pouring rain, splashing through puddles and wishing my windshield wipers had an “emergency overdrive” setting. A design flaw with […]

Arduino Counting Breadboard

I’ve always been a bit of an electronics geek. I got that tendency honestly; my father was a tinkerer, too, and quite adept with things electronic. Aside from building the […]

Chances are that if you’re reading this, it’s because of a redirect. In fact, if you look in the address bar above, you’ll see that you’ve arrived at http://blog.ks3j.net, which […]

I’ve been having trouble keeping my eyes dry for the last few days. The reasons are complicated, but have everything to do with the fact that my uncle, John Milton […]

April 12, 1981. In a classroom on the second floor of “B” building at Western Albemarle High School, I, my friends David Sparks and Kirk Steele, and a number of […]

The Cast of 'Emergency!'

The ring tone I use on my cell phone at present is one that never fails to attract attention. Some don’t recognize it, and from those people I generally get […]

[The regular reader will recognize much of this material from two pieces written six and seven years ago. I’ve joined them and added a bit of new material, not because […]

[Adapted from a note posted to Facebook.] The Batesville Store, formerly Page’s store, is closing. This saddens me more deeply than I can express. To its new owners, and to […]