“” When I was growing up I had a guitar teacher who told me that because I couldn’t play scales picking every note fast, I wasn’t a good guitarist. I think that attitude is wrong. For one thing, I don’t think picking every note sounds very good. I know from chopping up samples that the beginning of a guitar note is the sound of the pick, and it lasts a pretty long time. If you pick every note and play very fast, you hear what people like Yngwie sound like. I love Yngwie’s playing, but it’s not the greatest sound to be picking every note, because you hear more of the pick attack than the sound of the note. Allan Holdsworth doesn’t pick every note, and I consider it a more expressive way to play fast. There’s more tonal variety. There’s more room for expression. In the ’80s, guitarists thought that because somebody played cleanly, or could pick every note fast, or do a lot of fancy tricks, that made them a good guitar player. Guitar playing got lost on that road to a certain degree. It’s not as if being studious and practicing are not advantageous for a guitar player—they are! But the goals are to see the instrument clearly in your mind, produce beautiful music, and express something.“

- John Frusciante in an interview about Enclosure.

anonymous asked:

On the topic of AP's T8... I just ordered my first last week. In reviews, I keep hearing about sealant and having it dry overnight? I've tried navigating their website for something that explains what it is but all I can find is that assembly takes 15-20 minutes. Could you please explain what it is?

Assembly is easy, but sealant is definitely a thing.

So basically, if you go by AP instructions, you assemble the whole cage, but don’t fasten the top too well. Top is one of the first ones to have to be fastened by screws, so you have to back up and remove it before you seal.

If you are geometrically talented, you can change the order of assembly such that the top comes last and doesn’t have to be removed (not to brag, but after a cage or two, we figured out how to avoid the extra steps – we have five AP cages total, all bought new and assembled by us).

Then you get messy with the sealant. They provide an excellent sealant, and if you have thin silicone or nitrile gloves, use them. I used my bare hands, with lots of water to keep the sealant from sticking to my skin.

Should have taken how-to photos, in retrospect, but here’s how you do it.

1. Lay out a bead of sealant along the seam that you’d like to waterproof.
2. Moisten your finger or thumb generously with water (I had a sprayer handy for that) and drag it along the seam, pushing the sealant in as much as you can, and leaving it as smooth as you can.
3. If you want to add more, or to smooth out, just spray down with water and repeat.
4. If you mess up and smear the sealant onto something it shouldn’t be on (like I did with Slinky’s acrylic door!), Goo-gone removes it while it’s still fresh.

The sealant cures in 24 hours if you’re lucky. It uses air moisture to cure, so we used fine mist sprayer to accelerate curing. We still waited 3 days to move the snakes in, because you could still smell it after 24 hours.

We sealed along the bottom, and about 2 inches up along the walls. We did not seal the top, since if the water is up to above 2 inches inside the cage, we have bigger problems.

I hear there are other manufacturers who offer seamless cages (boaphile?), but I would imagine shipping will be killer on a non-flat-packed six-footer cage. We like our APs and will be soon buying two more from them.

I overhauled my Diamond Python enclosure today. It is the top segment of a three-tiered lawyers bookcase. Their section is 4'x2'x2’, with a divider slightly off center. I used one piece of the shelf as a ledge for basking spots.

Seeing as fall is mostly here, photoperiods have begun to shorten, and ambient air temperatures have dropped during the day and night. Once October hits, basking temperatures will go down, and they will go off feed until March. November will see night temperatures drop to around 55F.

These overall cooler temperatures, extremely cold winter conditions (for a snake), and winter fasting are an essential part of keeping Diamonds. They have slower metabolisms and are meant to function in a cool region. If kept too warm, and/or fed too much, they over exert themselves, often reducing their lifespan to around 7 years.

  • Fanfare
  • John Frusciante
  • Enclosure

As I recall, I listened to the music backwards while playing the solo, then flipped the solo track. To get it to play exactly in time with the music I set the recorder to begin recording automatically at the beginning of a bar, and then stopped it exactly where the last bar ended. Then, I probably reversed that recording and played the forward version into the room, which added extra backwardness because the room sound on that track comes up backwards before the original bacicwards guitar sound on the other track. I probably also sent the original backwards sound into the room to get the room sound to come in after the guitar notes, as well. (John Frusciante, 2014)

“Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years.  It was recorded simultaneously with Black Knights’ Medieval Chamber, and as different as the two albums appear to be, they represent one investigative creative thought process. What I learned from one fed directly into the other. Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX.“ - John Frusciante

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DIYs were suggested!

After a quick hunt, a lot seemed to be “build your own rack,” or “build your own rack.” Oh. So I refined my search and found this nifty how-to for ordinary household items (providing you eat eggs and have a drainage flower pot bowl thing and use paper towels). 


  • Polystyrene ~ sheets or recycled from packages
  • Tile Grouting ~ I prefer using the powdered grouting and mixing it myself
  • PVA glue
  • Hard as Nails glue or similar ~ for glueing pieces together firmly
  • Cocktail sticks ~ ideal for holding pieces together until glue has dried
  • Assorted water-based, child-friendly/non-toxic paints
  • Sand
  • Assorted kitchen roll tubes, toilet roll tubes, cardboard egg-box lids, flower-pot saucers
  • Grease-proof or Waxed paper
  • Assorted cheap paintbrushes


1. Standing projects on grease-proof or waxed paper not only protects surfaces from wet grouting and paint but also when standing wet grouted surfaces on it helps provide a nice flat bottom for hides and cliffs as it peels off easily so minimising ‘wobble’.
2. Wearing thin latex or plastic gloves protects hands.
3. When mixing the grout I mix one part PVA to three parts water and then gradually add the grout until it reaches the consistency wanted ~ a runnier mix and several layers is better then just a few thick layers …. slowly build up the thickness’s.
4. When using plastic, roughen all surfaces first using either wirewool or sanding paper before painting with a layer of pva ~ this helps key the surface and prepare it for the grouting mix enabling a better 'fix’.
5. With polystyrene paint all surfaces with pva and allow to dry before starting with the grouting mix.
6. Make sure that all polystyrene or cardboard is completely grouted and covered as crickets and mealworms have been known to hide in any nooks or crannies they want.

Here is the entire DIY page to refer to. If you make any, I’d love to see what you come up with. Have an idea that could refine and improve this DIY? Let me know!


Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years.  It was recorded simultaneously with Black Knights’ Medieval Chamber, and as different as the two albums appear to be, they represent one investigative creative thought process. What I learned from one fed directly into the other. Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX.


This is the first DIY I’ve ever done and IT LOOKS SO GOOD IM SO PROUD OF MYSELF

DIY crested gecko tub!

It’s a small 27 quart tub, with a screen on the front and holes in the side. I EVEN MADE MY OWN DISH HOLDER! I made the dish holder out of the square plastic piece that came out when I melted a hole for the screen. I figured with all the plants Mochi might have a hard time finding his food if it was just on the ground, so I thought I’d put it up somewhere higher.

This was super easy and cheap and fun to make and I’ll definitely be doing the same thing for my next crested gecko!