solid bodied electric ukulele

Here’s one that eventually may become of interest to the internet in the broad scale.

I went to the city’s large guitar & musical instrument emporium with my associate A—, who is crazy about ukuleles. My obsession with guitars comes and goes, but he plays and thinks about ukuleles all the time. And, as I am told, electric ukuleles in the style of a solid-bodied electric guitar are as scarce as hens teeth. Apparently, occasionally a person with luthier skills here or there makes one but they all have an odd look to them.

One of the few Korean guitar companies in Korea that still makes their stuff in Korea had a crack at it and branded them as Tomo. They use a specially made single coil pick-up, and the thin four strings from a normal electric guitar, although, it seems that the tuning still stays in the standard uke tuning. A— was attempting to tune it to D,G,B,E but trying to get to the G felt like it was going to break the string. It might’ve got there if he’d forced it but who knows with such a short length of wire. Some of the bodies were made with alder and some with mahogany.

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They had a tele style, a strat style and a Gibson body-shape style. The pick-guards on the fender styles were apparently quite cheap-looking and maybe would benefit from a reseating and some filing of the edges. This was part of the reason why A— finally went with the Gibson-style uke. It was a yellow colour that’s a bit brighter than the normal gibson ‘TV yellow’. Cash price W400 000. We’re sure these would sell bigtime if they were in N.America, especially considering how the hipster demographic has started to latch on to the ukulele.

three movies

Car Wash (1976)

There’s a rusty old petrol station over the street down below me and attached to it is a hand-job car wash. When I’m feeling a bit down or flat I look out there and think Well at least I’m not working at the Car Wash. Although I’m sure that it’s possible to work there and be happy with a beat kind of simple lifestyle too. It made me think of the disco song, Car Wash by Rose Royce. I do have it amongst my voluminous music files but not the version that was in my mind’s ear. There was another version on yootoob and thereupon I discovered that it was also connected to a 1970s LA movie.

I watched the movie. Nothing earth-shattering – just depicting life in the 70s being a black person working at the car wash. There was no real main character, it had about 15 characters it’d switch between. It made it a little difficult to connect with. Richard Pryor does a cameo as do the Pointer Sisters.

Point Blank (1967)

An action film starring Lee Marvin. Good quality action films, when you can find them or be recommended them, are really worht the time. The action genre got dragged down badly in the late 80s but when it’s good it can be one of the purest forms of film in that it emphasises action over dialogue. (sideways: interdesting article on action films <a href=”″>here</a>)

There was some unusual editing and cinematography in it and it alludes to The Man but calls it The Organisation. I might have to check out what else Lee Marvin did after seeing this and _Violent Saturday_.

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

is one that J-e wanted to watch, I think because she’d read this was the movie that has Marilyn Monroe in the famous scene where she’s standing on top of a subway air vent. I didn’t think it’d be my cup of tea but I was surprised with how modern the writing was considering the year it was from. It’s called farce style, with the main guy alongside Marilyn imagining all kinds of absurd daydreamings. Very Ally McBeal. And Monroe is one person whose image really does live up to the hype.

Mafia 2

This is a game I’ve been wasting a bit of time on recently. It’s set in the post-war ’40s and early ’50s. It’s 3rd person style and it lends pretty heavily from Grand Theft Auto, and Scorsese’s gangster films. It was made by what I think is a fairly small game studio in eastern Europe. The best thing about it was the voice acting. Here’s one of the cars you can drive – a take-off of a Ford something. You can change the wheels, the paint colours and the license plate. You can’t see it here but the plate I chose for this car is 2*TONE. The cultural references in the game spill right out to the mid-50s eventhough the timeline doesn’t go that far.

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This ain’t no place to be if you plan on being a star

Some days or some parts of some days I get stuck in the utter wretchedness of it all. I just finished making the mid-term exams and I drank too much tea so I need to go out and get something to eat fast i.e fastfood. I really wasn’t even in the mood for it for once, but I had to go down that way to get a few other things from the mini-supermarket. And both of the fastfood joints near the station are always full of people who sit there without buying anything, to the point where it’s sometimes hard to find a seat. The staff do nothing. There is nowhere I can find on the net to complain about these things, apart from here.

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The real tradge is I let myself get bothered by it. Does this kind of crap happen to Lewis Hamilton or Yao Ming? I bet it doesn’t. I know life is no picnic for them either. Yao shoots 200 baskets a day, and sometimes up to 1000. I don’t know how many baskets Lewis shoots, but I do know that a co-worker of his, Mark Webber suffers the frustration of not being able to drive on the roads in China, and that the assigned local divers are often, reportedly, terrible at their job.

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It’s been a while since I wrote here and as is often the case when that happens, it’s because very little has been happening. We got curtains. I thought about making an entry here titled “It’s Curtains For You (Me, Us)” but I didn’t. It’s amazing went went for so long – a month or so – with no curtains, but I guess that’s part of having a north facing window and sleeping in the top corner of the room.

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Also, I wonder if anyone else has thought about how the ’80s New Wave song, ‘Warm Leatherette’ by The Normal seems to foretell the untimely demise of Princess Diana.