Building the Beast - Custom DIY Guitar Effects Pedalboard

I love guitar effects pedals. Oh mah science, do I love guitar pedals. I love 'em! Give me more! It's a bit of an addiction. I've had a lot, I still have a lot, and I want more. Pedals, pedals, PEDALS! I think you're starting to see the picture here: pedals = good. :)

This is the story of my latest guitar effects pedalboard build, including the successes and failures.

Improving Bluetooth Headset Audio Connection Quality in Mac OS Mavericks

I recently picked up an LG Tone Pro HSB750 bluetooth stereo headset to use with my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro (running Mavericks 10.9.4) for music and Skype. The headset worked great with my iPhone and iPad, but the audio quality was terrible when using it with my MacBook Pro. After some googling, I ran across some solutions.

New Boxer Puppies Have Their Own YouTube Channel

After the tragic loss of our last two Boxers within 2 weeks of each other, we knew we had to fill our home and our lives with new dogs. We knew that puppies, while a lot of work, were the best option for getting dogs to fit with our home, our cats, and our livestyle since we could shape and mold them as they grew. We found two beautiful new puppies in Bonney Lake, WA at TKO Boxers. Our puppies, Paizley (female, brindle) and Pepsy (male, fawn), were born to Ohana and Makhai in February of 2014.

Jim Dunlop Eric Johnson Classic Jazz III Picks

When I was 17, my jazz choir teacher introduced me to the Jim Dunlop Jazz III guitar pick (in black, incidentally). From then on, I was hooked. When I wasn't strumming or swinging my whole arm for Texas bluesy goodness, I had a black or red Jazz III in my hand. It was especially great for jazz as I could hybrid pick for comping...that was before I even know what hybrid picking was.

Fast forward a nearly a decade and a half.

Drupal - Getting Clean URLs To Work With GoDaddy Shared Hosting

If you're using GoDaddy for your web hosting and you've installed Drupal on your shared hosting (Economy, Deluxe, or Unlimited hosting plans), then you may have run into the issue where you can't enable Clean URLs for Drupal. Fortunately, there's an easy fix. Unfortunately, the fix is so easy, I'm not sure why GoDaddy hasn't fixed this.

In your FTP client or the file browser in GoDaddy's tools, navigate to the root where your Drupal instance has been installed and look for your .htaccess file. Look for this important line, noted in red:

WordPress - Making Yoast Breadcrumbs Behave Like A Good Boy

I mentioned in a recent post (okay, very recent) that Yoast Breadcrumbs needed some tweaking to get it to behave the way I wanted it to. This post will outline the changes that I made to my theme to get Yoast Breadcrumbs to cooperate.

First, check to see if the plugin is installed and enabled. If it is, let's get the output from the plugin:

WordPress - Displaying Custom-Formatted Links To Page Children

This is just a quick and easy tip, but it was harder to find the answer to than I would have expected. (...or maybe I just didn't appease the Google Gods correctly when searching.)

If you have a page hierarchy within your WordPress site and you want to display (such as in the sidebar) the immediate children of the current page that you're on, here's the code to do it.

Yet Another List Of Recommended WordPress Plugins

I know there have been a zillion and a half posts written about the best plugins for WordPress, but I thought I would throw my hat in the ring and offer up my favorites. Some are the common ones that you'll find on many other lists, but some are ones that I've had to dig for to fulfill a unique need that I had. If you're a WordPress veteran, maybe you'll find a gem in this list that you apply to your site. If you're new to WordPress, you'll likely find many of the plugins on this list that you'll want to add to your site.

GoDaddy Shared Hosting Multiple-Domain And Subdomain Management

If you use GoDaddy's shared hosting plans that support multiple domains (the Deluxe or Unlimited plans) and you've tried to manage multiple domains and subdomains, then you probably are already familiar with the organizational frustrations that can occur.

In a standard web server environment, each domain and subdomain has it's own directory, usually under a hosting directory, like this:


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