This is a little add-on that has saved me more than once.
If I'm playing a gig that's a bit more high pressure than usual, I'll attach my drum key/stretchy key ring belt clip on my snare in the 6 o' clock position. Although I usually keep an unattached drum key in the 2 o' clock position on my snare, I may forget to put it there or drop it during a quick fix.
Between pressing buttons, turning pages, & watching for cues, I don't want to be searching for a drum key should I need it. The coil stretches far enough to reach every piece of gear and doesn't scratch the drum because it's plastic... and it glows in the dark.
Once I remember making an adjustment between songs when all of a sudden the guitarist starting playing his 2-count intro. (He was caught up int he moment!) I had an 8th note to double crash on 1 so I basically threw the key out of my way to get to the sticks. It quickly snapped back into place and was ready to be used again.
You can find the stretchy key ring/belt clips at multiple online outlets and they're really affordable. The original batch I purchased have lasted since the early 2000's and I've even given a few away to 'inquiring' drummers at the show.
Here's the link to Trick #36 in case you missed it...
According to writer /artist Tony Isabella, DC didn’t want to pay him part of their cut from licensing characters for “Super Friends” and Hanna Barbara didn’t want to pay extra for the right to use the character. So, they created the character Black Vulcan as a copy of the character and DC let them do it.
In response, Isabella wrote the last story of Black Lightning called “The Other Black Lightning” where a villain called Barbara Hanna used a Black Lightning impostor as part of her crime syndicate. DC published the story anyway, as Isabella said in an interview “I don’t think they realized what I was doing there.”
Black Vulcan was pretty cool though... read Marc Tyler Nobleman's interview with the voice of Black Vulcan, Buster Jones.
Here are a few pics of "The Kit That Never Was". I enjoy building a kit to serve a particular performance and this one was a favorite. A lot of drummers can make one configuration fit within many instances (like a Steve Gadd) but I tend to get bored easily and there's a certain kind of peacefulness I get when I'm working on a new build.
Grey Poupon in hip hop is what (horribly watered down) beer is to country music. I like when writers find an seemingly unrelated item that ties together a subject in a unique way.
Doing some light practicing while nap time is happening upstairs. The Remo SilentStroke Drumheads have a hidden 'turntable simulation' feature that I really enjoy.
They pair up perfectly with the Zildjian Gen16 Low Volume Cymbals...
Got my hands on a copy of Giant Size X-Men #1... haven't owned one since trading it away for some '76-era FF's in grade school.
Smuggling comics into school borders was tough and I was the kingpin of the network. I was really into the Fantastic Four at that time and traded my Giant Size X-Men #1 to The Johns (two of my comic mules) for some FF issues. There was no value on any of the issues and they were just something we enjoyed... the collectible after market was a long way off.
Once after getting busted by my teacher, I told her that 'comics were the only thing that I saved and spent my own money to buy... they made me want to read more.' I feel like I almost had her convinced but she don't go for it so my criminal empire continued.
Good to see this issue in person again... a true landmark issue!
'The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest' got it right way back in 1997.
The animated feature was a spin-off of the widly popular Bruce Timm/Paul Dini versions of Batman and Superman series. 20+ years later, Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy are still considered the definitive voices of Superman and Batman... and we have to mention Mark Hamill as The Joker as his geek cred surpasses both of them.
The movie juggles multiple heroes and villains while still pushing pushing the story along. You actually care about the characters and believe that there is some logic what motivates them.
So if you're feeling bummed after watching the recent Batman v Superman movie, then sit back and full screen this far superior version of the World's Finest.