Asheville’s Home Theater and Audio specialist presents Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

The Ice Man

Thanks for the kind notes on the DirectStream video.  Part 2 has been released and you can view it here.

Making videos is fun and I’ve making them since I was a teenager.  Which brings to mind a funny story from out of the past.

I was constantly in trouble in my high school days.  After being arrested by the the Secret Service for climbing a wall and sneaking into the Balboa Bay Club to take a picture of Barry Goldwater, a candidate for president at the time, my parents threatened  to disown me if I didn’t straighten up.  I figured I should chill on the adventures for a bit and stay close to home.  But I needed a project.

I had saved my money, much of it garnered from stealing change off my father’s dresser (remind me to tell you the story of the lie detector my Dad built), and bought a used 8mm film camera.  The problem with owning a film camera when you’re 16 years old: there’s nothing interesting to shoot.  I had to create something.  I figured it’d be fun to make a film.  A real film with actors and a story.  Only, I didn’t know any actors and there was no story.  That never stopped me in the past.  I turned to my best friend, David Wiley, for guidance.

David was amazing.  He could play the piano (because his parents forced him to), he could act and he was popular with girls.  Perfect.  A real movie star.

As we had no budget and our only motivation was to find something to do with my camera, the plot had to be simple and involve no sets or props.  The story was titled, The Ice Man.  Actually, we didn’t have a story, but if we did that would have been the title.  We modeled it as a cross between a Charlie Chaplan character and the Three Stooges.  Charlie Chaplan because we didn’t have any sound and we needed only a mustache for a prop, the Three Stooges because we wanted it to be funny and had seen one of their shorts about delivering ice to customers.  Never mind that in 1965 no one had ice delivered anymore.  A block of ice was cheap and so was the fake mustache.  We were ready to go.

Our first idea was to film our star carrying the ice down the street.  He would get tired, set the block down, sit on it and wipe his brow.  Of course the ice would start to slide and this would make our first action in the movie as our star careened down the street on a block of ice, out of control.  Hilarious.  Only, if you live in Anaheim California there are no hills steep enough to have this work.  And even if there were, ice apparently doesn’t slide with a 120 pound teenager attached to it.  I know because we tried.

My slightly older neighbor, Mike Meyer, was the driver involved in the failed attempt to photograph Goldwater.  He too was arrested by the Secret Service and so was a bit wary of helping us, but he did have a car.  We needed a car and a driver.  A car could pull a block of ice if that ice were cleverly attached to the rear bumper with a cable.

Tomorrow, we convince the local police department to block off the street for us.

Asheville’s Home Theater and Audio specialist presents Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Cats out of bags

Sometimes I am the dumbest person I know.  Which is saying a lot because I know a lot of people.  Worse yet, at my age you’d think I’d have gotten smarter over the years.  The opposite has happened.

I feel badly and want to apologize to all my readers.  I had asked each of you to wait until Saturday for the big announcement of our new product.  Then I went ahead and authorized a press release to publish yesterday morning, somehow stupidly figuring the editors wouldn’t get around to publishing right away.  Boy was I wrong!   That’s not cool and I apologize. To hear the news through anywhere other than right here is a disservice to you and you have my apology. 

For those of you that didn’t hear, the new product I’ve been hinting at is the DirectStream DAC, the replacement for the PerfectWave DAC.  This new DAC is quite revolutionary in how it works and what it does and accomplishes.  There will be an upgrade path for all PWD owners.

I just finished uploading part 1 of the video I intended to launch Saturday morning.  Here’s a link to it.  It explains everything about the new DAC.

I’ll try and get part 2 up later today, which includes Ted’s technical explanation and a Q and A with the members of the Colorado Audio Society.

It’s very late Wednesday night as I write this.  I am going to go have a beer.  Odell’s has a new red IPA I have been looking forward to.