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Extended range guitars are stupid

Ibanez RG9

When the 2010s decade started, some really good things happened with guitars.

One of those good things is that bunch of guitar companies starting bringing back their older, classic designs that hadn't been made for years if not decades. Another good thing is that we started seeing guitar colors that hadn't been around for a while either. And yet another good thing was that in the sub-$500 range, some really good guitars started appearing from just about every major brand.

On the flip side of that however is the utterly stupid thing known as the extended range guitar, which is absolutely one of the most useless guitars that exists.

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Tales from a dude who likes photography but doesn't use a smartphone

FujiFilm A820

Technically, the phone I use is a smartphone, but just barely. It's an older model that doesn't have a touchscreen and is a slider with the thumbpad keyboard thing. I can browse the web and use email with it, but never gets used for that. And of course the photo-taking ability of it just sucks as it's only 2-megapixel with a seriously crappy, tiny lens on it.

When people hear "smartphone," they think iPhone or some Android thing. I don't have that. Maybe someday I will, but not now because it's too cost prohibitive. (My phone bill is $7 a month. Find a smartphone that beats that. You won't.)

I do like to take photos, but I can't stand spending big cash on a camera. Fortunately, I don't have to.

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How to change plain photos to awesome banner images for Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus

DSCF2449-final

You may have seen my Twitter profile and wonder how I get visual effects like that for a banner image.

I use nothing but free tools on the web. Yeah, I have image editors, but I find the online way of doing it is faster and easier.

Here's how it's done.

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