J.Lynn Johnston's Blahg!

I love my life! You should too…

Man Stuff – Air Horn on a Motorcycle!!!

I did DUDE stuff today!

-My mom bought me a Stebel Nautilus Motorcycle Air Horn for Christmas. It’s a Stebel Nautilus, and it’s the best (and loudest) gift ever! It was a bit of a project figuring out the right way to mount it to my bike and wire it into the electrical system in a way that wouldn’t fry all my existing beep-circuits. After running a couple errands with my dad in the morning, he suggested we get the horn wired in and GET LOUD.

-I found a template for fabricating a bracket for my specific bike on KLR650.net. For my bike, the horn basically has to be mounted partially up under the gas tank, behind the coolant reservoir on the right side. Nutty! My dad and I set out to try and round up all the right parts for the job…

-I had trouble finding thick enough sheet aluminum at the local hardware stores… As I was searching for something else I could use, I came across a framing tie that looked like it would work PERFECTLY. The dimensions of its wrap-around arms were quite similar. At the “right price” of $6.00, I thought I’d give it a go.

Comparing the cardboard template to the tie…

-I just cut one side off the tie and trimmed it to length. Made my bend at the same spot as my template (after cutting the other flange off). It worked out great! And it saved me the hassle of running around to more spots looking for thicker aluminum sheeting.

Checking clearances… All good!

-The new Stebel draws so much more electricity than the stock horn that you have to re-wire things a bit to avoid starting electrical fires under your ass when you HONK it. It comes with a beefy relay that plugs into the circuit in place of the old horn. Then current straight from the moto’s battery runs through the relay and into the air horn.

-So basically instead of the old red bugle button triggering your new horn and frying its circuits, it now triggers the RELAY which allows beefier current to pass on through IT to the new shrieker. WHEW! I got a Stebel-specific wiring kit for a quick and easy time with it. Pop helped babysit my electrical work so that I didn’t burn the house down garage-first… I think everyone is happy about that.

Mounted the fuse and relay next to the Stebel and ran the ground to the bracket.

-I buttoned up the bike again and installed some new Acerbis Rally Pro Handguards since I was in the mood to wrench. And since I seem to enjoy accidentally dropping my bike in my family and friends’ driveways. Now I should break fewer clutch levers.

Acerbis Rally Pros on muh handy-holds…

-I tested the new setup all out (as you can see at the end of the video)… It works AWESOME! And it’s almost as loud as my dad when he snores! I pity tha ears of tha next fool who tries to take my lane from me… =)

Love and “honk”ies,


January 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jose Galvez – “Press”

I sang BGVs all over this thang! Jose Galvez – “Press”

Love and background vocals,

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blue Christmas!

-Sometimes I screw around with a crappy baritone acoustic guitar when I miss my friends. This is dedicated to everyone I WON’T get to see this holiday break… =)

-Love you guys! Happy Holidays!

Love and floppy hats,

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UStream Live Broadcaster App Review – Local Recording to iPhone 3G


-Those of us yet to upgrade to the iPhone 3Gs may have just gotten a free little stop-gap in terms of adding video capability to the regular ol’ iPhone 3G. UStream today released their “UStream Live Broadcaster” app via the iTunes app store! It’s FREE, and it has built-in functionality for streaming video live from your iPhone over the internet (via a UStream.tv account, naturally). You can also record video locally to the iPhone without broadcasting it, and choose later whether you want to upload the captured video to YouTube and a couple other video hosts.

-The record quality isn’t great… About on par with a live webcam feed over the interwebz. But for a free app, it’s pretty appealing to a spontaneous blog-ranter like myself…

-Clicky that linky and play with it for yourself! After all, it’s FREE!

Love and screen tests,

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

“These Arms of Mine” Otis Redding Cover

One of my favorite Otis Redding songs. Thanks for listening!

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Early Mad at Gravity Set on YouTube!

Mad at Gravity LIVE May 22, 2002 – Santa Barbara, CA.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vlog: 4 notes of Mad at Gravity – Reign of Fire Credits on AMC

Seven years out, THIS is what having two songs over the end title credits of a big Hollywood movie looks like. HILARIOUS! =)

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“Satisfied” Acoustic – for Steve and Anneliese


Hold onto me
And you’ll never be lost
I have wrapped myself around you
Pour into me
And you’ll always be full
I will overflow into you

I reach out for you in the dark
And find my own heartbeat
My tall drink of water on a warm summer night
I’m satisfied.

Lean into me
And I’ll never fall
I have rooted myself in you

I reach out for you in the dark
And find my own heartbeat
My tall drink of water on a warm summer night
I’m satisfied.
I’m satisfied.

Congratulations again, friends! I love you guys.

Love and tributes to it,

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The Things I Do for my Dog…

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Facebook “Suggestions” FAIL

-Facebook suggestions are failing. Failing so HARD.

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment