Desk mods

My desk is also my workstation and I need to keep little fingers from my dangerous leaded electronic parts etc, so I gated it off.  Using a bit of ingenuity, an old refrigerator shelf, a junk piece of wood, and a small section of brass rod I came up with this locking door:

Desk - door closed

Desk – door closed

Desk - door open

Desk – door open

To open the door requires you to pull the brass rod out (which is flush with the side of the desk on purpose so little fingers can’t do it easily) by first moving it slightly out with your finger via the slot, then lift the door up a half inch, then proceed to open.  Closing is a simple reversal of the process.

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I love our son

Our little man, now three years old, is such a good boy.  He does take a lot out of you though.  For instance, tonight I had to read to him for an hour before he would go to sleep.  Even though my voice gets a bit hoarse, it is worth it. 

Oh, yesterday he told me, “Daddy has big muscles, Daddy strong!”  That made my day :-)

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New Norridgewock Chamber site launched!

I’ve finished the new site for the Norridgewock Area Chamber of Commerce. I’m pretty happy with it!  I even added clickable phone numbers for those of us using smartphones on the web.

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Joe’s Prayer

Lord, put us together with broken pieces,
So that we will know you.

Lord, build us with a God-shaped keystone,
So that we require You in us.

Lord, make us cry both when we are happy and when we are sad.
Tremble with fear,
Burst with joy,
Crumble with despair,
Stand tall with pride,
So that we know we are human.

Lord, make us imperfect, as I long to be.

– Joseph Raymond 2014

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Christmas music from the Brothers Raymond

2005: “Angels (Isaacs) We Have Heard On High” – Isaac Raymond

2006: “A Maine Christmas Song” – The Raymond Brothers

2006: “A Maine Christmas Song – Banter Track” – The Raymond Brothers

2007: “Little Drummer Boy” – The Raymond Brothers

2008: “Silent Night” – Joseph Raymond

2010: “Joy To The World” – The Raymond Brothers

2011: “What’s This? (Baby Version)” – Joseph Raymond

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Cron jobbed!

Yup, I got hacked.  I suppose it was bound to happen at some point – can’t be perfect you know!  But, I tracked it down eventually.  Someone managed to get some cron jobs onto my web hosting account and were adding malicious files into certain directories every hour on the hour.  They’re gone now, but man, that was a pain to figure out!  Thanks Yahoo! Search for finding this post that tipped me off to check.

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Bear and Son – One Arm Bandit

I’ve always wanted a barlow style knife, but haven’t found a single blade, Made in USA barlow that I’m happy with.  That is, until I came across the Bear and Son “One Arm Bandit.”  It is their model number 2181RAZR for the rosewood handle one (actually laminated ash dyed the color of rosewood, from Vermont).  The whole unit is 100% made in the USA and of very sturdy construction.  The design is based upon barlow knifes that amputee soldiers would modify with a hook so they could open it using one arm and lever it on their shoe or other objects around them.  It works great!

This particular model also has a detent at 90 degrees so you can one hand close it without it cutting your fingers.  I purchased mine from and got a really good deal on it, plus they accept PayPal which is always a plus for me.

Bear and Son Rosewood Handled

Bear and Son Rosewood Handled “One Arm Bandit”

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I love my job

I really love what I do.  I’m a Computer and Network Support Technician for MSAD 54.  I get to work on laptops, desktops, tablets, phones, switches, servers, you name it and I’ve touched it.  The best part is that as I fix or upgrade things, it is helping teachers or students directly.  This helps them in their quest for knowledge, furthering education of our general populace on the whole.  I feel like I’m making a difference in people’s lives when I do my work now.  I have purpose in my profession.  I love it.

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Hot Rod Tele – my way

I’ve been into Tele’s for a few years now and have always loved the wood grain look of the ash bodies with butterscotch finish.  I also am a huge fan of humbuckers, tele bridges (single coil slant bridge “plate”), brass saddles, and 6 individual saddles.  To date, I do not believe such a Tele exists (the $2,299 Fender Vintage Hot Rod ’50s Telecaster comes closest).  So I planned one out and then photochopped (Krita actually) some images together until I was happy.

Here is the plan:

Start with Fender FSR Ash Telecaster / Butterscotch finish

Modify with:
– Fender 6 saddle bridge, swap in G&L ASAT brass saddles
– Seymour Duncan Lil ’59 Tele pickup in bridge
– Fender humbucker in neck (like 50’s style hotrod tele)
– New black Pickguard to accommodate above pickup
– Flip control plate back to “normal” (comes upside down on FSR)

This would run about $750 finished, without selling the stripped parts (bridge, pickups, pickguard).  After selling the extras you should be under $700 for a killer MIM Tele – built my way.


Fender FSR Tele turned “hot rod” Joseph Raymond style including Lil ’59 pickup in bridge 6 saddle bridge with ASAT brass saddles and a Fender humbucker in the neck.

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Getting ready for winter

Here at The Raymond Homestead we have started to get ready for winter.  New windows, new door seals, and lots of firewood.  It’s going to be a cold one, I can tell.  Although, that’s generally a good assumption to make here in Maine!

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