August 11th, 2012

been there done that

After 12 years of posting thoughts, brain farts, ideas, links, editorials and other stuff on this blog, I have decided to no longer provide updates on weidemannia.

Been there. Done that.

As you know, I had closed my social networking sites on MySpace, Facebook, Classmates, Linked In and many others I have since forgotten, because the initial thrill the Internet provided as a creative environment for me has turned into more of a chore. I am proud to say I have never “tweeted” and have no interest in the tweets of others. I just don’t care.

Perhaps, the straw that broke this old camel’s back was receiving over 25,000 spam-generated “gee this blog looks great – keep up the good work” comments posted on my articles – even though I had completely disabled commenting. I have no idea why they showed up, and 1 and 1 couldn’t explain it either – but based on the nature of the comments received, I believe some lonely Polish programmers who feel their actions of disturbance annoyance and are important to the betterment of the planet. Anyway, I am in the process of deleting all comments.

BUT, don’t be forlorn.

I am maintaining my epiclectic Flickr account, and will continue to upload images and photos there. Their method of preventing spam and blocking posters – when rarely required – is much less painful.

The images on the right will continue to link to my updates for those of you who happen to land here first for some reason.

Honestly, I expect no one to actually read this far.

If you do, let me ask you to take a moment and reflect on what you are doing with your time, and if it could be better spent by stepping away from the computer, laptop, smartphone and iPad, and taking a long walk in the woods.

Enjoy life!


English For Beginners

June 1st, 2012

Santa Ana Winds

May 26th, 2012

The World Wide Webb Wilder

May 14th, 2012

Patronize Your Local Record Store

April 20th, 2012

Amoeba Music - The Shirt

April 21st is Record Store Day. Mark your calendar and get the hell out of the house.

Experience This

March 11th, 2012

The Experience Clip (Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child) from Pirates Peperes on Vimeo.

Bedroom Eyes

January 27th, 2012

The Look

December 24th, 2011

Happy Trails

November 28th, 2011

Happy Trails, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Adding the entire album to my guitar lesson playlist.

Screws Get Loose

October 20th, 2011

Jesus Came To My Birthday Party

September 3rd, 2011

Coming Back To Life

August 26th, 2011

JD Forever

August 10th, 2011

Untitled, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

On Wednesday, August 10, my son, Justin, passed away. No parent can ever prepare for this unexpected and tragic event.

Needless to say, it came as a shock to everyone, especially his true love Shardree, his brothers David and Brian, his mother and I and anyone who he had ever known. The impact of his short life was reflected by the over 250 friends and loved ones attending his memorial service in Corona, on Saturday, August 20.

A reminder of the importance of staying close to your loved ones, and living every day to the fullest. Hug your kids – often.

Justin Daniel Weidemann


August 8th, 2011

Epi the Hoople
Originally uploaded by Epiclectic

Another One Bites The Dust

July 24th, 2011

RIP Amy :c, originally uploaded by ☞Gabe Bookmite ☜.

Epi’s Weapon of Choice

July 16th, 2011

Epi’s Weapon of Choice, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Interview With Ian Hunter

June 17th, 2011

Ian Hunter

An excerpt from a post-birthday interview with Ian Hunter.

When the conversation turns to more general subjects, Hunter proves to be a well-informed and passionate observer of American politics. Speaking of commentators from the extreme right, such as the broadcaster Glenn Beck, he says: “Their technique is to try to dazzle you with minute detail. I have a more simple view: I am not interested in your facts and figures; you are a twat. Beck makes a complete tool of himself, then dismisses his critics as elitists. I am no elitist. I scored 125 on the IQ test. I consider myself about average. But I know Glenn Beck is an idiot. Obama,” he adds, sounding like a man who is channelling the spirit of his left-wing father, “is a decent man and that’s why he is such a threat to them: because he is a decent man.”

Read the rest of the interview

This Is Why We Fight

June 4th, 2011

Mom and I Wish a Happy Day to all you Mothers

May 7th, 2011

Mom and I Wish a Happy Day to all of you Flickr-Mothers!, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Ship of Fools

April 23rd, 2011

I Defy You Not To Laugh

April 10th, 2011

Goodbye – Epiclectic

April 1st, 2011

Goodbye – Epiclectic, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

It is with a heavy heart I must let my web friends know I will no longer be able to share my photos or album covers. Due to unexpected circumstances I will be closing my account. I have enjoyed every one of your comments and will miss your smiling avatars.

Best wishes to you all!

I Love L.H.

March 6th, 2011

Thanks for the tipoff, Joy. So where is Sonora?

Box of Frogs

February 22nd, 2011

The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club

February 19th, 2011

The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Detached, Retinally-Speaking

February 15th, 2011

Detached, Retinally-Speaking, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Noticing more floaters in the right eye than usual, went to the ophthalmologist today to have him check things out. Well, it seems the old epiclectic has a detached retina, and will be going under the laser-knife tonight. I’m not too concerned, but wanted to give you guys a heads-up if you see me go pirate on you.

UPDATE – 2/16/11

Surgery took about an hour last night, and I have no pain – now. But not having a general and using a local anesthetic – and being somewhat awake – made me keenly aware of the needles poking and prodding into the back of the eye. I have had more pleasant experiences in my life. ;-)

You can tell from what follows, this isn’t a DIY home operation you take care of in front of the mirror. For those that love the technical descriptions of this sort of thing, I had two retinal tears caused by shrinking vitreous (attributed to aging, in my case), allowing vitrious fluid to pool beneath the sensory retina and lift if off the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) layer.

This is the most common type of detachment. So after knocking me out briefly, numbing the eyeball, they used cryotherapy (freezing) where the instrument is placed on the outside of the eye at the tear, bonding the tissue together. This was followed by a pneumatic retinoplexy where the eye is filled with a gas bubble, which expands and pushes the retina back into place. Lastly, a scleral buckle (a silicon rubber band) was placed around the eye and tightened to press the eye wall against the retina. Top this off with a patch over the eye which is to remain for a few days. Over time the gas bubble is absorbed by the body.

Eye still bandaged so don’t know how it works, yet. But you can tell from my posting, I still am able to operate with the left one.

Stainless Coupe

February 13th, 2011

pASo rObLeS, originally uploaded by dez&john3313.

Ian Hunter Live 2011

January 31st, 2011

Ian Hunter Live 2011, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Sherry and I just got back from what had to be the best and tightest Ian Hunter concert I can remember. Sold out show, with 2 encores and plenty of new and old classics.

Check out the 2nd encore medley of Saturday Gigs and All The Young Dudes . Just like being there?

5 Neat Guys

January 21st, 2011

Where Can I Get One Of These?

January 17th, 2011

Buick streamliner 1948, originally uploaded by amphalon.

Excuse Me While I Whip This Out… For Christmas

December 25th, 2010

Nancy is anxious to unwrap Santa’s gigantic package with her name on it, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

12 Days of Christmas, Eh

December 11th, 2010

Polka Gods

November 25th, 2010

Silversun Pickups – The Royal We

November 11th, 2010

Rollin’ On The River

November 6th, 2010

Epiclectic - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

Rock ‘n F’ing Roll

October 3rd, 2010

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Spending a fantastic So Cal summer evening with family listening to a few unknown bands. Or, maybe you’ve heard of Tom Petty and ZZ Top?

Almost Home

October 1st, 2010

Almost Home, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

See. I do occasionally step away from the turntable and into the daylight.

How could I NOT take a photo of this as I was coming home from work today. 2 days ago it was 106 in Lake Forest, and today we get a beautiful double-rainbow (trust me).

Jealous? Hey, its ALWAYS like this here in the land of fruits and nuts.

Uh… hot

September 27th, 2010


Declaration for Independence

September 19th, 2010

Let it be known from this day forward…

I have no intention of joining or participating in social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Linked In, Plaxo, Classmates, MyLife, etc. They tend to suck life out of the process of making personal connections with people, and may tend to do more harm than good. So, any accounts which may have been created by me in the past should be considered dead and inactive. I do not have a desire to even go in and hunt them down to delete them, so there.

That said, I will continue posting to the weidemannia blog, which you are currently reading. After all, I’ve been doing this for over 10 years now, and its part of my DNA. I also will continue to maintain my “epiclectic” web-presence related to vinyl records and album cover art.

Please don’t interpret this as me trying to distance myself from friends and family. In fact, its an attempt to consciously remove the obsessive and impersonal distractions brought about by Internet-enabled instant access to anyone.

If you know me, send me an email, or give me a call. Don’t be surprised if you might find me calling you unexpectedly without any purpose other than letting you know I’m still here and care.

Rock and roll.

It Ain’t Me Babe – Turtle Rock

August 28th, 2010

Introduced by disc jockey Sam Riddle.

Macular Degenerate?

August 16th, 2010

Test Yourself with the Amsler Grid

Amsler Grid

The grid should be at about the same distance from your eyes that any other reading material would be.

Cover one eye, then focus on the dot in the center.

* Do any of the lines look wavy, blurred or distorted? (All lines should be straight, all intersections should form right angles and all the squares should be the same size.)
* Are there any missing areas or dark areas in the grid?
* Can you see all corners and sides of the grid?
* Don’t forget to test both eyes.

VERY IMPORTANT: Report any irregularity to your eye doctor immediately.

Kramp Easy-Lube

August 7th, 2010

Your Next Stop…

July 30th, 2010

Twilight Zone – Golden Earring

Reminded how much I love this song by the recent Lincoln commercial, I ripped the song from my copy of Golden Earring’s CUT album, created a chord chart, and began playing along with the song. Has now been added to my rock covers playlist. From thought to finish – 1 day.


July 18th, 2010

Skot and Catherine, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

In loving memory of Catherine Romaine, who quietly passed away this morning at home after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Our condolences and prayers are with Skot and the family during this sad time of loss.

epiphone on the air

June 24th, 2010

epiphone on the air, originally uploaded by Al Q.

Battle of the Bands

April 22nd, 2010

Bettie Page Dances To The Seeds

March 20th, 2010

Alex Chilton passed away yesterday, and he covered the Seeds “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine”. Search Youtube and you’ll discover that video, as well as this honey.

These Are Dire Times

March 8th, 2010

Thanks to a songbook I received from my son Brian, I’ve been spending time attempting to become another Mark Knopfler wannabe. Here are the tunes I’ve attempted and beginning to play without watching my fingers.

Brothers In Arms
Tunnel of Love
Sultans of Swing

Someday I’ll be getting money for nothing and my chicks for free, if the wife doesn’t catch me. :)

Hi-Fi Music For Hotties

January 24th, 2010

Hi-Fi Music For Hotties, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.


December 26th, 2009

I’m a Soul Man

December 10th, 2009

Adding to the ever-expanding repertoire of soul songs I love which my fingers are collectively beginning to memorize:

In Between – Collective Soul
Turn Around – Collective Soul
Link – Collective Soul
Under Heaven’s Skies – Collective Soul
Maybe – Collective Soul
Bleed – Collective Soul
The World I Know – Collective Soul
December – Collective Soul

and I’ve only started on their catalog. Another band I’ve seen live a few times and have always loved:

Third Time Lucky – Foghat
Paradise Alley – Foghat
No Hard Feelings – Foghat
Step Outside – Foghat
Love in Motion – Foghat
Comin’ Down With Love – Foghat

Yep.. I’m an old Fogger.

Parental Advisory

November 27th, 2009

Brian and Audrey – AFTER

November 12th, 2009

Brian and Audrey – AFTER, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Brian and Audrey – BEFORE

November 7th, 2009

Brian and Audrey – BEFORE, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

This Just In

October 17th, 2009

Justin jamming in the dark…

Got Wood

October 12th, 2009

Stratocasturbation Partner, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.


October 10th, 2009

Чайковский “Концерт для скрипки з оркестром”3ч.

Panama via Lake Forest

September 27th, 2009

September 24th, 2009

Whole Lot of Love for Accordion

September 1st, 2009

A Whole lot a love
Originally uploaded by KAP’n Craig

14600 Days Later

August 29th, 2009

Mott The Hoople_Mojo Awards 2009, originally uploaded by Simon Fernandez Music Photographer.

What a great photo of Ian and the boys.

“Buffin’s lost his child-like dreams, and Mick lost his guitar, and Verden’s grew a line or two, and Overend’s just a rock-n-roll star.”

Playlist Expanding

August 24th, 2009

One Of The Boys – Mott the Hoople
Darkness Darkness – Mott the Hoople
Angeline – Mott the Hoople
Lightning Crashes – Live
Never Been Any Reason – Head East (gotta get me a synth)

Why Good Birds Go Bad

August 15th, 2009

Why, You Dirty Bird!, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Thanks, Les

August 13th, 2009

Ches and Les, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Nice and Rough

August 8th, 2009

August 3rd, 2009

Angelic Radiation, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

a few more to add to the list

August 1st, 2009

Have now been working on the following songs to add to the repertoire.

Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull
Walk Don’t Run – The Ventures

Joe Ferraro Band – Blue Cafe

July 17th, 2009

joe ferraro band

Sherry and I spent last night enjoying the blues stylings of co-worker Joe Ferraro and his band playing a short set at the Blue Cafe in Huntington Beach. Joined by a few dozen friends, had a wonderful time out of the office, and seeing the personal and human-side of life. He’s inspired me to begin developing a blues-style of guitar playing. Will definitely keep track of his future gigs.


July 13th, 2009

mutantomato, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Works In Progress

July 12th, 2009

Well, its been 6 months since I started playing guitar, and here are the songs being worked on – in no particular order. If you are a musician, I’m sure I’m not dazzling you with fantastic chord progressions or frenetic fret-boarding, but I’m having fun:

Badge – Cream
Ramble Tamble – Creedence Clearwater Revival
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – The Ramones
Rock and Roll High School – The Ramones
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
House of the Rising Sun – Frijid Pink
Mad World – Gary Jules
Rock and Roll Queen – Mott the Hoople
Sweet Jane – Lou Reed

Working on the chords, arpeggios and trying not to watch the fingers. Probably spend an hour or two each night, and the finger-tip callouses are thickening on the left hand. Starting to sound like music, and when I plug into the practice amp, I can sense a rocknroll-geezer in the making.

July 8th, 2009

Army of Darkness, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Oooooo Ahhhhhh

July 4th, 2009

A Father’s Day Treat for All You Cat People

June 21st, 2009

Nightmares in the Sky

June 12th, 2009

Be thankful to Jesus, God or whatever supreme entity you support, that this band has disappeared. Creepy.

Having a Rockin’ Rollin’ Birthday

June 12th, 2009

Rock n’ Roll, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Shapes of Things that Never Came

June 5th, 2009

1938 Phantom Corsair, originally uploaded by SQUIZZY.

71 years later, I believe its time has finally arrived. General Motors, take note. Put a hybrid engine in this sucker, sell it for under $10,000 and you just might have a chance of pumping energy back into the American automobile industry.

June 3rd, 2009
Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Not Demonic -Angelic

May 25th, 2009

Brian M. Weidemann and Audrey Dawn (Brimaxian Odds) perform a cover version of Guster’s song “Demons” on an Epiphone Casino hollowbody electric guitar and a Korg Triton LE-88 piano, complete with vocal harmonies in pretty much the original recorded arrangement. Recorded May 3, 2009 in the Worldbri Productions Studio, Costa Mesa, CA.

That’s my boy!

Forget the Planets, the Universe is Aligned

May 8th, 2009

Mott The Hoople Reunion 2009

Happy Mother’s Day

May 6th, 2009

Happy Mother’s Day, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

The Arcadians

April 26th, 2009

The Arcadians, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

When my parents vacationed in Germany and Austria in 1963, they abandoned me and my sister at home to fend for ourselves.

Frieda’s Bird of Paradise

April 21st, 2009

Frieda’s Bird of Paradise, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

First of many recently discovered,, never-before seen, long-lost personal slides and photos taken between the late 20’s and mid 60’s. These have been hidden away in my mom’s storage space, and I’m now in the process of scanning them for her.

Don Jose y Esteban

April 19th, 2009

Don Jose y Esteban, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.


April 6th, 2009

Weidematrimonians, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Great news! Brian and Audrey spent the day at our place today, and shared the news they are engaged. The big day is set for this coming November 7th. First one of my three sons to tie the knot, and they are a beautiful and happy pair. We celebrated with champagne, and a pool-side concert with each of them giving my new Fender a workout.

New Gig for Me and the Boys

April 2nd, 2009

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today!

Everybody but Steve

March 25th, 2009

Everybody but Steve, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Small and friendly group of Sonora High School alumni from the classes of ’69 – thru ’73 gather for the 2nd annual Fool Fest in the O.C.

Lesley with a Capital “L”

March 7th, 2009

Lesley, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Exactly what subtle message was the irrepressable Ms Gore sending with this album title some 45 years ago? Inquiring minds want to know.

Pulp Fantasy

February 27th, 2009

Pulp Fantasy, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Economic Stimulus

February 22nd, 2009

In doing my part to put money back into circulation, and help save our country’s spirit and economic well being, I decided there was absolutely no reason to put off the idea any longer of pursuing my dream and becoming a rock-n-roll legend in my own mind. And every rock diety needs a guitar.

So, I stopped by the local Guitar Center, and picked up this beautiful Fender acoustic-electro guitar. Took advantage of a 20% off coupon I had laying around, and made a killing – at least I think I made a great deal.

Have Instrument Will Fondle, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

As you probably have guessed, I love listening to music. But I haven’t played a guitar over 20 years, and am counting on my musical sons to humor the old man and give me encouragement. Its not that I am completely talentless, since I did play the accordion in elementary school.


February 17th, 2009


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Basic Valentine Instinct

February 14th, 2009

Basic Valentine Instinct, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Secret to Success

February 13th, 2009

February 11th, 2009

Barnaby Jones, originally uploaded by Hulgatha Doodlesack.

50 Yardline at the SuperBowl

February 1st, 2009


Decided it was time to invest in a flatscreen, and picked up this 46″ 120hZ Toshiba LCD at Costco for the right price. Popped it into the Scion and had it up and running within an hour. Added a Sony Home Theater system with wireless rear speakers and it has changed the way we watch movies. TV programming still sucks for the most part, but the HD channels provide an eye-opening look at the world.

And rather than shit-can the old Broyhill Fontana entertainment center, I removed the doors, whipped out the old circular saw, and cut it down to size. Very pleased with the results, and encourage more of you out there to do the same. Saved a crapload of money, which financed the addition of the home theater system.

Sorry, Regal Cinemas. You’ve frozen our asses for the last time. Watching movies in the comfort of our home, in our underwear, and eating cheap popcorn.

Decals For a Colorful Home

January 24th, 2009

Decals For a Colorful Home, originally uploaded by bcostin.

Johnson Stub

January 17th, 2009

Eric Johnson, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

My son Brian and his girlfriend Audrey treated Sherry and I to a night out at the Coach House. Eric Johnson plays some killer guitar, and the night was a blast. Thanks, Bri.

Got Milk?

January 7th, 2009

Gemma Atkinson, originally uploaded by paul_662.

Came across this fantastic collection of images posted by a very creative guy on Flickr. Celebrities in the style of Bratz. Pretty nifty stuff, and giving me some great ideas for future Photoshop experimentations…

I Know You Know

January 2nd, 2009

Happy Nude Beer!

December 31st, 2008

Happy Nude Beer!, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

May 2009 bring you things you aren’t expecting, and avoid bestowing upon you the unfortunate fate you probably are anticipating. Good things happen to good people. So, be good people.

December 28th, 2008

’tis the season, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.