Bob Eichler's Web Site
|Last updated January 20th, 2018|
RECENTLY REHOSTED...Due to Comcast announcing in July of 2015 that they were "discontinuing" their long-standing feature of hosting web pages for their users, I've had to move my entire site elsewhere. I couldn't afford to spend a lot of money on what's basically just a vainity hobby, so I went with the free hosting site byethost (i.e. the page you're on now).
Hopefully I moved everything correctly, but if you happen to find a broken link, missing graphic, etc, please contact me (see cleverly hidden email address at the bottom of this page) and let me know, so I can fix it.
If you had the old Comcast page bookmarked, please change it to the new URL. Thanks.
And quite frankly, screw Comcast. If you ever have the opportunity to avoid giving those greedy pigs your cash, please do so.
Here are the bits that I've gotten the most emails about:
09/14/2017 - ProgDay 2017 - adding yet another page to my annual scrapbook that documents the best (and longest continuous) progressive rock festival around.
7/12/2017 - Images from Madsummer Meltdown 2017 - another slideshow type page from a recently attended JibberJazz festival.
4/9/2017 - That giant Early Years boxed set sent me on a months-long Pink Floyd listening binge. I was kind of surprised to find that I'd never written one of my overlong, overly-opinionated overviews of the band. So here it is - every studio album, every live album, every soundtrack, every solo album, and every boxed set that I've collected over years of Pink Floyd fanboyism, presented chronologically.
12/30/2016 - Extracting Meddle 5.1 - I got the massive Pink Floyd "Early Years 1965-1972" boxed set for Christmas - a walk-through review documenting all the contents of that boxed set is hopefully coming soon. In the mean time, I wrote up a a page detailing how I extracted the 5.1 surround sound mix of the Meddle album that's "hidden" on one of the Blu-ray discs and can't be listened to unless you're up for some ripping and re-authoring. I'm no great Audio/Video software expert, but I managed to figure it out over the course of a couple days after reading some helpful web sites. I thought I should share my method in case anyone other people with a similar lack of knowledge of A/V technology are trying to figure it out.
1/4/2017 - and here's the promised walk-through of the massive Pink Floyd - The Early Years (1965-1972) boxed set. Enjoy. I'm certainly enjoying the box.
09/16/2016 - ProgDay 2016 - adding another page to my annual scrapbook that documents the best (and longest continuous) progressive rock festival around.
04/25/2016 - Images from Some Kind of Jam 11 - after enjoying last year's SKOJ festival, I decided to go again this year. No long diary-type write-up this time, just some general notes and a bunch of photos.
01/30/2016 - The Top 10 Overlooked Eagles Songs - this is just a hastily thrown-together page that I wrote after Glenn Frey's death made me go back and revisit the Eagle's catalog and I realized they have a ton of good songs that didn't make it onto their original two Greatest Hits compilations.
09/16/2015 - ProgDay 2015 - another installment of my annual scrapbook to document the best progressive rock festival going.
08/01/2015 - Oblivion - I just caught this sci-fi movie with a big twist ending while channel surfing the other day, and I felt compelled to write a "review" of it, both to help me figure out the plot and to point out the glaring holes in it.
04/27/2015 - The Some Kind of Jam 10 Festival - I recently made a spur-of-the-moment decision to attend a three-day music festival about a 45 minute drive from my house. Apparently this was the 10th annual event, but I just found out about it recently. It's an outdoor music and camping festival, with 30 bands on four stages. It was one of the best (because of the music) and worst (because of the freezing cold temperatures) experiences of my life. Here's a web page full of photos and notes documenting those experiences.
03/25/2015 - A History/Review of Genesis - yet another entry in my ongoing series about "music no one under 40 even remembers". Well, Genesis were pretty popular into the early 1990s, so maybe we can say "no one under 30 remembers" this time.
02/01/2015 - A History/Review of the Music of Yes - adding more content to the "music no one born after 1990 cares about at all" section of this site, here's a lengthy, rambling and opinionated review of the catalog of the band Yes, with a lot of info about the band's history mixed in. This started out as a review of the "Studio Albums 1969-1987" boxed set that came out last year (which I got for Christmas), but then it got totally out of hand.
12/15/2014 - Isaac Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation saga - I reccently re-read this classic sci-fi series and decided to throw together a web page about it.
11/14/2014 - Pink Floyd's Endlesss River - Some thoughts on the new Pink Floyd album.
09/15/2014 - ProgDay 2014 - A belated write-up of this year's outdoor progressive rock extravaganza, the 20th annual ProgDay. A vacation followed by illness delayed this year's write-up, but it's finally here.
07/17/2014 - Electric Light Orchestra - Doing that Cheap Trick page put me in the mood to write some more about music, so I picked another of my favorite bands from the 70s/80s, ELO, and did a write-up about each of their albums. Enjoy, or ignore - the choice is yours.
06/07/2014 - Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick has long been a guilty pleasure band of mine, and last night I got the chance to see them in concert for the first time in many years. To get ready for the show, I listened to all their albums (you might be surprised at how many discs that is) and decided to write up a little blurb review of each one, which ended up turning into a web page that's pretty much a career overview of the band.
05/11/2014 - The Best Yes Solo Albums - Recently I've found myself listening to a lot of solo albums released by the various members of the band Yes over the years, and at the same time trying to teach myself some of the basics of web page layout using style sheets. So the natural result, of course, is an overly-opininated, styled-to-the-point-of-being-an-eyesore web page about the best Yes solo albums.
Year after year, I got more and more interested in "archiving" the event - making low-budget audience recordings of the performances, taking lots of pictures, collecting programs, etc. Starting in 2007, I took a lot of that material and started putting together a "scrapbook" web page of my ProgDay experience. I've done the same for each year since. If you want to read WAAAAY too much of one man's opinions about the longest running progressive rock festival around, check out:
10/03/2011 - iPod Rant - I wrote this several months ago at work when I had some free time and emailed it to my home account to put up on this web site...then completely forgot about it. I just found it while cleaning out my email inbox, so here it is...why the iPod is really overrated.
09/17/2010 - How I Connected an iPod to my 2005 Prius - After being told by two different professional car audio installers that it was impossible, I found an adapter that could let my Prius connect to my iPod and installed the thing myself. Dang right I'm proud of myself. :-)
11/13/2009 - Cerebus The Aardvark - back on my old dial-up web site I had a sprawling review of the comic book, er, graphic novel series "Cerebus" that eventually strayed off topic and became a rant about the author and his religious beliefs. I didn't re-host it over to this Comcast site because the only email I ever got about it was the occasional hate mail from people who were offended by my remarks about religion. But just today I got a request from someone who was cleaning up dead links on a Cerebus fan site asking if I could put my review back up. So here it is.
11/13/2009 - The Dark Tower - while I'm at it, I might as well put the sprawling review I wrote of Stephen King's Dark Tower series of books back up as well.
8/7/2009 - Vacation Travelogue - Pictures, stories and gripes from our family vacation to Disney and Cocoa Beach in July of 2009.
4/8/2009 - Yesoteric - A historic documentation of the massive collection of rarities by the progressive rock band Yes. WARNING: Waaaay too long and boring to anyone but super-obsessive Yes fans.
6/19/2008 - Brandy - a tribute to our beloved hound, who was taken from us far too soon.
12/21/2007 - Video Game Memories - yet another rambling, lengthy monologue, this time about all the video games that I've played and loved over the last 30 or so years. It started out as a response to a web article that I read about the 50 most important releases in video game history, and grew out of control from there. Read only if you have a lot of time to kill and a love of old video games.
Undated: Why I hate Stored Procedures - A rant that only a crusty computer programmer like myself could identify with. My bosses at work made the decision, against my strenuous disagreement, that ALL database access should be done via stored procedures. What the heck, they weren't the ones who had to do the programming. It made life a living hell. If you are a programmer and you've been forced to use stored procedures against your will, give this a read and see if you agree.
If you want to send me an email to point out the flaws and spelling errors of this site (I know there's got to be at least a few), feel free. My email address, and hopefully this will be confusing enough to confound spam bots but not too confusing for humans to figure out, is this: my last name then first name (see top of this page) in all lower case letters (no spaces or punctuation), hosted by Gmail (so it ends with an at sign and gmail dot com.
Last but not least, here's a cool picture of a sunset I took from my front steps one day in early 1999. Why's it here? Because I really wanted to include it on the web site somewhere and couldn't come up with a better spot. It actually started out as two photos taken a couple seconds apart and from different angles, but someone named Timothy Kreitz saw it on my web page and photoshopped it into one big picture for me. Thanks Tim.