What's New on This Site?
This page chronicles all the changes to Dan Becker's Home Page.
- 2020/11/05 - Made a computerized button box
for use with flight simulators.
- 2020/07/07 - Painted a large variety of 28mm American War for Independence
Continental, British, and Hessian infantry miniatures from Warlord Games.
- 2020/06/28 - Created another two new episodes of the podcast DanO's Ones and Ohs, also available
These two new episodes play new music of the last two years from 8 artists who have a new recent album.
Listen to artists from Austin, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles. Lots of good new music is out there.
- 2020/06/14 - Created two new episodes of the podcast DanO's Ones and Ohs, also available
These two new episodes play tracks from 8 artists who have a new recent album
and have been making music for decades.
- 2020/05/31 - Created two new episodes of the podcast DanO's Ones and Ohs, also available
Four episodes of my commentary on popular music, influential albums, recording,
production, and broadcsasting.
- 2020/05/17 - Created a podcast DanO's Ones and Ohs, also available
at Anchor.fm, which is my
commentary on popular music, influential albums, production, and radio
by me (a music enthusiast, guitar player, and former radio disc jockey).
- 2020/03/28 - Painted more American, British, Hessian, and French 28 mm American War for Independence miniatures
- 2016/09/11 - Provided race photos and updates on the Cap Tex Tri (2016 May 30) and
Tri Rock Austin Tri (2016 Sep 5).
- 2016/02/26 - Created another aerial video. This one is outdoors
in a corporate courtyard, complete with trees, sculptures, rooftops, and the horizon.
- 2016/02/15 - Dan plays an original song
It started with some jazzy chords, but then with the piano solo, it ended
up sounding like a Burt Bacharach tune. Oh well, I guess
Burt has implanted a chest splitting alien in me.
- 2016/01/30 - Here is a longer aerial video of a three story atrium in an unnamed building in Austin, Texas. Notice the three other remote control copters in the video.
- 2016/01/18 - I made another brief aerial video of a three story atrium in an unnamed building in Austin, Texas.
- 2015/12/24 - I made a brief aerial video from a remote control quad copter. See the trees and houses in our Austin neighborhood.
- 2015/12/08 - Power MIDI devices from a USB DC power source: MIDI Power page.
- 2015/09/05 - Added a miniatures Reader Contributions page.
The latest submission is David Branyan's photos and stories about his dice tower project.
- 2015/07/03 - I've done some triathlons recently. Read about my races at the
Ironman 70.3 Galveston and the Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs half ironman distances
on the Triathon Race Reports page.
- 2015/04/03 - Took a ride on a WWII-era B-24 Liberator.
The plane WitchCraft was meticulously restored and run by the the Collings Fountation.
It was a great ride in which I got to sit in most of the crew positions.
- 2015/02/28 -
Updated the Weather Page and added links to
Dan's Personal Weather Station KTXAUSTI464.
- 2015/01/11 -
This year Dan Becker's Home Page celebrates twenty years of being on the World Wide Web.
First hosted publicly in 1995 on the defunct io.com web host,
the site was also shared privately as early as 1994 as an experiment
at Dan's employer-at-the-time IBM.
It has been a joy sharing the stories and photos
about music, guitars, board games, triathlons, humor, dogs, and other personally curated oddities.
with all our friends and readers.
- 2015/01/11 - Kevin Sims provides
some updated links and lovely pictures of his Middle Earth themed Settlers board game tiles
on the Games page.
- 2014/02/23 - Dan and Aaron Hernandez play a song
No Job Today.
Together we wrote a song probably based on the fact that Aaron was in
Austin interviewing for a job.
- 2014/01/13 - Dan plays a song
It started out as an original tune, but then I was strongly influenced by
Bob Marley's Trenchtown Rock.
I give him credit for the melody, but the lyrics, bass, rhythm, and arrangement are me.
All instruments (including the highly important güiro and vibra-slap) are done by me.
- 2013/12/19 - Dan plays an original song
I got a bit spooked by a local news article, a woman's body discovered in a local lake.
This song describes some of the events, part true, part fiction.
I started this a month ago, so sorry that the release does not fit in with the joy of the season.
All instruments played by me.
More songs on Dan's Performances Page.
- 2013/11/03 - Dan plays an original song
This was a kind of spooky song based on some foggy nights with
strange animals and nature sightings.
More songs on Dan's Performances Page.
- 2013/09/17 - Dan plays an original song
It was a lazy hot summer here in Austin, Texas. So I wrote a mid tempo song just in time for the end of summer.
- 2013/06/06 - Dan participates in the Capital of Texas Tri. Some results and photos at the
triathlon reports page.
- 2013/04/27 - Dan plays an original song
Turn Out the Light.
This song was inspired by some James Brown riffs and some LED lights that never shut off.
- 2013/03/31 - Dan plays an original song
I Heard Coyotes Cry.
This was inspired by some coyotes I heard singing while running one morning.
Some say the coyotes are better singers than me!
- 2013/01/31 - Here is a
lip-sync video of our work house band "Bill Me Later" playing a cover of the Black Keys'
Gold on the Ceiling.
More information on the recording is located on the Performances page.
- 2012/11/11 - Dan plays an original song Here Comes Sandy.
This is a tribute to people who had to endure Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. northeast.
I tried to recognize people's struggles, helpfullness, and optimism in the many days
of no water, power, or gasoline after the storm.
Here's hoping the song lifts their spirits and serves as a memento of the event.
- 2012/03/18 - Dan plays an original song Bacharach Attack.
A song about having Burt Bacharach songs stuck in your head.
Complete with piano, horns, and violins, just like a real Bacharach song. More details on the Performances page.
- 2012/01/30 - Dan plays an original song Bootser Bear.
This is a standard blue progression song with some
verses about Mookie, Satchmo, and Harriet and feature Dan on all instruments.
The xaphoon solo makes me laugh because it honks, squeeks, and meanders all over the place. More details on the Performances page.
- 2003/12/22 - Created a Romano-British
(II/81) army for the DBA miniatures war game.
- 2003/12/19 - Created a 3D model of Hadrian's
Wall from elevation maps provided by Ordnance Survey.
- 2003/12/08 - Created a Saxon Church
model for miniatures gaming using Hirst Arts architectural
- 2003/10/03 - Created Five Bridges of
different styles for miniatures gaming using Hirst Arts
- 2003/09/26 - Created an article on the history, impact, and
modelling ramifications of The World's Tallest
Water Sphere in Union, New Jersey.
- 2003/09/11 - Created a Celtic
Round Tower for miniatures gaming using Hirst Arts
- 2003/09/02 - The Italian
Campanile Dice Tower has won first place in the Hirst Arts
Design Derby 4, Unique Category at the VoidGamers.com
- 2003/06/22 - Created a dancable remix of the Lords of the Rhymes first
single. Support the dying art form of hobbit rap by listening to DJ
Mook Munster's LOTR Slave Remix
(MP3 format, 96 kbs, 2.2 MB, 3:12 duration). The song is also
available in high definition
(MP3 format, 192 kbs, 4.4 MB, 3:12 duration).
- 2003/06/08 - Created an Italian
Campanile Dice Tower using Hirst Arts architectural
- 2003/05/26 - Ran the Austin Capitol of Texas triathlon.
Beautiful conditions and a nice downtown course make for a great
race. It also doesn't hurt that the race has expanded to over 800
Olympic distance athletes, 600 spint distance athletes, 300
first-time triathletes, and over 2000 spectators.
- 2003/03/09 - Created an article on the construction of a
dice tower using Hirst Arts architectural blocks in the
Game articles section.
- 2003/02/09 - Added the Tiny Terror, a tiny
trebuchet made from toothpicks.
- 2003/01/26 - Updated the look of the front page. I always liked
trees and earth colors. Let me know if something looks ill on your
2001 and before
- 1995/08/21 - Dan Becker's Web Site was first hosted publically
on IO.COM. Before this the site was hosted privately at IBM for
about a year.