Difference between Prison and Work

Disclaimer: this is meant to be humorous.

IN PRISON… you spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell.
AT WORK… you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

IN PRISON… you get three meals a day.
AT WORK… you only get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.

IN PRISON… you get time off for good behavior.
AT WORK… you get more work for good behavior.

IN PRISON… the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
AT WORK… you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN PRISON… you can watch TV and play games.
AT WORK… you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

IN PRISON… you get your own toilet.
AT WORK… you have to share with some idiot who pees on the seat.

IN PRISON…they allow your family and friends to visit.
AT WORK…you can’t even speak to your family.

IN PRISON… all expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required
AT WORK… you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN PRISON… you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.
AT WORK… you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

IN PRISON… you must deal with sadistic wardens.
AT WORK… they are called managers.


Names, Aliases and Screennames

Nothing else to write about these days, so I will talk about how I got the screen-name Gofishus, alot of people ask me why its so weird and why I use it everywhere. Here’s the story:

When I was 12 (Grade 7), I was obsessed with Anime. In particular, Dragonball Z (I continue to watch it even today)…My first web site was called “Tong’s DBZ Domain” and so DBZ influenced me alot at that time. So I went on alot of forums about it to gather information about character bios and power levels and such and one of them was DBZGTLegacy forums. One of the poster’s names was called ‘Gofish’ with the title Gofishus Maximus and I had no online alias or presence at that time so I chose to use it too because I thought it sounded cool. And so, that was the basis of my email and my msn and I’ve used it ever since. I probably should change it one of these days but the email is already in way too many places and its hard to change them all.

So there’s the story of my main username, Gofishus. I’m also known as ‘Gofish’ to my Ragnarok Online buddies because that was my main characters name there. Actually, I had another char named Gofishus but didn’t use it as often. Other online aliases I’ve gone by include ‘Proximus’, ‘-=X=-‘, ‘Magnus Eisengrim’, ‘Shadow Zero’ and ‘Xerpent’. Some of these names I took from other Ragnarok Online people cause I liked them (the names, not the people).

As for names in general… I was born in China and came to America very young, so my parents never gave me an English name nor a middle name. My Chinese name is Xitong. Pronounced ‘She-tong’ in English, and my last name often gets mispronounced as ‘Zoo’ or ‘Zow’. In fact, “Zou” is pronounced ‘Zo’ in English. I’ve adopted the nickname Tong since Grade 2 because its easier to pronounce for westerners. I’ve thought about English names before but never wanted one cause I wanted to maintain my Chinese identity. Why would I get an American name if I was born in China? My brother was born here, so it’s appropriate that he has a western name, but not me. Some people call me ‘Tony’ by mistake because of my bad handwriting (g looks like a y) and ‘Tom’ if they heard my name for the first time (Tong sounds like Tom I guess?).

I have preferences for certain English names though, and it depends on how it sounds. I like the name ‘Kai’ and its interesting because that’s a name given both in China and in Germany. ‘Vincent’ is also a cool name that is not too common and a bit exotic in flavor. I dislike names which are Biblical in origin (e.g John, David, Joseph, Michael, Mary, etc) and prefer those which are Greek/Roman in origin (Alexander, Melissa, Victoria etc), and particularly for girls I like French names (Amelia, Katherine, etc)

Anyways, that’s my opinions on names. I’m not gonna have a child anytime soon so the consequence of these preferences are very little =)


Achieving the John Mayer sound

John Mayer is a very influential guitarist currently, and many people compare him to the likes of Hendrix and SRV so I will do a brief article on his sound too, being a big fan of his. John Mayer is unique in that unlike Hendrix or SRV, he achieved mainstream success based on his acoustic playing and his voice. Later he transitioned over to more of an electric guitar sound.

The Sound

John Mayer uses several different guitars. I’ve seen him use a Gibson SG, an ES-335, but most of the time he plays a Fender Stratocaster. He owns several, the ones that are consistent recently seem to be his Black One and his Hendrix Monterey Strat. His early signature guitar had pickups that had scooped midrange but his Black One seems to have lower output pickups (I assume 5.0k-6.0k) which gets him more of the tone from his amp. His acoustic guitar is a Martin and he has a signature guitar with that company as well.

John Mayer plays with boutique amps. He uses Victoria Amps, Dumbles and Two-Rocks.

The Effects

John Mayer uses many effects, including many vintage and boutique ones. He often uses Keeley modified Tubescreamers, and Blues Drivers, Keeley Katana as well as Teese wahs and Fulltone effects.

Playing Like John Mayer

John Mayer has a unique style that can only be described as a cross between Eric Clapton and SRV. It’s important to have the rhythm down in his songs. In songs such as Stop this train and Neon, he often uses his thumb to lay down a thump-thump beat while he plays the melody. The beat of his thumb on the low E string keeps the rhythm.
Other songs such as St Patricks Day uses a lot of chords that is difficult to change to, and I’m sure John Mayer himself simplifies some of them live. It’s important to practice these songs, especially when singing at the same time.

On his electric songs, his melodic songs require a soft Clapton-esque approach while his blues tunes like Who did you think I was plays almost like a SRV blues tune. It’s obvious that Mayer is very influenced by SRV; when he plays songs live like Gravity, he stretches the solo out SRV-style. Overall though, It’s more important to be precise than to be a showman – John Mayer rarely misses a note.

Equipment Links

Fender John Mayer Signature Stratocaster
Martin JM Acoustic
Two-Rock Mayer Signature
Victoria 50212
Fulltone FullDrive 2
Teese Wah RMC1
Boss DD-5
Keeley Katana