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J. Aric Keith?

Updated on February 24, 2013

J Aric Keith

Just who is Sir Keystone anyway?

On this page I will cover my many hobbies and give you some links in the varying parts of my personal web wanderings as well as my blogs.

I am currently expanding my horizons on the internet using the new found money stream to start making an acre of land in Northwest Arkansas, not only my home, but something I wouldn't mind having you visit sometime.

there just isn't enough time in a day...

Who is Sir Keystone?

Friend or Foe?

Born January 6th, 1972 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Lived in Arizona until the age of 12 then moved to Siloam Springs Arkansas.

Married at 17 in June of 1989, and has been happily married for the entire time to the same wonderful girl Lisa.

Father to kinda three children, Rick and Arica and son-in-law Todd Moore and one cat, Willson aka Willie, who is just an obstinate but affection seeking tabby, when he's not just after more food. Oh, and we put up with the son's dog Brinn.

A proud member of the Scottish clan Keith. But also proud of my Cherokee heritage.

I like to do things with my hands, as well as opening my mind and just letting it flow. I entered the NaNoWriMo Competition in November 2008 and reached the 50,000 word challenge. In progress are several story lines, one of which is a trilogy, another is a series of over 30 books deep, and two other series as well as a co-writer with two others. Pictured is Dave, the mascot of Division M from my Maraude Series.

So I guess I'm a writer too.

Loves to do too many different things. But, cars, computers, music, and audio are on the top of the very long list.

My Nick Name

If You Should Find Me At Sir Keystone 045

Now I am asked all the time about my nickname. Key is derived from my last name Keith. At some point my addiction to hard Christian rock caused someone to call "my music" Key's Tone. Well that was prefixed with Sir, because in my family's history is the fact that our family held the position of Marishal of Scotland so the kids jokingly called me sir.

Now for the zerofourfive(045) part of my name that I use some times. It's my racing number. And eventually I will get back to the track, but the number actually comes from the Arizona license plate that was on my first car. The plate number was VAN 045 and I still have it.

The last sticker was 1982, when we moved from Arizona to Arkansas. My parents bought the car new in 1976 and it became mine around 1988, though it never saw the road after that.

My 1976 Dodge Colt Carousel has lost it's Denim top and most of it's paint, and it's engine and transmission is sitting in the engine bay of a 1978 Chevy LUV. Anyway, that's that story.

My Web Presence

No Where Near Complete...

Other places I have been (or some of my other projects):

@sirkeystone on Twitter

Keystone045 my main dA site

WEbook where the rest of my writing is

False Hope Band until I get around to doing our website

Of course also upcoming is the FAKE band for the podcast of Stage which will start being featured on T61.com If I can ever get a computer put together to record with...

Quick, what do you think of Aric Keith?

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Hobbies

It has recently been suggested to me that my philosophy of being an old fashioned gear-head isn't that far from being a SteamPunk.

Interesting...

I have always liked that genre, and it makes sense. Thanks guys, for find me a genre to fit into!

Cars -

Design and art (from concept drawing to ergonomic design)

Mechanical (several years as my own mechanic)

Painting (I always do my own painting)

Fiberglass (Mostly from the audio work, but have built my own ground effects kit)

Bodywork (Hammer and Dolly, man)

Welding (Not that great at it, but I can get by)

Metalwork (again, hammer and dolly)

Window Tint (Thousands of feet of film and several gallons of the spray)

Vinyl Graphics (don't have a die cutter, so I have to knife cut all of my own)

Audio!!! (sound quality and SPL, design and install, as well as building some of my own components)

Apholstry (years of carpeting staircases has help to create some imaginative designs in interiors and audio sculptures)

Racing (drag, autocross, rallye, drift, dirt)

Computers and Electronics -

Keeping old computers running (lots of different kinds)

Basic software manipulation (pipes, plugins, some compiling)

BASIC and Visual BASIC (especially for PLCCs)

HTML and web design (learning SEO stuff again)

Digital Art (Photoshop and Painter, and 3D. Getting ready to start a comic strip and an anime based on some of my writings)

Robotics (and toyed with traffic light programming in school)

Building hardware (soldering, design, troubleshooting)

Electronic music equipment, see music below

I can fix a TV or VCR or microwave but the parts are worth more to me than the equipment...

Music -

Guitar 6 and 7 string (own 8 - 6 strings and 1 - 7 string)

Bass Guitar 4 and 5 string (own 3 - 4 strings and 1 - 5 string)

Some Keyboard/Piano (enough to get me in trouble)

Drums

Repair (electrical and hardware)

Computers (played with numerous concoctions of Sonar, Acid, Audacity, etc.)

Software I Play With -

Photoshop 5.5 (I'm not going to upgrade either)

Illustrator 8 (I don't use too much)

ImageReady (Optimising images for web is awesome)

HTML-kit (My favorite editor, does HMTL, CSS and also is great for ftp uploading)

FlipBook (A sweet animation software that works much like the old school way of cartooning)

ToonBoom Studio (Even sweeter, creates animations very similar to working in Poser. Can also do 3D camera work and Flash)

ToonBoom Screenplay (A compiling software for working with a group or just putting your outlines together)

Painter 8 (A hearty natural painting program)

Firestarter (The natural progression from ImageReady into a Flash animation)

Acid (A sequencing software)

Sonar6 (Sequencer and Arranging software that can also finalise)

Audacity (Opensource audio that nearly compares to Sonar)

Audio -

Sound Engineer for a number of bands and churches over the past 25 years.

Recorded my own stuff on occation

Mild competition in Sound Quality

Mild competition in SPL

Owned an auto audio shop for a while

Built several custom audio vehicles

I will of course have links to all of my favorite sites on these subject as I open up my hot rod favorites list up to you.

Cars

the top of my big list

I'm a complete car nut. I follow the old hot rodder ways: If you can't do it yourself then it doesn't need doing. Run what you brung.

I'll be getting to much of my stuff as I go along here. For now check up on my car stuff at my kustom blog.

Interests

Design and art (from concept drawing to ergonomic design)

Mechanical (several years as my own mechanic)

Painting (I always do my own painting)

Fiberglass (Mostly from the audio work, but have built my own ground effects kit)

Bodywork (Hammer and Dolly, man)

Welding (Not that great at it, but I can get by)

Metalwork (again, hammer and dolly)

Window Tint (Thousands of feet of film and several gallons of the spray)

Vinyl Graphics (don't have a die cutter, so I have to knife cut all of my own)

Audio!!! (sound quality and SPL, design and install, as well as building some of my own components)

Apholstry (years of carpeting staircases has helped to create some imaginative designs in interiors and audio sculptures)

Racing (drag, autocross, rallye, drift, dirt)

In a totally related but not really topic:

I love model cars, from HotWheels/Lindsey/Matchbox to custom building my own kit bashed wonders.... More on that later ;-)

Computers

well actually anything electronic

Interests

Keeping old computers running (lots of different kinds)

Basic software manipulation (pipes, plugins, some compiling)

BASIC and Visual BASIC (especially for PLCCs)

HTML and web design (learning SEO stuff again)

Digital Art (Photoshop and Painter, and 3D. Getting ready to start a comic strip and an anime based on some of my writings)

Robotics (and toyed with traffic light programming in school)

Building hardware (soldering, design, troubleshooting)

Electronic music equipment, see music below

I can fix a TV or VCR or microwave but the parts are worth more to me than the equipment...

Reverse engineering (so I can put those parts to better use)

software

Photoshop 5.5 (I'm not going to upgrade either well not any time soon)

Illustrator 8 (I don't use too much)

ImageReady (Optimising images for web is awesome)

HTML-kit (My favorite editor, does HMTL, CSS and also is great for ftp uploading)

FlipBook (A sweet animation software that works much like the old school way of cartooning)

ToonBoom Studio (Even sweeter, creates animations very similar to working in Poser. Can also do 3D camera work and Flash)

ToonBoom Screenplay (A compiling software for working with a group or just putting your outlines together)

Painter 8 (A hearty natural painting program)

Firestarter (The natural progression from ImageReady into a Flash animation)

Acid (A sequencing software)

Sonar6 (Sequencer and Arranging software that can also finalize)

Audacity (Opensource audio that nearly compares to Sonar)

Music

listening AND playing

Ok, first, there are very slim chances that you will find something I can't sit through and have positive comments about. Music has been a mainstay of mine for so long, that you won't find a genre that I won't listen to. Even rap and techno. I may not care much for ska or disco, but each have positive points too.

I think a person is too closed minded if they listen to only one genre of music, though I do tend to lean toward either heavy bass (gotta give those sub-woofers something to do, and I am a bass player) or heavy music, from the hard 80's rock, 90s metal, to especially new stuff from the melodic death crowd, and some techno and hyper soul and everything in-between.

Also, I am putting a fake band together to promote an upcoming novel I'm writing over at WEbook. So I might be hitting the road for auditions soon. Interested? Let me know, I'm also looking for voice actors and artists for the anime.

my interests

Guitar 6 and 7 string (own 8 - 6 strings and 1 - 7 string)

Bass Guitar 4 and 5 string (own 3 - 4 strings and 1 - 5 string)

Some Keyboard/Piano (enough to get me in trouble)

Drums

Repair (electrical and hardware)

Computers (played with numerous concoctions of Sonar, Acid, Audacity, etc.)

Audio

and all things sound

A professional sound tech and designer for 15 years, I run the sound for our band, which everyone knows that from the stage, isn't an easy task, especially if once we're playing, I can't go out front anymore.

Much of my experience comes from running worship systems as well. Any one who has done that knows that's not easy either.

I have competed in SQ and dB over the years with several different systems, and my rebuilt amplifiers and home-built crossovers, line drivers and signal processors aren't just run of the mill.

I have built and maintained many hundreds of sound systems over my 20 years of playing with car audio, and am proud to say I'm going to be starting yet another soon.

I also do all of my own repair work... "If you can't do it yourself, it don't need doin'"

Interests

Sound Engineer for a number of bands and churches over the past 25 years.

Recorded my own stuff on occasion

Electronic repair

Instrument repair

Mild competition in Sound Quality

Mild competition in SPL

Owned an auto audio shop for a while

Built several custom audio vehicles

Other Stuff

There are quite a few things about me that aren't really hobbies. There are things about me that I'm not crazy about everyone knowing.

Like my psoriasis from allergies to PVC and latex and how it reacts to my regular use of grout and thinset and other concrete products to push me back to the brink of concrete poisoning again.

Or my personality disorders, like the disgraphia that got me fired from my last job because even though I have an Idetic memory I don't do numbers very well. Some one asks me the price of something, I don't remember. i don't understand that too much either, because if you ask me the Thiele-Small parameters of a common driver with the sensitivity of about 97 dB I can typically tell you the box size the driver needs to go in to tune it to a certain frequency, with the aide of a calculator of course...

My GID, that has along with my art work, managed to get me in trouble on several occasions, not excluding a felony and my name on a certain list that no one wants to admit to and an addiction that I have under control at the moment but is the most unpopular topic in the world right now. In some circles, would probably get me beat down or killed whether it was under control or not. GID... It's funny they have a name for Gender Identity Disorder but no clinical name for a disorder that afflicts many of us: the fear of adults...

I have a hard time admitting that I am an adult, and that's probably why I throw myself at so many hobbies, to keep my mind from admitting that I'm "40."

I also intend on making a page break for my theology, because I have been branded a mormo-adventi-bapti-costal. All the while also embracing a light touch of Celtic Wicca and an interest in Astrology especially in relation to Native American religions, namely the Cherokee and the Mayan religions. But again those are just interests, most of my theology is based on what I have experienced. No real details because those years are typically blocked from my memory unless I wish to add PTSD to the above list.

I will usually shy away from being called a Christian, though I don't refute that point. To me most Christians are stereotypically (and most are usually correct in assuming so) branded with unflattering stereotypes. I just say I am a follower of Christ and that even satisfies most Islamists.

Christians make too many rules.

Christ never made any rules other than Love Your Neighbor. Now wouldn't that change our penal system if that was the only law our government had to enforce?

As far as why I believe in Wicca as well, I think we as humans have devolved considerably. We still don't use enough of our brains to scratch the surface. Several of my writings have dealt with accidentally or purposely opening a channel of our minds that are fully capable of things that we consider to be super natural. I may not believe in Wicca as a religion, but I never said I was religious, now did I? I do think it is possible to change the world around us with our thoughts or prayers. And why not?

I can add so much to my thought stream here.

I am what is called a Social Nucleist. If you change yourself then you start to change to ones around you, then you change your community, then you change the world. The problem is, most of us have too much baggage; too many skeletons in the closet, too many addictions.

I do too.

But we can change this, and this is my goal on the internet!

Like AlterBridge says; "I want to change this world!"

I did mention I like Cars - Right?

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