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My journey started with a hollow block of plastic shaped like a crow. Silently, it sat on Johnny's shelf for months ...
never moving, never living. Johnny Bayless
(a.k.a., The Factor) and I had talked many times
about robotics and performance between tech
support calls when we worked at Jameco
Electronics. I wanted to build a robot band, and
Johnny wanted a robot that would bring him his
guitar on stage. I don't remember the year —
maybe 2010 — when Johnny saw "Skully" (my
Halloween skeleton) at the Bay Area Maker
Faire. At the time, Johnny was performing with
a band named City Jade that had a song called
Skeleton Jamboree, so Johnny thought it would
be great to have Skully perform with the band
at an upcoming performance in Redwood City,
CA. When the band started playing Jamboree,
we moved Skully from the stage to the dance
floor. He was a big hit, but soon thereafter
City Jade disbanded. However, Johnny played
in another band called Black Mast ... a heavy
metal band with a pirate theme ... Arrr!
Johnny "Guitar" Bayless, lead guitar for Black Mast.
Johnny and I used to work tech support at
Jameco Electronics where we talked many times
about robotics and performing arts.
and the Pirate