Bandura Resources

Learning to Play Mishalow’s Resource Handbook Shtokalko Kharkiv-style handbook Shtokalko bandura songbook Recordings of Shtokalko playing Bandura magazine parts 3-4 (including Introduction to Bandura Part II) Technical Resources Changing a Chernihiv string String gauges (Chernihiv, baby Vetzal, Vetzal Poltavka, Honcharenko Poltavka) Manufacturing Vetzal construction video One of the last Chernihiv manufacturers Banduramaker Old-world manufacturing Skliar […]

My PHP Dev Environment

Howdy! Most of the sites I build are in PHP, built on top of WordPress or MediaWiki, as I can build these fairly quickly and host them cheaply, requiring minimal maintenance. It took me a while to come up with a comprehensive setup, so I hope this helps someone in the future! CodeAnywhere (Starting at $8/month) […]


Major Suppliers: Ukrainian Gift Shop (UGS) Ukrainian Eggcessories (UE) Best Pysanky (BP) WaxArtSupply (WAS) Formerly Folk Impressions (FI). Many people continue to use the old name, and lots of their products are still labeled with it. EggstrArt — Supplies for Polish and Lemko style Pysanky JustEggsquisite — Scratch Tools Pysanky USA (PUSA) The CEO of PUSA was […]

What tech should I use?

Lots of people ask me questions like “What phone should I use?” So here’s my take for a wide variety of technologies. I’ll update this regularlyish. Phone I don’t get all religious about iOS vs Android. Just use the one you’re used to. I’m used to Android and like the customizability of it. Android: Grab […]

Recovering FreeNAS Corrupt Flash Drive

This is rough documentation from when I was recovering a FreeNAS server. I could not access the ZFS filesystem, as per most instructions, because some of the sectors were bad and it wouldn’t load. Extracting the config file Used DDRescue-GUI to dump an image of the drive Wrote a very quick and dirty script to […]