Posts tagged with ‘personal’

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    The Christmas Godzilla

    This is the not at all magical story of how Godzilla came to live in the Christmas Village.

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    Parallel Tracks

    I'm trying to be less of a hoarder. It's hard when so many of the objects I have kept are…

  • I, Podcaster

    I have been remiss in updating new episodes for Turning This Car Around. Without further ado, here are the last…

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    Work in Progress

    Really really liking Logic Pro X. It feels like Apple learned from the screams you can still hear from veteran users of Final Cut Pro after upgrading to Final Cut Pro X. They kept the good stuff in Logic and added some really amazing tools along with a long overdue interface refresh and a sweet app that lets iPad owners remotely control Logic. This track is my first crack at bouncing out of Logic without really mixing or mastering. We are not going to talk about how late I was up installing and tweaking. Notable additions that I played with right off the bat are: Drummer, a new arpeggiator (LOOOOOOOONG overdue) and track stacks. Track stacks are a really great implementation of multitrack grouping of an instrument with several subtracks. You have always been able to group tracks on the mixer, but track stacks let you work at a macro and then micro level, e.g., you can open a track stack and add a compressor to just the kick drum or just the snare. So when you add a Drummer track, Logic will create a stack that isolates the drums for fine-grained mixing and tweaking. Not to mention that adding a drummer track gives you an insane and yet organic way to get to a natural-feeling drum track, complete with fills and crashes in the right spots. It won't replace a real drummer, but for composing and getting a feel going, it's a lot better than a plain drum loop. Apple also beefed up the organ simulations with more control, yet a simpler interface from Logic Pro 9. The module gives you a better idea about microphone placement as well as more visible controls for obvious things like where to assign the rotor speed for the virtual Leslie cabinet. Which probably means I need to stop writing now. One of the best upgrades Apple has ever done and I'm still not even 10% into the new version. I wish they would have done this with Final Cut Pro X. * * * I'm still emerging from a grief haze. Might have to start with the daily affirmations again.
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    Freeway Light

    My mom is not cured. She may never be cured. But she can walk. I'm taking that as a positive.

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    Tree About to Wake

    A leafless tree in the morning sun and an update about my family.

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    Dropping Off

    I’ve been catching up on Louie episodes as I work, at least waist deep, in various Keynote decks. One of the episodes from season 2, “Country Drive”, features footage shot inside a car with Louis CK driving and his two daughters in the backseat. “Who Are You” by The Who comes on the car stereo and Louie does a really good job of air playing along. For the duration of the song, the girls are clearly nonplussed and eventually trying to hold in their laughter.

    This is exactly what I look like when I’m on my way to dropping the girls off or driving back to the condo and a good song comes up on shuffle. Most of the time, Leta will ask if I can please change the song. One night, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” came on and I let it play without singing along. We arrived at my place and I asked Leta what she thought.

    “That was the best song ever!”

    While I’d love to say that she’s worked her way through the Stones’ oeuvre, she’s firmly planted in the work of the female artists of the day. Which is probably how it should be. Just like my dad, I’ll get worked up about the historical importance of a song or an artist and try to share just how important it is that Leta understands the whole deal.

    “Leta, he played the guitar UPSIDE DOWN! And backwards! Imagine if the piano had all the bass notes at the top! He came from Mars, Leta.”

    Leta cared not one whit about Jimi Hendrix. One day, maybe I’ll try again.

    I have to be careful that I don’t take the best evers too seriously, because there are a lot of them. Even though last Friday, Leta assured me that by getting ice cream, playing on iPads at the Apple Store and buying an xBox controller at the Microsoft store (so we could play Marvel v. Capcom 3 against each other at her request) that was the best day ever as she hugged me.

    p.s. We tied in a best of three and I took out Hulk to win the final round. Then it was time for bed.

  • Messing with Texas

    Wherein I talk about men, manly things and fear of men in roving packs across the apocalyptic hellscape. Texas is…

  • Firsts

    Last night was the first night with the girls at my place. I was so nervous and so hopeful that…

  • Yes, I’m Currently in a Trial Separation

    Things have changed between Heather and I me. This is true. They needed to change. I recognize that. I’ve felt…

  • Tip Toe Ballet

    A snippet of pain. Just a snippet.

  • Health Update: Plumbing The Plumbing

    Since my last health update, there have been some developments and I’ve noted a few interactions. First, I finished the…

  • Welcome to Middle Age

    Last year, I started fitness training with Heather. It’s been really good for me, toning up and being able to…

  • 2010: TL;DR

    January 2010 Started the year off right with a series of posts about what became Apple’s iPad. Best post? This…

  • The Second Time Around

    I won’t lie. I’ve been terrified for four years about the thought of having a second child. Anybody who hasn’t…

  • Sturm, Drang and Me

    I use some strong language from time to time to describe people who I view are politically and policy-wise opposite…

  • Jon Armstrong - Blurbomat - Outside Lands Crowd by .Jon Armstrong for - 2008

    Outside Lands Recap – Day 1 & 2

    Friday Picked up a rental camera in downtown San Francisco from Adolph Gasser. Back in 1998 I rented some gear…

  • Only Slightly Weirder Fishes

    After my Bonnaroo experience in 2007 (posts here, photos here), I passed this year because not enough of the bands…

  • Thoughts on BlogHer 08

    I’ve been super reluctant to post about our recent San Francisco trip and the BlogHer 08 conference. Writing about a…

  • Status Update — Mid-Year 2008

    The last time I wrote anything of length, it was to announce that I was going on Prozac. Several of…

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