Archive for May, 2007

Not Much

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I had to work an hour of unplanned overtime tonight, with threats of lots more very soon, so you can blame my boss for lack of a quality post tonight.

But just one thing: The local Fox news anchor was reading the story about Apple’s new non-DRM music files (that, of course, will cost 30 cents more than DRM tunes), and this genius called it “DMR”.

No wonder there’s so much confusion about the tyranny and price-gouging of the recording industry: Old Media just can’t — or won’t — get it right.

The Drought is Out!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

It tooks a solid month of rain (and tornadoes and flooding), but North Texas is finally rid of its drought, which we’ve been under for … well, I’m not sure when was the last time we weren’t under official drought conditions.

We might not even have to go bankrupt watering out lawn this summer …

Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I dont know why cooking out has become synonymous with Memorial Day weekend. It’s probably because there’s not much else to sell — a few flags do not a holiday spending spree make — so Big Business pushes grills and burgers and beer.

Anyway: Take the time today to remember the fighting men and women who have sacrificed for this country.

Musical Interlude

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

I feel I owe y’all a bit more detail about what I’ve been doing besides serious blogging lately, so here’s a flash demo of Cakewalk Project5 version 2, my birthday present to myself. Make sure you have speakers on — or better yet headphones — because the sounds are awe-inspiring.

Meanwhile, I’m still working on making the program cough up that’s even one-tenth as incredible, but that’s to be unexpected.

I had been looking at the more advanced Cakewalk Sonar Producer 6, but the more I checked out the demo, the more I felt like a mule in the cockpit of a 747.

So I talked with one of the helpful sales reps at Sweetwater ProGear, and decided on the simpler, less expensive Cakewalk Project5.

It’s a much better fit. Now I just feel like a mule behind the wheel of a fancy sports car.

And so the tedious learning process continues.

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

This one almost got past me: Today would have been John Wayne‘s 100th birthday.

I only noticed because AMC is having a John Wayne marathon, and I just happened to catch The Quiet Man (the colorized version, of course; nobody wants to watch a gray movie about Ireland, of all places).

John Wayne might not have been that great as an actor, but he was certainly a presence, and in my mind he had always been inseparable from the concept of movies. He also embodied the ideal of masculinity for generations, and his acting roles were just an extension of that. We always think of him in Westerns, but he also played his share of military men in his record 142 leading roles, as well as the occasional oil man, sea captain, businessman, police detective, and even a pharmacist.

So today, on this centennial of the birth of a legend, check out his official website (even though it’s riddled with programming bugs — when I tried to register for the forums, for example, it just returned the word “undefined”!), and the official website of his birthplace.

Fighting Those Star Wars, Don’t Let Them End …

Friday, May 25th, 2007

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years today since Star Wars was unleashed upon the world. I didn’t see it on this day — it took it a month to hit Lubbock back then — but I did see it on the big screen, back when Darth Vader and R2D2 were still not household words, and like everybody else, I was totally hooked the minute I saw that huge Imperial battle cruiser fill the screen.

I’m also proud to say that I saw the final Star Wars installment, on my 50th birthday, which happened to be the day it premiered.

A more bizarre coincidence was never known.

Anyway, here are a few interesting Star Wars things …

Star Wars Chicks.

Ewok links. No, not sausages, WEB links.

Star Wars blogs. And you thought nobody needed to get a life more than us regular bloggers.

The Tao of Star Wars.

Star Wars toilet paper.

Star Wars cake.

Star Wars on Flickr.

Hundreds of cool SW links from our friend Steve at Look at This. (Be sure you check out all four pages of links; scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to the other three.)

Here’s a great comedy bit about Darth Vader visiting the cafeteria on the Death Star to try to grab some lunch. (And yes, that’s Eddie Izzard from The Riches; if all you know about him is from that show, this might be a BIG surprise for you …)

And finally: Thanks to the Inter-Nets, I can finally read this Star Wars article in Rolling Stone. I actually bought the issue 30 years ago, but The Spook “borrowed” it, and couldn’t seem to find it when I asked for it back; he blamed his roommates.

I suspect he was getting back at me for stealing a couple of his girlfriends in college …

If so … it was totally worth it.

In Lieu of a Post …

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

… here’s a cute puppy picture!:

There are so many other things I could post about instead, but I’d rather DO these things instead …

So until I can post again, here are more of the latest pictures of our black-snouted little Bristol!

Too Busy …

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

… American Idol finale, Lost season finale, plus my music software came in today, plus I need to get to bed early …

… but at least it’s a post …

Just One Thing

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

… The new reality show on Fox that started tonight: On The Lot (originally called “The Lot”, who knows why they changed it), which is like The Apprentice, but with competing egomaniacs who actually create something. Bonus: NO TRUMP.

So watch it. Seriously. It’s a fascinating look into how movies are made.

One Thing Tonight

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Okay, you do realize that I’ve more than met my goal of blogging every day for the month leading up to my birthday, right? Even though I had to work yesterday, which MURDERED nine hours of my birthday weekend?

And yet, I still feel compelled to not let a day go by without posting, so here’s a screenshot of the birthday present to which I treated myself, and which I hope to receive tomorrow or Wednesday:

This is really just part of it: The Dimension synth that’s part of the Project5 program; the main part of the program seems to look similar to Acid Pro, so I won’t bore you with it here …

Anyway, this has been tonight’s post. Stop back in this weekend and maybe hear some new music …