Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Little Updates

Well, it's been a long time since I posted anything here. In fact, Blogger had me link my account to Google+ when I started to do so. Perhaps that will mean more people will see what I post. Maybe not.

Anyway, I wanted to mention something that has been on my mind. A while back I wrote a post about family members not using my Wife's expertise when purchasing a home. I wrote that because I was frustrated and I couldn't let it go—writing it, was my way of letting it go. As soon as I posted that, I no longer was feeling angry at people and within a week, It was completely gone from my mind and all the bad feelings were gone and I could get back to feeling the same way about family members that I always had before.

In January I got laid off—This is happening with a frequency that I don't like. Luckily it has nothing to do with incompetency on my part, and everything to do with incompetency on the government's part. I was told that it was a direct result of Obamacare + the end of the Bush Era Tax Cuts, my employer simply could not afford all the new fees forced upon him by government oversight. I am firmly in the Less Government is Better than More Government Camp. You will never hear me utter the words, "There ought to be a law..." Frankly, new laws should be the last resort.

Six months later I'm still looking. So, based on the track record from last time I was looking for work—I only have a year to go before I'm employed again. YAY

Recently, some family decided to use my Wife's expertise when buying a new home.


Also, I know I ranted last time, and it probably sounded like I was complaining about how "Life's Unfair" to those that don't know me very well—Well, I know life isn't fair. I teach my kids life isn't fair every time, "That's not fair!" or some variant escapes their lips. In fact, I've heard them tell their friends as much from time to time, which is awesome. 

Here's the thing. I live a blessed life. The Lord has watched over us time and again. We even found out about some circumstances with that other Realtor that told us that the Lord was watching over her when that previous transaction took place, and we were glad that she got that paycheck, because she needed it even more than we did. 

And, I'm sorry that I'm a weak man, I'm sorry that in order for me to Get Over Something that in my head I knew was something I just needed to let go, I had to write about it publicly for my psyche to get the message. I'm far from perfect, but I'll keep trying. 

I shall leave you with this (My Demo Reel), if you know of anyone that could use my Digital Media Skills, send me that way, part time, full time, freelance—I'm flexible: 

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

My New Favorite Saying, If only I knew how to pronounce it.

Ged tha mi bochd, tha mi uasal –
buidheachas do Dhia, ‘sann de Chlann ‘Illeathain mi!

Translation: Though I Am Poor, I Am Well Born—Thank God I Am A MacLean!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Key to Sgt. Excerpts

I think that today I shall share the Key to the things found on Sgt. Excepts Only Parts of "Concerts" Grand.

This red doesn't look all that great on screen—but it looks Fantastic when printed.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sgt. Excerpt's Only Parts of "Concerts" Grand

I took a class called Digital Audio Essentials last semester.
The First Assignment Given (And the Last Assignment Collected) was a "Desert Island" CD
i.e. a collection of our favorite songs.

I never knew how difficult it would be to narrow my favorites down to one CD. (I ended up doing a Double Disc Set and there are still things missing from it.)

I thought that I would share some of the Things that I did for that Assignment.

I'll Start With  the Cover:

As a Teaser of things to come, Here's the e-mail I got from my Professor when he saw the project:
Wow. I'm blown away by your CD project. Not only for the coolest project ever, but for the incredible depth of the selections. And you made it a concept concept album to boot.

It is crazy cool, and by far the coolest project ever submitted. Will you be my bff? OMH, Jeff Wayne? Who even know's that piece anymore? Movie Man by the Osmonds is one of the most overlooked Osmond tracks ever. And that album was their Pepper. Weird Al's shows do rock! Peter Gunn - yeah! Freberg as a concept piece bookending the 2nd CD? Brilliant. Art of Noise - forgotten gem. Ballroom Blitz, just crazy 70's rock. And peaches is the best song the Presidents ever did. Seriously, we need to get together this summer, when I get my album shelves made. You will freak over my album collection.

You oughtta consider taking the audio restoration class. I'm teaching it this summer (if I get one more student it will carry), and in the fall. You would literally groove to it. Nice Job, easy A+, I will hold this up to future students and say "try to top This".

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I Have Indeed Fallen off the Radar (Though I Have a Wool Hat Just Like Radar)

Just Some Quick Updates.

I'm attending my 2nd Semester back at School—I'm in a Story Boarding class and an Audio class, great hands on stuff.

My Job at Kids Know it is a Blast! I love being a part of something creative. If you have any Ideas about Subject Matter for Animations, let me know. (The Black Holes Video was sort of a request from someone at a trade show.)

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Kindle App Update

My Kindle App on my Android Device informed me last night that there was a new update available. There was a note in the whats new screen that caught my attention. It reads PDF files now. I had to check it out.

First of all, I had to copy the pdf that I wanted to view into the Kindle App Folder. I'm not a fan of that. I have literally thousands of books in PDF format that I keep on a micro SD in my Android Device. (Notion Ink Adam, thanks for asking, I've been meaning to write up a review of it ever since I bought it) Making a copy of one or two that I'm currently reading wouldn't be too bad, but if I was browsing through files I would definitely use a different program.

The File I decided to go with is a Monstrous beast of a thing: 196 pages, two columned text, and Illustrations; it has crashed every single PDF reading App I own (there's a caveat to this I'll get back to in a minute.) I think the PDF is just not optimized, it's a fairly slow document to deal with, even on my PC. Kindle Handled it Like a Dream. My only complaint is that it doesn't have a cover in the Kindle App, but I can probably figure out how to resolve that on my own.

Now to the Caveat. I was reading an article today from someone about getting past the jpeg2000 problems that iPad's Acrobat reading applications have, and I realized that I have the Android version of the Adobe PDF viewer that the author was referring to. So I tried my Monstrous beast of a file in eZPDF Viewer, and it handled it just fine; it must have had an update, because last time I tried it in the program it crashed. Kindle does have an Advantage over the eZPDF's free and saves your position in the book automatically, but ezPDF Viewer handles Outlines.

Quick Update, this morning I was looking at some files and noticed that when I select a PDF file it now asks me if I want to Open it with Kindle, It opens but does not add the Book to your Library or remember the last page you were on. I did a little Test, and ezPDF Viewer does remember the last page you were on. (There are probably limits to this—I didn't test it extensively). I think I'm going to be reading using ezPDF Viewer for a while now. I was not using it before, because it turned pages slower than Adobe's Viewer, but that seems to have changed.

Another Update. I discovered a functionality in ezPDF Viewer that could be useful—it can read the PDF file to you in a Simulated Voice. It's not perfect, but I've heard worse.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm1917

I know I said I was getting back to blogging. I wrote this a while back, my server where I host all my pictures was undergoing some maintenance, and now I have finally posted it. --Enjoy--

My brother introduced me to the Moleskine. Let me quote from their website.
Moleskine® was created as a brand in 1997, bringing back to life the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. A trusted and handy travel companion, the nameless black notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books.
These notebooks are based on notebooks made by small bookbinders and sold in stationary shops in Paris in the late 19th–early 20th century, Moleskine was a nickname that Bruce Chatwin called his notebooks by.

Here is a picture of a couple of my Moleskines:

I have Several, and after trying out a number of different ones, I decided that I liked the quadrille (gridded) paper the best. I purchased and carried several of the smaller ones before I ever considered buying a mid-sized one. As it turns out I really like the mid sized one, and I carry it almost everywhere.

As my last Moleskine was nearing completion, I happened upon a Leuchtturm1917. From what I can tell, Leuchtturm1917 is the notebook that Moleskine thinks it is (I stole that line from another blogger). Leuchtturm was founded in 1917, which seems to be the time period that Moleskine bases their books on.

But let's talk about what differentiates the two. A common practice among Moleskine users is to set aside a page or more to be used as an index/table of contents, which requires that you go through the book and number the pages. Leuchtturm has pages set aside particularly for this purpose and the pages are pre-numbered.

I've never had a problem with the paper in the Moleskine, it seems to handle the ink from my favorite pens without problem—but I guess fountain pen ink doesn't work very well with them. The Leuchtturm paper apparently alleviates this problem (except in the case of very wet inks). I can't really speak for that, but it's nice to know they have thought of it.

The Leuchtturm I have is the same height as the Moleskine I have, but the Leuchtturm is slightly wider without being unwieldy.

Moleskine and Leuchtturm come in a variety of types. Sketch (No Lines), Quadrille (Graph Paper), Ruled (Lines). The Leuchtturm has one up on the Moleskine though—they have a dotted grid. There is a grid of Dots on the paper, giving you the functionality of the Grid or lined paper; yet the dots are so lightly printed that the paper also works quite well for sketching. Speaking of lightly printed, the other Leuchtturm options (Grid and Ruled) are printed lighter that their Moleskine brethren. The patterns are not difficult to see, but they are very unobtrusive and get out of the way when scanning.

The Leuchtturm has tear out pages in the back, Moleskine does not.

They both have a convenient pocket in the back of the notebook.

They both have a ribbon bookmark. My last Moleskine bookmark frayed almost immediately after I purchased it. I thought it was made of a synthetic material, and tried to seal it using a flame, and nearly had a more serious fire on my hands. The glue came loose literally when I was moving the bookmark out of the way so I could write on the last page of the notebook.

The Leuchtturm bookmark appears to be synthetic and feels like it could take more abuse.

Moleskine wins in the elastic band category. The band on Moleskine is tighter, and feels more substantial than the one on my Leuchtturm.

The Leuchtturm1917 comes with Labels. It's my understanding that the intended purpose of these, is that they are to be placed on the notebook once it is full.and you are storing it on the shelf. They come with Spine and cover Labels.

So far I'm really liking the Leuchtturm better. I have the quadrille variety, I was hoping to get a dot grid—but the university book store (where I discovered the Leuchtturm1917) did not have that particular flavor. I'll have to order one online.

A Pic of My Leuchtturm1917: