Friday, September 29, 2006
2.) Play micd acoustic guitar and vocals doing foo fighters covers in garage all by myself.
I've already completed 1 & 2... I think I will linger on #2 until it becomes too late to play music. Then I'll see about the profits.
Comments and suggestions welcome... also any advice on my life direction or whatever.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
It's also impossible to prove absolutely that the universe is non-deterministic. Just because something appears to operate randomly, or withing some probability cloud, doesn't mean that there aren't some governing deterministic rules which we simply have yet to grasp. Non-determinism is kind of a cop out that way... "We don't understand it, so it must be random."
Friday, September 22, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
2) Grow room
3) Love dungeon (females only)
4) Place to make some homebrewed beer
5) Band practice space for only myself
6) Car hold
7) Rent out as a holding cell to various government affiliated paramilitary groups
8) Homeless shelter (make them work for me)
Phil Collins: Yah its sad, but I was pretty naive back then. 'Susudio' is still a cool song thinks me...
Classical: It might not have the dynamic punch of modern music, but we can't ignore the influence it has had on forming my earss preferences for tonality. You still can't beat Beethoven across the board, especially the 'breakdown' in the middle of the 9th symphony.
Jazz: Well it perplexes me and forces me to envy the chops of others, but thats about it.
Reggae: ....thats just country for stoners...
Hip-Hop: Sorry but I just can't get into monotonous rhyming and monotonous 'beats'. Ya gotsta change it up more often.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Objectively speaking, the only real, scientifically-discernible reason for the existence of music in the evolution of humankind is the sexual fitness-through-aesthetic creativity proxy.
This basically means that music exists to increase one's chances of getting laid.
There's no doubt that there's a bit more to it than that, however.
What about the maternal feeling of a deep, enveloping bass, or the unconsciously-induced body shaking that occurs during an undeniably funky groove?
What about the urges for interstellar exploration that spontaneously erupt during the dotted, intertwining polyphonic melodies of the Grateful Dead or Pink Floyd?
Despite the recent rise in popular misconceptions, music is not simply a marketing tool or a way to get laid -- it appeals to something in us deeper than that.
I knew I was meant to be weird when one day it retrospectively occurred to me that I got into psychedelic bands like Pink Floyd and the Orb well before I ever tried any drugs.. The music, back then, was not meant to go with the drugs, but was a drug in itself. It still is.
Sometimes when I hear some syncopated beats with interlocking rhythms of an interesting tambre, the music acts as a key in my brain to unlock a different state of consciousness, where I am far less aware of my physical reality, and aware only of the music and the fact that I living. I am transported to a place that seems to be between my ears and my brain (what... the inner-ear? there's not a whole lotta room in there). Then the song ends or I am rudely interrupted by something in the external reality.
Music, at its best, makes us feel all sorts of crazy emotions that we seem to channel best through dancing... coordinated, rhythmic body movement to physically demonstrate what the music is mentally doing to us... lifting weights, having sex & driving a car all seem to work well with music too (don't try them all at the same time).
Maybe, just maybe, music is indeed our earthly connection to the divine. After all, the motivations behind musical aestheticism are about as well understood as the reason behind why there is anything at all.
In any case, while we are here, there's not a whole lot more I'd rather be doing with this existence than listening to or making music.
(ps I hope my homeys are keepin it real in the 805/wherever Josh lives)
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
SELECT Products.SerialNumber, Locations.LocationName FROM Products INNER JOIN Locations ON Locations.LocID = Products.LocID WHERE Products.ProdType = 'Robot' AND Locations.CustomerName = '"&CustomerName&"' AND Products.EndDate > "&DateUTC&" ORDER BY Products.SerialNumber ASC
The above query searches for all active robot products which belong to a given customer specified as input by the user.
And now, some C++ code:
if( gnVerRemote >= 20208 && GetPrivateProfileInt( "Setup", "DoDialog", 0, gszIniFile ) )
gbNeedDlg = true;
This is from a networked application which always has two sides running on two computers. The above code first checks the version of software running on the remote computer. It then checks a special option value in a data file. If the remote version is large enough, and if the option has been specified, then it marks the need to create a special dialog box at a later time. It can't create it right on the spot because of some weird timing/threading issues.
Think of these snippets as a little window into the kind of shite that I work on each day.
Not horribly exciting.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Deutsch: Explanative theories are much more useful than predictive theories.
Popper: Yes, but rigorous testing of your theory about theories does not free it from the possibility of refutation in the future.
Willis: I will test your motherfuckin theory so hard its motherfuckin ass turns red.
Deutsch: You are already giving into the pitfalls of predictive analysis by assuming the theory's ass will turn red in this particular instance, or that your methodologies in testing will be sufficiently relevant to the context of the problem at hand.
Popper: In one particular counter-instance, I witnessed the theory's ass turn blue.
Willis: Now that's just ridiculous.
... I better get back to work!!
Saturday, September 09, 2006
The only guy posting up in this.
Friday, September 08, 2006
2) Thom writes excellent vocal melodies. When I abstract away the human-vocallyness of his parts, all the bands parts coalesce in a way that reminds me of instrumental 'classical music'. With Radiohead there is no filler; every riff is a respectable composition on its own.
3) The band is able to keep their audience mildly alienated from each of their new releases (post-OKComputer, that is). This is not because they produce worse material with time, but because they always want to produce good material in a different way, rather than a formulaic way.
4) They have a really sweet poster that depicts what looks like a black mushroom cloud erupting over a 'zoomed in' picture of the United States part of a globe. Upon closer inspection the 'shaft' of the mushroom cloud appears to be composed of several superimposed dental x-rays.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
...which means its time to consider alternate formatting, such as, "Cleansmanship!"
...that extra atittude might make the blog more likely to appeal to todays youth, what with their short attention spans and fascination with action...
...and that means more google advertising revenue for us.
-Slowly finding housing,