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Aug 17, 2014, 04:41 PM
 
Sorry. I definitely wasn't as clear about that as I could have been.

The whole "demo the building" is my passive-aggressive reaction to the situation. It's the producer's boyhood home, and while selling it was an agreement he entered willingly, it's an anchor to his past which is disappearing.

That isn't necessarily bad in and of itself, but there are all kinds of other anchors of his which are disappearing at the moment, so he's under a pretty serious load.

At least, the current plan is to keep the facade, which apart from nostalgia value, kicks the living shit out of what calls itself residential architecture in this city for the last two decades. It's not even that great of a facade, it's what they do now being that agonizingly awful.
     
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Aug 18, 2014, 09:08 PM
 
Now we have a mouse, which me and the violin player thinks is totally adorable, but not so much with the producer.
     
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Aug 18, 2014, 09:16 PM
 
Holy shit...

The violin player just called to the mouse and lured it into one of my Pelican cases.

It's now being deposited a few blocks away.
     
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Aug 18, 2014, 09:38 PM
 


You can hear the producer reassess his opinion.
     
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Aug 19, 2014, 12:27 AM
 
Yay! My daughter would approve. Every day that she goes to the garage with me she wants to check the live traps, first thing, before I can do anything else. So far we've caught that huge rat I mentioned before and a smaller field mouse (about the size of yours), then relocated them to the dump. "Papa, they have to go back to their home. It's important!"
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Aug 19, 2014, 01:13 AM
 
The violin player and myself kinda wanted to keep him. He's a pretty fearless little sucker.

Also, I can't help but be impressed with his ability to hurl himself off a ledge a good six times his height.
     
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Aug 19, 2014, 08:11 AM
 
As long as he wasn't chewing anything or making a mess (they usually do), he wouldn't be too tough to live with. My college roommate often let his pet rat (a massive black one named Othello) run free in our apt, and he wasn't a problem. He was completely fearless too, and shameless when it came to begging (for food or to be petted). At some point I want to get a Gambian pouched rat, I think Emma would really like that, and they're smart enough to be leash and litter box trained and can be quite affectionate.

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Aug 19, 2014, 01:31 PM
 
And apparently can detect land mines...

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Aug 26, 2014, 01:07 AM
 
I decided I would machete the yard. Plan was to go until I cut myself.

Lasted about 10 minutes.

Especially dopey way too. Apparently all kinds of spiders and shit had taken up residence there. They'd fly out and land on me. Was brushing one off and brushed my hand into the machete.

Could have been far worse. Little more force in the wrong direction and I would have cleaved my pinky.


Also... recording.
     
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Aug 26, 2014, 01:35 AM
 
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Work glove... HA!
     
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Aug 26, 2014, 07:26 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I decided I would machete the yard. Plan was to go until I cut myself.

Lasted about 10 minutes.

Especially dopey way too. Apparently all kinds of spiders and shit had taken up residence there. They'd fly out and land on me. Was brushing one off and brushed my hand into the machete.

Could have been far worse. Little more force in the wrong direction and I would have cleaved my pinky.


Also... recording.
Hah...now the whole not-killing-rodents makes more sense, city boy. When the zombie apocalypse comes you'll be the first, yadda yadda yadda....
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Aug 26, 2014, 01:03 PM
 
Which would suck, because I'm the guy everybody is counting on to be Les Stroud.
     
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Today's film: Waiting Clarinetist, Hidden Cricket.
     
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Oct 15, 2014, 07:10 PM
 
Recording is about 95% done. We're slowly moving into mixing now. One reason we're taking that slow is wanting to get sound effects we're going to need.

It's overkill for this project, but looking to the future, it made sense to pick up a sound library. One clause of the EULA I don't really like. You may not "change" the sound effect. We may have to **** that clause.
     
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Oct 18, 2014, 03:43 PM
 
Attorney recommends against ****ing that clause.

Man, this is a pain in my ass.
     
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Oct 23, 2014, 07:19 PM
 
I feel like I should let varmints into the studio to make things more interesting.
     
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Oct 31, 2014, 12:38 AM
 
Set up screen sharing, so in theory, I can fix most mixing emergencies remotely.

We'll see how that works out in practice over the next few days.
     
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Nov 13, 2014, 08:05 PM
 
The screen sharing has turned out spectacularly awesome. It just works™. Thus, I can "be at work" as long as I have my lappy and decent wifi.

Now, putting a Track Stack from Logic (which are also awesome) inside another Track Stack is apparently too ****ing much to ask for.
     
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Nov 13, 2014, 08:14 PM
 
To clarify, "work" for me during the mixing stage is un****ing Logic, or figuring out how to do something so I can teach it to the producer.

He could figure stuff out on his own, but he's a muggle.
     
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Nov 14, 2014, 04:48 AM
 
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The screen sharing has turned out spectacularly awesome. It just works™.
I use the same thing with my parents. It works great until I get "my internet's not working" or "the computer won't turn on".
     
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Nov 14, 2014, 05:00 PM
 
There's definitely a basic skill set which Gen X has and Boomers don't.

He knows enough to know how to reboot a cable modem. OTOH, my dad would have no idea how to do this.
     
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There's definitely a basic skill set which Gen X has and Boomers don't.

He knows enough to know how to reboot a cable modem. OTOH, my dad would have no idea how to do this.
Identifying which of the three cables attached to the DSL modem is the power cable is a minimum 2 minute conversation.
     
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Nov 15, 2014, 01:06 PM
 
Ha! I've put a label on it.
     
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Nov 15, 2014, 02:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Identifying which of the three cables attached to the DSL modem is the power cable is a minimum 2 minute conversation.
http://youtu.be/6a3uv_YfS6U
     
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Nov 15, 2014, 03:07 PM
 
There was a short lived geek game show, where one of the games was you had to troubleshoot a problem for your (fake) grandmother.

In the episode I saw, fake grandma had put the DVD in upside-down, which screwed everybody up because the default assumption was a misrouted cable.

It was timed, too, and fake grandma would interrupt with questions about whether you're eating enough, or just start randomly talking about her fight with the neighbor lady.
     
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Nov 16, 2014, 04:27 AM
 
Lucky for me that guns are so easy to come by in the US, I'm trying this next time.
     
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Nov 23, 2014, 03:32 AM
 
Time to work the live gig muscles again.

Monday's ****job will be 90 minutes between when I get in the door and the start of the show. I go longer than 60, we look like we don't have our shit together.

One. Hour.

Just loading in can take 15 minutes.
     
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Nov 23, 2014, 11:32 PM
 
Whoohoo! Got an extra 45 minutes!

That's more like it.
     
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Nov 25, 2014, 03:44 AM
 
Still started an hour late, even with the extra 45 minutes. I was totally numb by that point.
     
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Nov 25, 2014, 08:15 AM
 
I'm so confused by these updates
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Nov 25, 2014, 03:19 PM
 
We did a live show yesterday.

Originally, the plan was we get in at 8p, and the show was supposed to start at 9:30p.

It was a bar, so everyone seeing the show sees us setup. For a 9:30 show, you ideally want to have everything setup by 9, so the audience doesn't see the "magic" being made.


After pitching a fit, I was able to get the load-in time moved to 7:15. An extra 45 minutes to setup.


Even with that extra 45 minutes, the show didn't start until 10:30. That's how much prep we had do.
     
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Nov 27, 2014, 02:37 PM
 
Some pics from that show...

Violin and cello, cameo by Galaga:


I'm happiest doing portraiture with a long lens:


Our zombie, cyborg, Catholic School Girl:


Our dominatrix. She will kick your ****ing ass. Slightly NSFW:
 
     
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Nov 27, 2014, 09:17 PM
 
My wife says that's hot, I agree.
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Thank you, sir!
     
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Seconded/thirded/whatever
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Dec 1, 2014, 02:18 PM
 
Logic crashed and managed to erase recordings.

I'm not talking about the recordings we were making, I'm talking months old recordings sitting in the project, minding their own ****ing business.

I've been using Macs since 1985. I have never seen a program behave this badly.

My backup policy I think has is covered, but this is utter bullshit.

**** you, Apple. ****. You.
     
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Is this the right time and place for me to recommend that you go with regular cloud backups?

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Dec 1, 2014, 07:19 PM
 
It's always the right time to recommend regular cloud backup.

I would like regular cloud backups on this machine, but my preferred solution is written in Java, and is a resource hog.

During recording this wasn't a problem. I'd sneakernet a backup after every session to my server at home, and that got clouded.

With no sessions happening, it's only the Time Machine backups. At least they're to a RAID-1, but that's not really enough for full backup coverage.

For this incident, those were enough.
     
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You know... this just may have not been the thread I intended to post that to.
     
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Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
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Thank you as well!
     
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Dec 1, 2014, 09:30 PM
 
Just calculated some upload times.

With our current connection speeds the first song would finish uploading right about when our lease is up.
     
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You know... this just may have not been the thread I intended to post that to.
I dunno. It looked pretty appropriate from my seat.

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That too...

     
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Jan 6, 2015, 06:24 AM
 
With little fanfare, today we finished the tracking, at least in terms of finishing what we set out to record. We're still adding things as the mixing progresses.

The producer feels some pretty hefty pressure, and is still trying to get Logic into the muscle memory. He's not happy with the first track, but is moving onto the second.
     
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Jan 10, 2015, 04:41 AM
 
It's a long shot, but we're auditioning for "Tiny Desk Concerts" on NPR.

It's cool for me, because I get to use the whole spread of skills (lighting, camera, sound), but a little nerve wracking, because there are so many vectors for me to **** the whole thing up.
     
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Thank you!
     
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Jan 11, 2015, 03:31 AM
 
Recording this at my apartment, in a room with crappy acoustics, so our best option is to mic each instrument.

Thankfully, I don't need to rip the Apogee out of the studio because for location work I happen to have...



Which is a Sound Devices 16-track field recorder. Any reality TV show worth its salt pumps its audio into one of these.

I need at least 10 channels to do this right, and the recorder "only" has 6 preamps, so right now, it's plugged into my "lunchbox" from the studio, which has another 6.



I'm sure I'll find something for those two extra channels to do.
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