May 23, 2016

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Twice in the last three workday mornings.


May 19, 2016

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Go Bernie!

May 19, 2016

The prospect of a drawn-out Democratic fight is deeply troubling to party leaders who are eager for Mrs. Clinton and House and Senate candidates to turn to attacking Mr. Trump without being diverted by Democratic strife. Mr. Sanders has won nearly 10 million votes, compared to Mrs. Clinton’s 13 million, and Democratic leaders say she needs time to begin courting the young voters, liberals and other Sanders supporters who view her as an ally of corporate and big-money interests.

But Mr. Sanders has sharpened his language of late, saying Tuesday night that the party faced a choice to remain “dependent on big-money campaign contributions and be a party with limited participation and limited energy” or “welcome into the party people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change.”

Source: Bernie Sanders, Eyeing Convention, Willing to Harm Hillary Clinton in the Homestretch – The New York Times


Noodling

May 18, 2016

Oregon Primary: I’m generally happy with the results. Go Lucy! Go Bernie!

We went to the coast this last weekend. I stayed indoors and immersed myself in electronic music gadgetry. Mainly Microbrute monosynth and MicroSAMPLER keyboard, making drum sounds with the synth and sampling them with the keyboard, and making patterns and loops on the keyboard. Nice to have a good stretch of uninterrupted time to spend doing that kind of thing.

I’ve had to stop watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the time being—until I can see the new Marvel movie. I’d like to see it in a theater, but I haven’t been getting off my butt to do it so far.

Giants have won 6 in a row and have wrangled first place all to themselves. The Cubs come into AT&T Park for a weekend series. That team has been on a red-hot roll, a very hot start. I’m anxious to see if the Giants can handle them!

melodica
I bought a melodica off Amazon last week. Cheap but nice sounding. Loud! I’ve wanted a melodica for a long time, but I thought they were more expensive. Well, the nice wooden ones are. Little did I know a plastic version could be had for $23.99. It’s the first blowy instrument I’ve gotten since the wooden flutes at OCF at least 15 years ago, probably longer. Looking forward to spending some time noodling on it.


May 17, 2016

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Saturday sunset in Yachats

May 16, 2016

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Wow

May 9, 2016

Happy Birthday to me and Happy Anniversary to us! 56 and 29, respectively. Wow. It’s been a lovely weekend. Mrs. R gets to extend hers because she wisely took vacation this week. Vacation is always wise. But I’m back at work for 3 days before I join her near the end of the week.

My new gadget is great! I got to open it Friday after a rad dinner of homemade hamburgers and brownies and ice cream.

sp404sx

Meet my new Roland SP-404SX Linear Wave Sampler. It’s a sampler, sequencer/drum machine and effects unit, all in one. The unit comes with an SD card pre-loaded with drums, sound effects, and dance loops, but I put in a blank card before I started playing with it. My first experiments were on Saturday out in the warm backyard using the built-in microphone. Trains, sirens, kitchen sounds through the open back door, kitty meows, that kind of thing. It’s easy to layer and build up gnarly noise tracks pretty quickly. One thing that sets the 404SX apart from many other hardware samplers is its potentially vast memory capability. With a 32GB card, it’ll store 24 hours of stereo samples. A single sample can be up to 180 minutes long, so this can be used for a lot of other things besides groove-boxing. There are a ton of cool effects, too. Fun gadget! Not sure if this will go in my LaunchPad setup. I could see it replacing my turntable, but I’m not sure I want to do that. We’ll see!