Year: 2010

more fun with mac recording… this time, trying out logic express 9 — it’s waaaaay more intense than garageband

i need to play around with it more, but i found a drum loop — it’s suuuper sloppy, but i gotta post it as an exercise. i can’t be a perfectionist right off the bat…

john mayer – something’s missing*

* this is another funky-tuned song… i think it’d be more fun to play on an electric, which i’ll try out next time

this one was recorded on garageband, while logic was installing (it’s a ridiculously gigantic program)

john mayer – love soon

i’m a sloppy guitarist

did a suuuper quick test with garageband ’09, which was pre-installed on my mac mini.

i gotta bug greg again about getting the brodie mics back… i’m sure they’ll sound a lot better than what i was using… yer gonna love this actually — it was rock band usb mic. yup. apparently, computers know that it’s a proper mic and it worked fine (enough)

basically had the mic on the stand pointed at my guitar. simple.

i didn’t do any real mixing or post-production on this so it’s pretty raw…

so here we go — “in your atmosphere,” which is actually a fun song to play — the tuning on it is odd tho: E-B-E-F#-B-e

go easy on me — i JUST learned how to play it yesterday… i need to clean up the harmonics and the hammer-ons a lot

john mayer – in your atmosphere

this song is crazy tough… not only is it an odd tuning (drop-C), but the finger positions and picking is crazy. if it was a rockband song, the guitar difficulty would be “devil”

i can half-ass this song, but i wanna get good at it…

here’s theĀ guitarĀ tab. maybe i’ll post my progress along the way… maybe.

if you ever find yourself having to “fulfill your civic duty” with jury service, here’s the best solution i’ve found so far.

park at old town trolley stop and transit center and take the blue line trolley downtown. hop off the trolley at america plaza trolley station and it’s a quick couple blocks to the hall of justice (no, not the headquarters of the superfriends). if you find that there’s a long line to get in here, cross the street to the superior courthouse, where i happen to be the mayor!

parking at old town is $free.99, but it CAN be tough to find a spot. as long as you’re there before 9, you should be good. then, you just need to get a pass for the trolley. a day pass, round-trip will cost $5.00, but what i’ve done was get a 3-day pass for $12.00 — a nice $3.00 savings there.

it should be noted that parking by the courthouse, which is right next to the america plaza trolley station, will cost an awesome $13.00 PER DAY. yeaaaa… no thanks to that.

i talked to a buddy, who had to serve jury duty also — he parked over by petco park with an early bird special — $5.00 before 9a (and you had to be out by 6p). the downside is the trek

or you could try to cheat the system, as i’ve heard some do… by getting the trolley day pass from the juror’s office and NOT scratching off the date you are riding. i’ve only been asked for a ticket once in this three-ish weeklong service. and this one guy said that when asked to show a ticket, he showed the non-scratched pass and scratched it at the guard’s request. simple.

as you can see, jury duty is AWESOME

thanks for the clever title, rob…

anyway, finally finished my second kinetic typography video… this one took considerably longer than the first (:26 versus 1:25).

i gotta say that this project frustrated me a lot… i think mainly because i didn’t have a plan. so many times i wanted to scrap the entire project and start a different one…


so i guess the next step would be to write a quasi tutorial on this, but i still am not well-versed with after effects… maybe after the third one… i’ll try to keep notes next time… but probably not

any suggestions for my next one?

i think i’ve listened to bits and pieces of this song about a million times over the weekend… if anyone ever tells you that kinetic typography is easy, slap them in the face and tell them they’re lying

i’m toying with the idea of making a tutorial on this. i used this HELPFUL tutorial written on crooked gremlins. the only thing that kinda bugged me was that their vimeo video didn’t look good in full screen mode (woulda been nice if the camera zoomed in on the details that he clicked on)

if you wanna do one of these, my advice is to HAVE A GAMEPLAN with how it’ll play out on the screen — if you don’t have a plan, you’ll basically be animating your text on the fly, making a ton of changes along the way — extending your time in front of the computer unnecessarily

the finished video will be 1:25, but here’s a 0:15 sample (i took a guess at what they say in the beginning: “awww yeaahhh” as opposed to “ohhhh heeeeey”)

saw this guy’s comedy central special the other day — friggin’ hilarious… especially his bit about ross (store)

it’s funny cuz it actually messes with color blind folks… e.g. andy

a few pics i took with my camera (droid x) during the la galaxy v. red bulls soccer game

interesting location for a stadium — on csu dominguez hills‘ campus (yea i didn’t know it ever existed either). the campus itself is jammed in a residential area, makin’ it a pain to park for the game…

overall, i’d go to the home depot center again (if i didn’t have to drive). we sat right behind the angel city brigade. a ruckus group of fans with elaborate chants… best one was this (sung in the tune of “oh my darling, clementine“):

who’s your father?
who’s your father?
who’s your father, referee?
you don’t have one, you don’t have one
you’re a bastard, referee!

slightly larger panoramic shots here and here