Friday, 28 February 2014

Slow Month 86.6kg

Not been a lot happening this month to blog about, sorry about that, weight loss is slow but there is loss, a few other not very interesting issues...

Loving my new iPhone 5c but when all said an done its just a phone

Have had some absolutely great rehearsals with both bands and a serious sense of achievement in my playing, but not had much time for any vids of new songs.

Took Margaret to  Dijkmans Music for some set up as she's been getting more and more buzzy which affects the midi pickup sometimes. they called tonight at 8-30 to say it was ready..that's good service. I'll collect her in the morning.

Work wise there's a few changes in the pipeline which will be sad, but I'll report them later.

Have finally developed enough muscles to take my mega case up and down stairs by myself...very very slowly I need to add. I also took delivery of a few new gadgets earlier in the month, I suspect my gadget addiction is as severe as my GAS was at one point, but when you hear 2 guitar synths being controlled by 1 guitar, its well worth it.

I got a UX-20 control splitter and a really cheap GR-30 synth that lets me do arrpegiated chords/notes while still playing 3 instruments and a guitar at the same time, its awesome, but I do need to do a bit of learning/practice to get the best of it....job for next week.
That's because its Carnival week next week, traditional south Netherlands crazy time..., so I get a nice rest for a week so long as I say out of the town centre, and will certainly do a video, got a few
numbers I'm working on that might go down well in a loop version.

That's also why I took Margaret to the shop, to tighten up the tracking.
I did experiment with putting a GK-2 midi pickup on an Ovation acoustic and it works...okish but not as well as I hoped and tbh I'm not mad keen on the Ovation, but somehow just didn't want to put it to my lovely Breedlove, it spoils the look...hmmm I think it's best I just use my spare midi pickups on a couple of my normal electrics as backup guitars of for a particular sound.

We are doing Sex on Fire as one of our songs in Starrcase and despite the synth providing most of the sound on the riff, my band members seem to feel that Libby sounds better for I might as well fit a GK-2 to Libby and one of my strats. That should cover all the bases.

Oh well that's I say...slow month. Lets see if March has a bit more life in it.


Thursday, 6 February 2014

89.9...its slow but its steady

Well I had to eat a bit more, probably caused by the dog running me ragged, but in a good way. I don't know who was more puggled after our walk to Masbos, the local wooded area for dog walkers..Harvey, Brenda or me, well actually I do. Me.

Harvey's already starting to look a bit sleeker, and cuter as if that was possible.

No vids, been busy with marking and Harvey, but will be restarting soon. Marking is almost over and I get a reasonably quiet block this block...2 days work at home, so I can catch up on all the admin in peace and quiet in the office and do some much needed programming on PhyreEngine and Unity which I need to get up to speed on.

Speaking of programming I'm also delving into some retro stuff in my own time, its incredibly fun and takes me back 20 years.. I'm messing about with a project on Colecovision, an old early 80's console. Its amazing how primitive it is good old Z80 assembler, but I've take to it like an old duck back to water...In fact if anything I am finding it much easer than I did back then, perhaps I have learned a few things since then :D