Monday, August 30, 2010

Boom chicka boom

So.

Ya know?!

Right!

Seriously, I've got some stuff going on in my life...

New house: selections have been finalized for everything, signed, seal, and delivered.  Now they just need to start building the stupid thing.  There has been some delay in getting permits, or at least it seems that way.  It's been a month and nothing has happened, but they assure us that everything is fine.  Met one of neighbors today at the design center, seemed nice.

DJing: Got my issue with the delay from the stereo figured out.  It was the sound processing that happens.  All I had to do was select "Pure Audio" and all was right with the world.  Makes beat matching possible when the headphones an stereo are playing in sync.  I'm picking up this Numark device pretty quickly.  I just need to learn my music selection more/better.  All the while getting better with the actual mixing and effects usage.  Live DJing now is all about music selection (while it's always about that) and the use of effects to make unique music on the fly.  Looking forward to seeing where this might actually go (as a hobby of course)

School: Is starting back up on thursday and I have all the required reading already done!!  I'm ahead of the curve this time.  We'll see if I can stay there!  I should be able to with my new work schedule.

Work: New 4x10hr work schedule started this week.  Working Tues thru Fri.  Kinda have to get the better schedule because I'm still new and can't really be by myself just yet.  Actually thinking about possibly working on getting some Juniper certifications to better myself and help with my job.  First time I've ever had that happen.  Plus I really seem to actually care about this job.  It's a new thing for me.  Kinda diggin it!

I think that covers just about all of it.  Oh I'm actually getting out a night or two a week to parties at local bars.  It's nice, don't drink and there is no cover so it's cheap but I get to listen to nice techno!  Win/win situation really.  Plus meeting the people that throw these things might pay off when and if I want to start spinning out some place instead of the basement! ;-)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Once again

So this evening finds my wife and I at the selections table with a new house.  3 years ago I would never have thought I'd be doing it again quite so soon.  Please don't think I'm complaining.  I'm actually excited that we get to do it again, it's a fun process.

Tonight we're just doing the structural stuff as that has to be done first for permitting reasons.  At some point in the future we'll do all of the other design studio stuff.  It all translates to $$$.  A bit more than we were hoping to spend but I think we'll be alright.  It's a good investment and we intent on staying in this area for a good 5-10 years.  We're just tired of moving.

Wish us luck.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Wrestling with Windows

That's how I spent over 12 hours on Sunday.  First, I didn't listen to advice or my gut and I did an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.  That took about 4 hours alone and the computer was not faster when I was done.  So I decided to do an over-write style clean install.  Not really any better and it started freaking out about some virus or something.  So I installed again.  Same thing.  This time I did a low-level format and started from complete scratch.  This time I was a lot more careful about what "abused" software I put on it and everything seems to be stable now.

Downside is I'm going to have to get all new drivers for everything.  Video resolution is hell right now.  This really makes me love my Mac even more.