Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ableton screenshots

Here's my arrangement view. (note some of the loops don't end nicely at the end of the 8th bar due to where I punched in/out on the loop record - hope this isn't issue)

Here's my current session view. (note no loops showing in the scenes currently)

Here's where after positioning I think I can see what you're talking about, but maybe I need to upgrade so I'll have enough to scenes to make that work. It is pretty dang slick if it'll do that.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The year in movies - 2008

I'm not a big movie goer, but 2008 may have a set a theatre viewing record for me - 4 movies! I'm highly selective - so pay attention! This is movie news you can use!

Iron Man. Pretty good super hero movie - especially the first part. The end gets a bit crazy, but character development in this is better than you often get in these type films. It won't make you think, but it has it's moments.

Wall-E. This is a movie I actually wanted to go see based solely on the trailers. The movie is way-good. One of the better I've ever seen. Here's a post from earlier in the year.

Juno. I saw this movie this year, and I think I saw it in a theatre, so I'm counting it. A really good film. Off-balance but memorable for the quirky characters and qualities they have.

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I really didn't know what was going on, but my wife wanted to go see this. Don't be surprised if you don't understand why everybody's fighting. (My theory: they needed an excuse for action scenes). I remember watching the cartoon version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was little and this is a sequel set many years later. It just didn't make any sense to me. My suggestion: watch a rerun of something else on cable instead.

Not seen in the theatre, but one more I'd like to see: I've asked my wife to request Tropic Thunder from Netflix. Seems hard to go wrong with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, and Jack Black.

So there you have it. That's pretty much all you need to know about movies over the past 12 months. Not much else worth mentioning from what I can tell.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Try this for a Chili recipe

Talked to my Dad and he said I needed to post some. I haven't had much to post about recently so I thought I'd put a chili recipe up. I made this for work the other day and at least some of the folks in the office ate it. It's a variation on my Mom's base recipe.

1 lb ground beef
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato soup
1 can black beans
(if you like more beans, add 2nd can of red kidney beans)
small can mushrooms
2 teaspoons of chili powder
couple stalks of diced celery if you have fresh, if not a healthy does of celery flakes will work. I like what celery does for chili
small diced onion
some shakes of crushed red pepper (the stuff you sprinkle on pizzas) for a little bite - suggestion from my Aunt Helen
spaghetti if you like spaghetti in your chili.
a shot or two of ketchup

I think that's about it...

Brown the hamburger, with the onions mixed in. Throw the mushrooms in too at this point if you have them (and celery also if you're using the celery stalks) and fry them up so they're softer.

When that's ready add the other stuff to the pot. When it starts bubbling, turn the heat to a lower setting and let it simmer for a while, maybe 30 minutes to an hour. If it's too thick add a bit of water.

That's pretty much it. Add some cheese and Zesta crackers and eat it. Maybe dunk in a grilled cheese sandwich or pimento cheese for accompaniment.

Is W still president?

If so, where is he or the administration on anything that is going on in the country right now? Not that I expect ideas from him or his administration at this point, but do you get the impression they've washed their hands of this mess and are not wanting to try to do anything so they can blame the incoming administration for everything?

I like to stay away from politics, but I can't help but feel things are completely rudderless at the moment.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A new president

And now the weight of the country sits upon your shoulders. Alone. Both your mother and father died long ago. Your grandmother died earlier in the week. It's odd that an entire country gives their support and elects you their leader, yet you can still feel so alone.

As election results become clearer reality sinks in. You will be the next president of the United States. The weight pressing down is different from that felt by most that have preceded you.... You've not just been elected as a leader - you're more. You've become the embodiment of America's hopes, dreams and aspirations. You no longer own your own identity - but in the election process have become an Idea - an idea not unlike America itself, representing expectations of America and even the world itself. You have become a little bit of the better parts of each of us and have become a symbol of what America can be.

It's an impossible standard, but I'm pleased you'll have the opportunity.

Congratulations president-elect Barack Obama.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ableton Live images

just some images to assist with a forum post