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Old 01-23-2005, 10:12 AM   #121
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Old 01-23-2005, 11:09 AM   #122
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We only got seven inches. Barely any snow.


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Old 01-23-2005, 06:53 PM   #123
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Crap!

I had a whole post written out for today, and a pretty long one at that, when I hit the wrong key combination somehow and lost the whole thing.

I don't feel like typing the whole thing over right now, so I'll have to do it in the morning and this will have to serve as a placeholder until then.

Notes to self (before I forget what was the content of the post):

Blizzard
Moby Dick
Pats game
Work cancelled
Clean up

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OK... here's the real post.

We got a lot of snow, all told. A record-breaking amount. Over 3 feet in some locales.
I lucked out where I am, though... the wind blew straight down my driveway, keeping my cars clear and driveway down to dry pavement. It wasn't too deep on any of the walks either, so all I really had to tackle was the solid wall at the end of my driveway left by the plows. Just as the storm was tapering down and I was seriously considering gearing up and attacking it a couple of enterprising yound gentlemen rang my doorbell, asking if I wanted anything shoveled. As they were already outside and equipped, I quickly negotiated a price, and I let them have at it whist I settled in for a long comfotable afternoon of DVD and game watching.

First I watched the version of "Moby Dick" with Gregory Peck. I never finished reading the book, but it was pretty faithful to the spirit of the story (if not all the details) as I remember it. I'll have to go back and re-read it all the way through now to see what they left out.
It was pretty good... though some of the special effects were so terrible as to be distracting... and the sound was kinda lousy, like I find most films made before the mid-70's have.
There was a remake made recently with Patrick Stewart as Ahab... I'll have to check that out sometime too.

Then I watched the Pats roll over Pittsburgh. Great game! I only hope the Superbowl will be that exciting! I also hope we win by more than a last second field-goal this time... although a victory is a victory, even when it isn't pretty, and I'll take it without complaint if that's what it comes down to!

Work was cancelled for Monday. That makes sense, since there's still a State-Of-Emergency in Boston... and nowhere for anyone to park if they try to come in.

Spent today (Monday) doing the rest of the cleaning up outside... salting the walks and warming up the cars.
There's still a lot of cleaning-up I need to do inside the house as well that I never got to... a state of disrepair the place has fallen into after a week spent at the hospital and the funeral, then a weekend taking care of my sick mother.

I guess it will have to wait,.. since I just got a call informing me that I do have to go to work on Tuesday.


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Old 01-23-2005, 07:36 PM   #124
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i took some pics of the snow and had some pics taken of myself, will post them either tomorrow or tuesday. (as i need to use up last of the film and get the pics developed)

i was disappointed that we didn't get as much snow...

I didn't watch the games today, but...I'm glad the Eagles won.


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Old 01-24-2005, 02:38 AM   #125
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Old 01-24-2005, 02:42 AM   #126
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Old 01-24-2005, 02:55 AM   #127
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Old 01-24-2005, 03:06 AM   #128
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Didn't all those elementary school assemblies teach you anything about the three r's milkshake ?


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Old 01-24-2005, 03:15 AM   #129
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In America they teach us the three X's .


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Old 01-24-2005, 04:41 AM   #131
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Well, I'm not the man for this, but.. isn't it Rs and Xs? I'm really curious about this, also because in my language it is Rs and Xs, if at all because i should be Xe. M'kay? ;P

However, in my eyes the three X(')s imply that nothing should be wasted.


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Old 01-24-2005, 05:12 AM   #132
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yeah i go out and buy those cheap disposable cameras. they're easy to carry around without worrying about losing $500+ worth of equipment....and I can get the pics on a cd...*shrugs* computer right now would die if i'd install software for a digital camera on it...


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Tse. It's like connect it go to the usb drive and copy it. Who the hell uses "350+ MB not practically usable camera software"? mwahaha. *dies laughing* *resurrects* *pats linux system with tons of practically useable free software* *dies laughing, again* .. *err.. retarded, y'know?*

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(Also, why pay and develop the whole film, just to find out there is only ONE useable/good picture on it? It seems to me like paying for a whole night just to get one premature ejaculation. Naah. )


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well its not like i take pictures all the time.


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Slept in late, since there was no work... and no trash pickup to worry about today.

Went out to finish cleaning up and warm up the car.

Took a drive around to see the damage... it's really a lot of ******* snow! I totally lucked out... most of my neighbors are still tunneling out from snow banks as high as thier front doors.

People kept getting stuck on my street all day, including the mail truck. Finally the city sent a backhoe to clear some of the huge snow bank that were keeping the plows from coming back.

Watched the "Mac Arthur" DVD. Was a little less exciting than I had hoped. Played more like a made for TV movie... maybe something they'd show on the History Channel. Educational... but a little dull.

Have to try to get to work tomorrow. That should be an adventure.

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Old 01-25-2005, 06:56 AM   #136
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This is what my back deck looked like before it snowed... Keep in mind that railing is almost waist-high...


This is after just one storm... And we've had 4 worse ones in the past month.




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Old 01-25-2005, 08:09 AM   #137
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wow reminds me of the 3 years of my childhood in michigan.

I took some pics yesterday of the short snowstorm...gonna get them developed this week.


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We've only got a sissy seven inches outside. Last year, when I lived two hours north of here, we had 36" on the ground by now.


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Old 01-26-2005, 06:15 AM   #139
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Well... there goes my streak... I'm posting this on the day after it happened. I knew it was bound to happen.

First real day back to work, and what a doozey! A huge setup, (25 strings, 11 horns, piano, bass, drums, guitar, 2 huge orchestral percussion setups, etc. etc. etc...) with less than an hour to figure it out, and absolutely no information about how they wanted it set up. Of course, almost as soon as we started putting out risers and monitors, band members starting arriving and started getting in the way because they wanted to warm up. We didn't have time to finish setting up and plugging in all the mics before they started playing... fortunately it was only a rehearsal... but still it was a major cluster****!
We were supposed to have set this up and had a rehearsal on Monday as well... but it was all cancelled because of the blizzard... so they did a double practice last night and kept us there after 11. Unfortunately, the guy in charge of the concert is my boss' boss... so what could we say about it?

Then the commute home was a blast. What normally takes 45 minutes (to an hour at the most) took over an hour and a half due to a broken train ahead of us. I walked through my door close to 1am.
Went straight to bed (the reason I never got to post this last night.)

Now it's snowing again! Another 9 inches by tonight. I really doubt they'll cancel work at this point, no matter how bad it gets. Everything is all set up, and the concert is on Thursday, so I'm sure they're gonna go through with the rehearsal tonight, although if were lucky they'll keep it short.
I'm supposed to go in and meet with somebody at noon about a show next week, but I'm gonna blow it off since I have to clean up outside yet again and I'd never make it on time now, and I really don't feel like going in too early if they're going to keep us that late again anyway.


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I have an appointment scheduled for UPS tomorrow....might get that job...it's part-time, but the benefits are what i really need. hopefully it's not too bad...the job description is 'package handler' like wtf. as long as they don't make me wear an uncomfortable uniform i should be fine. hmmm....this is going to be interesting calling off work at my current job...as long as I just hope I don't get fired, and then not get the job at UPS. that would really piss me off. (especially since i've almost cleared the xmas debt...just this week and next week........and it'll be payed off........)

anyways.....my mom called and said she ordered the computer...so it should get here by next week probably next weekend.

I'm a little nervous about getting a new job but excited at the same time...the current one is SOOOOOOO repetative!!!

We'd be doing something different if the idiots didn't use stickers from johnson & johnson on the listerine bottles...so now we have to open up a million boxes, and put stickers over the top of them so listerine or jay group doesn't get sued. it sucks, all i did yesterday was take a knife and cut like a million of those plastic things....


Been playing GTA 3 and a little bit of KotOR while waiting patiently for the new computer so I can play Galaxies.

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Package Handlers receive an hourly rate of $8.50 $9.50. UPS part-time employees also receive an attractive benefits package. Please note that these opportunities are part-time only working approximately 17 1/2 20 hours per week. Employees can expect to take home between $110.00 and $150.00 each week after deductions have been taken for taxes, etc.
meh... at least i could pay for classes at a tech school if they give me that $3000 a calendar year. XD


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Work was cancelled before I could go in. The school was closed around noon.

More snow. Oh joy.

Will it ever end?!??

The Thursday show we busted our asses over yesterday was postponed until April sometime. Nice that we don't have to face it tomorrow night now... but the idea that we have to go through all that once again later is not really a pleasant one.


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Is it just me, or does the term "Package Handler" just sound wrong? It's worse then my friend, the Box Stuffer... That job description you posted was borderline homoerotic.

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Well, just imagine you're the guy working at the candy factory whose job it is to get the product ready for shipping...

Q: "So, Bob, what do you do for a living?"

A: "Uh,.. I pack fudge."

Another job that could be fun is "Ball Inspector" at a sporting-goods company.

And what about the guy at the barrel-making plant whose job it is to ream out the bungholes?


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hahahaha i know a guy that works at 'wilbur's chocolate factory' here in lititz. lmfao...

io gonna go pick up my paycheck today...and go get my pics developed. XD

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I went to the UPS place...well, they had ****ty hours, and full-time wasn't available unless you planned to work like 6 years at the place. i'd have to give up an easy full-time job to work in unfun weather conditions loading and unloading trailers. so i walked out before the HR person could do the tour. it sounded alright until she said the hours and that i'd actually have to go inside the trailer. **** that.


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1/27/05

"There's a fine line between 'Winter-Wonderland'... and 'Frozen Hellscape.'"



Got up before dawn to shovel out. That's always fun.

Slogged my way to work today. Slop city.

Not much doing there... we tore down all the gear we set up the other night. Then we updated the software and firmware to our digital system processors.

That's always scary... it's a Windows-based system, and doing that kind of update always gives me an uneasy feeling. It's one thing to have your e-mail machine go down because of an update gone wrong... and another to have a full P.A. system dead because the power got interupted during what is essentally a BIOS flash to the main EQ of the whole shebang.

Everything went smoothly this time however... and the new version of the software has some cool features we've been asking for.

The commute home was brutal. A lot of delays and breakdowns on the train lines, so a lot of people were forced to wait longer than normal for thier train. It's been a long time since I've been on a train that crowded. I'm not claustrophobic, but I hate being in crowds like that.


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I hear ya, my bro goes MIT for grad school and had to hang up and call me back to climb 5-7 ft mounds of snow that plows had placed on the crosswalks on his walk home
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Yup, it's a freakin' mess... now it's stupid cold, too.

I didn't feel like leaving the house today, so I didn't.

Anything that I really have to get done can wait until it warms up and melts-down. Nothing's too inportant that I can't put it off until I can walk on the sidewalk, find parking, or see down the street when I try to pull out into traffic (right now just about every intersection around here is blocked by massive snow drifts or piles of plowings.)


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my computer arrived yesterday, so of course, work went slow as hell for me...and i find out i'm working sunday as well (which is double-time so it kinda makes up for my 2 missed days, which is cool), so now i'm gonna be like 'augh' at work wanting to come home and play some games i've been missing out on...installed Galaxies, it's pretty cool, pretty much what I expected it to be like. Nice graphics, though I need 500mb more ram so it doesn't lag as much.

Other games I'm gonna check out...

Postal 2 -played it on the old system, and it was awesome, even with graphics turned all the way down...never laughed that hard from a game before.


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Mmmmmm... new computer. (*Drool*)

Congrats, dude!

I have to get on the ball with building a new one for myself.
I really want to play KOTOR, and this one won't cut it. I could go out and get an XBOX... but that seems like overkill just for one game.

Besides, I already have a Gamecube and a stack of games that I really don't play enough. I can't justify having an XBOX sitting next to it, at least not until they get cheaper.

I'm also thinking about getting into multitrack home recording, and while this one could do it, a new one will perform so much better and give me more options.

Besides... I just really want a new one! I want to run the graphics on all my games at maximum too!


Now I just have to get off my ass, tap my savings account, and do something about it!


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well, no work tomorrow...so i kinda got screwed over there...so it's bitter-sweet...least i won't be wishing it was monday to get this computer.

I installed Hitman 2 on this and i have my surround sound on, and note...never played a game before in true surround sound, and i walked past a pair of pigeons and nearly shat myself.

I do need to buy some more ram though...galaxies lags a bit.

now all i need is Postal 2 and i'll be good to go.


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I'm also thinking about getting into multitrack home recording, and while this one could do it, a new one will perform so much better and give me more options.
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That's one of the primary uses of my new rig (well, new since October or so).
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Kewl.

I have an ancient copy of Cubase that records multi. But the editing options once you've tracked are almost nil. I guess I could export an individual track into Sound Forge... but that would suck.
So I mostly use it as a sequencer... or would, if I had ever bothered to reinstall it after my last reformat.

I'd like to get Nuendo... but it's expensive.
I'll probably end up with one of the versions of Pro-Tools LE that comes with the control surface or input box.

What are you using?


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watched two movies today...cellular and the forgotten. cellular was pretty good, forgotten was classic.


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I use Finale for writing and testing MIDI stuff. I use n-Track Studio for recording, mixing, effects, and all that audio stuff. I also Cool Edit 2000 for wave editing (and actually recording usually, too). I'm just more familiar with it since I've only had n-Track for a month or so; I may quit using it once I get more into n-Track.

Finale is professional-level software. Engraving is a large part of what I do when I compose a work, since I usually write classical-type stuff, and even when I don't, I tend to work that way anyway, since that's how I learned from childhood.

As for n-Track, it does anything I can think for it to do, so it must be pretty good. I'm not a pro studio guy/audiophile, though, so I can't tell you much more.
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Old 01-31-2005, 04:26 AM   #157
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I used Finale in college, but I never got very good at it. It was actually too powerful for the amount of music writing that I needed to do, so I ended up doing most of my charts and lead-sheets out by hand. My written notation was actually very good. I think it was the background I have in mechanical drafting that helped there.
I haven't bothered to writing anything out in a while, so it's probably not as good these days...

I used to use another notation software too... I think it was called "Encore." It was to Finale what Word Pad is to Word: It did the basics and was enough to get down quick ideas and sketches without having to get deep into a full Finale session.
I don't know if they still make it.

I've used Cool-Edit, and it's a pretty hip program for the cost. I've recommended to a number of people wanting to get into recording on the cheap.
The biggest downfall with it (or at least the versions of it I've seen in the past) is that it doesn't have the number of plugins available to it that Logic, Cubase, and Pro-Tools have written for them. Granted, I haven't used it in a while, so that may all be different now. But the straight-up recording/ editing side of the program was as deep as versions of Pro-Tools were at the time.
I've never used n-Track. I'll have to look that one up.

Ultimately, I'd like to have a PC just dedicated to studio purposes, with the latest versions of Cubase (for MIDI/ sequencing) and Nuendo (for recording/ editing audio) on it, as well as perhaps Reason, Acid, a mastering suite like Sound Forge, and Finale or something like it.
But until I start making a lot more money and get a bigger place, I think I'll have to find something that will do a lot of those functions on the cheap, and on my main PC.

1/30/05

I watched a couple of movies today, too. It was my M. Night Shyamalan retrospective day. I watched "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" back-to-back. It was fun watching them again after all this time since I had forgotten a lot about them. It was also cool to go back (now knowing the endings) to pick up on the intricate detail and subtle clues and hints he weaves thoughout his productions. He is quite the craftsman,.. although I would like to see him do a straight-up tale without a big twist at the ending.

Other than that I cleaned out and re-organized a couple of my kitchen cabinets. I also shoveled out a space in front of my house for someone park on the street if needs be, and cleaned off much of the sidewalk that I haven't been able to get to until it melted down a bit.


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Old 01-31-2005, 06:19 AM   #158
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I used to use another notation software too... I think it was called "Encore." It was to Finale what Word Pad is to Word: It did the basics and was enough to get down quick ideas and sketches without having to get deep into a full Finale session.
I don't know if they still make it.
Actually, I used Encore for years, and only very recently upgraded to Finale. They stopped making it several years ago, and were bought by some other company. They fianlly got around to releasing a new version just recently, but I didn't bother to try it.

As for Pro-Tools, yeah, I used the free version of that for a while. Obviously not as powerful as the full version, but I got an idea of what it could do.

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Ultimately, I'd like to have a PC just dedicated to studio purposes, with the latest versions of Cubase (for MIDI/ sequencing) and Nuendo (for recording/ editing audio) on it, as well as perhaps Reason, Acid, a mastering suite like Sound Forge, and Finale or something like it.
But until I start making a lot more money and get a bigger place, I think I'll have to find something that will do a lot of those functions on the cheap, and on my main PC.
I wanted to have a PC just for that, but I gave up on that idea, because I don't really need it. My PC now does everything I need it to do. I record all my stuff on a Yamaha MD4 digital recorder/mixer, and transfer it to the PC from there. Works for me.
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1/31/05

Well, weve made it through a whole month on this thread... (only 11 months left to go...) with about 200 posts to show for it. If we can keep it going at this rate this thing will have over 2000 posts by the time were done.

Heh heh heh... I bet we'll break the whole website.




Uh,.. whatever happened to the guy who started this thing? Shouldn't he be around to gloat?


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He's been 'deactivated' already, now the admins will pick each one of us out for a slow painful bannage starting with those having the most posts in this thread.


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