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Old 01-09-2006, 11:09 AM   #41
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12 guitars. Since this is a Queen track, I used my Burns Brian May guitar and Vox "Brian May Special" amp, which is Vox's attempt at the "Deacy", which is what was used to record it originally. I think there was a coat or something thrown over it, that absorbed some of the high frequencies, but I wanted to go with a more harsh tone, so I didn't do that, or use any filters or anything. I put the amp on a piano bench and used a Shure KSM44 microphone 6 inches from the center of the speaker to record it.

The percussion is a mix of things. The snare drum rolls, bass drum, and clash cymbals were from my keyboard. The cymbal role was a MIDI track I made from a single intrument soundfont that didn't vary at all - so it was basically a wave file of a cymbal roll. The timpani were MIDI tracks, using the Unison soundfount.

The mix probably sounds pretty bad to a pro like yourself, but...mixing is hard! I listened to it a million times, and I could never tell if things were balanced well. It didn't help that it sounds completely different through speakers and headphones. So...meh, it's good enough, I guess. Maybe I'll tweak it some more later, but I would probably just drive myself mad if I did. Any suggestions?
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Arrgh!!! You got that right, 15!!!
I just spent half an hour typing out mixing suggestions for Keyan,.. only to have the browser lock up completely when I clicked "Post Reply"

I couldn't even select the text to try to save it to notepad or anything.

Why does that only happen to posts that I have already spent a fair amount of my night on??!??

It never happens on stupid, silly, one sentence posts that I give no thought to! Damn and blast!!!

Oh well, buddy, you're gonna have to wait now. There's no chance in hell that I'm going through all that again tonight.


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I got an acoustic guitar for Christmas, so I've been dabbling a little bit in it myself over break. Haven't had time to put too much effort into it as of yet though.


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Old 01-09-2006, 11:21 PM   #45
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i'm angry. i go into work, and everything is alright....then someone new comes in and starts working, so i'm like thinking 'wtf?!' and just ignore it...then i go check my schedule on my break and see i'm listed as 'part time' when i was told i'd be getting full time....but i guess since the holidays are over, i'm getting pushed into a corner. -_- and then i get back and she's doing her training packet. so now i dunno what to think or do, i mean....why the heck did my manager hire someone during the slow time, when people such as myself need more hours to make a living. so right now i'm depressed. oh and by the way.....tomorrow is my day off so i'm going to go hunting!!!


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Arrgh!!! You got that right, 15!!!
I just spent half an hour typing out mixing suggestions for Keyan,.. only to have the browser lock up completely when I clicked "Post Reply"

I couldn't even select the text to try to save it to notepad or anything.

Why does that only happen to posts that I have already spent a fair amount of my night on??!??

It never happens on stupid, silly, one sentence posts that I give no thought to! Damn and blast!!!

Oh well, buddy, you're gonna have to wait now. There's no chance in hell that I'm going through all that again tonight.
Heh, don't worry about it. I appreciate the effort. For several years now, the first thing I do before I click the post button (in any forum) is select everything and ctrl-c it.
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Old 01-10-2006, 07:03 AM   #47
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Yeah, good idea. Usually, if I already know in advance it's gonna be a long, involved post, I usually compose it offline then just paste it over.


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i went out at 6:30 this morning, got to the farm at around 7....forgot to lower the scope's sight...missed like 3 squirrel...but i did manage to kill a big gray squirrel. it was chasing this other one up the tree, so i put a longrifle .22 round through its neck. the bullet passed through, stuck in the tree, and sprayed blood out of the neck onto the snow. i was out for like 4 and a half hours...after 10 it seems the squirrels go back to sleep and the birds come out to play. now i have to go gut the thing. *thinks of the squirrels in charlie and the chocolate factory*


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Try quartering a deer... Now there's some training for anyone planning any human dismemberment... Try not to rip the stomach, you'll find out why soon enough...

Speaking of stomachs, me and my dad once skinned a rattlesnake(Dead of course) and out of it's stomach plopped a half dissolved squirrel. Smelled horrible and looked weird as hell... Coincidentally said snake was just defrosted and grilled last night. Taste wasn't an issue(Mostly because Tony's burned off my taste buds...), but the serious lack of any meat was somewhat of a letdown... I'll have to fry the next one.

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This thread has taken a surprisingly squirrel-centric turn as of late.

Hmmm... methinks I smell a government conspiracy at work here!


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Old 01-11-2006, 08:19 AM   #53
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This spring and summer when I go fishing, i'll be feasting on Eel. XD


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Good luck with that.

Were the hell did I leave off? Didn't take me long to lose track this time...

1/9/06 - 1/10/06
Maintenance at work. Exciting stuff. I won't overwhelm you all with the terribly amazing details.

Nice thing is that we have a large group of students that decided to hang around town this year that we can have do most of the work so we don't have to do it all ourselves.

That bad part (well, for me personally, anyways...) is going to work at "normal" hours (9-5.) Not a morning person. Never have been. Never will be.

Oh well...
Time to get going. <*Sigh*>

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Not a morning person. Never have been. Never will be.
I hear that. I hate mornings. And aside from hating mornings, I don't sleep like normal humans. If get up at a normal time, there's no way I'm going to able to go to sleep at a normal time. I will simply not be tired. I will go to bed and lay there for hours before I can finally fall asleep. And then I will not get enough sleep and be tired the next morning. So I always start out fresh on Monday, and get progressively more tired throughout the week, until I can regroup on the weekend. I really need at least 30 hours days. 22 hours awake and 8 hours asleep would be ideal for me.
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not a morning person either...well, as far as work goes. I HATE being forced to work before 2pm, I regularly wake up between 5 and 8 am though, but if i have to wake up around that time to get ready to work....hell with that, i sleep til i have 15 minutes to get ready, at least when i work at 2pm-whenever, i'm fully awake, and can either stay up late when i get done with work or i can go to bed early. 2nd shift rules.


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Sleep? ugh, I thought I would get sleep on break from school.

Nope. Overnights. 11PM or 9PM to the wonderful hours of 7AM or 5AM.... great.

I mean, I can't complain, it's a reletivly easy 7-8 hours shift, but damned...... my sleep scheduel get's sooo thrown off.

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I hear that. I hate mornings. And aside from hating mornings, I don't sleep like normal humans. If get up at a normal time, there's no way I'm going to able to go to sleep at a normal time. I will simply not be tired. I will go to bed and lay there for hours before I can finally fall asleep. And then I will not get enough sleep and be tired the next morning. So I always start out fresh on Monday, and get progressively more tired throughout the week, until I can regroup on the weekend. I really need at least 30 hours days. 22 hours awake and 8 hours asleep would be ideal for me.
Sounds just like me.

No matter how tired I am in the mid afternoon, right around 7 - 7:30 in the evening I usually get a second wind... ever see Pulp Fiction, that scene where they shoot the adrenaline right into Uma Thurman's heart?... well, it's something a little like that. From that point on I am WIDE AWAKE! I always stay that way until about 12:30, 1 am. Sometimes later...

Back when I was in high school I would be total waste product by the end of the week, and go into hibernation on Friday night, and not see daylight until late Saturday afternoon.

The best job I ever had was stocking shelves overnight in a grocery store, from midnight to 8 am. Never got tired. It was the perfect job for me. The one I have is pretty close, a lot of night work, usually not too many early mornings. Except for weeks like this, with no shows going on.


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well today was a day full of good surprises that made me happy.

First i go in for my check....and OMG i didn't realise we get holiday pay for new years...i went and put the digital camera on layaway, then went to sporting goods and bought alot of clearance items...

got a nice treestand, camo bottoms and a camo shirt that matched as well as some gloves and a waterproof camo jacket...canteen, water hydration pouch for my backpack, burlap camo, and it all costed me less than $80.

So i drove from there to my mcdonalds and got breakfast for me and my mom, then i drove over to the post office and picked up my mail and payed for another 6 months of post office box using. then i drove to my parents' house and ate and talked about work and wondering why my sister hasn't gotten a raise since she's been working at the same place for 6 months...and i started saying how i wish i was making that much (she's making $8 an hour) like i was making at the temp agency...then the time for work came and i dropped my goods off at the apt and headed to work.

So i'm working i think i was prepping film or something, and my manager comes by and says 'hey do you want a pay raise?' and i was like 'sure!' thinking nothing of it, then she brings me over to this computer and says i'll be getting a 50 cent raise cause she thinks i'm ready to start on my photo lab specialist packet, so i say ok, and now i am making $7.80 an hour. It's sortof funny, cause i never would think that i could make that much at walmart-within 6 months.

I managed to sell 2 cameras today. The Sony DVD92 and a Kodak C330.

uhm...before i left walmart, i got some more ammo.

I'm off work tomorrow, so I'm going to try to hunt for something bigger than a squirrel.


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1/11/06 - 1/12/06

More work maintenance. At least I feel we made some progress this week, and really fixed a few things that have been bugging for a long time.

Here's a partial and selective list of what we managed to get done this week.

Re-EQ'ed the P.A. system, to take out a few frequencies that were too thick, and making it hard to get a good clean mix. We also fixed the delay times to some of the speakers, to clean up some of the slop.

We also replaced all the worn out connectors on the monitor cabinets and speaker cables with newer ones that should lock better and last longer. Fixed a pile of bad mic and instrument cable as well.

We went in and did a lot of file clean-up on the mixing board. There were 5 months of saved shows and all the resulting libraries associated with them that we went through and backed-up, then deleted, except for the couple of presets we use as our starting points. Then, when the whole thing was as clean as it was ever going to get, we backed that up too, and made a kind of 'restore image' just in case everything ever goes to hell someday.

Got all of our lighting gel files in order.

Re-did the touring production office/ storage area to try to make that area somewhat livable again.

Changed burnt-out stage and house lights.

Re-organized the under the stage area we use to store instrument amps to put the stuff we use all the time right up front near the door, and bury the stuff we haven't touched in years way in the back.

There were a few more things, that escape me at the moment...

I woke up way too early this morning for some unknown reason, and couldn't get back to sleep. I hate that. Now I'm even more exhausted than if I had got up at the insanely early time that I had my alarm set for.

Oh well... have nothing going on this weekend, and Monday's a holiday for me.
Sleep-in time!!!

I truly need to get a haircut this weekend,.. but that's about it for plans on my time.

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I think you know what I'd most probably going to say right now, but hey, I won't this time. Because .. you know ..


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Just watched the Pats throw away a playoff game.
Damn, that was some really sloppy playing. The Broncos played great, though.

Oh well... can't win them all, I guess...


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Patriots lost a playoff game; second best day of 2006 to date.

#1 Best Day: #1 USC "The best college football team EVER in the history of football" loses to "overrated" #2 Texas.


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yea that game was embarrassing to watch. -_-

i'm off work today, and it's freezing outside and windy so i'm kinda stuck indoors. -_-

watched some of brothers grimm last night, it reminded me of van helsing. gotta finish it today so i can get some more movies...

tomorrow i work 10am-5pm...that's going to feel strange. -_-

i can finally bench 100 pounds...all the weights that came w/the weight bench i got for christmas 3 years ago...i'm thinking of asking my landlords if i can set up some pullup bars out back. that would be kinda fun.

I got my fishing license on friday night so i can test out some fishing lures.

i've been bad with sleep...oversleeping...i only need 6 hours and i end up getting like 8-9...not good.

I got far in Chronicles of Narnia on Xbox. I'm at the battle of beruna, it's pretty hard.

My cousin went back to Tikrit, Iraq last sunday. She's there til august then she's out of the Army. She said it wasn't really for her.

I got that Z740 on layaway...i owe about $160 on it, once i get it i'll have to take some pics of where i go hunting, the intersection where my accident was, etc.

There are a few movies i'm looking foreward to...Ice Age 2, Pirates of the Carribean 2, and Shrek 3...


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Just watched the Pats throw away a playoff game.
Damn, that was some really sloppy playing. The Broncos played great, though.

Oh well... can't win them all, I guess...
Brady was overdue for a playoff loss anyway... But man, did the Broncos ever manhandle them.

Biggest hit of the game, though, was Ben Watson just destroying Champ Bailey at the 1-yard-line after that 100 yard interception return. From the angle the live play was shown from, he just came out of nowhere, and I believe my exact words were, "Holy f*ck!"

With my grandmother in the next room talking to mom...


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Yeah,.. that looked like an "Ouchie."

The weather's been pretty nasty here for the last couple of days, too. I was going to head out to pick up a few supplies today, but my car is encased in a slab of ice at the moment, so I think I'll do laundry today, and head out tomorrow. Fortunately, tomorrow is a holiday where I work, so I have an extra day this weekend to get everything done.

Still need to get a haircut... now it looks like I need kitty litter too. That means a trip to the wholesale club, which is always dangerous...


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Hmm...football...that's the one where they ride horses?
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No... it's the one where they cross-country ski, with a rifle.

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I got some tickets to see Billy Joel when he comes to Washington DC in March. He's always been my favorite, and I'm really looking forward to it. He's supposed to be playing some less-famous songs this time out, to promote his new rarities box set. And he sounded like he was in pretty good voice when I saw him on some talk shows recently. So this should be pretty good. Queen and Paul Rogers are coming the week before that, and I was thinking about hunting down some tickets for that one, too.
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Very cool! Those are both acts that I've never seen live.

I've been getting into a lot of Billy Joel's early stuff a bit more as of late. I hear he puts on a great show.

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As a matter of fact, the only concerts I've ever been to have been Billy Joel (not counting classical). I'm not a big concert guy, and I basically hate going out, but for Billy Joel, it's worth it. I've seen him four times. Two of them were with Elton John, who I also really like. One of them was not a concert, but rather Billy Joel at a college giving a talk, answering some questions, and playing some music. The last time was a regular Billy Joel concert; for my 16th birthday, my parents got me two 5th row seats. I went with my girlfriend, and it was amazing. I wasn't able to get floor seats this time (well, I could have if I was willing to pay hundreds of dollars on eBay, I guess, but whatever).
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Well, my problem these days is that I work so many concerts that it would take a mile-long mule-team to drag me to a concert that I wasn't getting paid to be at. Nothing like spending your day off at work, if you know what I mean.

The last concert that I went to see that I wasn't working was Randy Newman, or perhaps it was Ian Anderson... both of which I got in to see for free since they were both playing at the hall where I work.

I cant remember the last time I actually purchased tickets for an event... it had to be 199-something... early 199-something...


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No... it's the one where they cross-country ski, with a rifle.

Fascinating stuff.
No, no, no... That's not a sport, that's a Norwegian drive-by!


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Old 01-16-2006, 12:46 PM   #77
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My mistake.

Although you can still win a gold medal for it, I understand.
Does that classify as Nordic bling?


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Didn't the Soviets actually do that in '41...?

I distinctly remember something about the Siberian Reserves being their special winter units.



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Probably like many others, I once came up with the idea of increasing the value of the biathlon as a spectator sport by allowing the contestants to shoot their competition instead of dull non-moving targets.
I'll try and get it scheduled for the 2014 Olympics.


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I'd pay to see that...

Yesterday I went to the wholesale club. Not the one I normally go to (the closer one to me, with the unintentionally embarrassing name...) but the other one that's bigger, but a bit of a long haul to get to. (I needed kitty litter, and they are the only ones who carry the brand I like in huge quantities.)

That was a mistake.

It took me over a half an hour to get from the exit ramp to the store parking lot... a distance of maybe a half a mile. They just opened an IKEA store next door to it. It must have been grand-opening day or something.
It sucked.
Once I got into the store there was nobody there, and shopping was easy.

Leaving was more of the same though.

Edlib's WHEE!!! Moment Of The Year (So Far...):

After I got out of the crazy local traffic and back to the highway it was pretty clear sailing. In fact, as I got to the end of the entrance ramp to the highway, I noticed that the road was almost completely clear. There was nobody anywhere in my rear-view mirrors, and any taillights I could see were far off in the horizon. there wasn't even anyone behind me on the ramp. That's something that I have almost never seen around here, and I had to take advantage of it somehow.

I slowed down to a crawl, almost a dead stop, as I rolled onto the highway. Pushed my gear-lever over from "Auto" to "Tiptronic." And then buried the accelerator pedal, using the manual shift to keep the turbo in the power-band... just to see how quickly I could get to highway speeds and catch up with the distant traffic from almost a standstill.
Pretty quickly, it turns out.


I probably burnt up at least a quarter-tank of fuel with that little stunt... but it sure felt good! Especially after sitting in insane traffic for the better part of the afternoon. Got my pulse rate up a little bit, too.

I'll probably never see that type of situation around here again. Had to take advantage of it while the getting was good.


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