Sunday, October 31, 2004

Hey! Another quiz!!!!!!

What Video Game Character Are You? I am a Light Cycle.I am a Light Cycle.

I drive fast, I turn fast, I do everything fast. I even breakfast. I tend to confuse people with my sudden changes of heart. Sometimes I even confuse myself, which tends to cause problems. What Video Game Character Are You?

The one thing about Livejournal

I miss the whole sense of community.

I miss the little friends list thing so you could do cool/fun things like this.
My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
pi22seven goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as King Arthur.
aurostion gives you 3 light orange mint-flavoured gummy bears.
compassplayers gives you 10 dark green cherry-flavoured nuggets.
himeykitty gives you 13 light blue grape-flavoured wafers.
smithmatt gives you 8 mauve orange-flavoured gummies.
pi22seven ends up with 34 pieces of candy.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

bad robot or lowtone?

I've been kinda sorta working on music for a band I want to start. I want it to be original material. So I need to find the right people for the band. You can't just invite someone that can play bass, they have to be able to write lines.

I was going to invite Bob from the "Beer Incident" to play drums, but I'm not sure that would be a good idea now. Besides, what I need most are lyrics. I've written lyrics before but I take waaaaaay to long to finish the words. I work best with someone who can bounce lyric ideas around the room.

Anyway, THIS is something I was able to construct on Garageband. The drums and the bass lines are from the free samples from Apple, but they worked well for what I wanted. The guitar was recorded straight from the guitar to the computer without an amp. It's still missing vocals (that whole not having words thing) and a guitar solo over the mechanical guitar riff thing but it's a start.

I'm playing around with the name "bad robot" for now, but it may end up being "lowtone".


Wednesday, October 27, 2004

High tension...

I share my office with another producer named... let's call him Bob. A guy I've kind of mentored, saw that he was smart and helped him through the ranks to get where he is now.

Where we both are is an office that measures roughly 14 x 14, give or take. In it are 2 desks, 4 chairs, 1 filing cabinet and a shelf with a TV on top. Space is tight but not yet precious.

Bob and I share this space when we don't have edit sessions, shoots or client meetings. And all has been well. Lately it seems that we've been getting on each others nerves though. Just little things, but they add up.

Today though, he crossed a line. He gave something that was mine away. The something in question was a bottle of Rolling Rock Beer that I had placed inside a bobble-head farm that we have on the TV shelf. The beer was given to me by a producer who was laid off just this Monday, a token of sorts.

This afternoon I looked at the bobble-heads and the beer was gone.

So I asked Bob "Hey where's my beer?"

He said "I dunno..." but the tone in his voice told me that he knew. I pressed further and he denied more. The sad part is that he could tell that I knew that he was lying, but he kept lying.

Finally he confessed that he gave it to another coworker, then tried to turn it around that I was at fault for even having the beer in the office. I pointed out that a member of our management team had a bottle from the same sixxer on his desk so it wasn't a big deal.

Then he said he didn't know who the beer belonged too and he thought he was being set up. "Set up for what?" I asked and he said he didn't know. How could he not know it was mine? It's a 2 person office, if it isn't his then it belongs to me.

I was pissed. Not because he gave away a beer, but because he lied to me. And so very badly at that.

I want to say something tomorrow, but I'm dreading it.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

As if the iPod weren't cool enough...

Apple decided to blow minds today.

They released 2 new iPods. The first being the U2 iPod, available in black with red scroll wheel.

So what makes it different?

Well... uhm, the black and red bit. That and Apple sends each and every one of them to U2 so the band can scrawl their sigs on the pretty chrome back cover. Not really, but they are engraved with band member sigs.

Oh, and the other new one has a color screen and can display pictures in addition to playing music or something like that, blah, blah, blah...

Gray is not the new black.

Black and red is the new black.

Originally uploaded by pi22seven.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Ashlee, say it ain't so!!!! :waah:

This story's been floating around on the web since 1am Sunday.

Nutshell: Ashlee Simpson's lip-syncing on SNL was exposed in a biiiiiig way. It sounds like the wrong main vocal track started to play and things went down hill from there.

What do you do when the wrong thing for you to lip-sync to starts playing?

My band started playing the wrong song. I didn't know what to do so I thought I'd do a hoe-down.

Ashlee Simpson

Riiiight, your band messed up.

The video is available here. But be forwarned, it is painful to watch.

Lesson learned? No matter how bad you sing, do not try to lip-sync on a live broadcast.

Sunday, October 24, 2004


It's raining real hard right now.


I was standing in our backroom and a bolt of lighting hit our house where the electrical line connects.

Josh and I were about 20 feet away from it. We just happened to look outside at the right time.

It was a bright flash and sparks, but not nearly as loud as I thought it would be.

I'll post pics if there's anything to look at.

Stupid keeps updating the RADAR!

Thursday, October 21, 2004

My Small Clone is here!!!!!

Now I don't have to ruin the sellers life if he tried to rip me off.


Tuesday, October 19, 2004

How bored are you exactly?

I was checking the traffic logs for my blog to see how people were finding this place and got a funny surprise.

Someone got here trying to relieve their boredom! HAH! Wrong place bucko!

Anyway, this person was really bored. Bigtime. They were referred by this search but the best part is that my site isn't listed in the first 20 pages! I got bored just trying to find the link to me.

Whoever you are my friend, you are welcome.

But if you want to relieve your boredom go here. :sneek:

Monday, October 18, 2004

WHERE'S MY SMALL CLONE?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

So I purchased a Small Clone off ebay from some dude I'd checked out. He seemed okay but he's turned into a "Shitty Ebayer! FFFFFF----- Don't trade with!" kind of guy.

He's sent me 2 emails saying that he's "going to send it tomorrow", the latest saying that it'd be here "Monday at the latest". Today is Monday so where is my shit?

So I emailed him essentially saying WTF?, and he mailed back that he mailed it today priority. So I'm looking at getting it by Thursday-ish. If he doesn't send it I'm gonna be pissed. Like drive across the country and spend $200 in the process to get my $64 from him pissed.

That and I'll ban his ass from Texas.

BTW, I bought a new wah pedal from Sam Ash this weekend!


Friday, October 15, 2004


Yup, an odometer palindrome from the car I'm renting.

For people who like that kind of stuff. ;)

Originally uploaded by pi22seven.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

When is a blog not a blog?

When it's a bunch of chat logs!!!!!

Needs to be updated though.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Apparently I'm Yoda. Thanks to himeykitty!

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

OMG!! GMail as an iDisk?

If you have a Gmail account you know that you've been wondering how you could use the 1Gb of mail space as an online drive like Apple's iDisk.

Well over at they have figured out how to do just that. "GMail Drive shell extension" seems to be a very handy bit of code that allows you to turn your Gmail account into an iDisk.

But the catch is that it's Windows only. GRRRRRRR!!!!!!

The guy who made it said it took him about 2 days to code so it shouldn't be that hard for some enterprising Mac coders to whip out the goods.

A lot of people are waiting to see what Google's gonna do about it.

Monday, October 11, 2004

I hate waiting!

No, really. I hate waiting.

Right now I'm waiting for the Small Clone I won off ebay to get here. Like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. Time is creeping along. Slowly.


Saturday, October 09, 2004

Choose wisely.

I've tried to remain impartial in this blog about the election.

In part because I've been waiting for a sign; I'd yet to firmly make my choice for president. I knew I wasn't going to vote for Bush, but maybe for one of the other candidates running for the office. Kerry was the front runner, but I had to be sure.

But after last night's debate my choice is firm. Kerry handled himself very well, without making me think that he was just saying anything to be elected. Sure there are things that I think need clarification, but I am firmly backing the Kerry/Edwards ticket.

Bush on the other hand has acted like a jerk during the debates. I'm tired of being lied to and I fear for the future if he stays in office.

Here's a cut from last night's debate with GW acting like an ass. Or himself, you decide.

To show my support I am even getting a Kerry/Edwards sign for my front lawn, no small thing considering I live deep in the heart of Texas. I almost look forward to the looks I'm going to get from my neighbors. Who knows, maybe others will follow.

Choose wisely.

Friday, October 08, 2004

I finally have a Small Clone.

I've been playing guitar since I was 14 and have had numerous effects pedals. But I've always wanted a Small Clone because of it's sound and retro coolness.

The other chorus pedals I've had/tried all sounded meh to me, they did the job but they always lacked something or sounded brittle or too muddy or...

So recently I started to rebuild a my pedal collection and do away with my all things digital and go with the warmth of analog.

EHX Small Clone
Originally uploaded by pi22seven.

So away goes my all-in-one Korg multi unit. I'll miss having presets but it has to go.

So the Small Clone goes in the signal chain right before my Cry-Baby Wah. Next on the list for purchase is a Big Muff Pi. :sneek:

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Screw the end user.

Things are changing at work.

We're finally replacing our 9 year old Accom Strataspher editors. All 3 of them. And our Quantel EditBox (which I hate). We're going to get 4(!) Avid Media Composers with shared storage.

This ROCKS!!!! The whole stored storage means we're not tied down to one room for a project. Start a project in Suite 2, finish in Suite 4. It's more like it's one edit bay with 4 terminals. Very cool.

The bad side is that we're getting the Windows™© version.

I'm pretty much a Mac advocate, but not so much that I won't work on a Windows box. It's more of a very strong preference.

Still, I'm disappointed because our Chief Engineer said that the platform didn't matter to him. He said this just last Friday, but changed his mind for maintenance purposes.

My problem with the situation is that they didn't ask the operators of the gear (my department of 3 editors and a couple of promotions guys) what we would prefer. They decided that since they have to fix it when it's broken that it should be on a platform that they know.

So in other words, the guys who don't have to work on the machines day in and day out get what they want.

And I can't say anything about how I feel because in their eyes it'll be because I'm the "Mac Guy", not because I have any real concerns about my work flow.


Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Monday, October 04, 2004

Never forget!


How do I do a commercial about dying?

I have a client that needs a commercial about their home hospice services.

How do I write a spot about that? Sure, there are commercials for the funeral industry but those are for when the dying is done. They are not about the whole process of leaving life.

I can sell damn near anything, but this has me at a loss. Not because I have any issues with dieing or mortality, but because other people do.

No one wants to watch their loved ones die, so how do I sell the service that does exactly that?

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Bored at work.

I'm stuck here at work, directing "severe" weather cut-ins.

I'm supposed to get off work at 9:00am after directing my station's Saturday morning news. But here I am. Watching our radar and putting our weather guy on tv every 20 minutes or so. If I was a kid I'd be major pissed off that my cartoons were being interupted.

I'm operating with a skeleton crew of myself to punch buttons on the switcher and our audio op for sound. We'll prolly be stuck here for another hour or so before the weather guy lets us go.

After watching Star Wars on DVD the other night I killed about 15 seconds this morning pretending I was operating the kill-em-all switch on the Death Star. They used a tv switcher as the control panel so it made sense.

Yup, bored.