May 182015

Just got this control surface for use with Sony Vegas 13 – nice piece of hardware, and key mapping’s very straightforward.  While getting used to it and deciding how to map the buttons, I found it handy to have a cheatsheet handy.  I use a transparent notebook divider pocket with the buttons drawn in permanent marker, and then use dry erase to mark the current button functions.


May 152015

Patrick O’Brian’s Napoleonic naval warfare saga Aubrey/Maturin is the best fiction series you’ve never read.  I also recommend the film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World“, a remarkably good film adaptation that’s largely based on the novel “The Far Side of the World”.  It takes some minor liberties, mostly for clarity and focus – a pastiche of several different books.  However the sheer length and breadth of the entire series is such that its full flavor could never be captured in a single film without making it a complete mess.  The movie is best considered a very brief cross-section of the whole, and gives one an excellent sense of combat and daily life aboard a British frigate of this time period.

Nenem – Black & Gold

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Apr 262015

From the album “Cool Dawn Place”.  Nenem’s a little-known, defunct Japanese post-rock band from awhile back.  I’ve been a big fan ever since I found them, but they’re pretty obscure – good luck finding one of their CD’s if you don’t read Japanese ><

How to link to a specific time in a YouTube video

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Apr 122015

Found this on, which does it for you.  All you have to do is add a string to the end of the video’s URL specifying the start time in minutes and second, like this:

add: &t=1m28s


Full of Fire – Jess Chambers

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Apr 122015

From the soundtrack for “The Almighty Johnsons”.  I love the rhythm – it can technically be counted in 4/4, but it’s stressed more like 9/8 with the last eight note missing, like: 123, 123, 12.