Bohemian Rhapsody

18 04 2008

Bohemian Rhapsody failed to embed. Sigh. So posting the old-fashioned way. Enjoy this short cell phone clip.





Getting to know the Mac a little better…

18 04 2008

Out of Box ExperienceI’ve written a bit in other places about how I now use a MacBook Standard at home and how weird it is. It turns out that I enjoy this system a lot, but figuring out the Jobsian way of doing things (oh, OK, I drag the mouse and that scans through the photos. OK.) is creating a bit of a learning curve. There’s a few semantics, too, but I’m getting there. The system pretty much can be used at its most basic level with little or no extra learning effort, but mastering all the cute little media applications is a bit trickier.

Today I created a short sound clip of trumpet fanfare using GarageBand. It did a good job of approximating the musical notes (looking over them, they appeared to be for a far better song than I had done.) It’s cool that a computer would include a music-making app. It’s a nice touch. I hope people will learn how to use this software and make their own music instead of ripping copyrighted material. One must, however question the placement of the (only two) USB ports on the left side instead of the right, as well as the lack of anything beyond the most basic features and OH WELL these things aren’t that big of a deal. They’re part of the Mac experience. Coming off a gi-normous HP laptop with every bell and whistle imaginable, including a TV tuner, I’m going to have to, uh, make do with less. But… using the new computer and system has been an overall pleasant experience.

Now, I have a newer computer at work, too, and the process of migrating everything over created a couple rough spots, methinks, but it will be totally awesome once that’s resolved. Hey, no one said progress was easy.





No reservations

18 04 2008

ReservedLast week was fairly eventful as my life goes… highlights included a great local performance of Urinetown on Saturday and serendipitously getting into a Spoon concert on Monday. The latter event was great except for the staid crowd that pretty much sat there the whole time and chastised anyone that stood up by sticking a “Reserved” sign to their butt, not that I happen to have any specific examples of this happening. Oh that and the stupid Camel marketing everywhere, punctuated by thick clouds of smoke. Long story…

Urinetown is a great premise with great execution in the performance we saw. The problem lies in the actual writing of the musical itself. The “fourth wall” narrator gives it all away shortly after the show has begun, not that you couldn’t figure it out yourself. Still, not too shabby. Here’s to more fun in the future.