Tue - Jan 15, 2013 : 09:06 pm
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What a whirlwind, I tell you what. The usual cliche's about this being the busiest time of my life seem to pale against reality, so I'll just dive into the thick of it all.
I've spent the past 3 weeks working intensely on getting the new studio up and running. Thanks to the help of my brother Ryan, my dad Ray, and a good friend, Jeff Stock, th...
Thu - Dec 13, 2012 : 11:06 pm
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So, I just got off the phone with my wife, and she was at our new home-to-be this evening, and apparently, almost everything is done. The carpet isn't in, nor are the toilets, nor are the cement stairs leading down to the basement, but everything else - yeah - it's done. I'm just beside myself. We could be moving in as early as la...
Sun - Dec 09, 2012 : 10:00 am
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So... I don't even know where to begin. Honestly, my life is so full right now, I feel as though I might decide to curl up into a remote corner of the world somewhere and hide for a few months. That said, each day I seem to manage to get up with a renewed strength to attack the day's duties with a renewed vigor.
Even though it's cl...
Sun - Dec 02, 2012 : 10:08 am
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Live Room is framed!
Well, I'd say last week was a success for the progress of the studio! I'd also say it was a pretty big failure for the state of my body. Man, I'm getting old. Even my 70-year-old dad out-did me, and that's just sad. Even though my fingers are swollen, and my feet hurt, I've gotta say it was 100% worth it.
We started ...
Sat - Nov 24, 2012 : 12:07 am
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I chose "Amazed" as the mood for this entry because it just fits. I had no idea what would be involved with getting this studio build ready to go, but it seems as though it's all coming together.
We've got a truckload of materials coming on Monday of next week, and I have the entire week off to begin the build.
Hopefully I remem...
Sun - Nov 11, 2012 : 11:56 am
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So today marks my first day of a long awaited journey to weight loss. I currently weigh 260 lbs, which is a number i never thought in my whole life i would ever reach. I choose today because my boyfriend woke me up this morning and told me he'd feel much better knowing my health was better and all this weight is literaly weighing me down. And...
Tue - Nov 06, 2012 : 10:32 am
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I Got a Phone Call Today...
So, I was on my way to work today, when my phone rang - displaying an unfamiliar number. With everything going on in my life, I decided it would be a good idea to answer it anyway.
Turned out to be a really good idea.
Last week, I decided to take the time to draw out plans for the studio and turn them in to the city for approval. I ...
Fri - Oct 26, 2012 : 04:54 pm
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So... In what has turned out to be my monthly updates, I don't have much to report this time, as progress on the studio portion of the house has been waiting for the actual house to be built. Right now, the studio is comprised of two large concrete boxes in my basement.
What I do have to report on is something I hadn't expected...
Sun - Sep 16, 2012 : 10:46 pm
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So, I just had a great day here in the basement where I live, while me and my family are waiting for our new home (and studio) to be built, and I found myself sort of pensive, so I thought I'd come down and write a few words, and see what comes out.
Advanced Budget Studios began taking clients in August of 2009, using a single AT 3525 conde...
Fri - Sep 07, 2012 : 10:03 pm
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Progress Update #1
The studio walls are up! ... and they are ... HUGE! Honestly the level of excitement I have for this studio build is right up there with the excitement of my marriage and the births of my children. I can't believe this is actually happening!
I'll be posting more random updates on Facebook (which will link to publi...
Mon - Jun 09, 2008 : 10:33 am
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Video Editing With Kdenlive
I've recently become interested in integrating video into my journal and blog. As such, I realized that my 4-year old digial camera just wasn't gonna cut it anymore, so I went out and bought the cheapest camera I could find that would shoot 30 frames per second which happened to be the Nikon S210 digital camera. It takes pretty good vid...
Tue - Apr 20, 2010 : 12:28 am
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Man... I was having a downer of a day until this evening when Fatigi came to record 3 new songs. I was really, really tired throughout the day, and thought I was sure to have a hard time focusing when Fatigi came over.
Then I heard them play.
Honestly, I haven't been this awake in a long time. Music just seems to envigorate my...
Mon - Jan 10, 2011 : 05:10 pm
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Great start to 2011!
So, Advanced Budget Studios took a bit of a break during the holidays, and with that came the usual curiosity as to how the new year would be.
Well, I'd have to say that 2011 is looking great. We started off the year recording a wonderful new artist named Taylor Miller. He'll have a website up soon, and his music sounds fabulous! ...
Sun - Apr 12, 2009 : 07:44 pm
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Here's a little something we did during the day today. Luci had a bit of a mis-understanding of what the easter bunny really was at first. She got the hang of it, though. Video above:...
Mon - Aug 04, 2008 : 12:08 am
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Life is Precious
Well I was going to do this last night but it was just to much to do. So here it goes. Wow what a life changing event. This might be a little bit graphic for some but I am going to tell it how it is. So here it goes. Yesterday I worked at the airport I transport people to and from the airport. I was called to go ...
Tue - Dec 09, 2008 : 04:48 pm
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Sleep, Cats, and Christmas Trees
Ya know... I thought that with 4.5 hours of sleep last night, I'd feel a heckuva lot sleepier than I do. I guess miracles do happen.
Since our wonderful Samuel was born, my wife and I have been getting considerably less sleep than we otherwise would. This is to be expected; it comes with the whole package of parenthood.
Mon - May 11, 2009 : 07:40 am
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Jason Mraz Concert in Vegas!
So, first, I've gotta give a HUGE THANK YOU to my mother-in-law and father-in-law, because it was they who bought me the tickets for my birthday last month, in the first place. I would have never bought the tickets for myself, so wthout them, I literally would have never seen such a concert.
So, THANK YOU, KIM AND HENRY!!!! T...
Sat - Sep 05, 2009 : 09:40 pm
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Smooth Intentions Project
A new group called "Smooth Intentions" made it down to the studio today and we began tracking a song called "Rain". So far, it sounds quite good. The song contains a gorgeous cello track, not often heard within the genre.
We've got a keyboard track left to record, but the tune should be finished shortly.
Mon - Jan 12, 2009 : 12:01 am
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Starting 2009 off right!
Well.... It became time again quickly to have a LAN party after the craziness of the holiday season. So, we decided to have one two days ago. It was fairly awesome.
I didn't bring my camera, so I don't have a video of this one, but suffice it to say that this one was pretty darned fun. It started with Eric Hansen and I lo...
Wed - Nov 28, 2007 : 03:33 pm
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The Value of Words
Recently, I have had the opportunity to have my mind opened to various opportunities having to do with mortgages and investment properties, and whatnot, and in the midst of all this, we have had to contact the lending company on our primary mortgage.
Yesterday, I was on hold for 1.5 hours with Citibank's collections department, after being transf...
Sun - Sep 14, 2008 : 07:54 pm
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Salt Flats 2008!!
Oh, man... I haven't had a day like yesterday in quite some time. Possibly years.
My day started at 6:00AM with about 4 hours of sleep in me. Ah well... Caffeine has its purpose, right?
We started out thinking there would be 4-6 cars out there on the salt with us, but it ended up being just Steve and me. As it tu...
Tue - Nov 10, 2009 : 10:25 am
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CAD Trion 7000
So... The studio has been missing an essential piece of hardware, which, in past recordings, we've wished we had. Well, that problem has now been remedied. After much hum-hawwing about what should be done to get our hands on a good figure 8 microhpone, we found the CAD Trion 7000.
The microphone is precisely what we needed.
Sat - Feb 16, 2008 : 11:59 pm
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07 Mustang GT VS 99 Firebird
I just got back from one of the best races I've been on. It was awesome.
I've only got a bit to write about it, so I'll write as much as I can.
I took off around 10:20 tonight to see what kind of damage I could do out on the streets.
I was cruising on state street in Orem when I found a Dodge Charger R/T who wanted to play. The...
Wed - Jul 06, 2011 : 05:59 pm
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PDFTK - Generate Issues
So, I've been working on this PDF project for awhile, and I think it might be beneficial for me to add some notes which were somewhat elusive on the net.
The FDF file which is generated by PDFTK generate is encoded in UTF-16 character set - and is very hard to work with. I found this script which solves the problem, and allows the FD...
Thu - May 29, 2008 : 06:20 pm
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Postgres Authentication in Proftpd
Today I was commissioned to create an FTP server here at work. Through persistent pestering of the hideously insecure nature of FTP in general, my boss let me dedicate an entire server just for the company's need to FTP. This was to negate the possibility of any hacking of the web server, should the FTP server be compromised. It's...
Thu - May 22, 2008 : 08:26 pm
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The new FCKeditor version 2.6 seems to have a bug which for me was quite hard to track down.
I use PHP to interface with it, so the bug which causes images uploaded via the quickuploader is found in the
file on line 291.
The error reported by firebug is: uncaught exception: Permission denied to ...
Sun - Mar 01, 2009 : 02:27 am
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Postfix and Dovecot on Gentoo
I've just got to put this somewhere so I don't forget it. I just finished installing postfix / dovecot using postgres on my home server by following this wonderful tutorial.
I followed it almost to the tee, and ... it just works. I have no other information other than that. For all I know, as you read this, it may be interpret...
Fri - Sep 24, 2010 : 09:59 pm
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gentoo + jack + dbus = broken
Linux + gentoo + jack-audio-connection-kit + dbus use flag enabled = doesn't work any more.
Okay... Just a personal note to remember.
DO NOT COMPILE jack-audio-connection-kit WITH THE dbus FLAG ENABLED! IT REMOVES jackd WHICH IS WHAT qjackctl USES TO START THE JACK SERVER.
So... Unless I'm missing something, this is pretty much th...
Sun - Nov 02, 2008 : 10:10 pm
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Samuel's Baby Blessing
Well... Today was the big day at church with the blessing of the newest addition to the Jones family, Samuel Jones.
The blessing went well, even if I did botch the proclamation of the power by which the blessing was given. I'm glad God is a forgiving God.
The spirit of the meeting was wonderful, and it testified quite powerfully of one sp...
Tue - Oct 02, 2007 : 04:44 pm
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Mustang GT vs Saab 950 Turbo
Hehe.... I love it when I learn new stuff about Springville.
I had no idea that there existed a place in Springville that was absolutely perfect for racing. Now we're talking 0-80 MPH racing in a straight line. Nothing curvy or anything like that. So... Anyway...
My co-worker, Steve comes into my office (or rather, the...