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...
Fri - Oct 24, 2008 : 06:29 pm
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Samuel at two weeks
Here are the latest pictues of Samuel and the kids. He is doing really great! At his two week check on Monday the Pediatrician said he looks perfect. We are adjusting pretty well. The main problem for me is just lack of sleep right now, but that will get better with time. Anywho, enjoy the pictures.
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 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...
Tue - Apr 21, 2009 : 10:26 pm
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I just finished putting my 5-year-old and my 3-year-old to bed.
Earlier today, they both went to the dentist to have a check-up, and for Luci, it was a semi-traumatic experience. She did really good, but at one point, she was seriously distraught about this gun-looking thing which sprayed water everywhere, and the vacuum they were going to ...
Fri - Jan 08, 2010 : 11:23 am
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Recording Jeff Felix's "Peculiar"
Picking up new clients is always a good thing, but in the case of yesterday, it was a great thing.
I had the privilege of recording his new song, Peculiar, and it was very refreshing. It was a simple tune with some great acoustic guitar work, and vocals. Jason Jones added some percussion accents, and the song came to life.
Tue - Aug 19, 2008 : 04:38 pm
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Big Changes to ILMJ
As you most assuredly can see, if this is on the front-page of I Love My Journal, there have been some major changes here.
It all started about 2.5 weeks ago when I started reading some great comments people have been posting, and some really good entries from jonzee, and catherine.hahn. I felt people deserved a better place to post both th...
Tue - Sep 02, 2008 : 08:08 pm
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Earlier this evening, it was absolutely beautfiul outside, and for some reason, I wasn't drained of energy from the daily grind, so I decided to take my wife and my kids out to the park nearby.
While I was pushing Collin and Luci on the swings, I realized how wonderful playing with kids can be. Of course, this wasn't the first time I reali...
Sun - Jul 27, 2008 : 06:18 pm
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My Wedding Day...
I got married like a bit more than 5 years ago, and I'm lovin' it.
But, during those five years, I've had some footage gracefully shot and donated to me by my friend
on my wedding day. On that day, Ty told me he was going to put something together and give it to me later, but instead, I told him I'd really, really, real...
Mon - Jan 18, 2010 : 01:25 am
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Blues Aces Session
Last Friday, we had the awesome opportunity to meet a fairly incredible group of girls. They call themselves The Blue Aces, and after having listened to them strum a few chords, I'd say they've earned their title.
Their manager contacted me after hearing a few samples from Advanced Budget Studios, and was interested in getting a pilot song...
Sat - Nov 29, 2008 : 10:55 pm
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Last weekend I went to Arizona to see my brother Greg, my sister Andi, and my friend Natalie compete in the Ironman Event.
I put together a video which pretty much sums it all up. I hope you like it....
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Sun - Jan 04, 2015 : 12:09 am
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So, I've been asked about headphones recently by a lot of friends. So much so, that I thought I'd write down a few words, more regarding what you should not buy, rather than what you should. This is simply due to the enormous amount of generally good, and wildly varying headphones out there.
As most of you know, I'm an audio eng...
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...
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...
Wed - Sep 10, 2014 : 10:03 am
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Live Room Upgrade
Soon after I began recording audio, I had a feeling I would be in the pursuit of an unattainable goal. Finding that "perfect" recording space, or even creating that "perfect" recording would be difficult, if not entirely impossible.
10 years after I began, I was able to pour my heart and soul into a new recording space, ...