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Analog(ue) #157: I Just Want People to Like My Stuff

I tried Vignette briefly yesterday and this was the problem for me. It’s not the fault of the app. Seems like a nice app but not for me, given what my contact list looks like.

With that said, the way the in app purchase is setup is great. It found very few photos for me, I figured it wasn’t for me and because it doesn’t charge me money until I want to save the contacts, I hadn’t lost a dime.

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I almost got the HTC Vive working as a video slave for the FB360 VR/Ambisonics tools, but there’s something very weird about the motion tracking of the audio.

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Scary!

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Is there anybody out there with experience/knowledge of live streaming audio from MacOS?

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🎞 Watched: Thor: Ragnarok

I totally forgot to write about it when I watched Ragnarok some time ago. Anyway, I loved it. My favourite movie in the MCU so far.

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I really need to update my Gravatar

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↪️ Reply to: Manton Reece – Following other blogs on Micro.blog

This sounds like such a great feature, and one I’ve been wanting since micro.blog first launched.

Keep up the good work Manton!

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I’m setting up a simplified microphone shoot-out to teach my students about the Web Audio Evaluation Tool tomorrow.

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325: Relive Your Calculator-Watch Dreams — Accidental Tech Podcast — Overcast

Please Apple, please don’t “update” Mail like you updated QuickTime, iPhoto or Final Cut. Mail works perfectly fine and doesn’t need to have half its functions removed in the name of progress.

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325: Relive Your Calculator-Watch Dreams

I am one of the people who might actually search for a simpler reminders app if apple updates theirs.

Reminders really only has one function to me and that it to be a simple grocery list. It’s super simple but also incredibly important. Important enough to earn it a permanent spot on my home screen.

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Tonight seemed like a good time to try out Overcasts new clip sharing functionality and this clip from Upgrade #244 seemed like a good one to share, since I have similar feelings to Jason.

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A very well-deserved drink

After four days straight teaching in the tv studio at work, and one full day of teaching post production for tv news prior to that, and on top of that the VR-project, I certainly deserve this old fashioned.

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I’m working on a spatial audio mix for a VR/360 video. A fun project but I’m constantly reminded of how immature the tools are and how much of my time is spent fiddling with the setup rather than mixing.

But then again, fiddling with the tools is hard to do and I’m good at it so it is at least part of the reason why I get paid for doing this.

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Really weird spring weather in Sweden.

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I never got around to finish watching the second season of Westworld and I’ve been meaning to do so for quite some time now. Today Linn and I decided to give season two a go together, since she’s watched the first season but didn’t join me for the second one on my first attempt. So today we said we’d start with the final episode of season one and then go for season two.

However, as Linn fell asleep on the couch and as I tried to remember as much as I could about the first season I decided to instead go all the way back to the first episode. So I’ve just finished rewatching the very first episode of Westworld and oh my it’s a good show. So cleverly plotted!

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Also, this Alfred workflow seems to be the perfect interface for me to work with Toggl on the Mac.

(Thanks Cortex subreddit user VanillaChief for the tip.)

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I’m back using Alfred

I don’t know exactly when it happened, but it was probably some time when I re-installed a computer or set up a new one that I decided to not install Alfred and instead try to get by using just Spotlight.

As far as I could tell it wasn’t a big downgrade, and it saved me one step in setting up a new computer. A few days ago though, I decided to try Alfred again and OH MY GOD.

While going from Alfred to Spotlight didn’t feel like a big downgrade, going from Spotlight to Alfred seems like one of the biggest upgrades ever.

So Alfred, I’m back. Sorry I ever left!

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Tonight I’ve defeated Ganon in Breath of the Wild.

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I’m carefully dipping my toes into Volumio.

Still some settings to tweak, but it looks promising.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

🎞 Watched: Spider-Man: Homecoming

This was exactly the kind of movie that I needed to watch right now. Light-hearted and very entertaining. I’d probably say it’s my favourite MCU movie so far. I loved the acting, the way Peter was characterised, the way the classical characters where changed and modernised. I loved the whole thing. Also, the sort-of twist with the identity of The Vulture took me completely by surprise.

My only complaint is that the action scenes themselves where sometimes hard to follow. It seemed like the director was inexperienced when it came to directing action.

I was surprised by the music, which seemed a step up from a lot of other MCU movies.

On a side-note, after the first scenes where we see the lead up to the fight between the heroes in the airport in Civil War, I had to paus this movie and go watch that fight once again. That’s quite amazing considering the fact that before I started watching the MCU movies from start to finish, in sort-of correct story order, that was the scene that I dreaded the most. I was absolutely certain that a scene where our heroes beat the crap out of each other would be just ridiculous in the Batman v Superman kind of way. I was very wrong.

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🎞 Watched: Guardians of the Galaxy

My watching of this one was stretched over way to long time. It was only two sittings but almost two months apart. Why? Well, life got in the way in the most mundane ways.

Anyway, I liked this one. I don’t necessarily think it’s as great as some people seem to think it is but I like it. No, it’s not ”The Star Wars of this generation”.

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🎧 Listened to: Episode 12: Indianapolis and Love at First Sight | The Anthropocene Reviewed | WNYC Studios

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I really want to like Media Composer, but Media Composer sure as hell doesn’t like me.

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Another Friday, another remote production.

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I was way too optimistic about my schedule this week, so to compensate I had to go back to work tonight after the kids went to bed and record a video about one of our mixing consoles.

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OMG, I actually started writing a song today!

For the first time in a very long time I started writing a song today. Not an ambient chord progression experiment, not some synth fiddling, but an actual alternative rock song with soaring guitars, pounding drums and lyrics about heartbreak.

To be clear, nothing about it is done yet and long time (really long time) readers of the blog will know that the biggest hurdle for me is always the lyrics. My inability to write lyrics have resulted in a lot of thrown away melody lines and riffs, but this time I’ve got a very clear theme for the lyrics and a persona to write them from. I also have a basic melody, some guitar parts and the outline of an arrangement and instrumentation.

I guess this counts as my ”doing something fun at work” this week, since I worked from home today and the song writing happened when I was about to start working.

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Today was in many ways the most average of average days at work. I did some administrative tasks, my weekly review, some scheduling for an upcoming course, some planning for stuff coming up later in the spring and held a short lecture.

After that I headed home and had an average afternoon with the kids and Linn.

Since nothing really stood out I also didn’t take any pictures today so I’m kind of bending my own rules today and I am posting a screen shot instead of a photo. Here’s my current home screen, something that I’m fiddling with quite a lot at the moment.

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This weekend Linn’s parents and her grandma visited us. We had a good time and today they went home again. Also, Iris was at a birthday party for a friend and then all of us played out in the snow so there wasn’t really any time to take many pictures, so this photo of my Irish coffee will have to do. (Yes, that is indeed blue cream.)

Linn and I also finished the first (and so far only) season of You on Netflix.

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Iris has made a dress out of Play-Doh for one of her Anna dolls, inspired by one of her favorite YouTube channels.

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Skrev lite långt på Facebook om den här regeringsfrågan. Varsågoda: https://t.co/WjABvfceEQ

hannawagenius på Twitter:

Jag är mer eller mindre lika tokliberal/ultraliberal som Hanna och jag röstade på Centern i valet och jag köper hennes argument helt och fullt. Nej, det var inte så här vi ville att det skulle bli men det är den minst dåliga kompromissen just nu.

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Both today and yesterday I managed to squeeze in some time to play guitar, something that I haven’t done properly in quite a while. Now my fingers hurt!

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This is me wearing the headsets of two different intercom systems. I took the photo today while connecting the intercoms to our Dante system to enable communication via the intercoms between our tv studio and a remote location 30 km away. In the end it worked, but intercoms are terrible to work with.

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There seems to be a common theme to a lot of these daily photos. Lots of tv after the kids been put to bed. On weeknights that’s pretty much all we have energy for and a good way to unwind.

Right now we’re watching You on Netflix. Decent get-out-of-your-own-head television.

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Today I tried the SPL Transient Designer for real for the first time. We used it to get some extra punch in a snare drum and the result was very good.

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I’m bringing my pedalboard to work tomorrow, so I made some substitutions of pedals to better suit the ambient/industrial/metal-thingy we’re doing. I replaced the Polytune and Echo Park with a Nano Muff and Heavy Metal.

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Today we cleaned Christmas away, danced around the tree and tore down its decorations. Now the house feels slightly empty without all the Christmas stuff, but also clean in a nice relaxing way.

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First week of The Year of More Fun

First week of 2019 is coming to a close, so I thought it would be a good time for a quick report on my New Year’s Resolutions.

The easy part to report on is the photoblogging. I’ve been doing that every day, except today but I’ll soon get around to posting a picture for today as well. Probably while fulfilling the third bullet on my list, reading at least one evening/night every week.

As for the work stuff, things have not been going as planned but I blamed that on it being i week with only three work days, two of which were booked full with teaching. That means no work from home this week and no three hours for fun stuff.

I did build a ”self-playing ukulele”, but that was used in teaching the very next day so it doesn’t really count as a fun thing without a clear connection to the everyday grind of work.

That’s it for the first week.

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Iris has been telling us again and again that she really, really wants glasses for Christmas. (There’s nothing wrong with her eyesight.) Today my father and his wife came over for a late Christmas celebration and to her great joy, they did give her glasses. 🙂

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