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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: If Only Once, If Only For A Little While - Comic about loss on: January 06, 2015, 01:33:44 PM
IMO Guitar is paradoxically easier and more difficult to play than a piano or keyboard. Which is probably why some people gravitate to one or the other depending upon how their brain works.
This seems very true.  I've tried guitar a little, played piano a lot.  From what I've seen, the guitar brain seems to lean towards the artistic/abstract like geometry, while the piano brain seems to be much more algebraic.  At least to me.

On the piano, everything is linear.  The higher note is always more to the right, the spaces between them are equal everywhere.  Unfortunately, that means I have to learn 12 different "things" to master all the keys.

On guitar, it's almost the opposite.  Notes are layered on top of each other and you have several options as far as paths to take for the melody.  On piano, one melody = one option...guitar is one melody = several options.  Same goes for chords.

If you don't know anything about music, i feel piano is easier to get into.  because it's all linear, so that's easy.  And if you press a key, you hear the sounds, no practice needed.  On guitar, just to get a decent sound might take a while, as you have to develop calluses, learn how to get a clean pick.  And (IMO) it's more difficult to get into the theory because you're immediately dealing with complex layers and patterns vs. straight linear thinking.  Also, a lot of guitar players tend to get stuck in the chord strumming phase and never are able to pick a melody because of this.  I think the good guitar players think in patterns and shapes because one or two patterns will cover all keys, unlike a piano.  So piano players think more linearly or use their memorization skills to really get good.  Although a girl recently told me she thinks in shapes, which i thought was interesting.  I'm all numbers when I play.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: If Only Once, If Only For A Little While - Comic about loss on: January 06, 2015, 11:12:32 AM
Nice comic, had a great feel to it.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: January 06, 2015, 10:36:47 AM
Thanks!  It looks simple, but this is actually the 3rd or 4th version of the "style" I'm going for.  I've been getting very positive reactions so far.  thumbs up
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: January 05, 2015, 11:10:22 PM
One app coming up!  Body and tiara planned...
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130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: January 03, 2015, 05:10:09 PM
I'm on it app!  great pic!
131  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: WhenLast (Android app) on: January 02, 2015, 06:01:23 PM
 cheesy love it!
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: January 02, 2015, 09:41:07 AM

I need more female characters, so they get priority.

* app103 waves at superboyac

Hi there!

I have very large blue eyes, I'm chunky, have long hair, glasses, I wear bunny ears while I am working, and I am so pale that my skin glows in the dark. I don't wear dresses, high heels, or makeup, but it's not because I am a tomboy. I just like being comfortable.

Everything else you can base on your impression of me or just make it up. Have fun!  smiley
You're first!
lol at the bunny ears!
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: January 01, 2015, 04:41:50 PM
I'm game.

But I detest trying to describe/define myself, so you'll have to wing it. cheesy
stoic...any chance you are a female (sorry! i don't know!).  I need more female characters, so they get priority.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 01, 2015, 03:06:46 PM
The movie was...um...mostly less so. Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here handled that theme far better, and frankly, far more believably - no scifi or fancy tech needed to pull it off. Lewis's book should be required reading for every schoolchild in America. (I'm not holding my breath for that however.) And I'd love for someone to make it into a major motion picture. (Not holding my breath for that one either.)
V the 1983 miniseries doesn't count?
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: December 31, 2014, 04:07:05 PM
Character sheets!

HP: Hit points (reach 0 and you die)
MP: Mana points (or magic points)
BP: Bit points (used like MP, except for writing software or hacking Sony tongue )

Grin
lol...definitely can do something fun with you.  i would like you to be similar to "The Wolf" character from pulp fiction.  Only you don't clean up murders, you clean up the tracks of the pirate bay as they go through their takedown/move/startup cycles.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: December 31, 2014, 03:45:30 PM
I'm game.

But I detest trying to describe/define myself, so you'll have to wing it. cheesy
fine by me.  i will take very creative liberties!
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: December 31, 2014, 03:44:59 PM
We've spoken more than few times personally, both online and on the phone. So we're hardly strangers..

Go for it.  smiley

yea...i already have something in mind for you.  was just giving an opportunity to override it!  lol.  so your look basically centers around something like "the dude" but with cleaner, more modern clothing, playing a cigar box bass at the back of the stage of some kind of 4 piece band...and you're stationed right next to the server/audio equipment.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Want to be in my story? See inside. on: December 30, 2014, 06:18:48 PM
So I'm practicing writing stories.  One of the things I'm doing is drawing my characters out and seeing if that helps me with ideas.  I've done about 5 characters so far.  I want more practice.  Since I've become very familiar with several users here, I'd like to draw some of you guys.

If you want to be included, all I need from you are a few characteristics, describe them however you please.  And they don't have to be true, they can be something exaggerated or fantastic. 

I'll give an example with my own character.  Tall, dark, failing in attempts to be positive so he's an unintentional cynic.
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139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: December 30, 2014, 03:37:36 PM
Missed a few lately: 40hz's 11,111th post...

It'll be easier with me going forward. Grin I plan on drastically cutting back my online presence starting next year. It's one of my top resolutions. And I'm usually pretty good at keeping them. Thmbsup
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bomp3nxU99Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bomp3nxU99Q</a>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bomp3nxU99Q
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 30, 2014, 09:26:13 AM
I don't know if it will help but what order are the adapters listed in under Network Connections->Advanced->Advanced Settings->Adapters and Bindings
 (see attachment in previous post)
And if it isn't, what happens if you move the Local Area Connection to the top?
Well I'll be!  That seems to have done the trick!  And you have shown me a corner of windows I never even knew about!
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 29, 2014, 09:05:51 PM
Quote from: superboyac
I was still in college when I saw (and got excited) for the first LOTR trailer.  Damn.  It actually bookends my entire career so far.

It seemed to take forever to get a decent version.  When I finally watched the trilogy it was like some burden had been removed(like maybe throwing a ring into Mount Doom?)  Now I feel like I can ignore LOTR stuff for the duration.  smiley

The analogous situation was the Atlas Shrugged movie part I.  Except in this case I have no desire to see the remaining installments.  Talk about a lackluster rendition of the story!  It was like someone traversed a checklist of everything that had to be there, with no feeling about any one item in particular.  What a waste.  I watched the entire flick waiting for something to happen.  Nothing did.  Sad

Grin that's almost word for word what i said as i was walking out of the theater!
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 29, 2014, 06:19:40 PM
^Very nice dancer there. Too bad it's so hard to tell.

40hz rant time! tellme tellme tellme

...

It's true that dance can be very dramatic. But that doesn't make it a drama - which most people who make movies and videos simply can't seem to grasp.

***end rant***

I think they trained at the MTV school of film production.  More important than content is shifting the shot every couple of seconds to force the observer to refocus.  Supposedly this keeps people watching even though nothing good is shown.  The trick is old now.  I wish they'd think up a new gimmick.  smiley

Edit:  Fortunately it's not 2015 yet as I've pointed this out at least a dozen times on DC.  New Years res. is to let it and similar rest.  smiley


the ultimate abuser: epic battle scenes and transformers.  just once, I wish they would zoom waaaay out and let us watch an enormous battle unfold for a SOLID 30 seconds.  And no more one guy mowing down hundreds of enemies.  And in the transformer's case, let's have fewer pipes and metal parts for the robots so we can actually see facial features and other things that help us figure out what is going on, what body parts are involved, etc.  I don't want to see a bunch of pipes crammed together and spend a few seconds "is that the eye? is that the arm?  am i looking at a home depot shopping cart?"

also...if gandalf can blast hundreds of orcs away with his ball of light from his staff, why doesn't he just do it in the beginning of every major battle...or just repeatedly? 
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 29, 2014, 05:37:58 PM
I do need help with this problem of retaining internet access while accessing the wifi drive.
Here is my network setup:
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The first network listed is the normal network I use to access the internet.  Once I connect the wifi drive, I have two networks now, but the wifi drive has no internet access (as it says).  However, the browser is unable to access the internet when they are both connected.  Once the wifi drive is disconnected, the browsers work again.

So what do I have to do to make the computer understand that I want to retain internet access through the first network, but also connect simultaneously to the drive with wifi?

I even went into the ravpower wifi settings and set the ip addresses and dhcp information to be 11.11.11.*** instead of the default 10.10.10.*** which is what I thought would work.  But it doesn't do anything.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: new Site for my Software on: December 29, 2014, 04:25:33 PM
Good going MA, you're miles ahead of where you were recently.

 thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up
 

I didn't even notice this cranio!  good one!
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Most popular topic at Donation Coder? on: December 29, 2014, 04:24:14 PM
My two notetaking threads are #2 and #3!  woot!
i must be a little obsessed.

what a weird world we live in.  I've had more "conversations" with people here than with most people in my local life!
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 29, 2014, 04:15:57 PM
more updates on the ravpower:

So I've actually used it for it's intended purpose.  I'm on a computer and accessing usb files from a thumbdrive.  But i need to sync this drive when I get home to upload all the changes and stuff that i worked on.  but I'm tired of removing it from the keychain at home to do it everyday, because I just forget most of the time.  So the purpose of ravpower was to do this all automatically whenever things get in range.

So the device syncs with my usb whenever I'm out and about.  I set it up with th wifi samba drive and mapped the device to a letter.  Then I use syncovery to sync it.  The only real problem so far is that you can't share a wifi connection, or I don't know how to do it.  Meaning, if my tablet or phone is using wifi to access general data/internet, i have to turn it off and switch to the ravpower to access that.  Then switch back when I need the internet.  So that's that really "automatic".  I don't even know if it necessarily is less of a headached the plugging in/out the usb drive.

But I may be able to fix that if i figure out network bridging or dhcp stuff.  I'm doing that now.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 29, 2014, 04:05:55 PM
^Very nice dancer there. Too bad it's so hard to tell.

40hz rant time! tellme tellme tellme

What is it about these morons who film dancers? Why must they always do those dumb-ass tight closeups, quick cuts, and camera shifts? This is not an action film. It's dance.

The entire point of a dance is its continuity and line. And the movement through space. You need to step back and get the entire performance area in the visual frame in order for the viewer to adequately see and appreciate that. Shooting dance like it's some movie 'action' sequence - or like they also seem to be doing with sports lately - completely destroys that.

It's true that dance can be very dramatic. But that doesn't make it a drama - which most people who make movies and videos simply can't seem to grasp.

***end rant***
I enjoyed and approve of this rant!
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 29, 2014, 10:03:39 AM
Well, just came from a pre-release showing of 'The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies'. 
 (see attachment in previous post)
Though I long ago abandoned any hope that Peter Jackson and company would follow the books in any semblance of exactivity (and who's to say the movies would have been better for it if they had?), but I was not disappointed.  If you're a Tolkien fan and have already seen the others, don't miss this one, it's just as good (or, if you're not a fan, just as bad) as the previous installments. 'Nuff said.

Not in 3D, but it was free because my son's orthodontist does a "customer appreciation" event every year where he rents out the entire theater and only customers/patients and family can go to see the latest hit.  Call me a cheap date if you will, but hey, I got to go to a movie with my wife (looooong overdue), and my son thoroughly enjoyed it.
 Thmbsup
I saw this yesterday.  I don't know what to say.  I feel like I've graduated from something.  What is this, 18 hours of Peter Jackson's Tolkien?  What a journey, I was still in college when I saw (and got excited) for the first LOTR trailer.  Damn.  It actually bookends my entire career so far.  Time flies...even the elves have aged noticeably.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: December 29, 2014, 09:03:25 AM
Sony ICFC1PJ
That looks cool too!  You're on a roll! 
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: December 29, 2014, 09:00:41 AM
Just installed this in bedroom:
"Lutron MIR-LFQTHW-WH Maestro IR 300-watt Single Pole Fan and Light Control Kit"
A pain to install but works well.  thumbs up
Nice!  Lutron is top of the line stuff.  I used to do a lot of work with a Lutron rep, I like their technology.  I was once about to install some kind of lutron device that would allow me to control one light switch remotely with a separate wireless button.  But I never did and now we have probably a zillion other kinds of lighting automation options with apps and stuff.  That remote looks nice...is there an app (optional or otherwise) for that thing?

Did anybody see this thing? Talk about a gadget for good or ill - depending on who is using it - and for what.
That's crazy.  Seems like it belongs in your local spy shop.
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