My new albums are available now! You can download them both for free on Bandcamp.
Symmetric Geometry/Geometric Symmetry is a joint release with two separate albums, each with 10 tracks. All of the tracks on Symmetric Geometry feature vocals, while Geometric Symmetry is entirely instrumental.
After 5 long years, a project I began with Tyler Ringer & Jeremy Ray has finally been released. Recording began on May 2nd, 2010, and was completed on August 21st, 2011. In the subsequent 4 years, I spent time on and off re-programming instruments, mixing, and mastering. These are by far the largest songs I’ve worked on, with some songs containing as many as 94 tracks. Attempting to mix such massive songs was a bit daunting, but I’m happy with how they turned out and am excited for them to finally be released. They all feature a wide variety of unique instruments, some you’ve maybe never even heard of before! You can read the full credits list on Bandcamp. You can download the 32-minute album for free — just click Buy Now on Bandcamp and enter 0 in the Name Your Price box. The album features 7 songs, all coming together to form a story, while each song seamlessly transitions from one track to the next as the journey continues. I’d recommend downloading in one of the higher quality formats, such as ALAC, to make sure the gap timing is preserved, as MP3 can add space between songs as a byproduct of its compression process. Each track also has its own artwork, each a scene from the Tapisserie de l’Apocalypse. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as we did making them!
We hear it all the time:
“What time is it?”
“It’s a quarter ’til three.”
But what if you took that to the next level?
“What time is it?”, they ask?
“It’s thirteen twentieths past eight.”
Fraction clock takes the current number of hours and minutes over the total number of hours and minutes and reduces them to their lowest form. It provides an interesting new way to tell time, allowing you to easily see what fraction of the hour or day has gone by.
Switch between vertical and horizontal orientation of fractions
Both black and white backgrounds
Use 24 or 12 as your hour divisor. Using 24 tells you how far you are past midnight. Using 12 tells you how far you are past midnight in the AM and how far you are past noon in the PM.
Here are a few pictures and a listing of my current guitar rig:
Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Thinline
Vox Custom AC15 Creamback
Pedaltrain PT-2 Pedalboard
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Mondo Power Supply
Strymon TimeLine Delay
Strymon BigSky Reverberator
Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb
Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator
Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff
Paul Cochrane Timmy Overdrive
Walrus Audio Deep Six Compressor
Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ST-200
Ernie Ball MVP Volume Pedal
Part 3 of the pens, pencils, and notebooks collection.
Pens and pencils, from left to right:
Rotring 800+ Mechanical Pencil + Stylus Hybrid 0.5mm – Like the 600, but with a tip that doubles as a tablet stylus. Tombow Mono Zero Eraser 2.5mm x 5mm – Skinny when it needs to be, but can cover more area with the wider side. Uni Jetstream Alpha Gel Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm – The best ballpoint with an alpha gel grip, what more could you ask for? Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen 0.4mm – Great writing gel pen! Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Drafting Pencil 0.4mm – Love the 0.4mm lead option, and the retractable tip is great. Pilot FriXion Ball Slim Gel Ink Pen 0.38mm (Red) – Beth brought these back from Japan during her semester at sea trip. It’s a pen that you can erase! Pilot FriXion Ball Slim Gel Ink Pen 0.38mm (Black) Zebra Expandz Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm (White) – Love this guy, usually what I carry on me; nice and compact. Zebra Expandz Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm (Red) Zebra SL-F1 Mini Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm (Gray) – A little smaller than the Expandz, can take a Fisher universal refill. Fisher Space Pen Bullet Ballpoint Pen – A classic.
Notebooks, from top to bottom, left to right:
Midori MD Notebook – A very nice notebook, another thing Beth brought back from Japan. Field Notes (Night Sky Edition) Field Notes (Red Blooded Edition) Field Notes (Northerly Edition) Field Notes (The Traveling Salesman Edition) Field Notes (Expedition Edition) Moleskine Volant Pocket Ruled (Payne’s Gray) Moleskine Volant Pocket Ruled (Slate Gray) Moleskine Volant Extra Small Ruled (White)
On the top right is a Saki P-666 pen roll
and on the bottom right is a Boogie Board – a cool digital tablet that you can use a stylus to write on and push a button to erase.
Here are a couple of pictures of my Buckyballs collection. It’s old news by now, but it’s a shame they got discontinued. There is a recall issued for them, but I have no intentions of returning them; I’ll do what I can to resist the urge to swallow them. There’s an interesting article on the rise and fall of Buckyballs here. If you’d like, you can still buy Bucky Bigs and Buckyballs encased in lucite here.
I just recently got a new camera, the Canon SL1, and I love it! I would highly recommend it to anyone as an entry-level DSLR. It’s a great camera that is easy to use and takes beautiful images. I had the chance to take lots of pictures during my summer in Seattle so I figured I would share them, you can few the whole set on my Flickr page here.
Timbuk2 Proof Messenger & Snoop Camera Insert
I’ve been loving my new messenger bag, the Timbuk2 Proof, but what’s great is that it doubles as a camera bag with the Snoop. When I’m using my bag for work or school and don’t need all my camera gear, I can just slide the insert out and keep everything safely stored inside its padded compartments.
I’ve also made a few Photosynths. If you haven’t heard of Photosynth, it’s a technology created by Microsoft that allows you to stitch together images to create full 360-degree panoramas. That’s cool, but the new tech preview is even cooler, which allows you do view them in 3D. You’re not limited to panoramas either, they have a few other types; the spin, the wall, and the walk. You should definitely go check out some of the awesome creations people have made. Below are a couple I did, one on top of the Space Needle and one at the EMP Museum:
A couple other cool pieces of photography gear I’ve been messing with are the Lytro and the Olloclip:
The Lytro is a different type of camera; it captures the entire light field instead of a flat 2D image. What this allows you to do is take so-called “living pictures,” where you can focus the picture after it’s already been taken. You can also use perspective shift, which lets you click and drag around the picture to see it in 3D. Below are a couple examples of some pictures I’ve taken, try clicking to refocus the image and clicking and dragging around to see perspective shift:
The Olloclip is a little 3-in-1 lens that you can slide onto your iPhone to take fisheye, wide-angle, or macro pictures. One side has a fisheye lens, and the other has a wide-angle lens which you can unscrew to gain access to the macro lens. Very cool. Here are some examples from my Instagram:
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the pictures! If you’d like to see more, you can always follow me on Flickr, Lytro, or Instagram.
My first computer build, dubbed “The Modest Beast”, has served me well. Now its successor, “The Promiscuous Beast”, has risen to life!
Here are some pictures of the completed build:
After many BSODs, I’ve finally reached a stable overclock of 4.5GHz, up from the 3.5GHz stock speed. I probably could have reached 4.6GHz, but it would have required upping the voltage to 1.3, which was giving me temperatures around 90° Celsius under load, which I wasn’t crazy about. Under my current configuration, I’m getting temperatures under 80° Celsius while running AIDA64, and around 25° Celsius idle. I’ve read that with Haswell, it’s pretty much luck of the draw, and while my chip isn’t the greatest overclocker, I’m happy with the results.
This year, I’ve been keeping a list of all of the movies I’ve marveled, TV shows I’ve taken in, video games I’ve vanquished, books I’ve buried myself in, and music I’ve moved to over the year of 2013. Click on the links below for a collapsible, comprehensive collection of all the captivating creations I’ve consumed.
Derris-Kharlan – Time Surfer (Original Soundtrack)
The Digital Age – Evening : Morning
Falling Up – Hours
Falling Up – Midnight on Earthship
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
Justin Kovar – God of Blades (Original Soundtrack)
Leonard Hummer – Sanctum 2 (Original Soundtrack)
Lindsay Lowened (various sounds from SoundCloud)
Little Tybee – For Distant Viewing
Liv – Liv
Local Natives – Hummingbird
The M Machine – Metropolis, Pt. II – EP
M83, Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese – Oblivion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Micah Jayne – The Clock Project
Micah Jayne – The Unreleased Tracks
The Naked and Famous – In Rolling Waves
The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You (Remixes & B-Sides)
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
New Politics – A Bad Girl In Harlem
Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
Phoenix – Bankrupt!
The Postal Service – Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition)
Power Glove – Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Original Game Soundtrack)
Rabbit Rabbit – Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Vol. 1
Rend Collective Experiment – Campfire
Salkinitzor – rymdkapsel (Original Soundtrack)
Savant – Overkill
Sigur Rós – Brennisteinn – EP
Sigur Rós – Kveikur
Skyward – The Launch
STRFKR – Miracle Mile
The Strokes – Comedown Machine
Thirty Seconds to Mars – Love Lust Faith + Dreams
Tim Haywood – Bloons TD5 (Original Soundtrack)
Twenty One Pilots – Vessel
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
The Vestals – Perfect Pain / Seventeen – Single
Wake Owl – Wild Country – EP
Wall of Ears – Perfect Organ Assembly
White Lies – Big TV
Woodkid – The Golden Age
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
2CELLOS – In2ition
For movies, the list contains all of the movies I’ve watched over the past year, regardless of their release date. Some of them I have seen before and rewatched.
For TV shows, the list includes all of the seasons of a TV show I’ve watched in their entirety over the past year.
For games, the list includes all of the games I’ve beaten this year (with the exception of Minecraft, which one does not simply “beat”).
For books, the list includes all the books I’ve read this year.
I’ve come across a lot of new music over the entire year, and I haven’t kept track of all of it. So for music, the list only contains all of the albums in my iTunes released within 2013.
Happy New Year!
Though I haven’t kept up with the Movies, TV Shows, Books, or Music lists, I have been tracking all of the games I’ve beaten in 2014 and 2015. I’ve got quite the Steam backlog to work through and have been making some good progress! 2015 was also the year I got some new consoles as well. I’ve mainly just been keeping these lists for my own records but figured why not update them here! Played any of these? Let’s talk about how awesome they were.