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I’m back! Some people asked where the hell I went on vacation. The story is this: my girlfriend and I won extremely cheap tickets to anywhere in Canada or the US in a silent charity auction, so we decided to try a 10-day low-expense trip to Hawaii. Here are a few snapshots:

Shot from the Aston Coconut Plaza balcony

This is what the view was like from the balcony of the Aston Coconut Plaza when we checked in. I have lots of beautiful shots of Hawaii, but they don’t do it much justice. You really have to stand in it to realize how incredibly beautiful Hawaii is.

Spam section in a grocery store on Oahu

Hawaiians really, really love Spam (as in the meat). Any time I was in a grocery store I had to check out their Spam section and this was one of the better ones. Multiple shelves and varieties. Stunning.

My foot: stung by a jellyfish

Here’s what my foot looked like after I got stung by a box jellyfish. When you get stung by a jellyfish everyone tries to pee on it. I negotiated down to pouring vinegar on it in a grocery store parking lot. (The two blisters near my ankle are sandal wounds and unrelated to jellyfish.)

Smashed in Subaru Forrester from the side

This is a blurry shot of our rented Subaru Forrester after somebody broke into it, smashing the driver’s and rear windows while it sat in the Aston Maui Lu parking lot. Everyone we talked to about it blamed it on a rising Crystal Meth problem.

Chipwagon internet

It was surprisingly hard to find Internet access in Hawaii. The craziest place we used was this computer inside of an old chipwagon on the north shore of Oahu. I should have taken a picture of the outside, but I lost my sense of humor somewhere around this point and became scared for my life.

Turkeyfish at the Waikiki aquarium

This is a Turkeyfish at the Waikiki aquarium. I’m thankful it did not sting me or break into my car.

All in all, I had a great time — though the crime outside heavy tourist areas like Waikiki sucked. We witnessed one car break-in on Oahu (in broad daylight, one car away from us) on our second day there and then two days after that it happened to us on Maui. No fun.

But the weather was awesome and most people we met (in and outside the tourist areas) were extremely friendly and we got to see a ton of Oahu and Maui without spending too much money. My knees are sunburnt and I have a lot of email to deal with.

Posted on - June 21, 2005 [at] 12:10 pm by Brad
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So I’m out of here on my first vacation ever. Then I will return penniless and then I will be moving. Things may be barren here for a bit. Please watch the Internet for me while I’m gone.

Posted on - June 9, 2005 [at] 9:10 pm by Brad
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The professionally manufactured CD of my album I Don’t Know What I’m Doing is now available for orders. It’s ten bucks plus shipping.

I made enough money giving my music away for free — through licenses and digital sales and donations — that it was possible to press up some sexy CDs.

For a long time people have asked me to sell a “professional” copy of the album and I’m happy to finally be able to provide one. Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible.

Posted on - June 7, 2005 [at] 4:51 pm by Brad
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Justin Frankel (the creator of Winamp) has a new project called Ninjam. He announced it here today and it’s extremely cool.

Ninjam allows two or more people to jam through the net with real audio (no MIDI goofiness like past internet jamming software). It’s like Skype for musicians, though the music is delayed a few measures to keep everything in sync. You plug your instruments in, the software provides a beat. Then you find out what a crappy guitar player you are.

I had a chance to play around on Ninjam with Justin last night and it worked great. No masterpieces were made — though I got to lay down my brand new crappy guitar tapping skills — but the potential is amazing. And while we we were messing around with guitar and bass, I assume there’s no reason you can’t feed any audio source into there. So it could be keyboards, could be vocals, or it could be copies of Ableton Live jamming together.

I’m told a GUI is being worked on and a release is coming soon. I can’t wait.

Posted on - June 7, 2005 [at] 9:43 am by Brad
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Intro to Guitar Tapping – after years of not knowing how to do it and being too ashamed to ask, this Quicktime video taught me how to do the most wanky and weedly of guitar tricks. [via]

Posted on - June 6, 2005 [at] 9:32 pm by Brad
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Last night I had a dream someone attacked me with a knife and I killed them defending myself. I was so worried that nobody would believe it was self-defense that I ground their body up in a blender and somehow managed to stuff it all into an iPod shuffle.

I spent the rest of the dream going to Hawaiian beaches looking for the best part of the ocean to bury it so that it would never be found. At some point I realized I should have picked a less popular MP3 player like a Lyra or a Muvo because people would be less likely to fish it out of the water if they saw it.

Posted on - June 6, 2005 [at] 3:43 pm by Brad
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Steven’s first entry of The Catch-22 of Open Format Adoption is on music formats and he does a great job of explaining how I feel about OGG format audio as well.

It’s a great format, but it’s a pain in the neck to support a format most people can’t play or use.

It would be nice if this MP3 license fee business would become public knowledge so everyone would understand how much nicer it would be if we used an open format. But that seems to be a ways off.

Posted on - June 6, 2005 [at] 1:09 pm by Brad
Tagged in - – “The secret White House tapes and recordings of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower.” I assume these are all in the public domain and legal to sample.

Posted on - June 6, 2005 [at] 12:00 pm by Brad
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According to Wired, music is muffled in Star Wars Galaxies due to LucasArts concerns over players potentially violating copyrights:

Players can play Wookiees or bounty hunters and even musicians — like those in the cantina band from the original Star Wars.

But musicians are not permitted to actually make music — except a handful of canned tunes — because of copyright violation fears.

Seems like it’s an area the ringtone barons should get into. $2 to play a 30 second clip of some polyphonic Star Wars themed music.

Posted on - June 6, 2005 [at] 10:43 am by Brad
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shufflehacks – “dedicated to hacking, modding, and pimping the hoo-ha out of the iPod shuffle.”

Posted on - June 2, 2005 [at] 6:56 pm by Brad
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