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Mayhem

August 22, 2008

So my current project at work went live Wednesday Aug 20th around 9am.  It was supposed to be 7am, but I’m just happy we made it on the same day!

I’ve pulled three 80 hour weeks to get it into production.  On Monday Aug 18th I worked from 9:30am to 4:15am on Tuesday.  I got up at 8am on Tuesday the 19th and worked from 9am until 5:30am Wednesday Aug 20th.  I had 1 hour of sleep, got up at 6:45am to fix some critical bugs, launched at 9am, then got an hour of sleep from 10am to 11am.  I worked the rest of the day fixing bugs.

I’ve never had to do anything like that before.  Although I like to test my limits, I hope never to have to do that again.

To all my friends, I’m sorry I’ve been off the grid for so long!  I have one more project to do that launches September 15th.  It won’t be as crazy as the one I just did.  It better not be 😉

I wanted to thank one friend in particlar for pulling me through the tough times.  I wanted to throw my hands up and quit many times, but your pep talks and 5 minute breaks got me through!  You know who you are and I owe you big!

Back to sleeping 8 hour nights!  See you all soon 🙂

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Rockin’ out

April 25, 2008

I’ve been bitten by the guitar bug again. The first time I was 11. I took lessons for about a year with a mini acoustic guitar. I was a little young to appreciate it, so I quit. In retrospect I really, REALLY wish I stuck it out. I played alto sexamaphone in grade 8/9. After that, I didn’t touch an instrument for several years.

I started messing around with an acoustic guitar again in 3rd year University. I don’t recall exactly what made me pick it up again, but I tinkered with it for a year or so. I found it a lot more fun the second time around for two reasons.

One, when I was 11, I rarely listened to music. My only exposure was 50/60’s stuff my Dad used to listen to while we worked on his Mustang. In university my musical eyes were opened as I started listening to a lot of freely available music. Loving a song and then learning how to play it is a lot of fun, and especially exhilarating when you can actually make it sound like the real thing!

Two, the internet is a great tool for learning. Back in the day, I had to get my instructor to write out tabs for me. In 2001, tabs were all over the internet. I could get decent tabs for all the songs I liked to play. That ability made it easy for met to keep interested.

There were also a few reasons why I think I stopped playing. The guitar I was playing was pretty shitty and made it difficult to play bar cords, etc, and I didn’t have any money to buy a better one. I also liked rock songs with heavy electric guitars and cool riffs and solos. All of these sound like crap on an acoustic guitar. Lastly, I have shitty rhythm. I could mechanically play all the cords and notes, but couldn’t get the timing right just by listening to the original mp3s.

I think I may have found a solution to most of my previous problems. I just bought a sweet electric guitar.

Yamaha AES920

This eliminates both the shitty guitar problem, and the fact that all the songs I like sound lame on an acoustic. The last part of the equation came by surprise. Apparently it’s the age of video on the internet. As I was cruising around guitar tab sites, I found a bunch of tutorial videos…something that didn’t exist back in 2001! So, now I can figure out the song mechanics from the tabs, and use the video tutorials to get a better understanding of the timing and strumming patterns. W00t!

Eventually I’d like to take some music theory lessons so I can understand what going on under the covers a bit better. As it stands, I just play what I’m told.

I’m going to keep a list of the songs I learn, what I want to learn, and what I know how to play here.