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In the summer of 2024, I will retire from the United States Army. I have, charitably, very mixed feelings about my service, but it will be time to do something new.

No one is going to pay me to play bass guitar or sip bourbon and watch sunsets, but maybe I can find a path to learn and work in music and audio production and engineering. That's the current plan.

My Twitter is full of poli, mil, law, and war--all things I wish to leave behind when I retire.

This place is for life going forward.

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When people say they have nothing to hide, let's reply:

* Post your passwords here
* Write down everybody you hate
* Tell the world who you voted for
* List all the videos you watched

- Medical history.
- Sensitive conversations with employers, children, spouses.
- Billing and banking information.
- Purchase information.
- Web search history.
And more...

I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because 'your' judgement and intentions are.

And it doesn't matter whether or not my communications are weighty or frivolous in nature - they are mine and only for those whom I've chosen to share them with. Not the government's, nor goog's, nor my ISP's, but mine.

Also, what is legal where I live today, may not be legal tomorrow and my discussion of it may incriminate my future self. It has happened in the past many times to others in other places.

So far on my last day of leave after two weeks off:
- finished Country Music (Ken Burns) miniseries
- went for a walk listening to a podcast about music production
- shaved my beard in preparation for return to work tomorrow (curse you, Army uniform regulations)

Still to do today:
- garbage, cat box, vacuuming, dishes
- fix coffee pot
- haircut (curse you, Army, etc)
- find my uniform
- music (learn set list for band practice next weekend)

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But look, it's like this:

I make a lot of shit. I'm making a lot of shit with a lot of people. I'm leading a group of people who are making shit, and I'm hoping to turn that group of people in to a movement of lots of groups of people making lots of shit.

And that means that I need to read some theory sometimes, if only so I can try and avoid the mistakes or recreate the successes of the past.

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(chords are E, A, B; I should have done it DGA to be more friendly to guitar players, sorry)

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A pedal demo:
- Dunlop CryBaby 105Q (Bass wah) in the first half,
- Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi in the second half; the crossover is enabled in the last 30 seconds.

It's a 12-bar blues, because why not? Drums from MT Power DrumKit 2, via .

"Only Steal From The Best." See if you recognize any of the riffs I've stolen here.

Watching the Ken Burns country music miniseries and it's just wild seeing all of these people I've only known as ancient people back when they were just kids: Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, etc

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Let's see if I can sell some of these #calligraphy pieces :D

Disclaimer, things are taking a few weeks to a couple of months to arrive worldwide from South Africa.

The red one is A4 size, the rest are A5, either on thick white art paper or on Daler Rowney calligraphy paper that's textured and looks like parchment.

$75 USD (which includes shipping) for any of these. Let me know if you want a closer look at any of them.

First come first serve, reply to grab one.

#MastoArt #CreativeToots

Having listened to a fair bit of their catalog in the last few days, I am quite confident that I am "good enough" so it really comes down to how the vibe is

which is infinitely more important to me (as a hobby player, at least) than technical ability.

If I think I am going to dread (or even just be indifferent about) going to practices and gigs, I am more than willing to bow out. Life is too short.

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Actually, now that I think about it, the warning sign is dissing the previous player to the new guy you haven't even met--like beyond what I mentioned here. Nothing crazy, but the sort of thing that didn't need to be shared with a stranger.

Don't do this, please. communities are small enough as it is.

(I'm hopping a ferry to play with them this afternoon. If it doesn't go well, I wonder what they'll say about me to the next guy.)

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@bgcarlisle Who Framed Roger Rabbit remains one of the most stone-cold examples of film noir. That Doom monologue lays out the worst possible villainous outcome, shows the heroes averting it and walking off into a sunlit fantasy land... then leaves the audience sitting in a lit cinema, the fantasy dispelled, banished back into a world where the bad guys won.

Absolutely bad-ass.

Playing with a hard rock group tomorrow afternoon. They gave me a list of songs that "the last bass player couldn't fit into" and I'm trying to decide if this is a warning sign.

I also have an audition for a metal cover band in a few weeks. Not sure I can build up the needed speed for their audition list, but gonna try.

You will never be good enough in your head to play with and for others. Sometimes you just have to take the shot.

judging by the drum loops out there

simply not enough people are making metal

Wilfred (Donna's grandfather) is who I want to be when I grow up

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There really aren't any bad S4 episodes of . They're not all amazing, but every Donna episode is good.

And of all the companions in the seasons I've seen, she really got the rawest deal in the end.

the new pedal told me I need to find some local metal friends to play with

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