Torn. I want to go to my office and do music this evening.

But I also just really want to be around my kids.

Morning jams at the office. They can make me show up and work, but they can't make me do it quietly.

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So here's the #bandcamp release of my #fedivision contribution.

A thousand thanks to the wonderful Suse B. for providing the lead vocals on "Rise".

And thanks to everyone who voted for "Rise". It is greatly appreciated :)


p.s.: Any proceeds via 'name your price' will be donated to Tara Tierhilfe e.V., which is is an animal sanctuary located near Cologne, Germany, and home to more than 100 horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, pigs, chicken, sheep and goats.


So my 11yo is playing Roblox with his friends

except he's just playing guitar and singing while his character sits there

and they're all fine with this.

He was working his way through "Country Roads" (John Denver) a minute ago

He has a fine singing voice and a good sense of pitch

but only on his own terms

Like this is the only setting in which he sings willingly

(for (mostly) strangers on the internet)

There's probably a lesson here somewhere.

"High on the feeling of playing music with others while simultaneously being quarantined in my own home, I did what anybody else would have done--

"I gave my robotic piano a consciousness so it could play along with me."

" develops audio plugins that use neural networks and machine learning to emulate analog effects and amps. This video demos two GuitarML plugins that have been ported to to run on the DIY pedal, -Stomp, with the MOD virtual pedalboard. "

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also, it's a when all is said and done, so it's probably the only guitar pedal in your rack on which you can check your email

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I really can't say enough nice things about the kit. It was way easier to put together than the radio kits I'd been working on, the documentation was great, and the creator reached out to help me troubleshoot issues I had (user error) and was super helpful.

Build instructions:

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I'm sure these settings are super meaningful to guitar nerds with deeper pockets than mine. Some things I've noticed just playing around:
- the preamp tube chosen (e.g. 12ax7 here) has a profound effect on everything that follows; change that first.
- 10" options seem punchier than the 12" or 15" cabinets
- Turning up the pregain gives it a gritty attack that I wish I had a use for because I like it.

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Playing with the . Before and after the amp modeling shown.
(I normalized the volume with Audacity.)

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Linux people, I am hiring systems administrators! We work with scientific data, containers, big-ass tape libraries, supercomputers, and everything in between. We pay relocation, and you'd even get an actual honest-to-god pension.

making appointments to get new tires and new windshield for the minivan

so hard right now

Still getting the hang of searching for things in the , but I am finding and -oriented accounts gradually.

But it is nearly noon on a day off, so I should get dressed, do the obligatory chores, and get down to the serious business of doing some musicking of my own.

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Probably not a lot of people know this now, but Mastodon's web app started out with "Publish". In 2016 a famous YouTuber jokingly offered to support Mastodon's Patreon forever if I changed the button to say "Toot" instead. Needless to say, this was a really early, and not very informed decision. The first glimpse of attention and financial support. As a non-native speaker I had no idea there was another meaning.

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My children decline to watch any of the films after Aliens (1986). As far as they are concerned, the story ends there and Ripley, Newt, and Hicks live happily ever after.

They are smart children.

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oh that's right

it's because Michael Fassbender is absolutely brilliant in it

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Is there anything in later Alien universe films that makes Prometheus suck less in retrospect? Like something that makes it make sense after the fact?

I had such high hopes but it's still a mediocre story every time I watch it. I don't know why I keep doing it to myself.

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