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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

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goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Inspired, I wrote a new song based on a TikTok creator

Nice setup, and really practical. Nothing too ostentatious... just a bunch of stuff that is reliable, works well, and works together. Nice.

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Inspired, I wrote a new song based on a TikTok creator

Tony Thompson. Irish luthier. My actual bass is the header image on his web site: https://tonythompsonguitars.wordpress.com/home/

goobster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: AirBnBs increase crime... but not in the way you think they do...

Right? I just didn't expect it to be in some sort of psychologically community-damaging way that is unrelated to the people staying in the AirBnBs themselves... that's the surprising part.

goobster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Inspired, I wrote a new song based on a TikTok creator

Thank you!

goobster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Inspired, I wrote a new song based on a TikTok creator

Thank you! I'm a bass player by birth :) but also play guitar. During COVID I got into synthesizers, so I could set up arpeggios and melodic lines that I could then play bass/guitar to. And yeah, I deeply love electronic music of many styles, as well as old school metal, punk, folk, ragtime, swing, jazz, Balkan, etc...

Since I haven't talked about my setup before, here's what I have settled on:

Computer - M1 Mac Mini, 2Tb internal, 2Tb external SSDs, 16Gb RAM, Logic Pro and Komplete Kontrol Ultimate 13 and the full Zero-G "Ethera" suite of instruments. I also use my iPad for Logic Remote, from time to time.

Audio Input - I have both a Focusrite Scarlett Solo and 4i4, but I tend to use the Solo more for input. Two KRK Rokit 5 monitors and Sennheiser headphones are connected to the Scarlett for sound output.

Keyboards - Native Instruments S49 MkII, Novation Bass Station II, Waldorf Blofeld keyboard. I also have an M-Audio 61 key MIDI keyboard that I used for just straight MIDI, until I got the S49. (Need to replace the S49 with the 61-key version. 49 keys is just too small.)

Guitars - Fender Telecaster, Epiphone SG, Strandberg Boden 8-string, Applause acoustic, Kala ukulele.

Basses - Fender Jazz, Dingwall D-Roc, Fender Mustang short-scale, Thompson custom 6-string, and a punk-rock Frankenbass made from various parts.

The stuff that I need to change: Larger NI keyboard (61 or 88 keys) is critical. There are so many instruments in the Native Instruments ecosystem that use triggers around C1, and modifiers around C-2... which you can't reach on the 49-key version. Also, I want to get into learning two-handed piano playing, and 49 keys is just too tight to be comfortable for me. I'm debating about adding a Maschine Micro, to get the drum pads that are missing from the NI keyboards...

I'm still looking for my original Dingwall AB-II 5-string I had custom-made by Dingwall about 15 years ago. I had to sell it to pay bills at one low point in my life, and now I am looking for the current owner so I can buy it back from them. (Serial number 3542)

And I am waiting impatiently for Native Instruments to update their Komplete package to fully support Apple's new M1 architecture. Most of it kinda works right now, but key things are still lacking... the transport buttons on the keyboard don't work with Logic, the Massive X synthesizer doesn't work on the M1 architecture, and there are weird things that don't quite work right. They are about to release Massive X, so that'll fix a big hole in their Komplete package.

I'm also hoping for Apple to finally pin down and solve the Bluetooth issues on the M1 Macs. Tired of weird mouse scrolling and keyboard repeating issues.

But yeah ... that's kinda the whole shebang!

(And yeah, I know... I'm a middle-aged tech dude with almost no expenses and a great salary, going through a mid-life thing, and buying ridiculous musical equipment to feed the need. I'm VERY privileged/lucky/fortunate, and I know it. It's honestly why I don't talk a lot about my full music setup... it's quite ridiculous.)

goobster  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Kremlin papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in White House

I'm in the same boat... this is just something ginned up and leaked by the Kremlin to make Russia look relevant and powerful.

There's no reason for anyone to release this now. Today. Except Putin. He's the only one that gains anything from this leak.

goobster  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 14, 2021

I'm bad at taking time off from work ... but when I do, I fall into a pattern I am REALLY looking forward to when I retire!

Anyway, maxed out my vacation accrual, so had to take some days. Washington State has fully re-opened now, and we planned to get away for a few days. I figured the weekends would be booked up, so I took Monday and Tuesday off, thinking it would be easier to find a place to stay.

Heh. Riiiiiiight.

After about 2 hours of intense Googling, phone calling, and calling in favors, I came with with exactly NOTHING available until late August.

But I also realized the Pacific Coast is about two hours away. So we had a lazy Monday morning, then packed the dog and some beach supplies in the car, and headed out in 80-degree weather for Ocean Shores, WA.

By the time we got to the beach, it was 60 degrees, overcast, and windy.... which is absolutely perfect for a Pacific Northwesterner like myself!! LOVED IT.

Moxie, our big baby Anatolian Shepherd/Husky had never seen the ocean before and was suitably cautious. She was appalled at how bad the water tasted, though! :-)

We wandered a long way down the beach, way far away from anyone else, and let her off leash to Be A Dog On A Beach, and she LOVED it. Watching the pure joy as she zoomed around in the shallow water and sand dunes was good for the heart and soul!

And that was the day after the Seattle Seawolves - the second-worst team in the Major League Rugby league - handed a stunning defeat to the NOLA Gold at home here at Starfire Stadium to a packed crowd.

I also killed a wasps nest this weekend, that stung my wife.

So all around, a lovely 4-day weekend!

goobster  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Delta Variant

The simple fact is that the most densely populated countries in the world do not have any COVID plan in place, and are not progressing quickly with vaccination.

Therefore, the virus will mutate. Many, many, many times. Some of those mutations will become more virulent or more deadly.

And there is exactly fuckall you can do about it.

For now, being vaccinated makes COVID into just a bad head cold. But there WILL be a strain that craftily avoids the defenses we have in place from the current vaccination, and gives you full-blown 'ventilator COVID' despite being vaccinated.

There will be lockdowns. And more masks. And another mRNA-based vaccine that comes out in record time and you can get for free from your friendly local government PPE-clad flunkie in a Costco carport in a parking lot.

It's like recycling; sure, go ahead and separate your dog food cans from the food waste and the actual garbage, and put it all in the correct bins... it makes absolutely ZERO difference on a global scale, simply because YOU are an insignificant source of garbage.

Western privilege is about to come crashing down as we are dragged by the tail by COVID variants born and bred in places like Mumbai, and Rio, and Johannesburg, and SE Asia.

COVID thrives on population density.

And no matter what you do, you are four people away from the next carrier of the Lambda variant in Delhi.

Vaccinate. Mask. Avoid people. That's the prognosis for the next decade.

goobster  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 7, 2021

My Dingwall bass guitars have the "Novax fanned-fret system" on the neck, where the frets are "fanned" out so they are mathematically in the proper places for proper note intonation. You know how a piano has shorter high strings and longer low strings? That's because the length of the string needs to be mathematically correct to produce the right tone. Well, the fanned-fret system on Dingwall basses does that, and they sound incredible:

Recently I have seen a Swedish guitar manufacturer called Strandberg using the same system on 6, 7, and 8-string guitars. And I have been REALLY curious about what they sound like, and how they feel to play. Fanned frets. Headless. 8 strings. Chords on this beast...?!? But at about $2500, and terminally out of stock, I wasn't going to get to try one out anytime soon.

Or so I thought.

Found one on FB Marketplace for $1500. So I decided to get it and try it out. Worst case, I could resell it and make a couple hundred on the deal.

But now that I have it in my hands, it is ridiculous and amazing and ... I'm not getting rid of it. I love this weirdass beast.

goobster  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: U.S. Quietly Slips Out Of Afghanistan In Dead Of Night

I missed the ironic side note that the person reporting that the American's legged it in the middle of the night was none other than Mr. Leggett:

    "Asked by the Associated Press about the late-night withdrawal from the base, US military spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett referred to a statement issued last week that said US forces had co-ordinated their departure from various bases with Afghan leaders."
goobster  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: U.S. Quietly Slips Out Of Afghanistan In Dead Of Night

The best part of that Onion article is the poorly-located infographic, lost in the ad-spam at the bottom:

goobster  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘Great Resignation’ gains steam as return-to-work plans take effect

Over a decade ago I tried to start a public speaking business/startup networking enterprise I called "22 Million Strong", because US Census data showed - at the time - that there were 22 million sole proprietor businesses registered in the US, compared to 16k big businesses.

Now, the US Census calls anything under 400 employees a "small business" (cough, cough), so they aren't exactly in tune with 20th century reality yet... but sole proprietors are a different thing entirely.

A lot of them are tax dodges. A lot of them are Etsy businesses and aspiring graphic artists and housecleaners... but they all make a little money here and there.

But it was HARD to start a new business, get a domain, set up a web site, etc. The Nokia Lumia was the big exciting tech in 2013! The iPad had just been launched and people were still pissed off the name sounded like women's feminine hygiene products and slagging it off as a toy for old people.

22 Million Strong was my attempt to make a nationwide business networking group of sole proprietors, based around a common experience of attending a business-building and networking workshop. Help these people get launched - today! - and get the shell of a business plan in place, and a group of fellow local entrepreneurs to form a cohort to support each other in their growth.

I was very excited about this. And - like most small businesses and brand new motorcycles - it crashed after 6 months.

Now, we (read: American workers) have a second chance at real entrepreneurship... but it may just be when every big business adopts the Uber/Lyft strategy and simply makes life shittier for their workers (note: NOT 'employees'), because there's always a single mom in Kansas who will do your work for cheaper.

I don't see how this ends up well for the workers. Like me.

Any time you get the peons fighting each other for scraps, it goes really well for the Bezos strata, and really badly for everyone in the lower tectonic layers...

goobster  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 30, 2021

One last thought... when you get to see her again, the conversation can't be about what YOU are losing... your loss... your hurt. She can't do anything about that. Do not make your suffering/pain/loss an additional burden for her to carry.

She needs to hear about your happy memories of her. What she has taught you that you will bring forward in your life.

She doesn't want to vanish, forgotten. Spend the time with her remembering the fun, the good, the lessons she taught you.

When someone is facing their demise, their visitors tend to make it about themselves... what they are losing... how their life will be worse when the person is gone. How much they will be missed. The dying person doesn't want to be burdened with that on their death bed. They want to know people will remember the good stuff... the happy stuff... and have some laughs together.

That's the greatest gift you can give them.

goobster  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 30, 2021

Heatwave in Seattle ... blah blah blah ... but I did learn about measuring temperature via the "wet bulb" method. Basically it is a measure of how well your body can cool itself through perspiration at various temperatures/humidities. Most human beings cannot function when the wet bulb temperature is between 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit, or 35C. Which is where you die, because your body can't sweat to cool itself down.

It was 113 here two days ago. I can't seem to find the WBGT (wet bulb globe temp) for the last three days here in Seattle, but we were apparently well within the death-zone, with greater than 60% humidity and air temps in the hundreds. (WBGT is measured in the sun. Heat Index is measured in the shade. So they are very different.)

And now you know a bit about wet bulb temperature measurement. The wet-bulb temp is a thing I think we 'normal people' will need to know and track pretty closely over the next 20-40 years. When I was a kid, nobody heard or cared about UV indexes or pollen counts or air quality indexes. *(Even in LA in the 1970's. There were just days where we were supposed to stay indoors, because the air outside was "bad". Like... where did they think the air indoors came from...?)*

I suspect the grandkids being born today will track wet bulb like we track pollen counts.

goobster  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 30, 2021

... and he gets a Lamborghini tractor ...

goobster  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 30, 2021

Go now. Miss the funeral. You can mourn in your own way at home. You can't be with her again once she's gone.

So sorry you have to make this decision. I've been there. You need to prepare yourself for when you leave from your visit. You know it will be the last time you see her, and you want to put some thought into how you want that interaction to go. Be genuine. Be honest. Be true. Honor the person by giving yourself fully to that moment. They will appreciate it, and you will carry it with you for the rest of your life.

So sorry...

goobster  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 23, 2021

I got to see Dobson and his Sidewalk Astronomers acolytes regularly in the 1980's in the Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. They'd set up on a corner about three blocks from my house, once or twice a month, several summers in a row. It was always a lovely time.

But I had little interest in what they were looking at. I liked the people. And their craft. All of them hand-built the scopes they were using, and loved to talk about the process.

Craft has value. Always has, and always will.

goobster  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 23, 2021

Ew. No.

Do not sully Hubski with email notifications. blech

goobster  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Derek Chauvin Receives 22 and a Half Years for Murder of George Floyd

With parole in 15 years, and political office 18 months after that.

goobster  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: For the Avi Loeb fans

I gotta go back and re-read that section of the book, again. I remember him saying that they sensed Oumuamua within 3 weeks of the device powering up...? Was there something else that saw it first, and then Pan-STARRS was pointed at it to get more info as it left?

Man... I need to finish that book.

But yeah... you make a great point; the more data we have, the better we will be able to assess exactly how unique RAMA was/is...

goobster  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: For the Avi Loeb fans

The only pause I have about the whole Oumuamua thing (having finished 78% of Avi Loeb's book, according to Kindle), is that we found it almost immediately after the instruments that could sense it went online.

Coincidences are uncomfortable.

Loeb says the other instruments saw nothing when pointed at Oumuamua, and the new instrument that had just come online was uniquely calibrated to be able to see objects like this ... and immediately saw an object like that.

So ... is it more likely that we happened to fly just the right instrument at just the right time to catch a glimpse of a rare and unusual thing?

Or is it more likely that these things are relatively common, and we just haven't had the right instruments deployed to sense them?

Ockham's Razor says the latter is more likely...

But ... RAMA!