By other means

Remember when I posted about being interested in sampling?  Here is my first crack at it.  It’s a little weird, but kind of cool.  It’s a verbal battle between Denzell and the other guy in the movie Crimson Tide about the nature of war.  It’s deep, weird, and very Drake.



Not Comps

I have recently been enthralled with the medium of musical sampling as art form.  It has its roots in French experimental music in which the composer took recordings of everyday things like trains and pots and whatever and made a sort of musical collage.  Rap and R&B are the mainstream heirs to those guys.  The contemporary samplers frequently take from funk, rock, R&B, movies, TV, advertising, etc.

On an NPR program about the influential powers marketing has on us individually and societally, “Under the Influence,” the host presented a segment about sampling and demonstrated how genius it can be.  He talked about the song “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim, and played its constituent parts and then the sum of those parts, the song itself.  I was pretty amazed at the seamless fit of the musical parts and that an artist can make an entirely new song based on manipulating and splicing together pre-recorded pieces.

I’m trying it out, and, given my freeware “Audacity,” I have some chance of creating at least something.  While it does cool things like add effects, it’s kind of hard to get the timing right compared with other programs I have seen such as garageband.  I have the garageband app on my iPad, but that is also quite limited compared with the real version.

And that, my friends, is something besides comps.


St. G.K. Chesterton!

St. G.K. Chesterton!

Pray for his intercession!

Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Comps-approved comfort food: mac and cheese with corn.

In the Midst of Comps

I’m making decent progress.  I’m working on outlining my conceptualization response, in which I need to talk about the presentation, etiology, and maintenance of psychological symptoms in this case.  It’s not that hard, but I’m taking my time making sure I get all the points right.  So I’m going through all these books and articles trying to figure out what my response should look like.  Then this afternoon I’m going to apply the outline to the specifics of my case.  We’ll see how that goes.  I still have some books to look through to add to my outline.

In the meantime and during a study break, I came upon this article.  I have been away from the Y for a while due to schedule constraints and so I wanted something I could do at home, for a basic study break.  Well, I got 50 things I could do at home, for a basic study break.  It’s pretty remarkable how much I can do with just my body weight.  Particularly interesting are the full-body exercises.  I tried a few of the Tuck Jumps, and those are 1) surprisingly difficult to keep up and/or 2) not-surprisingly difficult for my out-of-shape body.

Alright, off to eat some junk food!



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I’m working on comps.  For the first question, I’m using 11 books and 8 articles.  There’s 8 questions.

How am I going to keep this under 18 pages total??


Instead of facebook

I’m off facebook.  And giving the other blog a break.  It’s personal.  Basically, i found myself pridefully watching my posts and my comments and stats and wanted only to connect.  But it was a pathological way to connect.  My expectations for myself and others were out of control.

But.  I need a place to put my rants.  I need a place to put websites, songs, and arguments against stupid ideologies.  Moreover, it wouldn’t hurt to have a place where I am a little more comfortable sharing personal beliefs.  I didn’t feel too comfortable with that with my old blog.  And I only felt marginally comfortable doing that on facebook for fear of getting sucked into a stupid ideological shouting-match.  I’ve been there folks, it isn’t pretty.  Just plain energy and time draining.  So here’s this.