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    Primo Vino Art: Brazin zin


    2012 - 05.05

    A neat convergence of typography and drunkography.

    Primo Vino Art: Loosen Up


    2012 - 05.02

    I don’t know what’s with the dude on the bottle, but clearly, he needs to cut loose a bit. Loosen up, dude.

    Primo Vino Art: Earthquake


    2012 - 04.27

    I will admit, this one did move the earth under my feet a bit. One of the tastiest wines I’ve had in a while, really. One regret though; I should’ve drank more on the first night. I typically open a bottle, drink half, then vaccuum cork it and drink the rest the following night. Typically most wines become more flavorful and enjoyable on the second pass. This one just lost dimensions on the second night unfortunately. So drink up right away kids.

    Primo Vino Art: Probability


    2012 - 04.24

    Keepin it real on the mathematical tip:

    Primo Vino Art: Mollydooker-The Maître D’


    2012 - 04.17

    A very tasty bottle and some sweet art stylings.  I’ll drink to this.


    Local go-to: Pizza Zone


    2012 - 04.10

    There’s this place nearby that makes a divine pie.  They’re tucked into a strip mall, and really you would never even notice the place if you didn’t know to look for it.  I found them via yelp reviews, and they have totally been holding down the pizza crown since I’ve been in Houston.  Nothin’ fancy here, just really solid all-around pizza.  Shown here is my favorite combo, Italian sausage & pepperoni, with seasoned & stuffed crust.  Outrageously good.  Also, check out the nice thin depth of field on that Canon nifty fifty aka the fantastic plastic.

    Primo Vino Art: Two Left Feet by Mollydooker


    2012 - 03.09

    A long overdue update to the series:

    Transitions Between Epochs ~ The Novation Impulse 61


    2012 - 02.29

    As of about a week ago, I have an awe-inspiring new arrow in my artistic quiver, and one that I really should have acquired ages ago: a USB keyboard with knobs, drum pads, and sliders. Specifically, the Novation Impulse 61. I’ve had a full-size 88-key digital piano for many years and it was a superb instrument for learning keyboards, and to a limited extent, producing with Reason. The problem was that no matter what I tried, I could never seem to overcome the problem of MIDI latency (ie lag between a keypress and the actual sound). Over 3 or 4 different computer builds and windows installs, there was always some kind of latency. Which was a real bummer, because it meant I could play chords and figure out notes for a melody, but I could never input any rhythmic passage into Reason; be it a drumbeat, a synth line, a bassline, a chord stab, anything.

    At this stage in my musical life, I don’t see myself sitting at a piano and leaning to master it purely with no accompaniment. However, I do have a whole ton of fun making tracks in Propellerheads Reason, and this is definitely a way that I see myself growing more comfortable with the keyboard and maybe even learning a pinch of music theory as well. Having a USB keyboard with no latency is a huge, huge advancement toward that end. Plus, having those assignable buttons, knobs, and sliders to tweak Reason in realtime is über-schweet.I may even call this the beginning of a new epoch in the compositions I make for fun, and by extension, my overall musicianship.

    Going forward, my goals here are to use this thing pretty much as often as I can, and also to try to post more music online with it. Historically, I always seem to obsess too much over having a track be ‘perfect’. This also leads to the tendency to start things but never finish them. There’s literally hundreds and hundreds of Reason tracks on my hard drive that started out real cool but then fizzled, as I couldn’t figure out what direction to take. I want this new epoch to be the end of the ‘beat graveyard’ so to speak. I’m really hoping this keyboard will be an impetus to break me out of the same ways of thinking, to get me more in the habit of following through, and just finishing compositions a whole lot more. This will need to be a change in mindset as well.

    All that said, I intend to start posting a lot more musical “sketches” on here–Reason compositions that aren’t “polished” but can be called “good enough”. I have this mental resistance to the phrase “good enough”… like it’s giving up on how good things could be. But you know what? “Good enough” is a whole lot cooler than “nothing”!! Here’s to turning the page, people!

    There’s a beer called Kosmos? Then drink we shall.


    2012 - 02.12

    No further explanation required:

    Sea Bass. Mutant. Sea Bass.


    2012 - 01.21

    Oh man, I cooked this sea bass on the weber grill and it was seriously unbelievable.  I put it in the indirect heat so I wouldn’t have to flip it, due to the scallions on top.  I think that’s how I’m going to grill all my fish fillets from now on.  Outstanding flavor and juicy.  so.  good.

    Yes those are the Chronos PCBs in the background, along with Dijon honey mustard.