Monthly Archives: January 2009

★ Recording an album with Head Of State

This weekend some mates of mine, Head Of State, are heading into the recording studio to start work on an album…or possibly two. They’ve challenged themselves to record 23 songs in 2 days! Talk about insane, but totally fun!

They’re heading into the studio tonight, Jungle Sounds in Mayfield, and wont be emerging until some time on Sunday once all the tracks have been laid. And lucky me gets to go along for the ride with my camera and video camera gear and record it all for prosperity, and hopefully a mini-documentary to be released with the album.

It will be fun. It will be insane. There will be fights. There may even be tears. And if all goes well they’ll be live blogging it all from the studio to their new blog (which I’ll be building tonight). I’ll post all the links and info where you can follow the happenings later on tonight once all the addresses are confirmed.

Till then, here’s a photo I shot of Head Of State a while back. Oh and there’s a quick little interview / article about the whole thing over on I’m With The Band that you should check out.

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★ Recording an album with Head Of State

This weekend some mates of mine, Head Of State, are heading into the recording studio to start work on an album…or possibly two. They’ve challenged themselves to record 23 songs in 2 days! Talk about insane, but totally fun!

They’re heading into the studio tonight, Jungle Sounds in Mayfield, and wont be emerging until some time on Sunday once all the tracks have been laid. And lucky me gets to go along for the ride with my camera and video camera gear and record it all for prosperity, and hopefully a mini-documentary to be released with the album.

It will be fun. It will be insane. There will be fights. There may even be tears. And if all goes well they’ll be live blogging it all from the studio to their new blog (which I’ll be building tonight). I’ll post all the links and info where you can follow the happenings later on tonight once all the addresses are confirmed.

Till then, here’s a photo I shot of Head Of State a while back. Oh and there’s a quick little interview / article about the whole thing over on I’m With The Band that you should check out.

head-of-state.jpg

★ YouTube Users vs Warner Music Group

This is probably the most elegant and inspired explanation of the latest round of dramas to happen on YouTube, ie. the takedown notices, muting, and the wide spread deletion of videos containing any snippet of music copyrighted by Warner Music Group.

I don’t think anyone could offer any better explanation, or solution, than Rob Rubin does here.

★ YouTube Users vs Warner Music Group

This is probably the most elegant and inspired explanation of the latest round of dramas to happen on YouTube, ie. the takedown notices, muting, and the wide spread deletion of videos containing any snippet of music copyrighted by Warner Music Group.

I don’t think anyone could offer any better explanation, or solution, than Rob Rubin does here.

★ The fluffy clouds were always doomed

clouds.jpgThere was loads of fluffy white clouds in the sky this morning, they’ve probably already burnt off with the temperature rising pretty sharply this morning already. I’m really not into this heat. Drop it back to the mid-twenties, even up to about 28 isn’t too bad, but you can keep your 30 plus!

Supposed to be golfing tomorrow out at Gloucester, it’s looking like it’ll be a warm one out there with the predicted temp being around 33-35 degrees Celsius. *must remember to freeze some water bottles to take up*

Anyway, flat out at the moment putting the finishing touches on a couple of new client websites. Hope you’re happy, safe, and well wherever you are.

★ The fluffy clouds were always doomed

clouds.jpgThere was loads of fluffy white clouds in the sky this morning, they’ve probably already burnt off with the temperature rising pretty sharply this morning already. I’m really not into this heat. Drop it back to the mid-twenties, even up to about 28 isn’t too bad, but you can keep your 30 plus!

Supposed to be golfing tomorrow out at Gloucester, it’s looking like it’ll be a warm one out there with the predicted temp being around 33-35 degrees Celsius. *must remember to freeze some water bottles to take up*

Anyway, flat out at the moment putting the finishing touches on a couple of new client websites. Hope you’re happy, safe, and well wherever you are.

★ dopplr, 2008 Personal travel report

dopplr personal travel log

dopplr sent out our 2008 Personal annual reports today. For the first time in a long time I really didn’t do a lot of travelling, in fact the longest and furthest trip I took this past year was to Hamilton Island for Cath and my honeymoon (dopplr shows it as Airlie Beach).

There were a whole lot of trips I didn’t log, ie. the first half of the year, as I hadn’t joined dopplr at that stage. This year I expect that my travel log will actually be a lot more detailed, specially considering all the weekend trips up to Gloucester to play golf.

Anyway, figured I would put this up on the blog as it is reasonably interesting, though no where near as interesting as Barack Obama‘s. If you’re already on dopplr, come say hi, if not maybe consider signing up.

★ dopplr, 2008 Personal travel report

dopplr personal travel log

dopplr sent out our 2008 Personal annual reports today. For the first time in a long time I really didn’t do a lot of travelling, in fact the longest and furthest trip I took this past year was to Hamilton Island for Cath and my honeymoon (dopplr shows it as Airlie Beach).

There were a whole lot of trips I didn’t log, ie. the first half of the year, as I hadn’t joined dopplr at that stage. This year I expect that my travel log will actually be a lot more detailed, specially considering all the weekend trips up to Gloucester to play golf.

Anyway, figured I would put this up on the blog as it is reasonably interesting, though no where near as interesting as Barack Obama‘s. If you’re already on dopplr, come say hi, if not maybe consider signing up.

★ Storm Photos, 15th January, 2009

It was a pretty hot and dry day in Newcastle today, it was one of those summer days where the north westerly wind just blew all day and we ended up with about 40 degrees Celsius in Newcastle. Ouch it was hot!

When it’s this hot I tend to watch the weather charts to see if there’s any storms building, and as luck would have it there was a pretty solid one that started building up this afternoon. Bit by bit the weather system crept up the coastline from Sydney and at about 8pm the skies got fairly angry and dropped a load of rain and yup, there was some cracking lightning heading every which way.

Here’s a handful of photos shot from our sun room, which is now gaining a reputation as a storm room!

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★ Storm Photos, 15th January, 2009

It was a pretty hot and dry day in Newcastle today, it was one of those summer days where the north westerly wind just blew all day and we ended up with about 40 degrees Celsius in Newcastle. Ouch it was hot!

When it’s this hot I tend to watch the weather charts to see if there’s any storms building, and as luck would have it there was a pretty solid one that started building up this afternoon. Bit by bit the weather system crept up the coastline from Sydney and at about 8pm the skies got fairly angry and dropped a load of rain and yup, there was some cracking lightning heading every which way.

Here’s a handful of photos shot from our sun room, which is now gaining a reputation as a storm room!

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★ A Little Help from My Friends

What happens when you put Anthony Raneri (Bayside), Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Aaron Gillespie (Underoath), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) and Josh Moore together on stage at The House of Blues….a damn fine cover of the classic rock anthem A Little Help from My Friends.

So how does it happen that you have all of these guys in one place at the same time, well the reason is that they’re all there as part of the To Write Love On Her Arms series of concerts to raise awareness about addiction, self-injury, depression, and suicide.

You too can support TWLOHA by visiting their website, and contributing to the charity or by just passing this information on to other people via myspace, facebook, etc.

★ A Little Help from My Friends

What happens when you put Anthony Raneri (Bayside), Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Aaron Gillespie (Underoath), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) and Josh Moore together on stage at The House of Blues….a damn fine cover of the classic rock anthem A Little Help from My Friends.

So how does it happen that you have all of these guys in one place at the same time, well the reason is that they’re all there as part of the To Write Love On Her Arms series of concerts to raise awareness about addiction, self-injury, depression, and suicide.

You too can support TWLOHA by visiting their website, and contributing to the charity or by just passing this information on to other people via myspace, facebook, etc.

★ Adam Sandler covers Neil Young, doesn't suck

There’s a new compilation album coming up called Covered, A Revolution in Sound: Warner Bros. where a bunch of bands / singers are covering some classics on the Warner Bros. record label.

Check out the full tracklist below. And while you await the album’s arrival, watch (below) Sandler perform Young’s “Like a Hurricane” on the Late Show with Dave Letterman

  1. Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs, “Borderline” (Madonna)
  2. The Black Keys, “Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles” (Captain Beefheart)
  3. Michelle Branch, “A Case of You” (Joni Mitchell)
  4. Against Me!, “Here Comes a Regular” (the Replacements)
  5. Missy Higgins, “More Than This” (Roxy Music)
  6. James Otto, “Into the Mystic (Van Morrison), James Otto
  7. Adam Sandler, “Like a Hurricane” (Neil Young)
  8. Taking Back Sunday, “You Wreck Me” (Tom Petty)
  9. Mastodon with Billy Gibbons, “Just Got Paid” (ZZ Top)
  10. The Used, “Burning Down The House” (Talking Heads)
  11. Disturbed, “Midlife Crisis” (Faith No More)

And here’s the video of Adam Sandler’s cover of Neil Young’s Like A Hurricane.

★ Adam Sandler covers Neil Young, doesn’t suck

There’s a new compilation album coming up called Covered, A Revolution in Sound: Warner Bros. where a bunch of bands / singers are covering some classics on the Warner Bros. record label.

Check out the full tracklist below. And while you await the album’s arrival, watch (below) Sandler perform Young’s “Like a Hurricane” on the Late Show with Dave Letterman

  1. Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs, “Borderline” (Madonna)
  2. The Black Keys, “Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles” (Captain Beefheart)
  3. Michelle Branch, “A Case of You” (Joni Mitchell)
  4. Against Me!, “Here Comes a Regular” (the Replacements)
  5. Missy Higgins, “More Than This” (Roxy Music)
  6. James Otto, “Into the Mystic (Van Morrison), James Otto
  7. Adam Sandler, “Like a Hurricane” (Neil Young)
  8. Taking Back Sunday, “You Wreck Me” (Tom Petty)
  9. Mastodon with Billy Gibbons, “Just Got Paid” (ZZ Top)
  10. The Used, “Burning Down The House” (Talking Heads)
  11. Disturbed, “Midlife Crisis” (Faith No More)

And here’s the video of Adam Sandler’s cover of Neil Young’s Like A Hurricane.

★ The man behind the Stratocaster dies

Don Randall, the marketing dynamo who gave Fender’s Stratocaster guitar its name and led the brand to onstage ubiquity, has died. He was 91. Randall died of age-related causes Dec. 23 at his home in Santa Ana, his son, Tim, told the Los Angeles Times.

Randall’s marketing savvy elevated electric guitar designer Leo Fender’s instruments, played by such musicians as Ritchie Valens, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, into a hugely successful franchise during the brand’s first two decades.

Full story at USA Today.

★ The man behind the Stratocaster dies

Don Randall, the marketing dynamo who gave Fender’s Stratocaster guitar its name and led the brand to onstage ubiquity, has died. He was 91. Randall died of age-related causes Dec. 23 at his home in Santa Ana, his son, Tim, told the Los Angeles Times.

Randall’s marketing savvy elevated electric guitar designer Leo Fender’s instruments, played by such musicians as Ritchie Valens, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, into a hugely successful franchise during the brand’s first two decades.

Full story at USA Today.

★ HP DreamColor LP2480zx – product review

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The 1st thing that you notice when you unpack the HP monitor is the size of it, everything these days has to be bigger and bigger, but I had a good feeeling about this one. There is certainly plenty of input choice for everyone, eg DisplayPort 1.1, HDMI 1.3, (2) DVI-I, analog, component, S-video, and composite inputs, and HDCP support for protected content.

So I set it up, turned the power on and the 1st message you get is a friendly reminder to let the HP warmup for 30minutes to achieve the best results, how good is that! I then loaded the drivers and calibrated the monitor to my system, then dived straight into Photoshop to test this bad boy out.

Once you set the HP monitor up the 2nd thing you notice straight away is the quality of the screen and the colour gammit (HP says over 1 Billion colours). If you run two monitors, the difference between the HP and any normal monitor is amazing, all of a sudden you realise what a piece of crap you have been using, this is one powerful display.

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So off we go into Photoshop for a test drive, but 1st, lets match our Monitor colour workspace to our Photoshop colour workspace, via the touch of one button. I chose Adobe1998 as my workspacee from a list of 7 colour space presets (full gamut, Rec. 709 (HD television), sRGB, Rec. 601 (YUV 4:2:2), Adobe RGB, a user-defined colour space and DCI-P3, so easy.

The colour reproduction when using photoshop was amazing, rich colour display, lovely colour transitions, absolutely outstanding.

hp-monitor-4.jpg

You can view it from any angle and not have a change of colour, there is no “Sweet spot”, this does not happen on cheaper Monitors. This makes you feel so confident when adjusting important images for clients, knowing full well that you colour is spot on.

And by the way, in addition, the LP2480zx can be used as a four-port USB hub that is accessed on the side of the monitor, now how handy is that.

It has, unquestionably, the best picture I’ve ever seen on any flat panel display, period!. The wide colour gamut means it can differentiate between even very similar tones with absolute ease.

This amazing panel is well worth the coin for colour conscious, from industry professionals to up and comers who need predictable and accurate colour.

Reviewed by Justin Jefferson

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★ HP DreamColor LP2480zx – product review

hp-monitor-5.jpg

The 1st thing that you notice when you unpack the HP monitor is the size of it, everything these days has to be bigger and bigger, but I had a good feeeling about this one. There is certainly plenty of input choice for everyone, eg DisplayPort 1.1, HDMI 1.3, (2) DVI-I, analog, component, S-video, and composite inputs, and HDCP support for protected content.

So I set it up, turned the power on and the 1st message you get is a friendly reminder to let the HP warmup for 30minutes to achieve the best results, how good is that! I then loaded the drivers and calibrated the monitor to my system, then dived straight into Photoshop to test this bad boy out.

Once you set the HP monitor up the 2nd thing you notice straight away is the quality of the screen and the colour gammit (HP says over 1 Billion colours). If you run two monitors, the difference between the HP and any normal monitor is amazing, all of a sudden you realise what a piece of crap you have been using, this is one powerful display.

hp-monitor-2.jpg

So off we go into Photoshop for a test drive, but 1st, lets match our Monitor colour workspace to our Photoshop colour workspace, via the touch of one button. I chose Adobe1998 as my workspacee from a list of 7 colour space presets (full gamut, Rec. 709 (HD television), sRGB, Rec. 601 (YUV 4:2:2), Adobe RGB, a user-defined colour space and DCI-P3, so easy.

The colour reproduction when using photoshop was amazing, rich colour display, lovely colour transitions, absolutely outstanding.

hp-monitor-4.jpg

You can view it from any angle and not have a change of colour, there is no “Sweet spot”, this does not happen on cheaper Monitors. This makes you feel so confident when adjusting important images for clients, knowing full well that you colour is spot on.

And by the way, in addition, the LP2480zx can be used as a four-port USB hub that is accessed on the side of the monitor, now how handy is that.

It has, unquestionably, the best picture I’ve ever seen on any flat panel display, period!. The wide colour gamut means it can differentiate between even very similar tones with absolute ease.

This amazing panel is well worth the coin for colour conscious, from industry professionals to up and comers who need predictable and accurate colour.

Reviewed by Justin Jefferson

hp-monitor-1.jpg hp-monitor-3.jpg