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Ground and Flight Test Program

on Sun, 11/30/2014 - 12:46

Forgive the reminiscence, but nearly in another life I was a Flight and Ground Test Instrumentation Technician; I worked on such fine naval aircraft as E2's, C2's, A6's and F14's. I was a "road warrior."

I worked with a crew that built up the instrumentation package on the test aircraft. We then tested the package, assured full functionality, and when all was ready to support the test program, I followed the plane wherever it went. I did this over and over, and enjoyed the heck out of it. During one particular test program, I was even out on aircraft carrier for week. What an experience.

Slow, and Steady

on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:39

Incredibly, it's been 5 months since my last post. Frankly, it's embarrassing. You'd never know how serious I am about this stuff, but I've had some income challenges, and they obviously take precedence. I will not betray my muse, and am facing and dealing with strategic initiatives to assure a solid foundation. Once the short-term plan is accomplished, I will continue on with the music initiatives at as full a pace as possible. Under such difficult circumstances, one could only hope to receive a portion of the support  which I have received from my wonderful wife.

Problems and Solutions

on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 16:39

Minor setback : Serendipity rears its ugly head. Some issues I have had with the most powerful computer I've ever had the pleasure to use has resulted in an unanticipated upgrade to the most powerful computer I've ever had the pleasure to use. The story goes like this : with six months left on the warranty for my HP Elitebook 8460w, the ongoing problems I've had with the jack for the power on this wonder of a laptop had recently resulted in its total lack of cooperation in starting up.

A Change at the Crossroads

on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 02:19

Nice title;  I feel a blues song comin' on.  :-)

Just a short little update here. I've made the wise decision to ditch Logic, because it's just too squirrelly on Rube Goldberg workarounds to give me the warm-fuzzy in my environs. So I have been led unwittingly back into the Cubase camp; a wayward MIDI-ist in search of the muse.

So, I've discovered my Cubase history not recent enough to net me much benefit in the way of discounts, but the base Cubase product (Cubase 7 Elements) looks like it's going to fit the bill quite nicely.

The Last Loosened Loose End

on Sun, 01/26/2014 - 01:50

Whoops !

Somehow, I seem to have overlooked one simple, and nearly insignificant element : digital audio recording.  (Tongue planted firmly in cheek ! ) So, that's where things sit now; just some last minute touches on my template in Logic Pro 9, and we'll be good to go. Unfortunately without it, I'm pretty much dead in the water.

The unforeseen circumstance is the "oil and vinegar" -like mix of Komplete, Vienna Ensemble Pro 5, and Logic. Fortunately, being a Systems Engineer, my troubleshooting and technical skills are quite good.

The Intrepid Explorer's Journey

on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 04:56

Just this evening, I have completed final stages leading up to operational testing of my NITMOI (Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention) devices. I know the cosmetic aspects will gel and morph over time, but everything is where it should be and operating wonderfully. Testing on my HP laptop \ Lemur for iPad pairing is complete, and it moves on to installation on my MacMini for final incorporation into my setup. These are very exciting times for me.

I wish to take the time to thank some very instrumental friends for their insights as I wended my way through the morass, muck and mire of the

On The Threshold Of Realisation

on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 15:23

Well, the energy and efforts with Max (and JavaScript) put forth over these past several months are finally coming to fruition, at last !

    It's a very exciting time for me.  These are wonderful skills I've been developing, and they'll come in quite handy over these coming years. There are also other important enhancements on deck, and other tools yet to be developed. Anyway, Lemur for iPad and my Max app are speaking kindly with each other, and performing admirably. Just a couple finishing touches and I'll be pressing it all into service. Operational testing will begin very shortly.


Ebb and Flow

on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 11:08

Two months further on since last post, and I have many revelations to show for it. I've restructured my work in a way that makes far more sense, it now has far more features I didn't think would be included in this revision, and should it perform better as well. I've been getting quite comfortable with Max, and I am enjoying this development cycle. Though I haven't had as much time to spend on this lately, I certainly have had time enough.

Cycling74 have come out with Mira, too.

Hurry up, and wait . . .

on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 00:27

The pace of my progress with JavaScript in Max6 is slower than expected, but I've nobody else to blame.  I have desire, but simply not enough experience in this domain. This combination doesn't exactly make for realistic expectations, and certainly these are not the only, or even the highest priorities I have. They do however mean a great deal to me. To that end, I have JS magnate Tom Swirly to thank; he is my JS master, and I am his "Grasshopper." :-)

This does not mean that in the interim, I have been without substantive accomplishments ! Nothing could be further from the truth ! Thanks to

Le Montagne Russe

on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 02:32

In Italiano, Le Montagne Russe means literally 'the Russian Mountains,' but if you say that in the company of Italians, they will assume you are talking about rollercoasters. That's actually what rollercoasters are known as there; 'le Montagne Russe.'

Yes, it really has been that kind of an experience as of late. It seems an endless stream of technical excuses, but life's like that sometimes. I'm not beaten down so easily. Though I haven't taken a rollercoaster ride in a good long time, no doubt my memory and my body would differ on the details. Such is the rift between dreams and reality.