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We're moved in !

This update should probably have been posted much sooner, but in case you didn't hear, jennhi, Gretchen and I moved together in our new place in Culver City last month! This has been keeping both of us rather busy, but it is finally starting to feel like we're settled in at last. Everything seems to be in place, with a few exceptions, but the bulk of the work is finally done! Woohoo!

A bit more on the place itself: it's a 2-bedroom/2-bath condo (that we're renting out from the owner) in Fox Hills. We're right across from the Fox Hills Park, of which we have a great view from the large windows in the living room. We got a great kitchen, HUGE balconies, an office full of various geekery and all sorts of musical instruments, and my large screen HDTV and 7.1 surround system are now comfortably set up in the living room. :)

To top it off, the complex features a nice swimming pool, outside BBQ area, club house with pool table (!!), sauna, gym... Perfect for gatherings of friends! So be on the lookout for an invitation to the housewarming party soon! :D

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LOLgretchen pics :)

What better way to celebrate the new year than with some lolcat pictures of jennhi's kitty, Gretchen? Here are a few of my attempts. Click on the picture to go rate them if you like them.

I can goez to 11?

Happy New Year 2008 to everybody!!

'Twas a Kittymas weekend

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Sci-Fi Sounds Quiz

Take the Sci fi sounds quiz I received 77 credits on
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Yaaar, my mateys

In honor of talk like a pirate day, the following instructional video that I had posted here last year is still a good reference!



Avast!

All hail the Cool Nerd King !

My nerd test results :


NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Nerd King.  What are you?  Click here!

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One more reason why Brian May is awesome

Rock star back at university again after 33 gap years





From the article :

Brian May, the multimillionaire guitarist who founded the rock group Queen, has finally completed the PhD in astrophysics that he abandoned more than 30 years ago.

The 59-year-old composer of hits such as Fat Bottomed Girls and We Will Rock You turned his back on the stars for international fame with Freddie Mercury and his band. His thesis on interplanetary dust clouds lay gathering dust of its own in the attic of his home in Surrey.

May’s interest in the subject was rekindled last year when he co-authored a children’s science book with the astronomer Sir Patrick Moore. He discovered that remarkably little research had been done in the intervening 33 years.

He dug out his old handwritten notes and spent nine months conducting further research at Imperial College, London, where he had studied before Queen hit the big time.

May revealed his achievement when he received an honorary doctorate at Exeter University this week. He told students: “For the last nine months I’ve done nothing except slave over my PhD, which is now written up, thank God. But there are times when you really want to give up. There are times when you go, ‘Why on earth did I take this on?’ ”

After the ceremony he said: “I worked on my thesis at Imperial from 1971 to 1974 when I had to give it up because Queen became a full-time thing. I kept all my notes and I was able to find them in my loft and start working on them again.”

Using a giant telescope in the Canary Islands, May was able to show for the first time that dust clouds in the solar system are moving in the same direction as the planets. He will receive his PhD next May, provided that his thesis is approved by assessors.

Abigail Smith, a spokeswoman for Imperial College, said: “People are aware he is here and there is a feeling it is pretty cool that he has come back to finish his PhD, even if he has not been hugely visible.”

Simpsons + me = <3

Here is what I might look like in the Simpsons world :

My Simpsons Avatar


You can make your own avatar on the Simpsons Movie site.

In other news, I was one of the lucky recipients of a backstage pass for the upcoming Steve Vai tour. I'm going to meet Steve at the 9/11 concert at the Wiltern Theater in LA.

*squee*

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Guitar Trainer mobile game is out!

I am proud to announce the final release of my Java application for cell phones, Guitar Trainer !

It took me quite some time to complete the mobiletutor.org Web site on which it is hosted, but everything is now online and open for business.

Feel free to try out the free demo (that includes unlimited usage of the built-in instrument tuner!), or even purchase the full version.

This small application for mobile devices is an educational tool for musicians to help deepen their knowledge of the fretboard of their instrument. Here's a quick recap of the features :
  • Learn the location of notes on the fretboard of a guitar or other stringed instrument.
  • Supports a variety of standard and alternate string tunings: guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, mandolin.
  • Training mode allows to focus learning on particular parts of the fretboard.
  • Game mode provides a fun way to make progress. Work your way through levels of increasing difficulty!
  • Train your ear at the same time as you improve your working knowledge of the instrument.
  • Left-handed and right-handed neck types.
  • Tune your instrument with your cell phone. Open string tones can be produced for any of the supported tunings!
  • Dynamic user interface that works on a wide variety of mobile devices.
  • Support for pointer input (stylus, touch screen, etc).
  • Available in English, French and German languages.

So if you know anybody interested by this kind of application, please spread the word! This can be an interesting tool for music teachers as well as apprentices, and musicians of all levels. I know I certainly wanted something like this as a guitarist, hence why I ended up writing it myself. :)

www.mobiletutor.org

VisualDNA meme

Another thing that everybody else seems to be doing...

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