5 Reasons Musicians Love Macs

This is the best post I have seen in a while. As a musician, I TOTALLY agree with what he says. Too bad my dang music page is down right now, or I could provide examples. Anyways, here is one reason, followed by a link to the rest:

“Macs just work.

A musician wants to plug his guitar into an amp and know that he’ll be playing music right away. In a similar way, I don’t think twice about it when I plug a new device into my Mac. Within seconds my iBook recognizes it and my thought process isn’t interrupted with requests to install the right drivers. I don’t need to know how the computer is using the device, I just know that it is.

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One click installs are appealing for musicians. If I need to install an application, all I have to do is drag and drop the icon into my applications folder. It’s that simple. I’m not asked to restart my computer, and a few seconds later the program is running. It works seamlessly and my Attention Deficit Disorder doesn’t have time to distract me.

I use my Mac for everything… recording bands in my home studio using Pro Tools, creating sounds and loops in Propellerhead’s Reason

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, writing articles for my website, designing graphics, organizing digital photos of my four month old daughter in iPhoto, and listening to a new band that I’m blogging about. I’m hard on my computer, yet I only need to reboot it on a weekly or sometimes monthly basis.”

from Puddlegum

50 Useless facts

I have some of them here, click the link below for the rest of them. But pretty interesting…

  • The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
  • Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
  • Of all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions!
  • What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.
  • “Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  • “Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.
  • In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child
  • A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!
  • Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

Here are all of them…

Picture Every Day

You might have seen some of the videos on YouTube where people take a picture of themselves every day for several years, then make a video of it to show how they have physically changed. Well, here is a spoof of those, and it’s really funny. Enjoy!

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” best Song in Last 20 Years

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Back in the day, I had about 20 Nirvana cds (most of them were bootlegged concerts), so seeing this almost makes me tear up. Not really. Well, sort of. Anyways, from the article:

“The thing about ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ it was a watershed moment in rock music. It changed everything,” said Q magazine deputy editor Gareth Grundy of the iconic Nirvana hit. “It put heavy music back on the map in the early 90’s, really, that combination of punk-rock anger and the heavy Black Sabbath 70’s metal. It was something new. Sulky kids everywhere loved Nirvana and continue to do so.”

Here we are now, entertain us…

Chicago officials don’t want ads for ‘The Nativity Story’ at Christmas fest

Reading the previous post, now this one… I am going crazy here from all of the idiots making decisions!

From EyeWitness News 12:

City officials in Chicago have sent a message to a movie studio that hoped to help sponsor a Christmas festival with ads for “The Nativity Story” — There’s no room for you.
Worried that ads for the film about Jesus’ birth would offend non-Christians browsing at a traditional German Christmas festival, the city has asked the German American Chamber of Commerce to reconsider New Line Cinema as a sponsor.

A spokesman for the Willow Creek Association of churches, based in the Chicago suburbs, objects that barring “The Nativity Story” from a Christmas festival is like “celebrating Lincoln’s birthday without talking about Abraham Lincoln.”

But a spokeswoman for the mayor of Chicago’s Office of Special Events says the city does not want to appear to endorse one religion over another.

MPAA: Are You Kidding!?

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Just when you think the greedy powers-that-be cannot get any greedier, this comes out:

“The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29″ with stereo sound and at least two comfortable chairs, couch, or futon. Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown.”

They are actually lobbying congress to make this official. Now for me, my apartment is not much larger than 600 square feet, but I would technically qualify, and I find it REDICULOUS that this could become reality.

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Teenage Smoking Can Lead to Drinking

This should come as no suprise to anyone. I have known teenagers that have smoked, and also had problems with drinking. It is no suprise that it is related. IT says that teens that smoke could be increasing there chances of having an alcohol usage disorder by as much as 50%. For the full story, click below…

“Teenagers who smoke are priming their brains for future addictions to alcohol and other drugs, alarming new research shows.

Experts have found that adolescents who regularly light up are 50 per cent more likely to go on to develop drink problems.”

O, and a bonus for the pot-heads out there:

“Other studies have found that cannabis can cause permanent damage to teenagers’ brains.

Researchers have found that the drug can cause permanent physical changes to the still-developing adolescent brain, which can lead to psychosis and schizophrenia in those worst affected.

As a result experts now warn teenagers who use cannabis are up to ten times as likely to develop serious mental illness as those who do not.”

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