Thursday, July 23, 2015

Escali Badger Brush Review


I hate the Escali shaving brush. There are a handful of brands that carry the same brush. Escali, Tweezerman, Perfecto, and probably some others I don't know about. They're all about $12 and they're trash.

Rocksmith 2014 Review


I've been playing Rocksmith for a few months now, I'm about half way through the 60 day challenge.

The game isn't really a game. It's a powerful tool and can be a very important part of any starting guitarist. It's an incomplete experience, but a very good one. Used to augment normal teaching and it's a slam dunk. On its own, Rocksmith will only bring most people so far.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Learning Guitar: Progress and Theory

I haven't made an update in a while, but it's been a bit of a ride

Review of the Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard


I recently picked up a Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard (either the TEK or TECK) on eBay for about $200. It's an older model with CherryMX Brown switches instead of the Kailh switches Truly Ergonomic uses nowadays. Other than that, the keyboard is more or less exactly the same. Watch the video above and dive down into the text for some other comments.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Learning Guitar: The Grind

So I've gotten to a point where I'm just grinding guitar, but I feel like I learn more just a bit at a time, but I think the long haul is here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

My First Mechanical Keyboard and Why I love Thrift Stores

So recently I was browsing through a Goodwill. Goodwill is a large thrift store chain in the states. They are somewhat plentiful, no matter where I go. As a kid, I thought they were lame and boring but as an adult, I know. I know why they are awesome.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Fixing Everything That is Wrong in Arch Linux

I thought about putting wrong in quotes in the title, but I thought that might be too cliché.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Correct Grocery Store Behavior

I work at a grocery store. Here's now you should act.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Phone Screen Size

I don't think the debate over Screen Size is over, but I think it's about wrapped up.

The conclusion is: bigger is better.

The iPhone 6

Apple came to grips last year and finally released a 'big' iPhone. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7" screen and the iPhone 6+ has a 5.5" screen. These are big phones. I'm sure Apple had been feeling the hurt from iPhone users jumping ship and grabbing the latest Samsung flagship or HTC One in search for a bigger screen. A better Screen.

Learning Guitar Part 4 - Guitar Hero

I really like Guitar Hero, and for a long time I was really good at it (not that I'm all that bad now, just not as good.) Guitar Hero isn't an appreciable skill. I hear stories from time to time from guys who thought they could pick up guitar easy because they were so good at Guitar Hero.

Dead Wrong

Friday, April 03, 2015

Support

It sounds obvious, but having someone to support your decisions and help you when you need it is incredibly important

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Learning Guitar Part 3 - Trying to Fail

I haven't really practiced this week, but I think this next week I'll do better.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

HP Stream 7

On Black Friday, or perhaps the week of Black Friday, I bought a Windows tablet and I'm still not sure how I feel about it.

Learning guitar Part 2 - The Minor Leagues

I'm still following the course at JustinGuitar.com, but I'm also constantly looking at other guitar lesson stuff.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Skyward Sword

I don't have many found memories of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but I love the world and the characters.

Learning Guitar Part 1

Probably the hardest part about learning guitar has been updating my blog about it.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Learning Guitar Part 0

I've owned a guitar for years, but I've never got around to learning.

I'm going to try to document my experience and try to practice everyday and write about it. I'll be following the Beginner's Course at Justin Guitar, which seems to be pretty great. If I could afford a teacher, I'm sure that would be easier and better, but I don't have the money or schedule for a teacher, so let's go teaching myself!

I could easily go through one lesson a day, but I'll probably try to do more than that (given that I've already started and am a little familiar with the course.)

The first three lessons are for the D, A, and E chords, which I don't have down at all. I can barely remember their names and I know nothing of music theory. I know the chords are named after the key they're set in, but I'm not sure why (it has something to do with the spacing of the notes and which notes are used from the arpeggio, but I barely understand what any of that means.) The funny thing about starting out is that everything seems hard. Holding down a string is difficult, strumming is tricky and none of this stuff is actually difficult.

The hard parts about playing are yet to come, but just knowing how to play chords and switch between them fluidly can actually make a guitarist. Many guitarists actually play just that way, which separates a hobbyist from an enthusiast, and I couldn't imagine what the difference between an enthusiast and a professional would be.

Everything hurts right now, and nothing sounds right. You'd think just getting your fingers into place would be enough, but there are a half dozen factors to think about, and corrections that seem impossible to make. What gives me hope is that I know guitar isn't an impossible task, it just seems that way.

My short term goal (a year out) is to play songs easily, even if they're simple or bad. My long term goal is to be a master of music, but I'm probably starting a bit too late for that.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Joystiq

Late in 2008, when I was a fresh face in college and ready to learn of the world, I found an article articulating the comparability of Guitar Hero and Rock Band instruments. I returned to this article often, because it was the only one like it. It had every system, every game, every controller, and it cross referenced them all by the binary switch of 'works' and 'doesn't work.

It was a work of art that could only represent one group of people.

This was Joystiq.