Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Camera

Lately I have been looking at upgrading to a camera giving a bit better quality and low-light performance than my aging SX100, and naturally the obvious choice would be going the DSLR route.

I have mostly been looking at two models, the Canon 450D versus Nikon's new D5000. The Nikon has a lot going for it over the Canon: very good high-ISO performance, viewfinder grid, and 11 autofocus points versus the 450D's 9.

The Canon on the other hand can autofocus with all lenses, EF and EF-S, while not all Nikon lenses have the autofocus motor in the lens that the D5000 needs.
Besides that, the Canon uses the same GUI as my SX100, possibly making for an easier transition. At the moment I'm aiming at the 450D, since it's about 100 euros cheaper than the D5000. Of course I've also looked at the Canon 1000D, but with my ambitions of getting faster lenses the extra autofocus sensitivity at f2.8 on the 450D comes into play. (That and it's basically become impossible to find any 1000D kits with the IS lens; having heard bad things about the standard 18-55 kit lens has made the prospect of going up a notch to the 450D IS kit an overall better prospect.)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A list of things that I would not mind getting for Christmas

As the days to christmas decreases, so do buying-options. Perhaps something locally?
At Fantoy they have a cool series of small models showing the build-up of organs. Head is cool.
At Sisustus-In they have some cool masks.

List of things I won't get:
[Hardware] ADAM HALL SKS-22 XB keyboard stand.
[Hardware] Toslink-S/PDIF coaxial to optical converter (eg. Cypress DCT-2 or this).
[DVD] Yuki Kajiura LIVE 2008.07.31.
Canon EOS 1000D/450D.

More probable alternatives:
[DS game] Professor Layton and the Curious Village.
Pants.
THE SSSNAKE YPK2030 (or equivalent cable, 2x 1/4" mono male <-> 1/8" stereo male).

More to come???

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Korg x 2


As predicted, now I have two boards. Though both are Korg, the difference in the keybeds is quite big. The keys on the M50 have much larger travelling distance with very little resistance; the K49 have stiffer keys that bottom out fast. It could be just the lower price I paid for the K49, but it feels a bit safer doing stuff like glissandos on that, rather than the M50.

Now all I need is a stand...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gear

About as long as I've been playing keyboard I've thought about getting a two-board setup. Not really because I need it, but because it looks fucking cool on-stage.
Can't be bothered to get out the DVD for a better pic.

The original plan was to get my old M-Audio Keystation back (since I had lent it out) and use that, but as it turns out some of the Keystations have an issue with MIDI out. Mine was one of them. So I had to think of something else...With the help of a friend, I will hopefully have this little thing in my possession before long. It's white, which makes it contrast nicely with the M50, and it's Korg, matching the M50.

Then all that's left is the stand...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Composing

Something I noticed.

As we are aiming to get at least a couple of original songs made this year with the band, I have gone into construction-mode. This in turn got me really eager to get ideas out, just tossing down chords and melodies, then quickly building them up to include the standard fare, bass, drums etc., inevitably at 4 AM. As it turns out, you can make some really bad decisions at 4 AM, which I realized at the latest band-meet where we listened through the material gathered so far.

So for the draft I'm polishing at the moment, I decided to take some time before sending it out, listen through it and try to hear what needs to be done. So far it seems to have paid off since I almost think it's one of the best of this bunch, even though I'm sort of growing tired of the melody...

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Experiment

Recently I reenacted an experiment I had done for midsummer, where I soaked gummybears in alcohol. That time the results weren't so drastic, as I had not let them soak for long.

This time I was determined to change a couple of important factors, namely the kind of alcohol used and the time for soaking. Last time I used a type of brännvin (for which I am unsure of the English name), but this time I used Vodka, albeit a cheap brand.
This time I also chose to use gummyworms!
Filled up the jars and into the fridge!
I put them into the fridge on Sunday (if I remember correctly), and let them stay there until Thursday, while taking a taste of a worm on Wednesday. Even when I tasted on wednesday I could feel it was quite strong, so I could very well have taken them out then, but I was a bit busy...

So the extraction was left until Thursday.
On the left are the ones soaked in Vodka, on the right control samples soaked in plain water. The ones soaked in water are clearly larger, though that might be due to me not measuring the liquid exactly even for each group.

As for the liquid remaining, the ones in water had soaked up virtually everything, while there was just over half a decilitre of Vodka remaining.It looks almost like urine, but it really isn't.

Unfortunately I forgot to measure the candies before I started the experiment, which makes the following image somewhat moot, but checking out the length of a bear in store, it was about 2cm long. (Measurement here in inches, 1in ≈ 2.5cm.)A growth of about 0.5cm in length and quite a lot in width for the bear. The worms were nicely fattened.

The resulting candies have quite a strong taste and smell of alcohol, though. If/when I do it again I will shorten the soaking period, or use a larger bear-to-alcohol ratio.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Again

It's sort of unfortunate that I've come to only post whenever I felt the need to unload psychologically. As it is, I've been feeling pretty good lately, therefore not having the same need to expunge my inner waste onto the internets.

I notice that the last post was from last year, and I guess some things have happened since then.

One of the more unexpected things is that I have started playing a 2D shooter series generally known as Touhou. This interest was originally sparked by a medley video on the Japanese video-site Niconico video (crappier Youtube version here); in this video there were, among other songs, many songs from the Touhou games series. The song that really got stuck in my head was 千年幻想郷 (Sennenn gensoukyou) ~ History of the Moon. After hearing it I felt a strong urge to find the source of it, and came across Touhou.

Since I'm playing the games mostly for the music, I'm sticking to easy mode for now, which might be for the best, since the higher difficulty levels can get quite intense...