"One Of My Lies"
May 17, 2020
Inspired by all the fun videos that musicians are putting out (particularly the Goldfinger ones, since they're a band that's near and dear to me), I decided to challenge myself to do a similar quasi-live video. Here it is:
Since I'm not the greatest guitar player, I decided to stick to something that I could handle (or at least pass off as "good enough for punk music"). 😎
I went with "One Of My Lies", off the Green Day album "Kerplunk", which has always been one of my favorite songs, even though I didn't know all the lyrics until last week.
In the spirit of capturing a quasi-live band performance, I did these in full takes, without editing. I did about three drum takes before I was happy, maybe a dozen bass takes, and roughly a billion guitar/vocal takes. Haha. I kept fucking up the lyrics (I still did flub a couple tiny things, in the end), but mostly I was just messing up the guitar-playing, which is an impressive feat when you consider that Green Day is not exactly a band covered extensively by Guitar Player magazine.
Anyway, this was a blast to make, and I'm excited to try another one soon! Maybe something even easier on guitar? 😂
iCloud and node_modules
May 4, 2020
For now, I've opted to remove all my Node projects out of iCloud, and instead make a habit of creating remote repos on Github.
If you're not using React, the following solution should still work, and I'd still recommend it!
I've been using the COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to learn new skills and expand on the ones I've already got. For the most part, this has been in the realm of coding.
I'm not quite ready to share the projects I've been working on (most of them are really basic little web apps that are more for learning than for a portfolio), but I wanted to share one quick little tip for anyone developing adds with Node.js that uses iCloud.
By default, any new file or directory that you store in iCloud on macOS gets uploaded and synced. In the case of a Node.js project, this means that the monster that is
node_modules gets uploaded, as well. This is unnecessary usage of bandwidth and also takes quite a toll on your battery and hard disk.
Fortunately, some smart person made a utility for dealing with exactly this scenario: nosync-icloud.
You can read about it on their site, but the short version is that you can run a command in each of your Node.js project folders, and it will look for a
node_modules folder, append
.nosync to the folder name (which disables iCloud syncing), symlinks
node_modules to the newly un-synced folder, and then adds both to your
Habit & Routine, Vol. 2
January 24, 2020
Hi, friends! Please welcome “Habit & Routine: Vol. 2” into the world!
Only half the songs as last time, but twice as many guitar solos, I think. The fact that the number of solos is increasing disproportionally to the quality of the guitar playing just shows that maybe I’m becoming a real guitar player? (That was a sick burn on guitar players, but also self-deprecating, which makes it ironic and humorous, just like people on Internet!)
Anyway, like last time, I wrote, performed, recorded, and mixed everything in my practice space, over the last few months. I’m stoked with how they turned out and look forward to putting out more stuff this year.
And if you didn’t get a chance to listen to the first batch, those are still streaming, as well!
Listen to "Habit & Routine: Vol. 2" on the platform of your choice.