Saturday, January 10, 2009

Up and over

Great fun at karate last night. We started the lesson working on the bags, kicking and punching. That's always hard work and my knuckles are suitably skinned today. Then we did something new. We borrowed the mats the Aikido club use and started practicing some of the throws from the kata's.

While I realize that practicing a throw with a willing participant is not quite the same thing as actually throwing someone attacking you, nevertheless, it was interesting and pretty fun. Then we got some even bigger mats to try something else.

This required learning to do a forward somersault and protect the head. Never having done such a thing before I was rather nervous. My brain kept saying "You can't be serious about doing this." Nevertheless I tried it and discovered it's quite easy, actually quite enjoyable.

Then we practiced the 'sacrifice throw'. So named because, in order to throw your opponent, you end up on the floor as well. If it goes wrong you're going to be in trouble. I still don't quite know how I did it but apparently I was able to throw my partner Terry over my head and, then safely, be thrown.

A really fun, out of the ordinary, lesson and a good way to end the week. But I will say this... make sure never to be the senior grade in the room when Sensei is demonstrating throws :)

10/01/2009 16:30 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:
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Logic automation problems

I'm having a problem with Logic Automation. I have two AU's Sinevibes Gateboy and Audio Damages BigSeq that aren't working properly.

If I automate one of the plugin parameters from Logics automation track that's fine. The plugin responds to the automation. However if I change something within the plugin (i.e. select a preset, move a control) nothing is written to Logic's automation track.

This severely hampers my ability to automate these plugins as it's much better to get an effect you like by manipulating the plugins controls and saving a preset then selecting that to automate than it is to try and do the same thing in the automation track directly (not to mention the hassle of creating tracks for each parameter).

Does anyone else have this problem in Logic 8?

10/01/2009 23:31 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:
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Mac OS X is not without annoyances that make you want to scream

Like, why the hell is that I find myself waiting while OS X spins up my external disks whenever I try to open or save a file?!?

99 times out of 100 I am not opening, nor saving, a file to an external disk.

Yet I have to wait while it laboriously spins each one up in turn...

Was this not supposed to have been fixed in Leopard?

Seriously it makes me mad.

Stop it.

10/01/2009 23:58 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:
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