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Logbook » Love is like Oxygen

written by owen, Fri, 03rd Nov

It is the things that you want that get you into the most trouble. I may have said this before, I cannot remember because I have been slacking off on my writing, stretched thin is a forest with tall trees. Maybe I should regroup but then that is probably something I want rather than a move that I necessary "need" to make. There is not winning no matter what you do. Balancing the struggle is increasingly difficult. You have to let somethings go in order to live and more over you never know what vice is going to bring you to an early grave.

There are disadvantages to everything under the sun. Choosing to focus only on the positives is really a choice left up to the individual involved. Living in a dream world is totally up to personal preference. It does not affect reality. Determination can get you some of the way but no one knows for sure what will take you the last 50% of the journey. The bus has already left the station. Whatever makes you sleep well at night. The only way to make a true calculation of risk is to be able to remember both sides of the coin or not play at all. Worrying about things out of your control is a waste of time.

Either way birds and reptiles are different fundamentally as long as the rules of the world stays the same. If you are gonna try to change the world you might as well go big and change the whole world instead of just a few little things that you currently find fascinating. If you really want to play the stock market game you have to have a lot of expendable liquid income. Otherwise you are not going to get far.

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Music » Music CDs and why I prefer them

written by owen, Fri, 27th Oct

At this point in writing I have own about 25 music CDs. They are among my favorite things. Cds hold a special place in my heart and since they are a physical medium they are limited in a way that digital media cannot replicate. Apart from video games and computer stuff I dont think there is anything that has been with me for as long as I have had CDs. CDs have certain advantages over digital that I like besides the fact they cost real money and I can only have a limited of them at any one time - mostly because I cannot afford to buy all the CDs I want which is a good thing. Plus it makes the ones I actually have extra special.

I have lost CDs over the years or given them away as gifts, even found some in garbage bins. I never re-buy CDs - it is like a rule I made up for myself. I believe every CD has a story behind it which is why people that give me CDs hold a special place in my heart. Digital MP3 music on the other hand is a case of a too much of a good thing and most mp3s do not have album covers or booklets which makes me sad. There is not such thing are a bad CD. I have gotten CDs that I loved instantly and also CDs that grew on me over time. Everything exists for a time. Somethings come back around and other things pass you by but the only thing that matters are the things that are now.

Cds are particularity hard to get in Jamaica and if you do see them for sale they are really expensive like $20 USD. $10 USD if you are lucky. Often stores will have a ton of Bob Marley Cds, or boot leg mixed CDs. I never buy digital music - seems kinda pointless to me. I usually wait until the CDs reach bargain bin because I have too many hobbies, too little time and I am not about the struggle life. Some times you will find a sketchy dude or a yard sale but those occasions are rare. I often go to people's houses, search their stuff and all I would find are empty cases or disks that are more scratched than sand paper.

I hate mixed CDs. Do not buy them. Definition: A mixed music CD is a CD that is re-released with a rearranged collection of songs; often called "Greatest Hits: " or "Best Of ". Do not buy mixed CDs! Song order is important. Another reason I hate listening to mp3s - the song order can get switched up for various reasons. I avoid Gospel, Country and RnB music because they just don't appeal to me. However I do have an Usher CD which is good.

Cds are often 10x the quality of mp3s. Put a CD in a stereo and you can turn it all the way up and still hear all the instruments. This is really only useful for people who are not already deaf from listening to music too loud. Burnt CDs do not last as long as original CDs. I have original CDs that are probably 15 years old and they still play fine. You are lucky if you can keep a burnt CD 5 years before the label peels off. Avoid burnt CDs unless you just want a quick fix.

I only keep the Cds that I like or hold for purposes of trading or gifting. There is not enough space in the world to store all the CDs that have been published so I have to grade them in some way by listening to them over and over until I come to a conclusion. Heaven help me.

Some of my favourite songs are ones that I first heard on album CDs. And its not like I dispise MP3s - I have a few of them. Even from the days of napster. I even have mp3s of stuff that you cannot even find on the internet anymore like the Indigo Club mixes by waka_x and ufo. MP3s are convenient for portable players and on the computer listening but as I said before music is a "quality" over "quantity" thing for me.

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Mad Bull. commented: I wonder how many CDs I have? I should count them and find out. I am a music-from-anywhere kind of guy. Nuff mixed CD, nuff, nuff, nuff, nuff, nuff MP3s... but its the differences between people that make the world special. I like it that you are still doing these posts as well. Respect. [biggrin] ... read 6 more

ChangeLog » November 2017

written by owen, Wed, 25th Oct

I have been in a mad rush to publish all the drafts I have in my inbox so that I can reset, get back to regular postings of new things instead of being constipated by old works.

I finally finished NewoSky. Finished is a light word for a weight that has been on my shoulders when it comes to these programming things but it is what it is. I also had to update the screenshot gallery project to handle the extra pictures/data that was being pushed to it.

The next thing I will be working on is cleaning up the news section. I realized that the Jamaica, Caribbean and Trinidad pages were over run with music video links so I will have to put in work to resolve that probably through the use of some kind of artificial intelligence or 3d VR tech. lolz.

After that I will be back to posting regular nonsense in the logbook. God's willing. Creating new mastheads and probably ditching Google Analytics because I serious do not care about your data collection culture.

I am always looking for opinion new blogs, video blogs and stuff to feature on there so let me know if you have a RSS feed I can subscribe to.

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Getting Started in Programming 2017 edition

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Office Space » New Kingston

written by Anonymous, Wed, 18th Oct