How to Adjust Right Left Balance in Windows

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Somewhere along the line developers forgot that sometimes when people listen to music they want to adjust the right left balance without having to load audio into a DAW such as ProTools or Ableton Live. In my case I want to do this if I’m working on tunes with Jamey Aebersold or Hal Leonard play along tracks. Download the util …

What You Need to Know about Washington State’s new “Distracted Driving” Law

Free drawing below! On May 16, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law the updated “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act” which goes into effect in mid-July. The law drastically increases penalties for using your smart phone while driving and strengthens the widely ignored existing Washington state hands-free law. What does this mean for you? It means it’s time to …

The Golden Rule of Making Great Music

People remember feelings, not sounds. There are two kinds of musicians: the kind that make good music and the kind that make bad music. Since good and bad are simply a matter of opinion, there is no universal recipe for “good music”. However, there is something that all good music has in common: the listener connects with it. Rhythm is …

It’s Never too Late to Succeed

A New York Times article just came out about a study that shows success is not age related. The article was in part based on large scale study that was recently published on ScienceMag.org The idea might be counter intuitive when you think about the great discoveries and successes of our time. A lot of names that we know such …

Calvin and Hobbes: The Last Adventure

(Authors note: Bill Watterson did not write or give me permission to write this story. I wrote it as a memorial because the “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strips were an integral part of my life from the start when I was a teenager to the finish. I found other versions of Calvin’s last story online and was inspired to write …

Webroot Review: the Last Anti-Virus You’ll Ever Need

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[updated June, 2017] Webroot SecureAnywhere has been my first choice for anti virus and malware protection software for several years because it works and it doesn’t slow down my computer. The reason I’m pushing it right now is that a relatively new class of malware called “RansomWare” takes over your computer and threatens to delete all your files, pictures, and …

Toilets that Flush, a Personal Review

Simple pleasures. It’s a cliche of course, but there are in fact some simple pleasures that cost relatively little yet offer a long term relaxing feeling of happiness that is difficult to find elsewhere. Sometimes discovering a simple pleasure comes later in life. For example, I didn’t discover the wonders of pomegranates and avocados, or learn how to spell them, until …

The Day of the Chin, or, Strangling Chickens and Yummy Griblets

Mr Big Chin and the end of civilization.

I nearly lost my place in the music when the unmistakable sound of someone strangling chickens rose above the normal din of crowd noise and vulgarities in the bar. My first thought was that I didn’t recall there ever being chickens in the bar. Alcohol can bring out the inner demons, or clowns, in the gelatinous petri dish of bar …

How to Remove Keys on a Yamaha S90 ES Keyboard

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There are times when you need to remove the keys from your keyboard like when the felts go bad or the contacts break down or your keys get damaged on the gig. Almost all keyboards have a trick or two that makes removing keys easy. The Yamaha S90 ES keyboard is a great set of keys and if you need …