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Audio Logic Music Video

New Song Demo: “South By West”

This is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. Actually it just came to me in a flash as I was struggling with a Christmas Song cover (“God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen”) It almost came kind of as a subconscious relief to my conscious suffering with the other song. So maybe that’s one secret to creativity: You work on something that may be a little difficult, a little structured, and as you’re going along, in a flash the “lyrical” part of your mind comes to the rescue with something original and fun. Kind of as a relief or a reflex.

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Audio Music Video

Music Video – My Love Has Gone

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Audio Music Video

Moving On

This is a cover I did tonight of a Josh Rouse song called “Moving On.” Really it was a test of my iPhone 4 video and playing around with iMovie. Also I made a separate recording track on the iPad, a little closer to me with the FiRe recording app. I was testing syncing a separate audio track with video. Actually I want to record audio into Logic with a good mic and higher resolution but didn’t feel like moving my big iMac to the other room just for the test, but actually I think it came out pretty good.

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Tech Video

What to do when your iPad’s Home Button Stops Working

A few days ago my iPad’s home button stopped working. Seems like it happened right after I upgraded to iOs 4.3. The only thing I could do to use it was turn it off and back on. Mine’s a first generation that I got at Best Buy the first day it came out on April 3rd, 2010. I searched the web. There was a blog post where a lot of people who were having the same problem talked about solutions and whether it was hardware or software caused. Some found answers. Most didn’t and ended up taking it back and getting it replaced. Since mine is almost a year old and I didn’t buy any of the warranty from Best Buy or Apple, I figured I would have to take it back, they may send it off and that it would cost me something.

Anyway on this blog post I know one guy mentioned that his would work in Portrait mode. I tried portrait mode, still nothing. So I let the thing sit for a day. I’d thought about a hard reset, but how are you going to do a hard reset if the home button doesn’t work?

Anyway, yesterday, even though it was still not working, I found something funny: I noticed that when I held it in landscape mode, pushed the button, held it, then rotated it to portrait mode, then released, it started working, maybe half the time. I thought, “OK, I can live with this for a few days until I take it up there.”

Then later on, I had the iPad sitting flat on my wooden desk next to my desktop. I pushed the button. It worked every time. I thought, “Hey this is cool. OK.” I thought maybe it had something to do with the hard surface. Now my iPad is not in a case, so I don’t know if that may make a difference.

Now, a day after that, it seems to be totally working again like normal.

This could be totally anecdotal and have nothing to do with my exercises. Maybe it was just a glitch in the software that some how “healed” itself. But its worth a try if you find yourself in this same situation.

So try this:

  • Hold the iPad in front of you in landscape mode
  • Push the button and keep it held while you gently rotate it to Portrait mode, then release.
  • See if you get any response: 1 out of 2 times, 1 out of 3, etc.
  • If that works, or even if it doesn’t, lay the iPad gently on a hard, smooth surface, so there is even resistance. (If its in a case, I’d recommend taking it out) Push the button, hold it in a second longer than normal, then gently release.
  • This may be totally anecdotal but it “feels” like it started responding when, after I pushed, I kept it pushed for a second, and then gently released.

Well maybe this is totally luck and yours still won’t work or maybe there’s something to it, and either the maneuver or the slight resistance somehow put it it back in place (assuming it is hardware related) or somehow fixed the “glitch” if it is software.

Either way, what I’m describing above is in no way harming the iPad. I wasn’t pushing any harder than normal or trying to shake it or anything like that. No need to push harder. Although it did seem, at first, that when I would hold it pushed in for just a second longer than normal and then gently released, it started to respond.

Don’t do anything that could damage your iPad, but try the above and see if it works for you. Give it a day or two. Maybe you’ll have the same “luck” that I did, and it’ll start working again.

If not of course take it back to the Apple Store. But either way, if you are one of the unfortunate ones like me that this happened to let me know how it works out. I’d love to hear your experiences. And learn.

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Video

Astonishing Six Minute Amateur Video of Japan Tsunami

In case you can’t view this video because of the country that you are in, here is a direct link to the .MP4 file.

I saw this as a tweet from Jeff Jarvis. I threw it on Youtube because it enlarged it. Youtube said that it may be the property of TV Asahi Corporation. So they may pull it down, and they said it may not be viewable in other countries.

Update 3/28/11
The youtube version of the video has now been taken down, I am not sure why. The video can still be viewed on the Bulgarian site Vbox7.

Here’s another amazing one from Tokyo showing cracks opening and closing and liquefaction: I saw this in a tweet from Chris Sacca

And another I just saw tweeted by Jimmy Pethokoukis saying “More than any other video i have seen, this shows the terrifying power and speed of the Japan tsunami”

Saw this one today (04-19-11) from the site Newser.com entitled “New Japan Tsunami Video Shows Town Washed Away as Residents Flee”

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Video

Snow Patrol

Some videos I took on my iPhone 4 of the Snow Storm that took place here in Arkansas the second week of February. Can you believe it was 70 degrees a week later? That’s Arkansas weather for you!