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twittering again

Twitter is something I've had an on-again/off-again relationship over the years, but being that I'm putting more effort into expanding my musicianship thing I've decided to give it another go. My Twitter account is the same as before.

I said recently I was going to use Tumblr as my music blog. Bad idea, because it means I have to maintain two blogs and that proves to be inconvenient, so I canned it by posting a blog there saying to just follow me on Twitter instead. Should there be any relevant bloggos that are music related that I write here, I'll just point links whenever I feel like it. It's just altogether easier to tweet out stuff than having a dedicated music blog, especially since my intended use was just for updates.

Then there came the whole bit about how to manage all this crap. I decided to use the AIM client because it integrates Facebook and Twitter easily. I can post status updates quickly and easily, and that's pretty much the whole point.

I've no idea how often or not often I'll use Twitter, but eh, who knows.. we'll see what happens with it.

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done the metal thing, time for more blues stuff

I decided to go with mostly hard rock/metal songs with my First album as a fan service. A while ago I asked them what they wanted to hear on the first release and gave them the choice between rock and blues. They chose rock. I pretty much knew that was going to be the answer, but I wanted to be sure.

For the upcoming singles, they're going to be blues-based using my own personal flavor. It's tough to describe the sound as it's a mix of styles that is, well, me. If you've watched some of my videos where I play blues-ish stuff, you've already heard it.

Rock/Metal is cool and all that, but I appreciate that you can't hide behind distortion and effects when playing blues. And there's no technology that makes one a better blues player. Like jazz, there's a certain finesse to it, if you will. Aside from all that, I just feel happier when playing blues stuff. There are times when I'm just messing around with some riffs, hit a certain blues note and think, "Wow. I like that." That's pretty much what it's all about, and I'm going to try and capture some of that in my upcoming singles releases.

big monitor part 2

Yesterday my 24-inch monitor arrived.

New Monitor Day is not a day of celebration for me but rather something that can best be described as a 4-step process.

  1. Relief. "Now that this thing is bought I don't have to buy another one for good long while."
  2. Frustration. Hours are spent adjusting it to get it the luminance and color correct.
  3. Disappointment. I will always find things wrong because I've never had a 'perfect' monitor in my life and don't think I'll ever have one.
  4. Acceptance. "The thing is bought. It's configured the best I can get it. It's better than what I had. Time to get back to work."

I grew up on tube TVs and tube monitors, and the color from them to me looks correct, meaning I've never had an LCD monitor that looked right. At best, I can get it mostly-right and just deal with it. It doesn't matter how much was spent on the thing because thin-film just can't reproduce color like a tube can. Never could and never will.

With a tube-type, I could have the thing set up exactly to my liking in a matter of minutes and leave it that way pretty much for the life of the monitor. With LCD as I've said, it takes me hours. I have to mess around with both OSD and software controls, tweak, tweak, tweak and tweak some more, test with on-screen color cards.. ugh. Very annoying.

The good and bad stuff

No dead pixels on power-on. Very good. And hopefully none will develop for the life of the monitor.

I definitely confirmed that my BenQ was legitimately fuzzy with the way it was rendering fonts, as every font rendered the ASUS VE248H is very crisp and clear.

I also confirmed the BenQ's backlight is definitely showing it's age. The ASUS can easily produce a stark white, but even at max setting, the BenQ simply can't do it anymore. At best it's slightly yellow. Doesn't matter what you set for color, Kelvin temp, gamma or what-have-you, you're going to see some yellow.

True to the reviews I read, the ASUS has a massive ghosting problem. But I also knew about the hidden menu that allows you to turn "OverDrive" off and cures the ghosting 100%, which it does.

You can fit a lot of stuff in a 1920x1080 display, let me tell you. Using a browser full-screen in that res is a bit ridiculous, but I have a program to resize my browser window to 1200x960.

I genuinely appreciate having 30 extra pixels on the vertical (my previous was 1050, bumped to 1080).

I like the fact I can sit back more due to a crisp font display.

There's no gamma OSD control on the ASUS. Fixed with software control, but still.. stupid that it's not there.

I think 24-inch is too big for a desktop. Honestly. Should've went with a 22 or 23. Oh, well. I'll get used to it.

The display on the ASUS is so good that I now consider my netbook's display absolute junk. Yes, I can get a stark white out of the netbook, but the color controls are just way too simplistic to get any good bright color out of it.

My eyes are all bugged out from all the monitor-adjusting I've been doing, but I think I'm done with my tweaking. Hopefully.

Back to work.

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