Category Archives: News

Facebook addiction and a tool to stop it

Facebook is basically half of the internet for a lot of us. I spend FAR TOO MUCH TIME ON THIS WEBSITE. It’s a double-edge sword, because on one hand it’s a great tool for marketing and sharing my ideas and work. On the other hand it’s filled with negativity, gossip, and MASSIVE MINDLESS TIME WASTING.

I finally decided to do something about it and started looking for ways to make me spend less time there. I found this great chrome extension that can time you, and alert you when you’ve spent a certain amount of time on facebook. Get it here! https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/facebook-timer/fmgghficeiinjhgpiodnangpjlifhdea 

The Manasota Project (Web Series)

Last summer I recorded some songs all by myself then started a kickstarter campaign to release the songs on 180g vinyl. Much to my surprise the kickstarter completed successfully! The album is being pressed and is set to be completed in April of 2016. Now is when the real challenge begins. How does a largely unknown artist sell 500 vinyl LPs in 2016? Good question.

I’m a 40-year-old guy who’s played in bands since I was 10, so the idea of putting together a band to play unrewarding shows at bars for no money to try to sell an album really didn’t sound like fun nor like a good idea.

So instead I’ve decided to get some musicians together to perform on YouTube. It’ll help promote the album, and be a lot of fun in the process. The Manasota project documents this process and is a window into the life of a musician who never gives up.

Apple really paying 0% for 3 full months of streaming to artists!

Apple Music to pay 0% royalties to rights holders through free trial accounts, 58% through subcriptionsI’m really starting to dislike this company.

Three days after its grand unveiling, the revenue figures have been revealed for Apple Music.

As revealed by Digital Music News via a leaked contract, it will pay out 58% on subscription revenues earned through the service – this applies to the $9.99/mo and $14.99/mo accounts.

It’s also emerged that Apple Music will pay 0% to rights owners, when music is streamed through the free trial option.

Spotify gives 70% of revenue to rights owners, and this figure is calculated after taxes and other deductions, not like Apple Music’s full gross amount.

But the significance of this lies in Apple’s three-month free trial period, starting from its launch on 30th June. Any releases coming out between that day onwards are likely to be hugely affected in terms of revenue.

This decision mostly affects independents, as major labels and associated publishers have signed separate deals on their own terms.

via http://diymag.com/2015/06/10/apple-music-to-pay-0-royalties-to-artists-through-free-trial-accounts

El Capitan! Seriously, what were you thinking Apple?

OS X

While Microsoft has been busy cramming lots of new features into Windows 10, Apple is taking a different, iterative approach with OS X 10.11, called El Capitan. Yes, like the headline says, that is the actual name. The focus is on refinement, with the biggest changes to the latest Mac operating system being a more polished and beefed-up user interface, improvements to the built-in software and better performance.

Visually, OS X 10.11 El Capitan introduces new gestures, like swipe to delete emails in Mail, an improved Safari user interface, which now gives users the option to pin tabs by swiping and the ability to quickly mute audio in individual tabs. The most-obvious and interesting change in this area, however, is related to multitasking.

Apple has followed Microsoft in offering split-view in the OS X 10.11 El Capitan user interface, which works much like Modern UI in Windows 8.x. Users can change the ratio between the windows that are shown at the same time by moving the bar between them.

The Spotlight panel can be resized and moved where the user wants, but it also gains more contextual awareness. Users can type more natural search queries, with the appropriate results showing up for, say, “documents that I created in January”.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan also features more powerful inter-app communication, with users able to pull content from one app to another app, like a link from Safari to Mail. The notes app — Notes — comes with better formatting functionality.

Apple claims that performance has been improved throughout OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The figures: 1.4 times faster app launches, 2 times faster app switches, 2 times faster email pulls, and 4 times faster PDF openings.

That is not all, however, as OS X 10.11 El Capitan also gets Metal, which Apple introduced in iOS 8, and it enables 50 percent faster rendering, 40 percent lower CPU loads and, as a byproduct, improved battery life. Apple says that, using Metal, Adobe has seen performance increase by up to 800 percent in its software.

There is no word yet on availability, but we should expect OS X 10.11 El Capitan to come after iOS 9 this fall. Apple has previewed its latest mobile operating system following OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

via http://betanews.com/2015/06/08/apple-previews-os-x-10-11-el-capitan-yes-thats-its-real-name

GTA 5 PC Music Video Contest Announced

Rockstar Games has announced a new competition that challenges Grand Theft Auto V PC players to use the Rockstar Editor video editing suite to make a music video.

The first ever Rockstar Editor video contest calls on players to create what will be the official music video for the song “Leave” by Wavves, a track featured in GTA V on the new in-game radio station The Lab.

Here’s how the band Wavves sums up the track and what it’s looking for with a music video:

“The song is about leaving a bad situation. Whether that means a criminal enterprise or activity, or a bad romantic relationship, or something else entirely is up to you to interpret as the music video director. Just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to get a little weird along the way.”

read more http://www.gamespot.com/articles/gta-5-pc-music-video-contest-announced/1100-6427331/