roxybisquaint: (john song blow up)
My brother came home tonight, there was a little chit-chat and then he whips the this. For me. Completely out of the blue, he bought me a new iPod Nano! How awesome is that?

"Early birthday present," he said.

Very early. My birthday's not until December. Hee. I think he walked into the Apple store tonight and just couldn't resist buying one. And since he's got an iPhone, he has no need for an iPod. So I got a gift :)

My old iPod was a 30gb and this new Nano is 8gb. I guess the days of me cramming my entire music library onto my iPod are over. Considering I never seem to have more than 40 or 50 songs in heavy rotation at one time, I think I can manage. This sucker's way cool. And you can record video with it. Neato!
roxybisquaint: (sarah spinning knife animation)
I think it was [livejournal.com profile] spectralbovine that first told me how awesome Dexter is and that I'd be a total idiot not to watch it (except he left out the part about me being an idiot because he's much too nice). Oddly, right about the time I decided to download all three seasons and watch it, my brother announced he was in the process of downloading it. That's not the first time that's happened either — we've got some kind of psychic entertainment link or something.

Anyway, my brother got started watching before the man and I did and crammed the whole thing into a single weekend. Every time he'd take a break, he'd tell us how amazing it was. He was right. [livejournal.com profile] spectralbovine was right. Dexter kicks ass. I really don't regret being such a later comer to to the series because it's so satisfying to marathon a couple seasons of a great show. And I don't even have to wait long for the new season to start! It'll be difficult to wait for weekly episodes, though. More (spoilers if you haven't seen it) >> )
roxybisquaint: (sarah flashlight)
Late one night in 2001, my brother decided he wanted to go record some cool beats in the warehouse at his work. So we filled a couple boxes with some beat-making instruments and headed off to have some silly fun. You can hear bongos, harmonica, slide whistle, drum sticks hitting the concrete floor, blowing into a bottle, a cell phone being opened and clacked shut, drum sticks on a glass bottle, etc.

When we got there he realized he'd forgotten the cable for the microphone, so we ended up just recording this variety of beats and sounds directly through the built-in mic on his Mac. Here's what he made from it all. I think it's pretty cool.
roxybisquaint: (sarah stungun dare)
I've got the vocals from the baby monitor in Sarah's turtle dream in Complications (it helps to have an audio engineer in the family). My brother (the sound guy) said there were 2 distinct vocal tracks in there. He isolated them, cleaned them up as well as he could and slowed them down a bit.

Don't get too excited because they're still quite distorted. It kind of sounds like someone whispering from the far end of a long metal pipe, and on the first few listens it'll sound like nonsense. But after repeat listenings, you can tell there are words being said.

The links to MP3s and my interpretation of what's being said are below:

Baby monitor vocal - Part 1
"because I made you"

Baby monitor vocal - Part 2
"you've become mine"

Let me know if you think they say something different.

That music

Sep. 24th, 2008 03:30 am
roxybisquaint: (dramatic prairie dog)
I've been trying to find this piece of music forever it seems and never had any luck. I've heard it a thousand times in various movie trailers and award shows (it's a popular piece of music) so all my associations with it were dead ends. When I happened up a youtube video the other day that used it in the background, I played it for my audio-geek brother and set him to the task of figuring it out for me. He did. And I never would have guessed what it actually came from... Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. It's called "Victory at Ed Parker's" and you'll recognize it about 1/2 to 2/3 the way into it.

roxybisquaint: (sarah bombs)
Q: What do I do with this?

Even as my house cleaning strike pretty much continues in the main living part of the house, I've decided to delve into the underworld. Yes, the basement — shelter of all possessions homeless. You don't even want to know what I've found down here under layers of dust. Anyone need some Camel cash? How about a selection of dry-rotted rubber bands? Want an old checkbook (one of those big notebook style business ones) to a closed account? Perhaps some miscellaneous screws and electronic parts? The real waste of space, though, is stacks of old postal forms and boxes. I have the mother load of Priority boxes, Express Mail tape, customs forms and the like (from the old action figure business). So anyway, I'm covered in filth at the moment and I thought I'd share that.

By the way, how many flashlights are too many to have? Is 7 too many? What's the limit on partial gallons of paint for a household? Is 31 excessive? Do I really need my old crutches? Why do I have a Razor scooter? Is it decadent to have his and hers power tools? Actually, I'm going to answer that one: I don't care. Milwaukee is too heavy for me. I need my Ryobi. It would, however, be most helpful if either of us ever put them away.

While you ponder all that, I'll leave you with a more important Q&A:

Q: What happens when Van Halen's Jump, Yes' Owner of a Lonely Heart and Starship's We Built This City get mixed together?

A: Compliments of my brother's mad mixing skillz...

In other news, my husband just informed me that WarGames 2: The Dead Code was "a steaming pile of crap."
roxybisquaint: (andy goode)
Dude. There is.
roxybisquaint: (get happy)
What happens when all your dreams come true? I don't know either, but I do know what happens when one of them does: your mouth and tummy delight in the sweet, sweet taste of a flaky crust surrounding warm apple filling. Yes, a McDonald's Hot Apple Pie just appeared unexpectedly before me while I was thinking about how nice it would be to have a sweet treat. My brother (my God, props yet again) handed it to me because "the meal came with 2 and I didn't want the other one." I must have done something good because this can only be karma. Either that or he's plotting to hit me up for some cash soon.
roxybisquaint: (get happy)
So. Damn. Catchy. I like this version of "I'm Good, I'm Gone" way better than what's on the album. And how can you not enjoy that bathroom performance? I've decided Lykke Li is good for the soul. And since my brother recently turned me on to her, he gets props for an unprecedented second time this week.

Meanwhile, I've just uncovered a forgotten selection of music from 2002 in my iTunes library that includes Snoop Dogg (w/Pharell), Nelly, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Paul and Marc Anthony.
I have no excuse.
roxybisquaint: (sarah hope)
I want Juju Stulbach's cover of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain". Such a delighfully soothing rendition of the song. Unfortunately, there appears to be a conspiracy of some sort at work since iTunes doesn't have it and Amazon appears to have had in April but it's now mysteriously unavailable. Also two attempts I made to procure the song through other means resulted in dud files. WTF?

Super Happy Update...
Special thanks to my awesome audio geek bro who found the song in a podcast and extracted it for me. I don't think I'll ever be in a bad mood again as long as I have this song within earbud range :)

Wouldn't you like to be in a good mood too? )

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