Friday, July 24, 2020

Music / Lyric Idea

A question, a few comments, and an idea or 2 all in one brand spanking new post:

Question: Does anyone use MMA (Musical Midi Accompaniment) and consider themselves proficient in its use?

This was prompted from the BIAB video from Bobby Watson's She's Just A Tempress post.

Bobby's comment there that ends: "It's up to the next guy to put the polish on what I come up with." gets close to my thinking. I want to use such tools to help me write my words, not to produced a finished recording.

Then I saw the TheoryBoard Live On Kickstarter post. 

Makes me want to get one to see if it can help me with my lyric writing. I have been thinking for years about a device or program that I have been thinking of as a Nashville Number System keyboard.

In its simplest idea: Turn a dial to set the key for the song. Press 1, get the 1 chord, press 5, get the 5 chord etc.

Slightly more complex: allow for setting strum/arpeggio patterns / rhythms that get played instead of simple sustained chords.

Again, for me all of this is in aid of writing lyrics that come to me, often in small pieces that I feel need some music to help me coax their friends out of my head...

Having super ambitions thoughts this morning... Might love it if I gave a program a chord progression and bpm and had it fill in multiple takes on the "song"... (12 bar blues), (verse - verse - verse), (verse - chorus), (verse - chorus - bridge), in 4/4 time and 3/4 time and others if needed. let me skip around in each and see if any prompts any ideas in my head, then pick one and let it give me several takes closer to the one I chose... (fuzzy thoughts here...)

All of this as I can't seem to find the people to work with me consistently.

In an alternate effort to resolve this problem, I have taken to posting spoken word and poorly sung versions of my ideas and bits of ideas hoping someone will find something and run with it. Most should have a text file with lyrics so far. (Some are missing. I am working through that issue sporadically. If you want to work with one that is missing its words, let me know and I will try and fix promptly.)

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Wind Kill Factor

Wind Kill Factor

I thought I had posted this here before. I wanted to refer to it this morning and could not find it. Luckily I found it in my Facebook posts on April 10th.

Watching winter football, we are always hearing about:

Wind Chill Factor.

Now pandemic and no talk of:

Wind Kill Factor.

If 6 to 10 feet is a safe distance indoors, what is a safe distance downwind of an infected person relative to wind speed when outdoors on a windy day?

Where are the graphs?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Bahamas Real Estate Proposal 01

Bahamas Real Estate Proposal 01

Or, John Christie and COVID 19 made me do it.

I have been thinking about this idea and talking about it from time to time with friends for many years now. But, I can't recall ever documenting it in public before. You can put this down to professional crastination at the highest levels if you like.

I finally wrote this as a reply to a comment by John Christie on Facebook. I thought I would put it here to make it easier to find in the future and to finally document the idea...

John Christie - one idea I have had to reduce what I see as some of the negative impacts of the high tax on transfer of property is to bring time into the equation.
For example: 
Property sells today for the first time in 60 years. Regular rate is paid. Sells again within 2 years, 100% discount on regular rate. Sells within 2 to 50 years use this equation: 
regular rate X (year/50) 
Sells after 50 years: regular rate 
I think I have the maths correct there. (This is not considering your proposal, special adjustment as needed to incorporate that idea. 
Positive benefit. Allows people with the skills to buy, renovate, and flip. Without having to play games or raise the price enough to cover such a high tax twice in a short time. I have felt for years that this would be a good thing for our market.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Out Of Touch COVID-19

The Out Of Touch

April 12th, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown Thoughts.

I figure there must be more than zero people in this world right now... Living off grid, in the woods, in the forest, in the bush, in the jungle, on a remote island somewhere...

Who do not even know that all of this is going on...

Do you agree?

If so, what do you think the order of magnitude of the number might be. (A range is OK too...)

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Git Modeling

Git Modeling

Rough explanation...

For all scientific modelling receiving public funding, and for all models whose results are used to sway public policy, all data needed for a model run, the code used in the model run, and the output from a model run should be put in a publicly readable git repository. This must be done for *every* run of the model.

We should be able to go back and rerun any model from any point in time with the data from that point in time and confirm that we get the same results that are published for that run in the past.

We should also be able to run data from point in the past A with the model code from point in the past B and compare the results to the results from data from point in the past A with the model code from point in the past C's results...

And other variations.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Virus Thought Experiment

Virus Thought Experiment

An ignorant thinker asks your thoughts...

The Setup:

Two very similar countries.

  • Each have a 100 million population.
  • Each had the first infected come back from a trip at the same time.
  • Each has had the same rate of spread.
  • Both are now 10% infected.
Country A tests 100 thousand people.
Country B tests 10 thousand.

What are some possible headlines that, while true would be very misleading?

Are we getting the numbers in the news and from official government sources that we need to think clearly and intelligently about this situation we find ourselves in?

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Lock Down Project Proposal

Lock Down Project Proposal

March 21/2020

This proposal if for the consideration of those groups of people put on lock down for whatever reason. The date should give you a clue as to what prompted this.

I will be speaking in some generalities in this post and may be contacting some people / groups privately with more particulars and to determine interest. I am splitting things up this way in case the public / general part might help / inspire a wider group than I contemplate. This is for people who are "artistic" or "crafty" in any way.

Quick Summary

  • We can work together online creating music, art, photography, books, etc.
  • We can put everything under a Creative Commons BY-SA license.
  • We can market these co-created works and give the proceeds to a "good cause" of our choosing.
  • We can also allow the "good cause" of our choosing to market / deal in the works we create in this project to raise money that we did not raise.


If you have any objections to any of the above:

  • Change whatever you need to change in the groups you organize so that your group has a good time and gets something worthwhile done.
  • Keep you objections off of this page. You have a better solution one point above.
  • If you are a part of a group I reach out to later, we can work things out in private.

Notes and Rambles

Other Possibilities

Book of short stories / essays
Photo book
Photo Calendars
Art Works
Clothing Designs
Computer Programs / Apps
T-Shirt Designs

I may add to this later. I would be interested in hearing anything that comes of this.