Thursday, December 26, 2013

Getting Lost in the Mix

About a month ago I decided to give Logic Pro X a try after four years of using Ableton Live. At first Logic felt incredibly limiting. Both digital audio workstations (DAW) have fundamentally different approaches to making music and I was quite used to composing in the “scene mode” unique to Ableton. It wasn’t until last Saturday when my friend Ryan, a very talented musician whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the last two years, came over to my place. He brought over his guitar and mandolin to record a song he wrote. I told him I was experimenting with Logic and any kind of patience he could afford me as I poked and prodded the DAW would be appreciated.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Google Hangouts vs. Apple's iMessage

I’ve been thinking about moving from iMessage to Hangouts as my go-to messaging app and platform. There are good points and bad points for each but ultimately I believe Hangouts suits me the best. I spend far too much time weighing my options in the consumer electronic space and as any good geek knows, the longer the wait, the more agonizing the choice. My biggest concerns were balancing privacy, flexibility and portability, in that order. As I go into the details of each service, I’ll expand on what I mean by those three priorities in more details.

Friday, December 20, 2013

What is Ansible?

Welcome to Ansible!

Ansible is a new blog to help transition away from travel writing and to address more of my everyday life, which is mostly tech obsession, music production and photography. Come August 2014, I'll be moving back to home, though a new home, in Memphis Tennessee with my lovely wife, Haley Kwon. After almost 8 years living and working abroad, I'll no longer be focusing on traveling blogging. After living in South Korea for nearly four years, I've become uninspired blogging about my life here for a number of reasons. I started my Korea Blog for friends and family and I have seen a decrease in their traffic, reciprocating my own decline in things to blog about. After a number of years living in the same place, however foreign it may be, it begins to lose its exoticism and suddenly teaching ESL in a foreign country eventually turns into any other 9 to 5.  Ansible is my transition from travel blogging to blogging about hobbies, thoughts and, well, married life: equilibrium.

So why ansible? I recently finished the Ender Quintet by Orson Scott Card; within the Ender universe, an ansible is a computer-based mechanism for instantaneous data and communications transmissions as imagined years before the modern Internet. I project this particular blog to serve similar functions albeit lacking in the true instantaneous, real-time nature of the ansible network in Ender's Game. 

So here's to the future of instantaneous discussion.

Music to Post to: Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys