Back in the 541!

As of right now I am back in Eugene, and ramping up the work for another exciting term at UO. To get things started with a bang, I am going to lay down some exciting announcements!

First, I mentioned a while ago about an up coming contest I had entered. Voting opened today, so please please please head on over and vote for my track. You may notice that despite a song naming contest, the title remains the same. I only got one submission to the Pre-Contest Contest, so by default Tia Cotter was the winner. I do, however, feel like there should still be some competion in my contest, so comment a good title to this blog post, and you can also get the fun prizes that Tia is enjoying right now.

Second, I now have the time slot for my radio show this term! The Cleveland Show will be on at 10PM-midnight (PST) on Mondays starting up in October! As some of you can already gather, the downside is that I will be on at 1-3 AM in Cleveland itself. The upside is that it is in the magical time of night where the DJ doesn’t have to censor his music, so don’t be surprised if there is a sudden increase of Wu Tang….

Thats whats going on here at Clodewerks. Hopefully, I’ll see you all around the Emerald City. Thanks for voting, tuning in, listening, and contesting!

Summer in Review

The Summer is that magical time of year when I think I’ll have more free time to do the stuff I want to accomplish, but end up filling most of it with the down time I deprive myself of throughout the year. That being said, I felt that I actually did better in the goal reaching department than most summers. At the end of the school year I made a list of things that I wanted to get done, lets see how I did.

1. Read three books: Reading Where the Wild Things Are and Fantastic Mr. Fox before witnessing their cinematic disembowelment aside, I did manage to accomplish this part of my overall goal to read more. I read the amazing The Rest Is Noise, the not as funny as Fluke book Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, and I re-read The Restaurant At the End of the Universe, because I forgot half of the plot since I read it in middle school.

2-3. Write an hour of good music, and perform your music: I didn’t accomplish either of them this summer, but I made great head way by Practicing what I could perform, and writing some new stuff. I also worked a lot with the features of Ableton to work out some ways of improvised performances. I did put down some tracks, but did finalize much yet. Most notably I wrote the so-far un-named song that will be in a contest fairly soon. Don’t forget that you can still name it! I’m also working on a remix for another contest in October.

4. Get better at DJing: I got the Korg Nano Pad and Nano Kontrol and have devised some pretty exciting stuff with the samplers and 8 channels of Kontrol. This is one that I’m actually 100% that I accomplished.

5. Learn a new programming language: I was really ready to sit down and learn Flash AS3 and have it under my belt for the beginning of the year. But then I haven’t heard much positive about it and its future on the web. A lot more hype about HTML 5. I ended up just working on Max and doing more with that.

6. Come up with a senior project: I basically was setting myself up for failure on this one, as it won’t be approved until school starts back up. I do have a few ideas, but I don’t want to give anything away.

7. Create a website: This has been a goal for a long time. But since May, I think this has been as good as a website for summing up my works and other ramblings. However, there will always be a sleeker web solution out there, like my own domain and or some sweet HTML 5 crazyness.

8. Lose Ten Pounds: This is one that I can safely say that I failed. On the other hand, I haven’t gained weight, and in Northeast Ohio, that’s a big positive. There are more wings, better burgers, Great Lakes Beers, and so on and so forth. In fact, I laughed in the face of this goal with some pretty impressive culinary accomplishments. In one glorious night I survived atomic wings at Quaker Steak and drank baileys out of a shoe, both amazing gastronomical feats.

As summers go, I feel that this one went pretty well. Now its time to get ready for another exciting year of the University of Oregon.

On Deadly Ground II: On Deadly Sea

Steven Seagal returns as environmental agent Forrest Taft, who must stop corrupt Aegis CEO Tommy Hughward (Hugh Grant), the kind of person who doesn’t care whether or not oil spills into the ocean or onto the land, just as long as it’s making money for him. He even makes commercials that make him look like he cares about the environment. Jennings is almost finished with building his new state-of-the art oil rig: AEGIS HORIZON. When Hughward finds out that Taft’s best friend Richard Palmer has a computer disk that contains information about defective equipment on AEGIS HORIZON, he sends out his goons to murder Palmer. When Taft tries to interfere, Hughward tries to kill Taft, but an Voodoo woman named Marie, who introduces Taft to her father Galeb, the local witch doctor, rescues Taft. With Marie’s help, Taft begins a trek through the Bayou, heading straight for AEGIS HORIZON to destroy it before it destroys the Gulf Coast.

Instant

Today on throwback week is Instant, a very cool looking (and sounding) flash game that I did the music for a couple of years ago. Check it out!

Facular issues

The Health Center did half of this...

Today for throwback week, is a list of the top ten excuses for the state of my face a couple years ago before it laid me up in the hospital for a week.

1. The first rule is I’m not supposed to talk about it.

2. The second rule is I’m not supposed to talk about it.

3. I fell down a flight of stairs (sad glance towards Tia).

4. The doctor said it would stop bleeding if I kept my finger out of there.

5. You should see the other guy..

6. No, seriously, the other guy was an Oregon State linebacker. He’s in a wheelchair right now.

7. I played bad in studio (sad glance towards McWhorter).

8.The cocaine was a bad idea…

9. I got half of a Michael Jackson.

10. I’m going to be Harvey Dent for Halloween next year.