Lifestyle and Emerging Technology In Plain English

Goin’ to Mars. Well, my name is ;)

Get your own board­ing pass and get your name to Mars!

Love the new Google doodle

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Ken­ojuak Ashevak, CC (Octo­ber 3, 1927 – Janu­ary 8, 2013) was a Cana­dian artist. She is regarded as one of the most not­able Cana­dian pion­eers of mod­ern Inuit art.

Cold & Starving

Cold & Starving

I felt like play­ing at lunch and this is the res­ult. Ori­ginal image is a screen shot from the early-access sand­box ver­sion of The Long Dark — a sur­vival game.

I pushed the screen shot through the iOS app Water­logued, then into another iOS app to make the album cover — Vinyl­izeMe. I kinda like the results :)

It’s about rescuing the ones you can.

Many of you know we sup­port and foster for CaliCan Res­cue. This short video helps explain why.


Goodbye Apple. Hello Alberta School of Business!

I guess it’s about time I men­tion it broadly, rather than simply hint at it or just let a few folk know.

As of the end of the month, I’ll be leav­ing my very cool and amaz­ing world-class fam­ily at Apple retail and join­ing the team at the Alberta School of Busi­ness at the Uni­ver­sity of Alberta.

It wasn’t an easy decision, leav­ing the industry-leading unique cul­ture of Apple retail. But it basic­ally boiled down to life­style; I wanted my week­ends and even­ings back to spend time with my family.

I leave with very fond memor­ies. Apple is an amaz­ing organ­iz­a­tion. I con­sider it a per­sonal priv­ilege that I was able to learn and grow within, and per­haps help influ­ence and con­trib­ute to the growth others.

Yes, I’ll miss the people and the unique Apple culture.

In my new role at the Alberta School of Busi­ness, I’ll be work­ing with the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions teams to bring my social media, PR and com­mu­nic­a­tions know­ledge to bear on the School’s stra­tegic plans. Sim­ilar to what I’ve done with the AMA, Empire Avenue and BioWare.

So, yes, bit­ter­sweet, and full of prom­ise and excitement!

I can’t wait!

A sid­e­note: it’s very cool when the Dean of the school fol­lows you on LinkedIn and you’ve not even star­ted yet! Reas­sur­ing, in fact.

Oh My Yes. This is Star Wars.

Not much more I can say. Watch the video. Enjoy.

Lesson One: Major Scale

Ok, this may seem a bit weird to reg­u­lar read­ers of my blog, but I’m going to be archiv­ing my course­work in my Berklee/Coursera pro­grams on this blog.

Per­haps someone else will get some value out of it, or offer hints or sug­ges­tions for improve­ments. Either way, it’ll make it a very easy ref­er­ence to me and my growth through this course

Cours­era — Devel­op­ing your musi­cian­ship — Peer Assign­ment 1 — Les­son One: Major Scale

Write in your own words the defin­i­tions of har­mony, ear train­ing, and interval.

Har­mony — the rela­tion­ship between notes played at the same time, or chords. Notes played together that cre­ate a gen­er­ally pleas­ing sound is often called har­mo­ni­ous, and notes that don’t sound good together are often described as dis­har­mo­ni­ous. Har­mo­ni­ous notes are used to build a chord or chord progression.

Ear Train­ing — The activ­ity that teaches you to con­sist­ently, cor­rectly identify a par­tic­u­lar sound and asso­ci­ate it to a musical tone or equi­val­ent sound from an instru­ment. Ear train­ing will enable you to identify when a singer is singing off key, or on key.

Inter­val — The dif­fer­ence in pitch or tone between two notes. Using the 12 note scale, the inter­val can be expressed as either a WHOLE inter­val or HALF inter­val depend­ing on which notes are used to make up the scale.

There is a spe­cific pat­tern to the inter­val between notes in the 12 note scale: W-W-H-W-W-W-H.

In the key of C, a half inter­val exists between C and C#, and a whole inter­val exists between C and D. Wheras in the key of E, a half inter­val exists between E and F, and a whole inter­val exists between E and F#.

Find three record­ings of songs in the key of C and post links to per­form­ances of them that you find on You­Tube, Vimeo, Daily­mo­tion, or a sim­ilar pub­lic video site.

Some resources I found help­ful to determ­ine song key:

Write the C major scale on the staff by hand.