• Finally working on the video for the song “Dark Sun” which my friend and I finished a year ago and I still only have it on SoundCloud. Videos are almost essential these days for promoting music.

  • Today’s first time achievements: ☑️ changed strings on a bass guitar ☑️ cut my thumb changing strings on a bass guitar 🎸

  • Tonight I watched the first Matrix movie with my son. He loved it. I loved it again. It’s been so many years since I’ve seen it last and it didn’t get old. 🎬

  • My first time coming to a football game. It’s loud in here. 🏈 Made with Socialite

  • 10 years ago I left my well-paid job in a chip-design company to try making it as a full-time indie Mac developer. Surprisingly, I’m still at it. Even if financially it wasn’t the optimal decision, in other aspects I’m so happy I did it. Now, what will I do in the next 10 years?

  • Going to travel on a train 🚊 for 2.5 days. Haven’t done any overnight trains since I was 11.

  • Used Socialite to reimagine this glittering girl apparel brand as an alternative cover for a Metallica album.

  • Found this Mac in Microsoft visitor center. Cool.

  • Visited Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture today. For the guitarist in me it was a really fun place to be in. So many relics on display. 🎸

  • These trees seem to grow from a hanging root of another tree that grows on top that “Hole in the wall”. That’s the actual name of the place. Near Port Alberni in British Columbia.

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  • We’re on a family vacation, currently on Vancouver Island. One of the things we visited today was an international sand sculpture competition in Parksville. We were there just as the winners were announced. This one won first place in doubles.

  • Still working on that solo from Dream Theater’s “The Spirit carries on”. Here’s a new video. Each time though I do stupid mistakes like missing the string.

  • Somebody got a hold of an old iBook and asked if they can download a version of our app Cashculator for Mac OS 10.3.9. I’m flattered but I believe 10.5 was the oldest version it supported. In fact Cashculator will soon be 10 years old.

  • An update to Logic Pro X is out and the release notes suggest that some of the annoying stuff I’ve recently encountered should be addressed.

  • I restrung my Suhr 🎸 with 9.5 gauge strings instead of the 10s it came with. I want a softer guitar since playing a lot of bends takes some toll on my wrists. I recently moved the Stratocaster to 9th, down from 10s as well and it’s been great. Let’s see how this change goes.

  • With the cover band I’m in, I took on myself to record some songs that we cover. It’s a lot of work but lots of fun too. Today I recorded a saxophone. Previously: drums (electronic kit), bass, vocals, keys and some draft rhythm guitar. Learning of lot of Logic Pro X as well. 🎵

  • The latest version of Logic Pro X has been quite buggy for me lately. Yes I’ve been doing with it more stuff than before but still. Today I couldn’t open a project with latest edits on which I spent quite a while. It crashes on opening it. At least it opened the previous version.

  • I’m studying the solo for Dream Theater’s “The Spirit Carries on”. A beautiful combination of soulful bends, arpeggios and fast runs. I need to get quite a bit better but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. A couple more days should help. 🎵

  • A ladder + sleeping bad = a cheap vocal booth. It’s not very comfortable (or pretty) but it does affect sound quite a bit. I need to think of something a bit more comfortable.

  • Happy Canada Day! If you’re in 🇨🇦 and use an iPhone, my company’s app, Socialite, has a nice pack of Canadian frames and stickers to spice up your photos. The app is a free download. If you’re not in Canada, download it still - there’s a lot of great designs in it for everyone.

  • My Mac app, Trickster got featured in the US Mac App Store today. What an unexpected surprise! Thanks to Kevin of @BFormations for notifying me.

  • It’s 23°C outside and the storm somehow produced hail for a minute. Count me surprised.

  • 🎵 Earlier this week I started working on a new song - this hasn’t happened for a while. I like the harmony of it and have the general structure by now. I still need to write some quite important stuff like lyrics and most of the vocal melody. Lyrics is the hardest for me.

  • It looks like Siri is friends with James Brown. 👌🎵

  • I’ve created a site for a list of self-identified musicians on micro.blog, who replied to my call a couple of weeks ago. I know it’s far from complete. Instructions to be added or updated are on the site. Basically, just mention me. @manton @macgenie @JohnPhilpin

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