Battery Life Problem Solved

Once again I was inflicted with the problem of my phone getting drained way too fast.  I currently have an ASUS ZEN Phone 2.  It's been for a bit, but last week the battery life started to drain ridiculously fast.

I'll cut to the chase - REMOVE YOUR MEMORY CARD.   This is the second time this has stung me.  My old Samsung S4 suffered the same problem.  Took me forever to figure this out - factory resetting phone, stop using popular apps like Instagram and nothing.   Took my expanded memory chip out and boom!   Battery sucking problem solved.

I now understand why Apple iPhone has never had the expanded memory option on their phones.  By no way am I converting from Android to IOS, but I at least I get it.

So maybe a compromise - just keep a memory chip handy if you run out of room.  Migrate all your photos/videos to the memory card and then dump it to your computer.

Playing the Foundry on the 28th

Just a quick update with one of the bands i'm in (Tourist Bureau) - we'll be playing at the Foundry next Saturday the 28th with the very talented and awesome Jean Paul De Roover.

Show time is 10PM but let's be honest - we probably won't get going until 11ish.  Unless for some unforeseen circumstance the bar fills up earlier than that. 

Tourist Bureau:

Jean Paul De Roover

The Show Must Go On

It may have been one of the worst nights in the city for weather in some time, but that didn’t stop The Balconies from putting on a fantastic show at Crocks Wednesday night in front of the few brave souls that dared to venture out to see them.

Some bands may have taken the night off but Jacquie and company performed as if they were playing to a sold out house.  True professionals they performed their polished and well-rehearsed set in support of their latest album “Rhonda”.  Their latest offering is a mix of hard hitting alt-rock-pop songs with some sweet 80’s synths.

Jacquie’s range of vocals were predominantly strong, powerful and passionate - but she had no issue switching gears to soothing and melodic.

The band last night comprised only of herself, fellow guitarist Liam and drummer Mike.  Their Bass player was MIA for a few of their gigs which forced the band to use some technical ingenuity to fill out the rest of lineup.   The result was a slick and encompassing perf…

Big show coming up

We're 2 days away from playing a big stage at the CLE Wednesday night. We haven't played since Sportnet's Hockeyville event at the Marina back in January.

We got a good rehearsal in last week and it didn't take much time at all to dial everyone in and get things nice and tight. Last night's practice was fun - we went over all the cover songs and 2 songs we may throw into the lineup if we need them. Spirits were high and everything sounded right.

Carlo suggested i use his new Savage amp. He liked the way it sounded. I got used to the subtle differences after adjusting a few things in my effects chain. We're going through the whole set list again I'll run that amp through it's paces. It will definitely save some effort moving it instead of my 4x12 cab and amp head.

I've really made an effort with Tourist Bureau to 'add' nuances to the songs instead of 'blasting' through with my guitar. There's a lot going on and my appr…

Daily Musings Writing Experiment

My personality type is the kind that likes to deep dive on interest.  Once I like something I tend to exhaust it.  Leave no stone un-turned is my motto.  My latest obsession is Long Way Round.  It's that documentary that came out about 10 years ago with Ewan McGregor.  He and a mate of his decide to ride motor cycles around the world in 3 months.   
They wanted to document their adventure.  Before the journey they challenged themselves to do a video diary at the end of the day.  It's pretty interesting.
My life - is no way as interesting as say Ewan McGregor's and the prospect of other people having an interest in my day to day ventures is pretty scant.  However I really liked the idea of journalling for myself as record of my accomplishments.  The idea of having something look back on as a reminder that I am living my life is assuring.
Video blogging for myself - I will see about that.  My comfort level isn't there yet.  But I do see is it's merit.

BoJack Horseman Theme

So the latest episode of Song Exploder was released  yesterday - it's one of my favorite things for my earballs.  They break down artist's songs - everything from lyrical influences, instruments, themes etc.

The latest was about the theme to BoJack Horseman.  It's pretty awesome. Patrick Carney of The Black Keys explains how he was experimenting in his studio and plugged his Protools click track into the CV of an analogue keyboard and put it through it's arpeggiator to come up with the opening of the track.

He got his uncle involved - Ralph Carney of the Tom Waits band who is an amazing Sax player. Together they shipped the song tracks back and forth and collaborated on this piece not knowing what would come of this composition.

The creators of BoJack Horseman were big fans of The Black Keys and got in touch with Patrick.  The rest is history.  The Carney's little project became the them song to the show.

I've never seen BoJack Horseman.  But after hearing t…


Based on the most recent discussion on the SteveDanglePodcast and the debate over off side calls and robots….

I think you have to first decide FIRST which interest is more important:
1.      Fans / Entertainment
         -or- 2.      Teams/Coaches/Players
-Fans WANT to be entertained.  Teams NEED to win.-
When you state that Sports is ENTERTAINMENT that may be true – but it’s jobs and money for Teams/Coaches/Players.
So the way I see it – Video Replay is solely for Teams. They will exploit anything and everything if it means winning at the end of the day.  Teams are eliminated from playoffs based on one game.   That will cost a team Millions of extra dollars if they miss out. If TEAMS is the primary interest – then I agree with Jesse – ROBOTS. 
However the opposite is true if the FANS are the primary interest.
Eliminate Video Replay.  Even goal line reviews.  All of it.  How many times has a missed call been complained about by the coach to a ref and the ref than makes up with it by c…