Ive been sick

Been sick for what seems like a long time but reality its been 2 weeks. First I started to feel run down and didn’t get good night sleeps. Then I went out drinking and staying up late like a teenager again

One day my nose was dripping like a tap and I much flem and just feel all round lousy. Yesterday my stomach started to feel sick and I felt nauseated. Drove all the way home and was sick as soon as I got in the door

Have not ate anything since lunch yesterday othe than Hydrolight ice-blocks and water.

Any way trying to take it easy, cant wait to get up and going again.

Recording of bird and uploading to YOUTUBE with my audio track all on iphone

Giving it a go

Still learning this stuff

Went down the park with the dog because she was annoying me. It was a windy day down there i had to go back to the car and get a jacket on. Its winter here.

Anyway noticed this bird just in the one spot hovering above the water and grass and i decided to take a video of it.

Then i had this smart idea to upload it it to youtube. Wanted to see if i could do it all on my iphone. So i opened video on Imovie app. Separated the audio which just had wind and waves in it and turned the volume down on that. I recorded a quick piece of audio on phone with Garageband, recording my Matrixbrute and Strymon Timeline pedal. Added the audio to Imovie and uploaded it to Youtube as seen above.

Now the shit things was when I uploaded it to Imovie it cut out the bird which was on top so you mostly only see clouds. I did the mistake of not turning my iphone to the side on view so therefore the video suffered from being vertical not horizontal

The Garageband only allowed me to record 8 bars of the track therefore i had to loop that 8 bars into Imovie about 4 times which I had real problems doing…oh well you learn these things

Matrixbrute and Strymon Timeline

I am currently listing to a loop of synth music I have made one beautifully built synth ( Matrixbrute) going into a beautiful delay pedal (Strymon Timeline) with my headphones. I have made a sequence on the Matrixbrute with a initialised patch with just one saw wave oscillator, I have activated the keyhold button so i do not even have to press a key on the synths keyboard. It is then running into the Timeline with the preset called Turn around. It is a reverse delay that I have increased the repeats on and moved the filter knob a little.

Starting a Reading Journal

After getting the idea from the excellent book The Novel Cure I have promised my self to start a reading journal, log or dairy.

I will log the name of the book, the author and a basic description. This will help me in future as I easily forget things.

These will not just be books I have read but also audiobooks which I tend to get through more than reading myself as I have long commutes in the car driving which I try to use listening to audiobooks.

I have a membership with Audible.

One of the audiobooks I am currently listening to is Stoner by John Williams. I like listening to a few books at a time and switch them up when I get bored, however shorter novels I usually just listen to until finished without swapping.

I have found a new favourite book. It is called The Woman in The Dunes by Kobo Abe. It is translating in English from Japanese. About a man missing his bus when taking a day excursion to look for insects in a Dune environment. He is offered a house to stay in for the night which is deep down in the Dunes and which a lady lives in, a widower. When he realises the ladder he went down to the house is taken away he tries to come up with ways of climbing up the sand pit and to escape.

I have also just finished A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines. Which a small skinny boy in working class England takes a young Kestrel Hawk from its nest, keeps it in his back shed and trains it. The boy endures many harsh treatments from people in his life including his school, Mother and older Brother. He endures these hardships through his relationship with his Kestrel Kes.

I must say I am getting these book suggestions from the book The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin. What the book provides are remedies to physical and emotional pain in the way of suggesting novels to read and think about. The characters in the novels are usually going through the pain or problem that you are encountering in your own life.

They call my problem of forgetting about the books I have read or listened to reading associated amnesia. With this problem you may get asked by someone a question about a book you have read but you can not answer these questions as you have forgotten. They suggest a reading journal which you can go back to over the years you read. They suggest to keep a small notebook with you all the times just in case someone asks you a question. I do not think I will be carrying around a reading journal around with me everywhere. I do however find in the act of writing down I seem to remember more and I can always flick through it in my spare time to see which books I enjoyed and to reread them.