iPhone

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Oh God. He’s going to bitch about iPhones and iPeople again…

No, I’m not actually. I’m going to tell you I bought one!  (Press Play ↓↓)

iPhone XR Blue

Remember when I bought a MacBook Pro? Yup.  All those years of picking on everyone about owning an iCrack.  Now, I have one.

There’s a reason for this.  The past 10 years or so I’ve been watching Google become more and more evil.  In short they now make billions of dollars on all the people who use their services so blindly.  Selling their tracked data of us to advertisers.  Everyone is making money off of us except, us.  I’m not getting a check, so I want out.  I honestly don’t care if you don’t mind people watching you.  Making money off of what you do online.

I for one, have experienced many times that my phone had been listening to me.  I did an experiment and randomly said the word diapers during a day at work.  When I got home, I got all sorts of ads for diapers.  I didn’t search for any.  I didn’t buy any.  I just said a word out loud at random.  Between listening, tracking locations and likely using the camera too on us.  Watching our search history.  Watching what we check out online when we use their browser or surf YouTube.

I’m not down with that.  I use a VPN on all my devices for a reason.  Well, several reasons.

Your Android spies on you over 900 times a day when at minimal use.  (even if the wifi is turned off)  More if you are using it all day long.  But don’t just take my word for it.  A nicely done research paper on it has been written and covered by the NY Times.  Summarized by this nice young man (Bryan Lunduke) here:

That’s not my only reason.  I also have become annoyed with other high end phones.  Samsung has their own version of every app already available.  They shove Bixby down your throat when Google Assistant is already there.  If you add Amazon Alexa on there, can the phone talk to itself?  All of which have privacy issues of their own.  Apple isn’t innocent completely, but as far as I know, they don’t sell the data to other parties.  They use it for themselves.

Let’s talk about Bloatware.  Every Android you buy is flooded with apps you’ll never use.  Most of which you can’t remove.  If you’re lucky you can disable them at best.  That still takes up space you paid for and now can’t use.  iPhone does not do this.  You can remove nearly all apps that aren’t tied directly to the OS.  I think Health is the only exception and one that I can’t understand being necessary.  One small app.  I think you can put your health info in it and it acts like an emergency bracelet for paramedics.

All in all I am getting away from Google completely.  I no longer use Chrome browser.  Or Google Maps.  Looking for a good email with privacy and does aliasing properly.

I now use Opera (which is Chromium based, but stripped of the Google nonsense).  I use DuckDuckGo for searching the web.

You get the idea.  I’m not saying I’m going to go blind ga-ga for Apple products like so many people I have bitched about do.  I am saying it’s a smart choice for folks who want much better privacy and security.  If you don’t mind giving your life away to a company that makes billions from it, then to each their own.

I got the iPhone Xr.  It’s very very nice.  It’s fast and smooth.  Everything I had on the Android is available for the iPhone and works perfectly.  I’ve had it a month now (got it as a birthday gift to myself) and it’s been nothing but fantastic.  I’m sure someone will point out it’s not any more innovative than the latest Samsung Galaxy.  You’re right.  That’s not why I switched.  Though even Wired Magazine claims the face recognition is insanely hard to fool.

The gestures are easy to learn.  The camera is pretty damn good.  I like it.  A lot.

And to those who I have given endless shit to about your iPhone.  I’m sorry.  Seriously, I am sorry.

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Where’s the music?

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That’s a damn good question.  Where Has The Music GoneYou may be wondering these past few months why I haven’t released a new drum cover or something.  The only answer I can offer is lack of inspiration.

Seriously.  I work a hosed up schedule.  When I get a day off I’m either doing errands, running to Saginaw (sometimes Detroit) or just plain don’t feel like doing anything because I’m just tired.

That and it seems I don’t get a lot of good feedback.  Constructive criticism is welcome.  Getting negative criticism is off-putting at best.  Especially from people who don’t even play instruments telling me I do it wrong.

I do get good feedback, just less than the negative.  Tells me I need work.  I wish I could find the video; but one person said one of the reasons people get discouraged is because when they play for others, they generally expect you to be better than you are.  Which tends to let said people to open their mouths without thinking.  Sometimes it’s hard to let things go.  But I could always hand them my sticks or guitar and say, “You do better.”.

I still play and I will likely do more covers and such in the future.  Just need time to work on my skills more.  Would really like a place I can make some noise without driving my neighbors nuts or risk getting kicked out of the slums.  I mean if you get kicked out of the slums, you’re life must really suck.

But seriously, this shit has got to get changed ↓

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Hello Again

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Denny WhateverI don’t know why I lose my mind every couple of years and try to reinvent myself.  Never works.  I guess I just can’t be happy being who I am.  Much of which I keep to myself these days.

As you can see, I’ve pretty much restored my website to last December adding the posts from the revamp.  Some of which are duplicates.  But that’s OK.  Continuity is important.

I’ve spent the past few years trying to revamp my life.  Every time I get close, something pulls me away from my goals.  It’s exhausting and expensive.  I almost bought a house last spring, but the bank said I needed another $1500 in the bank.  With summer, I was hoping to get a ton of golfers in town like last year and be able to bank the earnings until fall.

Instead my truck decided it needed the money more than I do.  Plus business at work has not really picked up like last year.  Now my savings is nearly gone.  I must start again.  Story of my life really.

In that, I also have been still searching for a more suitable, challenging and handicap friendly job.  Just rarely find anything.  I thought about being a bank teller or work in a bank.  It could be brain work.  I see they offer handicap amenities.  Problem is, they primarily hire women.  With #METOO and the fact the world has lost it’s mind with being overly sensitive.  I think I’d find myself quickly in trouble.  I’m not the type to shut up and keep my head down.  I want to be noticed for my work and my upbeat attitude.  One wrong word and I’m toast.  So placing such jobs on the back-burner as it were.

Think I may relent to a rental too.  But the apartments in EJ are so picky and want so much background information.  Who has time for that.  I did see a room for rent, but it’s west of town and until I get a job there, the drive would be murder.  Plus driving at work.  May as well live in my truck.

If you find broken stuff on my site, let me know.  I’ll fix it.  I’m working slowly on stuff I’ve already found.

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My Own Worst Enemy – Cover

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Well I don’t know if I’ll ever get it up on YouTube.  Seems they just don’t like any version I do of this song.  So it’s still on Vimeo.

Posted: April 22, 2018

Lit – My Own Worst Enemy
Released 1999 on A Place In The Sun
RCA Record – copyrighted property of its owner(s).

Buy on Amazon or iTunes

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Camera – Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder
Edited with Sony Movie Studio 13 – 1080/30FPS
Filmed in my super dinky apartment.
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A band Amber and I enjoyed intently back when they were popular.  So it’s part of the reason I chose to cover this one, plus it’s fun!

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Dizz Knee Land – Drum Cover

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Just a fun song. Though this was more of a test to see if this would work. If you’re reading this, it did. Though mistakes were made and red is definitely not my color.

New camera, extra lighting. Though nothing can be done about that damned wall color without spending money.  *barf*

Dada – Dizz Knee Land
Released 1992 – Puzzle
I.R.S. Records – copyrighted property of its owner(s).

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Camera – EOS Rebel SL2
Edited with Sony Movie Studio 16 – 1080/60FPS
Filmed in my super dinky apartment.
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All in all this was just to see if I could get a setup working and then get it on YouTube without getting nuked. I didn’t even change anything about the song like my previous covers. Just locked and loaded.

Clearly I need to learn my SL2 camera. Had the focus point all wrong and a bit over exposed. Plus, it needs to get up over my head as it blocked much of the drums.

Perhaps the secret for me to get published without the nuke hammer, is to stick with lesser known record labels… 🤔

Let me know what you think below!

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Grab Thy Hand – Drum Cover

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It’s hard to call this a flashback when it was never publicly posted.  Allen was messing around with his new GoPro camera with the intention of doing his own drum covers.  This was the test he did.

Chevelle – Grab Thy Hand
Released 2002 on Wonder What’s Next
Epic Records – copyrighted property of its owner(s).

~ Allen – Apr 10, 2017

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Ten Years Smoke Free

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Seems like forever ago I quit smoking.  Yet it’s only been 10 years.  For the first 1-2 years I actually still craved a smoke now and again.  Something changed and I suddenly can’t stand the smell of it and if I do, my stomach turns and I feel ill.  So yeah, I don’t miss it at all.  Now if I could do something about the pot smokers next door.  I don’t like that much either 😕

No Smoking

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Well…

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Today I had hoped to release a new drum cover.  I even had two versions to upload after recording many takes.  The final cuts were both nuked by YouTube 😡

Sadly my work schedule (and other things), makes it so I have to wait a week or more before I can even sit down to try again.  I’m actually writing this from the hospital, waiting on an X-Ray 😕

So instead I’ll reveal my newest addition to my collection.

First, I must impress that my love will always be drums.  Shortly after I get a house, these will be in my studio.

Ludwig Drums

I’ve recently found this company, Orangewood.  Their products are getting put up against huge name brands and compared to the more expensive competition.  So people like me can get an affordable, quality instrument.

I was considering making an Un-boxing Video.  They are, for some odd-ball reason, incredibly popular on YouTube.  However, I couldn’t see myself spending hours on recording, editing and so on; to open a freaking box.  So this is as close as you’ll get from me.

It’s a Morgan Mahogany Live.  Sounds amazing!

I know as a child, I was highly encouraged to play guitar.  I just wasn’t into it then.  I can’t say this interest will last, but I’m having a good time learning it now.  Though finding the time can be difficult right now.

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Fire Escape – Drum Cover

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Here it is. A drum cover that has a better view and YouTube hasn’t given me flak for it yet.

It’s better than the first cover I ever did, but the recording equipment needs a serious upgrade. Not to mention, a better studio. In time, in time. Still learning the lighting and I’m sure that wall color isn’t helping anything.

Fastball – Fire Escape
Released 1998 on ALL THE PAIN MONEY CAN BUY
Hollywood Record – copyrighted property of its owner(s).

Buy on Amazon or iTunes

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Camera – Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder
Edited with Sony Movie Studio 13 – 1080/30FPS
Filmed in my super dinky apartment.
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I had actually forgotten about this song completely until I heard it on Walmart Radio a couple of years back. Knew it had to be one of the songs I’d end up covering.

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