Melodyne

Problem about pitch? The solution called melodyne from musicians friend is perfect for the need.

When there are scales during recording, a software such as this is very useful. This is why we listen to almost perfect music pitches being recorded by artists of today because there are already tools that can correct intonation and timing errors, plus the harmonies, timing and rhythm.

Who knows maybe some singers nowadays choose not to sing live (lip sync) because all voice flaws can already be corrected.

Photohunt: Glass

I missed participating in the previous Photohunt themes.  This is why I am taking the challenge now for GLASS.  Here are three (3) photos for this Saturday’s theme:

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Glass ceiling – have you seen anything like it?

photohunt labelAnime figures encased in glass

Anime figures encased in glass
Daughter Kay beside a glass case
Daughter Kay beside a glass case

A Book Meme

Learned that this book meme hasn’t been active since last year but I would love to play.

pygmy-us-trade-1What book are you currently reading?

Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk

How far in are you?

I have just begun.  It has 241 pages.  I stopped at page 61.

What’s it about?

It’s about a group of young adults sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students with a plan called Operation Havoc, a terrorism act against the Americans.  The book is an account from the eye of a 13 year old killer.

Are you enjoying it?

At first, I wanted to stop because of the way it’s written, where I found it confusing to understand at first.  I realized the author’s incredible creativity to visualize how a non-speaking-English foreigner (and a killer, too) would express his own thoughts.  It is a funny read.  I am laughing the other day reading some of his accounts meeting his host family.

The Snob

English: Description= Cover page of the Book S...
English: Description= Cover page of the Book Snob à l’exposition by Crafty a french caricaturist cover page of the book dated 1867 Français : Snob à l’Exposition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The camouflage he wears gives the impression that he is a man for and of the masses, that he is reachable, that he is one with the common tao because they speak the same jargon.  So scheming that it is spine-chilling.

I hate it listening how he speaks.  The way his nose twitches, the way his mouth renders a smirk, and the way his eyes peer with annoyance tell that this snob is arrogant, too.  I hate that I am being judgmental just by looking at him display such arrogance.

How can he pledge an honest service for the masses when they are in servitude to addiction to many things like gambling and vices, which he promotes with his own behaviors?  How can the people be lifted from a situation of poverty when their scarce resources are spent for their dependence on these things?

It is the snob in him that made him think he can make use of those cliché lines to win the people in that city.  It is the snob in him that made him think that his past performance as a public servant, where he failed big time, would not mean anything because he wanted to make everybody believe it as not true.

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Saying I Love You

Vin Diesel at the Fast & Furious premiere at L...

Hunk Vin Diesel whispering “I love you… I love you”, and hugging TV news anchor Luane Dy.  Must be awkward to hear someone, and a stranger, saying those words.   It would be more uncomfortable if Luane reciprocated with the same words.  Good thing she didn’t.

I have been saying these words for a very long time – “How could anyone utter the wor

Gratitude

Domesticated ducks. Sydney, Australia.
Domesticated ducks. Sydney, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the things that can easily be forgotten is to demonstrate the act of gratitude. While we should not expect anything in return for our good deeds, it cannot be helped that we notice how people easily forget.

Life is still worth living though some forget. The most important thing is you give without expecting anything in return and doing it not out of compulsion but to show an act of kindness, or the desire to help, or a conviction to be of service when it is needed. Sure there will be people who misconstrue even such gracious acts, or on the other hand, there are people who help to be heroes. These are things that have to be ignored. As my other half accepts as always true – “I do not care how some people look at the aid and support I give, even if they think with malice, it will always be my desire and the reason behind it that matters. I do not help to be popular.”

I have to admit that I am one who gets easily flustered by ingratitude. My other half always reminds me that I should not be spending time brooding on it but instead learn from it. He would always mention a relative that has this famous line “Mas magandang ako ang may nasasabi tungkol sa kanila kesa sila ang may masasabi tungkol sa akin (It would be better that I am the one that has things to say about them than them saying things about me).” To which I will always argue that there are people who utter things even if there is nothing to talk bad about.

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The Word ‘Malas’

birthday cake

Malas is a Filipino word for bad luck.  A lot of myths and misconceptions surround this word, for me, personally.    Since time immemorial here in the Philippines, the belief that something bad will happen to someone, or something omen will come one’s way, if he or she does this or that thing, or if a particular event or circumstance happens before going to a place or celebrating an important event, and many more, becomes part and culture of the Filipino society.

I have to understand this I know, this part that this ‘malas‘ perception had become part of what some Filipinos would prefer to believe.  I have to understand even though most of them are baseless or unfounded.  Take for example, a death before my birthday.  It is not malas for me as I look at it that someone died in the family before my birthday.  Everyday, people die, and each day many people celebrate their birthdays.  How can that be malas?  It’s just a natural thing to happen.  People die, babies are born.  It would be such a foolish notion for a baby, for example, to be brought forth in this world, and his or her mother died while giving birth, to be branded  as malas.  That would be very ridiculous. (With this, I would like to tell Tywin Lannister that Tyrion is not malas!  ha ha 😀 )

Each day is a gift from the Lord, people.  There is no malas.  The Lord bequeathed us the gift of life that will, of course, end one day.  Malas, I believe is a consequence of the ill nature of people.  It is a result of the evil that people do.  Like, for example, in a barangay, the poor constituents are malas to have barangay officials that put barangay funds in their pockets instead of delivering livelihood projects.  It is malas when a child is abandoned by his or her parents.  It is malas when education is deprived from poor students because they are not the priority of their local officials.  Etc, etc.

I hope that this short note will impart the message I would like to convey, along with the advice that we have to be cautious in saying things that can really be off and disappointing.  We all have to put our feet on other’s shoes to see how it would feel like receiving such innuendos.

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Forgiveness

According to Lewis Smedes, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner is you.”

Such is the case most of the time.  We are imprisoned by the many negative emotions in our lives that we tend to get perverted by them and make us unable to give a chance and put a period to the never-ending pain caused by the many situations or events that neither of us want. Our visions are blurred by these many negative things which do not help a bit.

Until an end has to happen and it is without recourse that the substance of the whole ‘forgiveness’ thing becomes wasted.

When my father died, for example, it felt like I did not have the chance to say the things I wanted to say, and to ask forgiveness, too, for any wrong that I did and any hurt that I had caused.him.

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