2011.04.07 01:00 - Guitars and Absorption

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Zen Arado. The comments are by Zen Arado. Present were Alfred Kelberry and myself

    Trying to stop onigokko from a previous session:

    The previous session apologizes for this inconvenience, we were a bit out of control, quite happilly i might add.... stevenaia

    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Alfred Kelberry: still-dancing zen :)
    Zen Arado: morning boxy :)
    Alfred Kelberry: hi
    Zen Arado: somebody left onigokko running
    Alfred Kelberry: ah!
    Alfred Kelberry: uh oh
    Alfred Kelberry: i see 2 tails
    Alfred Kelberry: one of them from luci
    Alfred Kelberry: ok, both from luci :)
    Alfred Kelberry: i'll leave stormy a note
    Zen Arado: tails? where?
    Alfred Kelberry: follow the music :)
    Zen Arado: somebody started it and then left before saying stop maube
    Alfred Kelberry: ok, sent the message
    Zen Arado: I just turned down the volume
    Zen Arado: ah I see them now
    Alfred Kelberry: sadly, you can't mute the objects :)
    Zen Arado: no and both Luci's I see
    Zen Arado: how are you this morning?
    Alfred Kelberry: ok, silent session then :)
    Alfred Kelberry: i'm ok
    Alfred Kelberry: sipping tea
    Alfred Kelberry: it's much quieter on this side :)
    Zen Arado: always look on the quiet side of life
    Zen Arado: :)

    My voice typing attempts:

    Zen Arado: I'm trying to use voice typing
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Zen Arado: I bougt a ne versin of Dragon naturally speaking
    Zen Arado: it seems to leave out letters
    Alfred Kelberry: ah, i tried it once
    Zen Arado: as you can see
    Alfred Kelberry: it's pretty neat
    Zen Arado: you did?
    Alfred Kelberry: but needs time to adjust
    Zen Arado: My left hand s gettng weak
    Alfred Kelberry: oh
    Zen Arado: I havebeen uing it for a long time though
    Alfred Kelberry: sorry about that
    Zen Arado: but it doesn't work very well with second life
    Zen Arado: it isn't a problem with the software, second life doesn't seem to be able to work fast enough for it
    Zen Arado: if I speak more slowy it seems to be better
    Zen Arado: speak
    Alfred Kelberry: sl may take up a lot of resources
    Zen Arado: I bought a version that is designed to be used with games
    Zen Arado: and second life is included
    Alfred Kelberry: but sl is not a game! :)
    Zen Arado: but that was a waste of time
    Zen Arado: yes, that is true
    Zen Arado: but it was mentioned in the blurb
    Alfred Kelberry: they actually said that sl is supported and listed it as a game?
    Zen Arado: but I hink i only llows ou to move hands free, not iprove he typng
    Zen Arado: yes, you are allowed three gaming speech packs and second life is one of them
    Alfred Kelberry: thankfully, our brain can fill the blanks most of the time :)
    Zen Arado: I had terribl trouble instlling the program
    Alfred Kelberry: eh
    Zen Arado: there was a conflict with an old Microoft office program I run
    Alfred Kelberry: it went rather smoothly for me
    Zen Arado: I've fnishedup having to edit the registry just to be able to install the program
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Zen Arado: not something I am to confdent about!
    Zen Arado: I had o unintall the gaming part or I ouldn' type t all n secod life
    Zen Arado: you see how it misses out letters
    Alfred Kelberry: last time i did it was to change the default font in sticky notes :)
    Alfred Kelberry: yea
    Zen Arado: yes but you are a lot more computer proficient than I am I thik
    Alfred Kelberry: can you check how much cpu time is taken by sl?
    Zen Arado: but even if it misses out some letters it is pretty intelligible still I think
    Zen Arado: no, how do you do that?
    Alfred Kelberry: yes, a friend of mine who had wrist problems was pleased
    Alfred Kelberry: ctrl+shift+esc
    Alfred Kelberry: it'll pop up task manager
    Zen Arado: My CPU runs around 50 or 60%
    Alfred Kelberry: ah, most of it is sl, i assume
    Alfred Kelberry: see the processes tab
    Zen Arado: I know how to start the task manager with a mouse
    Alfred Kelberry: ok, good
    Zen Arado: which tab is it?
    Alfred Kelberry: so, what's the reading for sl?
    Alfred Kelberry: processes
    Alfred Kelberry: in task manager
    Zen Arado: it jumps around a lot
    Zen Arado: hovering around 50 at the moment
    Zen Arado: is that good?
    Alfred Kelberry: could be better :)
    Alfred Kelberry: mine's about 10
    Zen Arado: My lapop is nearly three years old
    Zen Arado: it has a 2.4 gHz dual core and a good graphics card
    Zen Arado: but I coud do wth somthing faster I guess
    Alfred Kelberry: um, you could try to decrease graphics quality in sl and see if missing letters impove
    Zen Arado: I did decreas the gaphics down to medium
    Zen Arado: because I was visitig garden centres lately
    Zen Arado: and took far too long or things to rezz
    Alfred Kelberry: you can try go lower
    Alfred Kelberry: just to see if it helps
    Alfred Kelberry: try to use voice then
    Zen Arado: okay I am in low now
    Zen Arado: but not much difference
    Zen Arado: the Drgon prgramme uses resources itself too I guess
    Alfred Kelberry: um, could be the peculiarities of sl input then
    Zen Arado: yes the SL chat box programme is not designed to work with Dragon
    Zen Arado: if I can justremembr to seak a ittle it mor slowly it seems to improve
    Alfred Kelberry: well, it uses the standard api. any ui element.
    Zen Arado: but that last sentence wasn't very good!
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Zen Arado: Well i I use Word I getfar a etter results
    Zen Arado: I don' get letters left out the way it does here
    Zen Arado: actually, my accuracy is getting very good
    Zen Arado: the accuracy is quite good even here
    Zen Arado: it's just the fact that letters are missing because the second life program doesn't work fast enough
    Zen Arado: or that's how it seems to me anyway
    Alfred Kelberry: oh, well
    Zen Arado: but I hink I will persevere with this

    Guitar practice:

    Zen Arado: I hopeyou ar practsing guitar Alfred
    Zen Arado: :)
    Alfred Kelberry: now and then :)
    Zen Arado: I usedto spend huurs practising scales and arpreggios
    Alfred Kelberry: wow
    Alfred Kelberry: that's tiring :)
    Zen Arado: well, it was enjoyable too
    Alfred Kelberry: i don't know scales or anything
    Zen Arado: I was lways fascinated by classical guitar
    Zen Arado: most musicians have to play scales
    Zen Arado: it improves coordination
    Alfred Kelberry: my uncle showed me the basics and then i went on exploring from there
    Alfred Kelberry: yes, i'm not a musician though :)
    Zen Arado: yes, I'm no either
    Zen Arado: I justwant t try t play a few chords now
    Zen Arado: and get some enjoyment from that
    Alfred Kelberry: yes, same here
    Zen Arado: and why not?
    Zen Arado: One can becom absorbed in the music
    Zen Arado: and perhaps that's where contentment lies, in that absorption
    Alfred Kelberry: i like minimalist sound and can play a couple of chords slightly varying and enjoy it :)
    Zen Arado: it's in the article we have to read for ways of knowing this week
    Zen Arado: " In time he realized that it was the activity itself—the work of painting-and not, as he had thought, the anticipation of its outcome, that so enthralled his subjects. The work was worth doing—though often not consciously—for the sake of simply doing it. "
    Zen Arado: I try to appl that hilosohy to my painting as well
    Zen Arado: if you start to think about whether a painting will sell or not it kills it for you
    Zen Arado: the main thing is to enjoy what you are doing
    Zen Arado: so I fnd I want to paint abstracts at the moment even though they are hard to sell
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Zen Arado: onigokko
    Alfred Kelberry: there's always a trade off in our world
    Alfred Kelberry: haha
    Alfred Kelberry: adapting to the oni environment :)
    Zen Arado: might as well join in :)
    Zen Arado: yes, I am lucky that am in a position to be able to indulge my hobbies
    Zen Arado: I don' need o work for a iving any more
    Zen Arado: I wondr does onigokko use up much resources?
    Zen Arado: :)
    Zen Arado: stop
    Alfred Kelberry: no, not much :)
    Zen Arado: yes Seond Life harbours around 40 to 50 usage on my computer
    Zen Arado: you must have a very fast computer
    Alfred Kelberry: not really
    Alfred Kelberry: i5, i think
    Zen Arado: or maybe a PC rather than a laptop?
    Zen Arado: Yeh, an i5 is quite fast
    Zen Arado: I thin I'll try to get one with an i7
    Alfred Kelberry: i7, good choice :)
    Alfred Kelberry: ok, i have to go
    Alfred Kelberry: thank you for the company :)
    Zen Arado: very good very good, but Ican hadly her you over the onogokko
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Alfred Kelberry: oni concert
    Zen Arado: you have an electric guitar I think?
    Alfred Kelberry: yes, it was electric
    Zen Arado: I am toying with the idea of buying one
    Zen Arado: just for the fun of it
    Zen Arado: but I have two classical guitars already
    Zen Arado: :)
    Alfred Kelberry: i tend to prefer classical for some reason
    Alfred Kelberry: steel strings
    Zen Arado: yes, I lov the cassica guita reperoire
    Zen Arado: I used to tryto play Bach
    Alfred Kelberry: wow
    Alfred Kelberry: fancy :)
    Zen Arado: there is a piece called the Chaconne
    Zen Arado: which really love
    Zen Arado: it is adapted for the guitar from a violin partita
    Alfred Kelberry: must be difficult
    Zen Arado: ha ha it put in Quatar for guitar
    Zen Arado: yes, I coud never play hat pice it was too difficult for me and it lasts about 15 min
    Zen Arado: but I ould pay simple Bach pieces
    Alfred Kelberry: i hope to hear it one day :)
    Alfred Kelberry: ok, i'm off!
    Alfred Kelberry: bye, zen-san :)
    Zen Arado: bye Boxy

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