I’m fat and technology is dumb

6/21/2023, 6:32:2
192 ft 192 ft
5.62 M

Lately, I've been debating different methods to log and track various things. Keeping a log of bike rides and food and whatnot is kind of nice. I use Strava and MyFitnessPal, Garmin Connect, FitBod, etc. All of these things are nice, but the integration between them is terrible. I briefly flirted with FitTrackee, which I still want to love, but I feel it's a bit early in the development process to use regularly.

I want things to be open source and federated / decentralized / use ActivityPub / resist Elon, etc. I'm not sure I care enough to write my own software for this. I'm tempted to ditch the tech altogether and just keep a paper journal.

In the meanwhile, I'm back to good old WordPress. Trusty, reliable LAMP stack with enough plugins to kind-of, sort-of make things work. The mobile experience is kind of trash, but I'm in front of a desktop enough that maybe I don't care.

I am interested to see how this post looks on Mastodon. BTW, you can find me in various places on the Fediverse, mostly @adamplaystrombone@skastodon.com. You can also follow this WP blog directly at @akillian


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Blues Improv in F

A little improvisational solo over the 12 bar blues in F

I record some of my practice sessions because it’s really hard to critique my own playing while I’m playing. In this clip, I’m trying to use the F minor pentatonic scale to spontaneously compose a melody. In the second chorus, I am trying to adapt the head to “Eastern Standard Time” by Don Drummond before returning to minor penatonic noodling.

Sound Check

St. James Infirmary multi tracked in Acapella

I went out and got myself a proper microphone to record my trombone stuff. The above piece is recorded on an Audio Technica AT2020 Microphone routed through an interface to an iPad running the Acapella app for multi-tracked videos. The backing track is from iReal Pro.

This setup does seem to produce a better sound that just using the mic in my phone, which is what I had been doing.