July Experiments

 

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly⚠️
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once❌
  • Call sister and family at least once❌
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT❌
    • BB❌
    • EP⚠️
    • DR✅
    • RH⚠️

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Mindful Exercise-Weekdays❌
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1-2 times per week and bike 10 miles 1 time per week⚠️
    • 0-200 Situp, 0-100 Pushup, 0-100 Squat challenges from Fitness22 LTD.⚠️
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Learn how to cook 3 healthy meals❌
      • Research and choose 3 by July 15th or sooner
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning
      • Finish – Creative Sprint – Sprint #1 and share on this blog⚠️
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.❌
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = morning / evening✅
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training❌
    • Write paper topic❌
  • Create
    • Innovation Article Topic Defined – Posted to a new blog?❌

Music:

  • Practice the 5 positions of the Pentatonic Scale✅
  • Consume – Learn how to play Sultans of Swing✅
  • Create – Recording of anything!✅- Rig rundown

Photography:

  • Consume
    • Complete Photography Course❌
    • Read Blogs❌
  • Create
    • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week⚠️
Passive Income Business
  • Fizzle Roadmap Phase 1 – Stage 4⚠️
  • Complete Shareable Images for Blogs and Social Media Course⚠️
  • Complete Start a Blog that Matters Course❌

 

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June Experiments

Not a successful month:(

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once❌
  • Call sister and family at least once
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT✅
    • BB
    • EP✅
    • DR✅
    • RH

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Mindful Exercise-Weekdays❌
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1x per week and bike 10 miles 1x per week❌
    • 10 Burpees, 10 Situps Daily❌
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Soda Drinking only on weekends❌
    • At least one salad per week❌
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning❌
      • The Moonshot Effect
      • ODI Book – Target Complete By end of May
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News = morning / evening✅
  • Progress Simpler Goals:❌
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training
    • Write paper topic
  • Linked In Article Topic Defined – Posted to a new blog?❌

Music:

  • Learn the 5 positions of the Pentatonic Scale✅

Photography:

  • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week❌
  • Complete Photography Course❌
Passive Income Business
  • Fizzle Roadmap Phase 1 – Stage 4✅
  • Complete Shareable Images for Blogs and Social Media Course❌
  • Complete Start a Blog that Matters Course❌
  • Begin WordPress Tutorial Course❌
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Beat Buddy Product Review

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It’s time to give this awesome product a review!

First, a big thank you to Singular Sound for creating this!  I am an aspiring guitarist and due to my current non-musical career have found it difficult to find a group to practice with because I am not able to gig more than maybe once per month.

In reality, my interest is in creating music, not live performances.  At least not yet.  Perhaps with the help of this new tool I can finally get a few songs created and a setlist setup.

Onto the review:

UNBOXING:

So I didn’t capture the unboxing, however they did a great job at packaging this product to ensure it’s protection until arrival to my house.  I would liken the unboxing to that of the iphone.  I was excited and the packaging as well as the product felt of very high quality.

SETUP:

Setup of the Beatbuddy is extremely easy in that it simply fits at the end of the series of your effects chain.  For me, I have an effects pedal, a Boss looper, a distortion pedal and the Beat Buddy.  I did opt for the additional pedal to control pausing and accent cymbol.  I had the unit working in a matter of minutes.

Use:

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The buttons were all extremely intuitive and I had selected my rhythm pattern, tempo, volume in just a few additional minutes.  It really is as easy as the videos make it look.  Press the pedal once to intro (can turn this off) and after 4 beats you are into the main beat for the song.  A quick tap to begin a fill which can be initiated at anytime after the first beat and will end after the 4th beat.

By pressing the main pedal and holding it….you begin a transition to the next part of the song the chorus.  press and hold again to transition to the next part or back to the first depending on the track you have selected.

To pause the beat…the optional pedal gives you this ability and you can restart by either hitting the pause button again or if you want the intro to restart again…hit the main pedal.

The left button on the additional control pedal allows you to add accent hits at any time.

To end the song, simply double tap at anytime and the outro will begin and finish on the last beat of the track.

Extremely easy, unbelievably fun as a solo musician.

One additional feature I am working on is to sync my Beat Buddy to my RC300 looper.  Unfortunately, for this looper, the RC300 must be the master and the Beat Buddy the slave.  What I want is for the Beat Buddy and Looper to stay in Sync, but I want to be able to add fills and transitions, pauses.  Ideally, I wouldn’t loop the Beat Buddy, but my loops would stay in sync with the Beat Buddy and I would simply add, stop, start the supporting loops.  I will do more research, but believe I may need to look into another looper such as the Infinity Looper to make this happen, unless Boss steps up with a firmware upgrade that lets me do this.

 

All in all, I would highly recommend this for any solo musician looking to practice or perform live.

Thanks again Singlar Sound!

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May Experiments

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once✅
  • Call sister and family at least once
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO❌
    • BT✅
    • BB❌
    • EP✅
    • DR✅

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Mindful Exercise-Weekdays
    • Daily Calm on flights⚠️
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1x per week and bike 10 miles 1x per week❌
    • 10 Burpees, 10 Situps❌
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Minimize soda drinking and candy eating⚠️
    • At least one salad per week✅
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News✅
    • 15 min of reading daily⚠️
    • The Moonshot Effect
    • ODI Book – Target Complete By end of May❌
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training❌
    • Write paper topic❌
  • Linked In Article Topic Defined – Posted to a new blog?❌

Music:

  • Complete 1 Youtube Capture Sessions-video & ipad – Studio Tour post to Blog❌
  • Create “Mobile Creations”❌
  • Beat Buddy Product Review (Youtube Session?)✅

Photography:

  • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week⚠️
  • Get 50mm lens or new camera  (8D?)❌
  • Complete Photography Course❌
Passive Income Business
  • Fizzle Roadmap Stage 1 Progress⚠️
  • Complete WordPress Tutorial Series⚠️
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April 2017 Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian

Our family decided to take a Caribbean cruise beginning April 13th through to April 14th.  This was our 8th cruise if my memory is correct.  See below:

  • Carnival
    • Imagination – Key West, Cozumel
    • Fantasy – Bahamas, St Martin, St Lucia
    • Sensation – Grand Cayman, Cozumel
  • MSC
    • Baltic Sea – Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Russia
    • Southern Mediterranean – Morroco, Portugal, Spain?
    • Carribean – Bahamas, St Martin, Costa Rica,
  • Costa
    • Fortuna-Mediterranean cruise – Italy, Greece, Croatia
  • Norwegian
    • Pearl – Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Key West

 

Overall, we had a good time on this Norwegian cruise.

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Boarding:

The process was easy and streamlined with a lot of people checking everyone in to help keep lines moving.

The Ship:

My first impressions of the ship were that it looked a bit older as did the cruise port.  There were quite a few spots where I saw rusting.  In addition, I was very disappointed with the cleanliness of the windows.  It seems every other ship we have been on, you could hardly tell there was a window there as the view was amazing.  For this cruise, many of the windows had a film on them and the main doors to the main entertainment level (deck 6 I believe), had a horrible film on it.  As one of the first points contact with the customer, I was very surprised by this.  I would say overall the rest of the ship had a clean feel to it, but again, just an older ship.

The Service:

The bar service on the ship was another area that we were disappointed with.  We found ourselves waiting a long time for drinks and even our first drink.  Other experiences we’ve had, it seemed like we were getting attention almost immediately.  In addition, there were many more “Servers” to help you get drinks and food, especially near the bar areas.  Most times, we found ourselves going up to the bar and then waiting a long time to get service.

Room service was amazing and they were all very friendly.  We had a broken drawer and this was fixed almost immediately and very quickly.  In addition, our safe was locked when we arrived.  This was unlocked by our return visit to the room.

The kids club was not very exciting so my boys didn’t show any interest in going into it.  A very plain room where it looked like there wasn’t anything to do.

The shows…..most of the shows were really good.  A few were just ok, but the rest of the audience seemed to enjoy them.

The rock climbing wall was really fun, however most of the time we went to check it out, it was closed.  The pools were nice, however as is typical on a cruise ship, finding seating was a bit of a challenge most times.

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The food as always was really good and there was plenty to go around.  A bit more organization at the buffet would have been nice, but again..they are usually chaotic.  It did seem like inside dining space was very limited in the buffet area.  Other ships seemed to have a lot more.  Good thing the weather was favorable:)

The excursions were well managed aside from disembarkation from the ship.  Stressful with tons of people rushing to get out to make their excursion on time.  The best one was Grand Cayman because the excursions were on a schedule for disembarkation.

Ocho Rios – we did a river raft trip with zip lining and waterfall climbing.  Although the city itself wasn’t really nice, we really enjoyed the excursion.

Grand Cayman – We did a snorkling tour.  I had done this one before and it is really cool….just would be nice if the site was a bit further from the dock and the boat.  We didn’t really get to see anything else on the Island as we stayed within a few hundred yards of the port.

Cozumel – we did a dune buggy tour.  Although we did get dune buggys…we stayed on road and not on any dunes.  The vehicles themselves were a bit scary to drive as well as the steering and braking were a bit out of tune and loose.

Key West – We rented a golf cart and drove around the island.  A nice way to spend the day.  Definitely stay near the south and west side of the city.  The east and north side of the city are less touristy and more a typical town setup.

I’m sure there are a lot more elements I have missed or we didn’t experience, but again, overall we had a great time.  We love cruising and would have to say although we had a nice time, we probably won’t book another Norwegian cruise again without doing more research on the ship for amenities and reviews of the boat and service.

Feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions or are looking for recommendations.

Troy

 

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April Experiments

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly⚠️
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once✅
  • Call sister and family at least once❌
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • RH❌
    • BT❌
    • BB❌
    • EP❌
    • DR✅
    • BU❌

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present⚠️
    • Mindful Exercise-Weekdays❌
    • Daily Calm on flights✅
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life⚠️
    • Run 1 miles 1x per week and bike 10 miles 1x per week⚠️
    • 10 Burpees, 10 Situps, 10 Presses per day⚠️
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life✅
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)✅
    • Minimize soda drinking and candy eating✅
    • At least one salad per week✅
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News✅
    • 15 min of reading daily❌
    • The Moonshot Effect❌
    • ODI Book – Target Complete By end of April❌
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training❌
    • Write paper topic❌
  • Linked In Article Topic Defined❌

Music:

  • Complete 2 Youtube Capture Sessions-video & ipad❌

Photography:

  • Practice and build portfolio⚠️
    • One photo posted to Instagram per week⚠️
  • Review Adobe Portfolio❌
  • Get 50mm lens❌
  • Create storage plan❌
  • Photography Course❌
Passive Income Business
  • Fizzle Roadmap Stage 1⚠️
  • Complete Courses:
    • WordPress Tutorial Series❌
    • Google Analytics Started-Requires an expensive monthly fee wth WordPress.  ✅Postpone
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Fizzle Product Review

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What is Fizzle?

I thought I would take a few minutes to talk about Fizzle.co.  I have been a member of this site for a few months and have really been enjoying the content.  I am listening to the podcasts but also following the framework.

Chase, Corbett and Steph are the primary contributors to the blogs, podcasts and website. all complement each other in skills and abilities.  Caleb I believe is another person on the team, however I haven’t been through much of his content yet.

The basic purpose of Fizzle.co is to help Entrepreneurs find their way from “I want to start a business” to actually doing it.  They offer a 3 phase, 9 stage process with video content all along the way to walk you through how to do the various activities at each step.  Each step contains various themes and courses to help you learn about all aspects of starting an online business.  I am currently still sitting in stage 1 and have a lot to learn about getting my business up and running.

In addition to the video and course work, the team also creates podcasts and blogs to help people.  I personally find the podcasts very entertaining and am usually listening to those while working out or in lieu of watching TV.

The main item I continue to be “Frozen” with is the “Topic” or the what am I going to shape my business around.  I have been through “Live Your Legend”‘s Finding Your Passion Course (hence the creation of this blog) but still struggle with selecting something.  I’ve followed Caleb’s method of choosing a topic but still am hesitating.  And since I am hesitating at making this decision, it’s making me slow down and even stop progress on the Fizzle Road map.

I have tried the “Progress Log” feature but feel it is a bit duplicative to this blog…so am trying to figure out a way to accomplish both somehow with this blog.

There is one element of Fizzle that I haven’t tried yet and that is the monthly “Office Hours”.  I think they might actually be doing this every Friday now.  My schedule always seems to conflict with my current “Day Job” and haven’t been able to participate.  Plus, I am not sure if that is the right forum for me.

So in summary, I am enjoying Fizzle.co and I would highly recommend it as there is no risk.  2 weeks free and then a monthly fee that you can cancel anytime!  You can’t go wrong to at least explore this site.  If you are still hesitant, check out their podcasts!  Very entertaining!

For me, I still need to find a way to break through and focus on one item for my first business.  I hope you’ll follow this blog to see my progress!

If interested in finding out more…please check them out by clicking this link:

I am interested in the 2 week free trial they offer, let me check it out!

Take care my friends!

 

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Boss RC300 Product Review

I recently purchased the BOSS RC300 to help build out my live music options and wanted to give some feedback and first impressions so far.

Let me start by saying, I am not usually one to read an owners manual so any complaints I have from here on might be answered via the manual, but I have yet to look closely at it yet.

  • Unboxing:
    • Tha packaging was good and simplistic.  Everything was in great condition.
  • Connecting:
    • Here is the back of the RC300:
    • RC300 Back
    • Mic Input – for a direct mic input..I am not using this right as I don’t have a way to add vocal effects (reverb).
    • L & R unbalanced inputs.  I use these as direct inputs from my effects pedal board.
    • Aux input,  I use this for any other inputs that I want to loop.  Alternate mic with vocal effect, Ipad input for other sounds.
    • Main outputs are used and sent to my mixing board and from my mixing  board I send to my monitor speakers
    • The sub outputs I am not using but could be used to be sent to main control room.
    • I’m not really using the “Exp” inputs at this time but may connect one of my Boss FS to help control the track or other functions of the unit.
    • For MIDI, I am trying to use this to sync to my Beat  Buddy.  I have only been able to get this work when the RC300 is the master.  I really want the Beat Buddy timing to be the master for starting and stopping/syncing.  Not sure it is going to work that way.  When I sync with the RC300 as the master…the pedals on the RC300 act goofy as well.  Very disappoint at this so far.
    • Power button and input
  • Features I Like:
    • RC300 Top
    • Once connected I found the unit to pretty intuitive for the basic functions.  Starting and stopping, recording of each of the three tracks.
    • I love that there are volumn controls for all of the inputs, the track outputs as well as a master volume control.
    • Writing and saving to memory was very easy.
  • Gaps/Opportunities:
    • The percussion start stop with the pedals and setting of temp is not very easy or intuitive.  I’m opting to use other options to create rhythm.
    • The Loop FX also isn’t as intuitive as I would like.  Granted I haven’t spent much time on this, but I couldn’t quickly make all effects work.  Also, I am hopeful I can save the default effectI can’t tell how some of the effects are applied.  Voice effects….how do they get applied to the inputs.  I don’t get what the Loop FX little button is for either.  It doesn’t seem to do anything.  Perhaps a bit more reading of the manual will assist me:)
  • Summary:
    • All in all, I am happy with this purchase.  This unit has huge advantages over the RC3 which I also have.  The ability to coordinate three pedals (Timing, Starting and Stopping) and voice easily will make this a fun piece of equipment.  Look for some live loop videos in the future:)
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March Experiments

A late start this month…but here goes…

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once
  • Call sister and family at least once
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • RH
    • BT✅
    • BB
    • EP
    • DR✅
    • BU

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Mindful Exercise-Weekdays⚠️
    • Daily Calm on flights✅
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1x per week and bike 10 miles 1x per week⚠️
    • 10 Burpees, 10 Situps, 10 Presses per day❌
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Minimize soda drinking and candy eating⚠️
    • At least one salad per week✅
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News✅
    • 15 min of reading daily❌
    • The Moonshot Effect❌
    • ODI Book – Target Complete By end of March❌
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Trainig❌
    • Write paper topic❌
  • Linked In Article Topic-Mobile, small and large business challenges similarities❌

Music:

  • Complete Youtube Capture Sessions-video & ipad❌
    • Green Day-Good Ridence
    • Green Day-Basket Case
    • Phillip Phillips-Stand by me
    • Phillip Phillips-Home
    • Keith Urban-Good Thing
    • Keith Urban-Stupid Boy

Photography:

  • Practice and build portfolio
    • One photo posted to Instagram per week❌
  • Review Adobe Portfolio❌
  • Get 50mm lens❌
  • Create storage plan
  • Photography Course – ?❌
Passive Income Business
  • Fizzle Roadmap Stage 1⚠️
  • Complete Courses:
    • Shareable Images For Blogs and Social Media⚠️
    • WordPress Tutorial Series❌
    • Google Analytics Started❌
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February Experiments

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once✅
  • Call sister and family at least once✅
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • RH
    • BT
    • BB✅
    • EP✅
    • DR✅
    • BU

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Mindful Exercise-Weekdays⚠️
    • Daily Calm on flights✅
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 2x per week⚠️
    • 10 burpees per day❌
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)❌
    • Minimize soda drinking – Max of 1 sugar drink per day✅
    • At least one salad per week⚠️
Innovation
  • Consume
    • Read Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook ❌
    • The Moonshot Effect❌
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Trainig❌
    • Write paper topic❌
  • Linked In Article Topic-Mobile, small and large business challenges similarities❌

Music:

  • Complete Youtube Capture Sessions-video & ipad❌
    • Huey Lewis-Small World
    • Huey Lewis-I know what I like
    • Green Day-Good Ridence
    • Over the rainbow
    • Stand by me
  • Purchase list
    • Studio desk☑️
    • RC 300 Loop Station✅
    • Beat Buddy✅
    • Akai Midi controller✅
    • Amp✅
  • Groupon Course❌

Photography:

  • Practice and build portfolio
    • One photo posted to Instagram per week⚠️
  • Review Adobe Portfolio❌
  • Get 50mm lens❌
  • Create storage plan⚠️
  • Course?❌
Passive Income Business
  • Fizzle Roadmap⚠️

 

 

 

 

 

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