Personal-ish thoughts about life and stuff.

Nutritional Journey

Posted February 27, 2013 @ 6:01 pm | Filed under: Reflections

I’m no nutrition expert, but the Paleo approach works pretty well for me. About a year and a half ago I wanted to try to eat healther and more naturally, and in my search for different approaches I stumbled upon a niche of journalists and nutritionists who promote paleo (a.k.a. the caveman diet: lots of meat and vegetables, moderate dairy and fruit, and grains and everything else very sparingly or not at all). So I started trying it out gradually, first by ditching any and all sugary drinks (including so-called “natural” fruit juice). I didn’t really buy into it though until I saw a documentary called “Fat Head”, which is basically a response to Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me” but about 40 times more educational. From there, I started progressively replacing the majority of the carbs I ate with good sources of natural fats like meat, olive oil, coconut oil, and some organic dairy. Importantly, Paleo is not low-carb per se like Atkins is, it’s just a focus on eating more like our pre-agriculture ancestors did, which did include some carbs but most of them came from fruit. I usually shoot for around 100g of carbs a day which is the equivalent of about 8-9 slices of whole wheat bread or 4 apples. (The USDA’s original food pyramid recommended 6-11 servings of grains a day, plus 2-4 servings of fruit. And you wonder why America’s gotten so fat.)

So my typical daily diet consists of:
Breakfast: Eggs, and bacon or sausage if I have time; or if I’m really in a hurry I just eat a spoonful of coconut oil. Also a cup of black coffee.
Lunch: Sometimes I skip lunch, but when I eat it it’s usually a salad made w/ spinach, orange peppers and cucumbers, with various other ingredients like avocado, beef, chicken, ham, hardboiled eggs, cheese, etc.
Dinner: Usually a beef or chicken main course, with some cooked or raw vegetables.
Snacks: Nuts (I never realized how freaking delicious raw pecans are until all this), fruit (grapes, blueberries, pineapple, etc), or the occasional bowl of rice or corn cereal (with whole milk of course)… especially around exercise times (your muscles need carbs when they’re worn out).
Beverages: Mostly water, but also whole organic milk, coffee, and beer. No pop/soda ever, not even diet, which I’m convinced is worse for you than the regular stuff.

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Getting Started in Audio Production

Posted September 13, 2012 @ 10:00 am | Filed under: High Fidelity,Reflections

The other day someone used the contact page, asking for some tips for someone getting started in audio. This particular person is planning to go to an audio engineering program. I’m certainly no expert, but there are a few things that I wish I’d known starting out. Here’s an edited and expanded version of my reply:

The best knowledge comes from experience. In fact, you should think of going into an engineerging program as “paying for experience” more than book-learning. I never learned audio engineering formally, but I learned by working as an “apprentice” of sorts (with Darren) at my college radio station, where I got exposure to all sorts of gear and had to think my way through unusual situations.

If I could give anyone who is starting out in audio a few tips, the list would look something like this (My experience is mainly in recording bands, so this will be geared towards that type of work, but still applicable to most anyone):

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Migration complete, welcome to OA.o

Posted June 9, 2010 @ 10:11 am | Filed under: Reflections

Now that Blacktown Sound Labs (as a recording studio) is naught but a legacy, I figured it was time to build a new web site for future endeavors. Well, you’re looking at it: I don’t even know if I’ll call my recording services Obsolete Audio (or anything at all, for that matter)… But I thought it was an acceptable name for a web site.

So this is going to be more than just a web site for audio production projects, it’s going to be a collecting place for music, software development, design, photography, DIY-ism, and other random/sundry subjects.  And I’d like to eventually invite some friends who are interested in the same sorts of things to blog here also, or have their existing blog aggregated.

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What’s the haps, chaps?

Posted March 3, 2010 @ 11:55 am | Filed under: Reflections

So I thought I’d let everyone (all 5 of you) know what’s officially going on around here.

First, some background.  Some of you may know that two of my good friends, Josh Milligan and Bill Smith, moved back up to Pennsylvania from Texas, to “return to their roots” as it were. This was undoubtedly a really tough move for them, because Austin is a rather amazing city. So there must be something about PA that they like a lot… I think I know what it is: it’s not their families, it not their friends, though those things contributed to their decision.  No… it’s the hills. I know because I feel it too. Few things make me appreciate God’s creativity and providence more than driving east on I-80 into the Appalachians. As soon as the weather breaks, I know we’ll be hiking and biking out there a ton.

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Update on BSL services

Posted October 26, 2009 @ 10:47 am | Filed under: Reflections

[Edit: Shortly after writing this post, I removed the “services” page altogether, as well as the “contact” page. I’ve now shifted my direction completely away from commercial recording, and back towards music. This doesn’t mean I’m done recording or I’ll sell off my gear, though — it just means that the Sound Lab is officially a “community project studio”. I’m no longer seeking any sort of commercial gain from the place. Though if you’ve previously booked time to record here, those arrangements are still on.]


I’ve updated our “services” page with some new info. I’ll copy it here though, so you don’t have to go there, and expound on it a bit:

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