The Facebook diet that I had started at the beginning of this month is still going strong. I did find myself still using Facebook here and there though out the month but in general, I limited myself to using it no more than 5 minutes. For the most part, I found after scrolling for 30 seconds I was bored and uninterested. The new found time I have found has helped me focus more on my daily to do list and also get back to other things I enjoy like practicing trumpet. There is this great play along book by Jamey Aebersold called “Gettin In Together”, which I have been spending a good deal of time in. In Jazz they call this painful art “shedding”. Shedding means getting in some really hardcore practice. It has been a while since I have done that and it feels good to begin to have a few things under my fingers again.
My yoga journey is now two months strong. I feel that in just two months I have made some big improvements. My wife has commented that my posture has gotten better. I feel like I have a little less tension in my shoulders. In a bit more than a month, I have learned how to do the “crow” pose. And now I am beginning to do “side crow”. I never thought I would be able to even attempt these poses and now they are becoming within my reach. I still feel like I have such a weak core and a general lack of flexibility but I also don’t expect these things to improve overnight. I also still feel the need to watch the teacher through the class to see if I am in the right position. I find that the audio cues are either not enough for me or too much to comprehend while trying to balance or get into a pose. I am interested to see my progress continue and where the journey will take me.
This weekend I bought an electric guitar. Nothing fancy. An entry level electric guitar for use in my studio by clients that come in, and also to learn a few chords myself. My history with the guitar has been rather lackluster. I have picked one up a few times in the past, but my efforts have always withered out in frustration. In the previous times, I have tried to learn I was using a crappy or broken instrument. This time I did a bit of research before hand and tried to thinks through a bit more. My goals for guitar are realistic. I have no intentions of becoming a guitar master. What I would like to be able to do is learn a handful of chords and strumming techniques that I can utilize in my production. Eventually, I would like to add an entry level acoustic guitar and nylon string guitar to my setup. Right now I can play about 2 chords. Let’s see where I am in a month. I either will be rocking out hard or have crashed in burned in a spiral of frustration. lol
There is a Ragu recipe my uncle makes that is out of this world. This afternoon I picked up some fresh pasta from Pastosa in Brooklyn and a handful of other ingredients and set out to give it a try. Nearly 4 hours of cooking later here is the finished product.
It was near 70 degrees today. I’m not complaining but a bit odd for late February. Besides the usual morning walk, I took Leo out this afternoon or 10 minutes of hardcore sprints up and down the block. He gets beyond exciting when he sees my put on my roller blades. Personal note: I do not recommend everyone tries going up and down the block with their dog while wearing rollerblades. There is a special amount of trust and communication you must have with your dog to do this. You also should be pretty damn comfortable on rollerblades and know how to bring yourself and the dog to a complete stop quickly.
You can never stop practicing chords.
It is national love your pet day. Here is my buddy Leo. I had to wake him up to get him to do a trick. The only way I could get him up was to tell him we were going to go roller skating. He goes crazy when I put on my Rollerblades. We head to the block at full speed.
If I could only be this relaxed some day.
Another 360 photo using the Google Cardboard photo app on the iphone. Today the light was much better but some movement from people, cars, and a cyclist going by, created some choppy sections of the photo.
Playing around with VR more. Here is my first 360 image for Google Cardboard. I did the image using the Google Cardboard photo app and my Iphone 6. Thinking about buying a 360 video camera.
The image quality is a bit gritty, especially on a computer. It looks much better using a VR viewer like the google cardboard. The image quality is also not that good because of the darkness.