A Busy New Year

I’ve been slacking on my writing this year thanks to life getting in the way. With that in mind, I have had a couple small things I wanted to post about even if they don’t really need a full fledged blog post.

Dad

I’m coming the conclusion the biggest advantage of Dad is that is really light weight and simple. This is a good thing in development but I don’t know that in production it is missing important features. I plan to keep playing with the idea, but other tools are already doing a good job managing processes.

Xenv

Xenv on the other hand is proving to be more useful. I recently read how to make chroot jail and it occurred to me how Xenv provides a similar yet different use case. The key difference is that a chroot jail aims to create a new system from scratch, effectively copying everything in some existing system. Xenv on the other hand tries to provide a simple layer on top of an existing system. From a DevOps perspective, the Xenv gives developers a way to meet their requirements without clobbering sysadmins. This may seem contrary to DevOps, but in larger organizations or even when someone is better as a sysadmin than a programmer, having an easy way to layer requirements means a smoother transition from development to deployment.

Singing

Unbeknownst to most, I’ve been taking vocal lessons. My goal is to help improve my speaking voice as well as help me start singing a bit. I don’t have any really concrete goals at this point, but it is something I’d like to do. A bit of formal training goes a long way in getting a better idea of what might be a good goal and gives me tools to get there.

What is interesting about the methodology is how little it has to do with singing. Instead it is understanding how you naturally vocalize sound and training your body to do the same thing when you “sing” as when you speak. The process is simply singing scales using different vowel and consonant sounds. It is like free weights for your voice. I can say with confidence that it has already made a big difference in the shower and on the Karaoke stage.

Recording

We’ve been demoing some tracks to show to folks who might be interested in working with us in the future. The biggest thing I’ve learned this time around is how important is to be confident in your sounds. This predicated by taking time outside of the studio to practice and really understand your sound. If you are able go in with confidence it goes a long way to saving time. You aren’t trying a million things trying to figure out how something can sound. Instead, you have the sound and you merely need to capture it.

Hopefully I can get back to a more regular writing schedule, but in the mean time I’ll keep collecting my thoughts whenever possible.