Sunday, August 14, 2011

YOU ARE BEING REDIRECTED TO MY NEW WEBSITE

In two seconds you'll read my blog on my new website. If you were looking for a specific post, use the search box to find it! Voila'!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Why killing elephants is another Reason to drop Godaddy

I've had "Drop GoDaddy" on my 'to-do' list for quite some time. Too many problems, too many system setups that defy human logic (& I'm quite proficient at this stuff!), a dashboard that's nuclear-scientist-friendly...

Now I'll add to that Bob Parsons (GoDaddy's founder) bragging about his happy times in Zimbabwe killing animals and (in my opinion) making fun of the local populace.

In the video (it's a little graphic since it shows a dead elephant so watch it only if you want to here) Mr. Godaddy says his finest day was spent killing an evil elephant (evil because it destroyed the people's harvest). A further montage shows locals pouring over the carcass for meat; the rock music soundtrack gives me an impression of poking fun at a bunch of people who are gathering food. Bad taste, methinks...

Eco-friendly Twitterer Oreeko, raises an interesting question in their latest tweet:
"Killing elephants to save humans? Which is right or wrong?"
My viewpoint is simple: if the locals take an elephant down because it's destroying their crops and they use it for food, it's their business. Not some fat millionaire's killing-spree adventure made for the fun of it.

Also, even if this killing were necessary to preserve crops and therefore human life, boasting & bragging about it is what is truly wrong. Nothing quite like giving people ideas on how fun it is to kill an animal.

I'm switching tomorrow at the latest. I don't care if my site goes down in the process for a few days. A bragging killer doesn't deserve my business.

And don't get me wrong - I love animals but I'm not a fanatic animal extremist. I just hate people who brag about improper actions they take. What do you think?

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BROKEN PIANIST - AN APPLE GARAGEBAND COMPOSITION

So how does a composer play the piano when it's one floor up and they're stuck in bed with a broken hip? (i.e. me!).

Easy! Fire up your Mac and launch Garageband, Apple's music-making program. It has the ideal feature for broken pianists, called "musical typing".

Essentially, it allows you to play your computer's keyboard like a piano. I loaded up a celesta sound and composed & performed the track "Broken Pianist". Check it out & tell me what you think!

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Friday, December 17, 2010

NEW CD RECORDING POSTPONED DUE TO ACCIDENT

Hi to all,

If you've read some of my recent posts or are following me on Facebook, you'll know that I had an accident and am stuck in bed for the next two months without the ability to move.

The accident happened in Dubai airport while en route to Auckland, New Zealand. That's where I was supposed to put the finishing touches to the project and record it.

The CD has been long overdue so I was really looking forward to getting it out there for you. The music will be explosive, dynamic, energizing and inspiring. A little different from the "very relaxing" you may have come to know. I'm proud to have found my "sound" and honestly look forward to letting you hear it.

Here are some of the titles:

"The choice to fight"
"PLAY"
"Eternal city"
"Ancient Tale"

"Pensiero, Azione" (Thought, Action)

"Monochrome"

"Earth"

"Winter skies"


and several more.

Well, I hope you at least like the titles! :)

I'm trying to set myself up with a mini keyboard and get you some new orchestral music. In fact, on my Facebook page you can even suggest some titles and I'll put them to music.

Take care for now & thanks for your support!

Christian

Sunday, December 12, 2010

ANATOMY OF A DISASTER - it all adds up...

Every second of our life is a consequence of the choices we make, the things we do and also the things we don't do.

While en route to Auckland, NZ to - among other things - record my new CD, what was to be a 5 hour layover in Dubai, UAE into an ordeal, ending in a fractured right hip and micro fractures on the left hip. Here is a summary of all the actions that led to that moment. I cannot but wonder if anyone of these steps would have taken a little less (or a little more) how things would have been different.

(The time-stamp is purely indicative and does not represent the exact time this all happened)

5:05 - Emirates flight 96 from Rome lands on schedule in Dubai
5:15 - The Boing 777 docks to the gate; we let everyone get out before us because we're in no rush - we have about 5 hours to spare in Dubai.
5:30 - We come out of the plane with our carry-ons and start the long walk to the main terminal.
5:55 - We have to go through a security check to access the departure area. The line seems to be moving fast.
6:09 - The security agent was eager to finish his duty and didn't request us to remove our laptops from our bags. I was traveling with a heavy music computer in my carryon, the amazing Muse Receptor. At the Rome security checkpoint I had to remove it out of the bag for screening as if it were a weapon. Not in Dubai. Minutes saved!
6:13 - We're thru! Welcome to the Dubai International.
6:20 - We start walking towards our departure gate 232 and check out the myriads of shops.
6:29 - Stopped at an electronics store - found a Nikon D3100 on sale. Let's think about it.
6:31 - We get stopped by a sales person with an iPod in hand advertising a hip place to eat open 24/7. Nice but... no thanks! Only want a simple breakfast for now!
6:39 - Spotted the first Starbucks! We're ready to attack it when we see that it's small and crammed. Hmm... Let's wait a little.
6:44 - We find these super cool chairs - you can sit and actually extend your legs - really cool! Plus there's free wi-fi!
6:51 - Comparing prices for the Nikon D3100. Bestbuy.com has it discounted 50% with its Black Friday deal. No way!
6:59 - Mind made up: we're not buying the camera in Dubai!
7:08 - While heading back to Starbucks, we find a local cafe' that has some really nice chairs and the same menu. We order two cappuccinos and two butter croissants. The cashier tells us to wait at the table...
7:29 - Breakfast finally arrives! Delicious! We start chatting and fantasize about how cool it would be to travel business class to NZ. I promise Susie that someday we will.
8:11 - Breakfast is over. We start heading 'con calma' towards our departure gate.
8:25 - We arrive at the gate, pull out our laptops and start checking our email.
8:47 - Boarding soon! I decide to go to the restroom and buy a bottle of water for the flight.
8:48 - The restroom near the gate is crowded with people - no thanks!
8:51 - Can't find water anywhere. I keep on walking and find another bathroom brimming with people. Nope! I decide to leave it all for the plane! :)
8:54 - Walking back to the gate, I see that the first restroom I passed has now less people. Let's give it a try...
8:56 - Entered the restroom
8:58 - Opening the door to come out.
8:58 - My right foot lays on a wet surface
8:58 - I fly for a few nanoseconds, landing on my hip. As I lay there unable to move, the cleaner is in front of me, mop in hands, starring at me in terror.
10:10 - Emirates flight # to Auckland, NZ takes off. We're just not on it.

From here on we'll spend a full day in the ER ultimately being erroneously diagnosed with a hip contusion. Only four days later, after a bunch of medical exams and fights (no one made our life easier in this ordeal) will we find out that the right hip is fractured and the left has a few microfractures.

Two days after that (for a total of a full week later) I keep my promise to my wife that "someday" we'll be flying business. It's just the wrong situation and destination: on a plane in pain headed back to Rome, where two months of strict bed time await me.

CONCLUSION
My brain delights in thinking about our "sliding doors" situation. How would things have gone differently if any one of those 20-some individual actions were different?

- What if our breakfast didn't take so long to be served? It was just 2 cappuccinos after all!
- What if we joined the primordial stampede to be the first to exit the aircraft from Rome?
- What if my music computer was searched as it was in Rome?
- What if I bought that Nikon?
- What if Susie & I had chatted a few seconds more or a few seconds less at any given point?

Chances are the outcome would have been the same: we would have been seated on an 18-hour flight to NZ and lots of beautiful things would have come out of it. But as each of those actions kicked in, life's highway came up to an unexpected "Exit" in Dubai.

Each one of those steps raises a potentially unlimited number of variables that is impossible to calculate.

And of course add to this already complex equation the variables associated with the lives of any other person transiting at the airport - including the employee of the year who had the bright idea to wash the restroom with people in it and no warning signs - and you have a frightening, yet beautiful result:

Life.

Life changes direction with every step we take (at times even literally!).
Life is beautiful because no matter what happens you are in a position to pull out the best and see the best in others.
Life dignifies us with being able to decide how to deal with a situation no matter what it entails.
Life is a unique gift because you never know what happens next., but we have the freedom to try to make it happen, whatever it may be.

Time for some lemonade from all these lemons and to make some beautiful music. Who needs a piano anyways when you can write it all in your head? :D

C!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

JOKE OF THE DAY

This, me believes, is most appropriate...

A man runs into the vet's office carrying his dog, screaming for help.
The vet rushes him back to an examination room and has him put his dog
on the examination table.
The vet examines the still, limp body and after a few moments, tells
the man that his dog, regrettably, is dead.
The man, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, demands a
second opinion.
The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat and puts the
cat down next to the dog's body.
The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, poking and sniffing
the dog's body and finally looks at the vet and meows.
The vet looks at the man and says,
"I'm sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead, too."
The man is still unwilling to accept that his dog is dead.
So, the vet brings in a black Labrador.
The lab sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, and finally looks at
the vet and barks.
The vet looks at the man and says,
"I'm sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead too."

The man, finally resigned to the diagnosis, thanks the vet and asks
how much he owes.
The vet answers, "$650."
"$650 to tell me my dog is dead?" exclaims the man.
"Well," the vet replies, "I would only have charged you $50 for my
initial diagnosis.
The additional $600 was for the cat scan and lab tests."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Beatles on iTunes

Until yesterday, the only band that was missing from Apple's iTunes music store has now been included. Not some unknown indie band. Just the Beatles!

There's lots of cool content on Apple's website: videos, history & more. Even if you don't like the Beatles, they're cool to watch if not for the fact that they're so... ancient! :D

Enjoy!

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