Archive for April, 2010

LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio)

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LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio) is a pretty cool free tool. It’s made for linux (looks like they’re using Qt), but available for Windows and Mac and is basically a full featured synthesizer/sequencer type of thing. Pretty broad range of instruments. I’m still figuring it out. It’s a little quirky, but seems capable for modest means to get started becoming the next Daft Punk or whatever.

Main link:
http://lmms.sourceforge.net/

Fairly entertaining tutorial (there’s more docs on the site above):
http://digitalramblings-0612.blogspot.com/2009/04/getting-your-head-around-lmms.html

This video kind of gives you the feel (2 min)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfQYJiLLH0k

I used to have a standalone thing (called Dr. Rhythm DR-5, I think), that I did some stuff with, but never really took off. I don’t know if I’ll ever get anything together with this, but it’s nice to have the option. I’ve only been messing with it a bit, but it’s gotten pretty intuitive pretty quick and is really nice in a lot of ways.

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Indiana District 9 House Primary

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Thoughts on the upcoming district 9 US House primary. Info from The Green Papers:

Democrat choices: Incumbent Baron Hill and John R. Bottorff

Independent choices: Ronnie Joseph “Ron” Kimsey, Jerry R. Lucas

Republican choices:
Travis Hankins – Pretty impressive. Bold, but thoughtful. Very clear stance on key issues.

Former Congressman  Michael E. “Mike” Sodrel – I couldn’t find anything on his stance on the major issues. Poking around, he mentioned he was against ObamaCare, but no summary of his stances that I could find. I find that weird, but in his defence, he has been in Washington and also has had success in the business world, served his country. So he does have an impressive resume.

Rick Warren – Doesn’t get too specific on issues. Seems like a decent guy.

Todd Christopher Young – Also pretty impressive. Marine, lawyer, has been a deputy prosecutor, more stuff. Quite a resume. Pretty strong on the issues as well.

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Indiana Republican Primary Senate Debate

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So the Indiana primaries are coming up on May 4th and I have had a hard time finding much info about the candidates.

Something called The Green Papers is the best resource I’ve found. It has up-to-date info on who’s running for what, with additional links and candidate info.

In the senate race, there will be no Democratic primary, due to the late withdrawal of Evan Bayh. Congressman Brad Ellsworth is expected to be their candidate.

Independents running are Timothy Lee Frye (Public Party) and Donnie H. “Don” Harris (no party listed)

On the Republican side, former U.S. Senator Dan Coats, former U.S. congressman John Hostettler, IN senator Marlin A. Stutzman, and fresh-faces
Dan Bates, Jr. and Richard J. Behney are running. I found a debate between the 5 candidates in Warsaw, IN from March 6th, 2010. A lot of overlap (fiscal responsibility, smaller government, etc.), but there were differences. For example, on the president question, Hostetler said he voted for Ron Paul and would do so again, Bates named Mike Pence without hesitation, and Behney said it was too early to even be discussing.

Links to debate under the fold. h/t INCnowTV

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