World Wide Companies?

Big companies perhaps, Apple and Amazon. But not world wide.

If you buy a gift card from either of those companies, beware. Make sure you go to the webstore of the country of that company in which the recipient lives and/or wants to spend that gift card, or things are screwy.

I had this with a gift card I bought for my girlfriend. From apple. For apple TV.

Note that I know little to nothing about the apple way of life and things. Just that everyone tells me how easy it is. So I got her the gift card. And it only works for AMERICA. And she has a Dutch Apple ID thing. Isn’t that grand? So now she has an amount on her apple id for apple things but she can’t use it for apple things because it’s from the wrong country.

This is why I don’t believe apple, and also amazon who have the same crippled way of dealing with gift cards, are world wide companies. They are big, for sure, but they are still tied to regions and stuff, and if you make a mistake, like I did, because you don’t know how they work, you’re royally screwed.

I’m sure there are more examples of companies with that same kind of rigid ‘world wide’ attitude.

Thank the heavens I don’t own any apple products.

Theremin. Synth. Loops.

Yes, I’m still using the theremin, just about daily.

I’m adding features. I bought an Electro-Harmonix synthesizer machine and I ordered a Roland BOSS RC-30 looping station.

Demo of the synth. I had no idea what I was doing.

Today I discovered that less is more. In the video above I had the synth sound prevail in most cases. Toning that down, making the theremin the ‘lead sound’ was a much better approach. Live and learn.

Boss RC-30 looping station

I don’t have the machine here yet, that will take a few more days. I’ve just read the manual and had a look/listen at the options online.

It’s crazy though.

More about this when there is more. 🙂

What’s that colour?

Being colour blind (or colour challenged as some people prefer to call it) has its benefits.

It also has some drawbacks.

I have a little bag in my car that sucks up moisture, and the instructions say:

When the blue dot turns pink, put the bag in the microwave for 6 minutes.

Yes. Great. Blue. Pink. What?

Light blue and pink?

Apparently there is light blue and pink in the image up here. Ehm. Right. Beats me, and praise to you if you can see it. For me, it’s something blueish and something white/lightish.

So how do I tell if the blue dot turned pink? Tech to the rescue, because yes, there is an (Android) app for that! Meet Color Grab:

This is a screenshot from Color Grab. Point the camera at something, and the colour inside the little (green? yellow?) circle shows at the top of the screen. Outstanding. This is what I need.

I used the app on the dot that’s on the moisture sucker and it’s still ‘faint blue’, so I’m fine. No waving needed, not even micro waving.

Color Grab logo

Color Grab is available on the Google Play Store. And it’s free.

If you’re a dedicated Apple/Ios/iPhone user in need of such tech, you’ll probably be able to locate something similar to Color Grab for your device.

It’s all about the pitch

I’m still not a grandmaster on the theremin.

Okay, let’s face it: the chances of me becoming one are probably as large as anything coming from Mars, but I’ll keep trying.

Kip Rosser told me that it’s a good practice to try following random tones and play those on the theremin. I tried several ways but with only two arms and one theremin, that’s tricky. So I got creative:

tone generator

It doesn’t get more random than using a tone generator app and a happy finger. Try the video, it’s not long and might even be educational.

Using this nifty tool I had a powerful ally to go for random tones and pitches. Here’s how it looks. And sounds.

Word of warning: it’s hit and lots of miss.

If you dare, hit play and suffer this ‘performance’ of little over a minute. There’s no music, just beeping and my attempts to catch the tone generator beep on the theremin. It’s a lot harder than you might think.

Does that sound like progress to you?

No worries, I’ll beep the bad words out of any reply.