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Pitfalls When Turning Passion Into Profit

For most of us, our daily happiness is to a large extent determined by how much we enjoy what we do for a living. Making a living doing what we love, is a dream or a goal for many of us.

What I want to write about today, though, has everything to do with keeping your passion alive whilst taking it to the next level, for example, making a living of it. Even though this might sound obvious, it isn’t always that simple.

Regular visitors of my blog might have noticed that my last post was published several weeks ago. The gap in posting has several reasons of which I want to discuss two. The first reason is simple, I wanted to evaluate my blog.

Is blogging something I want to keep doing? Is it what I expected it to be? I might answer these questions in a future post. Today, however, I want to talk about the second reason, that is, the launch of a new project and what it has taught me.


What Really Happens on Broadway

Is there such a thing as a creative corporation? Of course. Like the Googleplex. They’re notorious for offering employees flex time, projects with creative control, a fun campus, and eye-candy. But there’s a difference between a corporation that is creative, and a creative industry run by a corporation. I just left my position at a Broadway marketing company of nearly two years. And despite working on creative initiatives and taking our Facebook Fan Page from 0 to nearly 7,000 in my tenure; I discovered the industry is very corporate. I was surprised by the structure involved, and the tiers of approval processes and a small group of people controlling most of the industry.

And because of that control, there’s a saying in my Broadway circle, “Everyone wants to be first to be second.”

It means people want to be innovative and be a leader, but wants someone else to go first to test the waters. Then crush that person who went first and do it even better.


What is ADL Tube

I’m really a huge fan of ADL Tube, the ADL300G Stereo Tube from Anthony DeMaria Laboratories. Now who is Anthony DeMaria? Anthony DeMaria Labs (also named ADL) is a modest-sized producer of audio equipment that specializes in vacuum tube-based components furnishing its equipment to the most significant brands in the audio business.

But actually I don’t wish to discuss audio equipment all the time. This weblog is a mixture of my personal things and posting reviews of ADL equipment.

The history of ADL, Anthony DeMaria Labs:

As we’ve said before, you cannot have a lot of compressors, and the level of variety is the essence of gain reduction. Anthony DeMaria Labs is experiencing reinvigorated publicity in Europe and George Shilling states that this box is a delightful, temperamentful package.

DeMaria has been developing audio compressors for over 17 years, and he has gained some reputation as a specialist manufacturer to the insiders who are willing to shell out a little bit more for something extraordinary.


Why Traveling is Important (Even if You’re Broke or Love Where You Live)

Yes. It’s true. It’s important to travel, and not because you have money and resources to do so, and not because you need an escape from your life. It’s important because it offers an explosion of creativity and a point-of-view you can’t get from surfing around Tripadvisor planning for the day you have 5k and 4 weeks off.

Which is probably going to be never. The real question behind travel is to ask is “Does environment matter”, and it does. You will still have the same core problems, talents and skills regardless of environment (in other words, you are who you are no matter where you are), but that doesn’t mean environment doesn’t inspire. You don’t really understand the economics and politics of Sudan unless you’re there.

Or what it’s like to dodge monkeys at Burma’s (Myanmar) Mount Zwegabin. Unless you’re actually dodging them. Or why roughly 80% of the Icelandic population is undecided on elves and trolls unless you see it’s landscape and talk to the locals.

But more than anything, travel is important because it wakes you up. Provided you’re off the resort. And also exploring life, not just the bottom of a margarita at a cabana bar.

Are you asleep?


Audio Watermarking Software

Turn on your TV or radio, or just walk through the local mall and listen. Broadcast sound is everywhere. It is deliberately and painstakingly designed to induce laughter, to make you feel good and linger just a little longer while adding yet another item to your shopping cart or making a mental note to dash out and buy another product. In traditional media, sound is an integral persuasive element of the branding and buying experience.

Now sit in front of your computer monitor and log onto the Web. Notice the difference? While logos twirl and Shockwave movies flutter, sound additions are rarely used online to create an immersive brand experience. Even well-known sounds attached to well-known brands – Intel’s bump-bump-bump-bump, NBC’s ding-ding-ding chimes, General Electric’s six-note “We bring good things to life” audio watermark – are absent or hidden on those splashy sites


Music Sharing for Today’s Parents

When was the last time one of your kids (or you, for that matter), bought a music CD? A month ago, six months ago, a couple years ago? Over the past couple of years, more and more of us are turning to digital music and away from CDs – a trend led by our youth. W

While the digital trend in music is definitely a convenient one, it can be a tricky one for today’s parents to keep up with to make sure our kids aren’t doing anything illegal (does Limewire mean anything to you?).

The Good

Social media sites and paid-for music services like Itunes and Rhapsody are the safest options when it comes to sharing music online.

Sites like Imeem, Ilike, and Pandora are social networking sites (like Myspace) that allow users to upload music, create playlists, and interact with others in a music-centric setting. It’s free to sign-up and listen to other people’s playlists or uploaded music tracks – so as long as your teen is uploading and sharing music that’s paid for, they’re safe. Readmore..

Kings of Leon at Vector Arena

Holy jizz-in-my-pants, last night was amazing, epic, brilliant, beautiful, magnificent and marvelous, among other things! My nephew and I had such a great time singing along, dancing, screaming, clapping, jumping and all that one should do a concert of such high caliber.

Kings of Leon are a truly brilliant band who are what I consider to be one of the best live acts of my generation. They appeal to a vast range of people and, as last night’s crowd attested, everyone had an awesome time. I have not been a part of a crowd as enthusiastic and who sung as much, since I saw Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2002, and even then the Chili Pepper’s crowd wasn’t quite like the Kings’ one.

There were not many songs last night that the audience didn’t participate in, and even for the songs that are less familiar there were still those hardcore fans everywhere (like myself) who knew every damn word and made sure to scream it like we meant it, ’cause we did.


The Three Factors for Good Music

It’s a proven fact that music does wonders for the human brain, and that music plays a vital role in many of our memories.

I read an amazing book about this subject a while ago that proved to me once and for all why music should be a prominent part of my life. Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain says that –

Music is part of being human…  The inexpressible depth of music, so easy to understand and yet so inexplicable, is due to the fact that it reproduces all the emotions of our innermost being, but entirely without reality and remote from its pain.

You definitely need to read this entire book to understand how true this statement really is. It’s an incredible and amazingly worthwhile read!

Music is built into our very being with our rhythmic heart beat, so it is only appropriate that music is such an important form of expression for us.

But how do our cognitive minds decide what makes music “good?”  How do we differentiate what we like from what we don’t like in music? Readmore..

Easy and Healthy Snacks

I’m a snacker. It’s my curse. I love eating, but as everyone knows, snacking all the time isn’t very healthy. So over the years I’ve had to find ways to indulge without completely killing my body.

Even though the effects of my over snacking weren’t visible on the outside, I knew there was no way that eating candy and chips all the time would be good for my body in the future.

Here are the snacks that I eat nowadays that I (hope) are a better option than grabbing a cookie.

Pretzel Chips and Hummus

This is such a simple snack to go for. I always make sure that I have a nice big bag of pretzel chips around and hummus in the fridge.

When it’s snack time, or even lunch, I’ll limit myself to about 15-20 pretzel chips and dip them in delicious hummus.

It doesn’t sound like much, but hummus is actually extremely filling, so this is the sort of snack that leaves me feeling satisfied when after I’ve eaten it all.


You’re not the only one who’s got that so-called “one thing”

One Direction – One Thing…..

as we danced around her kitchen to one direction’s “one thing” my dear friend pointed out, “isn’t it kind of creepy that five guys are singing this to one girl?!”

the fact is, that it’s actually incredibly creepy. but yet, we’re so “immune” to just how strange, awkward and inappropriate this kind of creepy is.

it’s not a reputable source but i like urban dictionary’s definition of creepy: “a slang term for sexually inappropriate or perverted or for attempting to derive sexual gratification through dishonorable means.”