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On the 10th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me Posted on 2014-12-20 by Alan Holmes

At this point, my true love is music and it gave me itself. Fa la la la la, joy to the world, and all that jazz. Continuing on from my last post, Chapter 9 and 10 had essentially been squished together because of technological delays. It was my own choice to squish them together, looking at the timeline of things, but hey, I did what I had to do. And after a long, arduous battle with technology I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Chapter 10 was relatively quite short. The best prize of all? An assingment where I actually get to start making music! Thank you, Santa! I was surprised at seeing a MIDI assingment so early in the Pro Tools game, but oh so happy. This is one of the major components and reasons why I've reached out to this program in the first place and it's dreadfully exciting to get this puppy on the road. Now, while I continue to work on the lesson, technology decided to rear it's evil hell bitch head again. 

Now, I can't blame technolgy as a whole (although it admittedly feels good too regardless). My laptop is very old, in laptop years. I've had it for close to seven years now. It has served me well. But in the middle of plowing through Chapters 9/10 something horrible happened. My input for my headphones died. So plugging my headphones into my computer is now useless, as no sound comes out. Part of the reason I used headphones was because the laptop speakers have been dying a slow death for months now; awful quality, cuts in and out, sometimes dissappears completely. And of course, with these chapters, audio-videos are immensely important in the learning process. This made learning these chapters a bit more difficult and a much slower process. Ah well, what can you do? Oh but wait! There's more! Pro Tools has now been having difficulty importing any audio files into it's system. It seems to reject almost all files (and yes they are WMA files) but then picks and chooses random ones it wants. But those same audio tracks can swiftly be rejected later on. If Pro Tools is playing hard to get, it's doing a fabulous job. Because even with my mentor's help, it continues to be a fickle beast. Everytime it starts getting better, it fakes out, then screws up again. Plus at this time of year, there's just no time for this crap. Especially with the midterm coming up soon.

My head feels fairly fried and sazzled. But hey, it's the holidays! Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of rum! I believe I can. Therefore I will. I'm going to go collapse and listen to Christmas music while dreaming of technology that actually works with me. Goodnight Seatlle! May all your days be merry and bright! And may all your Christmases be white!

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