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Tucker Stilley custom KeyStrokes Layout For Logic Pro

In 1998, Lee Abramson a musician with ALS, released the Album “Toxic Charm” under the nom de plume “Ace Noface” and sent out a press release with the words “ALS” and “musician” in the header. Tucker Stilley  another musician with Lou Gehrig’s disease, had a news aggregator sniffing for these words contacted Abramson via e-mail telling about KeyStrokes an on-screen type-ahead keyboard that helps people with mobility impairments use their computers with one finger.

Tucker Stilley Layout

Stilley also sent out a Layout (Above) that automate and simplify common functions in Logic Pro, the Digital Audio Workstation they both use, that normally would require 2 hands. Most importantly, cut (skull/scissors) copy, and paste (school of fish).

Abramson has said “What I do musically wouldn’t be remotely possible without KeyStrokes and Tucker Stilley’s layout”

The Best Windows 8 Features That’ll Make You Upgrade Now (MSFT, AAPL)

New features are not always better features. I admire what Microsoft is doing and hope that these new changes bring about a better user interface overall. My instinct tells me that the new interface does more harm than good, but I’ll withdraw my comments until I can actually experience it.

Will you be making the upgrade?

SAI: Silicon Alley Insider

via The Best Windows 8 Features That'll Make You Upgrade Now (MSFT, AAPL).

A New Year, No Reservations.

Last year, I made several New Years resolutions. Heck, I even partially achieved some of them. While it was motivating to have resolutions, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are really just large-scale goals that we try to cram into one year. This creates unintended pressure that actually works against us. For example, in July (if we haven’t already  forgotten about our resolutions),  we panic because we said we’d lose weight and instead, we have actually gained. Can we hurry up and lose weight in six months? Human nature says that when we are backed into a corner and pressured, we panic and run away (and not toward our goals). My one RESOLUTION this year is not to make any.

My goals
A resolution is a goal. Some goals have timelines, others happen with effort over time. Goals are important in life. Without goals, we lack achievement. Without achievement, we lack happiness. Why do you think video games are popular? We experience victory and overcome challenges and it makes us feel good!

It’s important to me to focus on the following things in life over the course of this new year and beyond.

1) Treat my fiance like a queen
2) Get married!
3) Develop good habits
4) Strengthen friendship
5) Find my career path

Break it down
Here’s another problem: we often leave our “resolutions” or goals very high-level and abstract and never define how we intend on achieving them. The best example is the famous resolution, “I’m going to lose weight.” Right now, thousands of gym memberships are being established and those people are on their way to achieve their goal. However, once they fall off the wagon and skip a few days at the gym, do they have a back up plan? Did they plan to change their eating habits? How are they measuring that? It is the great detail that we put into our goals that has a greater determination of success.

I am going to spend the next day or so establishing tiny steps for each of my goals so I can visualize what I need to do.

Don’t make resolutions. Make goals. Remember, a goal is not a statement, it’s a chapter in a book and it does not necessarily have to be achieved within the year.

Happy New Year everyone!

Redesign

I wanted to give my page some color and style, so I just finished a page refresh/redesign. I kept my same logo, but put more emphasis on the page structure. My last design felt incomplete and colorless. I hope this one sticks for awhile.

Basement Before & After

This is always the best part…looking at the before & after of a project. Let’s take a look at what my basement transformed into: