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3.25.22


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Hi, I've been gone a week or two, but now I'm back. I often don't know when I've reached a breaking point until I get there. John graciously installed a plugin that allows me to temporarily deactivate my account when I get overwhelmed (like I do for Twitter and Facebook).

 

I hired a consultant to work with me about learning Bitwig better. Reaper I know inside and out, and I love it, but Bitwig is much more robust with modulation options. 

 

I'm trying to figure out a way to get away from the grind of retail work, whether it's forming an LLC and scrapping for work or moving to a subscription type model and providing early access to audio from projects with deeper access into my creative process. I know I need to start incorporating video as well. 

 

As first steps, I bought an Office 365 subscription so I can create documents and metacommunication from anywhere. I also bought a 3-year subscription from Blue Host and hope to start designing a website soon.

 

I'm still transitioning from müesk to Pentachrist and decided to keep adding müesk pieces to Look, which will be a "living retrospective." I replaced "How to End a Story," which now includes Jon L. Smith's sound design contributions, and added "Bereft" and "Sequences."

Edited by Steve Mueske

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Whichever direction you go, forming an LLC as well as having a business bank account is highly beneficial.  It means being able to take tax write offs for any business related purpose such as your website and Office subscription as well as adding legitimacy should you ever make a move such as seeking investors.

 

I use Blue Host myself.  I have found them to be very good overall.  I did have problems with the initial setup as they default to a Wordpress format.  My HTML5 pages appeared as code. This was easily fixed but I did have to contact Support more than once initially.

 

Their SSL certificates also expire and you have to get Support to update them.  If you do not use HTTPS rather than HTTP many browsers will flag your site as unsafe.  

 

Their certificates have expired twice within the last year.  They use a general certification not one specifically linked to your domain.  The counter balance is they are free (at least with my account).

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31 minutes ago, Clay Anderson Johnson said:

Whichever direction you go, forming an LLC as well as having a business bank account is highly beneficial.  It means being able to take tax write offs for any business related purpose such as your website and Office subscription as well as adding legitimacy should you ever make a move such as seeking investors.

 

I use Blue Host myself.  I have found them to be very good overall.  I did have problems with the initial setup as they default to a Wordpress format.  My HTML5 pages appeared as code. This was easily fixed but I did have to contact Support more than once initially.

 

Their SSL certificates also expire and you have to get Support to update them.  If you do not use HTTPS rather than HTTP many browsers will flag your site as unsafe.  

 

Their certificates have expired twice within the last year.  They use a general certification not one specifically linked to your domain.  The counter balance is they are free (at least with my account).

 

I paid for three years of the basic level website. Yes, good points RE business. All I want, literally, is time & space to work. Everything else is just necessary capitalist bullshit. I'm not a star, nor do I care to be one. I have, variously, described my role in working with others as priest. I will do whatever it takes, suffer any ignoble obstacle as long as I can honestly and forthrightly explore my art. All I have is my soul. It is the one thing I refuse to relinquish.

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1 hour ago, Steve Mueske said:

... described my role in working with others as priest

 

!!!  Hopefully not one of the (at least) 6%?

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2 hours ago, Steve Mueske said:

Everything else is just necessary capitalist bullshit.

 

I became good at running businesses because I preferred it to working for a corporation.  Almost every dime I have ever made in Music though came from working for someone else.  The combination of the two is why I survived

 

This last year was the first time I ever attempted doing my own thing as an artist.  

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Sorry for the obscurity ...

6% was the number of Catholic priests to have been 'moved on' due to nefarious activities with children when parish records were investigated by journalists (dramatised in the film "Spotlight") and later confirmed in several government-led investigations around the world.

 

The quick wry 'humour' is now hung out and blowing lifeless on the winds of turgid exposition :)

 

Greg 

PS. I was raised by rabid Catholics and schooled by Jesuits, 'priest' is just a trigger word for me.

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19 hours ago, GregB said:

Sorry for the obscurity ...

6% was the number of Catholic priests to have been 'moved on' due to nefarious activities with children when parish records were investigated by journalists (dramatised in the film "Spotlight") and later confirmed in several government-led investigations around the world.

 

The quick wry 'humour' is now hung out and blowing lifeless on the winds of turgid exposition :)

 

Greg 

PS. I was raised by rabid Catholics and schooled by Jesuits, 'priest' is just a trigger word for me.

Ha! I would never have gotten the reference otherwise.

 

Intercessor, perhaps? Doula? 

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