Social Media – should I stay or should I go ?

I was very lucky to be teaching in a Web Design program (at the Art Insitute of CA / San Diego) in the “naughts” (2000-2009) when social media showed up. I didn’t have to wait for an article in WIRED to see what was new – my students were swimming in it 24/7. Fast forward a few years and I had moved from Web to Audio and it was a challenge to keep students off Facebook during class time. In fact, there was an idea – to call it a movement would be giving it too much credit – to…

Teaching Online

I just finished a very refreshing eight weeks of teaching Scoring & Sound Design online. My students included a computer science major, a music major, a theater major, and a media major. When I envisioned this class, I thought it would be popular with filmmakers and people who love movies, and I designed the assignments so you didn’t have to actually compose music or score a movie clip – it’s more conceptual. But when the students bring a deeper understanding of music to the assignments, and we can speak the language of music without alienating the other students -…

Ringtones

I bit the bullet over the summer and installed a Garmin 750, along with two G5s, a JPI 830 and a Garmin 345 to comply with the ADS-B mandate. The panel was upgraded in 1998 – two years before I acquired the airplane – with a then-state-of-the-art King stack. So it was time. The 750 comes with Push-to-Command, so you can switch pages and displays and frequencies by keying the button and speaking the correct phrase. And it talks back. If I say, for instance, “say time to destination” it will speak into my headphones. And I can stream…