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This is what’s wrong with Community, all in one shot

In this week’s episode of Community “Conventions of Space and Time,” Troy and Abed somehow convince the rest of the study group to go to an Inspector Spacetime convention.

So of course, like any good sitcom, they leave behind two people who decide to go anyway, the young girl fantasizes about being married to the older man, the girlfriend doesn’t like sci-fi, and the mentally dubious one learns a lesson he should have learned two seasons ago.

Anyway, one of the sub-plots has Pierce giving advice to a TV focus group. The way he and Shirley end up in this predicament … well, I don’t know if it’s more unfunny, or more insulting to a large segment of the population. Or maybe I”m just overly sensitive in my weakened and ill state.

Well anyway, so that happens, Matt Lucas locks Abed in a phone booth, Jeff takes off his shirt, and then I like the outro for all the wrong reasons. Continue reading “This is what’s wrong with Community, all in one shot” »

My revised review of the Digitech Vocalist Live 3


On Monday, after grabbing a Digitech Vocal Live 3 from my local big-box music store, I wrote about my initial experience with it. It can add a rich vocal harmony to your vocals, but it doesn’t read suspended chords very well, and it grabs your guitar sound from the mic and even harmonises that.

And also, the vocal signal is missing any real dynamic frequency range. I absolutely hated the sound I was getting out of the “unprocessed” signal, even when dialling the high and low cut levels to flat.


So, when I did the initial recording tests, I used the MXL 990 (left), which captures both my guitar and vocals very beautifully in one go. But it clearly was the wrong mic to use with the VL3. I promptly trashed those recordings. And then I fished out my old, trusty, Senheiser E835 and plugged it in.

The Senheiser mic is actually quite comparable to Shure’s flagship vocal microphone. When I need to replace this, it’ll be a tough call between this and a Shure SM58. But for now, I have this little guy to give the pedal one last chance to prove itself. And so how did the Digitech Vocal Live 3 fare this time around?

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My little Mailbox review

Im writing this because “users” are giving the application only one star because they are in the queue to sign up, and are impatient. This is a horrible reason because it doesn’t tell you of the merits and problems with the app.


Some points are brought up that the app is marketed poorly, and while I can agree this is probably the worse app launch EVER, that should reflect on Orchestra the organisation, not Mailbox the app.

(what follows is an Emoji-less copy of my review on iTunes that was submitted on Monday 11 February 2013, but with more pictures)

The Good

  • The app is an improvement over the standard iOS Mail app in terms of visual appeal. You can easily see where you want to go and what you want to view.
  • The app is an improvement over the standard iOS Mail app in terms of usability.  Much-used tasks for me, like Delete and Archive, have turned from a swipe-tap gesture (or swipe-tap-scroll-tap) to a single short or long swipe. Everything is practically one gesture away.
  • You can sync as many GMail accounts as you have.


The bad

  • If you want to sort your archive, you can’t. And it doesn’t even sort the mail in any discernible pattern other than order-you-archived-it. Pointless.
  • There’s only one archive for all of your GMail accounts.
  • Also, GMail is the only email provider supported. (at the time of this writing)
  • The app is built for handling single emails, and has no support or design for selecting multiple messages to manipulate. Perhaps this is a design decision, but because of things like this I am unable to abandon Mail completely.


The ugly

OK there’s nothing ugly about this app. I just felt the need to reference a film I haven’t seen yet.

The app is having a rough start after a huge campaign to get everyone to sign up, or even reserve a place in line. The waiting period had increased exponentially depending on when you signed up. And quite frankly, I don’t blame people for dropping off in the meantime.

But it has promise. If you want to check it out you’ll have to be patient. This is definitely a 3+ star app.

Check out Mailbox for yourself at mailboxapp.com.

I did a food review

Some people may see Freezer Burns and think it’s a tribute to the Asian who eats lots of frozen food for his videos. But really it’s just a tribute to the television series Community, which just won’t be the same come next season.