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    Drum tracks in 5 min – EZDrummer 2 tutorial
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    Drum tracks in 5 min – EZDrummer 2 tutorial

    January 20, 2020


    Hello today, I’m gonna talk to you about the new drum sampler from Toontrack called EZDrummer 2 Rather than being just a drum sampler it puts a lot more emphasis on the songwriting aspect in this version than before I’m gonna briefly show you what you can do with the plugin and what I do and how I use it to create drum tracks for my own songs So, this is my Logic project where I already have come up with a couple of riffs I’ve got the left guitar, right guitar, bass guitar and the center guitar. It sounds like this. It’s just a basic verse pre-chorus and a chorus and then the verse again. I want to make a complete drum track for this particular song. This is where EZDrummer 2 really shines: rather than using the Midi pad to write beats manually now, using the browser and the search function, you can find grooves yourself using different filters, like genre and time signatures etc. But I’m going to use the “tap to find” function within the plugin to quickly find a beat that fits the guitar riff I wrote The verse riff. Basically I tap a beat myself with the click of the mouse. So it’s uhm … And you can keep on adding parts of the kit as the loop goes, like this. You get the idea. I’m gonna keep this simple, so I will remove the ride and the crash … … and the Toms. So, when you got the idea done, you press show results and EZDrummer 2 will show you the grooves that fit the beat you wanted the most. So, let’s hear them. This has a 95% match. This one has 93% match. I think this one is the one that sounds close to what I want, so I’ll use this one. I’ll just drag it down to the board here. When I’ve dragged a groove down to the board I can edit its play style by double clicking. Here you have it. Listen to it. You can change the opening hit if you want. To a ride, or a crash and change the power hand. And also another thing I can do is that I can add hits for different parts So, if I want more kick hits I add them here. Even more. What’s awesome with this feature is that you can basically copy the same groove and just change them up. Just a bit, to make the drum track more dynamic and not too repetitive. If I press here, I can also adjust the velocity. But I can also adjust the velocity of different parts if I want to. Mainly I would just change the power hand. I changed it from the Hi Hat to one of the Crashes. To make the groove heavier. Okay, so let’s listen to what we have. That’s pretty heavy! Ok, the drum beat is cool. I got the drum beat for the verse. I want to base the whole song around this groove. I’ve just opened the Song Creator I drag the groove into the Midi Drop Zone and the Song Creator will analyze and create song parts for you based on your initial beat. So, here we have suggested intros, verses, pre-choruses, chorus, bridge, fills You’ve got a lot of them. And the endings etc. So … Okay, to continue the song I want another verse. Groove … Change the power hand here … Okay, so let’s check out the … And next is the pre-chorus and for the pre-chorus riff I will want something with a ride on it to just … … change the dynamics a bit. So, let’s find a groove. This sounds pretty good. I’ll just open that up and drag it down here Open to Play Style Change the power hand to a ride And let’s just put in a fill. Before the chorus, so put that in there You can also add hits to the fills if you want to. If you want more snare hits … And then we have the chorus. I want something that’s heavy. That’s cool. That one too. So, that’s the chorus and then … That’s pretty good. Then after the chorus it’s going back to the verse again, so we’ll grab a verse right here. And there you have it! The complete and dynamic song and drum track created in less than five minutes.

    Suspicion and Intrigue on the Track at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics | Strangest Moments
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    Suspicion and Intrigue on the Track at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics | Strangest Moments

    November 21, 2019


    When Khalid Skah stepped on
    the podium in 1992, two days after winning the
    men’s 10,000 metres, the Barcelona crowd made it
    clear what it thought of the Moroccan’s performance. The jeers that rained down on
    Skah greeted one of the most controversial victories in
    modern Olympic Games history. In the minds of those fans, Skah was one of the all-time
    Olympic Games sinners, alongside his team-mate and
    alleged co-conspirator, Hammou Boutayeb. The men stood accused of
    engineering a cynical triumph that went beyond the limits
    of acceptable race strategy. Richard Chelimo of Kenya had been denied gold by his
    archrivals from North Africa,
    who had run the race as a team. The accusations were far
    from proven. Boutayeb’s behaviour was
    certainly unusual, but in the eyes of some
    observers, he was innocent. Perhaps it was karma. The Kenyans themselves had
    often been accused of some dubious team racing. Either way, Skah’s triumph
    felt very hollow indeed. In 1992, the Kenyans and
    Moroccans were the kings of long-distance running. Morocco had the reigning
    Olympic champion in its ranks, but Kenya dominated
    the 10,000 metres at the World Championships the
    previous year. Eight of the world’s 11 fastest
    men over the distance were Kenyan. In Barcelona, the scene was set
    for the next battle. The atmosphere was hostile. And by the time the race
    was 6,500 metres old, all other parties slipped away. It was Chelimo verus Skah,
    head-to-head. That, at least, was how it
    seemed. But coming towards
    the end of lap 22, the race leaders encountered
    that man, Boutayeb. He was second last, a back
    marker, a man whose only job now was to
    move aside and be lapped. But Boutayeb would not be
    moved. And what happened over the next
    few laps was the source of
    the controversy. Boutayeb wouldn’t get out
    of the way. Chelimo and Skah overtook him, but then he overtook them right
    back. They passed again, but Boutayeb run alongside
    them, then he got back in front. What was Boutayeb doing
    back there, anyway? He was 36,
    but still an elite athlete. It looked like
    a Moroccan conspiracy. The idea seemed to be too slow
    down and distract Chelimo with all the suspicious
    shenanigans, and then allow Skah to run
    clear. Race officials thought it was
    odd. The chairman of the IAAF
    technical committee stepped onto the track to try and hold back Boutayeb. The crowd grew restless,
    and booed what they saw. And even after Skah sprinted
    clear of Chelimo to cross the line first, and blew kisses to the
    supporters, he found he had few. They believed they had
    witnessed a con. Almost immediately,
    the authorities concurred. The IAAF disqualified Skah,
    citing a breach of rule 143.2. But Skah said he had no idea
    what Boutayeb had been up to. They weren’t even friends. Skah said Boutayeb was an
    animal and an imbecile. TRANSLATION: I think as a
    former champion it was an embarrassment for him
    to be lapped. The authorities were stung by
    claims that they had been hasty. Skah said they were racist
    and thieves. And the IAAF relented again. They reinstated Skah and gave
    him the gold medal. But what was the truth?
    Will we ever know? Chelimo said he heard Boutayeb
    and Skah talking to each other on the track.
    What was being said? TRANSLATION: I was yelling at
    him to go away. “You are making big troubles.
    You are making big troubles.” But inside the big stadium
    was 50,000 people yelling and whistling, you cannot hear
    anything. The Kenyans threatened to walk
    out. The credibility of the sport
    was in jeopardy. But Boutayeb remained silent, even as Skah stepped onto
    the podium to receive his medal. What could I do? It was my duty and obligation to go out there and face it as
    best as I could. I was smiling, but
    very sad inside. My honour was at stake. And I would not go out and face
    them if I had felt I had dishonoured myself.

    Could You Really Legally Kill Someone with a “Wanted Dead or Alive” Bounty on Their Head?
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    Could You Really Legally Kill Someone with a “Wanted Dead or Alive” Bounty on Their Head?

    November 18, 2019


    A classic Hollywood trope is the idea of a
    poster with the photo of a given criminal along with very large print text that would
    say something like “Wanted- Dead or Alive”. But did these actually ever exist and could
    you actually kill someone legally when such a poster was issued by the authorities? To answer the first question- yes, there are
    many known instances of such “Dead or Alive” posters being put up by the state and other
    entities, but that doesn’t actually tell the whole story. Just because a poster stated something like
    “Dead or Alive” it did not grant any individual the right to kill the person without legal
    consequences. For example, consider the infamous murder
    of Jesse James at the hands of his outlaw buddies Charley and Robert Ford. Missouri governor Thomas Crittenden negotiated
    with various rail companies to offer a $5,000 ($131,000 today) reward each for the capture
    of Jesse James or his brother Frank. The subsequent posters noted “Wanted Dead
    or Alive Jesse or Frank James”. Ultimately the Ford brothers arranged with
    the governor in secret to bring their buddy Jesse in. Deal struck, on the morning of April 3, 1882,
    the brothers had breakfast with James. After eating, the trio walked into the living
    room. When James turned his back on the brothers,
    reportedly to clean a dusty photo, Robert Ford shot him in the back of the head. Unfortunately for Charley and Robert, when
    they went to collect the reward, they instead found themselves promptly arrested for murder
    and soon after were sentenced to hang. You see, James was unarmed at the time of
    his death, and just as importantly was not in any way resisting arrest or attempting
    to flee. He seemingly didn’t even know the Ford brothers
    were there to arrest him that day. To get away with killing such a person you
    were attempting to collect a bounty on the person needed to be resisting in some way,
    particularly in a way that threatened your own life. Thus, you could only kill them if it was self
    defense, which wouldn’t have been any different than if someone attacked you outside of any
    bounty scenario, with one caveat. For quite some time in U.S. history it was
    legal to use deadly force against a fleeing felon, even if your own life wasn’t immediately
    threatened. The logic behind this was seemingly that chasing
    down a fleeing person could be dangerous in unforeseen ways. It also incentivized criminals to not try
    to flee in the first place upon discovery. Granted, if no one was around to witness,
    whose to say the dangerous criminal you killed didn’t actively threaten your life in an
    imminent way to cause you to defend yourself? And given that bringing such a criminal in
    across long distances used to be an extremely dangerous affair in many cases, anecdotally
    it seems like it wasn’t uncommon to simply rid the world of the alleged criminal first
    and then lie about what happened after. A body is so much safer to transport and people
    were quick to believe a dangerous criminal would fight tooth and nail to escape because,
    after all, in many cases they probably did if they knew being brought in was going to
    likely result in a hanging. They really had nothing to lose. On that note, Teddy Roosevelt was once thanked
    by boat thief Michael Finnigan for not killing him in this sort of scenario, despite the
    extreme risk to Roosevelt at the time. In a nutshell a couple guys stole a boat from
    Roosevelt in the dead of winter. Rather than let it go, Roosevelt dropped everything
    and built a new boat, tracked them down and captured the thieves. The whole affair ended up being a few hundred
    mile trek, which had to be partially on foot because ice made the river unnavigable at
    a certain point. Near the end, Roosevelt had to stay awake
    40 hours straight to guard the prisoners as they walked and rested. You see, he was escorting them alone at that
    point and it was so bitterly cold that he worried the criminals would get frost bite
    if he bound them in any way, so he didn’t. In the end, Roosevelt didn’t even press
    charges against one of the men, noting he didn’t “have enough sense to do anything
    good or bad.” As for the aforementioned Finnigan, while
    he did find himself behind bars, he thanked Roosevelt for not killing him as most lawmen
    would have done in the same set of circumstances. You can learn much more about this fascinating
    saga on one of our favorite series of our BrainFood Show podcast titled The Bull Moose. Though perhaps a better title for that series
    would have been: In Which Teddy Roosevelt Makes Men Everywhere Feel a Little Less Manly. In any event, going back to the Ford brothers,
    they did end up getting off as the governor went ahead and pardoned them, something that
    was met with mixed reaction by the general public. The speed at which the trial and pardon happened
    had some accusing the governor of actually knowing before hand that James would be killed
    and that the pardon had likewise all been pre-planned. Although this seems to strain credibility
    because if Robert Ford had known it would be illegal to kill James in the way he did,
    he could have killed him in the exact same way and just made up a story that James had
    tried to attack him or flee. No one would have been the wiser in that case
    and there would have been no need to trust the governor to grant a pardon. Whatever the case, going back to the Wanted
    Dead or Alive posters, there are a few more caveats to consider as well. First, while depictions in movies and games
    often show clear photographs, in reality many historical examples were simple sketches,
    and often even got the descriptions of the person wrong. Further, in the vast majority of cases, it
    was lawmen themselves who would take it upon themselves to go hunt down the criminal and
    collect the reward, not someone in the general public. Naturally, while finding criminals was sort
    of their job anyway, criminals that had bounties on their heads tended to get much higher priority
    and a lot more effort. A caveat to that was that it was occasionally
    the case that a member of the general public would be deputized specifically to go capture
    someone. This brings us around to who pays. In most cases, as you might have guessed from
    our former mentioned instance of Missouri Governor Thomas Crittenden getting railroad
    companies to put up the reward money, this usually wasn’t actually the state itself,
    but rather private companies or individuals who had particular interest in seeing someone
    brought to justice and wanted to incentivize law enforcement to actually do something about
    it. It was also these private entities that were
    more likely to have something like “Dead or Alive” put in the poster if they were
    involved. The legality of killing the person wasn’t
    really relevant here- only what the stipulations were for getting the reward. And if the company or person just wanted the
    alleged criminal out of the way, regardless of how it happened, they might state that
    they were happy to pay even if the person was killed. This would incentivize more people to try
    to capture the person as the risk would be less than if it was required that the person
    be brought in alive no matter what. If the wanted poster and reward were coming
    from the state alone, it was far more likely that the poster would say something more benign,
    and more likely that a bounty would only be paid if the person was brought in alive and
    in some cases even requiring the person be convicted. Again, all of this had more to do with the
    stipulations surrounding how one could get paid, rather than the legality of anything
    suggested in the poster. It should also be noted that if a private
    citizen aided a lawmen in tracking down or bringing in alleged criminals, from accounts
    we reviewed it would seem not uncommon at all for the lawmen to go ahead and make sure
    they themselves got the lion’s share of the reward, in a few instances even when the
    lawmen did little but recover the body after the private citizen had done their part. For example, in the aforementioned case of
    the Ford brothers who killed Jesse James, for all their trouble, they ended up only
    getting a small percentage of the bounty, with the rest going to Marshal Henry H. Craig
    and Sheriff James Timberlake. But to sum up- yes Wanted Dead or Alive posters
    were indeed a thing, though this did not technically allow people to legally kill someone if they
    found them, as is often portrayed in movies. Doing so flagrantly might just see the killer
    wind up on their own Wanted poster. England’s history, bail was not in the form
    of money, but rather in the form of a person who would stand trial and potentially be sentenced
    in your place if you skipped town. As you might imagine from this, bounties on
    those who’d skipped town were most definitely a thing going back at least as far as the
    13th century in England as those who had pledged themselves as bail, but had the person skip
    town, were highly incentivized to get the person back. Using money, rather than a person, as bail
    finally changed in the 17th century thanks to the Habeas Corpus Act. While you’ll often read that these 13th
    century instances were the first known instances of bounty hunters, this isn’t correct at
    all. It seems more likely that this has been going
    on since as long as civilized humans have been humaning. As for one example drastically predating 13th
    century England, at some unknown point in the history of Pompeii (definitely preceding
    79AD for obvious reasons), someone wrote on a wall: “A copper pot went missing from
    my shop. Anyone who returns it to me will be given
    65 bronze coins. 20 more will be given for information leading
    to the capture of the thief.” Moving over to China in the 3rd century BC,
    Emperor Qin Shi Huang is known to have used bounties for various purposes. If you’re wondering if Wanted Dead or Alive
    posters are still a thing, not really. While Wanted posters are still around, and
    the FBI, for example, currently uses over 5,000 digital billboards at various times
    for this purpose, the Dead or Alive variety went the way of the Dodo around the early
    20th century. That said, we did find one instance occurring
    in 2018. In this case, in California an unnamed homeowner
    who was robbed put up Wanted Dead or Alive posters with the image of the person who had
    robbed him. As you might imagine, local law enforcement
    did not take kindly to this, though the person in question refused to stop posting the Dead
    or Alive bounty, citing freedom of speech. The police did not do anything about it, and
    they eventually captured the theif. However, they did note that had something
    happened to the thief as a result of the posters, there very likely would have been legal ramifications
    for the homeowner.

    Why Don’t Trains Have Cabooses Anymore?
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    Why Don’t Trains Have Cabooses Anymore?

    November 6, 2019


    Why Don’t Trains Have Cabooses Anymore? For well over a century, cabooses, the cute
    quintessentially red cars at the rear of trains in years past, served an integral function
    in train operations. Carrying a brakeman and a flagman back when
    brakes were set by hand, when it was time to slow the train, the engineer would blow
    the whistle. This signaled to the brakemen, and one would
    emerge from the caboose and work his way toward the engine, while another would leave the
    engine and work his way back toward the caboose. At each car, the brakemen would stop and turn
    its brakewheel with a club. Once the train stopped, the flagman would
    leave the caboose with a flag, lantern or other visual display and walk back down the
    track to warn any approaching trains. The caboose was also an office for the conductor,
    who was responsible for managing the paperwork that accompanied each freight car. Often assigned to a particular man, the interiors
    of cabooses would be equipped as temporary living quarters, and even decorated with personal
    items like photos and curtains. Considered a home away from home, crews would
    sometimes sleep in the cabooses, and many conductors even prepared meals in them. Legend has it, the cupola on top of the caboose
    was invented by a conductor who used to stack boxes up, sit on them, and look through a
    hole in the roof of his car. Regardless of its true origins, after about
    1863, the cupola became a fixture on cabooses, and was used by all of the men to observe
    the train and look for signs of trouble (like overheated hotboxes). Also called a doghouse, bone breaker, hack,
    hearse, monkey cage, crumm, and snake wagon, the caboose, like the brakemen and flagmen
    who used them, became unnecessary as technology was developed that performed their jobs just
    as well, and for less money. Air brakes were developed in the 1880s, thus
    eliminating the need to turn a wheel. Electric-powered signals, triggered by track
    circuits, made signaling other trains automatic, and improvements in bearings made the problem
    of overheating a thing of the past. In addition, trains grew longer and the cars
    became so tall that viewing much of the train from a caboose became impossible. On top of that, computers eventually took
    over the paper-handling duties, so there was no need to store any such paperwork on board. Rather than a cheerful red car, today’s
    trains have small boxes that fit over their rear couplers to monitor operations. Tied into the train’s air brake line, these
    End of Train devices (EOTs) transmit brake pressure information to the engineer, who
    can also adjust the air brakes with the device. This is helpful for emergencies, since even
    if the train breaks in two, the brakes of the rear part
    can be activated.

    How To Train A Knight
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    How To Train A Knight

    November 5, 2019


    It’s not good enough. I am a champion, and
    I will win! Now I’ve got to find a way. Hello? Can I
    help you? I need help, I need to get fitter and I need to win by any means necessary. Challenge accepted! So James, the blokes who have been invited
    this year are huge. There’s a bloke from Canada who might as well be the same size
    as the Rockies. Huge Polish guys. And our female jouster is beautiful but terrifying
    and incredibly powerful. I need something that is going to allow me to compete with
    these men mountains. Alright so we’re looking for heart, some
    determination, and definitely some aggression. None of which I really have. I’ve got just the thing. Really? Come on, hit the bag. Right. So we’re going to be using the prowler next,
    ok so we’re going to use to rope to pull in so working a lot of forearms and a
    lot of upper back muscles. Good for your stabilising for the jousting. And then we’re push it back
    out in a sprint style so working lots of legs and stamina as well.
    So let’s get on with it! Let’s go. 3…2…1 let’s go! Pull it in. Pull pull pull! That’s it hand over hand, get that body moving! Pull pull pull pull! Now let’s sprint it out, push push
    push. Go go go go go go. Run run run run! And time. Let’s go back again pull it in pull it in! Full body into it. Come on! Let’s go Lancelot! Ahhhhh!
    Crikey Nice. Okay so we’re moving onto the battleropes now so we’ll do a few different patterns
    keeping the rope moving continuously Heart rate up, lots of shoulders stability for the
    lance and a lot of core stability as well. Excellent, as many as I can do as quick as
    I can? Yep, we’re going to go for time. Okay let’s
    go. So pick the ropes up, we’re going to start
    with an alternate whip, so go go go go. Faster than that. Now let’s go doubles, so full extensions right up pull right down. Nice! And relax. ARRRGHHHH! YEEEAHHHH! Andy – hope you’re not too tired for this?! You’ve got to be joking?! What am I
    supposed to do with that?! We’re going to flip-out.
    *Laughs* show me! Let’s go so up up up, drive drive drive,
    go go go go! There we go nice. Let’s go so you drive
    forward drive forward run through it. Shove it over boom get back in let’s go. Stop Eh? HAMMERTIME! Alright big man that’ll do you for today, how you feeling? Ruddy awful. But I know defeat will feel worse. So, same again in the morning at 6am? *sigh* alright. See you t’*groan*
    Let’s go!

    Chennai Metro Rail Overhead Phase | Indian Railways Video
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    Chennai Metro Rail Overhead Phase | Indian Railways Video

    October 11, 2019


    (Escalator at St. Thomas Mount Metro Station) Get down here (the coming station) to change to Blue Corridor (Famous KATHIPARA FLYOVER) (That’s the BLUE CORRIDOR – one could see a moving train) (That Fresh Green Fields ->Battle Field 1759 Chennai) (One could see CHECKED ROOF so that pilots don’t confuse it with runway strip of Chennai Airport, very near to that) Next Stopping is St. Thomas Mount Metro. Doors will open on the right. Change here for MRTS and Suburban EMU Trains (ORU MELLISAANA KODU ) (Could you see a small line? That’s the metro train) The next train to Shenoy Nagar is entering platform #2 (Check-in)