Hanna Zanzi

Skateboarder, Hanna Zanzi front lip to tail at Chino skateboard park.
Skateboarder, Hanna Zanzi front lip to tail at Chino skateboard park.

It doesn’t get any better than Hanna Zanzi!

Personal drones no longer need to be registered with FAA, US federal court rules

I just read this article “Personal drones no longer need to be registered with FAA, US federal court rules”  And let me first say that I am a novice drone enthusiast.   My thoughts after reading this article are, alright now you do not have to register drones if you are a enthusiast. Well I already registered so what happened to my money and my rights? Second DJI is releasing a version of their flight software that will (at the very least) control altitude and flight radius if you don’t register with them? So the FAA (reluctantly) lets go of some control and DJI takes it back plus some.

Confusion seems to be the rule of all things drone related. and I find confusion in this ruling and further confusion relating to some upcoming as of this writing DJI go apps.

Allan Holdsworth 04-16-2017

I am devastated by the loss of Allan Holdsworth. He forced me to think about how far an artist can push his or her art. Thank you Allan for enriching my personal view of how vast and wonderful art can be.

Roy Burns (My Mentor)

my mentor

I ran into my old mentor Roy Burns today at the 2017 NAMM show in Anaheim California. I first studied drums with Roy back in 1982 or so. At that time he was just starting his company Aquarian Drumheads. He taught me about drumming with the help of his books and his mentors books (Jim Chapin). And he also taught me how the mind and emotions could interfere with one’s natural capacities via books like “Zen and the Art of Tennis”.

I was standing in front of the Aquarian booth waiting for John Wackerman to say hello to the company that supplies drumheads for promotional purposes. I saw Roy there with the usual crowd of people around him. I think John, Chuck Wackerman or maybe it was Chris Brady told Roy that his old student Ken was here. Roy said I thought that was Ken but it looks like he lost 100 pounds. Roy told me to sit next to him and that he was very happy to see me. He told me a story about his drum mentor Jim Chapin and in that moment I felt he was on some level speaking about he and I. He spoke of pride and its effect on one’s ability to embrace change. I felt as if I was 18 years old again listening Roy talk philosophy.

Someday I may write a lot more about Roy, he has this endless understanding of human nature mixed with conservative ideals. Truly someone you would want to sit and talk with for a long time. Im lucky to say that he has always felt comfortable enough around me to share some deep concepts.

 

I have never met anyone like Roy Burns and I have a feeling I never will. Thank you Roy I heard everything you said, and you had a profound impact on my life.

Steve Olson

If you ever wondered what it would be like to sit around and have a chat with Steve Olson I think this interview comes close to what that might be like.

Rouge One (Spoiler Alert)

Julz Lynn Skateboarding Star Wars Carrie Fisher Tribute
Julz Lynn Skateboarding Star Wars Carrie Fisher Tribute

This image was created on the Day Carrie Fisher best known as Princess Leia from Star Wars died. I found myself with a little extra time this day and so I contacted a few skaters to see if any were interested in making a skateboarding picture. Once I learned of Carrie Fisher’s death I send a second communication to the skaters asking them to bring something Star Wars related to the shoot (if they cared to). Julz ended up being the last photograph of the day and when she showed up to the skatepark I was amazed at how much she had done. Now I must interject that I was amazed at how much thought and time Julz put into her Star Wars concept but I was not surprised, because Julz gives 200% to everything she is called to do.

If you have not seen Rouge One read no further. I have a few thoughts after seeing Rouge One last night with my family. I was amazed at the Forest Gump components of the film. When I began tinkering with 3d animation back in very late 1980’s I wondered if films would someday be made without any physical actors? Rouge One was yet another Star Wars film that used CGI characters. Where I was a little disappointed was with the fact that the quality of the cgi didn’t seem to improve much since the day of Forest Gump. The characters looked sort of low rez and like Forest Gump didn’t seem to be looking directly into the eyes of the other live characters they were sharing the scene with.

The other thing that bothered me about Rouge One was that it was the least Star Wars feeling film I have seen to date. It instead looked and had the rythm of any other film i might see  in 2016.  Star Wars used to have a a very special unique feel about it. It is possible I feel this way because just saw The Force Awakens a year ago?

 

Would I watch Rouge One again and recommend it to friends? The answer is yes. Although it seemed to lack some of that Star Wars mojo, it had enough to keep me intersted. And it had my kids asking about episode 4, so it even ignited some interest in the movie that started it all way back when.

Christmas Land

 

I was at a point in my life when the feeling one gets from the Christmas Season begins to fade. So i decided to write a set of Christmas songs with my friend Joey Grijalva. We called our Christmas Album Moon Christmas.

The working title for this song was Christmas Land, looking back I probably should have called this Christmas Show. My original intent when writing this song was to make a story about remembering and hanging on to the good parts of Christmas. To sort of go back to that person you were when you really loved the Christmas holiday

As far as I remember, I composed this in Studio Visions. Brought in Joey Grijalva and John Horne to record with me (on drums). The wonderful backing vocals are Julie Van Duren.

This song was recorded in my (home studio) garage, on a Akai MG1214 aka Akai 12 track.. I used a old studiomaster mixing board (I bought off Chad or John Wackerman), Studio Visions DAW, Quadra 650, assorted 421, 414, sony, and Shure mics, alesis compressors, timecode machine, assorted keyboards, and spx90’s.

The cover photo was Dave Sparks. Im pretty sure I laid out the cassette sleeve via Pagemaker. We had this album pressed at Rainbow Records.