Winter Snow

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment
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Happy Easter!

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

He is risen!  Hope everyone is having a blessed Easter.

Below is a photo that I took of the garden tomb, which is on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem. I looked inside and am happy to report that it is empty. 😉

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Good Friday

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

The saddest tragedy in the history of the universe.

The greatest victory of all time.

The most important mission ever accomplished.

The truest love ever shown.

Good Friday marks the day that God died for man.

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Background

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment
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Embedded Type 1 Fonts

August 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Convert fonts into embedded Type 1 for ACM / IEEE publications using this command:

ps2pdf -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress myfile.ps

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The EADGAD alternate tuning

May 23, 2010 3 comments

I’ve been playing around with a new alternate guitar tuning, and it has quickly become one of my favorites! It is EADGAD. Optimized for the key of D, this tuning has a very airy and open sound (similar to open E chords), while still allowing easy access to bass notes E, A, D (and F#,G, C#). Thus, it is excellent for both strumming and picking.  Another benefit is that it is very close to the standard tuning of EADGBE, so one can quickly downtune the last two strings to get to this alternate tuning.

There are several variations of this tuning. DADGAD has a nice low D bass note, but it is harder to access to the E, F#, and G bass notes. EADGAE is interesting as well, but not as open as EADGAD. Plus, it is easier in this tuning to hit dissonant note pairs (like C#-D and F#-G) which adds to the richness of the sound.

There are a few drawbacks to this tuning as well.  It is more difficult to play certain voicings of F#m (the iii chord), and the A#dim chord is more complicated as well.  On the other hand, there are interesting voicings for Am and Dmaj7 (e.g. hear the Am – Dmaj7 – G sequence below)

Here is a little guitar solo in EADGAD that I recorded in Audacity:

http://www.ics.uci.edu/~asuncion/music/eadgad.mp3%20
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Praying for you (x2)

May 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Today is the National Day of Prayer.   Check out some tunes from Lecrae and the Katinas!

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