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Blogging? Looks like I’m late to another tech party…

Oh – well, that’s cool. I hope to make up for lost time. And hey, at least I’m never late for *real* parties…

Now, let’s have some fun!

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How to transfer or import Google Chrome bookmarks to a new computer

SIDEBAR: A TECH-TIP from DJ Adrian? No way…

Well, this info proved to be impossible for me to find, so I discovered my own solution and it worked! Since I figured I couldn’t be the only one having this issue, I thought I’d post the solution here for permanent reference.

Here’s the scoop:

I had a laptop with Chrome and a ton of bookmarks that I wanted to still have access to when it went down.

Luckily, I was able to get the HD out and mount it in a box that could be USB’d to my new laptop, but even if I couldn’t have, I could have gotten it off a backup file previously taken. Anyway…

The problem was where the heck the file was. Intuition tells you to, in XP, go to the Programs file on your C drive and it should be easy to find, but alas, no. The entire Chrome operation was nowhere to be found.

So what I did was plug in the old HD and right-click on the old desktop shortcut that I used to open Chrome. Then I selected “Properties”. This told me where the shortcut was going to open the application.

It turned out to be in My Computer/Local Disc C/ Documents and Settings/

Click on YOUR username’s folder.

Then, you will NOT likely see the file you are after, which is called Local Settings, so what you do is go up to Tools/Folder Options/ View and select “Show Hidden Files & Folders” and Apply.

Once you have done this, you will see Local Settings… click it and then click Application Data.

Once you are in there, click Google, then click Chrome. Then User Data, then Default.

INSIDE you will find a file called “Bookmarks” and also “Bookmarks.bak”

I dragged those off my (USB-attached, remember?) old hard drive and dropped them into the *exact same location* on my new computer’s drive (do the same steps above on the new computer to get there) and it will ask you if you want to replace the existing ones with the ones you are dragging. Say “yes”.

Now, open Chrome on your new computer and voila! the Bookmarks are there!

As Brian Wilson, the closer on the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants, would say, “you’re welcome!”

: )

NOTE: I am not a techno guy. If this process doesn’t work for you I am sorry… I tried. But I will not answer any tech-related questions pertaining to this, as I would probably be almost as lost as you are.

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“Rock ‘n Roll, son…”

GREAT story:

One time, a friend of mine’s dad was on a flight that landed at this tiny little airport in Southern Cal.

He gets off the plane, walks along the tarmac and enters a small building. He needs to go to the second floor so he gets into the elevator to go up, and notices a guy standing in there already. Her dad just walks in, but then something starts tugging at him.

It’s just the two of them in the elevator. The guy is kind of older, wearing sunglasses… but there is just something about him. Her dad gathers the courage to look up and take a good, long look at this guy. He definitely knows him from somewhere.

Then, he notices the hair. Auburn. Wild once, but reluctantly tamed in its later years…

And then it hit him.

He smiled. Looked at the guy one last time, tilted his head slightly back and said in a slow, descending, reverent cadence “Jerry-Lee-Lewis.”

Jerry Lee looked up at her dad, nodded his head slightly and answered: “Rock ‘n Roll, son”.

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Adrian Cavlan joins Monterey Bay Wedding & Event Professionals’ Board Of Directors

There is a great new organization that has sprung up this last year in the Monterey Bay Area called Monterey Bay Wedding & Event Professionals that is making quite a mark here in the Monterey Bay wedding & event industry.
MBWEP

This organization is dedicated to top-level professionalism and making sure that people have a trusted source to find these service providers. Each new member is hand-picked and sponsored by an MBWEP board member and then must go through a rigorous certification process and interview. It is not easy, and not for everyone.

Here, from the MBWEP website, are some of the highlights of the requirements & code of ethics:

– Hire and train the most professional staff available
– Treat each client fairly and honestly, providing all contracted services in a timely manner
– Use honest and factual advertising
– Have a personal sense of obligation to each individual client
– Do whatever necessary to make sure that the event is a success
– Operate a business that is a credit to the organization and the community
– Do not offer or accept monetary compensation (kickbacks) for referrals or recommendations
– Must have a physical business address in Monterey or Santa Cruz counties
– Must be a licensed, insured business
– Must have been in business for at least two (2) years at the time of application.
– Provide written contract to all clients

I am proud to have been elected to serve on the MBWEP Board Of Directors as the Programs Manager, which means that I am responsible for procuring speakers for our continuing education series, among other things. Having been a speaker on a national level as a DJ/MC company owner, I feel like I have a good understanding of how this kind of operation is supposed to work and am excited to be in a position to bring new knowledge and perspectives to our group.

If you are a local event professional and feel like you can step up and meet this group’s criteria, we invite you to learn more about how you can be part of our organization. Visit our website at mbwep.com for more information!

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New mixtape uploaded & available!

I like it all, ya’know…

Here’s a low-fat mix of bangin’ club action: DJ Adrian – Fire One!

Listen here: http://soundcloud.com/scruzdj/djadrian100331

… and enjoy!

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A song is (re)born

This is a fun story from back a few years ago, and is certainly one of the coolest and most fulfilling things I have done as a wedding DJ:

In September of ’03 I got a call from a very cool girl named Alyssa, who was friends with Lupe and Joe, and (Lupe’s sister) Claudia and Dave, both of whose weddings I had DJ’d years earlier. We hit it off on the phone right away as she was explaining her vision of her wedding to me: elegant yet casual, and definitely fun and unique – all the right buzzwords for the typical Adrian client : )

Then she told me about this song that she loved. A rather obscure song, she said, but she loved it. It was called “You’re Not Alone”. Right on cue I said, “oh – you mean the one by Olive?” She was quite surprised I knew it, and delighted when I told her that it was one of my favorites from it’s time as well. She then proceeded to explain to me that the song had a lot of meaning to her (a really great set of lyrics, IMHO) and that she wanted to know if I’d ever heard a slower version of it because she really wanted it to be her first dance with her new husband (Thomas) at the wedding.

After a bit of research, we concluded that a slower version did not exist. She was disappointed, but I had a bit of a far-fetched and certainly somewhat risky proposal for her: I had, unbeknownst to her, gone online at eBay and found a person in England who had the 12″ vinyl single of this song, which also included the a capella vocal track on its flip side. I had won the auction and was having the record shipped to me. From there, I explained to her that I wanted to explore re-creating the music for the vocal track and making a ballad out of it for her to use at her wedding! Now, I had not really done a project of this magnitude before, so we decided to invest a minimal amount of time and resources into it to see if it was possible to even just put a string section behind it to make it usable at the wedding at some point, if not the first dance.

What unfolded was a month-long project for me in my computer-based recording studio at home, using Propellerhead’s brilliant Reason and ReCycle software packages, Bias’ Peak editing suite, my electric guitar with an amp modeler and a MIDI keyboard for inputting all other instrumentation.

When I emerged from the studio with a result that I felt I could live with, I sent it to Alyssa and Thomas, and on September 25, 2004, they danced for their first time as husband and wife to it.

Want to hear some samples?

OK – here’s an excerpt of the first instrumentally-backed verse and first chorus out of the break from the “Original Mix”
click here – 917k mp3 @ 128 kbps

Now, here are the exact same parts excerpted from the “A&T Mix”
click here – 930k mp3 @ 128 kbps

: )

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Viva Las Vegas, 2010

Well, here we are in 2010 and I just got back from five days in Las Vegas at the Mobile Beat industry educational conference. What a great time! Lots of very useful information gathered and shared, and lots of time spent around many friends from around the country (and world) who are also DJs. Sound In Motion DJs & Video surely benefits from these trips we take.

Highlights included:

  • Watching the Super Bowl in the sports book area of Caesar’s Palace: If you aren’t going to the game itself, watching it here is pretty much the next best thing. Just a phenomenal atmosphere… kind of like being at the game, but in a GIANT luxury box! Here’s a video clip of what it was like: it’s the video review of the New Orleans Saints‘ 2 pt. PAT conversion, and the group’s reaction – I’ll never forget the experience!
  • Traditional Ethiopian dinner and coffee ceremony at Merkato Restaurant: As is our custom, Raffi & I chatted up our cab drivers the whole trip, which led to some amazingly funny, informative and even bizarre situations, but hands-down our favorite was Eyasu. He is of Ethiopian descent by way of Cairo, and has been living in the USA for many years now. If you ever are feeling sour on this country or what our situation is here, there is not a better dose of reality available than spending ten minutes with someone like Eyasu, who reminds us all of what life is like in so much of the rest of the world. Look, I’m not one for jingoistic patriotism, but Eyasu’s love for his adopted country is very inspiring indeed. We are very, very lucky to live here.

    We asked Eyasu if there was a good Ethiopian restaurant in Vegas and he turned us on to Merkato at 855 E. Twain Ave. We walked in, and it wasn’t until three hours later that we left. It was incredibly good! The food was outstanding (particularly the Kitfo) and the coffee ceremony was really unbelievable. They pan-roasted raw coffee beans over an open flame right before our eyes as we sat around the fire with the owners and their family talking about everything under the sun. They pan-roasted fresh popcorn as well, and we all got to slow down and know a little bit about each other. In a way, it was quintessentially un-Vegas, if that makes any sense. Anyway, when you go, ask for Rahel, our waitress : )

    PICTURES!

    Meat and vegetables, salads, and the wonderful injera bread - wow!

    Rahel roasting the coffee

    Raffi about to enjoy some of the coffee while Merkato's owner looks on

  • Hanging out with all of our DJA friends at the piano bar at New York New York and watching Prior Lake, MN’s inimitable Bill Hermann serenade Rebecca Ferrell (and all of us, really) with his confident, soulful rendition of Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally”!

    LL Bill H!

  • Catching several seminars that offered great information, like Nick Covino’s on VJing and Jeff Meuzelaar’s on SEO, as well as great inspiration, like Kent Julian’s “Live It Forward” and Don Piper’s “90 Minutes In Heaven”.

Again, all in all, a great trip. Lots more to tell, really, from the business development side, but let’s just summarize by saying we spent some very, very valuable time with friends old and new and look forward to applying many new ideas to our business in 2010 and beyond!

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I Love Jazz: Part 2

Here are some albums that you should check out!

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Eric Dolphy

Eric Dolphy

Eric Dolphy: Out There (f. Ron Carter on bass) – his 2nd album as a band leader and some generally more “accessible” groundwork before he broke down all the doors with “Out To Lunch” four years later.

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Bill Evans

Bill Evans

Bill Evans: Waltz For Debby (recorded live at The Village vanguard days before legendary bassist Scott LaFaro passed away) – Amazingly intimate, emotive sessions by a trio that could take you to another world. Amazing to hear the sound of the people clapping at the end of the tracks. To think that this heavenly art was available and happening and so few people were there.

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Roland Kirk: We Free Kings – His story alone is one for the ages: blindness, the dream/vision and playing three horns at once. You have to hear this to believe it.

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Art Blakey

Art Blakey

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Moanin – A drummer as band leader with the fabulous and under-appreciated Lee Morgan on trumpet. All tracks are great on this legendary session.

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Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (f Max Roach on the skins) – the album that elevated “Newk” to the tenor major leagues.

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John Coltrane

John Coltrane

John Coltrane: Giant Steps – Buy this if you always wanted to know what all the fuss was about… And, if you want to see why he became the most important saxophonist of his generation and one of the great visionaries who began to take jazz and music into the highest, most spiritually experimental places, also see his album called “A Love Supreme”

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Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery

Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery

Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery: The Dynamic Duo – A cool jazz marriage made in heaven! Featuring Jimmy’s Hammond B3 and Wes’ inimitable, octave-driven sound. Waaaaaaaaayyyy cool, baby.

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Miles Davis

Miles Davis

Miles Davis & Gil Evans: Sketches Of Spain – Third stream indeed! One of the most soul-stirring marriages of the jazz soloist with supporting orchestra ever. Gil and Miles were really something else. Others tried to do similar things, but no one touched these guys… well, except…

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus: Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus – Legendary bassist? Yes. Accomplished pianist? Yes. Known eccentric and bi-polar personality? Oh, yes. One of the greatest composers of the 20th century? Y E S . That is Mingus’ truest legacy. This album is just a beginning of the depths at which one should explore Mingus.

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It is my hope that you will experience these albums for yourself soon, and that they will speak to you as they have to me.

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