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Jun. 14th, 2009 | 04:12 pm

I'm making changes to my LiveJournal.

Because much of the public content on here dates very far back, often to another place and time, I've decided to hide all of it.

From here forth, I'll only be posting on my LiveJournal when I want to post to the group of friends whom I have left on here.

I have opened a new blog at http://acrossthline.net and can also be found elsewhere on the intarwebs at:
http://facebook.com/billw
http://twitter.com/welense
http://billwelense.com/

On a sentimental note, I feel this is the best time of any to say that I feel it's sad to see what happened to LiveJournal. What I assume is that it was the bureaucracy of that ensued with an acquisition by Six Apart that did not permit the site grow organically. (For what it's worth, I'm not blaming Six Apart here, my new blog is actually hosted on TypePad.) With momentum and potential LJ had back before Facebook and Twitter were all the rage, LJ could have remained something unique. The problem though is that LJ is simply not a blogging platform, it is a social tool for communities. While it can be used as a blog, that is not its strength, due in part because LJ has banned from the beginning the embedding of HTML/JavaScript/Flash widgets that are commonplace on blog sidebars.

Even though the new management seems to be very keen on making great things happen with LJ, the site simply is simply not what it was when I signed up. That said, I am still a proud owner of a permanent account and will continue to post here for years to come, albeit more intimately and to a smaller audience.

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Guitar

Apr. 20th, 1983 | 11:37 pm

I've been playing guitar since 1996. I started playing in about May of that year and for whatever reason I lost interest in it, basically cause I didn't realize the commitment I was getting into. On October 27, 1996 however, I had finally convinced my parents that I really did want to learn how and they decided to make the $200 investment into what is now a major part of my life that I couldn't imagine living without.

Since the very beginning, I have been developing a strong sense of how to write good music. It really does take many years of trial and error; No one can teach you how to write good songs. You have to build on your influences, not trying to emulate a style done by someone else. Moreover, it's necessary to create something new, something all your own. All songs have chords and riffs in them, you can't change that. I look back on the past sometimes, and I'm like "what were we thinking?" But nevertheless, that's how you learn how to creatively use your equipment and truly make the most out of it. Throughout the years, my guitar rig has gone through ever so many changes. In all of these changes, I've learned quite a bit about what it means to have good tone and how to effectively use effects. I'm a huge gear-head when it comes to anything to do with music, particularly how to hook up guitar and recording stuff. I guess you can say I get that from my need to take stuff apart... which definitely does not exclude guitars, amps and pedals... :-)
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Technology

Apr. 20th, 1983 | 11:36 pm

So... basically, I'm a geek. You might have guessed that. However, do not confuse the word "geek" with "nerd," "dork," or any form of sci-fi obsession. I've been working with computers since 5th grade when my parents fulfilled the promise they made to me in Kindergarten and bought a computer. Right from the start I was thinking of ways to do things that were easier to do on a computer than otherwise. I've sort of embraced new technology all along, and to date, I'm the biggest "gear-head" I know. I can hook up just about anything to just about anything. I usually spend countless hours online looking at new stuff that's coming out or interfaces to go from "point A" to "point B." My Grandma bought me a little transistor radio at a garage sale when I was like 10 for 50 cents. I took it apart and screwed around with how the speaker, antenna and dials connected. Shortly thereafter, my Dad got me started on home audio stuff and how to hook up components with line-in and line-out stuff. Pretty much, since then it's sort of a hobby of mine to take stuff apart and figure out how to hook it up and whatnot.


Computer:
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott) 3.0Ghz
Motherboard: Intel D865PERL
Memory (RAM):1024mb Corsair cl2.0 DDR-400
Hard-drives: Western Digital 80gb and 200gb (2), 7200rpm, 8mb cache
Monitor: Sony SDM-x72 17" digital lcd monitor
Graphics card: ATI Radeon 9700pro 128mb
Optical drives: 8x DVD+/-RW and 48x CD-RW
Disk drives: Floppy drive/memory stick reader combo drive


Recording equipment:
DigiDesign ProTools MBox
Event 20/20 studio monitors
Alesis 300-watt power amp
Fostex VF160 24 track hard disk recorder
Behringer Eurorack mixer
Various mics (Shure SM58, SM57 and others)
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All About Bill

Apr. 20th, 1983 | 11:35 pm

Hello there. First off, my name is Bill. I live in Saginaw, MI where I've lived since I was born on April 20, 1983. Yes infact, 4/20 is my real birthday, as I have had to confirm for every bouncer at every bar I've been to. I am an only child, which means I have no brothers or sisters. Its just me, my parents and of course our dog, Sheba. I like it that way. I've played guitar for roughly 8 years and have been in the same band with my best friends on and off (mostly on) for 7 of those years. In the summer of 2004, our best friend who happened to be our drummer passed away tragically in an automobile accident. There is a lot more to say on that topic, so I've provided a link the chronicle that I wrote, entitled "Rocking Out," the day after everyone heard the news. The whole experience has made me realize how grateful I am for the amazing friends that I have.

To the disbelief of some, I can attest that it is possible to attended Catholic school for 12 years of your life and still turn out rather normal (for the most part). I survived St. Thomas Aquinas for grade school and Nouvel Catholic Central for high school, graduating in 2001. I then and went on to college, traveling down the road to Saginaw Valley State University, where I currently plan on graduating from in August 2005. I have also taken a few classes over at Delta College where the prices tend to be somewhat less expensive, but the feel tends to be a little more like high school with ashtrays by every door and condom dispensers in the bathrooms.

When I graduate from SVSU I will have a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Psychology. I've also taken classes in Marketing, Theatre, and Computer Science. As for what I plan to do once I graduate, I have essentially no clue. I do know a whole lot about what I don't want to "do when I grow up," which I suppose puts me ahead of the crowd a little bit. I would very much like to get a job doing something in the media industry, but we'll see what happens.

As far as working goes, I work part-time at Saint Mary's Medical Center in the emergency rooms... yes, we do have two of them. I am the system administrator (sys-admin) for the computer system that the ER doctors use to document the patient's medical chart. I've been working at Saint Mary's (always spelled with Saint and never St.) since senior year in high school. Some of the other various positions I've held have been file-boy at a doctor's office, call for help guy at numerous doctor's offices, a radiology film librarian (probably the most fun but most hectic job I've had there) and most recently "Financial Clerk," where I typed numbers off of insurance statements and made graphs. Like I said, I hope to someday get out of the healthcare thing and do TV. I've been working occasionally at Saginaw Education Television doing random production duties like freezing my hands off turning a camera at football games... whatever gets experience I suppose.

In my spare time I really enjoy listening to music, watching movies and reading the occasional magazine. I've always enjoyed somewhat "edgy" music. I grew up listening to a whole lot of country, then my parents decided wisely to switch to classic rock. I've been thuroughly educated in classic rock, much thanks to my Dad. Currently, I've been listening to a lot of Our Lady Peace, Foo Fighters and A Perfect Circle. My all time favorite band is The Smashing Pumpkins, followed closely by Aerosmith. My favorite movies and books tend to involve spies, cop and/or the mob. I read the DaVinci Code in 5 days. Since most of what I like can be done in one central location, I spend a fair amount of time right here in front of the computer where I am typing this. Then again, I can also often be found on the couch with my laptop doing the same thing... I am very big with multi-tasking like that.

So that's my life in a nutshell.
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Navigating this blog

Apr. 20th, 1983 | 01:08 pm

recent entries
archive
other blogs
LJ profile

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Syndication

Apr. 20th, 1983 | 01:06 pm



I recommend using Firefox:

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Getting a hold of me

Apr. 20th, 1983 | 01:04 pm

    bill@sagnasty.org
    aim: pheetiz86
    text message

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About...

Apr. 2nd, 1983 | 01:10 pm

this site
bio
band
guitar
tech
school
work

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