Old Demos – Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More – Steely Dan

I recorded this about 22 years ago in my dining room studio in Clendon on a Foxtex X26 4 Track and a Roland TR505 drum machine. I wanted to see if I could play something really challenging.

I stuck to simpler stuff after this 🙂

Solving The Photofinish Riddle

Another recycled article from the old Exposures Online Website archives originally published 2nd March 2001


Letter to the Editor
March 2, 2001
Friday Flash
Editor,

Correspondence about the Photofinish in each of your last two issues has prompted us to reply.

For nearly 20 years we have been photofinish camera operators (both film based and digital) in the north. Our company (Northern Digital Photofinish Ltd) operates at almost all galloping, trotting and greyhound racetracks north of Taupo.

As contractors to the Northern Racing codes, we process most of the strip finish photos seen in the Friday Flash and all of the New Zealand photofinish images seen on the internet. These images are low-resolution copies of the high-resolution images used by the judge. We reduce them in order to show more placegetters.

How are the images formed? Unlike still, movie or video cameras, the photofinish camera has no shutter and there are no frames. The capture is continuous. In place of a shutter, the photofinish camera has a narrow line of sensors behind the lens, aligned on the finishline. Using a digital scan (up to 2000 times per second) the Finishlynx system continuously captures an image of the extremely narrow (approximately 5mm) strip of track, which is the finishline. In essence this is a photograph of time and whatever passes the finishline during capture becomes a part of that image. All parts (nose, tail, hooves, ears, saddle, jockey ? the lot) of all horses in the photofinish image are right on the line.


JUDGES LOOK … the same photo as above but at a higher resolution for the judge. This was a dead heat.

Your readers may have noticed that some horses have misshapen legs in some finish images. This is due to a horse putting it’s hoof on the ground right on the line. The hoof stays still as the horse passes over it. The hoof is captured for the entire time it is stationary on the line. Because the capture is continuous, the hoof appears elongated.

Because the photofinish image is the finishline captured over a period of time, it doesn’t matter where the line is placed. As long as it is parallel with the finishline it is always on the line. It functions as a point of reference assisting the viewer to judge which finisher’s nose reached the line first (or third or eighth or whatever). In the Finishlynx system the line is created digitally and is always in line with finishline. It can be moved to assist in placing finishers, but it cannot be tilted or otherwise manipulated.

The digital system is also used for race timing. Because it is a photo of time, it can have a start triggered automatically by the barrier gates or starter’s button. As the finish is captured, the time elapsed from the start is recorded. In this way a time is determined for each finisher and the margins calculated from these times. When a finisher’s time is taken from a beam broken by the finisher we can never be sure which part of the finisher broke the beam first. The Finishlynx time, on the other hand, is always taken on the finisher’s nose. The Finishlynx system prints and exports these results, which we supply as the official record of the finishing order and finisher’s times used by Racing Industry bodies, Clubs and the media.

All of our finishes are available as glossy colour prints and may be ordered from Northern Digital Photofinish Ltd, Ph 09-846 1802.

The Importance Of Being Eno

The Importance Of Being Eno

There are a couple of songs that were game changers for me.

As a kid I saw The Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night and the idea of girls chasing me down the street had great appeal and I thought I should be in a band some day.

So every time I hear that first chord I am reminded of that moment. …>>>

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It’s Bigger Than Texas


It’s always good to look back on something worthwhile because it reminds you that things that are worthwhile often take a bit of effort.

Since 2006 I’ve been staging annual music concerts. I’ve called them The Waikaretu Performing Arts Festival because they began at my little farm in Waikaretu.

These annual parties/concerts have been going on now since my old band mates from the late 70’s Dave Arrowsmith and Warren Cate and I dusted off some of our old punk rock songs, put a small vocal PA on the front deck at Waikaretu and used bedside lamps to light the way so we didn’t fall over each other.

Every year they get a little bigger, and a lot better. …>>>

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Once Upon A Time…

Exposures OnlineA very, very long time ago, when the internet was very young, I started building websites.

That stuff is easy now but back in the mid 90’s it was all very new.

I still do some websites, mainly for close friends and clients I have been working with for nearly 2 decades.

And I have always had Exposures as a personal website.

Exposures has changed a lot over the years and now it’s just a simple blog. back in the day it was an important website for horse racing people. It got awards. And stuff.

I used to write a weekly column in the old sports paper The Friday Flash called ‘Nothing But Net’.

I’ve recently moved servers and transferred a bunch of websites and in the process had to go through some old backups.

And I found the backup for the old Exposures website.

Some of the stuff on there is very dated. Some isn’t. Some may even be of historical interest to some people.

So I’m going to go through it over time and recycle some of the best bits of those years.

Enjoy…

Rewiring the telecaster

It was time to install some pickups in an old telecaster…

 

Wills Video

‘Kevin Barry’ Song and Slideshow (right click HERE and select save target as) Large file – 61 megabytes

Funeral Day Photos Video Download (right click HERE and select save target as) Large file – 125 megabytes

Vale Lou Reed

When I was 15 I used to work in the weekends picking tomatoes to earn pocket money. A day in the hothouses earned me $5 so every two weeks I could get on a bus and travel from suburban Mangere into Auckland City and buy a new record.

I was just getting into buying records then. One of the first records I bought was David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album.

Fuck.

Everything changed.

I went backwards through Bowie catalog to Hunky Dory and The Man Who Sold The World. Then I heard he produced an album by Mott The Hoople. I bought it.

Then he produced Transformer and I was introduced to Lou Reed.

I went back through Lou Reed’s catalog and discovered The Velvet Underground.

I bought a drum kit and formed a band.

Right from the start we did Lou Reed covers. I still do Lou Reed covers.

I have a concert at my farm every February. In 2011 my band was called Deja VU and Nico and we did only Lou Reed covers.

I think I have everything the he released, including the crap. That’s what you do when you are a fan. You even buy the crap.

I saw Lou Reed live in concert twice, in 1975 and in 1978. I took a cassette deck in to the ’75 show and still have the tape. I listened to it again yesterday.

This year’s father’s day I wrote a tribute to Lou Reed. He is the father of most of the songs I ever wrote. He was the one who gave me a voice and walked me through every step of the way. It’s simple. You play a chord, you say the line, you move down the page and you tell the story.

I knew he was sick, but I started to think he was never going to die.

But he died.

Age 71.

He leaves behind a body of work that is stunning in it’s depth and width.

I don’t have a favorite song or album or era. I just have a favorite artist.

Still.

Vale Lou Reed.

Lou Reed

Lou Reed

A Good Heart

Feargal Sharkey sang it

Songwriter: MARIA LOUISA MCKEE

I hear a lot of stories
I suppose they could be true
All about love
And what it can do to you

Highest risk of striking out
The risk of getting hurt
And still
I have so much to learn

I know, ’cause I think about it all the time
I know, that real love has quite a price

And a good heart, these days, is hard to find (a good heart)
True love, the lasting kind
A good heart, these days, is hard to find
So please be gentle with this heart of mine

My expectations may be high
I blame that on my youth
Soon enough, I’ll learned
The painful truth

I’ll face it like a fighter
Then boast of how I’ve grown
Anything is better
Than being alone

I know, ’cause I learn a little every day
I know, ’cause I listen when the experts say

That a good heart, these days, is hard to find (a good heart)
True love, the lasting kind
A good heart, these days, is hard to find
So please be gentle with this heart of mine

As I look back
On all my childhood dreams
My ideas of love
Weren’t as foolish as they seemed

If I don’t start looking now
I’ll be left behind
And a good heart these days
It’s hard to find

I know, it’s a dream I’m willing to defend
I know, it will all be worth it in the end

And a good heart, these days, is hard to find (a good heart)
True love, the lasting kind
A good heart, these days, is hard to find
So please be gentle with this heart of mine

And a good heart, these days, is hard to find (a good heart)
True love, the lasting kind
A good heart, these days, is hard to find
So please be gentle with this, with this heart (with this heart) of mine

A good heart
A good heart
A good heart
A good heart
A good heart
A good heart

Featherston Street Demos

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An new album is on the way. Here are the studio demos.

Some people have had issues accessing these songs on Soundcloud so I have uploaded them to my blog. Right click the hyperlinks to download any mp3’s you want to keep on your local PC

Enjoy!

Gone Too Long (HIS)

Gone too long, a song of loss.

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Moon Cam

Moon Cam is about two lovers separated by distance and connected via the moon.

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Siren Song

Siren Song is about getting hooked.

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Still Dreaming

What happens when two people are in the same dreams?

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Not Another Fukcing Love Song

When the guys at work tell you that enough is enough.

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Words Left Hanging

Sometimes you just have to be vague.

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Risk It All

Are you prepared to risk being completely happy?

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Man Alone

A chapter is completed, where to next?

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Featherston Street

She was walking down the street, talking to me real sweet…

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