More eBay Auctions

Unfortunately, the mandolin didn’t meet the reserve on eBay, and didn’t sell. Much to my surprise, there were no bids in the last 12 hours of the auction. Maybe I’ve got a disordered view of the way eBay works.

Despite this setback, I’ve got two more auctions going on right now to see if eBay can redeem itself.

The first is a Yamaha SW1000XG sound card. It originally retailed for about $800 and as of this writing there is one $0.99 bid in, with no reserve. This sound card is supposed to be the bees pajamas, but I’ve never actually used it.

The other is a Belkin parallel data switch (yeah, really) that happens to still be in the original box. Again, the opening bid is $0.99 and there’s no reserve.

Uncle Widget (the real deal)

I’ve got big plans for Uncle Widget.

What started as a way to replace the horribly pedestrian music that continuously played in my daughters’ rooms has become a core component in my vocational adventure.

The first CD, Bedtime on Mars is meant to foster peace and creativity in your sleeping child. It gets them accustomed to the orchestration of harmonies, rhythm, and it helps block out the threat of incidental noise. The idea is that if they’re accustomed to regular sounds the interruptions of incidental, irregular sound will go unnoticed.

The second CD will be a playtime and dance CD. I’m working on this music now.

After that, I plan on following my oldest daughter’s learning process – focusing on the State standards for curriculum.

Check out the CD, and if you’re an iPod wielding parent, or if your kid has a MacBook Pro in their room, the CD is also available on the iTunes Music Store:


Uncle Widget - Bedtime On Mars

eBay of the Week (100th post to SAW)

Washburn M3SW MandolinCheck out this Washburn M3SW Mandolin on eBay.

And stay tuned for another personal status update from me!

And a big round of applause for making it to the big 100th post.

Almost 18 months after I started… I’m (mostly) still here.

Also, please check out Zack Scott Reports. Zack paid large sums of money for me to compose his theme song, and he deserves the marketing. These reports are actually quite amusing.

Uncle Widget + iTunes Music Store = Crazy Delicious

bedtime on marsHold on to your iPods, Uncle Widget Fans! Bedtime on Mars has finally graced the iTunes Music Store. Bedtime on Mars is available as an entire album for $9.99 or as individual song downloads for $0.99 each. I need your help to spread the word! As a reminder, if you’d like a physical CD, you can purchase from CDBaby. It makes a great baby shower gift or first birthday present.

Related Links:

Recent Review of Uncle Widget’s Bedtime on Mars

Official Uncle Widget Website


Uncle Widget - Bedtime On Mars

I’m Giving Lulu a Try

You’ve all heard of Lulu Self Publishing by now. For a while, I’ve managed to overlook Lulu’s eBooks. Here’s how that is relevant: I’m working on a big liturgical music planning resource. There aren’t many good free ones around (certainly none that will allow community editing like mine) and it’ll be a good way to introduce music ministers around the world to my music.

If the second hope is to come true, I need some distribution method. I’ve just recently started turning my sheet music into Lulu eBooks and putting them up for sale for a very modest price. Along with that purchase, you’re entitled to a year of use for a particular church – trust me, it’s a steal.

One of the best parts of Lulu is that I had a storefront up in about two and a half minutes. If you’ve got something to publish, I suggest giving it a shot. You’ll get the full review once I’ve actually sold some pieces.

The image-link on the right is a shameless plug for the Mass Setting I just completed today. The bingbit store is here: http://lulu.com/bingbit.

ONEredpaperclip. ONE.

So since Kyle from one red paperclip was sent to me by several different sources and made ABC’s Good Morning America this morning, I figured I’d make a few observations. Part of why this interests me is that one of my “sidejobs” happens to be real estate investing. Kyle’s ultimate goal is to “trade-up” from a paperclip to a house.

  1. Kyle is brilliant.
  2. Kyle will succeed. I’m pretty sure he’s gonna wind up with a house purely through his trades.
  3. Kyle was the first. It’s One red paperclip. He will prove the usefulness of bartering through this activity, but onebluepostitpad.typepad.com won’t get nearly the attention, and probably won’t succeed (yes, I know this is very similar to Seth Godin’s article on the million dollar website). Go out and barter, yes. Just remember that Kyle beat you to the blogification of the idea.

bingbit

bingbit.com The “coming soon” banner has been placed at bingbit.com and I’m working on getting the catalog digitized and forming a plan for the e-commerce side of things.

bingbit’s first official offering will actually be available from CDBaby in a week or so. Bedtime on Mars by Uncle Widget has been out for a few months now, but distribution has been limited to people I run into on the street. This will allow purchase of the CD from anywhere in the world and the album will make it onto the iTunes Music Store in 2-3 months.

The eventual plan for bingbit is to be an online resource for liturgical music planning, along with a for-profit source of rare and custom music for use in Liturgies. bingbit will also be responsible for publishing and distributing family and children’s entertainment and for creating custom modern soundtracks for video games, presentations, film and advertising.

The King of Side-Jobs: Bad Dad

…I don’t want to become the bad dad.

It seems like I read a lot of “don’t be defined by your job” or “unfortunately, the first question asked upon meeting someone new is ‘so what do you do for a living?'”

“But Bryan, the work I do doesn’t really define me.”

Well, maybe you’re doing the wrong thing.

My current work situation probably hits closer to the definition of me than any other snapshot in time. I’m teaching, writing music and sharing my spirituality. A few weeks ago I configured a network, this week I’m doing web design, and next week I might do some software testing. This is a perfect definition of how bad my ADHD really is.

In my adolescence (some would argue that I’m still there), one of the biggest aids to productivity, progress and success was structure. “Bryan needs rules and framework to work effectively.” Sometimes I feel like working effectively meant producing black and white cows.

A simple example: In High School, just after diagnosis, I was regularly dosed with time-released Ritalin. The point was to get me to focus on one task at a time and finish it. As a member of the Jazz Ensemble (and coming from a family who reared talented jazz musicians), one of my favorite things was jazz and blues improvisation. While my medicine was doing its thing to get me to focus, I couldn’t find my zone while playing piano. Off the medicine, improvisation was creative, fun and entertaining. It was different enough that others could tell.

Ritalin was structure. Specific rules about when homework or chores needed to be done were structure. Getting a job with a large corporation: structure. Structure is necessary for me to overcome my obstacle. Disciplining myself to create my own framework, rules, and protocol to provide this structure is even better.

So now I have systems. They don’t kill my creativity. They don’t keep me in a 4’x4′ box all day. But I’ve learned how to effectively manage multiple side-jobs quite effectively. Then my systems break down.

It’s hard to put your family in a system.

The wires in my brain need to be shorted out because I haven’t been able to systemize the #1 priority in my life on earth. It isn’t a chore, it isn’t work. It’s one of my favorite things in the world to play with my daughters. It’s really difficult, however, to remember in the midst of getting things done, that soon my little girls aren’t going to be so little anymore. It’s time I can’t get back. Most of the work things I do aren’t time critical. I really think it’s the act of checking an accomplished task off a list that pushes me towards urgency.

Time to reprogram the noodle. I’ve been doing hypnotherapy for weight-loss (I’ve lost 10 pounds in less than a month). I’m thinking about getting the hypnotist to work on relaxing my sense of urgency.

I believe it’ll help me out a lot.

And now it’s time to go play kitchen with a wonderful toddler.