Automation & programming to solve a problem

Justification for Automation

It takes a special kind of geek to look at a generally routine task, then immediately consider creating an automation script to do it instead. In theory, the idea is great. Simply write a sub-routine or function which first, takes away a mundane human task, and then automate it as needed. The code will take a fraction of the time that the normal process takes a human, and it frees up said human to do other mundane tasks. In reality, however, the process of developing the script or functions takes far longer. First you have to adjust the script for variables or contingencies that come up, and then you have to maintain the whole program. This can be a large undertaking for future expansion. Then add in the variables and personalized touches that may come up as one off situations, and now you have yourself a recipe for chaos

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audio mixing console and trumpet as a music marketing campaign and promotion image.

Music marketing & promotion: A band’s performance social checklist

Approach a music marketing strategy with focus

To be a successful band or musician in today's constantly-connected society, you need a plan. You must have a solid path for communication: marketing & promotion is more than just cool graphics on posters and sweet tunes at a show. You need a solid music marketing strategy that engages your fans on a daily basis. There has to be dialog back and forth that is professional, robust and constantly providing new information about the band, it's music and news. Promotion efforts have to be engaging, direct and catchy to b effective. Follow along as we discuss the importance of treating your side project more like a business. We will get to music marketing in a second, but first, lets discuss the reality.

A day in the life...

Life for a working musician is getting harder. No, I don't mean your top 40, chart busting, star. Rather,

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whiteboard planning of a web site interface without a template

Template designed web sites, and the Pros and Cons

mock-up sketch of a cabinetUsing a template in life

A lot of times when we plan on creating something, we use a template. We like to lean on the blueprints and foundation of those that built before us. Maybe we embark on the adventure of building a tree fort by following examples and plans we find on pinterest. Or possibly we cook up a special batch of gluten-free chocolate walnut cookies with a recipe from a coworker. We might even design a crazy, always on, smart mirror from a raspberry pi and some tinted glass by reading a tutorial online. Whatever the case is, its common for us to use recipes, instructions or designs from others to make our own thing. We use this provided structure in the form of a template to help us form a plan towards completion. A road map that

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Canon XF100 video camera for stock images and stock video

Stock images, CC0, and public domain pictures

Stock Photography is Big Money

Stock images and videography licensing is a huge business. I recently read that one company "is well into the millions" for a single year's worth of efforts working as a contributor to a highly ranked stock image site. They don't even own the site. They run a successful business model designed around feeding stock imagery into another company's stock image business. This is amazing news if you are an aspiring photographer looking to earn some cash on the side. However, what if you are an entrepreneur with minimal funds available to spend on "the perect stock image"? What if you can't afford the price tags associated with a large institution's stock images? You could pick up a camera yourself, or you could start to consider using CC0 imagery, and the public domain treasures that exist.

Fair Use

For those that are unaware, CC0 is the ultimate term

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