Saturday, December 25, 2010

iPhone Ringtone Issues

After reading the tutorial from here I noticed that some of you have had the same issue as me where iTunes (in this case, I'm using 10 as I assume most of you are) doesn't display the option to create an AAC version of a track, and therefore doesn't allow you to create your custom ringtones.

After a little fiddling around, I have figured out why, and I will step you through how to change this.

Here's the short version:
Edit > Preferences > Import Settings... > Import Using: (drop-down menu) > AAC Encoder > OK > OK > Right-click > Create AAC Version

Here's a more detailed walkthrough with images. Things are labelled in green to make things easier to locate. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.

Step One:
Initially, this is all that is displayed when you right-click.
Step Two:
Click Edit > Preferences
Step Three:
Once that appears, click 'Import Settings...'
Step Four:
When that comes up, click the drop-down menu labelled 'Import Using:'
As you can see, mine is/was set to MP3 encoder.
You need to change it to 'AAC Encoder'.
Step Five:
Click OK.
Step Six:
Click OK.
Step Seven:
'Create MP3 Version' (or WAV Version, AIFF Version or Apple
Lossless Version depending on what you had it set to) should
now read 'Create AAC Version'
This now means that anything you import of a CD will be imported as an AAC, so if you're not keen for that, you'll need to remember to change the Import Settings back to MP3 before importing a CD, and back to AAC when creating a ringtone. I think this also applies for converting files like Windows Media Audio files (wma) etc. as well.

I think iTunes 10's default import setting is 'MP3 Encoder' for most, if not all people, whereas I think (not sure) that any version prior to 10 has it's default set to 'AAC Encoder', which would explain why a) so many people have had issues, and b) why I've never had this problem before - all my other ringtones were done in earlier versions of iTunes (I haven't made one for ages).

Now everything in that tutorial from where it says: " Now click “OK” and then right click on the song again, and select “Create AAC version” to create a new version of the song with the 30 second interval you specified." should make more sense.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Another Late Night, and More to Come

This has been my fifth late night this week with another to come tonight.

Last night was my friend Amy's (of Hard Iron Entertainment) gig, Dancing Till Death at Dawn featuring Dead Teach the Living, Resporn, In Dread Response, Fykan and Subspecies (who I missed while being unwelcomely chatted up by someone outside, dammit).

Anyway, here's your fix:
Anthony from Resporn

Friday, December 10, 2010

11:00a.m. Really Means 3:00p.m.

The title of this post is referring to the reason (at least in part) as to why I'm posting; I'm waiting for my friend to arrive to help me fix my external hard drive, and his, "I'll be there at x:xxa/p.m." means he will be there plus about 4 hours.

The other reason is that I had another photo shoot with Priya yesterday. Yesterday? The other day? I forget. Anyway, I'm going to put up two bests because Priya and I have very different "best" opinions.

Her "best"
My "best"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Worst Service From the Best in Wellington.

Today, I have a series of best photos. I haven't updated in a while and I've been on a few escapades between now and my previous post.

I was in Wellington on the weekend, getting my hair blown off with the wind. We went to Dockside and despite their blurb saying:
"The Dockside restaurant & bar is situated at the heart of Queens Wharf, and is one of Wellington’s most diverse venues with the ability to cater to every need."
they could NOT cater to every need. Before I set out into my rant, I'll post the best photo from this trip.
The night view from my window.
Rant time!

Our first impression was not a good one, where upon arrival we were told - before even getting the chance to enquire about our reservation - that there were other people that needed seeing to, and that we would have to wait.

That was fine, but after waiting five long minutes for the man to come back, we were told to head upstairs where we waited to be seated for another five long minutes.

We were finally seated at our table and given our menus (entrees $25-$50 and mains $40) and promptly told that there was no steak.

The waitress poured each of us a small tumbler of water, and then told us they didn't have enough jugs to leave one on each table that night. She also advised the drinkers in the group that if they wanted beer, she would recommend they ordered bottle-beer so that she didn't have to go downstairs to get it off tap.

She went away for a while, then came back to take our entree and main orders. A few people ordered the whitebait fritter (YUM! Or so I would have thought...) and were given a choice of 'wet' or 'dry', which none of us had ever come across before, but basically means 'sloppy' or 'crispy', equivalent to a steak's 'rare' or 'medium'. Everyone who ordered the fritters ordered them 'dry'. I'd hate to see what the 'wet' fritters were like, because the ones we got were pretty soggy, the egg BARELY cooked.

Some of us also got seafood chowder. My dad is doing a New Zealand-wide survey of seafood chowder (in jest, really, but he seriously did a personal nation-wide survey to find New Zealand's best pea, pie and pud, which happens to be in Palmerston in the South Island, in case you're in the area). I didn't have any, but after everyone had finished theirs, the residue on the bowl looked like nuclear waste. It was green and seriously almost glowed. It looked as if they'd used a chicken noodle sachet to flavour it. Dad said his seafood chowder contained the sum total of two small chunks of fish and quarter of a mussel. They are meant to be overflowing with seafood, but this was definitely not.

After this came a long half an hour wait, before the waitress came back to tell us that our mains would be another twenty minute wait away. Half an hour later, she came to tell us that our dinners were being cooked. Ten minutes after that, the mains finally came. The lamb was hard, dad said, and me and three of the others had ordered the beer battered fish and prawns (naughty, I know). The fish itself I thought was lovely, and the prawns were a little tough, but not too bad. The chips however were overdone, and simply encrusted in salt. I've never had chips so salty even from McDonald's.

The waitress came back to take our dessert orders. A while later, she walked towards us, and I sat there thinking, "shit, please don't come to me, because that can't be good." Murphy's law, she had come to tell me that they had run out of the dessert I'd ordered.

Firstly, the waitress didn't know that there was a difference between ice-cream and gelato. The menu clearly stated they had gelato, so that's what it should be.
Everyone who had deserts had either a roasted banana pudding with passionfruit junket, or berries with limoncello and mascarpone (except one who had plain vanilla ice-cream, even though they "don't usually do that"). The waitress obviously is thick and pronounced mascarpone "mascipoan".

Those who had the pudding said the pudding was nice, but the junket was way too watery, and the candyfloss (yes, they got blue candyfloss) was was horrid, and those that got the berries said there was next to no limoncello at all. When asked if we could have some limoncello to drink after our deserts, the waitress had no idea what we were talking about. Obviously she thought it was a cooking drink. We told her that after travelling to Italy, we had become accustomed to drinking it after a meal, so she said that she would see if there was any left from the cooking supply, and never returned.

Overall, a thoroughly unsatisfactory night from one of the "best restaurants in Wellington". The problem? They had taken on way more people than they could possibly handle. Ever heard of a simple 'no, I'm sorry but we're fully booked that night'?
Obviously not.

OK, rant over. I have figured out that my phone's camera is bloody awesome. Here is the best of those images from yesterday (I need three to show that it's not just a fluke that the camera is awesome):
My hand has a zip!
This circuit board is only around 3 inches square
This just looked so damn awesome.

The next best photo is from my night photography escapade with Gabriel last night. We went to Highland Park first to take photos of the library, then Stockade Hill to take photos of the tree all lit up, and then to Picton Street to take photos of the lights and then found some skinned animals casually hanging up in the butchery. You know, like they haven't a care in the world.
Cliche, I know, and yes my lens is dirty.......

Monday, November 29, 2010

Back from aftershock central - and no aftershocks.

It seemed like I was there forever but now I'm a little pissed I'm back. It was FULL ON AS. Some might consider this a bad thing, but I'm the sort who needs to be constantly occupied as I am chronically bored.

So... best photo is:

Some guy on the beach at South New Brighton

I also just took some random boredom photos of my cat d'Arcy, who has been a pansy and following me around all day like a little shadow. He gets weird at this time of year and wants me ALL THE DAMN TIME. He usually couldn't give less of a crap.

d'Arcy being cool

On a different note, I just found out that I passed the year this year. Finally. Now I don't have to go through those bitches telling lies about me and then trying to bribe me off again.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I'm not wearing shoes.

In response to one of the previous posts in here - yes, I even respond to my own posts - I did my CD for Michelle Whitecliffe, and no one even collected it.

Last night was my 21st party. It wasn't really my birthday but oh well. It was great fun, although I got razzed by the door-bitch who needed a good punch in the ovaries. My music is also better than theirs.

Seeing as it was my party and I was like a celebrity or something, this "best photo" is not taken by me, but by my 6 year old cousin (second-cousin), James, of his older brother Joshua.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I'd Really Not Like to Get Too Into This...

I seem to be doing quite a bit of funeral-based work at the moment....... I wonder why.
Not exactly something I'd like to get too into. I can just envisage someone bringing me something I just can't fix, and then being mortally upset over it...

Anyway, here's what I've done so far.

Old photos I had to touch up that took me
around 9 hours

More photos that took ages to finish

Woohoo, design stuff too!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I've Finally Stopped Sleeping

This photo is late as and it's from the other night of Creeping's guitarist.

 Far out, the other night there was a HUGE accident near where I was staying at around 4a.m. No idea how it happened as there were no skid marks or anything, but somehow a van had managed to tip on its side, and a car had managed to plow itself into a building. No one was hurt but we had to stay there a while to help. Needless to say I slept most of yesterday.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wooo My First Diwali

I did say that I'd post photos from the Diwali party I went to. I also said I'd be posting ONE good image from each shoot.

Here's the image:
Henna by Priya Chetty who is absolutely AMAZING! She
did her own henna - on both arms in the end.
I'm going to a gig with some more *international* bands (from Aussie but you've got to start somewhere) tonight. I'll post my best of that tomorrow.

Friday, November 5, 2010

As Usual, I'm Sitting

I'm a little bit peeved at the moment. I saw Michelle Whitecliffe (head of our university or something) who has JUST told me, with two days to go that I need to have all my work on a CD because she MIGHT want to use some of them for publicity for the university next year.

Thanks for not telling me earlier. I really wanted to have a relaxing weekend (minus the gig and Diwali party but they're minor (photos soon)) but now it looks like I'll have to go into uni. Dammit.

Also, what I've decided I'll do, is that after each photo shoot I will put my best ONE image up in a journal entry of some kind, so that my blog only showcases my BEST work and will hopefully make making a portfolio a hell of a lot easier for me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I sold my first THREE photos today EVARRR!!
All to the same person to go down to Christchurch ^^
Really happy, seeing as uni has totally raped my bank account around four times this term. Also, I hate those images SO much. They're so ugly.

Here they are:
Yellow, Green and Blue *shudder*

Update: Here is a photo of them on the wall of their new home.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

If you're allergic to rants or latex, you should probably steer clear of this post

I cannot begin to list all the bugs and issues both in set-up and design that are wrong with the new Myspace... but I'll try.

The Design Faults
You cannot has transparency!

Why is that THERE and not under 'My Profile'?
Took me forever to find the damn thing.

My friends are nowhere to be found on this page.
Well, that's inconvenient.
Now I have to click another link.

Why the hell is the comments module LIGHT GREY??
It TOTALLY throws out my colour scheme I worked so
hard on!

The Photo Uploading Process
Upon trying to upload a new image, once it's finished uploading it,
it sits there like that for about 5 minutes doing God only knows what.
Once 'Next' IS clickable, there is no linked thumbnail (circled).
On the way up the page to click refresh, you're raped by this
Myspace ad.
After refreshing the previous page, the thumbnail appears.
Click it and it goes through to this page where the image is
meant to be displayed fully, but isn't.
After refreshing the page yet again, and clicking 'Update Profile Picture'
and whoops!
SQUARES ONLY, not forgetting the WTF moment up in the corner (circled).

Other Faults
No CSS? Umm... piss off.
a) There is now no option to add CSS like there was previously,
b) It works fine when I click 'Save Changes' and view my profile, &

Initially we were given a choice to use the new Myspace profile, but now my friends, we are not. A massive suggestion to Myspace: please, please, PLEASE, before updating something, fix bugs and make sure it works completely (or at least 90% completely) first.

Friday, October 29, 2010

And what??

I can NEVER comfortably type my new email address in one seamless attempt. just isn't a valid string of letters; my head just cannot comprehend the oddity of it. No one needs to be reminded of the fact that I'm from New Zealand. NO ONE.

Sooo... Armageddon much? Why yes, I'll take 12. I was there the whole three days, and believe it or not took a sum total of around 50 photos, most of which were made up of Vic Mignogna signing  the alchemy circle outside (talented artists, those who drew it. Kudos). Record low. I guess my finger freezes when I'm nervous.


Saturday, October 16, 2010


I suppose this is the reason why I told Gabriel I wouldn't get a blog, apart from being cliche; I really don't update all that much, mainly because I get totally obsessed with university work.

I have decided, given that I'm taking a working holiday in Japan in two years, that I'd start translating all my stuff into Japanese so I can target their market before I arrive. Smart stuff. Time consuming.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

MOAR Social Networking Madness

So, if, God forbid, you're not that into Blogger, here are some other places I'm available:



I told Gabriel I wouldn't set up a blog, but all the professional photographers seem to be doing it including Aaron K, head of the AIPA, so why not?

Just for business interests.

They have pretty poo-poo fonts... I like Calibri; compact yet easy to read. Calibri is my fantasy writing-style - Verdana is closer to reality.

What to write about? Well, I guess it'd be a good idea to show a few of the images I've taken up until this date.

Promo Band Photos
Harry of Scaphist

Live Concert Photos
Morgan of Burning Solitude

Fine Art and Experimental Photography
Emma of
Whitecliffe College of Art and Design

Fashion Photography
Tamsin "Tami" Millward

Photo shoot for
Miss Pink Ribbon 2010 (top 10)