irama live!

irama live at Tago Mago

Thanks to an invite from incrementalist, I had the wonderful opportunity to perform live in Melbourne last Wednesday (at Tago Mago). It was my first ever live electronic performance, so lots of lessons to be had there. But it was a fantastic experience and I had a blast!

My style is evolving, but still a bit mad. Here’s a mixdown of the set if you’re up for a listen…

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Is this thing on?

So, it’s been a while between posts. Lots keeping me busy since my last post, which makes it tricky. I:

  • started a business
  • launched a podcast
  • have been researching and drafting a book (but to be fair this has taken a backseat to everything else)
  • have made bouldering a regular habit (best habit I’ve ever started, closely followed by mindfulness meditation)

I also recently had the opportunity to make some more music and perform it live in Melbourne last week.

What now?

For more regular updates in future, I’m likely to post to these channels…

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Using Divi theme with LifterLMS

Update 30/03/2017: An official solution is now available. For more information, see the Lifti section on the LifterLMS Blog or watch the overview of Lifti on YouTube.

When establishing an LMS with WordPress, LifterLMS is a solid LMS plugin, and Divi an excellent theme. But they don’t play together seamlessly out-of-the-box.

Specifically, you need to go to extra efforts to enable Divi builder and Divi settings for custom post types that come with LifterLMS: Course and Lesson.

But there is a solution!

The longcut

For all the instructions to do this yourself, see Nagdy’s post.

Pay to progress

Another good option, if you’re happy to pay a nominal fee is to use Divi Booster. This plugin allows you to enable Divi on custom post types without getting your hands dirty by touching the code below—I mean, eww, who knows where it’s been??

Free shortcut: My child theme

  1. Download this child theme
    Divi child theme – enables Divi on custom post types for LifterLMS
  2. Unzip it
  3. Tweak as necessary (should work out of the box)
  4. Upload to your WordPress instance
    Path to child theme
  5. Activate the child theme in your WordPress backend: Appearance > Themes

You can use this for any custom post types, just keep adding to the $post_types array at the top of the functions.php file.

function my_et_builder_post_types( $post_types ) {
    $post_types[] = 'course';
    $post_types[] = 'lesson';
    $post_types[] = 'another'; // Repeat this line and tweak
    return $post_types;
add_filter( 'et_builder_post_types', 'my_et_builder_post_types' );


You should now see the Divi builder and Divi settings options appear when you edit those custom post types.

Divi examples in custom post

Let me know how you go!

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Using Rode SmartLav+ microphones with the Zoom H6 audio recorder

It’s been a while between posting… lots going on. I’ll fill you in soon eventually. I promise.

Until then I’ve been thinking about starting a podcast! As I say, more about the topic to come—however for now, I’ve solved a problem, and the solution deserves to be published on the internet.

(When I was searching the interwebs for advice, none of the sites, forums, blogs, etc had useful advice. Very frustrating…)

SmartLav+ plus Zoom H6


If you happen to have or use Rode SmartLav+ lavalier microphones, you’ll know they’re intended to be connected to your smart phone for recording directly.

If you happen to have a Zoom H6 (or other audio recorder) and you’d really like to use your SmartLav’s to record to it, then you have a problem.

These devices don’t connect together easily. And once you have them connected, getting the right power level to them is a pain.


SmartLav+ connected to Zoom H6

Take your…

  1. Rode SmartLav+, connect it to…
  2. A Rode SC1 (or equivalent) for extension, connect it to…
  3. A Rode SC3 (or equivalent) to convert from TRRS to TRS, connect it to…
  4. A Rode VXLR to convert from TRS to XLR, connect it to…
  5. The XLR inputs on the Zoom H6
  6. Set Zoom to +12V Phantom power (plugin power off)

This works! (thank goodness).

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On productivity and focus

Focus your energy on what's important to you. Image from 'Essentialism' by Greg McKeown

I read an interesting article today on motivation and how to get more done using Temptation Bundling.

The basic premise is…

doing what you want and what you should be doing together, but only together

I usually try not to be the contrary one, however I believe this line of thinking can be truly detrimental to people’s health (mental and physical).

I love Todoist, and I love trying to improve my productivity. But I also love life!

I aim to be efficient and productive precisely so I have more (dedicated) time for the things I enjoy—i.e. the ‘temptations’.

I’m sure watching TV while on a treadmill actually works quite well, but I suspect it may be the exception to the rule. The current trend towards busyness, multi-tasking—including this teaspoon-of-sugar approach to getting things done—and generally just trying to fit more in I see as a false-economy.

Not only does it reduce the enjoyment of the things you want to do, but it negatively impacts the quality of the work you’re trying to do simultaneously. Oh yeah, and it can damage your brain!

So, what can you do if you’re struggling for motivation? Well, motivation is complex, there are many variables and no silver bullet. But when I struggle, I try to remember to ask myself why I’m struggling? And go from there. Consider:

  • Is this actually important?
  • Is this actually the best use of my time?
  • Am I avoiding something I don’t feel I have the information, skills or resources to do well?
  • Can I automate, delegate or outsource this?
  • Do I have the energy and focus to do this now? What can I do to get the energy and focus?

Once you think you know why, a solution may be obvious. If not, you could try ‘tricking’ yourself with bribes and rewards. It may even work. I find the tricks only work once or twice before the same lack of willpower that allowed me to procrastinate in the first place will allow me access to the reward without completing the task!—Its amazing what you can justify to yourself if you try hard enough 🙂

In summary, for your own personal satisfaction and enjoyment I recommend:

  1. Do your work, be focussed, be efficient, be productive.
  2. If you’re struggling with motivation, ask yourself why? And go from there.
  3. Then relax, enjoy, be mindful and present in the moment.

Get the most out of your life by focusing on what’s important to you and then doing justice to each activity. One at a time.

Recommended reading:

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