30 hour days! It's the answer!

Mon Aug 15 2005 22:38:30 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

How come it only really takes me less than 15 minutes to post an entry, but I can never find the time? Something has got to give! Work has been kicking my ass...I need to take some vacation time. So I went to the noise show on Saturday at Slabtown...great stuff, especially Pulse Emitter and The Future is Dust. You just haven't lived until you've heard a mic being destroyed by a Dremmel...and Pulse Emitter's TV sensor setup was really sick. Stacy and I also walked the wildlife reserve on Sat and worked on sanding/painting the baseboards in the bedroom. My legs are still sore...I'm so out of shape. And I'm probably the only person I know who's pretty excited by the recent buzz on the pd-list (see thread called Pure Devil). The prospect of having multiple GUIs laying on top of a PD engine is perhaps a bit frightening, but I really like the idea...could lead to some fun/strange interfaces (like pd isn't strange enough already).

It was a hot mutha today

Thu Aug 04 2005 22:34:18 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

I heard 95 from some sources, and 102 from others. In any case, especially without A/C, it was a hot mutha. After putting in some time and maybe $3 (fuses) + $6 (power amp IC) + $60 (speaker) and $6 (misc screws), the amp is back in like-new-but-refurbished condition! Thanks Dust! I hope to have a new nzbperl out in a few days. Perl threads are just a hassle, and as it turns out, you can't (I can't?) properly set an environment from a thread and pass it on to an external proggie. Fucking weak. I guess I'll end up working with it...or rather, around it. Stacy got me a sub to Make, which is actually much cooler than I had expected (a coworker of mine gave me a copy that I ended up talking Stacy's ear off about). Between that and the Circuit Cellar sub, I should have enough reading material to pass the bus time...although I'm WAY less inclined to take public transport in 102degF weather. Not only is the heat deathly annoying, but there seems to be some NW fad around not properly showering and/or applying deodorant. Dumb. I also managed to finally sync up w/ Eric (antbrainworm) the other night and get a 3-CD copy of the PDX noisefest this year. I'm hoping to get clearance from the players and get it posted to for everybody's enjoyment. It's going to require some work (listening, removing a handlful of minor minidisc stall gaps), but hopefully in the next month or two I can get it done. Oh yeah, and wtf is wrong with snd-virmidi kernel module??? Why am I the only person having these issues? I did a lot of googling and turned up squat. Fryingpan? Fire? FIIK.

Assorted Linux madness

Sun Jul 10 2005 15:06:55 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

So I was struggling through some issues with my scanner when google turned up this thread (summary: the usb stack in 2.6.11.x is fucked). Sure enough, upgrading to 2.6.12 fixed the problem (and I probably my gphoto related camera issue, although I haven't confirmed it yet)... After upgrading, I discovered this blog entry and learned that the kernel realtime lsm has been deprecated in favor of the set_rtlimit program. The good news is that set_rtlimit with 2.6.12 seems to be working beautifully! I'm running jackd and pd each with a priority of 30 and haven't been able to see any xruns! In fact, it's working way tighter than the previous setup. Rawk. The downside to all this is that jackd is completely clusterfucked in Debian unstable at the moment. I dist-upgraded as part of my earlier troubleshooting, so now I'm stuck with a bit of dependency hell until the package maintainers get caught up. Fun. It might be a little early to tell, but it also looks like the upgrade to 2.6.12 fixed the regular gkrellm crash I was seeing, which is cool, cuz it was bugging the hell outta me.

Langsam: perl hacking and online music

Wed Jul 06 2005 23:50:33 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

Saw Damien on the 3rd, and that was awesome since it's been so long. Very odd (not him, just the experience). Continued hacking features and bug fixes into nzbperl. Maybe I'm in the pessimistic zone, but it'll probably be outmoded around the time I "finish" it (as always). Summer sucks. It's finally hot and annoying and depressing. Also, I stumbled upon this great Mount Eerie (aka The Microphones) release on You should give it a try.

"...Throws it on a scale throws an eyeball in a cup..."

Sun Jun 26 2005 22:29:57 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

(that's the part of the commercial they don't play). When Shirley and Spinoza and Otis Fodder team up (as is happening right now, live on netradio), wonderful things happen. Thanks people, great stuff. Stacy and I and the dogs went camping this weekend about 2 hours away. Lots of good times hiking through the forest and along the river. Scout finally got to spend some time off leash and totally enjoyed splashing around in the water. Last week, I swapped out the amp chip in that Behringer amp and hooked up the old Infinity speakers in series and sure enough, the amp now works nicely! I should probably break down and buy a replacement speaker for it any case, it's nice to have some volume, and some of the effects are kinda interesting. I also completed all the remaining assembly for the ghetto drum pads I've been putting off for many months, but it looks like one of the pads got shorted or has a bad solder joint, so I just need to fix that one and it's done.

nzbperl released, other project status

Mon Jun 20 2005 23:40:10 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

So I released the next version of nzbperl tonite. Pretty happy with it overall...we'll have to wait and see how the users receive it. I got the replacement part for the Behringer amp, but I still haven't really had a chance to swap it no telling if it will work. The night was just too right tonight, couldn't waste it in front of the iron. Stacy and I busted out the new mini grill and ate out back to enjoy the nice least until the mosquitos kicked in. I finished soldering/gluing the ghetto drum pads yesterday, and it's quite nice to have it done, but it looks like I have a bad connection on 1 of the 8 pads, so I guess I'll rework it. We lost Lucy yesterday. :(

At times, the process is the project.

Mon Jun 13 2005 22:36:30 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

Stacy and I took the dogs down to the river on Saturday to walk along the esplanade and get drenched in the downpour. It was a blast, and the retriever, of course, just loved it (and the chi was more comfortable stuffed in a backpack). The Rose festival stuff was going on across the water, and we saw a rescue helicopter showing off some of its stuff. Also this weekend, I proved that nzbperl can run in Cygwin, which I suppose is pretty cool (even if the getch() handling doesn't work exactly right). I need to release the new version, but I'd like to hack in an external (socket or file?) interface first. Perhaps I'll save it for the next go around...I think it's stable enough. I also started hacking on the busted Blue Devil amp that Dustin gave me a while back. I tried a new fuse, and it still blew. I isolated the transformer, and it's good, so I then disconnected all outgoing connections from the power supply board and it still insisted on blowing I think I've got it narrowed down to the supply. I ordered a replacement power amp from Jameco and will see if that clears things up. If it doesn't, I may just scrap the whole thing and use it as a project box...but I kinda hate to let it go so easily. So now I'm doing a little housekeeping on the desktop and trying to clear up some space (the album is going to require it). I think I'll also try and finish the remaining 4 pads for the ghetto drum within a week.

Stagnation...we're all just stalling until 2008 anyway...

Thu Jun 02 2005 00:14:39 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

"Can you, you know, maybe put the whammy on I don't even know who the current president is?" Anyway. Sorry for the lag. Things been busy in these parts I guess. In the meantime, I grew a beard and then later shaved it off. Shows shows shows since the last entry. PDX noise fest 2005, Wolf Eyes, Angels of Light, Pigface, and even 2 Pixies shows in the same night. I released the cāniah page tonight, and thought I should mention it, so go check it out. There's also another improved nzbperl around the corner (soon, but honestly, who knows when).

Sweet jesus!

Thu Mar 10 2005 23:48:00 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

Holy shit. Normally I'd say something clever here, but I've watched this 3 times in a row and I'm still completely fucking speechless: Baby Got Book Finally, the internet journey for the best worst thing ever has come to a close. ;) We can all turn off the computers and sleep soundly now.

LED sign links

Tue Mar 01 2005 22:10:51 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

I stumbled upon an old email related to this usenet post and got a bit nostalgic about my LED sign and its roots. I ended up googling a while and actually discovered some other people that have done similar things: Todd cracked the checksum (or something) on his sign's firmware Josh Burley has a freshmeat project about his sign software hacks. devito-p has a tripod (yuk!) page and links related to the signs. Maybe Silent Radio isn't really dead and maybe it lives on? There are listings for "Silent Radio" in southern CA and at least one Mike Levin in CA. There are apparently still companies that are selling SilentRadio signs, although they look newer (ie. multi lines, multi colors). The real question, though, is what happened to Mike Levin? Why do I even care? Is it related to that cryptic message that Julian sent me in 1999? Maybe I've somehow inappropriately romanticized the whole situation? Maybe the human side of the story is ultimately more interesting than the technology... Thoughts?