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The continuing decline of Radio Shack usefulness...

Sun Sep 19 2004 20:05:09 GMT-0700 (PDT)

It's true. Radio Shack continues to suck...and get worse. I can confirm that this simple circuit can be built cheaply and quickly instead of dropping $22 on Radio Shack's gold plated equivalent. I ended up constructing the adaptor for free from parts in my junk box. Cannibalize an S-Video cable and slap on a cap and a male RCA adaptor with solder connections...and viola. The end result is completely contained, and looks like it was store bought. Of course, when I went to Rat Shack, the helpful little bitch stayed true to form: "So, what exactly are you hooking up, anyway?". They always ask that, like somehow its their business or somehow it helps them (it doesn't!). Most people who actually want to downgrade an S-Video signal to composite won't care about the fact that they're using gold plated connections. Sheesh. If you want a higher quality signal, don't buy the gold shit...just stick with S-video. I first tested video out on the Apple //c display. Nothing says quality like a movie on a 6", 20 year old green monochrome monitor. I later connected it to the TV, and the picture looks fine.

Yay! Now I'm only about 3 years behind the technocurve...

Sat Sep 18 2004 20:53:45 GMT-0700 (PDT)

I suppose that I consider myself a pretty high tech guy...but honestly, on many fronts, I'm late to the party. I guess I'm fairly comfortable with that...I do have a lot going on...

After some reasonable refactorings, I cobbled two main features into the noisybox blog: permalinks and an rss feed. Now I'm all hip circa 2000 style. Actually, I don't know if there's any real use in this crap for anybody (including myself!), but it still feels good to support the spirit of the web, yaknow?

The rss feed should show up as a link next to the topmost summary line (the one up there that shows message counts). The permalinks show up as intentionally small, low contrast circles next to the posting time.

Archive.org has all my uploads curated and approved for public display now. Neeto...mostly because I know I'd never get around to building something to support streaming. :) It's also nice to have another place for people to dload from (at high speeds too).

In a typical run of synchronicity, I ended up using the archive.org rss validator to validate the structure of my new feed. Go figure!

These geeks really know how to break it on down.

Zombies: The Other White Meat<small><sup>TM</sup></small>

Thu Sep 16 2004 22:27:52 GMT-0700 (PDT)

As mentioned last time, I completed the Piece For Walking and posted it up in the art section. I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out...it's satisfying to surprise yourself once in a while. John claims that the above mentioned track is called "Blown to Pieces While Walking". I'll accept "Piece for Walking (to the end of the world)" or even "Piece for Walking (off the edge)", but absolutely not "Blown to Pieces While Walking". :) heh. Although I've been thinking about it for some time, I finally started migrating my audio content over to archive.org. You can click (hell, bookmark it!) this link to see what's available by me. "The Burden" is complete, and the others are in a pseudo complete semi pending state. I expect them to be fully available within a few days. Sometime last week I was thinking about how all window-based UIs generally suck and that the our whole keyboard-mouse thing under utilizes the left hand and that it's a shame that things haven't progressed too much in the last 15-20 years. I guess I have high expectations for the smart ones. Anyway, I was looking at this glove as a distraction and it got me kinda interested. Synchronicity kicked in tonight when somebody on the pd mailing list mentioned buying one for $12.50 from computergeeks.com. How could I resist? I'm pretty interested in interfacing it with pure-data...so expect an update later after I get it. I also saw this kinda interesting thing called FreeWheeling. Interesting looking looper tool...too bad the guy hasn't made it actually available yet. Sheesh.

Free software schtuff, movies, noises...

Tue Sep 07 2004 22:30:11 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Ok, so I've been hacking up some Perl. I can't seem to shake my fondness for the beautiful, and ultimately horrible and sexy thing that is Perl. Today, noisybox.net releases nzbperl, a throttling nzb downloader in Perl. Try it out, if you're geek enough. Saw Ju-on a few weeks ago. Although I did like it a lot, I kinda hoped it would be more horrifying. It was maybe a little repetitious. Also saw the director's cut of Donnie Darko the other day. It contains TONS of crazy new footage, and overall (IMHO) does a better job of explaining the whole mythos...but I'm still bitter at the fact that they stomped over the Echo and the Bunnymen for some goddamn INXS. I have to wonder why the fuck somebody let that happen. I'm working on a short (15-20 minute) one-take track called "Piece for Walking". Hope to have it up in the art section before long. And to close with a funny note...I'll resort to quoting emails: "I AM MAKING RESEARCH ON STROLLING LED,I WILL LIKE YOU TO SEND ME THE CIRCUIT DIAGRAM OF LED STROLLING LIGHT."

Wow, how the time flies as you age...

Thu Aug 19 2004 22:55:46 GMT-0700 (PDT)

I bothered to put up a page for my reverse dependency package checker script for Debian. Sure, it's stupid simple, but hell, maybe somebody will find it useful. And I went to see Alien vs. Predator tonight. Overall, a minor disappointment, but still a good flick. First, the goddamn fucking thing could have used some more fucking profanity and a shit fucking cock sucking R rating. PG-13 my ass. I suspect that, at least in a few noticeable scenes, things were either force-cut, or the directors or effects guys really held back...just for ratings sake. Sheesh. The taming of this film to provide access to a larger audience (think "Hey guys, our market research shows that the majority of theater money is made from pre/teens, and we project we can make $xx.yy if we smooth this down to a Britney-friendly PG13...") was probably my main complaint... But really, it wasn't horrible. In fact, as usual, I'm being overly critical. Aside from the rating, the first half was basically a "Hey, the action film audience is stupid, we have to spell things out..." while doing mediocre character development. Yes, we fell in love with Ripley, then with Dutch, but nobody in this film came close. Even though I quite like Henriksen and his acting is always great, his character just didn't deliver (yeah, I blame the writing). The shots of the Alien queen, however, were brilliant. Probably the best (IMHO) of any Alien film, and I think the movie matched the mythos from both movies really, really well. It's worth seeing, tho I'd probably recommend matinee. I guess what probably pisses me off is the great potential that this concept had. I wanted, no, seriously, really fucking WANTED this film to be great. I mean, who didn't want to see this after the end of Predator 2? Instead, years later, Hollywood continues to bastardize great ideas for money, and so I have to give it a generous 5/10. When did I become such a film critic? High school. :)

Create creation. Make to consume.

Sun Aug 01 2004 00:14:21 GMT-0700 (PDT)

And so I give to you, Infiltration Lab's new album, The Burden.

Old midlife becomes useless and mindless. Beaten!

Wed Jul 14 2004 21:10:10 GMT-0700 (PDT)

The solitude over the weekend was strange, but frankly quite nice. I had a chance to do quite a bit of recording and I consider the new album nearly finished (although there's still much work remaining). Even already, I'm much more satisfied with this one over the last one. I also took a trek out to Oregon City and took a bunch of photos that have relevance to my childhood. It's strange to visit a place with so much [personal] history....especially when it's been a few years. I can't even imagine Roseville anymore. Apparently Stacy missed her flight out of Vegas (overslept? Hmmmm :)) and will be returning tomorrow. On a similar note, this dog is driving me crazy. For now, though, I'm sitting in the backyard, piggybackin on some wireless on the corporate laptop, watching the grass grow....muthafuckin literally.

bloopy boopy beep beep ding bleep crunch bleep crunch

Sat Jul 10 2004 20:21:04 GMT-0700 (PDT)

I think it's only fair. If some of those robot guys are allowed to call their constructions "semiautonomous", then sound/noise/art geeks should be able to use the term "semigenerative". This one time, I had a German professor who was fond of saying "kick it". Please note that Google returns about 10,600 hits for "semiautonomous", but only a mere 3 hits for "semigenerative".. The hyphenated and quoted "semi-generative" still only returns 104 short hits...but at least one of them is Nullpointer, who does some mad sick work with pd and quake and the like...

"Now is the time...for making noises."

Fri Jul 09 2004 17:19:16 GMT-0700 (PDT)

The ideas and the bits run rampant as the noisybox recording session has begun. As such, I'll be online in a limited capacity for the next few days. On top of that, kopete decided that it doesn't want to log into ICQ anymore, so until that's fixed I'll only have limited (AIM) IM capabilities. pd, ardour, alsa, jack, virmidi, amsynth, and various physical items to boot. Demolition ensues.

The intarnert is speeedy.

Tue Jul 06 2004 20:55:58 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Something I forgot to mention...on the 28th of June, the noisybox site got a pretty big speed boost. I found out that I could get a better DSL package for less cost. Instead of peaking out at 640/640 (as I was previously), I'm now up to a solid 1.5M/896k. I think it's quite the improvement...and I think it's quite noticeable. That's all. Just thought I'd let you know. Nah....you don't care. :)