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Attack of the empty bits! Cellular automoa of zeros.

Sat Feb 07 2004 11:31:36 GMT-0800 (PST)

Well ok, I've managed to delay any kind of posting (at least to my own [we]blog) for a month...I suppose I'm overdue. I've been diligently ignoring pop culture and celebrity nipple fiascos and worked during the Superbowl. In fact, I've been working a lot. But I took some time early this morning to add Yahoo Buzz index items (via their wonderfully convenient RSS feeds) to the LED sign. Neet. I guess I can scratch something off the project list anyway. Other than bookoos of work and occasionally doing something to my house, I really haven't been able to do much in the way of projects. It's kinda disconcerting. The time I now spend commuting seems to be eating up a big chunk of my free time. I did, however, come to realize that the Internet Archive has a pretty damn decent audio section. Good stuff can be found. Also, the PLA has a pretty great audio stream. Heh. Oh yeah, and I upgraded to the 2.6 kernel, just like a true geek. We've got tickets to a Merce Cunningham production next week. Should be a good time.

Welcome to 2004, better known as y2k4.

Wed Jan 07 2004 12:01:06 GMT-0800 (PST)

"And I don't know how a man decides what's right for his own life it's all a mystery..." So we're really in the middle of an ice storm of sorts (not exactly like that other ice storm). There's like 1-2 feet of drifted powder snow on the ground, covered by a blanket of maybe 3/4" thick ice. The sun is starting to peek out, and the snow and rain has stopped, but they're not very sure if the temperatures are going to be warm enough to melt it away before tormorrow morning. So today's the second day in a row I've worked from home. Irony? I had a strange dream the other night, based around a fictional Flaming Lips song. It was very moving, surreal stuff...but you don't get details here.

It's a quick like quickie, Feliz.

Wed Dec 24 2003 16:52:37 GMT-0800 (PST)

So, for many (defined as 0 < many < 120) months now I've been thinking about something related to sound. And music. Or noise. And I remember when I downloaded Negativland's U2 (which, for the novice, you simply could not find because of the BANNED status) in .au format on a Sun workstation and my headphones roared in 1992...but then it's like a car crash and all the skidding and smoking tires and broken glass led me right smack dab into Epitonic. Shit!

If you happen to have $16,000 laying around and you really want to impress me this CHRISTmas season, how about mindfucking me with this bad-boy or my aboslute all-time dream car? That's right...the same seller. Yowza. I'd be broke if I was rich. I'd be funny and ironic if I wasn't so serious. Seriously, though, I think I'm in the market for a califone or maybe a true black vintage fone. I'm gonna burn in hell. Tis the season to be greedy.

The Bird Man of Alcatraz versus FPI/UNICOR.

Mon Dec 15 2003 08:19:49 GMT-0800 (PST)

So mostly, life's been pretty good I suppose. The last day of my 9-year stint with OSC is on Tuesday, and I start my new job on Wednesday. "No break for me!" It's strange, but I'm actually pretty nervous about being the new guy [again]. I'm looking forward to getting out of the house more, though, and I'm very excited about working for such a modern, forward-looking company. Yes, sure, it's a weird time to change jobs...but it just feels right. The downside is going to be remembering a grip of new names, wearing clothes that I would never wear otherwise, commuting, and managing parking and lunches...but overall, this is a good move for me. I'm ready to go forward. And now is the part of our program where I link whore: Lots of lengthy and interesting information about FPI/Unicor can be found here (and continued on for several linked pages here). Just in case you were interested. EM411 is a pretty decent little electro-music co-op site where people spin virtual knobs on laptops. One thing they didn't teach you in art school is that Joseph Beuys made a 7" and accompanying video in the 1980s. Crappy and beautiful in its catchiness. Note the new linkpile items for r4nd and wolf eyes. Nullpointer is doing amazing things by cross-breeding an artist's asthetic with source code and gameboys. These guys have made some crazy good pieces, which I'm pretty sure somehow includes the mind-blowing (WebTV)/).

Time for some snowboarding!

Wed Nov 19 2003 10:00:41 GMT-0800 (PST)

Man, the snow is really coming down now! I wonder if it will stick?

Part of me just wants to let that crazy puppy outside because I know he'll freak out. It's gotta happen eventually I suppose...:)

SICK.

Fri Nov 14 2003 10:31:47 GMT-0800 (PST)

There's a cat mauling a dead squirrel in the neighbors backyard. Yuck! I never really considered cats and squirrels to be enemies...until now. You learn something new every day.

Coffee and pie -- the breakfast of fat-ass champions.

Fri Nov 14 2003 09:49:41 GMT-0800 (PST)

So I guess I haven't posted since we got our puppy a few weeks ago. It's crazy how fast those little bastards grow at that age. Sure, I suppose he's cute, but he's certainly a handful. I can't think of the last full night of sleep I've had.

I finally decided to get out of the house and make a trip to Fry's Electronics the other night. I had truly forgotten just how insanely huge that place is, and the variety of products is just mind boggling. I left the store without spending a penny, but I knew that I could have spent $100k without even breaking a sweat. I spent quite a few minutes drooling over the tiny little Sony VAIO laptop Mac knockoff thingies. Wow. I haven't really been that impressed with a piece of equipment in a long long time. Now if only I could find $2300 just laying in the street...

Should I go see KMFDM when the play in a couple weeks? I think I should...who knows if I'll ever get the chance again. I wonder if there are still tickets...bah. I know Pigface is coming very soon too...I guess it's time to start saving.

Last weekend, my bro and Heather came down for a weekend visit. She pointed me to shirley & spinoza radio, which I guess she found somehow via the noisybox linkpile. Crazy neet stuff!

car ear change thumbsup

There's no easy way to deal. You just do.

Sat Oct 25 2003 18:01:20 GMT-0700 (PDT)

We got back on Tuesday after being out of town. We're going to be planting a memorial tree (which Larry and my mom got for us) in back in memory of Eileen. New photos posted about our house and the golden retrievers we visited this afternoon. It looks like we'll be closing the deal in the next few weeks.

Hello October, I've been missing you. Noisybox.net got a new, o-hallows themed intro. Evidently, I'm a clown, and I always have been. Makes sense, I suppose. After 3 months and 4 days (that's well over a fiscal [you ever notice that fiscal is close to fecal?] quarter), the noisybox dot net LED sign is finally back in operation. I reworked the wiring harness this evening and separated the RS232 cable from the power cable, and I made a 30' RS232 cable (running at 115200bps I might add). The weather module still hasn't been updated though. I should change that, because gkrellm says it's 55F, which is a very pleasant temp indeed. I will have the crappy webcam up shortly, provided I can make a ghetto cat5 cable carry USB like 25-30 feet and obtain some adaptors/ends (goddamn, USB is only like 5 or 8 pins, no?) I saw Underworld the other day...and goddamn if that wasn't a really really good flick. I had very low expectations, and I mostly expected an action-packed Trillian vamp character rip-off...but (without spoiling too much anyway) it really wasn't. I walked out of the theatre knowing that Underworld was what Blade fucking should have been. Sorry guys, I don't care how much you liked your precious Blade, this movie was a thousand times better. And I discovered that Bubba Ho-tep is playing downtown here, and I should really go and see that while I can....but I'm putting in a yard and I'm trying desperately to design a slide-angle tester and I'm working (no, that's not mine, phew) quite a bit and travelling soon and generally trying to get things in order. It'll get comfy, I promise.