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"They Live" mask build page

Sat Nov 14 2015 22:19:59 GMT-0800 (PST)

tags: halloween theylive roddypiper johncarpenter obey

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I created a build page for the "They Live" mask I made for Halloween 2015. Check it out here.

I have a superpower

Tue Aug 11 2015 22:26:14 GMT-0700 (PDT)

tags: superpower comics

I discovered that I have a super-human superpower. It's a lame superpower, but I'm amused by it nonetheless. At first, I thought it was mere coincidence or accident, but after several keen observations over the course of several months, I have very much connvinced myself that it is real.

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My superpower is the ability to grab the exact number of pre-bagged comic book backing boards to match the number of new unbagged comic books that I just bought. I don't have to count them in advance...I don't count the books nor do I count the bags, I just reach into the stash and grab some boards and bags and it always turns out that I have pulled out the perfect number. My superhuman fingers simply flip thru the stash until the the amount inexplicably feels right, and BAM, it's spot on!

So there it is.

RIP Don Joyce

Sat Aug 01 2015 11:11:33 GMT-0700 (PDT)

tags: negativland donjoyce rip

I guess this happened about a week ago, but I just learned that Don Joyce (of Negativland and Over The Edge [radio program on KPFA]) has passed away at the age of 71.

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Don Joyce was an innovator, a rebellious sonic prankster, and a true inspiration. He will be missed.

Archives of "Over the Edge" can be heard at the KPFA archives:

http://oldwww.kpfa.org/archive/show/1782

And at archive.org

https://archive.org/details/negativland

Synth noise test

Wed Jul 15 2015 21:25:08 GMT-0700 (PDT)

tags: synth eurorack noise synthesizer circuit

Trying out the whopping 4 modules I have installed...

Seen in Portland

Mon Jul 06 2015 20:11:22 GMT-0700 (PDT)

tags: pdx portland graffiti stencil

Sidewalk graffiti in PDX.

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A hummingbird nest

Sun Apr 26 2015 23:10:03 GMT-0700 (PDT)

tags: nature hummingbird

Have you ever seen inside a hummingbird's nest? I hadn't either, until I discovered this little one in our street-side tree. It's only about 2.5" across, and when the mother hummingbird sits inside she fills the whole thing. I risked the fatal dive of a needle-beak long enough to raise my aging camera phone above my head to see what was inside....

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Check out how camouflaged it is! It's so tiny, you really wouldn't even know it was there. I can't even imagine what a hummingbird hatchling looks like, and I refuse to google it. Your move, springtime.

Archaeoacoustic analysis in Eastern Serbia

Tue Apr 07 2015 22:49:41 GMT-0700 (PDT)

tags: acoustics sound listening

Super interesting read about some archaeoacoustic research in Serbia:

http://www.sbresearchgroup.eu/index.php/en/notizie-in-inglese/205-archaeoacoustic-analysis-in-the-imperial-palace-felix-romuliana-in-eastern-serbia

(via mediateletipos)

There's only a single sound clip available right now, but the effect is pretty mesmerizing. It's wild to imagine ancient people performing sacrificial blood rituals while bathed in this soundscape.

CadSoft Eagle still requires 32-bit libs?

Sat Jan 17 2015 00:41:48 GMT-0800 (PST)

tags: wtf eagle pcb cadsoft electronics fail

I found an interesting open/free circuit tonight that I wanted to price out on OSH Park. The circuit designer was awesome enough to make the design files freely available on the interwebs...but unfortunately (out of the box) they fail the OSH Park upload checker. "Ok, that's fine, you get what you pay for" I think...I'll just open the files in Eagle and save into a newer version or investigate what's missing...

I haven't installed Eagle PCB in a while (certainly not since I had to reinstall this laptop after the most recent HD failure). So I go to the download page, grab the installer and run it and.....of course, it fails.

But it fails due to missing 32-bit libs.

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It's 2015! Seriously? I've suffered with Eagle for more than 15 years now, and in spite of all my persistent gripes about usability flaws and UI cruft, we still sometimes have to use it...but now there's now this problem?

Seriously CadSoft, it's 2015...

A Short History of Acoustic Ecology

Sat Jan 03 2015 12:54:22 GMT-0800 (PST)

tags: sound audio sound-art listening

This is great. If you're interested in active listening, field recordings, soundscapes, or amibent sound/music, this is a pretty good primer and talks about the origins of the term "acoustic ecology" as a movement.