Sun May 27 2001 14:58:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)
I've finished the majority of the work in bending this micro jammer monster. I still don't have a 9v battery connector hooked up for power, no human contact bends on outside of case (yet), and no LED for cap switch-in...but for the most part it's nearly complete. The web page for it still hasn't been touched and I still haven't recorded any samples to mp3. It's on the TODO list. I'm pretty happy with the results thus far. Some of the things aren't operating exactly as intended, but I guess that's part of the enjoyment in this whole process...figuring out new things and getting new sounds. I'm already looking forward to my next bend...the Mega Mouth Jam'n megaphone. Never underestimate the power of a black epoxy blob.
Thu May 24 2001 22:23:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)
Alright, that's fucked up. I leave the circuit alone for a while, go play some action HL, come back, power it up, and it's in my good warble mode again....WTF? I'm at a loss...
Thu May 24 2001 20:19:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)
Alright dammit... I'm in the process of circuit bending this "Micro Jammer" handheld drum toy. I've made some really cool progress on it, but now it seems like this picky ass thing is going to change its mind every other day! I've been able to get it into this great warble sound mode that is varied with hand distance to a couple of points/probes...but alas, it goes away! I had the thing in this mode for a few hours last night, but now it's resorted to this random-like garbage mode. The sound output also seems to be worse (distorted) when put back into its "normal" mode of operation. I much prefer the other way it worked. The kicker is, I have no idea what changed. To my knowledge, nothing has changed in that part of the circuit since last night. In fact, this isn't the first time this has happened!!! Dammit! I don't want to continue with this until I get this figured out! Argh!
Wed May 09 2001 23:11:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)
Well, it's been a few days since I got back from the Sonic Youth show in Dallas on the 4th...I figured I should just take some time to try and convey just how amazing it was. I have more respect for SY now than ever...they are truly artists! They played an amazing set, although it was pretty short at 90 minutes. I could have listened all night. They played a good number of songs from "NYC Ghosts & Flowers" and also managed to play many of the oldies but goodies. I think the most phenomenial moment came at the end of NYCG&F when they produced this growing wall of sound. I think it's pretty pointless for me to even try and explain what this sounded like. All I can say is that it was the FULLEST sound I think I have ever heard. Very strange. They wrapped up the encore with "Drunken Butterfly" and I was really blown away. This goes down as absolutely one of the best shows I have seen. Period. I picked up the ultra-hard-to-find Negativland "U2" CD while in Dallas. I paid way too much for it, and now I'm a bit sceptical as to whether or not it is authentic. I wish I had a way of knowing (if you know of a way, please let me know). If it's not an original, it's a really damn good copy.
Sat Apr 28 2001 19:19:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)
Well, I may have to kill my 150 day uptime on my linux box tomorrow to throw in some more RAM I think I found (should get me up to 64Mb, but I'm not exactly sure yet). I also might put in a different (read: working) CD-ROM drive to replace the shitty broken Creative drive that's in there now. I'm getting impatient about trying RedHat 7.1, but I guess I'm in no real rush...
Tue Apr 24 2001 08:24:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)
Wed Apr 18 2001 21:55:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)
I actually sent email to Meg Lee Chin. It's not like she'll actually respond personally or anything, so I guess it's not a big deal. I feel like such a kid though...I haven't sent fan mail in ages. On a completely different note...can freedom really be obtained through mass quantities of 486's?
Sun Apr 15 2001 10:44:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)
I changed around how some of the web site works. I don't have apache sending all html files through php any longer...it was probably just a bad idea, but made some things more convenient. It was a bunch of maintenance work, but overall it wasn't too bad. If you notice anything that's broken, please lemme know. I have also finished setting up mirroring for ChachScan over to Chaos. Nice.
Mon Mar 26 2001 23:24:00 GMT-0800 (PST)
Did some more work on ChachScan. Filtering is slowly coming together. I've still got a lot of work to do on it, but it's closer. The configuration screen now allows creating/saving/deleting of filters, and the main screen now has a combo for available filters. They just don't work yet. :) I also started changing things up to allow for a user-configuable maximum server number...I consider this A Good Thing.
Sun Mar 25 2001 17:20:00 GMT-0800 (PST)
Well, after ignoring it for several months, I have finally opened the ChachScan project back up. I'm going to try and implement some filtering and add a few small(er) features and iron out some of the bugs before putting out version 1.1. Once I do that, I'd like to get some beta testers and then, provided it passes my release standards, publicise it and get it hosted somewhere. More later...