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So well put.

Wed Jan 15 2014 01:48:11 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: feminism culture stem science future

Humans of Portland

Thu Dec 26 2013 23:38:13 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: pdx portland fieldwork

This is inspiring: http://humansofpdx.com/

especially this:

http://humansofpdx.com/post/69692797209/ronald-spoke-softly-seeming-vulnerable-and-with

Reinvigorates my desire to do grassroots street recording, interviews, exploration. I vowed to field record once a month. Starting that again.

Leslie has been naughty.

Fri Dec 20 2013 22:55:31 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: ruby music xmas

A random playlist got me wondering what an old favorite listen has been up to. In the discovery, it revealed this saucy little ditty. :) Enjoy!

Broadway Bridge memorial

Tue Dec 17 2013 22:21:17 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: portland pdx bridge broadway

Seen this morning on the Broadway Bridge.

broadway_bridge_memorial2.jpg

broadway_bridge_memorial1.jpg

(presumably a jumper)

Human vision dimensions

Mon Feb 21 2011 23:09:12 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: sight vision 16by9

Am I conscious of the fact that I can see wider than higher? Does it bother me that there's more horizontal crap to deal with than vertical crap? If I stop, wherever I am, right now, and try to see wider than taller, does it even make sense to my monkey brain?

MPlayer with bluetooth headphones

Thu Jan 27 2011 21:39:39 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: bluetooth bluez alsa linux mplayer headphones audio

Hmmm. Way too complicated probably, but if you can actually get the device to pair and sink it as an audio device, then you can do this: mplayer -ao alsa:device=bluetooth and it may or may not require ~/.asoundrc that looks like

pcm.bluetooth {
    type bluetooth
}

I heard audio at least one time from my headphones via mplayer that way...at least before the batteries ran out. Open question: Why doesn't it just show up like a normal alsa device? Meh.

Tonight...

Mon Dec 06 2010 23:55:56 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: tonight dorkbot dorkbotpdx pdx portland

Tonight I...

  • ...rode a bicycle across two bridges.
  • ...was approached by a man and a woman (both strangers) and was told "we wish to join the cult".
  • ...witnessed a man tapping a plastic pad connected to a tangle of circuits and wires and causing a drum sound to be played.
  • ...saw a pair of multicolor robot eyeballs glowing on a tabletop
  • ...witnessed a middle-aged man covered in a mass of glowing LEDs and EL wire.
  • ...listened to the sound of a cello convolved with the impulse response from a wooden door.
  • ...helped a woman field test a subversive, covert anti-television teddy bear implant prototype.
  • ...watched a slot car adjust its speed in response to a computer's system load average.
  • ...was in good company.

Dorkbot.

T410 Linux audio volume problem

Fri Oct 22 2010 22:57:32 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: hda_intel alsa linux audio volume conexant CX20585

Ok, enough is enough. You gotta help me out. I can't be the only person running Linux on a Lenovo Thinkpad T410 (Conexant CX20585) that has audio volume problems. How is it that I've owned this machine for 6+ months and have tried kernel upon kernel, scoured message boards, compiled alsa from trunk, tweaked endless permutations of snd-intel-hda kernel module options, yet still can't get a reasonable audio volume from this Intel HDA audio card on my T410!? It's unthinkable! I know, I know, the driver is still relatively "new", and the good work that has been done has been based on hacking some undocumented codecs without support from the manufacturers...but come on! Output volume is critical! You see, sound works just fine...but the output power is lacking. Something, somewhere, is preventing the output amplifier from being turned on or otherwise being configured correctly. I have to crank the alsa master and pcm output to 100% for music or movies to even be listenable, and even then it's not quiet loud enough. Thinkpads are still considered "good", Linux friendly laptops, so how is it that people are living with this problem? Certainly I can't be the only one! I've tinkered with hda-analyzer and hda-verb, and have some vague indication that an output amplifier is muted, but there's no apparent way to enable it. I guess its time to dig in and try and grok the source...but I kinda dread it. Don't get me wrong, I love hacking source and learning and trying things, but sometimes I just want stuff to work. I assumed 5 or 6 years ago that the "oooooh, audio on Linux is so hard" problem had been solved...but I guess I was wrong. After so many years of ALSA "just working" and doing what I needed, I guess it is actually a problem again...and that sucks. If you have any insights into this issue or want to steer me down a path, please send me an email...otherwise wish me luck.

I could have written this...

Sat Sep 04 2010 14:33:27 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: portland stupidity commuting driving bicycling

I didn't write this week's "I Anonymous", but not a day goes by that I don't think the exact same thing. Total pet peeve!!

Ghetto Drum demonstration video

Sun Jun 06 2010 22:08:28 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: dorkbotpdx ghetto drum midi pd puredata avr atmel teensy

I need practice. ...but this video gives a brief demonstration of the Ghetto Drum System that I built several years ago, and I just recently added MIDI over USB. The sounds you hear are from a pretty sizable collection of samples ripped from (mostly commodity) synthesizers and played horribly by me in real time. The Ghetto Drum is triggering MIDI into Pure Data (Pd) in order to play the samples, and the Dickhole Keypiss controller sitting on top of it is used to do bank programming and selection. Audio is routed out of the cheap-o netbook and into an even cheaper guitar amplifier.