Skanking happiness

Poorman StyleI recent­ly dig­i­tized my vinyl copy of Bar­ring­ton Levy’s Poor­man Style album and I have been enjoy­ing it tremen­dous­ly. The com­bi­na­tion of the Roots Radics band, Bar­ring­ton, and Sci­en­tist is so sweet and heavy. The tem­pos are slow, the basslines are irre­sistible, and Bar­ring­ton Levy’s deliv­ery is so direct and earnest that it doesn’t even mat­ter what the lyrics are. And as if that wasn’t enough, one of my favorite dub spe­cial­ists, Sci­en­tist, pep­pers the whole affair with sub­tle dub­wise inter­ven­tions through­out. For those who are famil­iar with Bar­ring­ton Levy, there are plen­ty of whoa-yoii-yeeeaaa’s but not so many woodly-oodly’s in this ses­sion.
Con­tin­ue read­ing “Skank­ing hap­pi­ness”

TivoSlimserverClient 0.2a

TivoSlimserverClientTivoSlim­server­Client has been updat­ed.

Changes in this ver­sion:

  • made selec­tion bar wider for Choose Play­er
  • made gener­ic “Art­work Not Avail­able” graph­ic
  • added Max­i­mum Bitrate pref­er­ence
  • added song length to main info screen
  • made serv­er sta­tus queries more effi­cient
  • fixed excep­tion that occured when slim­serv­er cli com­mand was prepend­ing play­er address at launch.

TivoSlim­server­Client is now avail­able in two for­mats: jnlp (Java Web Start) and jar.

I am pro­vid­ing the jar for users who may already be run­ning TivoHME envi­ron­ments, such as Galleon.

Avail­able for down­load at: http://edmondcho.com/tivoslim/

Dubstep addiction

I have been quick­ly devel­op­ing an obses­sion with a strain of UK club music known as dubstep/grime/sublow, etc. Grime’s vocal artists have had some lim­it­ed expo­sure in the US — Dizzee Ras­cal and Lady Sov­er­eign — but my dub­step curios­i­ty has been hard­er to sat­is­fy. It has been a long time since I have kept cur­rent on any kind of “dance” music, but my inter­est has now been cap­tured.
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Good luck, René and Sandy!

101-0180_IMG.jpgI have just learned that my friend and band­mate, Rene, is mov­ing back to NYC to attend nurs­ing school. His part­ner, Sandy, is also going to be leav­ing Cal­i­for­nia for New York to start school. I know that Rene must be excit­ed to be going back to New York, even though he’ll miss San Fran­cis­co. You will both be missed.

…and cil­ia enters yet anoth­er chap­ter in its geo­graph­i­cal expan­sion…

May 1, 2006 Action

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orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by mon­de­li­cious.

It was my priv­i­lege to march with 8000 to 10,000 peo­ple (The Los Ange­les Times web­site reports 10,000 to 15,000) in a pro-immi­grant ral­ly in San­ta Ana. Small­er in scale than the mas­sive ral­lies in Los Ange­les and oth­er cities, but still inspir­ing.

A quick glance at the online cov­er­age of the event reveals that there were about 60 counter pro­test­ers, but I did not encounter any.

Dubbed The Great Amer­i­can Boy­cott 2006, or A Day With­out an Immi­grant, this call to action is hoped to spread aware­ness of, and to protest against, recent immi­gra­tion law reforms. Peo­ple were encour­aged to stay home from work or school, and to refrain from buy­ing or sell­ing any­thing today in order to demon­strate the sig­nif­i­cant eco­nom­ic con­tri­bu­tions of immi­grants in this coun­try.

The cat­a­lyst for the wave of immi­gra­tion pol­i­cy protests is The Bor­der Pro­tec­tion, Antiter­ror­ism, and Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion Con­trol Act of 2005, aka H.R. 4437 (wiki). The result of this bill would be the cre­ation of mil­lions of felons and increased spend­ing on bor­der pro­tec­tion, in the form of 700 miles of fence. As Bill Hing of UC Davis School of Law points out in his arti­cle, The Moral Choice in Immi­gra­tion Pol­i­cy, fences and the increas­ing mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the bor­der have not been effec­tive deter­rents to ille­gal immi­gra­tion.

I am not sure that I can real­ly claim that blan­ket amnesty would be a wise idea, but I am deeply trou­bled by the bill as it stands and I do not believe that it will make any of us safer.

More info about the bill can be found here.

My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)

TotoroI have been on a Stu­dio Ghi­b­li mini-ben­der this week, in cel­e­bra­tion of the fact that My Neigh­bor Totoro has final­ly been re-released on dvd, with a new Eng­lish dub and the Japan­ese sound­track.

My Neigh­bor Totoro is eas­i­ly one of my favorite Stu­dio Ghi­b­li films. The Eng­lish sound­track from the US VHS release was def­i­nite­ly a bit screechy and left a lot to be desired, but it nev­er pre­vent­ed me from falling in love with the movie. What a dis­ap­point­ment it was when I learned that the Fox dvd release includ­ed nei­ther the Japan­ese sound­track nor Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. The Dis­ney re-release promis­es to be all that I had been hop­ing for. I am anx­ious­ly await­ing deliv­ery from Ama­zon.

In the mean­time, I amused myself with Howl’s Mov­ing Cas­tle and Pom Poko.
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Quiet mix

quietmix.pngThis set was orig­i­nal­ly intend­ed for the “qui­et” room of an art and music event that hap­pened in Berke­ley. As it turns out, I was too busy with the logis­tics of the event to make my appear­ance in said qui­et room.

A cou­ple of years lat­er, when a friend gen­er­ous­ly lent me their 1200s and a mix­er, I jumped on the oppor­tu­ni­ty to final­ly exe­cute this mix. I added a dis­c­man and anoth­er cd play­er to han­dle any dig­i­tal to dig­i­tal tran­si­tions, and I went for it.

This was a Christ­mas gift to my three band­mates a few years ago. I still lis­ten to it on occa­sion. I hope you enjoy it.

stream:

down­load: quiet_mix.mp3 (71.47MB)
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