I 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.
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TivoSlimserverClient 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/
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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I am pleased to announce the availability of TivoSlimserverClient 0.1a.
TivoSlimserverClient is a software application that turns your network-enabled Tivo Series2 DVR into a streaming audio client for SlimServer.
Available for download at http://edmondcho.com/tivoslim/
I 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…
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.
I 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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This 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.
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