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The hills around my office are on fire. Part of a huge firestorm in Southern California. The air is filled with smoke, and close to half a million people have been evacuated from their homes in surrounding areas, but life remains strangely familiar. The dusky sunlight gives an eerie cast to the day, but businesses are open here and people are out doing errands while ash snows down on their heads.
Amid all the confusion and chaos, I am still packing and preparing for a vacation to Egypt. My ordinary life has become surrounded by the remarkable and extraordinary, so the normal anticipation has been turned sideways. I am no longer escaping a normal life and returning to a normal life. The incredible things I’ll see as part of my travels will dovetail with the incredible things I am seeing on television and out my window.
I wonder how this will all fit together in my memories.
Possibly the coolest pointless project I’ve ever heard of…
This 83-pound, 5-foot long NES controller actually works. You can play games, but it takes the coordination of at least two people to manage it.
I just finished the most painless server transition I’ve ever experienced.
My hosting deal with godaddy was about to renew, so I looked around for another deal, and I ended up going with bluehost.com. Here’s the vitals:
- 300 Gigabyte Hosting Space
- Host Unlimited Domains
- 2,500 POP/Imap Email Accounts
- 3,000 GIGS of Transfer
- SSH (Secure Shell), SSL, FTP, Stats
- CGI, Ruby (RoR), Perl, PHP, MySQL
$7.95/month when you buy a year. $6.95 if you buy two years.
I used Transmit (www.panic.com) to synchronize all files from my old host to a local folder, and then just synchronized from the local folder to my new host!
Both hosts offer phpMyAdmin, so it was easy to export my data from one host and import to the other.
Done within a few hours.
Having recently upgraded to an Apple notebook (woohoo!), I am learning the ins and outs of being mobile as I setup my new machine for work and for play.
One thing that was annoying was having to unplug my audio interface when I wanted to take my computer anywhere away from my desk.
On Saturday, I was sick in bed with time to finally work on some music. But, being in bed, I did not have my audio interface connected.
Usually that means that I would need to reassign all audio outputs in my sequencer to the built-in outputs to work on music. And change them all back when I wanted to work at my desk.
Continue reading “Soundflower + mobile audio”
My attempts to rush out a TivoSlimserverClient with SlimServer 6.5 compatibility did not fly. Some poor users did try to use 0.2.1a, only to be frustrated by its failure to launch.
Release 0.2.2a is now available from here.
Changes in 0.2.2a:
- fixed “players count ?” crash
- fixed duration display to support hours and leading zeroes
- Tivo Remote Shortcuts help screen now scrollable
- added duration to Song Info screen
- using generic art on Song Info and Album Info screens
Tomorrow I begin almost 3 weeks of travel. First, Dubai, UAE. Then, India.
This is a very minor update.
There were changes in the command line interface to SlimServer 6.5 that broke TivoSlimserverClient. I have made a few changes to let users of version 6.5 in on the fun.
Get it here.
Growing up in suburban New Jersey, it required a lot of work to learn about new music. Record buying trips to New York City were my surest method of locating releases that I may have heard mention of, but never actually saw in stores. The situation is very different now, of course, but in high school, I was still a few years away from even discovering Usenet newsgroups and Mosaic was a novelty. My musical curiosity couldn’t be satisfied easily for reasons of age, location or budget. The record industry may bemoan the explosion of music on the internet, but it has become much easier for music lovers to discover new or historically overlooked music. Back then, “Google” was not yet a verb, and research often required gas money.
In this context, discovering free form radio was nothing short of miraculous to my young brain. WFMU (wfmu.org) was transmitting weird, cranky, funny, obscure, impossible music. And I could drive around quaint, quiet and boring suburban New Jersey while listening to sounds that I never imagined possible, hosted with unapologetic strangeness.
This mix does not come near the eclecticism of WFMU, by any means, but it is my own exercise in mixing and sequencing across genre.
Continue reading “freeform mix 21 Oct 2006”
Well, with 5 days remaining to play with Traktor before it requires registration, I am inspired to squeeze out a few more mixes. Here’s a mix of 7-inch records that I have collected over the last few years (mixed as mp3s). Mainly from labels Memphix and Rehash, but not limited to those.
Continue reading “Clumsy Owl: 7-inch mix”
Another mix of dubstep tunes. These have been waiting around to be mixed for a while, but I never got around to it. This time, I used NI Traktor to actually mix the songs together. As a result, it is quite a bit sloppier than my last mix, which was assembled in Ableton Live. Enjoy!
Continue reading “Sloppy dubstep mix, 7 Oct 2006”