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November 20 2017
Music
andy (jam/rehearsal)


November 16 2017
Music
sarai andy (jam/rehearsal)


November 15, 2017
super8 lengthy



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November 15 2017
Music
super8 keep going (live solo improv)


November 11 2017
Music
no straw to draw (solo)


November 8, 2017
super8 sore



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November 08 2017
Music
super8 sore (live solo improv)


November 07 2017
Music
the tadzios all hail the homunculus demo (solo)


November 06 2017
Music
the tadzios fit me on your tongue demo v2 (solo)


November 03 2017
Music
andy sarai (jam/rehearsal)


November 2, 2017
super8 rehearsal [or something]



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November 01 2017
Music
the tadzios silly boy demo v2 (solo)
super8 or something (live solo improv)


October 26 2017
Music
andy sarai (jam/rehearsal)


October 25 2017
Music
ezequiel (jam/rehearsal)


October 23 2017
Music
record it later (solo)


October 20, 2017
super8 improv rehearsal

(these rehearsals are for a show in January, woohoo)



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October 20 2017
Music
super8 again (live solo improv)
andy sarai (jam/rehearsal)


October 19, 2017
super8 improv rehearsal



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October 19 2017
Music
super8 reversion (live solo improv)
say goodbye to yourself (solo)
cant be left alone (solo)


October 16, 2017
super8 improv rehearsal



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October 16 2017
Music
super8 carby (live solo improv)


October 12 2017
Music
oh the bios (solo)


October 09 2017
Music
andy sarai (jam/rehearsal)


October 06 2017
Music
andy tiff (jam/rehearsal)


October 01 2017
Music
andy anette andre cory (jam/rehearsal)


September 29 2017
Music
andy sarai (jam/rehearsal)


September 28, 2017
super8 improv rehearsal



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September 28 2017
Music
super8 second try eh (live solo improv)


September 20 2017
Music
andy 2chris (jam/rehearsal)


September 17 2017
Music
user error with chris supervision (solo)
cory andre (jam/rehearsal)


September 13, 2017
super8 improv rehearsal



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September 13 2017
Music
super8 dreams past (live solo improv)


September 11 2017
Music
sarai andy (jam/rehearsal)


September 10 2017
Music
anette andre cory (jam/rehearsal)


September 7 2017
super8 improv rehearsal



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September 07 2017
Music
super8 success (live solo improv)


September 05 2017
Music
haunting something (solo)
andy (jam/rehearsal)


September 4, 2017
super8 improv rehearsal



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September 04 2017
Music
super8 mobetta (live solo improv)


September 3, 2017
super8 improv rehearsal



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September 03 2017
Music
super8 software error (live solo improv)


August 31 2017
Music
im invisible (solo)


August 25 2017
Music
andy andre anette cory (jam/rehearsal)


August 23 2017
Music
kiss goodbye (solo)
broken horse (solo)


August 18 2017
Music
andy sarai (jam/rehearsal)


August 17 2017
Music
ninjam jordi MrRT mutant (jam/rehearsal)


August 15 2017
Music
andy (jam/rehearsal)


August 10 2017
Music
andy sarai (jam/rehearsal)


August 08 2017
Music
ninjam with xz alfred flip bob retard divil viostrat (jam/rehearsal)


August 07 2017
Music
this is windows update (solo)


August 06 2017
Music
cory andre anette (jam/rehearsal)


August 04 2017
Music
another day another template (solo)


August 02 2017
Music
andy (jam/rehearsal)


July 30 2017
Music
cory anette (jam/rehearsal)


July 21 2017
Music
you think im crazy (solo)
river of sorrow (solo)
no news (solo)


July 20, 2017
super8 improv rehearsal (flashing lights warning, oops)



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July 18 2017
Music
super8 practice (live solo improv)
no business (solo)


July 17 2017
Music
kickykickkick (solo)


July 15 2017
Music
cory andre anette (jam/rehearsal)


July 13, 2017
the lowest end

To follow up on my last article about Linux on the ASUS T100TA, I recently acquired (for about $150) an ASUS C201 Chromebook, with a quad-core (1.8ghz?) ARM processor, 4GB RAM, and a tiny 16GB SSD. This is the first time I've used a Chromebook, and ChromeOS feels not-so-bad. I wish we could target it directly!

...but we can't! At least, not without going through Javascript/WebAssembly/whatever. Having said that, one can put it in developer mode (which isn't difficult but also is sort of a pain in the ass, especially when it prompts you whenever it boots to switch out of developer mode, which if you do will wipe out all of your data, ugh). In developer mode, you can use Crouton to install Linux distributions in a chroot environment (ChromeOS uses a version of the Linux kernel, but then has its own special userland environment that is no fun).

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial) on my C201, and it is working fine for the most part! It's really too bad there's no easy way to install Ubuntu completely native, rather than having to run it alongside ChromeOS. ChromeOS has great support for the hardware (including sleeping), whereas when you're in the Ubuntu view, it doesn't seem you can sleep. So you have to remember to switch back to ChromeOS before closing the lid.

So I built REAPER on this thing, fun! And I still have a few GB of disk left, amazingly. Found a few bugs in EEL2/ARM when building with gcc5, fixed those (I'm now aware of __attribute__((naked)), and __clear_cache()).

Some interesting performance comparisons, compiling REAPER:

  • C201 (gcc 5.4): 9m 7s
  • T100TA (gcc 6.3): 8m 45s
  • Raspberry Pi 3 w/ slow MicroSD (gcc 4.7): 28m
REAPER v5.50rc6 (48khz, 256 spls, stock settings), "BradSucks_MakingMeNervous.rpp" from old REAPER installers -- OGG Vorbis audio at low samplerates, a few FX here and there, not a whole lot else:
  • C201: 28% CPU, 13% RT CPU, 15% FX CPU, longest block: 1.5ms
  • T100TA: 22% CPU, 9% RT CPU, 10% FX CPU, longest block 0.9ms
(The T100TA's ALSA drivers are rough, can't do samplerates other than 48khz, can't do full duplex...)

Overall both of these cheapo laptops are really quite nice, reasonably usable for things, nice screens, outstanding battery life. If only the C201 could run Linux directly without the ugly ChromeOS developer-mode kludge (and if it had a 64GB SSD instead of 16GB...). Also, I do miss the T100TA's charge-from-microUSB (the C201 has a small 12V power supply, but charging via USB is better even if it is slow).

I'll probably use the T100TA more than the C201 -- not because it's slightly faster, but because I feel like I own it, whereas on the C201 I feel like I'm a guest of Google's (as a side note, apparently you can install a fully native Debian, but I haven't gotten there yet.. The fact that you have to use the kernel blob from ChromeOS makes me hesitate more, but one of these days I might give it a shot).

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July 12 2017
Music
andy sarai (jam/rehearsal)


July 09 2017
Music
cory andre anette andy (jam/rehearsal)


July 05 2017
Music
andy sarai (jam/rehearsal)


Jul 03 2017
oil (wip)



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Jul 02 2017
oil



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