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May 19, 2004
plausable deniability rules

I've been saying this for a long time, well over a year now.


freeform jam with shawn


May 13, 2004
freeform jam with brenchr

May 10, 2004
later I found what I needed

Heading to E3 tomorrow for a night.. should be lame as usual.
Not really lame, just doesnt interest me that much.
So been spending all my time on this: www.jesusonic.com
It's getting to be very rad and usable. Now if I could just find
a cheap 24 bit USB audio adapter, ideally USB-powered...

All the working in linux has been fun. Making your own tiny bootable
system is groovy. Had to debug the kernel initialization process
for that (now obsolete) Gateway Connected Touch Pad to get it to
boot properly into text mode. Whee I should release the kernel patch,
ha ha. I'm actually pretty impressed with the performance of the 400mhz
Crusoe processor. Not bad for the floating point code that we're running.
The sound on that thing is terrible though, and I couldn't get the ALSA
drivers for it to work, so I'm using a Creative MP3+ USB device for it,
which actually works pretty good (though it's sadly only 16 bit).

Anyway, it's all exciting for me, and addicting. mmm.


May 8, 2004
hot damn

So I'm finding that my Fujitsu laptop is like a hard drive oven.
It looks as if my new disk in it may have failed-- it's only been
in there for a year or so (edit: since last august), and the last one failed.. 
In all fairness this one is a Hitachi (*cough*IBM*cough*) Travelstar, so 
where the fault lies, I don't know. I'm trying to recover my ntfs partition,
and it's being a real pain. Might just do a fresh install, but if
the drive is what's failing, I should wait til I get a new one.
But if the laptop is killing the drives, maybe it's time for a new
laptop.. :/ spent all day dealing with this shit, makes me hate 
computers. oh well, anyway, I'm not losing any data thankfully 
(hooray for backing up non-replaceable data. oops I forgot to back
up WINNT\, oh well (it's a pain to backup anyway) ). 
Having said that, if it wasn't for the heat, I would completely love
this laptop. But it gets soo hot. bleh who needs laptops anyway, they
just break all the time.


May 4, 2004
on bad shows

Saw DJ Shadow / Quannum World 2004 on Saturday. It was actually
slightly annoying. When Shadow was playing his stuff it was great,
when it was some other (more hiphop stuff) it was good, but there
was WAY WAY too much of the "how are you doing bay area...that's 
not a big enough cheer, please try again" and shit. Sure, it's cool
to have bands do that once in a while, but every 5 fucking minutes?
will end my rant here, because it would just be more of the same.

For a long time I've been contemplating (and discussing with friends)
moving all of my software development over to open platforms. It's 
something I really want to do, but unfortunately I haven't yet been
able to bring myself to it. Partly because I know win32 so well, and
partly because a lot of the apps I'm used to using aren't available on
other platforms. And the other part is that the userbases are so much
smaller, and while I don't really care about the commercial implications
of that, it does mean I can't take shit over to friends' houses and try
it out (though maybe Knoppix is a good way to mitigate around that). But 
I feel like I'm getting closer and closer to ready.  It just seems like 
the right thing to be doing, especially given the way win32 is headed.

That being said, if Microsoft wasn't trying to forge ahead and I could just
use win2k and the win2k-era APIs, and have good hardware support for it, 
I'd probably be more inclined not to switch. 

something I made real quick, the real interesting part is how bad the guitar sounds.

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May 3, 2004

April 27, 2004
might have been the 28th

Spent the day using Knoppix and freebsd for programming. Kinda 
enjoying it. Don't think I'll always want to use it, but I'm
at least appreciating how decent it's become. and /dev/dsp is
actually pretty usable now! :) the only thing that really bugs
me is that whenever I do something wrong the beeps are a little
loud. aumix cant seem to fix that. listening to mp3s via mpg123
is kinda amusing too (I'm using knoppix lang=us 2 so I'm not in
X11, I'm in consoleland yay fun. ) Ah yes, programming, I remember


freeform jam with brenchr


April 25, 2004
meter maids blow

So a couple weeks ago I was sitting in the car parked at a metered spot,
talking on my mobile phone. The meter had just run out, and a meter maid
was like 2 cars behind me, so I figured I better move. I did, before the 
meter maid was within a car length of my car. I guess it was too late. I
got the ticket in the mail earlier this week. Rather than fight it, I 
just paid the motherfucker. Fine, whatever. Not worth dealing with. 

So my question is, why can't the fucking DPT get here already? Someone 
blocked my driveway, I called them nearly 90 minutes ago, and nobody is
here yet. I called them back 30 minutes ago, and they said "we'll be 
there when we can". I mean, come on. This guy will probably drive off
in another 30 minutes, before the parking guy gets here, and get away
with it. And I'll have to have sat here for 2 hours, waiting. Tired.
Wanting to go home to go to sleep, in a warm bed. hmph. 

Yesterday I finally finished (after many months) Quicksilver by Neal 
Stephenson. It required a lot of investment to read the 900+ pages, 
but man, was it worth it. I'm now itching to go buy the second book
in the series. The stories were pretty good, but also, I feel like 
everything I'd forgotten or ignored learning in my 10th grade western 
civ class (managing to get a B minus I think), well not everything 
but some, is now back. In style. Leave it to Stephenson to make that
stuff interesting (well in all truth I find history more interesting
now than when I was in highschool, in general). I will be starting
"The Confusion" soon, and if my reading habits of the previous book
continue, I probably won't finish it for another 6 months. I seem
to mostly read when traveling...


April 24, 2004

April 23, 2004

April 22, 2004

Woot, Brennan Christophe and I made Made Of Meat.
I likey. Made a new little homepage, too. nifty.


April 21, 2004
wasnt quite ready yet


OK so I won't just make that my .plan update. I was very tempted to do the
ol' ESC :wq ENTER. Hell, nobody probably reads this anymore anyway, since
all I do is "blabla here's the shitty mp3 I made today"[0] (I could go off on
a huge tangent of how I'm feeling about that shit now, but I won't. Well maybe
 I'll do it as a footnote[1]). Soon, that will change. Just waiting til I 
move, really. And get a few other nibbles and pieces sorted out. 

We went and had a really good lunch at Citizen Cake today[2]. Amazingly good,
really. mmm. 

0: I just checked webdog and it seems .plan are going out of style.. what with
the rise of the "blog". fair enough. hell, even I'm a sucka and have a little
webpage that lets you view this text. oh well, maybe I'll move to a full-on
blog. some day. 
1: I'm finding challenge in making things that sound good all flow and sound
right all the time. I keep making 3 minute tracks that have about 5 seconds 
where I'm like "damn, that's nailed" and I wish that the rest of the track
sounded as good. Ah the challenge of details. The integration is a challenge.
It really makes programming seem simple in comparison--at least if you design
code right, you can have all these simple independent systems abstracted and
functioning together... can't quite get to that point with music, at least 
yet. This is compounded by the fact that I can only do one thing at once,
this might (or might not) be easier with more people.
2: Allison and I have discussed logging where what and how we eat all the 
time. I'm tempted to, considering we do eat out quite a bit, and seem to
find so many good restaurants, it would be as useful to us as anybody else,
since we constantly ask the question "where should we eat?". 


freeform jam with brennanchristopheircppl


April 20, 2004

April 17, 2004
freeform jam with bidermanjam

April 16, 2004
music moving

Woot, Al and I get to move soon! yay!
Here's something I made today, based on something I did last summer.
Kinda chaotic, needs quite a bit of tweaking and cleaning up, to say the least...




April 14, 2004

April 13, 2004
the original lyrics will be back

I decided the lyrics to that last song I posted here were a little too harsh,
so I adapted some that I had written a while back and made this:

lone parasite (the vocals I will rerecord soon, cause the mic I have at home sucks)

to anyone who thought the previous lyrics were too harsh, it was more 
commentary than how I actually feel. email me if you want more details.




April 12, 2004
waste's second life

Wow, I could swear I've written something like this before.
Wonder what will happen with that...

A work in progress of a song.
Has a ways to go, yes. But interesting (to me).


freeform jam with BRENNANjesusballs

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April 8, 2004
freeform jam with brennanddt

April 7, 2004

April 5, 2004

hahahaha, rad.

I had bacon every day of my trip back east. mmmm.
about 2/3 through 'Quicksilver'.. It's good. Kinda overwhelming.
Makes me think about how I never realized how miserable people 
must have been in the 17th century...




April 4, 2004

March 30, 2004
screw sweatshops

About to head back east for the rest of the week for wedding fun.
An interesting note: Grado Labs rules. I sent them by broken SR-225s,
and they sent them back fixed. They did however write a little note
that said "SR-225s repaired- $40". I guess they want me to pay them
$40, which is fine, so I sent them a check today. That being said, I
could have just as easily not sent them a check, and probably could've
gotten away with it. Any big company would've demanded payment before
returning me my headphones. But not Grado. They rule. Cheers to small
family run businesses. <3. 


March 29, 2004

March 28, 2004
freeform jam with kevin

March 27, 2004
freeform jam with bidermanmargaritas

March 25, 2004
freeform jam with brennan

March 21, 2004
freeform jam with danamaxbrennan

March 15, 2004
freeform jam with terriblewithbiderman

March 12, 2004
futile calendar

I'm trying to use this little (paper) Calendar I got. Funny thing is,
I can't actually put anything in it. Just questions. I just wrote,
for may 1, "DJ Shadow?" The answer to that question has to be yes,
doesn't it?


March 11, 2004
freeform jam with brennanbidermancutoff

March 10, 2004
freeform jam with brenron

March 8, 2004

March 5, 2004
the band begins

So Brennan, Christophe and I played, as "Consume, Vagina Boy!!!". It 
was good, though we sucked and had technical problems but overall I'm 
quite happy we did it. Big thanks to Analogue for the chance haha.
Here's a NSV video of it (needing Winamp 5.01+ or something like that):
(the second song has a lot less fuckups but isn't quite as catchy)


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