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October 4, 2005
bleh

Feeling oh-so-assy.

Here's the halfway done Tunnel Vision app. Need to do the background image modes and an installer and I'll be pretty happy overall.

Got the piano fully tuned, though it's pretty off (I guess tuning strings flattens the others, when it was used to being so far out of tune), so I'll probably go tweak it again soon. Biderman and I managed to record some stuff with it, but I fucked up and haven't put it online yet. It sounds approximately halfway decent, which I'm happy about.

On friday I also cleaned a couple years of gunk from the fretboard of my guitar and bass. Yuck. I guess playing in a dirty garage has its downsides. Anyway...

Once I finish the tunnel vision app, going to make my Jesusonic/MT (multitrack)... a Jesusonic that's good for doing live performance, setting up loops etc. For making crap like this or this.

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October 3, 2005
Music
freeform jam with biderman and pianoalmosttuned


October 2, 2005
logo, music, etc

Saw Dungen last night, for their second SF show. Totally ruled. Wish I had a bootleg.

Also got the piano almost tuned. Tomorrow I'll spend another hour or so and it'll be in rough tune (then if I'm feeling it I'll go tweak it into even less bad tune). Yay. Sounds like a piano now.

I ended up using that last Cockos logo for the web site. Yay. I prefer it white on black, too.

And finally, decided to go ahead and finish the old TunView proof of concept I made over a year ago into a more complete application. Woot. Should be a day's work, and it's kinda useful (paranoia, mmm).



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October 1, 2005
Music
freeform jam with danjosh


September 30, 2005
another logo attempt

Here is my fourth try at making that Cockos logo work. I like how it scales down for 32x32 icons too, kinda maze-like. Maybe I'll try doing a rainbow colored one, too.

Piano tuning toolkit arrived, I'll get my tune on shortly. woot.

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September 29, 2005
rhodes, logo

Picked up a Rhodes Stage MK I off of craigslist, built in 1978, the same year I was born. Sounds sexy.

Experimented for a few minutes with making a Cockos logo, here are three versions of the same basic concept: revision 1, revision 2, revision 3. I think I like the last one best. Before you complain that it's too annoying looking, understand that it is supposed to be. There's a faint bit of humor in there somewhere...

Oh, and here's a very good NINJAM autosong (the first 5 minutes anyway). Random people rule!

Now L1quid is coming into town to commence his 21st birthday drinkin'. Get ready to get tired of drinkin! I am (ready (to get tired of drinkin))!

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September 29, 2005
Music
freeform jam with brenchrdanjoshnewton


September 28, 2005
Music
freeform jam with brenchr
freeform jam with colebiderman


September 27, 2005
Music
freeform jam with brenchr


September 25, 2005
a song, more updates

OK so updated things more, went away from the ol' <pre> formatting, and more to normal html, but only in presentation, not so much in the actual writing of entries, anyway. Maybe it'll look right on my treo, now...

The real reason I wanted to update, however, is this acoustic song (featuring David Wiener), which was a couple of first takes (since there was no time to do more), and I totally dig. He's so talented (in my opinion anyway) that he can take some crap I recorded as a ditty and make it completely work as a song. Anyhoo.

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September 25, 2005
page updates

Did some nice little updates to the comments system to better show URLs and auto-link them. Also made a recent comments page that shows you comments sorted by date. And fixed a bunch of stuff (displaying bugs, security holes, begone). Perhaps I should publish this modified version of hlscript as hlscript++, or something.

/me drools and waits for the piano tuning kit to arrive. and my blisters to heal.

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September 24, 2005
piano workin

Spent a few hours carving/painting/attaching new black (sharp) keys for the piano today, woot. Also started tuning it. I ended up killing my fingers (blisters and whatnot) since I lacked proper tools, but it started to take shape. I didn't break any strings, even (though Biderman did, haha). So this evening I ordered a tuning kit, to aid in this venture. I know, I should just hire a professional, but A) I'm not sure if this piano is worth it and B) I'm going to wait until the piano is in a (more) climate controlled environment. Tuning wouldn't last long where it is now. But tuning it myself is proving to be very fun, and you get some really weird sounds at different times, when you have each of the strings for a note off the right amount, the harmonics are really fascinating. Anyhoo...

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September 24, 2005
Music
crapaloneacoustic


September 23, 2005
hit me, another update

woot, made this page look like the pictures pages etc. fun with php. that is all.

Oh yeah, I also posted the Mac versions of Winamp on my code page, since nobody else seems to distribute them. Not that anybody would really want to use it, but a few people might find it entertaining.

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September 22, 2005
planes and pianos

Been flying my F-27 more, so much fun. Tried increasing the throw even more 
today, but it was too much, and the servo/radio combination didnt have enough
precision for me to fly as smooth as I'd like-- which is a shame, cause the
snap rolls were fun.

When Francis was in town we got a Slo-V (made by Parkzone as well), too. We
didn't get to fly it while Francis was here, but I managed to yesterday, and
while it is in fact very slow, it's also very underpowered. At 65F 80' above
sea level, it doesn't seem to have enough power to get out of ground effect!
I don't think I ever got it over 15' up (ground effect is usually 2x the 
wingspan, right?). It does travel nice and slow, though. Anyway...
I picked up a free piano off of craigslist last night (thanks for the help, 
everybody).. Going to start fixing it up a little. And then once it's
somewhere that is more temperate I will have it tuned/etc. Starting to make new
tops for the sharp (black) keys, using some spare basswood lying around. 
If anybody has any good resources for piano parts, let me know. 

A terrible little jam I made with the new piano is here.


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September 20, 2005
Music
freeform jam with brenfrancistoqer


September 11, 2005
Music
steamingpileofpoo


September 7, 2005
busy day

Somehow I managed to get up at 7am today, drink some coffee, and do a bunch of
things.

A year ago I bought little foam R/C ready to fly parkflyer from parkzone, 
called the F-27. Today I finally got my shit together and went to fly it. 
And much to my relief, I still had it (it being R/C flying skills, heh). Was 
quite a bit of fun, and that plane is so light and has so much surface area
that it's really quite entertaining, you can get it moving and then burn off
so much speed nearly instantly. So after my first couple of flights (at a 
baseball field in Potrero), I cranked up the control throws and went to 
Golden Gate Park, in the wind, and flew it some more. Fun fun yum yum. When
parkzone's 3D flyer comes out, I'm so getting one.

We had a pretty good rehearsal/arranging session today, too.  A big difference 
from the nearly 4 hour drunken jam on sunday.  I have to say, I've found that 
after playing a lot in NINJAM, playing in person is so much easier. In many 
ways, NINJAM makes for good practice (like training at high altitude, etc).


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September 7, 2005
Music
freeform jam with brenchr


September 4, 2005
Music
freeform jam with brenausjoshkevinbiderman


September 1, 2005
crazy times

The stuff going on in New Orleans (and the rest of the gulf coast as well) is
just insane. All of the articles I read end up really fucking with my mind.

There's shoutcast streams up of police scanners in the area, so we had some
little NINJAMs to them. Which was a very strange experience, listening and 
adapting. Wishing I could do something to help. Here is one 22 minute segment.
Complete with Brennan ranting on shit.

Having said that, we all can do shit to help, at least somewhat.
If only we had some real leadership who could take control of this mess.

I hate how everybody is all like "let's not make this about politics now" but I
mean really, when is it ever a good time?

Sigh. An extra $200 billion would go a long way in the coming year, too bad we 
already blew it somewhere else.

Oh yeah, and Top Gear is on the discovery channel now. Such a great show.
Interesting, funny, well shot, and just plain awesome.  The guys who make it 
seem like they must have a fucking awesome time doing it.



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August 31, 2005
Music
freeform jam with brenchr


August 29, 2005
porting

Just spent a bit making NINJAM run with ALSA on Linux. Had most of the code
written, just had to write a little glue. Works great, yay! If anybody wants
to test, let me know. You'll need to be comfortable compiling things on linux,
and have libasound and libvorbis installed, among other things. Should be 
releasing this version on NINJAM.com later this week or maybe next.

The other thing I'm going to be doing (which is sort of porting) is making a
native win32 GUI for Jesusonic. It should actually be pretty easy, though a 
touch time consuming to do, but will be very awesome (and make Jesusonic very
usable for most people, vs. only people who love text mode). Oh, how I will 
love it in embedded DX plug-in form, too. If it works out well, I'll do a 
Cocoa UI for the Mac version as well, making it much more usable for Mac people
(the current Jesusonic Mac version is really quite pathetic, having to run
in terminal and all). The first step of doing all of this I did last night,
while slightly tipsy, which was seperating out the UI-specific code from the
backend effect code. Was pretty easy, too. yummy.


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August 27, 2005
the last 8 bit post

Well let's see, it has been some time since my last post. Let me enumerate
things:
  * Been improving autosong.ninjam.com, which now has elite things such as
    ratings and whatnot. Some decent music in there, and tons of it!
  * Brennan, Christophe and I began practicing again, for a show we plan
    to have near the end of October.
  * (Sorry, ladies,) Allison and I got married a month ago (yay!).
  * Wrote some crappy lyrics for some music I made a while back, here's Bob 
    singing it.
  * Bob also sang a great version of the other song ("Sentry"), available here.

AND MORE! Err...


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August 23, 2005
Music
freeform jam with brenchr
pundits badvox


August 22, 2005
Music
bladitty


August 18, 2005
Music
girlinportland


August 17, 2005
Music
freeform jam with kevin


August 14, 2005
Music
freeform jam with kevin


August 13, 2005
jack white is such a bitch

I mean really, if a beach ball bounces up on stage, what do you do? Stop playing, complain, 
complain about the promoter who had their logo on the ball, then make the 4000+ people who
paid you $40 each for a show wait 5 minutes as a penalty? Stupid bitch. I mean really. If it
fucked you up, that's understandable, just be cool about it (which in fairness you were later,
once a guy got on stage). 

It happened during that terrible doorbell song, which was a plus, but then when you came back
on stage after 5 minutes (5 minutes in which I nearly left), you started over playing that
painfully crappy song. Don't make me suffer twice, too.

For someone who talks so much shit about "all analog" and everything, you seem to be going
a little bit too complex and digital (I mean really, a drum trigger that plays a guitar sample?). 
And you've finally succumbed to the "guy singing on piano is cool" wagon, too, it seems. *sigh*
Not that there's anything wrong with it, it's just that all the talk gets old.  

The opening band was pretty decent, though...


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August 12, 2005
mmmsmp

So I finally got an Athlon64 X2, and whoa, I love it. I had to get a cheap
PCI-E video card, though, because the integrated video didn't like the dual
core chip AT ALL. Was sorta a pain in the ass, but it's all good now (though
I'm out another $60 for a crappy X300SE). Whenever I'm running lots of stuff
(including autosong which loooves to chomp CPU) and I see the combined CPU 
use go above 50%, it makes me giddy. And everything UI stays so reponsive.
The other big thing that I appreciate is when some buggy application with
a high priority thread chews 100% CPU, I can still kill it trivially. This
has already saved me a couple times today. On a sour note, it seems my little
ST20G5 is slightly noisier with the added load of the second core and the 
video card (which is passively cooled, though), but is still quite quiet.
I've just gotten very spoiled.

August 12, 2005
songwriting

I started writing some lyrics for some music I wrote a month or two ago ("sparseish") today. Once I have inspiration for a song, and the music done, I find it pretty enjoyable to write the lyrics themselves. Now if only I could sing. Oh well, I'll enlist other people to help. Or wait, tons of people, maybe even. Here are my two initial versions crappy and crappier. Here are the lyrics as a text file. If you want to sing on them, go for it, just send me a copy. :) Just note that you should take liberties with the timing, melody, and the lyrics themselves (I'm really interested in what other people will do).



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