Archive for February 2004

Radiohead

Thank you, deeje… that helps me understand radiohead better. Radiohead sounds like Emo-Glitch to me. I guess it’s a fine line for glitch. Jono and I have had conversations about glitch. I tend to agree with him about a general aversion to a heavily glitchy sound. I like structure. I like beats. I like some glitch, but in a controlled fashion. Now, Emo, jono says emo is one style of music, but I think it’s a lot more like “jungle” music. A general style but unspecific to any particular genre. He played an emo-electo track for me, and I thought, ah, Emo / electro. I know electro, and there’s this guy singer over it in this style I come to recognize as “Emo”. Right, when you play punk music and sing like that, it’s “Emo-punk”. So, I’m sticking to my guns on “Emo”. It’s a overarching genre. It’s a hyphen-able characteristic. Radiohead, that track anyways, “gloaming” is definitely Emo-Glitch.

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Check out my singing brother!

matchstick rockets

Matchstick rockets are made by combining a paper match, a straight-pin, a paperclip and a little tinfoil, transforming these ordinary household items into a streaking, flaming jet of hot gases and eye-blinding fun!

Link

(Thanks, Bas!)


[Boing Boing Blog]

oh the dangerous fun you can have.. wheee…

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dot matrix… symphony?

omfg, dude, come on… for those of you who aren’t old enough to remember… now you can sign along to the classics…



Symphony #2 for Dot Matrix Printers
The User

Release Date:
January 01, 2002
Total Songs:
12

Genre:
Electronic

Price:
$9.99

Copyright
2002 Asphodel Ltd.

[electronic – iTunes 100 Just Added Albums]

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More amplifying for america the land of the free

] “An amendment to the Constitution is never to be
] undertaken lightly,” Mr. Bush said. “The amendment
] process has addressed many serious matters of national
] concern, and the preservation of marriage rises to this
] level of national importance.”

I’ve been at a loss for what to say about this gay marriage issue. I don’t feel its an issue that effects me. Is that selfish? I’m starting to think so. It definitely is if we are now talking about making amendments to The Constitution.

San Francisco, before and after allowing same-sex marriages, seems the same to me. There have been no riots. There has been no break down of order. No screaming in the streets. No masses of heathens roaming the streets raping small children. No breakdown of family values. No burning churches. Nothing that the fundamentalist right would have you believe is right around the corner following such a drastic change in policy.

I can tell you what I have seen. I live about 5 blocks away from City Hall, so I’ve had a pretty good view. I’ve seen nothing. Just a rise in activity in and out of the building, and slightly more news vans present then usual. Have I seen happy gay couples? Sure, I see those every single day. I’m also about 8 or 10 blocks away from the Castro. I’ve seen a few “we all deserve the right to marry” banners on cars, but parking has not been any harder to find. In general, its business as usual in San Francisco. If I wasn’t paying attention to the news, I might not even know anything was going on or think strangely of it. No one around me seems to.

The rest of the country however, seems up in arms. Its almost hard for me to believe that there is serious talk about making an amendment to the Constitution over this. I’m not sure where to even begin trying to analyze or comment on such a bone headed maneuver.

I’m one of those people who was raised in an environment where “faggot” was general purpose playground insult. As years wore on, I was exposed to real gay people, had friends come out of the closet, etc. I came to detest the type of discrimination that gays endure. I have my own form of “white guilt” over the issue. In that respect, I am America. In the same way that America hated blacks, or women, or any other group that we have oppressed in our history. America changes its mind given evidence of wrong doing. America rises to right wrongs. America is about equality.

I think my views are pretty common. I’m “average” in many respects. I’m moderate in my politics. In general, whatever situation I’m in, I try to find “the opposition” and play it, if only for the thought exercise. That leads people to believe I’m a “radical”, but any given group has a very different opinion about what I’m so “radical” about. Here though, I have a really strong opinion. I believe in freedom. I believe in liberty. I believe that people should be able to live the way they want to live, and to pursue happiness. In whatever form they desire. If there is not a place for it, then you create one.

San Francisco. Since the civil rights movement, gay rights have been an issue. The quietest of issues. The blacks have gotten their rights. Women have gotten their rights. Latinos have gotten their rights. Asians have gotten their rights. And many other groups I leave out… These battles are ongoing, but there is government sanction of the win. There is suffrage and protection. America is a safe haven, the battle rages on within society, peacefully. Now, its the gays turn to receive their sanction.

This is a battle about people. People and numbers. Bush is right, in that marriage is one of the must fundamental values of our society. We must build families, reproduce, and give them our values. That is how we grow, not just as a nation but as people of this earth. Sexuality is not something as simple as what we are born with. People make decisions. They make them in the face of things so complex that only hindsight is capable of producing the reasons. In a world where population is exploding and resources are contracting, does this seem so strange? Really..

What is society’s product today? Is it more meat? Or is it ideas. What are we evolving to do? Dare we, as the most free nation on earth, deny our people the ability to explore other options? Dare we be so arrogant to declare that our idea of the family is the only idea? Dare we decree we fully understand the rights and wrongs of our animal natures? Dare we… In the land of the free.

The replacement for the Twin Towers, is one tower soaring to the sky, and one hole in the ground.. Must we look for deeper logic? Who must we see as the oppressed? The gays? Islam? Oh yes, Islam. I see why the religious are fearing.. Are you waiting for your beliefs to become in question? Perhaps choices?

When I heard of Newsom’s decision, I was inspired. I remember clearly, the day after, walking down the street with a friend discussing the matter. Its amazing the number of connections that can occur, walking down just the right block, at just the right time. In this battle, this decade, this time, it may be that block I remember for context. It was uphill, that much I will say.

People, many people, not just those directly effected, fought hard and long for this. There were passionate arguments made. There were logical arguments made. There were political arguments made. But most of all, there were example shown. San Francisco has had a very open and proud gay community for a very long time. This community deserves its pride. Its shown the best way of making change that I can think of. Nothing was done driven by hate, and all reasons where shown by example. No systems were destroyed, only built and tore down. People just lived their lives, out in the open. They allowed themselves to be judged by all, and won.

This is all the beauty the process has for us to see. It does not matter if it touches you. Attacks on these people should been seen as attacks on ourselves. No amendment to the Constitution of the United States will be made in hate, or limit rights, while I am alive.


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No to Bush, No to Nader

John Shirley has some smart things to say about Nader:

The Nader Illusion is that both major parties are alike. He claims the Demos and the GOP are just the same, both beholden to special interests to such a degree that they’re essentially paralyzed, no point in choosing one over the other. This is mostly hogwash. Yes they’re beholden to special interests, but there are limits on that factor, and in fact there is a very distinct policy difference between the two parties. It *matters* which one you choose. There’s not a chance that Gore would have supported –or that Kerry will support –a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. Bush will try to push one through and with a Republican congress he may well succeed. Gore or Kerry–never happen. And this is a watershed issue, like so many that distinguish GOP and Dems. Such an amendment erodes the distinction between church and state, sets a bad precedent, and of course puts a Constitutional imprimatur on discrimination against a class of people, gays.

Bush has been a one-man environmental disaster, weakening the clean air and water acts, allowing mercury and arsenic pollution to go on. Gore would NOT have done this. The air will be dirtier because Bush was elected.

Gore would have encouraged an increase in the minimum wage; Bush is against it. People will be paid less because Bush was elected.

Too many special interests? Yes and that needs to be changed. But it matters which party you choose. Nader’s preaching a fantasy.

Link [Boing Boing Blog]

amplifying..

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craftster.org

in my fog of illness, webzen sends me a link to Craftster.org who earn immediate cred in my mind for having this shirt available:

Craftster.org
Rock is out
Paper and scissors are in.

awesome. :)

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Second Life

big apologies to Jono’s Stephanie who works for what surely must be a competing product, but they got a Mac version out the door. Second life is interesting. It’s the fun part of unreal tournament of running around a 3d environment, without the annoying getting killed every 3 minutes… It’s an immersive expansive 3d space where you can build things in 3d and sell them if you want. It’s interesting.
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I was fortunate enough to meet a couple of really cool people. The first person was nice enough to explain a few things to me about the environment, and the second I met through the first… is letting me borrow some land. My strange mix of experience with 3d programs and woodworking is making my creative streak really get going. “hmmm, what if I had land, unlimited building materials, and could just fly around like superman?” Very therapeutic when you think about how cost prohibitive it would be to do these things in real life… especially that flying around like superman part… but only slightly more expensive than buying real land in the bay area :( … anyway, this is really cool. I’m gonna poke around and let the 10 dollar fee go through. I like this. It’s what I want my 3d building skills to allow me to do.. show it off to people on the net. It’s a really limited audience, but that never stopped me before.

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Same Sex marriage

I’m sorry, exactly how does allowing people to marry who they want to marry affect me and my wife? I married who I wanted to. Why should anyone be forbidden to choose their life partner?

If I knew a same sex couple who got married, I’d be happy for them because it would be a step towards cultural maturity. Stepping forward and speaking out against it, then constitutionally banning this is like sticking a big sticker on your forehead that says “I’m ignorant. I hate people. God only loves me and NOT you if you’re not like me.” It’s elitist, discriminatory, and despicable.

But, I’ve come to expect no less from george w. bush, the worst step backwards in the american way. Vote in november, vote him out of office.

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100 million songs…

I’m only one man, I can only drink so much diet pepsi, but apparently, some people like to increase their odds of winning that free song.

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better machines won’t save you from yourself…

Of course, if you try to do something incorrectly, like any sufficiently complex system, you will bring it to it’s knees. Heh. I edited my crontab file and mistakenly *\7’d something I wasn’t supposed to… we came home today to find the stove blinking “PF” which means we had a power failure. So, my server was supposed to reboot itself, but didn’t… once i turned it back on, my error in the crontab file lead to a bootstrap error… so.. here’s where mac os x kicks the snot out of the other 90%… it just dropped me into a shell. I was able to start mysql and apache without the GUI. :) then, I was able to re-edit the crontab file, remove my mistake, reboot, and voila.. we are back to normal. So… don’t get me wrong, I’m not a normal user. I like to push the edge a little. :)

it all revolved around that python script this morning (and an uncannily timed brownout)… I wonder if I could do the same thing with php that I was trying to do with python.

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Is your PC a spam zombie???

Yes, probably.

cnn.com
David Lawrence, 43, owns such a computer, which turned into a “spam zombie” when a virus infected it in October. Five or six spammers were using his cable modem to remotely send pitches for products like Viagra and boosters for cell phone signals.

“Spammers and the people who write these viruses … is their life so void that they feel they have to mess up other people?” said Lawrence. “To me, it’s criminal.”

It’s not void, it’s making cash money on delivering email. Any way possible. Probably using your swiss-cheese-for-armor windows machines. When they’re not using your windows machines as a horde of emailing drones, they can also use your machines as the army for distributed denial of service attacks.

Distributed denial of service… DDoS. That means they infect as many machines as possible, then bring them all online to flood a target’s internet connection with garbage information packets. It’s like someone getting you to pick up your non-recyclable trash.. the nasty stuff… and drop it off at the front door of your neighbor, blocking them from getting out of their own house. Oh, and look, here comes everyone else on your block dropping off their nasty trash at the front door, too. Oh, and here come the people from every block within a 5 mile radius, doing the same thing. And some from neighboring counties, states, and countries. Now your neighbor’s house is completely blocked off from sunlight. That’s what a distributed denial of service attack is like. Do you really want to participate in that? Sure, you don’t mean to be participating, but… why would you want to even be at risk of this?

Problem: Windows platform security flaw every week.
Solution: Get a Mac.

Seriously, we all scratch our heads over here when we hear about how many problems you go through. If you’re not actively spending your work time, (or worse, precious free time) on making sure you’re not part of the problem when you run windows, you are probably part of the problem.

You’re well intelligent enough to learn how to use a mac. It’s easy. Easier than a windows machine, and you get to spend your free time doing fun things, not patching windows all the time.

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Python

I hacked my first python script today. A screen scraper that spits out an rss feed. There’s a website that gives away free audio loops that were intended for Acid for windows, but will totally work fine in GarageBand… they give away an 8 pack a week, and I’d like to be made aware of when they release new ones without having to remember to go to their site and remember what the last one was. :) Now I can just let NetNewsWire remember for me, and highlight in green when the copy changes. Wooooo…

yeah, so.. python.. ugh. I mean, Ughly. php nice.. python unreadable (almost)…

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iloveegg

all I can say is, wtf?

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