Archive for April 2005

tiger: day one

TIGER IS FREAKIN’ AWESOME!

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tiger

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Tactus Multimedia Studio introduces the iWoodKiosk

Tactus Multimedia Studio introduces the iWoodKiosk: “
iWoodKiosk

Hungarian kiosk developer, Tactus Multimedia Studio, has unveiled a new product in this week — the iWoodKiosk. This unique stand and enclosure for the Apple iMac G5 gives the desktop Mac a stylish ‘back to the nature’ modern sculpture esthetic.”

(Via MacMerc.)

beautiful!

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microsoft does VI


My man Terry in Austin sends me this… a scene we’d not love to see… ever.

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Drums of Death review


I love this cover artwork. I love the homage to the “Heavy Metal” logotype..
kind of a heads up for what’s on this album, haha — heavy metal!! rawww!!

    * track 1 – Opening sound is jack dangers bleepy.. 😀
    * track 2 – chuck workin’ it out! big ass drums, yessss, begin ears bleeding….. now.
    * track 3 – quantum cyborg drum machine making my ears bleed
    * track 4 – guitar DJ tool element… Vernon Reid’s crying guitar making my ears bleed
    * track 5 – metatron … (haha) sneaking around, scheming a plan to get more energon cubes!! and making my ears bleed in the process
    * track 6 – assisted suicide … Dälek making someone else’s ears bleed, yeah, you, sucka MC!
    * track 7 – Kultur Krieg – MORE earbleeeeeding!!! Rawwwwww!
    * track 8 – Sounds from planet X… some time to let the ears scab over, sort of.
    * track 9 – B-side wins again, of course. :)
    * track 10 – Incipit Zarathrusta drums of ear bleeding! woooo, defender flashback.
    * track 11 – a darker shade of bleak… a smooth break, well placed.. sort of.
    * track 12 – art of war or art of my ears burning?
    * track 13 – terra nullius – owowowow my ears!!
    * track 14 – public enemy #1 – vintage chuck lyrics flowin over what I’m gathering is the theme here… an ear bleedin’ groove.. ooh, nice wide open beat samples
    * track 15 – obscure disorder – another break from the bleeding, well placed… ahh bleep bleep bleep bleepy
    * track 16 – particle storm.. yep
    * track 17 – the darkness, a bonus track, yessss Gotta love unlimited distribution methods
    * track 18 – requiem aeternam, another bonus track, nice guitar chop. ah, this is a fantastic way to finish up

This album kicks ass. I’m not disappointed one bit. This album does exactly what I thought it would from the moment I read about it… make my ears bleed. :) Well done to all!
hey, here’s another review on blog critics from an hour ago or so.

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Drums of Death – DJ Spooky & Dave Lombardo

Drums of Death – DJ Spooky & Dave Lombardo: “

Drums of Death
DJ Spooky & Dave Lombardo

Release Date:
April 26, 2005
Total Songs:
18

Genre:
Rock

Price:
$11.99

Copyright
2005 Thirsty Ear Recordings

(Via electronic – iTunes 100 Just Added Albums.)

YESSSS!!!!!!!!

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weebl and bob joust

weebl and bob.. I needed that.

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automatically type PHP var_dump junk for debugging using applescript

ok, more grep fun, this time using an applescript that I did not originate. Man-o-man, I sure do type this a lot:

echo '<pre>'.var_dump($my_variable_here). '</pre>';

so, using the power of grep and now with someone’s great example apple script (sorry, i don’t know who you are), you can do this:


tell application "BBEdit"
activate
replace "^(.*)$" using "echo '<pre>'.var_dump(\1). '</pre>';" searching in selection of text window 1 options {search mode:grep, starting at top:false, wrap around:false, backwards:false, case sensitive:false, match words:false, extend selection:false}
set current glossary set to "HTML Glossary.html"
end tell

Now all I have to do is copy the variable to a new line, highlight it, and run the apple script. This is what you get:

$my_variable_here

turns into

echo '<pre>'.var_dump($my_variable_here). '</pre>';

Now I don’t have to manually type this over and over. Yay!

Update: I think I did originate that applescript after all. I think i just recorded it by starting recording and doing a grep search in BBEdit. Haha. God, I love the Mac and BBEdit.

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final scratch 1.5.3 and mac os x 10.3.9

Tragic. I wish I’d saved my money and waited for 2.0. Every other time I’ve launched FinalScratch, it’s broken because of an OS upgrade. I’m going to tiger in t-minus-4 days… I supposed I can expect this to be broken, and now that final scratch amp 2.0 is out, it wouldn’t shock me one bit to see the 1.0 scratch amp just die permanently because native instruments just isn’t interested in me and my old hardware. They apparently had an upgrade program, but didn’t really try hard to reach me about it. Boo. :(

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BBEdit multifile search criteria to not search through backups

I love the multi-file search in bbedit. It’s extremely useful. The only problem is that it wants to search through every single file for a pattern match if you don’t tell it otherwise. Here’s a way to have it only search through your current files and not your backups.

set two criteria for the search:

1. File Ends with: “.php” (or whatever)

2. File does not match grep pattern:

 ^.*\([0123456789]+-[0123456789]+-[0123456789]+[]\)?-?[0123456789]+

Anything at the front of the file name, (^.*),
then a backslashed open parens ,( \( ),
then any number or numbers, ([0-9]+),
a literal dash, ( – ),
another number or numbers ( [0-9]+ ),
a literal dash, ( – ),
a backslashed close parens, ( \) ),
maybe another dash, or not, ( ?- ),
maybe another number or numbers, ( [0-9]+ )

Let me know if that helped, or if I messed up the syntax. I used txt2regex to get me started here… that’s a super useful tool. Thanks Tony N.!

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microsoft is a biter

WindOSX Longhorn: the great wait.

The bulk of Gates’ speech covered Longhorn’s visual and organizational features — which Apple CEO Steve Jobs described last week as “shamelessly” copying his company’s Mac OS X operating system.

“They can’t even copy fast,” Jobs said at his company’s shareholder meeting.

Indeed, many of the features that Gates demonstrated Monday have been a part of the Mac OS since it was released in March 2001.

And some of Longhorn’s organizational tools, such as faster searching and virtual folders that populate with documents based on the information they contain, are expected to be part of the version of Mac OS X that goes on sale Friday.

“Microsoft will have a year and a half to add some bells and whistles to allow it to claim some differentiation,” said Dwight Davis, an analyst at the research firm Summit Strategies.

That’s like drawing a smiley face on a pile of shit and telling us it’s the Mona Lisa.

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battlestyle turntable coffin

Now, I’m not really a big dj’ing guy anymore, but every time I do get some time on the decks, I always walk away feeling good. I wish I had more time to play music on turntables, but two things are for sure: One, if my gear is covered in sawdust, that’s going to make me sad, and two, I’m not going to want to have to clean it up for an hour of playing beats. The best solution is to create an enclosure for my junk so that when i want to play, the gear’s ready to rock, clean, dry, and all plugged in.

Enter the turntable coffin.

Turntable coffins are like a giant box that encloses everything. The biggest problem was that last time I looked, battle-style coffins are hard to come by… AND, they’re expensive. This was a perfect project to bust out the big clamps and get some more of that practice, practice, practice. I had all the stuff already… my estimate is around $50 in materials. Hey, here’s the obligatory timelapse movie of me cutting the lid, attaching the top, hinges, and testing it out.

couple more images here: one, two

After the timelapse movie, I added the fold-up laptop stand and the hold down toggles. I built the case big enough so that nothing touches when it’s all folded up and closed down. I’m really stoked on this. :) So, now I need to figure out, to line with carpet or not. Hmmm.. maybe paint? I dunno.

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Guero

Wow wowowowow, Beck’s new album Guero is so good. I’m really impressed. It’s no wonder why I’m going to love this album right out of the gate, though: Odelay and Midnight Vultures, and Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique… these guys know beats and production.

Between song and product placements on The O.C. and American Eagle amongst what I’m sure is a mastermind level of marketing blitzkrieg, this album is really really freakin’ good. If you’ve been following Beck’s work, you’ll notice a strong sense of continuity… a weirdo mix of 70’s funk, podunk harmonica and guitar, street beats and turntablism… now adding to the continuum are well placed glitch and low rez famicon synthesis.

Also, please forgive me hardcore Beck fans, I totally skipped Sea Change. So with that perspective, or missing perspective, Guero is in my opinion, Beck’s strongest show of vocal range and control. Missing, Earthquake Weather, and Scarecrow really show Beck’s maturity and fine tuning of his musical tastes. This is an awesome work of art.

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Alan Kay

“Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do… The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn’t violate too many of Newton’s Laws!”

Alan Kay in 1971

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Atariboy’s Sidetrack mod

woweeee, this is a good idea. Atariboy, of plasq fame, came up with a great idea for us sidetrack users.

I used silver adhesive vinyl used on cars for those decals you see on back windscreens for example of hotted up cars saying ‘TOS’ or ‘No Fat Chicks’.. uh anyway.. It looks great and helps find the zones.

I had zones marked out for the top corners for back and forward in web browsers and the scroll zone. I tried setting the bottom area for other actions but they where always getting in the way.

I’m thinking even a strip of tape just wide enough to feel the delineation would be adequate. Guaranteed, his mod will end up being the nicer looking one :)

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