Archive for July 2005

san jose grand prix 2005

Wow.  The first san jose grand prix was BAD ASS.  We had a fantastic vantage point from the Adobe buildings.  Here’s a movie of the opening of the race… and another movie from lower in the building.  If you’re a glutton for punishment, you check out all the media I recorded from the day.

Check it out, Rudy Rucker has a post about the grand prix as well.

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Campbell free outdoor movie

check it out, This is the free outdoor theatre set up in campbell, on the side of the coffee house building. Every week they play a new movie during the summer. This is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, next week is "Yellow Submarine", to which, I think we’re going to go. There must have been 200 people there!

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My so called music

I’ve got my first release on the kboysoundlabs netlabel - “My so called music”.. It’s a bunch of minimal and maybe maximal techno and breaks. I take on influence by the ephemeral sounds that usually go unnoticed or are thought of as “by products”. I like elements of glitch, but not as the primary mode of the audio transport. I prefer solid beats layered up with interesting sounds.

I’m 31 and I live in california. I’m wondering if there’s any real regionalism in music anymore, whereas I suspect you nice folks in Europe might get this better than my own peoples in the US. It seems like the only regions where my preferred types of music exist are on the net… ? US listeners who get it? leave a comment! I’ve been looking for you!

here’s a track listing, linked for your podcasting delight:

Leaky steamotron
gecko
lidflipper
Rubber floor (by transistor reflex)
rethinking it
refunk 2-4
running mix 2-1

here’s the archive.org page for derivatives … updated… I am now a netlabel at archive.org.

some sounds we like


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woot

there, that’s better

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I’m no shuttle engineer, but…

While watching Nasa TV this morning, I’m wondering, when we put telecommunications satellites into orbit, right next to the shuttle, why are we still hearing 4k, 8bit audio radio transmissions from the shuttle? I mean, the time they lose being unintelligible and simply dropping out must cost pretty close to what I’m guessing it would cost in additional gear for a servo guided laser transmitter, right? Trajectories are constant enough to compensate automatically, yes? Even to bounce off those nearby satellites. Also, the time lost to having mission control go back and forth trying to get the astronauts to find and read out some displays seems like would go a lot faster if they’d deploy some small pan/tilt/zoom cameras with a laser pointer coupled to let mission control be able to look and point directly at what they want to get readings on… the camera doesn’t have to be high res, if they can at least find it and point to it, that’d speed things up.

What is the cost-per-minute to be in space now? How many concurrent mission objectives are going on in a shuttle mission now? Why can’t they use the commodity hardware like pan/tilt/zoom webcams and laser pointers?

well, I’m completely clueless, surely… there’s gotta be some magical things that happen to servos and batteries in space that would prevent my ideas from working.

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applescript

Welp, I did my first useful thing with applescript today. I’m marking my calendar as a big day. It was "Connect to a remote server and specify a remote folder location", in addition to a script I located today to save email attachments from mail.app. Mail comes in with attachments, I have the script connect to the remote box, and save the files to a specific location. From there, I have other processes that tear the file apart, load it into a database, and do all kinds of other painfully band-aid-like-things that I probably wouldn’t need to do if we had any kind of common architecture, or… open systems. 😛

in case you’re curious:


mount volume "afp://my.server.com/Users" as user name "user" with password "pass"


And assume that everything’s case sensitive… 😛

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podcast 002 – bonus track

I now present… the “Some Sounds We Like episode 002″ Bonus Track! Here, Derek drops a 96 pound science bomb on your head when dealing with shuffle/swing using a tracker! Also, check out rohformat.de:)

Not to be missed! If you can see this, and it’s not podcasting to your machine, complain to your news reader/music software creator!

Some Sounds We Like 002 Bonus Track! Alternative derivatives can be found on the Archive.org page

Support the Akaka Bill (S. 147)

Dear Barbara Boxer,

I feel very strongly that the Native Hawaiians have an inherent human right to self-determination and self-governance. I just listened to Senator Daniel Akaka speak on NPR about the difficulty he is having being seen by the Majority Leader and getting this bill to the floor. Apparently, the Republicans are holding this bill up.

Hawaii is built up with hotels, pollution is increasing with heavy traffic, and sea life is suffering due to excessive commercial boating. Because of these types of destruction, the ecology is shifting. The pace of life is feeling more and more like California. And Native Hawaiians are forced to live amongst such destruction without holding any power.

If they are not granted sovereignty, I fear that they will soon have no place to go that they can call their own. True Hawaiian paradise will be lost. This is why it is so important that land is preserved and set aside for the Native Hawaiians. I’m hoping that the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 (S. 147) will be passed. Is there anything else we can do together to assure this?

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podcast 002

hey, here’s podcast #002 - my conversation with Dobox Recordings founder Derek Scott! We talked about:

  1. PSP Kick
  2. Derek’s take on the state of the music industry
  3. Dizzee Rascal
  4. The benefits and detractions of labelling your music with a genre
  5. Bhajis loops and Microbe
  6. analysis of why it’s hard to get a gig playing your alternative device live in public
  7. biographical questions for Derek: influences, influencers, tools
  8. Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Robert Moog
  9. Dafluke on Archipel netlabel
  10. Christian Bloch
  11. Paul and Chris Leath - El Otro Mundo
  12. Evelyn “Champagne” King, Loose ends, SOS band, The Gap Band
  13. Derek’s Tools: Orion Platinum, Audacity, Reason
  14. Selling music.. the new methods: Beatport and Native Instruments’ Traktor DJ Studio, iTunes Music Store
  15. DJ Console by Hercules
  16. monoRAVEik MR1200
  17. jazzmutant touchscreen controller
  18. More music: Manik on MP3.de (in german! good luck!), Qorser on Dobox Recordings, Noka on Nokamusic.com
  19. Derek’s network traffic report, post-iTunes 4.9 (holy crap)
  20. Behringer UB 502 Eurorack mixer on wave-wrangling duty.. job well done! I’d recommend one of these if you’re going to get started doing podcasts!- steve

Click to download Some Sounds We Like episode 002! Alternative derivatives can be found on the Archive.org page.

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some sounds we like second podcast

Hey, I got the second podcast up, check it out over on the music blog: Some Sounds We Like 002 – Derek Scott of DoBox Recordings

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ATM fraud

boy, this is hackaday gone way too far.

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Equipment being installed on front of existing bank card slot.
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The equipment as it appears installed over the normal ATM bank slot.

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The PIN reading camera being installed on the ATM is housed in an innocent looking leaflet enclosure.

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you’d never know it’s there! :(

thanks, mom

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Chuck blogging from Thailand!

My friend Chuck took me up on my offer to set up a blog for his trip to Thailand, go read up on it here!

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Vegas 4

here’s the last 3 good photos I got in vegas. These are two of the nice looking eateries at the MGM Grand hotel, and a bengal tiger in the tiger tank at the Mirage.

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vegas 3

here’s a few more of the good photos I got in Vegas. We had a great time… :) this is where we stayed, a cool visual natural buffer override effect with an escalator, and the nice cigar and scotch bar at Paris…

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vegas 2

well, we’re on the strip. :) check out some near realtime photos!

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