Archive for May 2006

A.D.’s STREET MRKT – this Friday, June 2nd

A.D.’s STREET MRKT - this Friday, June 2nd:

As a prelude to the South First Fridays gallery walk in the SoFA district, we’ll be hosting a Street Mrkt beneath the outdoor murals of A.D.

Artists, local vendors & three bands will be on hand for an early evening of art, eccelctic retail and great music.

Friday, June 2nd, 6-9pm
Free and open to the public.
366 South First St., San Jose.

clik “continued reading” for the full lineup.

Artists/vendors:
Robert Arredondo, Christine Benjamin, Black & Brown Clothing, Tim Cottingim, Evelyn’s Henna Tattoos, Funny Monkey Comics, Heart of Chaos, Harriet Helfricht, Rob Lehman, Amanda Lennon, Manny Magallon, Dee Jae Paeste, Al Preciado, Tessie Scharaga, Andy Stattmiller, Martin Steiner, Streetlight Records, Woody Miller & Xenia International Crafts.

Live music:
Mansion Specialize in mellow, poignant rock songs that are understated yet memorable.
Doctor/Nurse The brainchild of local legend Jeff Brummet makes a rare public appearance.
The Mumlers The best and most interesting band in San Jose.

I was close to asking to get in on this, but I just was too slammed between Chabot and work… Next time, I think I’m in to sell some patches.

May 26, 2006 exhibit

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Hey, I just posted photos I got from Jono Kane and the East Bay Express of my exhibit at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland California from May 26, 2006. I had a great time, I learned a lot about my systems setup. I learned what to bring next time, what not to bring. All in all, I’d say it was a huge success, relative to this being my first exhibit of just my work (as opposed to with my wife), and showing the new new work at that. Chachi Jones played a super nice set after Ukulele Apocalypse did their thing. I didn’t get a chance to see much of their performace, I was manning the stations during their set. It seemed like a cool idea… Ziggy Startdust.. cover band.. in drag… and full makeup … on ukuleles. It made for an interesting crowd :)

Anyway, I had a lot of people take a look at the 3d pixelator and say some nice things, so that was cool. I was running various other processing apps on the other machine, including some 4 hour old code that arguably needed a bit more time to bake before showing. So, now I have that. I’ll be going back to do it all over again on June 23, 2006, so look for photos here, or come on out if you can.

New Releases by Storytellerz and Lucas Rodenbush

We’ve got a special couple of releases to help you kick off the weekend-long Movement electronic music festival in Detroit, Michigan. First off, we have a 4-track release of pure techno goodness from world-reknowned producer Lucas Rodenbush. And on its heels we have another 4-tracker from Mr. Rodenbush along with his partner, Designforms mastermind Jonra Babiracki. Together they form the duo, Storytellerz. Both of these guys will be at the Movement festival this weekend, so keep your eyes and ears open for them. But for now, enjoy their releases!

Lucas Rodenbush - ‘Boundless Abstractions’
Induced
Determined
Pitfall
Saddled

Storytellerz - ‘Last Daze at Club Cahuenga’
Cardboard Boxing
Contained
Apartment Complex
Ready To Move

lego techno


Two friends agree, this was hilarious. I saw this on youtube and had to post it.

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teaching english

If the US Government were serious about wanting english to be taught to anyone who wanted to learn it, they would move immediately to acquire and release, for free, the entire body of learning assets from Rosetta Stone, the system that our own government seems to choose for itself. Access would be totally free in libraries, of course. If those systems prove to be inadequate, a fraction of the daily stipend we spend on the wars could be used to build english learning labs in needy libraries… i know… you may think I’m a dreamer…

Rosetta Stone is the #1 language-learning software program in the world. It is used successfully by the U.S. Special Operations Forces, West Point, NASA, and the U.S. State Department, as well as millions of people in 150 countries.

Me, I’d be taking advantage of being able to learn Spanish and Mandarin.

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catastrophe – update

aww, man, Maxtor sent me another one of the *exact same drive* as the one that catastrophically failed. :( Only this one’s a refurb. :( :( I think refurbs are ok for lots and lots of things… critical data storage not being one of them.

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Readymade

Earlier this month, at the Maker Faire, one of the guys from ReadyMade asked me why I didn’t re-up my subscription when I told him I used to subscribe. I half truthfully told him that I just couldn’t afford it since we bought our townhouse. but, the real reason why I didn’t resubscribe is because I got the feeling that you could count the number of people of color that appear in Readymade for the past 6 months on one hand. Paid advertisements don’t count. Not that they’re obligated to represent a diverse cross section of our society, it just got really creepy… every month, a magazine of somewhat-cool ideas and lots of skinny white people. That and the non-stop “renew now!” junk mail I got from them contributed to why I did not renew my subscription.

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Steve Cooley at the Chabot Science and Space Center

I’ll be here on friday, May 26th… the Lunar Lounge Express on the invitation of Chachi Jones to demo the new visuals that I’ve been hammering on in Processing … this will be my first public performance in about 7 years. I’m getting psyched about it. I hope you can come out and see the show.

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catastrophe

well, The maxtor drive that was in the LaCie case I bought died, which had the server on it.  Thankfully, I had a 2 month old backup on my other server.  Still, what a drag. Fuck maxtor and LaCie. Make better products, folks.

So, for the price of a new ipod :( , I now have two 250 gig hitachi SATA drives RAID’ed together, and an external case for the SATA drive that was in the server to begin with.  Sigh…  ok, so what did I do over the last two months? 

Anyway, now I have more hard drive space, mirror raided together… that should give me a big boost of uptime.  Now if a drive fails, I know I’m not completely dead in the water…  when the Maxtor drive arrives, I’ll figure out how to get SuperDuper on a regular timed backup schedule.

sigh.. gotta install gallery2 again, migrate all 10k photos over from phpix again… gotta install the furbaby site again.  Gotta get my processing stuff up.. again

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3d pixels from realtime video

Hey, this is a video of the code I wrote in processing to take realtime video and create 3d boxes with a height equalling the pixel’s brightness.

I originally had this posted on my blog, but then I had a server failure, so this is being reposted to try to unbreak the links people made to this page. :)

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New Release: Return to the Bluelight District


Those of you familiar with the 12″ vinyl releases by The Rhythmist on Resource Records back in 1999 and 2000 (and those who aren’t) will be glad to hear that there were more trax recorded during those sessions that were never released…until now. We present to you more sounds from his infamous Bluelight District studio from a time when not many computers had enough CPU power to run lots of soft-synths. Hardware was still the name of the game, and as you will soon hear, he knew how to play the game well. Enjoy!

The Force of Night
Garbage Truck Controls
Irridescent