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Gee... Damn...

Got gdam installed again. It seems to run better. Tomorrow I can experiment with the beatmatching part of it.Who knows, maybe it will work. I'm going to have to recompile the kernel at some point to reduce the latency (keep it from skipping.) Supposedly after doing that it will be more responsive than BeOS. We'll see about that.

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from michael: Go John, go!


Sinking Like a Rock

jackson (6k image)Linked below is a full page ad that Rolling Stone put in the New York Times. Reminds me of a Quincey Jones interview where he talks about how Michael Jackson wanted him to produce his next album. All the record execs were against it. Michael finally told them he was going to use Q whether they liked it or not. The result was one of the biggest selling albums in history. Guess what I'm getting at is that record execs are not exactly famous for being forward thinkers.

Rolling Stone Ad from New York Times


Real Men Don't Need No Hard Drive

realman (5k image)Past couple days my desktop machine has been running with absolutely no hard drive. Booted into Linux without the hassle of an install by using Knoppix. Browsing the web, checking email, playing chess, etc. Try doing that with Windows...

Set aside 7 gigs on the DJ box for a Linux partition. Can't decide which distro to put on there. Since it's the fastest machine I got right now, of course it has to run Linux too. Maybe someday I can DJ using GDAM, but I suspect that a 1 gig Pentium III is too slow for that. For now, I'm stuck using Windows. Ah well, whatever works.

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    from michael:  How'd ya get that picture of yourself.  Very animated.

    The sniper's back...

Anyway's, I am done with windows. I ordered the personal edition of Red Hat Linux. Don't mind spending $40 rather than get my research trashed as it got recently by win98

    The new Redhat is supposed to be pretty good. It's certainly the most popular one. I don't recommend Linux for people. It's kind of a religious experience. You either see the visions or you don't. Most people are probably better off sticking with M$ stuff. One of the articles I read before switching was :

The Linux Distribution Game

http://www.distrowatch.com/game.php

I think what he says in the article is true. About not really being able to switch as long as there is a windows partition around to boot into. At least, it was for me. I was never able to completely go over to linux until I formatted all my hard drives.

    True...I am hoping to move over slowly with a Linux partition, and hope to complete the transition soon (now that better games are coming out for the XBOX and I don't use the PC, much, for games)

--sunil


Movies, Music, Comic, Computer... Go!

nerdbike (5k image)Finished watching St. John's Wort today. I recommend it for those that are into japanese horror films. Not the best of the ones I have seen recently, but I really liked what they did with the film in post production. Interesting concept. Kind of reminds me of what happens with a lot of hollywood movies--they spend so much time and money on the special effects that they neglect other aspects of the film making process.

After that I watched another japanese film: "Turn". Kind of a non comedic riff on "Groundhog Day". A young woman gets in a car accident and is knocked into the previous day, which she experiences endlessly, over and over--except that there is no one else in all of Tokyo. Good film.

Before I forget, I made a new comic today. Borrowing and modifying a comment made by MisterE. If you know who that is cool, if not I'm not saying...

Went mountain biking yesterday. Pretty tame for my buddy Damon but I was out of breath most of the time and could never quite manage to arrange the seat in way that agreed with my genitals. Fun experience though and I look forward to doing it again. At one point I got kind of out of control--I was on the verge of crashing by either going to fast, or too slow. I didn't realize you could get in a situation like that but learned pretty fast.

Michael treated me to a new processor for my dj box. Very cool of him, thanks Michael. I think I was the only one who really noticed but when I would dj sometimes the mp3s would skip as I was mixing. I always needed a faster processor, and now I have one. The entire dj system is rock solid now.

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where did you go mountainbiking? It's a cool experience downhill, but uphill is quite bad! Topanga has some very nice trails


Ichi

Finally got to see the second half of "Ichi the Killer". With sub titles even. As usual the subtitles are not very well done. I'm a fast reader but they zipped past too quick in some cases for me to get the entire line. Good reason to watch the movie again.

Another one of those movies. The kind I really enjoy but that leave me scratching my head wondering who I would recommend it to.


Way To Go

duke (4k image)"'...Depending on the game, the brain is receiving [the impression] that it is constantly under attack,' he said.

'We would not expect hardened soldiers to cope with a 32-hour fire fight, and yet some people think they can play these games constantly for long periods of time...'"

Second gamer dies after massive binge


Writer's Block

Lately I go to write and something dribbles out and I wind down and don't finish. Some kind of motivational thing. I basically could give a shit about updating my weblog.

Strange cause a lot of interesting stuff has been happening lately. Stuff that would make for good writing. Trying to get hold of some more writings by Chuck Palahniuk. He's the guy that wrote "Fight Club". As good as that movie was the book was way better. I really like his writing style. Here is an excerpt from "The Story Behind Choke":

"...Ten-plus years ago, my brother joked that the best place to meet women was at support groups for sexually irresponsible people.

At the time, he was engaged to a beautiful woman. She was funny and charming and looked just like Vanna White. The two of them had met at work, and my brother knew about the support groups because she went to them. They’d almost gotten married, but he’d heard some rumors about what she did while he was gone on business trips.

To resolve the issue, before he left for his next trip, he put a voice-activated tape recorded under the bed in his apartment. When he came home, the tape was run all the way through. Rewinding it and listening, he says, was the hardest thing he’s ever done in his life.

On the tape, his fiancee was drunk and bringing home guy after guy—to his bed. The second-hardest thing he’s ever done was confronting her with the tape and ending their engagement..."

Out of the Dark:Fight Club’s Chuck Palahniuk and the world of Choke


Kawaii

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by michael: so who are these ladies?
John / They are Aki Ohmori and Mayumi Suzuki...


What's up with that handbag?


Sugoi
:-)


Shitty Coffee

caphe (4k image)Last time I heard about this it was a monkey. That's mentioned in the article too. This type of coffee looks to be even rarer since they have taken to eating the foxes that produce it:

"...the elderly Mrs. Chieu despairs. 'Young people today don't respect the old ways,' she says..."

Good to the Last Dropping,Caphe Cut Chon Is a Rare Find


Ultimate Linux Desktop

ratpoison (3k image)Interesting article on freshmeat (linked on slashdot) about the "The Antidesktop". I found the article to be kind of a blue print for where I have been trying to go with Linux on my desktop computer. Course it's more interesting to say that before I actually try it. Let's see what happens.

The thing that appeals to me about it is the focus on limiting the distractions of the desktop environment. Plus it will help me test the limits of what I can do while staying as purely in the text environment as possible.

While I was sniffing around I found a good Linux FAQ. I like this section (the whole FAQ is pretty good):

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Using Linux is about choice. At the core of it, Linux is very very powerful. In fact, DOS is a poor copy of Unix of which Linux is a clone. There are Super Computers running Beowulf Linux [yet another flavour!]. Incidentally, me and a friend of mine are also working on building a home super computer using a Beowulf Cluster; details are available here.But if you are talking about GUI, Linux does have some very stable ones. But why do we need to compare ourselves with Windows? There is sense in comparing with something that is absolute - which Windows is not. It is error and failure prone. Like Jeremy Lee said.....". . . . . . . . . . . I don't want Linux to be 'Just like Windows only Better!' , I want to challenge the basic assumptions that Microsoft Engineers have made. Windows is a poor copy of the Macintosh is a poor copy of the Xerox Star, now 20 years old. We haven't challenged the basic WIMP (windows, icons, mouse, pointer) paradigm in 20 years? Come on! "

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layman linux faq

Freshmeat: The Antidesktop

Ratpoison

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John / Got ratpoison working. It's the most no frills window manager I have even seen. I think I like it. The entire desktop is filled with whatever application I'm using at the moment. Even the file chooser dialogs expand to fill the screen. Talk about minimal distractions. hehe.


Sparks

Been looking over some of the writings of Ryunosuke Akutagawa again recently. The first time I read some of his work I mentioned to my girl friend (at that time) that he ended up killing himself. She said: "what's with you and all these books by people that kill themselves?"

Heh. I really like this passage from "A Fool's Life":



Rain drenched, treading asphalt. The rain ferocious.

In the downpour he breathed in the rubber coat

odor.



Before his eyes an aerial power line released sparks

of violet. Strangely he was moved. Tucked away in his

jacket pocket, meant for publication in the group

magazine, was his manuscript. Walking on in the

rain, once more he looked back at the line.



Unremittingly it emitted its prickly sparks. Though

he considered all of human existence, there was

nothing special worth having. But those violet

blossoms of fire,-----those awesome fire works in the

sky, to hold them, he would give his life.


Virtual Library

Haven't felt like writing on my weblog lately. Thinking about it today I realized that this is the part that is like meditation. It's just a thing that is practiced--there is no goal or aim. The important thing is just to do.

I was thinking about how difficult it is to communicate. Even face to face with someone speaking as frankly as possible it's rare that people truely understands each another.

I have read a lot the past several years using my pocket computer. I get accused of being a "gadget freak". I know those impulses and try and resist them. The pocket computer is not used out of a desire or appreciation for gadgets. Quite the opposite in fact. I use it because it enables me to get by with less stuff. How else would I be able to carry around as many books?


All In The Family

Don't know what to say about this one...

Father's surprise: call-girl daughter


OJ Country

ScaryTV (4k image)From Slate Today's Papers:

According to the Wall Street Journal, the number of people who try tooutdrive a Los Angeles Police Department officer in a high speed car chasehas gone up 40% in the last three years while the average in the rest ofthe state has dropped. Many of the suspects have no reason to flee,except, the police now think, that they want to be on television.Apparently citizens of Los Angeles have a uniquely big appetite for carchase reality TV, and no fewer than seven broadcast news stations competeto show the live chases.


Break Time

respect (3k image)I kid around a lot on my weblog. Sometimes I'm serious too. Depends on my mood and what I have been thinking about. My pattern has been to write about whatever is on my mind or go over the events of the day just before turning in for the night. Frequently I spend hours writing and editing, trying to refine or get to whatever I'm trying to say. Trying to get across what seems to me to be something significant. Other times it's just something I found humorous. Generally upon arising the next morning I will check to see if anybody has responded to my writing.It's been a real drag lately though cause all I find is some smartass remark. Screw that.

I don't expect what I say to be taken as the word of God. On the other hand I would like to feel as if I wasn't constantly being disrespected in my own house. But that's exactly how I feel. I'm going to post for a while without leaving the opportunity for comments.


Shortest Distance Between Two Points is Not Always a Straight Line

LeftBrainRightBrain (4k image)I guess I didn't explain myself very well in that last post. I was trying to get around an explanation of a flash of intuition that I had. It involved several things coming together at the same time. I left a bunch of detail out of the story.

This controversy does serve as another reminder that it is usually not a good idea to explain my intuition. The thing about it is that if you can explain it it's not intuition any more, it's analysis. I'm good at analysis. I'm also very intuitive. Been learning to trust my intuition more. I think that's important.

I went through a similar situation where a guy tried to sell me a "hot" SLR camera. This was in front of the Novel a while back. I couldn't figure out what kind of camera it was--he wouldn't allow me to get a good look at it. From what I could see it did not have a logo of any kind. One thing he did do was work the flash. It's a scam. In the same way that you can have a gun that looks like a real gun but is not. It can do a lot of stuff that a real gun can do. Everything except shoot a bullet.

My story wasn't about whether that particular camera was real or not. It was about the possibility (and in my mind, the likelihood) that it was not.

Stop and think about it for a moment. Specifically the example of the SLR (then we can ignore for a moment the question of whether it would have a flash or not.) It is possible to manufacture something that looks like an expensive camera but is not. It's relatively cheap to add something to the ruse to make it more effective--a flash mechanism. Even disposable cameras have them. If you can take something that looks like an expensive camera, convince someone that it is, and that you are willing to sell it at a price that would indicate that it was hot--you have the makings of a workable scam.

To answer the question: "why did you laugh?" The laugh came because a number of things came to the surface of my subconscious at the same time. I made a nonlinear connection between isolated events. It wasn't so much that I thought it was strange that a video camera had a flash, it was that I made the connection between the demo that I had watched when the guy was trying to sell me a "hot SLR" and the demo of the camcorder. I cannot imagine myself working the flash of either device as a means of proving that it was something worth spending money on. Yet I watched two different shady characters do exactly that as part of a sales pitch. As if someone, somewhere is cranking these things out and telling the scam artist: "yeah, you just hit this button here and it will flash". It's possible that both cameras were real. I don't think so. In fact, I think they were both replicas.

One thing I can imagine (and something I didn't see) is allowing the potential customer to look through the viewfinder of the camcorder. Let them look at the little lcd image that a Sony camcorder would probably have. Jeez, at least, let's see a Sony logo! In both cases a logo would have gone a long way in convincing me that they were the real deal. In both cases there was no logo to be seen.

There was more to my laughter then the fact that the camera had a flash mechanism. I got a good look at it (or a long look at something I wasn't allowed to get a good look at...) It was the way that it looked, the way it was wrapped. The way he handled it. The way the case looked, and the fact that the case also had no logo. The fact that it was wrapped in plastic (further obscuring the "camera") that was not removed. The way the "tripod" that came with it looked. The way the group of people interacted. The look the guy gave me when I caught his eye. It was the fact that I noticed as they left the bus that they had another case identical to the one they had just sold. It was a number of factors that I didn't want to or felt I needed to fully explain.

I think I like it better when people ask me: "how did you know that?" then when I try and explain something and they start second guessing me. It's not that important for other people to trust my intuition. The important thing is that I trust it.

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    i tend to agree john - *always* trust your intuition -

    hmmm..the above post was moot. I did mention several alternatives in my list (including the possibility of the system being fake).

The discussion primarily arose due to a pointed phrase that you laughed when you saw a flash on the camcorder...BTW, I notice that the original post seems to have changed :))

--sunil

John / >hmmm..the above post was moot. I did mention several >alternatives in my list (including the possibility of the >system being fake).

Hey, you know what? This is my weblog. I will be the judge of what is moot.

You questioned my conclusion that the camcorder was fake. You did so based on the limited evidence that I provided. Even with everything I have added in this post (and there was more)--the camcorder might still have been the real thing. None of us will know for sure. There wasn't any point in arguing with you about whether or not a camcorder could have a flash or not--that wasn't the point of what I was trying to get at.

you laughed when you saw a flash on the camcorder

I laughed an hour or two later when I realized that it was a very similar demo to the one I had seen with the SLR. I didn't explain it very well. It was my experience after all and not yours. But you're free to interpret what I say to mean anything you want.

notice that the original post seems to have changed :))

I edit my posts all the time. It bums me out when I do it and notice afterward that someone has made a comment on the original post. This happened at least once. Lubrich [for example] has a habit of reading my posts fresh out of the box and commenting before they are even half finished. I guess this would be my fault though because of the way that I write them. Like Stephen King says in his book "About Writing" it's kind of like uncovering a fossil. I write most of my posts interactively. Sometimes editing them as many as 20 or 30 times after posting.

All that being said, what exactly do you mean by: "seems to have changed?" I DID NOT edit the previous post.

sunil wasssssup!

it's just a bloody flash on a stupid cam-"era"/"corder"

Hey, you know what? This is my weblog. I will be the judge of what is moot.

sure, master

I didn't explain it very well.

true

I edit my posts all the time.

shouldn't the original post be there as is as a symbol of your original thoughts...any changes thenare added as amendments/refinements in reply mode? just my 2cents

watseka!!! this weekend?

John / That's twice now you say that I changed something without saying what. You going to tell me what you're talking about?

     I dont recollect seeing the phrase "It's the first camcorder I have seen that actually had a flash... " like this exactly the first time this all started.  If this was the statement you made I would not have made the first comment to your post.

Dude, if you say you didn't edit that post, then so be it.

Hey, at the very least your posts create a good deal of intellectual stimulation (take this as a compliment ok)

--sunil

    when i see a post - i comment - sometimes i see you are in process (per se) of writing the post - i simply reply / comment - and i don't think that the comments that (i) make - are out of *context* with whatever the post ends up as . . .

and ps - i rather like what you are posting (in general) - as quote from another - you "stimulate" intelligent conversation -

for others - John (did not) pay me to say this LOL

keep up the writing j - ur doing good in my book . . .



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