Archive for August, 2015

SPOKANE YOU ARE IN TARGETING RANGE

Which means I’m at Sasquan! SMILE I CAN SEE YOU


some of you, anyway

Poke me on the intarwebz if you want to do a thing! Like, idk, dinner. We’re heading to reg now.

load OUT!

Time to pack up and load out! We’re not actually leaving yet – that’s for tomorrow morning, all too bright and early – but we’ve already set up the duty schedules for all the Minions staying behind in the Lair, and now it’s just a matter of making sure we have everything we need.

I don’t know how much I’ll be on over the next week, though almost certainly at least a little. Other than that – see you at Worldcon, I hope!

ps: if you were in the ice cube tray discussion over the weekend, we may have decided at rehearsal that it needed a song and things got stupid pretty fast. XD

this doesn't help anything i assure you

at rehearsal today I maybe decided the ice cube tray debate needed a song and things got stupid real fast (mp3) XD

i just wanna know one thing

WHY DO OUR NEW ICE CUBE TRAYS HAVE POLARITY?

I await an explanation, Rubbermaid.

ladder fungus

It’s a nice rainy day after a day of big thunderstorms – so desperately needed – and I thought this was a particularly nice ladder fungus. Bigger at Flickr as usual.

accidental discoveries

I have this big tall sound baffle I call “the monolith.” It was the first one I made. I play into it, and have people play into it, to minimise bounce when recording.

After Bone Walker was recorded, I moved it back towards the wall a bit to free up more space. Around then, I also noticed the monitor speakers sounded a little weird, a little… hollow? It was hard to describe. Failing to add two and two, I wondered if my monitor amp needed more work or something, but put it aside to think about later.

A couple of days ago I helped somebody with a sound engineering homework assignment on standing waves. Which made me think about this.

Today I finally did some math and HEY putting the monolith were I had originally put it, just because it seemed like a good place? Totally fixed a room mode problem*.

Let’s put that RIGHT BACK WHERE WE HAD IT then, shall we? And never move it again. Perhaps I will nail it down, as a reminder.


*: Two near-double nodes! One pair at 203 and 207hz (not actually so bad), another pair at 274 and 276hz (fairly bad). Moving the baffle back to the old location disrupts both.

well, this is creepy – and dangerous

Microsoft Windows 10 will spy on your kids and email you regular activity reports. It includes things like “websites they visited” and “terms they’ve looked up in search engines like Bing, Google, or Yahoo! Search.”


No, Really, They Send You Email.

Leaving the fundamentally disturbing creepiness of this aside for the moment, if that’s possible, I have to ask the Microsoft Systems Group something.

IS THERE NO ONE QUEER LEFT IN MICROSOFT SYSTEMS? NOBODY? Nobody who had to stay in the closet until they could get the fuck out and then not have to be made homeless when they got disowned? Nobody over there who had to worry about what crazy-ass “reparative therapy” they’d get thrown into? Nobody who had to think about whether they’d get beaten back into conformity?

Because there are a lot of queer kids out there in that position right now.

What the fuck, Microsoft? What. the. fuck.

a new game

My new game is “play my warmup songs using the most difficult variant chord fingerings I can find.” It’s kind of hilarious how different everything sounds.

This sounds kind of pointless, but it’s not. First, it’s good to practice your obscure chord variants, and second, and more importantly, a lot of these are minor bar chords, and that’s not a thing you need a lot of, but every so often That Other Band You Play For might throw you a song with a bunch of chords like Ebm and G#m and literally the only way to play those in my tuning is with extended minor bars and HEY GUESS WHAT I HAVEN’T BEEN DOING LATELY!

Even though I know, like, three different minor bar patterns. I just don’t actually use them for anything.

So now it’s time to pay the price. Kohaku is currently eight strings of pain, and I’m developing callouses in places on my fingers I’ve never had callouses before.

It’s kind of fun, tho’. Other than the pain part.

HEY EVERYBODY LET'S GO LIVE LIKE PIRATES

LET’S MOVE TO BELLINGHAM AND LIVE IN A PIRATE SHIP HOUSE!

CLICK THROUGH IT GETS EVEN BETTER BY WHICH I MEAN WORSE BY WHICH I MEAN BETTER.

I am TOTALLY SERIOUS in a not actually serious but somehow sincerely tempted way. It’s so terrible. I love it. I love it to death.

(h/t Sunnie on Facebook. 😀 )

thunderbirds are 50

So it’s the 50th Anniversary year for the 1960s British SF show Thunderbirds are Go! and there are all sorts of celebratory events – the Kickstarter I talked about last month (which succeeded, by the way, with flying colours), specials, all sorts of stuff.

There are also three new tie-in books which look pretty fun, like Parker’s Cars, and Brains Explains Quantum Mechanics (“Astrophysics is easy!”), and the one I kinda want:

Because they’ve posted a sample page showing the recipe for a Tracy Island Iced Tea, and I mean to tell you, they clearly do not skimp on the alcohol on Tracy Island.

That is one stiff bunch of marionettes down International Rescue way. No wonder Lady P always seems so calm. Splendid!

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