Thursday, November 12, 2015

Still Here

Yes, I'm still here.  I had been posting occational photos on Google+, but I've soured on that, given the hassle non-Googlers are having just looking at my pictures.  I'll go back to this, and my tumblr thingy.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 2, 2013

Post Rock

Sometimes I'm asked what kind of music I like, and I struggle with it like a lot of people do.    Post Rock is probably the best description of what I've tended to listen to over the last few years. Wikipedia's Entry is a good starting point.   Rather than split hairs about the definition of the genre, I'll dive into bands I like that fit reasonably well into it, going in roughly decending order of favor.  I'll pick a video and an album to start with for each.


Absolutely the best - guitar, bass and drums at the core, but a broad range of composition, styles and sound design.

Album: Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.

Something from "Rave Tapes", a new album comming in January:

Russian Circles

More post-metal at times, featuring lots of looping, repeating patterns and layering.   A standard rock three-piece with lots going on and a super drummer.

Album: Memorial

Boards of Canada

Retro-70's soundtracks and warm analog sounds.   A bit spooky at times.

Album: The Campfire Headphase

Explosions in the Sky

Soft and moody, multiple guitar lines.   Caught my attention via the soundtrack to Friday Night Lights (the movie).

Trans Am

Trans Am brought synthesizers back.   Energetic drumming, up-tempo, a bit geeky.

Album: Sex Change

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hey - wait a minute!

I thought the fist logo here looked familiar:

I did one back in 2010 (Forza custom painting):

Ha! In all seriousness, I suspect I wasn't the first to put this together by a long shot.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

R.A.T 5 Mouse on Fedora 19

I'm using this file: /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/rat-5.conf:

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "Mouse Remap"
        MatchProduct "Mad Catz Mad Catz R.A.T.5 Mouse"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
        Option "ButtonMapping" "1 2 3 4 5 0 0 8 9 7 6 12 0 0 0 16 17"
        Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
        Option "AutoReleaseButtons" "13 14 15"
MatchProduct has to come from what ever shows up in /proc/devices, as mergers and acquisitions is changing the product name daily. Perhaps partial matches would work? I think the above this works for the R.A.T. 7 too.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Back from the Temple

Well, it was fun while it lasted.  I've moved off of   I liked having my own hosting where I could put all sorts of things, but as of late, I'm doing less on the web in general, and not really updating my blog, so even a mere $20/mo seems like a waste.

The price is right, but it's kind of sad moving out of the independent Internet, and under Google's mostly-benevolent umbrella.   I feel like we're seeing the last days of the Internet as a free space, replaced with a corporate theme park of Google vs. Facebook, much like Pepsi vs. Coke.

I wonder what the next big, disruptive thing will be?