Life

Sickness and Surgury

So I didn’t get around to that update. Big deal. And the worst part is, this isn’t it either. Well, so you all are informed, I recently have bought 2 Pete Namlook cds (well, 1 from iTunes) and 1 Tetsu Inuoe cd. They are Silence, Air, and Zenith respectively. They’re some of the best ambiant that I’ve heard in a while. It really is ambiant, though, so be prepared and be amazed. I had oral surgury last Friday so I’m just starting to eat real food again. Kind of annoying to say the least. Also, the new Marco Torrance album is available for presale on Cardamar Music. Check it out or preorder here. There’s also a new Marco Torrance mix on the mirror. I haven’t even listened to it yet, but it’s supposed to be pretty ambiant too. It’s the only Torrance one on there, so feel free to browse for it until I post and have listened to it and have a...

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Short Update

Again, not feeling great, but that is to be expected out of my body. I’m programming about 7 hours per day if not more so my public code will only really change on the weekends when i feel up to it. On the music front, Cardamar has put together a new mix. It’s another really nice one. Personally (at least today), I prefer Globespinning (which was his last mix), but his latest mix, Colours Come And Go is still wonderful. It has a greater spectrum and gets dark like Cardamar does best. Honestly, i’m not into the dark and slow yet intense feeling today (massive headache), so the lighter feel of globespinning is what makes it my favorite today. Do not miss this new one though. It’s quite nice. It’s on the music mirror with md5 hash if you want to download. Cardamar will probably release the tracklist in the next couple days (when he gets the time). Hopefully tomorrow I can post about 2 classic cds i got this week. Classic is such a weak term for one though. Just...

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Life gets you

Some bad stuff has recently happened in my life so a lot is being delayed. I appologize. I’ll try to get back on track soon. Oh and Opera 9 beta 2 passes the ACID 2 test. I find this great. The widgets are kind of neat as well. You might want to take another look at opera. It does integrated content blocking like adblock finally.

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Programming and Movies

Since I have done a lot since I’ve updated, I decided to break this into two posts. This one is about basically everything except music. Well, my job is looking at making some web applications with me heading the project. Luckly, I got the department head to agree to load Zend Studio Corporate for me and one other person. This should be fun. Doing this makes me want to push off any major coding projects that were going to take my free time. I’m going to be coding about seven to eight hours per day. I don’t think my free time should be taken up by that too. I might change my mind though. This means any ideas that I’ve said about zpProjects are on hold probably until after summer. See “Movies” in the title and wonder why it’s there? I guess I’ve never posted about movies before since I really don’t watch many. I finally got my dvd of Elephant’s Dream. I bought the dvd since I know Jan Morgenstern of Wavemage Productions. It was expensive, but I like supporting artists (I always send extra to Cardamar for the cds). I really was impressed. Jan did an amazing job on the sound and it was a pretty cool short. It is available for download from the above link. Consider buying a dvd to support the guys if you like it. I also was given a short movie to process. This consisted of Windows Movie Maker and iMovie (the second was my final choice). This is a non-artist’s view of both. Windows Movie Maker is installed by default on most Windows XP installations. I’m running XP Media Center on my desktop (3800+ X2, 2 gb ram. Specs are important for video processing. Hard Drive speed could, but I was working with a network drive and that was fine. The capture from the camera is where you need the speed). I can honestly say I was impressed by the software. It does help you to put together a decently impressive work. My main interest was splitting video, fading to and from black, adding titles and credits and maybe some chapters for the dvd and an extra title. Well, the first few are really easy. You literally just drag the effects down onto the clips or scroll to the point and click split. Very nice. Titles are easy and have a decent amount of options also. Problems arise when you want DVD as the final output. Even when outputting it to AVI at 720×480, it does not make mpeg 2 so the video needs to be re-encoded and authored by another program. This also means chapters and such have to happen...

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Internet Problems

This is a quick post to say that I have basically lost connectivity to the internet except through my blackberry. Email still gets to me and I might turn on google talk if anyone wants to message me. Other than that, no updates will come to any project I am working on until this is resolved. I’m currently borrowing internet to make this post. Name server keeps giving me problems. I think i’ll remove cvs and install subversion and see if that helps. If not, I might have to downgrade to php 5.0.5 instead of 5.1.2. This will all happen once I have a connection. For now, I’ll just restart bind from my blackberry when it goes down. Sorry for the...

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Zimbio update, server talk, and Russ has a new site

Zimbio update, server talk, and Russ has a new site

So title’s are too hard to come up with. Big deal. Now you can tell what this is about a little faster… Anyway, my little addiction (that I could only pray could become something like MySpace for popularity but not evilness) at Zimbio.com has been updated. It’s great. They added support to change your layout including adding custom “rolls” to the front page (you have to use it to understand. If you want to, you can sign up or contact me and I can provide). It really gives it a new edge. I find it to be a great improvement and shows how this is coming along. I am truly excited for it. Hopefully I can implement my Xapian set up into my file server and add some posts about it. I don’t know if anyone remembers any of the times where I warned about downtime and changing servers and all that jazz, but just look them up so I don’t have to warn you again. This is more of a need than just a desire this time, though. The music mirror (which I’m more than happy to run) is taking up a bit much of my bandwidth to stay with the current set up. I loved Host Rocket when I had them last, so I think I’ll go with them. I’ll be more definitive when I figure it all out (but bandwidth will no longer be a consideration) Oh and Russ has a new site. He calls it Adept Designs. He made a little web-badge (like)...

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