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  1. I decided to try writing a slightly different style of tune. This one is more downtempo than my other ones, and is sort of inspired by Boards of Canada. What's interesting is that I wrote it and mastered it in less than 24 hours. Whether that was smart or dumb is another question.

    Linux users might enjoy this more than others...

    http://www.partition36.com/music-files/ep/opcode-1/06%20-%20I%20Love%20Penguins.mp3 (or get an Ogg Vorbis here)

    EDIT: Actually, I've released the EP that this track shows up on: http://www.partition36.com//2009/07/06/new-ep-release-opcode-1.html

    1. Khorus


      Nice track. Though, the samples didn't do much for me. :P

    2. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Khorus said:

      Nice track. Though, the samples didn't do much for me. :P

      Thanks. They probably did more for me because I'm such a Linux fanatic :-P

      And now to switch to a different style...

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Actually, I released a whole new EP tonight. The song is on there: http://www.partition36.com//2009/07/06/new-ep-release-opcode-1.html

  2. It's been a while since I posted any of my recent music here on Doomworld. I ran into some computer problems at the start of the year that sort of postponed any work on a new album. I did get the computer fixed though, and I have three new tracks finished.

    The last one was a remix of a track I wrote last year. If you want to listen to the original, you can here. It sounds similar, but the drums are 100% new, I changed up the structure a bit, and the melody is now layered between my PolyEvolver Keyboard and some soft synth that comes with SONAR (Pentagon, I think).

    My favorites are definitely the first and third. The first uses hardware more than software, something I haven't done in a long time.

  3. After a little over two years, I'm finally releasing a new album, called (incf partition-36).

    This one is different from the last one in that I completely changed what I use to write music. Rather than solely using Reason 3, I've since switched to using SONAR 6/7, a bunch of software synthesizers, and my two hardware synths (and old Roland JV-1010 and a PolyEvolver Keyboard). Overall I think it came out sounding a bit more diverse and richer than my previous efforts. There's not nearly as much techno/trance on this one (really, just three songs), and I've experimented with a couple of short "interlude" pieces. I think that, in the end, my favorite tracks are numbers 1, 5/6 , and 7.

    If you have a car with subwoofers in it, you'll likely enjoy numbers 7 and 10 the most, btw.

    So yeah, individual mp3 files can be downloaded from the link below. There are also two links to zip files, one containing the entire album in mp3 format, and the other containing it in FLAC format. The album's shoddy attempt at artwork is also there.



    1. Kyka



      Just listened to the first track, Alien Planet. some really nice ambient keyboard work there. Only thing I wasn't sold on was the drums sounded a little too artificial, But nice work. Some really interesting chord changes throughout, and nice highs and lows.

      Would actually make a nice Doom midi file for a level.
      Will listen to some more soon.

  4. I'm finding that the pinky finger on my left hand is starting to become quite sore in general, sometimes more so than others, and also physically tired. It always feels like I need to pop or stretch it, but doing so only makes it worse. I'm pretty convinced that it's because I'm editing a lot more code and text these days (in other words, I think I'm getting Emacs Pinky).

    I would look into a more ergonomic keyboard, but I'm usually in my laptop, and the places I use it at makes it difficult to take a keyboard around with me. So instead I'm going to look into making the capslock key act the same as the Ctrl key.

    Probably doesn't help that I even write my email in Emacs these days. Stupid operating system...

    1. Kyka


      Two questions that I would ask straight off. These may be totally unrelated to your situation. If so, disregard the rest of this. (You probably know all this already, but sometimes it bears repeating.)

      1) How is your circulation?
      2)How is your posture?

      Almost certainly, these are not direct causes, but they can often be contributing causes, enough so that if you fix these, often your hands, with more bloodflow and less pressure on the nerves running to them, will be able to better cope with the stresses you were mentioning. Often to the point of the problem disappearing entirely.

      Failing that, a couple of suggestions.
      1)Posture: Be aware of your posture...try to remember to sit up straight (Thank you Captain Obvious). Coz when you do that, it takes a lot of the pressure off the nerves running down to your hands, which means they fire off better/more often which means more muscle cells are activated, which means less strain on the muscles as a whole, which adds up to less micro-scar tissue etc etc.
      2)Bloodflow. (This did wonders for me) Every day, run a sink full of water as hot as you can stand it. Stick your arms in up to the elbows, and massage all the muscles in your hands, wrists and forearms. When you are using your hands a lot, it can actually be the muscles in your forearms that are the problem, they can build up scar tissue, which restricts bloodflow down to your hands.

      I'm no doctor, but I have had problems similar to this. Don't know if this will be any use to you, but perhaps it will.

      Hope you can resolve the problem quickly. :)

  5. A week ago, I had the start of this odd realization about languages. It came while I was watching a Japanese drama called "Nissen no Koi" (二千の恋, "Love 2000" or "Love of The Year 2000"). Though I didn't know it when I bought the DVD, there was never an official overseas release of the drama or even subtitling of it, so what I received was a cheap Hong Kong copy of it. The subtitles, though they matched what they were saying and the spelling was good, did not really flow well in English. But what this did for me was give me a glimpse into the underlying structure of the language, sort of into the realms of implied meanings and nuances. What especially came through was the overall feeling of indirectness, and the almost philosophical application of concepts to things in what were basically everyday expressions.

    This carried into real life when earlier this week, in an independent study I'm doing with a previous Japanese teacher of mine, we came across the phrase "ki o tsukete" (気をつけて) in the Katsuhiro Ootomo manga "Domu" (度夢, "Child's Dream"). The phrase is often used as a sort of "goodbye" to someone, similar to the English "take care of yourself." But that translation is functional and utilitarian at best, as a crapload of nuances is lost in the kanji. The first character, "ki" (気), is the same as the Chinese "chi". The verb there, "tsukeru", means to attach, add to, or stick on. So really, you are asking someone to attach ki to themselves (or possibly the situation). Thinking about it this way, "please attach this/your/my/something's ki to you/the situation/whatever", gives rise to a lot more meaning. I'm sure it works the other way too, but I wouldn't know where to look for this.

    Now for the past year or so (stay with me here, I'm getting to the juicy part), I've been working on teaching myself how to program in a language called Common Lisp. At its core, the entire language is defined within two of its own most simple data structures: atoms and lists. Atoms are defined as "not lists", while lists are sequences of atoms or other lists. However, Lisp looks and acts differently than other languages. At times, the differences will, like the subtitles in the DVD, give a glimpse into the inner workings of the language where odd things become apparent.

    I mention Lisp because it seems to show this clearer. The realization I've had is that programming languages are the same as written languages, not just in the sense that they have grammar, style, and vocabulary, but that they're both lists of symbolic expressions defined within themselves. Digital in execution, analog in spirit, possibly quite similar to how John von Neumann described the human brain once. Without any way of interpreting the symbols we come up with, they're useless gibberish, but without them, there is no way of interpretation.

    So yeah, I basically see spoken languages the same as programming languages, and vice versa.

    1. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      spank said:

      I think we explored some of that while programming in Prolog in an AI class I took. We turned it into a program that generated English sentences. I later was going to do one for Japanese, but ended up only writing a verb conjugation thing instead.

    2. deathbringer


      Languages are different to one another, Film at 11

      A bloke i used to work with was quite interested in language, he said Polish was an odd one, it kind of appeared on it's own and is a bastard to learn. Most European languages derived from Celtic, Latin, Germanic and Slavic (as you go further east), but Polish isn't really related to any of them.

      Also the Dutch apparently speak more 'pure' English than the English do, what's now known as "English" has taken on bits of Latin and other languages down the ages and evolved into something quite different from "Old English", from which Dutch is also derived, but has changed a lot less (someone from England in 600 or so would probably understand a Dutch person easily)

    3. BoldEnglishman


      Yes, the epic poem "Beowulf" is an example of 'Old English'.

      I can't read a word of it, for the record :P

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  6. Last Friday I ordered a new laptop for myself, which just arrived today. This is the third laptop and seventh computer I currently own, so it wasn't quite like I needed it, but I bought this one to actually replace my previous laptop. The last one, an Alienware Area 51-M, turned out to be too heavy and bulky for everyday use (it weighed about 10-12 lbs, not including the 6 lb power block); after using it for about two years now, I was tired of lugging it around.

    When I went looking for a new laptop, I went about it differently than I did last time. I rarely play games these days, and most of my time is spent either programming, doing Linux administration stuff, or browsing the web, so a laptop with a hefty video card wasn't a necessity. I was also looking for one that I knew could run Linux, a problem my Alienware had. When I had tried to install Slackware on it, the thing said "no" (stupid Promise SATA RAID controller). It wasn't just Slackware, either. Debian did the same thing. In the end, I was forced to use Ubuntu, which isn't bad...but it isn't Slackware, either.

    Anyways, my Alienware laptop was basically overkill for what I needed to do. I had no need for a RAID 1 array or dual DVD+-RW drives in a laptop. Instead, I needed a non-gaming machine, and I was determined to get one that would work with Slackware. After shopping around a bit, I came across a local company called System 76. They were a bit pricey, but looked pretty good, and they installed Linux (albeit Ubuntu) by default. Eventually, I decided on them.

    My decision paid off. This new laptop runs Slackware flawlessly, it's built really well, performs very nicely, and best of all, it has a keyboard layout I love (page up/down and home/end are vertical and on the right-hand side).

    -Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.13Ghz
    -2gb RAM
    -60gb 7200rpm hard drive
    -Integrated Intel 950 graphics (like I said, I don't need a hefty card)
    -Integrated wireless card (never had one before, actually)
    -Slackware 11.0, decently modified
    -15.5" screen
    -About 6 lbs

    Since I mainly use laptops at school to take notes, write LaTeX documents, program, and administer servers/computer labs, I think this one will more than adequately serve my needs. And best of all, it won't weigh me down anymore.

    1. AndrewB


      DJ_Haruko said:

      -Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.13Ghz
      -2gb RAM
      -60gb 7200rpm hard drive
      -Integrated Intel 950 graphics (like I said, I don't need a hefty card)
      -Integrated wireless card (never had one before, actually)
      -Slackware 11.0, decently modified
      -15.5" screen
      -About 6 lbs

      - Intel Pentium III Mobile 1.13GHz
      - 512mb RAM
      - 80gb 5400rpm hard drive (Seagate)
      - Radeon 9000 video controller (64MB dedicated DDR)
      - XP Professional (not legit)
      - 15.1" screen (1600x1200)
      - SB Audigy 2 ZS
      - DVD/CDRW
      - Circa 2001

    2. Doom Marine

      Doom Marine

      - Intel® Core™2 Duo mobile processor T7200 @ 2.0 GHz
      - 2GB PC2-4200 DDR2 RAM
      - 200GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
      - NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 Graphic Card with 256MB Video Memory
      - Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
      - 17" Widescreen @ 1440x900 (16:10)
      - Altec Lansing Audio
      - Double-layer DVD±RW/HD DVD-ROM/CD-RW
      - 3.5 Kilograms

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Might as well post specs on my two other laptops.

      Alienware Area 51-M
      Pentium 4, 3.2 Ghz, 800Mhz FSB
      Sata RAID controller (not being used)
      1gb ram
      80gb HD w/Windows XP (5400 rpm)
      40gb second HD w/Ubuntu Linux 7.04 (modified) (5400 rpm)
      nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX Go, 256mb
      Dual 24x DVD+-RW drives
      17" (?) display, 1920x1200 max
      About 12 lbs :(

      Toshiba Sattelite
      Pentium 3, 1.1Ghz
      512mb RAM
      30gb HD w/Slackware 11.0 (modified)
      Some decent Yamaha soundcard
      No CD-ROM (broken)
      GeForce 2 Go, 16mb RAM
      Harmon Kardon speakers
      1024x768 15" display
      ~4.5 lbs

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    1. Technician


      Its like that chinese StarWars dub.

    2. Danarchy
    3. geo


      hmmmm chipmunks are kinky too they like it when people watch. Last year in the fall, I would see them scamper around my back patio, then they would go at it in front of me. If I would walk away, they would stop.

      They did it 4 times in front of me over 3 seasons. It felt creepy to watch.

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  7. Well, ended up getting a new car over the weekend. My new one is a 2004 Subaru Outback Limited. I decided to go with this one because 1) It's a Subaru, and 2) it gives me the features and space I need. These days I go fishing a lot, as well as bike riding, so the trunk space should help out. My old '92 Subaru Legacy turbo (which I still have and will probably keep) never really had the space, especially with the subs in the trunk, for such trips.

    So to break it in, my friends and I are taking a fishing trip up to a place called Gross Reservoir, which is about 20 minutes outside of Boulder, Colorado. We went there earlier this year and sort of fell in love with the place. To get there, you have to drive up the side of a mountain on a rather narrow road with no railing on it. Then about 2/3rds of the way up, you do the same thing except on a dirt road. Once there, you hike up and down steep, narrow trails around the perimeter of the lake for quite a ways. The trip's probably going to be on the 2nd. Hopefully we have good weather and good luck when we go this time. I swear that I'll catch a tiger muskie large enough to keep someday... Anyone know any good techniques?

    1. Kelzam


      I lack the patience to fish but I wish you good luck in doing so.

  8. As I mentioned in a previous thread, I've finished a new album. However, it's finally been uploaded to my website. It's just over 65 minutes long, and contains eleven tracks. On the website, it's available in two different ways: You can download the entire thing in a zip file from the Downloads page, or you can download individual tracks from the discography page.

    Now that this one's finished, I think the next thing I'll be doing is re-recording/re-mastering all of my old material from when I first started writing music. It'll take a while (there are six or seven CDs to do), but it'll be worth it to archive everything in FLAC files.

    1. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      It's partially trance. As for hardware, I didn't use any synths per se, just software synths. Mostly Reason with a ton of custom-made instrument patches, though track 4 was done using Cubase. The VSTi plugins I used were Pro-53, Battery 2, and Moog Modular V.

      My website lists all of my equipment on the Equipment page.

    2. Csonicgo


      wow, I like your previous work, this aughta be even better. :D

    3. Dutch Doomer

      Dutch Doomer

      Very nice I was listening to your entire album while I was doing some work on my CC3 map.
      I really enjoyed the tracks ill will going to downgrab your previous work as well.

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  9. Well, I finished off the final amount of material for my new album tonight. This next one is called "SEPL: Sequence Evaluate Play Loop" (props to the first person who figures out where that came from), and is the first one that's going to be under my new name, Partition 36.

    It's a bit of a change from my previous two albums. Rather than being all about trance/techno, I've started to experiment a bit with merging different styles. There are still some blatant epic trance tracks [that I feel guilty about], but some of them are different. Some of them show a slight industrial touch to them, while one has some influence from the Klaus Schulze album "The Dark Side of The Moog V." The final two tracks were a big experiment I did to merge gothic/orchestral sounds with trance. The two songs are seamless in an effort to depict just how similar the two kinds of music are. Then there are a few tracks thrown in which are geared more towards a rock/synth hyrbid or even video game music. In the end, while this isn't as strong as my previous one, it does have a certain flair to it and is showing progression.

    Like I said, all the material, but some of the tracks still need some tweaks in the sound quality department. Three in particular sound fairly muddy or lacking of expression, at least in my car. But it's also the three that I've spent the least amount of time working with on my studio monitors. As soon as I have everything sounding like I want it to, I'll have it uploaded on my website. This will probably be on the 3rd.

    Track listing:

    1. Dark Caverns
    2. Energy
    3. Trance Portal (Partition 36 Remix)
    4. Oceanic Breeze
    5. Sky High
    6. Logic Gate
    7. Perpetual Life
    8. SEPL
    9. Light Through the Waves
    10. Synthony #2 - Part 1
    11. Synthony #2 - Part 2
    Dark Caverns is actually from the Doom project SLE.

  10. I hate writing command-line parsing routines over and over in programs. Since most of my programming us done using .NET these days, I wrote a simple command-line parser library in C#. It doesn't handle a few extreme cases (no arguments, just straight files; no ability to process one argument before another when they're out-of-order on the command-line; maybe others), but it works fine otherwise. I'll probably have most of the programs I write from now on use it since it's easy to work with.

    If anyone wants to use it, it's under the GPL license and can be downloaded here: http://www.cs.du.edu/~ahunt/myprograms/libargparser/libargparser-1.0.0-src.tar.gz.

    The library can be built with build.sh (sorry Windows users, you've gotta do it manually. Which isn't hard at all). Main.cs isn't included when you run build.sh, but if you want to see how to use the library, open it up and look at the example. You could also build all the .cs files in the archive and produce an executable to see what happens.

    The basic idea is that you create an Argparser.Parser object, load it up with ArgumentDef objects, and then use the Parse() method to run everything. ArgumentDef objects have an event in them that's fired when the Execute() method is run (which is done in Parser.Parse()). It's basically like a function pointer in C++, but safer. Also, it has support for some (very) simple validation of parameters passed to arguments. In Main.cs, I included an example where the "--file" option expects two already-existing files. If it doesn't find them, it throws an exception.

    I'm 99% sure someone's thought of this before. But hey, sometimes a person is just too lazy or has too much free time to Google :)

    I didn't spend much time cleaning up the code, and no time optimizing it. It seems to run well enough to use, though, and I didn't find any bugs when testing it. Let me know if there are.

  11. Yesterday I got home after spending a week in Florida at InfoComm for my job. InfoComm, for those who don't know, is this huge convention directed towards the A/V industry. So, I got to see all sorts of cool gadgets from DBX, Marantz, Epson, Spectrum, and a bunch of others. I think the thing I was most impressed with was the DriveRack 4800 from DBX. The fact that I could control it wirelessly from a laptop (they actually were doing it with a tablet PC) makes me hard. The only thing I really didn't like about it was that you click in the knobs to mute a channel...wtf?

    We also got to take some cool classes, three of which covered good mixing and live-sound setup techniques. Then another one we took covered how to setup a conference room (installed, not live setup), which got into acoustics and touched on a bit of the math. Finally, we also got to take a tour of the Rosen School of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida.

    It wasn't all work, though. The first two days were pretty slow, so I got to go to Cocoa Beach, which was the first time I had ever seen the ocean. We also got to play laser tag and mess around with cool things in this place called Wonderworks.

    But yeah, it's good to be home. The days were so long that by the time I got back in my hotel room, I didn't have much energy to do anything more than watch a movie. It sort of disappointed me since I was wanting to work on music in Cubase and Reason. But still, it was a good trip.

    Speaking of Reason, I put together a bit of a rearrangement. One of my favorite videogames of all time is a Genesis game called Herzog Zwei. The music that it contains is just one of the reasons I love it so much. Well, 8 to 10 months or so ago I recreated the song "Back to Square One" in Reason just for fun. I didn't remix it, but instead attempted to keep the same feel of the original, and so replaced only the drum track. I never went all out with it, instead keeping it simple and to the point. After I finished it, I never touched it again. Then yesterday afternoon, I decided to try fixing up the sound.

    So, here's the mp3 of the song (you can find the original on the net if you look): http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/back_to_square_one.mp3

    I also have the Reason file if you wish. It's actually extremely simple, so it may not be that impressive: http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/Back%20to%20Square%20One.rps

  12. I've been doing some thought tonight regarding chi/ki/whatever you want to call it, and arrived at a sort of epiphany.

    If you were to look at a river, it's sometimes hard to tell how strong its current is just by looking at its surface. Throwing a stick in can help you judge this, as you'll see how fast it moves. Then there's also the saying, "Still waters run deep," which as at least some truth in it. Either way, the surface of water can tell you a lot about what's underneath, but it can also be hiding quite a bit (ice over the ocean, anyone?).

    At the same time, water can't really be compressed. If you were to take a cylinder, fill it with water, and then take a plunger and try to compress it, you'd either break a seal, break the container, bend something, or whatnot. I've heard before that cars that were in flood zones can get "hydro-locked" from water getting trapped in their cylinders.

    One last thing about water. Imagine a body of water with a plastic sheet placed over its surface. Now, imagine a jet of water being pushed just underneath the surface. As the current moves, the plastic sheet will ripple, jiggle, and generally move with the current.

    Now in Buddhism, we focus on the egoless self ("ego" is not quite the same as the Freudian ego). Buddha In my recent thoughts on both the egoless self, as well as my thoughts on Ki (mostly stemming from my Aikdio, though not entirely), I've come to think of Ki as water, and that my ego is a container for it that is trying to compress it. At the same time, the surface (ego) ripples and jiggles with the flow of Ki underneath it.

    So, get rid of the ego, and you have free-flowing Ki that isn't trying to be restrained. It's sort of like this verse (#367) from the Dhammapada: "When a man is without self-identification with any object or idea, and does not grieve for what does not exist - that is what is called a [monk]."

    Or maybe I should just stop listening to goa trance...

    1. Csonicgo


      Maybe you should go outside.

  13. Yeah, I turn 22 today. I've got plans to go see a movie (don't know which one yet) this afternoon with my mom, as well as go around blasting "Ride of The Valkyries" at extremely high volumes in my car with my nice sound system.

    The weekend alone was awesome. I got a new laptop on Saturday (not a birthday present, I ordered it), which should make it so that I can work on Doom, programming, and my music more often. Which means that SLE should get finished soon, as well as my new album and Todo-Lister 2.0... Specs:

    -P4 3.2gHz LGA775 w/HyperThreading and 800mHz FSB
    -1gb DDR2 PC4200 RAM (I can put it up to 2gb, I think)
    -80gb HD with a second 40gb one (I could RAID them if I wanted, or switch them out for larger ones...I may do that with the 40gb one and put a 100gb one in, which was from my old laptop anyways)
    -GeForce 7800 GTX Go 256mb
    -1900x1200 ClearView screen w/built-in camera
    -Two soundcards: a Realtek one and a SB Audigy2
    -DVD/CD-RW combo drive (didn't want a DVD burner)
    -Other nifty things in it

    I've already tried running Linux on it, which was on the 40gb HD from my old laptop. Stupid me, however, forgot to recompile my kernel to adjust for my hardware (I've transfered the HD from computer to computer before, I know it can be done). The result is that I can get to LILO, but can't mount my root partition. Reason? My laptop uses a Promise SATA 378 controller for its HDs, and I never compiled the driver into the kernel. The kernels on the Slackware 10.2 CD don't seem to want to recognize it, either. I guess I have to play around with this some...at least I can access the drive (ext3 FS) with full read/write capabilities from Windows for the time being...

    So yeah, my birthday weekend is shaping up quite nice. I'm wondering what I got as presents...

    EDIT: Got my presents. Overall, I made out well:

    -Trauma Center: Under the Knife for DS (awesome game)
    -Dogora on DVD (old Toho movie)
    -March of The Penguins on DVD
    -New shirt and a new turtlekneck
    -Remmington beard and moustache trimmer
    -Homemade enchiladas.
    -$25 (which will go towards four new Infinity speakers for my car)

  14. I'm doing a bit of an experiment today for shits and giggles. I'm trying out a different X11 window manager/desktop called Rat Poison. I've used it before, but never to any great extent until today.

    Basically, think of a GUI that doesn't need a mouse, is fast as hell, and gives you carpal tunnel. Sure, you can do all of this in Windows and practically any other X11 desktop out there, but Rat Poison caters specifically to a different sort of person and way of use. If I want to run a program, say Thunderbird, I'd type these commands: ctrl+t ! thunderbird

    Doing those keystrokes in that order brings up Thunderbird. Maybe I want an xterm Terminal (like the MS-DOS prompt for you non-Linux users)? ctrl+t ctrl+c

    How about a list of open windows? ctrl+t ctrl+w

    Switch to a different one? ctrl+t ctrl+p (and many other ways, including ctrl+[number])

    Enter in some sort of Rat Poison command myself (including key bindings): ctrl+t :

    So yeah, I'm going to be a rebel and not use my mouse at all today. My IMs today may be a bit slow because I never use sound here at work and I don't have a taskbar in Rat Poison. Or a desktop for that matter. And since I don't have a taskbar, I just ditched using Gaim for the time being and went to the text-only Naim client (http://site.n.ml.org/info/naim/).

    Link to the homepage (awesome screenshots, heh): http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/

    1. spank


      Reading your post quickly I thought Ratpoison would be something like Quicksilver on Mac OS X which would be great to have on Linux. Seems interesting nonetheless.

      Currently I use Gnome 2.12. I don't like KDE because it's cluttered. The only app that would make me use it is amaroK which is a really great music player.

    2. Bucket


      Meanwhile, I got work done today.

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Bucket said:

      Meanwhile, I got work done today.

      Guess what...me too!

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  15. Last night I bought a new pair of studio headphones for use at home. Some Sony MDR-7506 ones to be exact. They aren't top-of-the-line, but they're better than my old pair, which I think were blown out.

    In any case, I got home last night, and after I got over my huge amazement as to just how cool they sounded, I worked on some music writing. One song I've been working with lately is turning out good, and while I have some ideas about how to structure everything, I'm getting hung up as to where I want to go with the melody. Here's the file in the current unfinished state: http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/10-10-05.mp3

    Another thing I started with was a simple remix of the first level of Descent, but I dunno if I'll actually finish this or not: http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/d.mp3

    1. exp(x)


      I recently purchased some ER-6i earphones after they were recommended to me on #skulltag. They are simply amazing; I am now able to hear stuff on my CDs that I never heard before. The bad thing about getting higher-end headphones or earphones is that you can't go back to a cheap set. I tried my Sony MDR-EX71 earbuds just for the heck of it, and they sounded like crap.

    2. Lord FlatHead

      Lord FlatHead

      I'm currently using Trust 640U Silverline USB headphones. It's fucking great, the only downside being I only have two USB ports on this laptop and I need one of them for the mouse.

    3. Bucket


      That song reminds me of Timesplitters for some reason.

      I have some pretty good headphones, although they're old and starting to lose their range. I've been looking into surround headphones, but that means also buying a sound card.

  16. So about a month ago, my laptop's screen broke. Not in the way that I couldn't see anything (the picture was still crystal clear), but rather in the sense that it wouldn't stay in an upright position. The whole screen just flopped backwards.

    Well, I fixed it. And I find my fix amusing.

  17. Or for those of you who don't understand the title, "Real Blog". I need a place to get thoughts out that isn't my livejournal, and I figured someone may have an idea on this.

    Programming in Windows can be a bitch sometimes when you don't know what to do. Or rather, it can be one when you don't know how to do something. Using C# and the .NET framework, it's really easy to launch a process (iow, "another program") from within one already running (see example below).

    The hard part is what I am wanting to do. I want to actually kill the process, which I can do with a "proc.Kill();" command, but do so only when the process is finished doing what I told it to do.

    If, for example, I had delibrately started a copy of my antivirus client, and pass in some command line option to automatically do a full system scan, I could assume that the scan would be finished when the CPU useage of the program goes back to 0 (or "idle"). But I'm worried that there'll be exceptions to this assumption and that there will be some program that will naturally idle during the course of its normal run through. Who knows, maybe the process I started connects to some server, which is busy, so it puts the process on hold. The process wouldn't have finished what it was supppsed to do, but would be idle.

    Trying to decide how I'll tackle this is driving me insane. I suppose I could just implement a simple time limit. Like, "Launch this process, wait one hour, then kill it regardless," but that could cause problems as well. And the likelyhood that the process I launch will emit some sort of system-wide event that I can check for...well, who knows if it will (and I don't know quite how I'd catch the event anyways).

    So yeah, programming for Windows isn't always hard, but figuring out how to pull some things off is. But the way I see programming, if I can think it up, it can be programmed somehow (maybe just not at the current moment).

    Example of launching a process, embedded into something that should actually work:


    1. Ralphis


      Unrelated, but I'd really like to talk to you about Japan. If you still have my aim handle, please message me

  18. In case anyone is interested, BBC is offering the 6th through 9th symphonies of Beethoven for free download for a short time. They were performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda.


    I know that #9 is the first one I'll get off of that.

  19. School's out for the summer for me finally. This last quarter sort of felt like a waste of time. My Japanese class went way too slowly for me, and somehow I signed up for a class called "Software Tools" which ended up being a "How To Use UNIX" class, which was even slower feeling than my Japanese class.

    But, after 3 years of studying, I now have a minor in Japanese. So this sort of makes up for it all. I would have gotten a major in it, but my school doesn't offer one. And then after next year, I'll have my first degree.

    And this took me like 10 minutes to type since I switched my keyboard to Dvorak, so I'm ending this one here.

    1. Kelzam


      I find it kinda funny how everyone else is just getting out for the summer and I'm just about to begin.

    2. AndrewB


      The two most unpopular people in my class used Dvorak keyboard. And guess what, I'm not one of those two. Three out of the graduating 32 used it. And now you're going crazy. I wonder where this movement is coming from.

  20. Because Doomworld's blogs is a great place to ask this (actually, I just want input and opinions from other people), I've got a question.

    What's the difference between a United Methodist church and other Christian churches? Say, Pentecostal and Catholic.

    1. Bucket


      It sucks that much?

      (Wah wah waaaaaaah)

    2. deathbringer


      Who cares? theyre all christians!

    3. Planky


      deathbringer said:

      Who cares? theyre all christians!

      Please don't lump me in with Catholics. kthnxbye.

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  21. I have a small adapter to put a laptop HD into a desktop via the IDE cables. So this weekend, I was going to be doing some reformating of my laptop.

    What I'll be doing is reinstalling WindowsXP onto it after a complete format. Now, my laptop has no working CD-Rom, no floppy drive, and I've yet to get it to boot from a PCMCIA card, network, or USB pen drive (has the option...may try again if this fails). And due to lack of funds (saving up for another Japan trip), I'm not buying an external floppy or cdrom. So here's my question:

    Say I reformat the laptop HD while it's connected to my desktop and reboot. If I tell the computer to boot from the WindowsXP Install CD, I remember seeing an option inside the setup to select the target HD to do all the formating/partitioning/installing on. So, let's say I select the connected laptop HD and install XP onto it, and when it asks for the first reboot (think there's only one anyways), that's when I remove the HD and reinstall it into the laptop. Think the laptop would boot at this point?

    So if that seems confusing (which it might since I've Googled with no success tonight...remember, no floppy/pcmcia/usb boot), here's a list:
    1. Remove laptop HD, install into desktop.
    2. Format it.
    3. Put WindowsXP install CD in the drive, reboot, and boot from the install CD.
    4. Tell the installer to put a new copy of XP onto the laptop HD.
    5. Upon first request from the installer for a reboot, remove the laptop HD.
    6. Reinstall HD into laptop, boot laptop. Will it work?

    If anything, I know for a fact I can get Linux back on this way. So if XP's install doesn't work, I'll be fine with it :) Hell, Slackware will be going back on a 2nd partition eventually anyways.

    Of course, at the same time, if anyone knows how I can do this by simply telling my laptop to network boot, that'd be even better.

    1. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Lüt said:

      You've gotta be kidding...

      Man if that's true I don't think I'll ever be able to get this other computer formatted (since rebooting after the first portion of XP's install when it tells me to remove boot disks just leaves me with an "Operating System Not Found" message).

      Actually, since it's about the only option left, I'll just see for myself.

      I just did this...successfully. Read my post above yours.

    2. Lüt


      Yeah I've gotten to that point. The point that hangs on me is between your 8th and 9th paragraph. I begin the install, it copies the files, it says "please remove any bootable disks from your PC and press Enter to reboot and continue setup". So when I remove the bootable disks and it tries to access the hard drive, I get "Operating System Not Found". What I was going to do is try installing the entire OS on a different computer, then swap the drives and hope XP would pick up all the new hardware it got plugged into.

    3. Piezo


      The first time I tried that I used a fully established installation that was on an Abit BM6 with a Pentium 2 and I tried to take out the drive and put it in my other computer that had an Abit SR7-8X with a Pentium 4. When I fired it up, I would get a system error and a blue screen would flash, immediatly followed by a reboot. It took me a long time to figure out what was going on, so I ended up scrapping the installation and starting over. What really sucked about it is that there was no way to make the blue screen stay long enough to read. >:|
      When it comes to installing an OS on a PC that has two hard drives, I always disconnect the other one. I'm just too damn paranoid that I might format the wrong drive and ruin it. :-/

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  22. I had somehow completely forgotten that I uploaded this track recently. I finished this one a few weeks ago, making it my latest finished song. This will change soon, however, as another one is in the works (which if you know me well isn't surprising...I've not stopped since I first started).

    Anyways, more about the track. The title is "On Another Day". What makes this track interesting is that it is the second track I completed using Reason 2.5 that's worth mentioning (I completed three others while I was in Japan, but...they sucked). Structure-wise, it can be divided into four main sections. After the intro, section one kicks in after a buildup and introduces the main melody. This gets faded into section two, where I introduce a second lead synth. Soon, however, a variation on the first section's synth/melody (this time changed from a hoover to an Arp-style synth) is introduced. Following this, the original synth for this is re-introduced in another slight variation. Section three comes in and shows a somewhat cliche breakdown. However, I tried to keep it short since I'm not as fond of these anymore, and during re-build-up I have a variation synth and variation main melody come in. Finally, section four comes in where I reprise part of section two before going on to the outro. Overall, I'd say this is a club mix of a dark/hard trance song. Though not as hard as you'd think.

    Synthwise...it mainly focuses on the use of hoovers (see http://www.di.fm/edmguide/edmguide.html for a sample of a "hoover" sound, as well as an explanation below). Throught the song, however, I use a few others, such as an ARP and some customized Subtractor patches (yes, this was made in Reason 2.5). In fact, almost all of the synths in there are Subtractors, with maybe one being a Malstrom (the "whoomp" bass). But, each synth has like two parametric EQs, two delay lines, a unison, and a reverb unit on it as well (with the delays, unison, and reverb being patched through the main mixer's EFX send/receive ports). Then I think I probably have a few others on some. Somewhere I also threw in a Scream 4 Audio Distruction Unit (distortion, for one synth lead)...

    What I also did was sample my DR-202 drum machine to create the drum lines. These are being used on the Dr. whatever module that Reason has (I normally using HATE drum loops, but this time I made my own, so...). The loops were modified and edited in ReCycle. Then the extra TR-9090 high hats were sampled and ran through a ReDrum module.

    So, without further ado, the file:

    What is a "hoover"?

    1. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      And now my responses (since I seem to have a different taste for electronica ;) ):

      Numbermind said:

      Kick Drum: 1/5
      Holy shit, where did you find this? Did it just happen to be the only patch you didn't use yet? It doesn't reach down at all; it just kind of plops right in the middle of my woofer and wears it out. You choice of kick drum is like loose vagina.

      I chose that one to get away from a standard TR-909. On both my subwoofer systems (read: stereo system and car), it's deep and bassy while still not overpowering. Also sounds good in studio headphones and on other speakers, imo.

      Other Drums: 3/5
      Good, in spite of the fact that the kick drowns them out. Put them a bit higher in the mix, fill in their sound a bit better with the EQ, add more breaks and it should be fine.

      They don't drown out in mine...in fact, some are overtaking the mix. So I don't know what you're hearing.

      Chords: 3/5
      In Trance, the key is to have a really good chord progression. You've limited yourself to a 2-chord progression-- much less than the standard 4 or even a melody-based one. The common opinion is that you can't go wrong with a diminished 6th, so this should be par.

      I've since been spending more time away from the 4-chord ones because I felt they were over-used. Most of the best chord progressions in trance/techno that I've found are more minimal (look at Asencion's "Someone" which has two, "Greece 2000" which has two, or alot of the actual Techno genre). EDIT: also look at Astral Projection's "Mahadeva" or most other Goa trance.

      Overall: 2.75/5
      Have you tried composing outside of Reason or Fruity Loops? Like, make a song without a sequencer and record live. Do you have a piano? (I refrain from saying "acoustic piano") It'd only help.

      I only recently starting using Reason, actually, and never have used Fruity Loops. For the most part, I dislike software synths. Up to this point, I've used Cakewalk in conjunction with my two midi keyboards. So yes, I've done it live and for quite a long time.

      But to each his own :)

    2. Use


      Hmm well, It sounds alot like a random Apop song, I don't think the kicker overpowering either, but I did find the track very predictable, like 99.9% of Trance music in general. If that's what you're going for you succeeded.

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Use3D said:

      Hmm well, It sounds alot like a random Apop song, I don't think the kicker overpowering either, but I did find the track very predictable, like 99.9% of Trance music in general. If that's what you're going for you succeeded.

      Given that I only recently aquired Reason and am still learning the ins and outs of it, you're right, that is what I was going for. I'm hoping that by practicing with such songs that I can eventually work my way up to more experimental things. One in particular I'm wishing to explore is something along the lines of Detroit Techno.

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  23. I recently picked up a copy of an old PSX game called "Codename: Tenka". It was one I used to highly enjoy back in the day, and one where I enjoyed the music even more. But, the copy I received has only part of the instruction manual. Specifically, the front cover.

    Anyone who happens to have the manual to this game mind posting the names of the audio tracks? I remember they were listed near the back. Thanks in advance.

  24. Rant warning!

    My computer science class is really crappy this time around. The class would be great if it weren't for our incompetent teacher.

    The class has corrected the notes she places on the board daily, as well correcting what she says. She never did teach us anything about circuitry, but we got tested on it. And one time, I was supposed to meet her outside of class to make up a test, which was something we had agreed to. I reminded her the very day I was meeting her and she forgot that we had agreed to (not to mention my name, although I've told her about 4 times now). When I met her at the time we were supposed to, she never showed up as she forgot again on the very same day not an hour later.

    And half the time, she contradicts what she says. Just like today, we had the following (equivalent of a very simple C-style if statement):

    She first said that "je L1" means, "go to L1 if eax and op2 are equal, otherwise go to L1". When we asked for clarification on this, noticing they both went to L1, she first said that it was correct. "Are you sure?" we asked. She then said that she was sure, as one goes to L1 and one goes to L2, changing her response without a beat.

    See, we're supposed to be covering assembly language in the class. However, I can't get her own example code to work in the assembler she says it's made for and wants us to use (masm). Well, it assembles, but won't link.

    I've gone and talked to the dean about her already, and got all but one student in our class (5 people total) to write complaint letters to him. So he's doing something about her, but we still have to put up with crap like this.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention that she told me that Linux couldn't do assembly languages because it was too high-level.