Posted October 31, 2010 @ 10:36 pm | Filed under: High Fidelity

A few years ago, I purchased a Muse Receptor for use with my band. I’d consider myself somewhat of an early atopter.. I was fortunate enough to have an idea for the band’s live setup (namely, a hardware box that ran software synths) that someone had already implemented. I enjoyed using it for a couple years, though it tended to be not the most reliable piece of equiment ever.

Recently, the plugins I had purchased stopped working on the Receptor… I suspect because the Pace iLok copy-protection USB-stick no longer functioned correctly. So today I finally signed onto the iLok web site to see if I could get my authorizations transferred to a new iLok. All perfectly within legal parameters — We open-source advocates typically try to play by the rules, and contrary to popular belief, we’re not trying to get something for nothing :). However, to my dismay, I was presented a message that stated was only supported on Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

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Antique Radio Computer Build

Posted October 12, 2010 @ 3:46 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

Over the course of the past six months or so, I’ve been working on rebuilding an antique stand-up radio console as a gift for my girlfriend. Here’s a quick rundown of the process:

Hardware setup

  • First, we got a five-ish foot radio console from an antique store. We thought the price was pretty reasonable.
  • Once I got it to her house, I removed all of the internal components. This included a big old tube-driven radio tuner and amplifier.
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Posted August 2, 2010 @ 10:13 am | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench

Si, Jon, and Andrew of Amplifiers have ‘released’ the 3-song EP I recorded for them this past winter/spring, which you can check out below. Be sure to also check out their recently revamped MySpace page. Brian Schultz, Bill Smith, and I also made appearances on the recording.

  • Error (Nothing’s Perfect)
    Audio MP3
  • Formations
    Audio MP3
  • Redemption Song
    Audio MP3

They have some more songs in the works too, hopefully they (and I) will be ready to record again sometime in the near future.

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Posted July 16, 2010 @ 12:27 pm | Filed under: Geekery

When I was in 3rd grade or so, my parents let me use the family computer: a Commodore 64. This little brown box was probably the coolest thing I ever received (though I wouldn’t say it was mine until everyone else in the family got bored with it).

Anyway, more on that background story later (probably)… for now, I want to briefly geek out over an old magazine that my neighbor introduced me to: COMPUTE! Magazine. He subscribed to the magazine at the time, and he would make copies of all the Commodore 64 programs for me to type in. This is basically how I started learning how to program. This was 20 years ago.

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Crawling in the Dungeon

Posted June 25, 2010 @ 11:03 am | Filed under: Geekery

[Note: this was edited from an e-mail I sent to my brother-in-law, which I thought deserved some space on the blog since I haven’t talked about games much on here yet.]

I’ve been poking around on the internet for the last couple days, looking into a genre of game called Roguelike, a.k.a. dungeon crawlers.  These games seem to be sort of the precursor to modern RPGs and are largely inspired by Dungeons & Dragons (a role-playing board game).  They have a few defining characteristics:  Randomly created dungeons for maximum replayability value, permanent death (i.e., you can save your game as often as you want but once your character is dead, that’s it), and turn-based play.  I’m not really qualified to do a full-on review of them because I’m just messing around (and I’m not very experienced in terms of RPGs), but I thought I’d throw out some links if anyone wanted to try any of them out. We’re talking super old-school here… the simpler ones (graphically) require some imagination but seem like they could be pretty cool once you’re used to them– and the purists say the DOS-style graphics are the only way to go.  Most of them are keyboard-controlled so if there’s a built-in tutorial or instructions I recommend going through them to learn the shortcuts.

First, some links for general info and history:

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