Why build a music studio PC in 2021?
April 12, 2021
The last time I got my hands dirty with building a custom PC was about 10 years ago, cobbling together a small home theater computer that also doubled as a large RAID array for storing a burgeoning media collection. I had built a few desktop machines before then in the late 90s/early 2000s, a time when PC gaming and PC building was a much less of a cool pursuit, but since then I’ve reliably stuck...
Getting Started with Samples Packs
January 29, 2021
Ever wondered what the secret is to creating an inspiring piece of electronic music? Different musicians who admire different artistic inspirations will inevitably give you different answers here, but if you ask me, it all starts with a good set of samples.
Peanut Butter Wolf 24-hour Valentine's Day mix
February 14, 2020
A diggers paradise, I remember watching this event live streamed via Stones Throw as PB Wolf spun record after record from his cozy basement vinyl cave. I didn’t quite make it the entire 24 hours, more important things were in the works that Valentine’s Day, but every so often I remember this massive masterwork exists and I highly encourage you to listen in and share it with someone special (no matter what day it might...
Bye Bye Picasa API
April 05, 2019
It’s always a nice feeling to realize, after a long bout of confusion and pounding my head against the desk, that I was never actually going crazy in the first place. Putting together this Jekyll site has been a fun and challenging exploration of the unfamiliar and I enjoy the process of cobbling together new features while figuring out what’s possible as I go. Most of the time this means breaking things completely before getting...
5 Jekyll lessons I've learned so far
July 25, 2018
About three weeks ago, I had a breakthrough. Ever since my old Wordpress website kicked the bitbucket I’ve been exploring more minimal, lightweight options to transition my personal website to. Jekyll was of course the winner of that competition, but even as I’ve started to enjoy the robustness of engine and simplicity of working with a static site generator there have been multiple hurdles to clear in order to get things working the way I’ve...
Happy GDPR Day!
May 25, 2018
Pop those bottles and drop those balloons from the ceiling, it’s May 25th, aka, GDPR Day! Today the General Data Protection Regulation goes into full effect in Europe. For us Americans it doesn’t mean too much, unless you happen to work somewhere that does business with European clients or otherwise manages data records of EU citizens (in which case GDPR has been a pain to implement on your systems), but as controversial as the GDPR...
Things I wish I had known before I got into synthesizers
January 26, 2018
They say that the longest journey begins with the first step. I took my first step into the world of electronic music production way back in college, getting to understand this obscure new software a friend turned me on to called Ableton Live, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I made my way into the wider world of audio hardware, MIDI controllers, and analog synthesizers, permanently cementing my interest in making music as well as...
Installing Arch Linux on a Thinkpad X1 Yoga for fun and profit
December 14, 2017
I’ve been a big fan and supporter of Ubuntu Linux for well over a decade, since at least 6.06 (Dapper Drake). They’ve done more than any other distro to help propel Linux forward as a tangible option for a desktop operating system among average computer users, and that’s a great thing. A rising tide lifts all ships.
Bookmark No More
November 29, 2017
Ever since the introduction of social media, bookmarking stuff on the internet has seemingly become irrelevant. Of course the physical act of bookmarking websites hasn’t gone away, you probably have the equivalent of an Amazon warehouse of orphan webpages sitting in a dusty folder in your web browser somewhere. We find cool things on the web and we want to come back to them someday, so we add a bookmark to that page and then...
Backpack Quest II - Pack Harder
October 10, 2017
What’s in a bag? Stuff, generally, but on a deeper more philosophical level, what makes a particular bag good at what it does versus every other bags out there in the world today? They’re all just a pouch with zippers and straps on the back, right? Well, if you travel enough, you’re probably on the same page as me when it comes to hauling your things from point A to point B (and all points...
Archive.org to the rescue
August 25, 2017
One day, a few months shy of two years ago, I did something very stupid to my web server. All of the downtime since then, the moving away from Wordpress, the roll over to a new website and hosting solution, was precipitated by one unthinking moment of weakness: upgrading my server’s operating system without first taking a full system backup. Up until that point I had been running the same Wordpress install on the same...
Minor tasks, major procrastinations
August 22, 2017
What brings me to write? I guess it would have to be stillness, peace, a blank sheet of paper and not a single other worry or thought in the back of my head besides the ideas I hope to put down permanently. Only problem is, I have a lot of nagging thoughts and ideas that so easily distract me from the creative process.
Make the switch to Jekyll in only 37 easy steps!
April 12, 2017
Today marks this site’s official switch over from Wordpress, a CMS I’ve utilized for almost 12 years, to a more light-weight and agile platform, Jekyll. I’m looking forward to a long a fruitful relationship with something a little leaner and meaner than Wordpress, and hosting things on a personal Github repository via Github Pages is a welcomed solution, but I’ll be damned if getting things off the ground wasn’t the slightest bit confusing and frustruating....
IPv4 finally exhausted, long live IPv6
September 24, 2015
From the folks over at ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers):
Surfing the wavetable
January 16, 2015
The Elektron Monomachine. Six mono tracks, five different synthesis engines, a lot of possibilities. I had one of these machines a few years ago, actually the second synthesizer I ever purchased, but if you’ve ever used an Elektron box you know that there is a bit of a learning curve with getting adjusted to how the Swedish do hardware, not to mention having to understand how each synth engine works and is modeled. With so...
Fortune-TV - fortune files full of TV quotes
November 01, 2014
There are many things I like about using Linux/UNIX, but one of my favorite things to play around with is a little program known as fortune. It’s very simple (I get along well with very simple programs), the purpose of fortune is to spit out a randomly selected strings from a list of strings (a fortune file in our case), like a Magic 8-Ball or a fortune cookie (except funnier and less edible).
A man, a plan, a Eurorack modular
October 14, 2014
As someone who has made their way through a variety of synthesizers, samplers, effects, mixers, and other machines that go bleep in the night, I’ve never gone into too much detail about modular synthesizers. It was watching Radiohead perform Idiotque on Saturday Night Live in 2000 when I first got my first glimpse of a modular system, though at the time I had no idea what I was looking at, only that it was gigantic,...
Constructing a complete drum kit
October 04, 2014
Drums are the basis of any great track. Many times when crafting a song you’ll find yourself dealing with the rhythm of the track first. To some extent the rhythm ends up dictating the majority of your tune, it sets the tempo, the timbre of the individual drum hits creates a specific mood, even the act of adding or taking out specific drum tracks creates the skeleton of your song, laying out where other sounds...
Solving cloud sync issues with Synology Cloudstation
June 04, 2014
I like the cloud, I really do. Being able to seamlessly transfer and make your files accessible across any of your machines from anywhere in the world is a pretty great use of networks and servers. The cloud has also replaced the need (in a lot of instances) for a local development machine as a place where code can live and be accessed by others and executed remotely.
Get your Nord Modular working under Mac OSX
May 19, 2014
The Nord Modular series of virtual analog synthesizers are incredible pieces of gear, I cannot stress this enough. While going down the rabbit hole of modular synthesis can be grossly expensive and require a great deal of space in your studio, the Nord Modular series (both the older G1, Micro Modular, or the newer G2) gives you a full array of oscillators, envelopes, filters, sequencers, logic gates, effects, and a whole lot more to virtually...
Trials and tribulations of syncing Droid data
May 06, 2014
Upgrading your mobile device is still a double-edged sword. Sure, I’ve got a new shiny Android toy to play around with, and despite the fact that smartphones have been around since 2008 or so I continue to run into the problem of getting all the important information on my device collected, synced, and exported to the new device in a well organized fashion. Much of the issue stems from how Gmail (your droid’s central repository...
Going down the disconnect rabbit hole
January 01, 2014
Today, I’ve quit Facebook.
Six Link Saturday – Second helpings edition
July 06, 2013
Being on the road is awesome, but sometimes it means I don’t get to post stuff here that often. In repentance for my errors, I will be posting twelve entirely interesting internet items for your eyes:
Six Link Saturday – Supermoon Solstice
June 22, 2013
Let me take you on another journey through sight and sound. Online that is:
Six Link Saturday
June 15, 2013
A little experiment. Six Link Saturday will be a regular installment (hopefully every Saturday, or else the name will start to sound silly) of 6 interesting, astounding, or otherwise relevant internet items, hand-picked by yours truly. Served chilled.
Police scanner streams overloaded by interest in Dorner standoff
February 12, 2013
A tense scene is still unfolding as the San Bernardino Police continue to surround a now burned-out house where manhunt suspect Christopher Dorner is believed to be holed up as he faces down a stand-off with police.
Google Street View movie scenes
February 01, 2013
What some of your favorite movies would have looked like if they were captured in real time by a Google Street View car:
John Carmack’s .plan file circa 1999
January 26, 2013
Funny to see these time capsules of software development pop up every so often. In a world not yet fully interconnected through blogging and social media (but still pretty damn interconnected thanks to the web) the masses clamored for up to date information about their favorite computer games and game development personalities.
January 25, 2013
An “eloquent” response to Aaron Schwartz’s legacy from Carl Malamud of the Internet Archive:
Apollo Robbins has pocketed my heart
January 15, 2013
Rapscallions of a feather, I suppose.
31 Days of NPR - American Media's True Ideology? Avoiding One
January 08, 2011
In what is still a very appropriate topic in this country, NPR has dedicated a two-part series to delving into the murky waters of political bias in the mainstream news media. The first installment of this series looks at the press in the United Kingdom, a news media that operates quite differently from the American style we’ve grown so accustomed to. Unlike in the United States, where media organizations and newspapers dance around the topic...
31 Days of NPR - Folklorist Alan Lomax
January 07, 2011
When was the last time someone introduced themselves as a folklorist? Like a career in newspaper writing, folklorist is one of those obscure and eccentric professions that attract only the most humble and dedicated yet a career which, upon reflection, might have one of the most outsized impacts on American culture and history.
January 06, 2011
I read a lot of websites. Generally I prefer to go to those websites to get my information fix, but I’ve also been looking into utilizing RSS feeds so I can more easily access my favorite sites across multiple web platforms. This usage is especially interesting to me now that I own a tablet computer and am looking to develop some programs that take advantage of different protocols like RSS for displaying content.
31 Days of NPR - A New Congress But (Sadly) The Same Old Jokes
January 06, 2011
It’s All Politics is a dry show full of obscure references. Hosts Ken Rudin and Ron Elving are another reason why this is one of my favorite programs to listen to on NPR (but only on Thursdays). Looking for a witty and funny way to spend thirty minutes of your life? Especially if you know a thing or two about politics or US history, you should tune into It’s All Politics.
31 Days of NPR - The Art Of The Danish Open-Face Sandwich
January 05, 2011
Just look at this picture:
31 Days of NPR - Nine Rappers, One Wu-Tang Clan
January 04, 2011
Judging by the stories I’ve chosen so far, you might think NPR is all business. Looking at their website would suggest the same, but in reality, NPR covers the gamut of content; everything from the real life kind-of-more-important-stuff to business news, culture reporting, and even entertainment. Chances are, if you live in or around an NPR-affiliated station and also know a local musician, they’ve probably been profiled, interviewed, or have even performed lived on that...
31 Days of NPR - Toxie, A Life
January 03, 2011
As we leave 2010 behind, one can’t help but reflect on the many events of the past 356 days and which one might have been the single biggest and most culturally significant let down of our time. Tragedies like the Haitian earthquake, BP oil spill, and an unsettling number of mining catastrophes were reminders of just how little control humans still lack when it comes to taming the natural world, but what about all the...
31 Days of NPR - The Hunt Is On
January 02, 2011
Every morning when I wake up I like to immediately hop on the internet and check hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com, you know, just to make sure those brainy scientists over at CERN haven’t destroyed the world yet. From the moment it was brought online in 2008, and all of the ~mysterious~ circumstances that it has suffered throughout that process (birds dropping breadcrumbs and all), I can’t remember a single scientific experiment inspiring so much unjustified fear and panic...
Resolutions - 31 Days of NPR
December 31, 2010
Like Santa-Con, drinking eggnog with brandy, and staying indoors (unless you absolutely have to go outside) this wintry time of year includes many traditions. One annual exercise, a promise made before the end of the year (and usually forgotten about by the middle of January) is resolving to become a better person through strictly regimenting your lifestyle, taking steps to improve your health, and committing to achieve a long term goal in order to improve...
A list of essential programs
December 28, 2010
I recently had the misfortune of re-installing Windows 7 on my main workstation. This has more or less become an annual tradition for me, but this time around I’ve decided to backup all of the installers for the applications I use most frequently so that when I have to reinstall again I can just install Firefox instead of using Internet Explorer to download a better web browser.
I got some stuff you should read, man
September 19, 2010
On the unending quest to find brand new internet places to distract myself with every five minutes, I’ve come across or been told about a few points of interest I thought I would share. There’s a site for every season, but when I go to seek out content or find something to read I like to have one of two (or preferably two) things happen: I laugh or I get informed. Gawker does a good...
Some long overdue fixes
September 16, 2010
Caution: things will be broken for the next few days but its all for the better.
Tales from Burning Man
August 19, 2010
Browsing through a recent thread on a certain internet forum, I came across a post where people were relating their experiences from a certain dusty hippie desert-punk festival known as Burning Man. You know the one, the arts and music gathering held every year in the middle of the Nevada desert? Where an impromptu functioning metropolis, Black Rock City, springs up thanks to the hard work of tens of thousands of radically inclusive participants who...
The Culture Code
June 11, 2009
I’m starting a new book today called ‘The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do’ by Clotaire Rapaille. As someone who has always admired product marketing, well, good product marketing, and appreciates the diversity of cultures view throughout the world, I’m curious to learn more about how these cultural forces shape our feelings about commerce.
March 10, 2009
It is infinitely easier to post a few sentences than a few pages when it comes to blogging. I think this is why I enjoy using Twitter so much. I’m limited to 140 characters in getting my point across. On the one hand, it can be a ridiculously hard challenge fitting a coherent thought into so few letters and spaces, but on the other hand it can lead to artful and satisfying compromises in style,...
Why people like Twitter and why everyone should use it
February 07, 2009
The internet is all about convergence. It was just a few short years ago that people started to get acclimated to using short text messages to communicate with friends and family. Before text messages, we had become pretty comfortable using AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, Yahoo, and the like to send short messages to each other over the internet. The more things change, the more they seems to stay the same, right?
If this is the future of advertising we are in for some serious trouble
February 05, 2009
This past weekend, instead of watching Superbowl XLIII, I ended up doing some video editing work and hammered out a few more details with my portfolio (exciting, right?). I expected the Steelers to win so I don’t believe I missed much in the way of a nail-biting football game (except for that 100 yard touchdown, that was probably cool to see). I tend to watch the Superbowl for the same thing everyone else watches the...
January 28, 2009
Since graduating college in May of 2008 I’ve been unable to come into any real, permanent, or fulfilling employment, or what most people in the working world call a job. I was close once, I was supposed to start working for a certain production company at the beginning of this year, but as these things tend to do, it didn’t quite work out. That’s not to say I haven’t been working hard and earning money...
Here's How I spent my Winter Road Trip
December 21, 2008
Alright, enough procrastinating! I’ve been meaning to get this post up before I elaborate too much on life in Los Angeles, you know, for continuity’s sake. Los Angeles, however, has consumed a lot of my free time recently so that should explain (or at least be an excuse to get me out of) the lack of posting here over the past two weeks. But without any further ado: Here’s How I Spent my Winter Road...
Where do I live exactly?
December 09, 2008
I’ve been getting this question a lot recently, and for good reason too (I did just move here from the other side of the country), but the fact of the matter is that I don’t really know how to respond.
Well, I'm here, so now what?
December 06, 2008
Thursday was the day. After speeding through the desert, flying by lonely gas stations, Indian reservations, low shrubs, and brush fires, I made it to the California border (which had a checkpoint of all things). After surrendering all of my citrus fruit to the friendly border agents and making my way through the 15 and 210, I safely made it to North Hollywood around 8pm PST and was met by a welcome party of friends...
November 29, 2008
Whelp, after dropping about $250 into my car for a road trip inspection offered by the local gas station, I now have fresh oil, a new A/C belt, a new motor belt, and I’m almost ready to hit the road. The last pieces of my room are beginning to get packed up (nothing like taking apart and putting away your workspace to reenforce you’re actually moving somewhere new) and I’m finally, yet again, consolidating my...
MacDailyNews more like MacDailySnooze
November 16, 2008
After almost two years under AT&T’s crappy prepaid service I’m about to call it quits and upgrade to a shiny new phone on a different carrier. There are many considerations I have to keep in mind with getting a new mobile device, mostly because I’ll be finding myself in a whole new city very soon with a whole new list of contacts and appointments to manage. There’s really no question that a smartphone is in...
November 12, 2008
Oh, a roadtrip across the United States! That should be pretty easy to figure out. No, no Dave-from-2-weeks-ago you are wrong. Very wrong.
Hot damn, I love the internet
October 28, 2008
Not two days after I mentioned the blog here, The Anonymous Production Assistant gave me a small write up about this very page and added me to his blogroll, spotlighting me in front of his legions of readers and making me feel just a little bit more special. This is how the blog-o-sphere works, people! Honor linkbacks, network with the right people, and share your knowledge.
I've been reading a lot of blogs lately
October 25, 2008
A lot of reading which I should probably supplement with just as much writing, but you know how this goes. Things in my life are changing rather quickly these days, and with much anticipation. I’ve been scouting out my future in Los Angeles the last few weeks so as not to shock my system when I arrive there in December.
A fresh start, whether I like it or not
October 20, 2008
I’m learning a lot of valuable and hard lessons when it comes to Linux and hard drives. With my recent upgrade to 320GB of base-2 storage goodness in my eeePC 1000h (the stock 80GB just wasn’t cutting it anymore), I was fortunate enough to have an external hard drive enclosure handy and was able to transfer my files over effortlessly. Linux, however, can be a royal pain, and ultimately, I ended up creating a great...
Oh, so you want updates now?
May 08, 2008
Hah, yeah, well
The Fabulous Fraudulent Life of Jocelyn and Ed
April 15, 2008
In the grand scheme of con-artistry these two collegiate brats score relatively low on the scam scale (the scam scale of course ranging from Uri Geller to Frank Abagnale Jr.), but reading the details in this Rolling Stone article of their underhanded and excessive, albeit short lived lifestyle, makes for a cringe-worthy and fascinating look into the world of two over-privileged children who thought that they had the world wrapped around their fingers. As reported...
Even more portfolio business
April 10, 2008
Things have been busy around here the past few days, and on top of that, I’ve been digitizing and stitching together some newspaper designs I had created way back when for my college’s newspaper, The Ithacan. The best ones can now be found in my digital portfolio.
April 01, 2008
The lack of new updates recently has been due to two things. One is the extraordinary amount of homework I’ve been undertaking recently (I am about to graduate from college after all), not to mention the documentary I’m working on at the moment, and additionally, I’ve been putting work into the less loved parts of this great website (namely my Portfolio section). Updates will resume as scheduled once I get a few more things out...
Out of Print - The death of the American newspaper
April 01, 2008
Eric Alterman has a great article in The New Yorker this month about the history of, and the eventual end of, the great American newspaper. The print newspaper industry has been expecting such a collapse for decades now, but with a continual decline in readership, the expensive costs involved in printing, and readers turning to the likes of the internet for most of their classified needs (a major revenue generator for print publications) the end...
Screw getting a desk job
March 26, 2008
The Times Online has a nice piece about how the freelance work environment (read: Starbucks) has become the new office for thousands of laptop-toting writers and designers. Why tie yourself to a 9-5 shift in a dingy poorly-lit office complex when you can get almost all the same work done on your personal computer from anywhere in the world?
Watch Wal-Mart take over the United States
March 25, 2008
kiwitobes has a great video timeline of the spread of Wal-Marts throughout the United States. It almost reminds me, as many of the commenter have pointed out, of a virus spreading throughout a population. Poetic justice I suppose.
Aussies explain US sub-prime meltdown
March 20, 2008
Australian comedy duo Clark and Dawe tackle the topic of our current recession in the United States, explaining to the audience how the crisis began, how much damage it might actually do, and what these developments mean for international markets. Ironically, these guys have done a better job summing up the situation than I believe most American news analysts.
I'm convinced Cory Doctorow is a jackass
March 18, 2008
Well no, I’ve never actually met the guy, but something really bugs me about Cory Doctorow. As a frequent reader of boingboing.net, I encounter Doctorow’s words and pictures almost daily, which many times I enjoy viewing and feel better informed for having seen, but I can’t help but detect an air of pretension in a lot of what Cory has to say. Also, I don’t think he takes very good pictures. Ongoing series my butt....
Historic houses humbled by downturn
March 16, 2008
Well, the US housing market is currently collapsing faster than Gov. Eliot Spitzers career, but apparently there is a thin silver lining amidst all this lending turmoil in the form of historic architecturally-significant buildings suddenly becoming affordable to all of us five-figure making schlubs. While the banks scramble to save their butts and low-interest rates remain in the air, many previous unfordable historic properties have now hit a rock bottom low (California and Nevada especially)...
Crypto1 (RFID, Oyster card crypto) hacked
March 15, 2008
One of my favorite things about living in London was the quick and easy (abet expensive) transit system, otherwise known as the London Underground. What made using the Tube such a pleasure was their Oyster card system, a piece of plastic with an RFID chip inside, that allows riders to pass through stations’ turnstiles with a simple tap of the card. Turns out, however, according to The Register, that the Oyster card system is about...
Nevermind the 90s Mix Tape
February 28, 2008
In what I hope will be another regular installment, I present Mix Tape, a collection of songs with one unifying theme, slapped together for your pleasure. After milling over the most legal (read: least liability for me) way possible to present this, I settled on using Seeqpod.com to host/stream the mixes. Seeqpod is a frequented site of mine but it’s questionable how much longer these guys will be around (RIAA, lawsuits, yadda yadda yadda), so...
Nedroid, where bacon and karate collide
February 25, 2008
Nedroid is one of those rare comics on the internet that readers can appreciate for both its sense of humor and appealingly unique art style. Strips are non-sequitur, usually involving karate or robots (sometimes bacon), but many sequences tend to follow the deadly duo of Reginald, a little birdy guy, and Beartato, a little potato guy. Other works by Nedroid include a response to a challenge posed by a reader to draw 200 bad comics,...
Inspiredology - 125 concert posters (part 1)
February 23, 2008
Praise the lord for StumbleUpon. Besides being an excellently interesting way to waste my time all most every day, it has also introduced me to some really fantastic websites. I will tell you about one of them now, I will.
I Wanna Be the Guy!
February 21, 2008
Quoted from I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie: The Game:
Total lunar eclipse tonight
February 20, 2008
10pm on the East Coast, 7pm on the West look out your window tonight, weather permitting, to catch a glimpse of the moon going behind the Earth for an hour or so. This will be the last lunar eclipse until December 20, 2010.
Lost America - Ghost Towns
February 19, 2008
In what I’m assuming is a side project of Design Sheds founder Troy Paiva, Lost America is a retro slice of the middle of the country containing desolate and abandoned pieces of America’s past. The past, in this case, is otherwise defined as a time from the 1950s until the mid 1970s, when everyone drove a Cadillac and people wore hats to work.
...And in with the new
February 18, 2008
Yup, getting up to date here with some new looks. I will be adding more to the sidebar and the header in the next day or two (hopefully I can also get my other pages working too). After that, I plan to get my comments form functioning properly, maybe add a theme switcher or two, and then rock out on some new blog posts (hopefully). I’m anxious to get my portfolio up here. Still searching...
The Gentoo checklist
February 13, 2008
Areas where I have achieved:
Gentoo, a third way
February 11, 2008
It’s been a few months going now but I’ve finally got a working computer with a working, stable operating system again. Before I hopelessly broke Ubuntu and tried choking down another install of Windows, things seemed to be down right fantastic, but at any rate, I’m now running a super fast and super stable install of Gentoo Linux on my aging Thinkpad T41p and I couldn’t be happier.
So here's the deal with Windows
November 25, 2007
Well, within 30 minutes of installing Windows Vista on my laptop I’ve managed to somehow contract four viruses and six malwares that love to tell me about offers for FREE C14lis. After slapping myself in the face a few times for sheepishly giving Windows another go, I wiped my system and reinstalled Ubuntu.
Bye bye Ubuntu
November 08, 2007
Well, I loved Feisty, but I don’t think upgrading to Gutsy just yet was the best idea. No dual monitors, no full screen video, no ATI love, and a lot of bugged out packages. I’m sure things will improve as time goes on, but for now, I’m changing my system over to Windows Vista.