Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

2008.08.22 – 2008.09.26 or something like that


Reference stuff

Technical stuff

Music, demoscene, and other shiny stuff

  • Future Crew – Second Reality – very impressive demo from 1993 (actual program for DOS here)
  • ChibiTracker – portable Impulse Tracker clone (i.e. “a small, compact music composing application that is easy to learn and powerful enough to sound good”); GPLed and runs on Windows, Linux, MacOS, BSD, and BeOS
  • Map of Science – trying to visualize connections between various sciences… Flash-based and interactive and kinda neat



2008.07.10 – 2008.07.26 debris




  • The Future Freaks Me Out – album from a band my friend Shannon likes
  • Jamglue – remixing for the masses… I haven’t looked at it in much detail. but Corina uses it
  • John Walsh – local (as in Cincinnati) punk/hardcore band that Joc likes
  • The Seedy Seeds (and also here on Myspace) – another local band (electronica?) that Joc likes

Shiny stuff

  • Dafont – site full of categorized fonts for download (free for personal use)


Hippie & Political Stuff

  • Joc showed me this: Freecycle – “It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.”
  • The Problem with Music by Steve Albini
  • Courtney Love’s commentary on record label profits, Napster, music, and piracy
  • Order of Death on Youtube – someone told me I should watch it. I haven’t yet. There’s a high chance it’s complete BS.

Software stuff

  • Bart’s way to create bootable CDs – very handy
  • Squeak – VM (open source) implementing Smalltalk  (this FLOSS Weekly talks about it)
  • Seaside – “framework for developing sophisticated web applications in Smalltalk”  (this FLOSS Weekly talks about it as well)
  • Squeak by Example – pretty good book (available as a PDF for free, or as a printed copy from for $20.10)
  • Early History of Smalltalk by Alan Kay – it is from 1993, but is still a very in-depth paper
  • Smalltalk: Getting the Message – article more focused on the “why” and “how” of Smalltalk than its history
  • SliTaz – a Linux distro designed to run out of RAM and still have a usable desktop; current version is only about 25 MB
  • Rocks Clusters – a CentOS-based Linux distro designed to make building and managing clusters a lot easier (mentioned in this FLOSS Weekly)
  • Webconverger – “open source web kiosk”, or basically a Linux distro designed to boot quickly into Firefox
  • VR Juggler Suite – some sort of open source virtual reality suite
  • Englab – open source mathematical platform, similar to MATLAB, in very early versions right now
  • Quotes about C and C++ and Programming Quotes which are mostly good for being funny rather than useful, or for pissing people off

Hardware stuff (DIYish)

Hardware stuff (non-DIY-unless-you-have-a-fab-or-a-CNC)

  • Loongson – general-purpose CPU made at Chinese Academy of Sciences; MIPS-compatible and used in some small devices like this


  • 3D holographic display at USC (uses projector + rapidly rotating mirror)
  • Lest We Remember: Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys  –  research from Princeton about how information can be recovered from memory after a system is powered off, and how to utilize this to defeat most encryption systems because they leave their keys in memory.

Video game-related

  • FIFE engine – open source 2D engine designed for isometric and top-down views
  • XGameStation video game development kit – looks like they have various kits for programming games, old-school style, and a lot of user-submitted programs

2008.06.18 – 2008.07.09, really overdue notes



  • – “Non-commercial DIY Projects for MIDI Hardware Geeks”
  • – Looks like a blog about various other MIDI-related DIY projects
  • Nvidia Tegra –  “features a GPU, media processor, system memory, peripherals and a CPU all in one ultra-low power chip, smaller than a US dime (10-cent piece).”
  • Ethernet Mini Board

Geek Articles/Software

Hippie Stuff

  • MoBo Bicycle Coop – “The MoBo Bicycle Co-op is a non-profit, volunteer-run collective dedicated to providing every member of the Tri-State area access to bicycles, maintenance, and education.” (also Myspace site)
  • AskWish
  • Hegelian dialectic – remind me to read this in detail and find why it pertains to politics

Hippie Geek Stuff

  • Owner-free Filesystem – “distributed filesystem in which everything is stored in reference to randomized data blocks” and bound to be soon pissing off a legal system near you
  • What Colour are your bits? – relevant to intellectual property somehow but I haven’t read it yet.
  • Traffic Waves – “sometimes one driver can vastly improve traffic.”
  • “Big and Bad” – Malcolm Gladwell’s opinions of SUVs and their marketing. (same Malcolm Gladwell who wrote Tipping Point though I didn’t make this connection when I read the article)


Notes 2008.06.01 – 2008.06.07


Technical stuff

  • Red Hill Technology – decent articles pertaining a lot to old x86 hardware
  • TRIPS (utexas again) – “developing a new class of technology-scalable, power efficient, high-performance microprocessor architectures called EDGE (Explicit Data Graph Execution) architectures.” and I’ve got at least one technical paper that’s been on my computer for over a year that I’ve put off reading somehow

Programs and stuff

  • Xournal – ” Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus.”; open source, of course, and maybe I can make it run on my Jornada
  • OPIE – Open Palmtop Integrated Environment… some sort of interface for smaller devices; I tried it on my Jornada and found it uselessly slow, but kinda neat
  • GPE – GPE Palmtop Environment, which might be a better option than OPI
  • BlenderCAD – “a Blender script created with the aim of expand the functionality of Blender, so that it could be used for the Computer Aided Drawing.” …haven’t tried it but it might be worth it
  • GNU Radio – the GNU software radio; can be combined with minimal hardware (like the USRP) “allows the construction of radios where the actual waveforms transmitted and received are defined by software,” which is probably a good way to totally piss off the FCC


  • “Tainting Evidence: Inside The Scandals At The FBI Crime Lab” by JF Kelly and PK Wearne (Amazon)
  • “Confessions of a Record Producer – How to Survive the Scams and Shams of the Music Business” by Moses Avalon (Amazon)
  • “Rainbow Painting: A Collection of Miscellaneous Aspects of Development and Completion” by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (Amazon) – was recommended very highly by a program I listened to, related to Buddhism and meditation


  • The Memory Hole [rescuing knowledge, freeing information] – “The Memory Hole exists to preserve and spread material that is in danger of being lost, is hard to find, or is not widely known…. The emphasis is on material that exposes things that we’re not supposed to know (or that we’re supposed to forget).”
  • Cryptome – “Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance — open, secret and classified documents — but not limited to those.”