Archive for the ‘Music’ Category







  • Well, after my computer exploded and my hard drive became an orphan, I finally built a working computer again and fixed up my scripts so they didn’t suck. Now I shall attempt to post the giant piles of stuff that have accumulated.




  • – My friend Cassie sent me this link. In its own words: “Think of TasteSpotting as a highly visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products, and anything else that inspires exquisite taste.”


  • The eyeballing game – Another link from Cassie… it’s a Flash game that’s sort of interesting, related to one’s ability to eyeball something and tell if it’s straight
  • Nomic Game – A paperwork table game that looks a bit complex to actually play. The object of the game is to change the rules of the game.


  • The Score: How childbirth went industrial – An article in The New Yorker giving a (critical) opinion of why C-section is used so often. Interesting read.
  • Perils of pop philosophy
    • Probably related to Dunning-Kruger effect – “…people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it”
  • The Zen of Drinking Alone from Modern Drunkard Magazine. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of Modern Drunkard before, but this is a surprisingly cogent article about the value of… drinking alcohol alone, or “using alcohol to find your inner monkey”.
  • Well, more of an essay than an article… On Liberty by John Stuart Mill is something I should probably read at some point


  • Jake Speed and the Freddies – just saw them at the Southgate House and was extremely impressed, despite that ordinarily I’d never listen to “folk blues” voluntarily.
  • StumbleAudio – I don’t really know what this is. but I wrote it down, so maybe it’s good. “Guide to discovering music and sharing great new music.”

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

Alexander Blu


Alexander Blu - MayAlexander Blu - Moderato

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Alexander Blu

  • I had a song by this artist from 2005.08.13 (from Interconnected MusicMedia, now known as SoundLift) which I never really listened to… but finally got around to listening to, and I found the artist is still around and writing songs.
  • His personal site is here. His albums are available online under the Creative Commons. He also has a decent collection of digital pictures, some videos, and slide shows.
  • His description of the music: “…electro genre (Instrumental Music) with frequent use of electric guitar and Instrumental Lullabies for kids and adults in electro ambient genre. My music philosophy is that music should be relaxing and not burdening to the listener.”    . . . basically lines up with how I’d describe it.
  • I’ve listened to “Moderato” and “May” so far, but a few other albums are there as well.

Where to get it:  Here at his home page.