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Twisted in Jan 09 ~~ Govt issue

on Saturday, January 31st, 2009 ... ob: geek

Backposted for your pleasure, playlist forthcoming. Second hour is entirely government issued vinyl. Enjoy.

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( : wm recordings, etc : )
Download: Jan 02 2009 – twisted groove – part 1 of 2

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( : government issue : )
Download: Jan 02 2009 – twisted groove – part 2 of 2

Live Audio Tonight: Chenard Walcker and Free Sample Zone

on Saturday, December 13th, 2008 ... ob: geek + music

Once again tonight brings 2 hours of tunes deliberately discovered for your listening pleasure. This evening from midnight to 2am Mountain time (11-1am Pacific), our home town FM transmitter will carry the sample happy creations of Chenard Walcker and company.

Keyword: plunderphonics.

Listen live at ksfr or, between Taos and Albuquerque, the old fashioned way at 101.1 FM Santa Fe.

LiBrArY sCiEnCe in Abq tonight

on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 ... ob: geek

See you tonight at the Atomic Cantina ( 315 Gold Ave SW ) for Library Science and friends. Visiting from Seattle, the group includes two from sample happy the Bran Flakes and bring custom video and over 2000 LEDs with their setup. Do not be afraid folkies, instruments include a bass guitar, trumpet, and glockenspiel and they are playing with glampunkrockors prima donna.

Come along ;)

Ubiquimee Ubiquitoo

on Thursday, August 28th, 2008 ... ob: geek

This newish plugin from mozilla labs provides a keyboard interface between web services and allows for amazing new magic from any browser. Check out the video for a quick dazzle…

Favorite ubiquity commands at first glance —

command-list // Lists all available commands.
calculate // Calculates the value of a mathematical expression.
convert // Converts a selection to a PDF, to rich text, or to html.
map-these // Maps multiple selected addresses or links onto a single Google Map. (Experimental!)
syntax-highlight // Treats your selection as program source code, guesses its language, and colors it based on syntax.
translate // Translates from one language to another.

See also: Commands in the Wild , Ubiquity Command Suggestions.

Request/Todo: Gmail labels by keyboard, looks like it should be possible to code! ( Update: The code should be similar to the greasemonkey script for gmail, macros. )

Go program at Portland State University

on Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 ... ob: geek

goban homePSU in Portland, Oregon is hosting the 2008 American Go Association’s Go Congress with over 500 in attendance.

Plenty of expert games with commentary all week broadcast on KGS and elsewhere. Also, watch the go computers close the gap…

Coming this Thursday, a top level human vs. computer game to be broadcast live :

Thursday, August 7 at 1 PM, when Kim MyungWan 8P takes on MoGo, the world’s strongest computer Go program. MoGo will connect remotely to a Dutch supercomputer boasting several teraflops. The game will be broadcast live on KGS.

( … remember these games? deep blue v kasparov 1997 game 6 )

Discipline

on Thursday, July 31st, 2008 ... ob: geek

Abandon evildoing;
Practice virtue;
Even mind:

Breathe.

april circuit twitter skateboard

on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 ... ob: geek

April whizzed by bringing the end of both snow and school for some months. Spanish study continues…

In Minneapolis right now(!), bent festival circuit bending geekery.

Also a severely delayed nod toward twitter, where I finally signed on and encourage participation. If you haven’t seen/read the hype, it is a novel distribution network based on sharing short thoughts and happenings as text messages among a social network. Dodgeball is a similar service oriented more toward real-time proximity and location based messaging, but relatively useless outside major metros. I wonder at the apparent lack of regional features on twitter, and encourage location based addressing and subscription be further developed.


A few comments on the last video post results in a similar dirt shot, though my skills clearly favor the snow…

Baking up Business

on Thursday, February 28th, 2008 ... ob: academic + business + food + geek

Pay AttentionMy school program is at its peak for the planned year, tapering after two more weeks. 18 hours a week in a commercial kitchen + spanish, business, and safety. The kitchen time is hands on and invaluable as a broad industry overview, but I find myself enjoying the business coursework more than anticipated. I look forward to applying these skills in the wild oh so soon. Here’s the most successful recipe yet, simply delicious.


Easy Focaccia w/ Olives

1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 cups AP flour
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. white sugar
1 (0.25 oz) package instant yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water (110 F)
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. rosemary
1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Mix flours and salt and make a well in center. Sprinkle sugar and yeast into well. Carefully pour warm water into well and let stand until yeast begins to act. Add 2 Tbsp of oil into well and stir, beginining in center and gradually widening.

Turn out on floured surface and knead until just smooth, keep soft. Pour 1/2 tsp. of oil into clean bowl and add dough, turning once to coat with oil. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Punch down and gently fold in most olives. Press or roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness onto parchment covered baking sheet. Cover with remaining oil and sprinkle with olives, rosemary, cheese. Proof in unheated oven above pan of hot water until doubled, 20 to 25 minutes.

Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned on top.

Adapted from Jack Dickson’s recipe at allrecipes.com


And for the geeks // Answering last month’s, how to publishing recipes? Using a recipe microformat of course! Still under development, but also includes a list of existing formats for consideration.

la cocina chingón

on Thursday, January 31st, 2008 ... ob: academic + geek

Quite busy with school, how to publish recipes?

While seeking notes on the word “chingón“, I found an article linking El Paso and Los Angeles via Alburque to the Zoot Suits of the 40s through street ( pachuco ) slang etymology. Los Pachucos y Su Lenguaje by Richard Griego. I’ve never taken a good look at El Paso‘s influence on hispanic and west coast culture through the past century, but this article presents a number of perfect starting points.

Volldampf voraus!

on Wednesday, December 26th, 2007 ... ob: geek + movement + skip and smile

santa-fe-ski-open-2007-gayway-santafeAll in Berlin — tomorrow begins 24th Chaos Communication Congress (24C3), hacker conference european extraordinare which appears to continue its growth.

Meanwhile locally, we continue to enjoy a bumper crop of organic, high-desert, powder. The backcountry is filling in, and Taos opens to snowboards march 19th. See you there ;p !!!!!!

Weekend Noise

on Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 ... ob: gatherings + geek + music

Shouts to folks at decibel seattle, folks here know what you are up at ! greets and vibes from high mayhem in santa fe. First impressions by David Felberg and CK Barlow preforming Pierre Boulez; John Berndt from the experimental scene of Baltimore, and tristan /and/ perich ;) from onebitmusic | loudobjects all fantastic and technically beautiful. Don’t miss the grilled cheeze installation.

and final? up up toward zentrale randlage berlin and their (unsere) one week on toward global crossroads of the frequencies.

beep beiep beep — If around in Seattle, Santa Fe, or Berlin — come out come out!

Rojo stumbles; Google reader improving

on Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 ... ob: geek

I’m sure by now all of you are using an aggregator to collect your favorite blogs, photo streams, podcasts, and other updated material into one location for easy consumption — haha, just kidding, I know most of you aren’t(!). For a reminder, check out my public aggregator at herebox.org/in, which collects a slightly outdated set of feeds right here on herebox. Notice the long list of sources down the side contributing to the content.

I’ve been happily using rojo.com for years, but a gap in service from last Sunday through Tuesday prompted an overdue survey of current options. Industry leader bloglines lacks a native river-of-news view, still eliminating them from consideration immediately. Google Reader and Rojo offer both tags to organize various feeds and a river-of-news view. Google’s product imported my OPML from rojo correctly and is much cleaner and functional since my previous visit mid-last year. Rojo remains better looking than Google’s, though perhaps only due to my familiarity, however Rojo’s own AJAX based redesign mid-last year hurt its performance significantly. It is a huge resource hog when loading, occasionally causing my entire browser to become unresponsive for a few moments. Further, it periodically jumps back to the top of the page while loading. These complaints aside, I continue to prefer Rojo’s overall interaction design and organization. Google needs to improve their tag / label interface across all of their services in Gmail. Their current drop-down list is horribly slow and awkward when adding or removing tags / labels and should be complimented with a keyboard-shortcut to add-a-tag predictive-text-box, as well as showing current tags when viewing an item with 1-click removal ability (see flickr, rojo, delicious). [ed-May-23:: Google reader has a fantastic keyboard-shortcut to tag-input function. Now let’s see that in Gmail!]

In summary, Google’s Reader service is catching up quickly to my remaining favorite Rojo, which is ailing from long-term performance and development issues. Apologies for limiting to the big 3; please suggest any river-of-news browser-based aggregators you would also recommend.

[ed-May18:: wow, yahoo pipes, just wow. to be reviewed. ]

Sculpted primitives added to Second Life

on Sunday, April 29th, 2007 ... ob: geek

Linden’s official announcement on friday, The advent of … sculpted prims, is exciting. Until now, all 3D content was constructed by combining and scaling multiple fundamental geometric shapes (spheres, tori, cubes, etc.). These new sculpted primitives may be imported and exported directly between the vitual world and 3D design applications such as expensive Maya, google’s Sketchup, or the open source blender which will facilitate a huge leap in content complexity. This opens the door to a practically limitless body of existing 3D content. It will also bring a new wave of seasoned 3D enthusiasts into the fray, changing the healthy SL content creation market dramatically. See also: Second Life Wiki: Sculpted Prims.

In world go club meetings are Monday (noon – 2pm SLT) and Thursday (8pm to 10pm SLT), at the go center of second life, see pictures.

return from the twisted groove

on Friday, February 16th, 2007 ... ob: audio + geek + media + music

On ksfr here in Santa Fe as I type, yours truly guesting on spinfx’s twisted groove 2 hour friday night weekly ( 00 – 02am ). Back after exactly one year and 6 days, this time the show is built entirely from netlabel releases ( see also: wiki:en:netlabel ).

Enjoy.

* Feb 17 2007 – twisted groove – part 1 of 2 ( 59:22 )

* Feb 17 2007 – twisted groove – part 2 of 2 ( 1:00:38 )

Shouts and thanks to spinfx for having me on, bleepwatch, retropublik, goto80, and don@pentagonik (i’ll feature y’all next show). Keep it coming!

cookie day and text text text

on Wednesday, June 21st, 2006 ... ob: gatherings + geek + general + skip and smile

Happy Solstice! I enjoyed a fantastic evening meal and bike ride with roomies and music under a large tree. Perfect weather. And now, it is /officially/ time to start dreaming about snow. Bring it ;).

Following solstice, now the 22nd, international day of the chocolate cookie, as promoted by Görlitzer Park this evening.

So yes, my posts are slacking as I’ve been too busy riding around the streets of Berlin; learning some sweet Javascript and XML tricks; and (oh yes) watching a few live world cup games along the way. In short — life is good, extremely full, and entirely berlin. For the first time since arrival, I’ll be making may way out of town through the end of next week to find fusion festival — thinking about all you from the northwest and NM who I won’t get to go camping with this summer(!)

One geek tip for the day. Working on the net with various circles, one instant message protocol seems never enough. Thankfully, I’ve re-discovered and finally accepted gaim into my life — and I couldn’t be happier. I’d tried it over the years but never found it satisfactory, until now. Handles: aim, msn, jabber (including gtalk), yahoo, irc, more if you have ’em — all in one ad-free window. One beast of an app, highly recommended. (MacOS see adium)

Yet another weekly del.icio.us with curl

on Monday, May 29th, 2006 ... ob: geek

From the original daily delicious past Nozell’s nice yadd additions; I’ve merged the later weekly (yawd) and curl mods together into a functional weekly script avoiding the fopen() libraries for use on hosts restricting usage, such as dreamhost. I’ve also updated the links to match the new del.icio.us API server. Feel free to grab yawd-curl-1.0.txt and give it a go for yourself.

feeds and fones (free!)

on Sunday, February 12th, 2006 ... ob: geek + media

I’m happy to have finally enable some form of feed sharing. I check rojo at least daily, often many times, to read a river of news presentation of my subscribed syndication feeds. I believe their organization (tags like gmail’s labels) to be far superior to the more popular bloglines. However, they give me no URI for my OPML file, but rather require me to push-button export it every time I want a copy. I was not alone in recommending that this ability be accessible via a public URI. At least they provide a token authorized public feed.

Enter, gregarius — installed at herebox.org/in . You can now easily read and filter the full stream of input I pull via xml syndication. The theme system has proven more difficult than (appears) need be, but I do like the general idea and mechanics. Hopefully I will be able to further customize to my liking.

I may yet switch to another locally hosted option, Feeds on Feeds Redux (FoFR). Born from the perhaps stale, Feeds on Feeds (wordpress plugin!), I am glad to see conversation appearing on the sourceforge message board about bringing the social element into FoFR as is attempted at bloglines and rojo.

The only thing left is to fully integrate sharing opml files into a social publishing network; as trackbacks and comments have the blogger networks.

See also, new browser based rss reader newsalloy, with keyboard shortcuts!


skype. If I miss it, it will ring my cellphone ;). Try it out and I will send you free stickers!!

live twisted groove on ksfr with spinefx and here

on Friday, February 10th, 2006 ... ob: geek + media + music

2 hours of twisted groove produced by spinfx and yours truly, up in 53 minutes at 23:00 PST live on ksfr (windows media stream). Will post full audio from both shows soon.

Big ups to my musical inspiration for the show zim!, aleksi, super science, colongib, hoffmann, virt, and everyone at monotonik (nice old netlabel). Fantastic 8-bit, static, drum and bass, etc — released under creative commons and easily found over at legaltorrents. Many good music finds including 8 Bit Peoples and Alpha Cat Boogie; the Modern Day Gamer Documentary 3-Pack (torrent) is worth a watch if interested, and DO NOT MISS — The Meaty McMeat Show (torrent), ‘a diseased human organ and his colleague [who] travel back in time to meet an all-knowing psychic talking pie.’

Enjoy your evening ;).

Loan me a comment and Prosper

on Thursday, February 9th, 2006 ... ob: business + geek + meta + society

I’m fairly excited about peer to peer loan ideas emerging. Launched this past Sunday Feb 5th, the basic idea behind Prosper, Inc., at prosper.com, I expect will eventually be huge business. Individuals may share the risk of funding their peers’ loans of up to $25,000, in chunks as low as $50 per person. Of course you may also ask for a loan from your peers and allow them to bid on the ability and rate at which to lend you money. CEO of Prosper is Chris Larson, the cofounder, in 1996, of the successful E-Loan, now owned by the Puerto Rican banking group Popular, Inc.

I’ll be watching the discussion forums to guage initial activity, currently very low. I expect and hope that some mad ideas will be funded well below market interest rates. Best yet, $2,700 for ‘
Wardrobe for work
‘, already fully funded at 8% by 11 different lenders. What a fascinating new tool.

See also — writeup on the Prosper launch at TechCrunch, the more established zopa.com ( from London ), individual to small buisness in developing economies at kiva.org, the group fundraising focus at fundable.org, the sourceforge/pgp attempt at Ripple, and the article on free banking at wikipedia.


I installed wordpress 2.0.1! My first upgrade since 1.5, the improvements are immediate. After removing the 15,000+ spam comments which had accumulated, new spam appears to be effectively blocked (~100 in 24 hours) thanks to the newly implemented akismet. Their stats currently claim that 82% of all comments are spam!

As a result, I’ve re-styled and re-enabled all comments on the blog! They should work great and be spam-free … for now!

snowboarding the comments away

on Friday, January 27th, 2006 ... ob: gatherings + geek + movement + travel

Every few days I pick up this world snowboard guide I managed to acquire for a few pages of day-dream. Today I happended across summer and heli specific suggestions. Check out Russia’s SPC summer camp near the Georgian border and Mt Elbrus 5642m (18510ft), the highest mountain in europe. Further west, the iceland park project in may and june offers surfing and skating alongside their impressive snowboard park. Not enough? Try hiring a helicoptor to your whim near Khan Tengri (eye candy) at 7010m (23000ft) in Kazakhstan or the 100,000ft of verticle program down the Himalayas of India.

Two more for sliders also geeks. The tetongravity forum snow geeks note, we get some pretty strange looks from people when they ask where we’re from, and we tell them “the internet”. (via mina boards) Also, come help develop wikipedia’s struggling snowboard development — terrain parks alone should provide a starting point. It would be great to similarly collaborate on teaching progressions.

In case you ever want a bad winter to compare against, it is now January 27th, and the snow report soars at a 17 inch base.


I will be disabling comments entirely until I can try out automattic‘s new askimet. I need to bump up from ancient wordpress 1.5. Looking forward to perhaps a calm in the storm of the evil that spam represents. By all means, please email your thoughts directly ;).