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T minus one
[01 Apr 2015|08:30am]

One day to nwcMUSIC 2015 and Norwescon 38. As part of the big show, Anna and I are both offering discount on our arts, and I’ve been making miniflyers and stuff.


Those discount codes are already active, by the way

Also, Anna has some Bone Walker posters to give away; they’ll be on the freebie table or at the NIWA table in the Dealers’ Room. You should go visit her there during the day! And, as last year, we’ll be streaming concerts via the fine folks at FanSupported, http://fansupported.tv.

My big worry is that Cascadia’s Got Talent! is the masquerade halftime show. Getting acts has always been dodgy. We’ve always had enough for a good show in the end, but generally not until right before curtain, and that’s hair-raising at best. So please, if you have any kind of talent and want to have some fun showing it off? Sign up at the con. Paperwork will be at the Information Table.

It’s running at the same time as concerts, which means I don’t get to MC my own game show. Snif. Ah well, the marvellous and talented Shubzilla will do very well, I’m confident.

Also, in case I forgot – I’m playing on Friday, at 8pm, with Leannan Sidhe. We’re doing their material, and opening for PDX Broadsides, who are very funny. Come up to the Evergreens for that and say hi!

See you there, I hope!

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a zillion more eccc photos
[31 Mar 2015|08:30am]

I posted a zillion more photos from Emerald City Comicon over here, on my Flickr account. I’m going to put a preview of a pose with the only Asami who made it to the Avatar/Korra Meetup on Saturday (nice costume I have to say); the complete set is like half Korra and half other-costumes, so it’s not all my particular fandom. ^_^


Earth Kingdom Korra (from the “Korra, Alone” arc), with Asami

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pretty much the best eccc evar
[30 Mar 2015|08:30am]

I had a really good time at the one day I got to go to Emerald City Comicon this year, for a lot of reasons, but in no small part because I was going as Earth Kingdom Korra, which is a fourth-year two-episode costume associated with the “Korra Alone” mini-arc where she’s going around in Earth Kingdom clothing, which meant I got to be involved in this awesomesauce moment at the Korra/Avatar Fandom Meetup:


Poor, Poor Mako
(Photo by vandroid-helsing on Tumblr)

I’ve missed public cosplay. I really have. XD

And! Next weekend is nwcMUSIC 2015 at Norwescon 38, and we will have livestreaming of the nwcMUSIC concerts again! That URL is:

http://FanSupported.tv

So be ready for that if you can’t come to the show in person.

AND! I’ll be playing! nwcMUSIC! again! for the first time since the first one, with Leannan Sidhe, on Friday night at 8pm. Show up in person or! watch at home. That’s an exclusive-or, please. Don’t show up and watch the livestream, at least not at the same time. Not even on headphones. I mean, honestly, there’s introversion, and then there’s just weird.

Anyway, more pictures maybe later today, or certainly by tomorrow. Depends upon how late rehearsal goes.

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absolutely flat equalisation
[27 Mar 2015|08:30am]

I rebuilt and altered the crossover circuit on the worse of the two speakers. Check it, here’s the new crossover. I kept the original coils, but moved them so they’re out of plane with each other, which matters for clarity and prevention of crosstalk.


New Crossover

The numbers on the board are kind of wrong, those were what was there before, plus or minus 20%, except for the one that had pretty much completely failed from age. That’s okay, electrolytics do that. That’s why I went with film.

I made a phone recording, just using the built-in microphone. The last recording, of the other speaker, I was able to get it sounding reasonable through inappropriate use of EQ once I got the tweeter to come back online. Even that was a huge step up from where it had been.

This recording? Purely flat equalisation. Absolutely flat. Played off an iPod through my Sampson amp, into the speaker, recorded via phone mic.

Whaddya think, sirs?

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none of this was expected
[25 Mar 2015|08:30am]

I got given a couple of terrible, terrible looking- and sounding- speakers, and a pretty good power amp that has been in storage for a while, as a set. I haven’t started working on the amp yet, but it’s supposedly actually just fine. Yay!

But these speakers, goddamn. I mean look at this. This is already cleaned up. The other one is not better.


Already Cleaned. No, really.

By the way, if anybody knows how to get this goddamn horn off this tweeter driver? I’d like to know. Is there a trick? I took off the bolts and NOPE NOT MOVING. But it had to have been assembled in place, because you can’t fit it into the cabinet face otherwise. If it unscrews (after bolt removal) I don’t see how – I put a lot of force into it with a strap wrench and got nowhere.


HONK HONK

Honestly it’s like trying to fly the Constellation after the Doomsday Machine hit it. I got them wired up tho’ – it took some custom cabling and alligator clips, but I got them running. Limping along, anyway. But by that time I’d already discovered that despite their shitkicker exteriors, inside? All JBL pro gear. Really pretty high-end stuff. I don’t get it either.


If only we had some phasers…

Once I had them stable, I figured out the reason there was no high end was because hey, guess, what, neither of the tweeters were doing anything! The first one, I got back online by working around a bad connection. No idea how long that had been out. The second one…

The second one, I looked at, and tried to figure out what the hell they were doing with this weird circuit and this giant pot that like varied between 0 and 10 ohms maybe, and seemed to be in parallel with the speaker. Eventually I decided it was part of an inexplicably assymetrical Zobel circuit and realised that making it symmetrical would fix other problems too, so that’s fine, except…

…then I got the same circuit out of the now-working other speaker and discovered the one I’d been analysing had been misassembled since construction.

That’s as in at least 25 years. Probably 35 or so. SPEAKERS SURE DO SOUND DIFFERENT WHEN YOU ACTUALLY HOOK THE TWEETER UP, DON’T THEY? Or rather, hook it up so you haven’t filtered around it.

Which is what someone had done.

I am apparently the first to try to figure this out. I’m certainly the first to find it.

Honestly, I don’t even know what to say about that.

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[23 Mar 2015|02:07pm]

[ mood | amused ]

I love the search results when I do math in DuckDuckGo. Here's the top hit for my latest calculation:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.6474

Decay of the pseudoscalar glueball into scalar and pseudoscalar mesons

Walaa I. Eshraim, Stanislaus Janowski, Francesco Giacosa, Dirk H. Rischke
(Submitted on 31 Aug 2012 (v1), last revised 29 Apr 2013 (this version, v2))
We study a chiral Lagrangian which describes the two- and three-body decays of a pseudoscalar glueball into scalar and pseudoscalar mesons. The various branching ratios are a parameter-free prediction of our approach. We compute the decay channels for a pseudoscalar glueball with a mass of 2.6 GeV, as predicted by Lattice QCD in the quenched approximation, which is in the reach of the PANDA experiment at the upcoming FAIR facility. For completeness, we also repeat the calculation for a glueball mass of 2.37 GeV which corresponds to the mass of the resonance X(2370) measured in the BESIII experiment.


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it is so beautiful
[23 Mar 2015|08:30am]

I WANT THIS LAIR. Of any extant building I’ve seen actually, you know, extant? I WANT THIS ONE.

Seriously, it’s 50% the Venture Compound as built 10 years later, it’s 50% Fortress of Solitude, it’s 50% the Star Trek original-series set they could never hope to afford to build – it is a spaceship that has landed on a ridge for some reason and never left. I am convinced it is still spaceworthy.

Here is some video from a tour. I want it so bad. Sadly, it’s in North Carolina. I don’t want it in North Carolina, I want it in Cascadia.

I wonder if I can steal it. Hell, I’ll fly it here. I just need to find the engine room.


Someone has stripped out the bridge control consoles.
That’s okay. I’ll put new ones back. WE CAN DO THIS.

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c’mon, george, quit it
[23 Mar 2015|12:24am]

I’m going to have to go upstairs to practice this synth part because GEORGE WILL NOT LEAVE ME ALONE WHEN I PLAY IT. And he purrs like crazy. What are you hearing, cat?

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i sorted the l00t
[23 Mar 2015|12:02am]

[ mood | accomplished ]



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we can't all be patsy
[22 Mar 2015|11:56pm]

[ mood | pleased ]

...but I can. \n/

Which AbFab character are you?

Patsy


You're that impossibly cool person that others secretly look to for inspiration. You have the coolest style, the coolest expressions, the coolest friends. Basically things are cool if you say they that they are. Did I mention you're cool?


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i may have cleaned out the components drawers at 95% off
[21 Mar 2015|01:50pm]

Seriously, this Radio Shack selloff is cheaper than stealing at this point – over the last few days, I’ve spent like $70 for easily $800 in supplies at their regular prices, and like $4-500 at reasonable prices.

Varying closing Radio Shacks have varying supplies left, so call around if you want bits. Plus you get hilariously long receipts because they’re ringing up every component package individually.


The longer one is 2.7m long and sixteen dollars.

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repairing outdated tech with even more outdated tech
[20 Mar 2015|08:30am]

I just repaired a 20-year-old landline phone with 40-year-old components. Why? Because I can, and because my late parrot Zoe (YES SHE IS AN EX-PARROT YOU CAN STOP NOW) is still on the outgoing message recording.


I regret nothing.

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george loves moog, apparently
[19 Mar 2015|08:30am]

George normally ignores my music – he’s not fond of drums and will leave if I start to play those, but everything else just kind of washes off.

Or that’s been the case until now. I started fiddling with the animoog using voices I’d chosen for the Leannan Sidhe show, and he hopped right up and came over to do this:


George Loves Moog

I’m wondering what it sounds like to him. Birds? Some other small animal? Whatever it is, he knows it’s in there and wants it.

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this show just got more complicated
[18 Mar 2015|09:12am]

I’m playing with Leannan Sidhe at nwcMUSIC – the show is Friday evening, with that block. It’ll be livestreamed! Anyway, she has a couple of new songs, and I guess the band has joined 1972 by way of 2010? Because this happened.


Animoog is an official iPad moog emulator

I’m playing like four instruments and also doing vocals now. This keeps happening when I play with these guys, I dunno what’s up with that. But it’s kind of fun.

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a really interesting video on sound and the brain
[16 Mar 2015|08:30am]

Anna had this video by Vi Hart dropped in as a comment on one of her Facebook posts, and it’s really cool. It’s called What is up with Noises? (The Science and Mathematics of Sound, Frequency, and Pitch) and she’s talking about brains and harmonics and how sound is processed.

When she gets to the harmonics part and brain fill-ins, she’s talking about things which I figured out only last year, and started using with the bass parts on Bone Walker, so that you could hear them on things like laptop speakers.

Or, more accurately, think you’re hearing them.

(Things like this are why I need to remix Dick Tracy Must Die.)

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occasionally you really get slapped in the face with...
[13 Mar 2015|09:29pm]

[ mood | unimpressed ]

...how out of touch 'leadership' is. From that most ardent fanzine of the Diplomatic Service, Foreign Affairs, in opposition to an article asserting that it's bad that German philosopher Martin Heidegger was an ardent Nazi and anti-Semite, and that maybe people ought to be more engaged with these issues:

People were at their best, [Heidegger] contended, when they collectively engaged with their history, as the French do in what they call "the culture of the table," a tradition of cooking and conversation now under siege from TV dinners and other processed food.
Leaving everything else aside - which is extremely difficult, I acknowledge, but... holy hell, how long has it been since "TV dinners" were the moral panic? 50 years? 45? Is that really the last time Christian Madsbjerg (and/or his family) has had contact with the larger popular culture?


Destroying Western Civilisation since 1954


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battle cry
[13 Mar 2015|03:32pm]

[ mood | silly ]

Your last text message is now your army's new battle cry. What will your followers be shouting?
"what their servers all fell down?"

in all lower-case letters, of course. that seems to be important. battle-cries in whisper form.

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this is kind of awesome instrument hacking
[11 Mar 2015|02:29pm]

You know how I made a hammer dulcimer sound like an orchestral double-bass with studio tricks, for Bone Walker? Well, that’s easier now, because this guy makes bows for the things.

It’s kind of awesome actually. :D

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Petition to save St. James / The Rogue
[10 Mar 2015|10:10am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

There's now a petition to help save St. James and The Rogue, a critically important venue in Vancouver. Go sign it:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/save-st-james-community-square


If you don't know what this is about, see yesterday's post, here.

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Another hugely important venue about to vanish?
[09 Mar 2015|08:28am]

Is The Rogue in Vancouver about to disappear? I just got mail last night from the operators, sent out to everyone on their mailing list, saying that apparently there’s about to be a surprise sale of St. James Community Square. That will be followed by demolition and redevelopment – starting in as little as two months.

This is a hugely important venue for the entire lower mainland/greater Vancouver folk scene, and to a smaller degree, the Seattle and Victoria scenes as well. They even bring in people from the Maritimes and Quebec. If you have any fucks in your fields to give for this, now is the time to give them.

Save Saint James Community Square
Under Threat of Re-Development
Help us purchase it from the United Church

We need your support right now to save this building from the wrecking ball!

Come to the show [yesterday] and sign the petition.

Call St. James Community Square on 604-739-9373 in the morning.

Write letters of support. Pledge donations. Tell your friends. Heck, tell everyone about this!

Email infosjcommunitysquare.org
or roguefolktelus.net

This sale could happen within two months if you / we don’t act NOW.

Anna and I have already pledged support. There’s no online version of the petition that I can find yet, though they have posted an alert to the official blog – basically what I pasted in above.

Hopefully there will be more word and more specifics soon. Until then – send email and sign up to mobilise!

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