Entries from October 2006 ↓

Entertaining searches

I though it was about time I do the “Check out the funny search referrals I get”.

  • kai powers
  • ” foot painter ” her -boat
  • justice vs numan

Nothing too insane, but worthy of note. People DO want kai powers, they just don’t know how to get them. People also want female foot painters so long as they are not in boats. Lastly, the age old question of who would win between Justice and Numan?

( Note that I understand why I got the 1st and 3rd, but don’t understand the foot painter bit )


Also, I am Death.

You scored as XIII: Death. Death is probably the most well known Tarot card – and also the most misunderstood. Most Tarot novices would consider Death to be a bad card, especially given its connection with the number thirteen. In fact this card rarely indicates literal death.Without “death” there can be no change, only eventual stagnation. The “death” of the child allows for the “birth” of the adult. This change is not always easy. The appearance of Death in a Tarot reading can indicate pain and short term loss, however it also represents hope for a new future.

Which Major Arcana Tarot Card Are You?
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Locked into Blogger Beta

I’ve recently been playing around with my hosting account, getting things set up for my personal domain (http://ferrouswheel.info, but nothing at the root page yet). So far I’ve got my mixblog up and running so I can post more mixes, and maybe venture into the murky waters of mp3 blogging. Although I’m going to try and do it by getting permission from the copyright holders.

Anyhow, I also attempted to move THIS blog over there. I’m using WordPress as the blogging tool, which so far seems to be pretty nice, and it has the ability to import blogger/blogspot blogs. “Awesome” I thought, but the simplicity was misleading, because I had upgraded to Blogger Beta. Looking back I wasn’t even planning to upgrade but just thought on a whim I’d do it anyhow – *retrospective headdesk*.

All was not lost however. This clever person details a long, and detailed way of transferring your Blogger to WordPress. As they describe, it is a bit of a kludge to get there, and I’m currently not that keen to do so.

As an alternative I thought “Well, I’ll stick with Blogger then, but I’ll just use that FTP publishing tool that I saw a while back to publish to my webhost”, so off I went to the Settings page, but the FTP publishing was no longer there. Turns out that Blogger beta generates content dynamically, so no FTP posting for you unless you already were using it *headdesk x 2*.

Looks like I’ll have to take the long way of manually importing blogger to WordPress. Although this is good news for my bloggin friends, as they won’t have to update their links ;P.

( When I do change blogs I’ll buy those that need to change their links a chocolate bar to compensate them the trouble of have to change the URL. ‘Cause I’m a nice guy and all* )

Conditions apply

Bobby Prince

Bobby Prince has made a remake of the Doom theme. It is available as torrent at Bobby’s website.

It’s is pretty cool, but not as dark as I would expect. But it does have Cellos!

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

This would suck

A needle slowly travelling from your left arm to your heart

Remember kids, don’t do drugs (or at least remember to remove the needle).

Trying to save myself…

… but myself keeps slipping away.

JetPilot: Mixtape Sessions download

Phew, first live performance all done! I was pretty nerve-wracked at the time so there were a few rough edges, but the experience can only lend to my gradual rise to stardom [ tongue in cheek ].

I wasn’t onto it enough to record my mix as I played; or to get someone to record the radio ( although honestly I really don’t know anyone with a tape player anymore and my tv/radio PCI card is in an out-of-commission PC ). I did however record the same set-list the night before, so I’m providing that mp3 for any curious patrons.

Much thanks to Dr. Hitchcock for his support and enthusiasm! There was also mention of me making future appearances on the show – so watch this space (and this space too).

JetPilot – Mixtape Session 19-10-2006

Tracklisting

Mark VII – Brown Vs. Gray
Vegastar – Elle Bless (ParaOne remix)
Vitalic – Poney Part 1
Tiga – You Gonna Want Me (12″ Dance mix)
Tiga – Hot In Here
Para One – Turtle Trouble
New Order – Krafty (Phones Reality remix)
The Faint – Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat (Tommie Sunshine remix)
Le Tigre – After Dark (A Touch of Class remix)
Golden Boy w. Miss Kitten – It’s Good For You To Meet People Like Us
Sky Tribe feat. Felix – Get the Balance Right (Depeche Mode cover)
Death From Above – Romantic Rights (Dahlback remix)

[Bonus tracks in mp3 but not played on show]
Animal Machine – Persona (Para One remix)
Simian Mobile Disco – Tits and Acid
Depeche Mode – A Pain That I’m Used To (Jacques Lu Cont remix)

JetPilot is approaching the runway

Thanks to the generousity of Dr. Hitchcock, I’ll be mixing on RDU next Thursday, 8:30-9:00pm, 19th October. This is the last 30 minutes of the Dr’s Mixtapes Sessions show that usually runs from 7-9pm on Thursdays.

Woot! I’ll be, like, famous (for 30 minutes at any rate)!

[ I’ll post the recorded mix afterwards for those people who are interested but can’t hear the radio in New Zealand, tch, slack asses ­čśŤ ]

Edit: I’ll actually be starting at 8:20pm.

One reason I won’t be using Vista for a while…

Taken from here

Update: The EULA is apparently a nazi. Thanks Hat.

DirectSound3D on Windows Vista

With Microsoft’s decision to remove the audio hardware layer in Windows Vista, legacy DirectSound 3D games will no longer use hardware 3D algorithms for audio spatialization. Instead they will have to rely upon the new Microsoft software mixer that is built into Windows Vista. This new software mixer will give the users basic audio support for their old Direct Sound games but since it has no hardware layer, all EAX┬« effects will be lost, and no individual per-voice processing can be performed using dedicated hardware processing.

EAX has become the de facto standard for real-time effects processing. It has been incorporated in hundreds of games and has become the method of choice for game developers wanting to add interactive environment effects to their titles. Some of the best selling games of all time use the EAX extensions to DirectSound 5.0 and beyond, including Warcraft3, Diablo2, World of Warcraft, Half Life, Ghost Recon, F.E.A.R. and many others. Under Windows Vista, these games will be losing the hardware support that came as standard under the previous Windows Operating Systems, and will no longer provide real-time interactive effects, making them sound empty and lifeless by comparison to the way they sound on Windows XP.

In some cases, where a game specifically looks for a hardware audio path, it may even fall back to plain stereo output. This will be a very different landscape for 3D audio than the one that both Creative Labs and Aureal Technologies® pioneered 8 years ago. Both companies dedicated hardware power to rendering increasing numbers of 3D voices, with each voice taking full advantage of HRTF (Head Related Transfer Function) technology, wave tracing and other advanced processing. With the native Windows Vista audio APIs, all this advanced, hardware-based 3D audio processing will be inaccessible. Instead, basic mapping to a generic speaker placement scheme will be employed, and all interactive processing and rendering will be dependent on the host CPU. While it is true that CPUs continue to get faster, the Vista audio architecture intentionally simplifies things, such that the potential processing load for multiple 3D voices is limited. Inevitably there is a tradeoff. This will be especially true for gamers that have come to depend on the kind of high-end 3D audio experience available from products like the SoundBlaster X-Fi, with its advanced headphone 3D audio processing and dedicated hardware DSP effects. For gamers this would be the most noticeable loss in Windows Vista, and it would be a definite step backwards for PC gaming audio if developers only had the option of using native Windows Vista audio APIs. However, they do have a legitimate, proven alternative in OpenAL.


This is good news for the development of OpenAL in the future, but I’m already annoyed at the lack 64 bit drivers/plugins, having even more things backwards incompatible just seems lazy. Hopefully someone will develop a patch that emulates that sound portion of the HAL – if that is even possible.

Yes, I’m male and your female

Get over it.

I’m getting remarkably sick of the constant emails I get for Women events. I get annoyed with unneccesary email anyhow, but when it is for an event I can’t go to because I’m male I get even more annoyed. Just create a male and female email list, oh, but that’d be segregation? Well you’re doing it already so just be upfront about it.

Maybe I should create a male only conference on how to be successful, then lets see how long it is before I’m slandered for being sexist.

That is all, thanks.