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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 20, 2014, 02:11:55 AM
Sometimes, and only sometimes, I forget the 80s.  Thanks Renegade.  DA reminds me of AMQA:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-on5SiVFhHM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-on5SiVFhHM</a>

 Grin
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 19, 2014, 01:49:35 AM
I've been in that situation.  I used to draw cartoon hot rods and super heroes and etc. during my junior high/early high school years (fairly typical) and I can name (first and last!) two kids who took my drawings and passed them off as their own.  I know now that it was just a stupid kid thing to do (making it more pathetic when adults do it), but there's a weird sense of betrayal that goes with it that you can't quite describe.  
To save face and reclaim my stolen notoriety, I went around drawing stuff for people *on the spot* to prove I was the original artist.  Sad
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 19, 2014, 01:40:08 AM
OK, I have an earworm to share...  Evil

We'll start with the original: Loituma's performance of "Ievan Polkka" (instant happiness, I tell you...)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4om1rQKPijI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4om1rQKPijI</a>

Wack it out, I mean WAAY out, to Japan, that is (this one only included for completeness):
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57mkfFdvREw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57mkfFdvREw</a>

Dip it in the surf:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGCucD28gwY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGCucD28gwY</a>

Forge it in metal (sorry, couldn't find a decent video, but this folk-metal thing is rather fetching...):
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a247R3mNs5A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a247R3mNs5A</a>

And finally... UNTERGANG style!!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy9edjcjpYo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy9edjcjpYo</a>
(this one had me crying...)

Ok, that's enough...
 Grin
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 19, 2014, 12:44:35 AM
WTF? I mean seriously...WTF???

Dude, that ain't even half, and you know what I'm talking about...  ohmy

Just started playing the game Omikron - The Nomad Soul again after some years and got reminded just how exceptional the music (by David Bowie) was.
...
And here's the opening number, a version of New Angels of Promise. Still one of my all time favorite game (and hard rock) songs. (I like this one even better than the non-game studio version.)

Hmmm... the reverbed guitar skronk in that song reminds me a bit of Brian Eno's "Skysaw".  I can't find a decent video for the song, but it's a damn tight performance, with Percy Jones and Phil Collins nailing down the rhythm section for Eno and John Cale to squawk and noodle over.  Check it out if you've a liking...
 Thmbsup
5  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Code fight club on: November 18, 2014, 12:40:33 AM
The first rule of code-fight.club is... umm... forget I mentioned it.

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Code-Fight.Club is a project built by Andrew Hathaway with the aim to help fellow developers learn how to write their code in the nicest, most efficient and preferred way they can. To decide which code is the most preferred way, users can comment and vote in a fight for their favorite contender.



from CodeProject News
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stephen Fry's eloquent response to Grammar Nazis on: November 16, 2014, 09:59:56 PM
In texting, I couldn't care less.  Economy of verbosity is the name of the game there.  As long as you have the good sense to not use the same language on your résumé, meh... whatevs.

I think the things that get to me worst are the very same types of things as the 'of' phenomenon... phoneticisms that turn into grammatical faux pas; e.g. "loose" vs. "lose" (yet another plague!), or "At your beckon call", or "One in the same". *shudders*

I'll once again stop before I go too far.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Instead of Debian based I tried Debian 7 in VM on: November 16, 2014, 06:05:26 PM
Been running Debian for about 5 years now.  No complaints, except I'm running the 'Testing' branch, which I like very much but comes with its own pain...
 ohmy Thmbsup

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If you can't do it with Debian, it can't be done.
-Robert Pogson
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Lil' Debi on: November 16, 2014, 05:25:24 PM
I was so hoping it was a flavor of Debian that would run on Android devices.  No such luck. Sad
Cool concept, though...  Thmbsup
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stephen Fry's eloquent response to Grammar Nazis on: November 16, 2014, 04:47:57 PM
I quite agree with Mr. Fry on many points, even as I consider myself, not a grammar 'nazi'... perhaps a grammar 'conservative'.  I have no problems with language being used unconventionally for the sake of entertainment or even 'wrong' use of grammar when it actually contributes to clarity.  The recent plague (yes, plague I say...) of using the word 'of' to replace the contraction of 'have' as seen here is an example of something I just can't let go as any sort of 'correct'.  I have others, but in the spirit of the topic, I'll stop there.
Wink
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 13, 2014, 09:13:00 PM
More where that came from:

Uncomfortable Questions: Was the Death Star attack an inside job?
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Like many citizens, I have many questions that I would like answered: was the mighty Imperial government really too incompetent to prevent a handful of untrained nerf-herders from destroying one of their most prized assets? Or are they hiding something from us? Who was really behind the attack? Why did they want the Death Star destroyed? No matter what the answers, we have a problem.

Below is a summary of my book, Uncomfortable Questions: An Analysis of the Death Star Attack, which presents compelling evidence that we all may be the victims of a fraud of immense proportions.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55nQ00gSKC0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55nQ00gSKC0</a>

I like the first video better, but the more the merrier!
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: November 13, 2014, 08:51:26 PM
http://blog.djmnet.org/20...to-master-and-back-again/
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From Novice to Master, and Back Again

In 1985, I was a freshman at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. The college had a VAX 11/780 running 4.2BSD and a PDP-11/70 running v7 with some Berkeley and local code hacked in. It was my first experience with multi-user systems other than dialing into an MS-DOS BBS or two.

The college’s Academic Computing Center had printouts of the 4.2BSD manuals, plus some home-grown documentation, available for sale so students could learn how to use UNIX. One week I sat in the Science Center terminal room and started going through the alphabetical list of the commands available on the VAX, trying each one and reading its man page to learn what it did.

Eventually I got to “su”. “Become the super-user”? What’s that? Does it involve wearing a cape? Sounds interesting, so I tried it. To my disappointment, it just asked for a password, and wouldn’t do anything.

Shortly thereafter, someone came running into the room and asked, “Are you David MacKenzie? Did you just run ‘su’?” “Yeah… what does it do?” “Uh, don’t do that.” My failed “su” attempt had been logged on the system console and one of the sysadmins was worried about an attempted breakin.

Within a year, I did have root access on the VAX, as I learned enough to be hired as a student system programmer. I contributed to upgrading the machine to 4.3BSD when that was released.

Recently I was working on a CentOS Linux virtual machine and needed to look up the command-line options to “su”. I had worked for the past several years mostly on Macs where “sudo” is preferred, so my “su” skills were rusty. I ran “man su” and got the information I needed. Then at the bottom of the screen I sheepishly read “Written by David MacKenzie.”

In the 1990s, while filling in gaps in the GNU toolset, I wrote the GNU “su”, and I had forgotten about it. It’s still what Red Hat and other distributions are shipping.

At least I know what it does now.

 embarassed
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 13, 2014, 07:49:28 PM
The story behind Star Wars from the Empire's perspective...
 

I got your Luke's Change right here...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dvv-Yib1Xg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dvv-Yib1Xg</a>

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 13, 2014, 07:40:16 PM
Things IT people never say:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m7YjAuDMY0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m7YjAuDMY0</a>

"Well, that upgrade went smoothly..."
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 12, 2014, 11:31:45 PM
Manga U has a nice collection of Tachikawa nibs and holders they offer as The Ultimate Manga Pen Set for $25.
...
I prefer fountain pens for that kind of work (we've been over this, haven't we? Wink ), though $25 for the dip set is a decent deal.  I have (and still use) an assortment of dip-pens, but these days I use them to draw circuit boards (thin down some inexpensive model paint and draw with it for easy and artistic etch-resist).

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I'm more the Faber-Castell or Sakura type.
I used to be a marker-point pen guy (Pigma Microns FTW!!), seemed a decent enough replacement for gravity-feed pens like the Rapidograph, but... no.  I drop pens way too much, and the first time you drop a marker pen, it eventually hits the point and it's done.  Even if you don't, the points eventually wear or dry out.  
At least, they do for me.  Sad
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 12, 2014, 07:43:19 PM
Yup.  embarassed

I'm a pen freak.  Sue me.

And technically, you can write/draw in a variety of angles/pressures with a fountain pen (or any split-nib pen, for that matter) to get fine lines, blotchy lines, smooth-but-kinda-fat lines, etc.  So, it's possible to draw with the nib to the side like that, but only to drag the line to a taper.  The fancy look to that pen makes it rather improbable that he's doing any drawing though, and the Shutterstock original shows he's really just holding it, and the photographer thought that showing the fancy embossed top would imply luxury or something.  

Ah... advertising.

Seriously, you want to draw comics with a fountain pen?  I would applaud your decision, and direct you to these fine instruments:

http://www.jetpens.com/Copic-Comic-Tools/ct/812
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http://www.jetpens.com/Ta...ikawa-Comic-Tools/ct/1576
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16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 11, 2014, 05:16:12 PM
 Grin

Seriously, good article.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 11, 2014, 12:28:46 PM
He's holding the pen wrong... >_<
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 10, 2014, 06:58:05 PM
Yeah, yeah, I know, it's just an advertisement for a smart phone, but I have to admit, I did find it entertaining.

Samsung Galaxy 11 "Can football save the world?", short film in 4 parts or 4 too-long advertisements, you decide:

The Beginning:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC-zB2aSXXM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC-zB2aSXXM</a>

The Training:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW1yZPflIXY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW1yZPflIXY</a>

The Match, part 1:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ystoqYTciBI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ystoqYTciBI</a>

The Match, part 2:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sapuE9Cui0g" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sapuE9Cui0g</a>
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 07, 2014, 01:23:38 AM
The NoPhone
https://www.kickstarter.c...ew-and-unimproved-nophone
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Phone addiction is real. And it's everywhere. It's ruining your dates. It's distracting you at concerts. It's disrupting you in movie theaters. It's clogging up sidewalks. Now, there is a real solution.

The NoPhone is a technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world.
Thmbsup
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 06, 2014, 09:38:59 PM


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFfnNXiltHI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFfnNXiltHI</a>
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 06, 2014, 09:33:55 PM
The definitive answer to "Does down-tuning REALLY make a metal song 'Heavier'?":

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8S-F3DKA-8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8S-F3DKA-8</a>
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 06, 2014, 09:01:49 PM
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23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 05, 2014, 07:54:18 PM
Well, trying not to cut myself shaving with Occam's razor, here's a collation a few of the theories floating from the Slashdot thread mixed with my own:

Interesting theories, and all of them plausible.  At one point, there were many websites that hosted MAME ROMs that were shut down due to people who had hand-me-down copyrights raising a stink.  And in the case of Mame.dk (sigh, never got a bad ROM from them...), it was their hosting company Efront that was slapped.  Ahh, memories...
* Edvard loads Galaxian... again...
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 05, 2014, 07:03:41 PM
Yodeling!  Grin

My favorite yodeling song of all time set to a dern-right DEE-sturbin' film-class production:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFTMwB2IdOg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFTMwB2IdOg</a>

I also tend to classic C&W when I'm in the mood for cow-kickin' tunes.
Roy Rogers at his yodeling best:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zEKaW9vmIg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zEKaW9vmIg</a>
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Music Identification via Sound Card on: November 05, 2014, 06:50:13 PM
There is an open-source music recognition project called (appropriately) "My Music Recognition" that is currently looking for testers:

'Testers wanted' announcement:
http://newsletter.sourcef...,10s8,2ocb,7opb,1zwy,l1rr
Home site:
http://sourceforge.net/pr...jects/mymusicrecognition/
GHacks review:
http://www.ghacks.net/201...s-songs-playing-computer/

(The sourceforge site is offline at the moment; give it a few...)
EDIT: (sourceforge is back up)

As an alternative, I've heard bits here and there about Tunatic:
http://www.wildbits.com/tunatic/
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