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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 29, 2014, 04:15:57 PM
more updates on the ravpower:

So I've actually used it for it's intended purpose.  I'm on a computer and accessing usb files from a thumbdrive.  But i need to sync this drive when I get home to upload all the changes and stuff that i worked on.  but I'm tired of removing it from the keychain at home to do it everyday, because I just forget most of the time.  So the purpose of ravpower was to do this all automatically whenever things get in range.

So the device syncs with my usb whenever I'm out and about.  I set it up with th wifi samba drive and mapped the device to a letter.  Then I use syncovery to sync it.  The only real problem so far is that you can't share a wifi connection, or I don't know how to do it.  Meaning, if my tablet or phone is using wifi to access general data/internet, i have to turn it off and switch to the ravpower to access that.  Then switch back when I need the internet.  So that's that really "automatic".  I don't even know if it necessarily is less of a headached the plugging in/out the usb drive.

But I may be able to fix that if i figure out network bridging or dhcp stuff.  I'm doing that now.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 29, 2014, 04:05:55 PM
^Very nice dancer there. Too bad it's so hard to tell.

40hz rant time! tellme tellme tellme

What is it about these morons who film dancers? Why must they always do those dumb-ass tight closeups, quick cuts, and camera shifts? This is not an action film. It's dance.

The entire point of a dance is its continuity and line. And the movement through space. You need to step back and get the entire performance area in the visual frame in order for the viewer to adequately see and appreciate that. Shooting dance like it's some movie 'action' sequence - or like they also seem to be doing with sports lately - completely destroys that.

It's true that dance can be very dramatic. But that doesn't make it a drama - which most people who make movies and videos simply can't seem to grasp.

***end rant***
I enjoyed and approve of this rant!
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 29, 2014, 10:03:39 AM
Well, just came from a pre-release showing of 'The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies'. 
 (see attachment in previous post)
Though I long ago abandoned any hope that Peter Jackson and company would follow the books in any semblance of exactivity (and who's to say the movies would have been better for it if they had?), but I was not disappointed.  If you're a Tolkien fan and have already seen the others, don't miss this one, it's just as good (or, if you're not a fan, just as bad) as the previous installments. 'Nuff said.

Not in 3D, but it was free because my son's orthodontist does a "customer appreciation" event every year where he rents out the entire theater and only customers/patients and family can go to see the latest hit.  Call me a cheap date if you will, but hey, I got to go to a movie with my wife (looooong overdue), and my son thoroughly enjoyed it.
 Thmbsup
I saw this yesterday.  I don't know what to say.  I feel like I've graduated from something.  What is this, 18 hours of Peter Jackson's Tolkien?  What a journey, I was still in college when I saw (and got excited) for the first LOTR trailer.  Damn.  It actually bookends my entire career so far.  Time flies...even the elves have aged noticeably.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: December 29, 2014, 09:03:25 AM
Sony ICFC1PJ
That looks cool too!  You're on a roll! 
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: December 29, 2014, 09:00:41 AM
Just installed this in bedroom:
"Lutron MIR-LFQTHW-WH Maestro IR 300-watt Single Pole Fan and Light Control Kit"
A pain to install but works well.  thumbs up
Nice!  Lutron is top of the line stuff.  I used to do a lot of work with a Lutron rep, I like their technology.  I was once about to install some kind of lutron device that would allow me to control one light switch remotely with a separate wireless button.  But I never did and now we have probably a zillion other kinds of lighting automation options with apps and stuff.  That remote looks nice...is there an app (optional or otherwise) for that thing?

Did anybody see this thing? Talk about a gadget for good or ill - depending on who is using it - and for what.
That's crazy.  Seems like it belongs in your local spy shop.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 29, 2014, 01:43:23 AM

I'm sure the apostrophe feels left out.  But it's his own fault for being so possessive.


To say nothing of being "the crux of the biscuit."  Wink
cheesy thumbs up
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Are you a DeadHead? Grateful Dead thoughts go here. on: December 23, 2014, 06:03:32 PM
http://www.reddit.com/r/M...fled_as_i_am_why_so_many/

I was reading this and thought it was an interesting enough question to post here.  I've often had this thought.  I love music (I'm obsessed a little), I'm a musician, I love classic rock...but I never fell in love with the dead.  I don't think they are bad, I do think they are good.  I've just never really gotten into them.  I always ask myself "Is it really an LSD thing?"  Is that really the only way to wrap your mind around the band?

Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.  I enjoyed the reddit board, it's perfect for these kinds of discussions.  If you've actually had Dead concert experiences please describe!  I remember having a group of high school friends who were way into them in the mid 90s, and I actually regret not tagging along now.  There was no way I would have gotten away with it anyway.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite movies? on: December 23, 2014, 03:15:02 PM
OK I should update...based on the recommendations here, i've watched Gosford park.  Awesome!  It had a similar feel to that older epic that 40hz mentioned a while back.  That british class system always fascinates, and it really makes me angry to watch, I can't help it!
 I've rewatched Clockwork Orange, Strangelove, Jacob's Ladder...all great.

I'll be seeing the Hobbit this week.  I don't expect much other than great special effects, at this point I've already been numbed by several unnecessary hours of Peter Jackson.

I want to go back and rewatch Chinatown.

I'm a sucker for twist endings, even though they've been overabused the last 20 years, maybe longer.  The Usual Suspects was the one that got me hooked in my teenage years, never seen one quite that good...but part of that is nostalgia.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite movies? on: December 23, 2014, 11:49:21 AM
+1! Awesome flick.

Among several unforgettable episodes, the following episode is the one that mainly touched me.
Music from 1:50 to 3:50, and especially the explosion of music at 2:43, always give me gooseflesh:

This is close to one of my favorite movies of all time, along with it's companion OUTI America.  I went into both of these movies stone cold, and both times, as I was approaching the end of the movie, it hit me how crazy good everything was.  It just pounced upon me like that after 2+ hours.  What an experience.  I've tried so hard to try to understand what sergio leone is doing in these movies, but it's quite hard to explain.  Of the last 15 years, these two first-time watchings were probably my favorite movie experiences.  It usually takes me a lot of retrospect and analysis for me to call someone a genius, but by the end of these two movies, I was already thinking "This mutherf----r is goddamn genius."
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 18, 2014, 03:44:42 PM
I know for a fact that equipment that allows off grid power is a very sensitive issue with building and safety, and other code related agencies.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 18, 2014, 10:24:46 AM
Laserhacker.com - one of the better alternative power project websites I've ever visited. I'm in the process of gathering materials to try out the crystal power cell project detailed here - and thinking of adapting the supercapacitor boost pack project for a friend's powerboat.

Check it out. It's time well spent.
You just sounded like "Doc" there!
Grin
Why this one of course!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLRk4xG-JCI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLRk4xG-JCI</a>
The Flux Capacitor!
LOL! But which one? Who? Savage? Or the Disney dwarf? Grin
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which phone? on: December 17, 2014, 10:59:25 PM
If you're used to the "old" Windows phones i.e. anything up to 6.5 then you might be disappointed by the way MS has removed much of the functionality you'd be used to. I'm referring here to capabilities such as syncing to your PC (in particular email, calendar, contacts). These functions have gradually been removed since iteration 7. If you use a phone as a phone and a PIM (rather than an entertainment device) then I'd say go for Android. I have a Lumia 520 and for a lower price range phone it's acceptable and does what it sets out to do OK, but after using earlier Windows phones I'm very disappointed with this one. Also the apps no longer seem to be of the quality which was available for the older OS. The other thing which annoys me about all the major stores is the way you can't really do refined searches and 99% of free apps come with ads or limitations which the vendors don't reveal until after you've installed the app.
This is all so very true.  Well said.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 17, 2014, 08:52:26 PM
I have now been able to play with the Ravpower WD-02 wifi device.  It's pretty cool!  I put a microsd card in there, so I have plenty of storage.  On my tablet, I switch the wifi connection to the device, and I can access the storage wirelessly.  I can do the same with my android phone.  The only problem is that because you are using the wifi connection, you can't use the drive AND have internet access at the same time.  It's one or the other.

This is why I'm using a program called NetSetMan to manage the wifi connections more conveniently.  I can switch back and forth more quickly than with Windows default manager.  It would be nice to figure out a way to get both the internet and drive connected simultaneously, but I think that is not possible.

However, it may possibly free me from using a thumbdrive without resorting to cloud sync services.  We'll see.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: auto switching of network drive mapping on: December 17, 2014, 08:46:32 PM
The trick is not to allow Windows to manage your wifi connections. Many laptops include an OEM supplied utility (usually written by Intel or done for IBM, HP, or Lenovo) that handles all this for you.

For 3rd-party, take a look at freebie/FOSS project Argon; and for "pay-for" check out NetSetMan Pro.  (~€18/$20 USD last I looked)


I just discovered Netsetman a few days ago to deal with my portable wifi drive problem...I'll have to update my other thread on that.  But I love it, very handy.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 17, 2014, 08:19:09 PM
Laserhacker.com - one of the better alternative power project websites I've ever visited. I'm in the process of gathering materials to try out the crystal power cell project detailed here - and thinking of adapting the supercapacitor boost pack project for a friend's powerboat.

Check it out. It's time well spent.
You just sounded like "Doc" there!
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animation question: exposures on "eights" or "twelves" on: December 15, 2014, 06:10:14 PM
Thx! I just learned something. Thmbsup
Just trying to get even!
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animation question: exposures on "eights" or "twelves" on: December 15, 2014, 05:47:00 PM
And interestingly enough, when you translate this rhythm to musical notation (bpm), it is:
twelves = 120 bpm
eights = 180 bpm

Always good to know!  I've always said the natural rhythm I tend to prefer is about 75 bpm.  Cuz I'm all relaxed like that.  West Coast style, yo.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animation question: exposures on "eights" or "twelves" on: December 15, 2014, 05:40:11 PM
Well, i was right in that I did miss something (the page before)!  embarassed tongue
[attach=1]

So my assumption was also correct...it's just a division of the framerate.  Which also reveals a very fascinating nugget to me regarding these master animators.  They ARE quite anal!  his whole brain/body is finely tuned to this kind of specific timing, sheesh.  I love learning things like this because occasionally I'll be made to feel uncomfortable or awkward about my attention to detail.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Animation question: exposures on "eights" or "twelves" on: December 15, 2014, 05:31:42 PM
So I've been studying animation, and perhaps I missed something as I was going through this one book...but maybe someone here can clarify my question.  Here's the passage in question:
[attachthumb=1]

I just want to make sure I'm understanding this correctly.  The only reason why I'm particularly interested is because I also have noticed that I like the Tom and Jerry timing more so than other similar cartoons. 

So...when he says people are walking on "twelve exposures" or "eights", as far as actual time units go [seconds], does that mean (for the 8 example):
cartoons are 24 fps
so 8/24 = 0.3 seconds

is he saying each step takes 0.3 seconds?  Or every two steps (one cycle) takes 0.3 seconds?  I don't quite get it.  It seems like a brisk pace either way.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 14, 2014, 01:15:34 AM

I'm also observing that those who claim to hear things that I can't are also more *superstitious* than I am as well.

At least you were polite enough not to mention their webbed feet. Grin
Argh!  I don't get the reference.  You know how many hours of google research your posts have caused me over the years??
So...webbed feet, what is that?  A reference to luck?
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 12, 2014, 05:07:14 PM
There are few music videos that have made me happier or feel more vindicated about something than this one. Capacitor types are something I have gotten into more pointless arguments over than anything else. The conclusion Joe Gore reaches is the same conclusion that I had reached years ago when it came to the tone capacitor type when used in passive guitar wiring.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEr-66DR8PM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEr-66DR8PM</a>

Some interesting comments on the video can be found on Joe's webpage here.


His faces!  Hilarious!
Yes, i'm beginning to confirm BS on 90% of this audiophile stuff.  I'm pretty skeptical about anything not involving noise/hiss/distortion or something obvious like that.  But maybe I need to listen to them on better headphones.  Like these!  only roughly $10k for the headphones and required amp:
[attachthumb=1]

I'm also observing that those who claim to hear things that I can't are also more *superstitious* than I am as well.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 09:40:59 AM
 nono2
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which phone? on: December 10, 2014, 05:57:35 PM
I used Windows Phone for a couple years, starting with WP7 through Cortana. I am presently using Android. I enjoyed using/having a windows phone more than Android. It's a far more consistent, streamlined and intuitive experience.

Honestly, I do not like Android. I don't care for it. It's a convoluted mess of Vendor, OS, and everything inbetween. It is loaded with apps I don't want that I cannot install. As an ecosystem, Android brings me no joy. . . but I wouldn't trade it for Windows Phone today, because Android Just Works, with everything, pretty much all the time. A new service, app or device comes out, it works with Android. Windows Phone, you have to beg, wait, and hope support comes along. And when it does, it's usually half-baked.

Long story short -- I prefer the Windows Phone OS, but you can do a lot more with Android.
I concur exactly.  Well said.

My struggle with the windows phone was that your brain wants to treat it like windows, the windows we love which is full of options and possibilities and third party tools, etc.  But the windows phone is none of those things.  it's even more restrictive than iOS, without the apps.  So it's essentially the most restricted device imaginable.  I stopped using it when the nexus 5 came out.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Decibels, loudness, amplifiers, formulas...complete confusion! on: December 10, 2014, 05:14:34 PM
For louder headphone levels there are three basic options:

  • a headphone amp that provides more boost - although +24dBm seems to be the standard
  • a more efficient, different design, or different freq response and range set of headphones
  • better ears

FWIW, most of the better headphones strive for a flat (or relatively flatter) frequency response compared to your average speaker system. Most people are so accustomed to "sweet spot" sound that they they think "odd" or "too soft" when they first start using good headphones. (Unless they're those ear-damaging 'ultrabass' variety.) Same goes for studio mastering monitors. You can make the overall level in a headphone sound significantly louder just by boosting frequency bands in the 2khz and 4khz range. So it's not just the overall level, but the frequency ranges themselves that also contribute to your perception of how loud they sound.
I will mess around with these and see how it goes.  It's a good point.  I may be experiencing exactly what you describe.

i will say, I was listening and playing yesterday again with my existing equipment, and it is now not as quiet as I first imagined.  So I'm going through some psychological exercises here. 

125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Decibels, loudness, amplifiers, formulas...complete confusion! on: December 10, 2014, 03:39:09 PM
I think that all you really need is an amp that goes to 11.
Grin
If it were a cartoon, I'd just write in "11" "12" and crank the knob a bit more!
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