Category Archives: technology
My bedroom is like an electronic cave. It’s unbelievable how much stuff I’ve packed in here. Most of it is a remix of old gear than I’ve had kicking around for ages. This weekend, I guess partly to help getting over the loss of our pastor, I immersed myself in a new remix. The outcome was my “poor boy’s or girl’s 5-way surround sound.” It’s not really surround sound. Because I think that has different info in each channel. But it’s still pretty good.
So how do you do it? (um, yeah… substitute your stuff for mine…)
Take your Mom’s old HK amp that’s been gathering dust for the past few years. Add your Dad’s old Zoltri Sound System (amplified subwoofer and white speakers) that came with his Win 98 PC. Run that from the “tape out” jack in the back of the HK. Add two spanking new Yamaha speakers that you got from your AirMiles card (a shoppers points/rewards system)… and voila, you have the poor boy’s or girl’s 5-way surround sound!
And how does it sound? Well, apart from the slightly audible buzz that comes thru the Zoltri system (still trying to fix that), it’s great! I have tons of control over the levels because it’s sort of two stereos joined at the hip, each with different volume and tone controls.
I love recycling old stuff. So many people – even supposed “Green” people – enjoy running out and buying all the latest gear. But I tend to hold on to and reuse old stuff. Heck, we still have our CRT TVs and monitor! It’s actually very psychological and spiritual. Each piece of equipment means something different to me. Each was important at a certain time in my life. So now I’m remixing in a whole new way.
As the depth psychologist Carl Jung put it, the inside and the outside should mirror one another. And if not, something bad usually happens to restore or recreate a new balance.
- Electronic Reviews (ojpfreelancer.wordpress.com)
- Cnet tech: Get a 5-piece home theater speaker system for $199.99 shipped (reviews.cnet.com)
- How to save the AV receiver (reviews.cnet.com)
- 5.1 Surround Sound Vs Stereo System (fypgroup03.wordpress.com)
- Surround Sound (phyllismoorman.wordpress.com)
- Best Surround Sound Systems 2013 (trustedreviews.com)
- The Ultimate Surround Sound System without Obvious, Bulky Speakers (smarthome.com)
- Philips Fidelio Soundbar: Pain-Free Surround Sound (mashable.com)
- Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset review: Surround sound on a budget (pcworld.com)
- Limitless Creations X806 5.1 Surround Sound Computer/Multimedia Speakers System for PC or Home Use with Remote (hometheaterdigest.com)
Major crisis with my rendering of Are You An Evil Mystik, Mister? I just realized that setting the keyboard and software tempos to the same beats per minute doesn’t mean they’ll stay in sync thru the whole tune! Ouch. Looks like I’ll have to start again. I know how to fix it. But it means doing two tracks all over again.
I’m getting tired of this being creative stuff. Being Black Friday maybe I’ll run out and buy something just for kicks!
- VI tempo goes screwy during record/playback in PT10 (gearslutz.com)
- 180 bpm running songs (autodisciplines.wordpress.com)
- Guy Controls The Beats Per Minute In ‘Call Me Maybe’ With His Heart Rate [VIDEO] (coedmagazine.com)
Trying to get some help in fixing a buggy iPad2…
- iPad Vs. iPad 2 | Ebuyer HQ (ebuyer.com)
This is an amazing app for iPad. I have a lot of music on my HD, and am using an old laptop in my bedroom to pull it up as I enjoy my entire digital collection anywhere in the house. It’s free and works very well!
- The New iPad vs. iPad 2 – What’s Different & Should You Switch? (epicagear.com)
- Lifehacker Pack for iPad: Our List of the Best iPad Apps [Downloads] (lifehacker.com)
- Apps Rush: Auria, City Golf by Mercedes-Benz, Whale Trail Frenzy, Sydney Opera House and more (guardian.co.uk)
- Check Out This Must-Have Messenger Bag For Your iPad (AAPL) (businessinsider.com)
- Chiefs Consider Moving To The iPad (arrowheadpride.com)
- Review: Google+ iPad app a photographer’s dream – USA TODAY (usatoday.com)
- 50 Fantastic Free iPad Apps (iphone.appstorm.net)
- The Unsexy But Important Thing To Consider With iPads In The Classroom (edudemic.com)
- NYT says Apple’s 7.85-inch iPad will cost “significantly less” than the new iPad (mobilesyrup.com)
Is it just me, or is there something mildly unsettling about this?
At the Eaton Centre last Wednesday before lunchtime… it was a rainy day and all the stores were pretty empty, until I walked past this iCloud demo. Afterward I realized that watches, jewellery, food, drink and clothes don’t turn people on half as much as the latest high-tech trinkets. That’s where the action is. And I guess that’s just part of human evolution…
- Is SoundCloud The Next YouTube? (readwriteweb.com)
- #iCloud Security Problems (fmpgo.wordpress.com)
- Few BlackBerry deserters in line at Toronto Apple Store (thestar.com)
- iCloud Calendars Are Type-Specific (busymac.com)
- djay updated to take advantage of iCloud integration (tuaw.com)
- iCloud with families – how does it work? (ask.metafilter.com)
This is pretty mind-boggling…
- How many processors did the first super computer have (wiki.answers.com)
- built to last (mclark.wordpress.com)
- Quantum Processor Hooks Up with Quantum Memory (konterkariert.tumblr.com)
- News: Apple sued by Via Technologies over processor patents (ilounge.com)
- How many processors are used in mainframe computers (wiki.answers.com)
- Quantum Processor Hooks Up with Quantum Memory (technologyreview.com)
- TACC’s Stampede a “Home Run” for Intel’s MIC (insidehpc.com)
- How to Get your Computer Running Faster (superdoodadsblog.wordpress.com)
- Apple’s A4 and A5 processors under fire in new lawsuit (gigaom.com)
- Processors 1000 times faster in a couple of years (sjackm.wordpress.com)
Here’s a video that summons up childhood memories of listening to CBC FM radio, when it was still predominantly classical.
Glenn Gould used to live in a 70s-style Toronto condo called “Inn on the Park” that’s now torn down, replaced by a Toyota dealer. He’s buried in a nearby cemetery, where I worked one summer cutting grass so I’d have enough cash for school.
I’ll have to go visit some day and pay my respects…
- LIVE: Toronto mayoral debate hosted by CBC (cbc.ca)
- For Glenn Gould, Form Followed Fingers (nytimes.com)
- Toronto’s middle class shrinking: report (cbc.ca)
- Odd bits for a Saturday (netnewmusic.net)
- Zombies stalk the earth! (psychologytoday.com)
- Enshrining an Extraordinary Poet of the Keyboard, Quirks and All (movies.nytimes.com)
- Littler: ‘Stratford’s other festival,’ is going strong after 10 years (thestar.com)
- Interview: Steven Honigberg, Author of Leonard Rose: America’s Golden Age and Its First Cellist (seattlepi.com)
- Providing a platform to the changemakers and idea generators. (techvibes.com)
- Film: Seeking the Ordinary in the Eccentric (nytimes.com)
When I was doing my doctorate in Ottawa I went through a huge techno phase as it was called back then. All the university radio DJs played it like crazy, in both French and English.
So happy I was when I found this CBC Ottawa streaming channel, called ‘The Chill Lounge’ on Cable.
Seems to be a good mix of laid back, atmospheric stuff without getting too angry or odd.
Check it out… http://radiotime.com/WebTuner.aspx?StationId=65413&