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Big Bang

July 6th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
The Big Bang was just God exploding because he was too lonely.
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Dreaming in a Coma

June 21st, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Living the dream until waking to find you've been dreaming in a coma...
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Swallow's Heart

June 9th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Swallow your tears and eat your heart.
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Theme de La Cite des Enfants Perdus OST 1C

June 3rd, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
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Chrome as a Spider

June 2nd, 2012 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Helping Google find pages not necessarily linked anywhere...

Interesting discussion at Webmaster World on how Google might be indexing pages that are otherwise private or hidden from the rest of the world.  Ran into this a few times myself when trying to set up a few heavy-load test scripts, only for it to get indexed and get outside hits as well. <_<
Some of the discussion floating around has been centered on the parsing of URLs in gmail messages, as well as indexing pages someone using Chrome or Google toolbar visits.
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Comptine d'Un Autre Ete

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Comptine d'Un Autre Été (Cover) by TheChiefEmperor
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Can and Saw in Delicatessen

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Recently watched "Delicatessen" by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro (very interesting film by the way Smiley ).  Ironically what caught my attention a lot more in the film were the toys, particularly the moo-ing can and saw used as an instrument.

For a while, I could not figure out what the can was actually called (Googling something without a name is hard), but I managed to find the item here:

They call it a cow voice but similar products on other sites have different names.  Basically the toy is a simple-looking can with no electronics or batteries.  When you flip it, it emits a "moo" (or "bah") sound.  Quite pointless but that's the point. Tongue

The saw is actually a pretty popular instrument it seems.  It's called a "musical saw" or "singing saw" and is also available on Amazon (without teeth), though I suppose any real saw and cello bow would work as well.

It's also on as a complete set and guide:

Definitely going to try to learn it the next chance I get.  The sound it makes doesn't seem like a real instrument (more like a ghostly computer-generated synth) but I thought it sounded pretty neat in the film. Grin
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May 30th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Landslide (Cover) by Cayler
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May 27th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Random Stuff | #
My lists here will be quite sparse compared to other people's.  I generally put a lot more weight into what I consider a "favorite" before adding, so there are works and inspirational figures I probably like but aren't here simply because they didn't leave a strong enough impact.

My interests are pretty wide ranging and hard to bucket, probably from the diversity of works I was exposed to having spent most of my childhood online, in books, and in movies/games.  I read pretty much everything I could get my hands on as early as 3rd grade, though it's toned down a bit now. I probably read too much in elementary, going through as much as a hundred novels a year and ending up with 5.0 diopters of nearsightedness by 7th grade (though I've trained myself to never need glasses outside of reading, even in skiing or tennis).  For music, I started off more in games, world/ethnic, and (Goa)(Psy)Trance/Techno/DnB before starting to listen to film and...[More]
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Kakariko Village

May 27th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Kakariko Village by ellebirdy23
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Fixing a Mac White Screen or Not Booting

May 21st, 2012 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Failure to Boot on a Mac, White Screen of Death...

Had a few friends who have run into a white screen on bootup for their Macs after dropping it or having a power failure.  Rather than have to send in for repair (time + money), a much easier fix is detailed at The Pabster's Notebook.
The basic idea is that the Hard Drive boot sector got corrupted, but the Mac continues to try to boot from it.  The system disc doesn't help because the OS doesn't try to boot from anything else unless the hard drive is first disconnected.
Once that...[More]
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Freedom, Power, Purpose

May 7th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Freedom wants power.  Power wants purpose.  Purpose wants freedom.
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Castaway on the Moon OST

May 3rd, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
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Heart and Mind

May 2nd, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
The heart longs to move forward but does not understand.
The mind is all-knowing but does not think it can.
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Intel 320 80GB SSD vs Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD

April 18th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Just a bit background on why I bother - had a disappointing upgrade from the Samsung 64GB SSD that came with my Dell XPS M1330 to Intel's 320 80GB SSD.  The Samsung drive was already several years old, so I thought it'd be worth upgrading to a modest SSD - Intel seemed safe.  Turns out after running the drive for a while, I noticed programs tended to load rather slowly.  I had installed my Samsung drive to another computer and decided to start up the same programs in parallel - the Samsung drive was up to a quarter faster at times.  Definitely not very happy about that, considering it was several years older (did technology downgrade over the years???)

Anyways, for space reasons again, I went out to upgrade to another SSD.  This time to the Mushkin Chronos which is rated generally among the same speeds as the top performing drives currently, though much less expensive.  Fairly content with it so far.  It is definitely faster than the Intel at least and seems about the same speed as the older Samsung I had.

Here are the load times in seconds (run twice each for good measure):
TaskIntel 320   Mushkin Chronos
Bootup  25, 2522, 25
Photoshop   5, 23, 2
Premiere  18, 610, 5

You'd think 3-4 years would be safe to just upgrade to any current product, but I'll definitely be benchmarking my upgrades in the future just to be sure.
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The Time Machine

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
The Time Machine by Klaus Badelt
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Messing with EQ and Mastering

March 19th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Just spent all evening looking through EQ tutorials.  Fun stuff. Cheesy

This one was most helpful imo:

You really do need an analyzer to pick out the bad frequencies to cut.  I wish I knew this stuff sooner - would save me a lot of headaches trying to make my stuff sound cleaner.

Current song in experimentation is "Nightfall."  We'll see how clean I can make this next piece... Grin
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Mazes and Walls

March 15th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
You spend your life solving the mazes around you... Sometimes, after finding yourself in the same maze yet again, you just want to break the walls down - but then others interpret it as your defeat.
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March 10th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Leave a footprint so large, no realizes it exists.
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Perfect World

March 9th, 2012 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
Had this whole script idea in my dream this morning.  It was like watching a live-action movie with really good effects. It even came with an ending credits song - recorded a bit of it, maybe will make it a full fledge song later one day.

An advanced society is led by one man (the leader) who seems to have invented a means for everything (free energy, robots, etc).  He himself seems immortal and omnipotent now from his own inventions.  His daughter - he turned into part machine so she does not grow old.  His company headquarters is actually a giant parked spaceship in the city.

One day, however,...[More]
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