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Return of the ChucK!

Posted by Gasten on July 22, 2007

(Despite this post’s name, it will not – I repeat; will not – contain any Chuck Norris jokes. Stop looking!)

Ok, so after reading this post about some vim tricks, I – for some reason that I can’t remember – thought about the audio/live coding-language that I were playing with maybe a year ago. That language were – of course ChucK. It’s a blunt little live coding environment with some nifty features – or as the website say: “ChucK is a Strongly-timed, Concurrent, and On-the-fly
Audio Programming Language.”

One thing that bugged the hell out of me when I tested it last time, was that the system was extremely clumsy when I wanted to spork a new shred, or replace an old shred(meaning: adding a new track, or updating the audio in a existing track). I used Gedit, so I had to code everything there, save, go to a terminal and type a command every time I wanted to hear what I were doing – that’s actually pretty tideous when you are just experimenting with different oscillator/filter-settings. Since I putted ChucK on the shelf I’ve been toying with the text-editor vim, so when I read that you could execute commands inside vim I though I should give it another go.
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Link of the week (29-07)

Posted by Gasten on July 18, 2007

It first appeared here, but this article describes it much better. Read that first before continuing here.

Every sensible user must see how this is bad. a really bad bad thing. Sure, they haven’t said they’ll do it, but since they are getting a patent they will either use it, or prohibit others from taking advantage of it. And when you think about it; only Microsoft would be able to pull it off, so the latter reason isn’t really any good reason.

So where does that leaves us, the Linux users? Well, I for one is relieved that I’ve gotten off the Windows-train. Now we just need to help the others. The worst part is probably that we now can use a argument that I never thought about:

Linux — Free in all three senses: Free as in beer, free is in freedom of speech, and free as in free from ads

I don’t know what to say.


Ah, yes. I will try to run a article series where I present a new link every week. Or, well, it wont be every week, but anyways. A article with a similar name will appear.

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Sad, so sad…

Posted by Gasten on July 4, 2007

It was a great initiative. Big and powerful companies is really big and powerful.

What happened to Show Us the Code?

What’s worse is that in the Show-Us-the-Code-Message, the author pledged to the big-guys in the Open Source-community to publicly state their support. This is what happened:

Linspire was contact and Kevin Carmony did reply. He stated he would need to check with Linspire’s legal team to see where they stand. Of course as we’ve seen them team up with the litigators rather than the innovators, we now know where that camp stands, but Kevin was the only major name that did reply.

That’s f*cking awful! I mean, the campaign haven’t been very invisible. Couldn’t people like Mark Shuttleworth and Richard Stallman at least show their support? Where the hell are our community going, when we are led by people who don’t want to (can’t?) reach out to the public if they don’t have any agreements (personal or economical) with whom they are supporting? How the heck should we get people in the proprietary world to start caring for open source, when we – who’s life evolves around this single idea – can’t even care enough to write something simple as “What XXXX is doing is great. Support him.”

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Bend that tone over!

Posted by Gasten on July 4, 2007

Woho (or as we say on the internet: w00t)! Some days ago (been to busy to post), I finally managed to bend a tone on my harmonica! w00t!

Ok, so inhaling hole 5, I went from F down to E! Yes! Finally! I can’t really tell you how why it’s so hard, but well… I dunno. If you try to bend a tone, you’ll feel the difficulty too.

And bended tones are so cool! A harmonica are designed to play different notes when you inhale and exhale in different holes. When you bend a tone, you shape your tongue so the air does a loop inside your mouth and then enters the harmonica again, making the small flaps inside it move slower, thus creating a new tone. That’s not the cool part. It’s the new sound that’s cool! It’s like.. rougher and contains more harmonics. It sounds a bit like when you blow in many holes at the same time. You are supposed to move your tongue back into your mouth very far, and first, the sound volume gets lower and lower when you cut the airway from your lungs, and then, when you think you have it right and the sound have stopped, you increase the amount of air, and get a new beautiful tone and harmonic!

w00t!

(to bad it don’t have MIDI-support…)


On other notice, the past week I’ve been helping the Ubuntu BugSquad in their bug triaging. So, I hope to see y’all on tomorrows Ubuntu Hug Day! Keep the bug reports coming!

see you,
Gasten

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I can atleast wish….

Posted by Gasten on July 1, 2007

Feels better. At least till I hit the real world…

Link.

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