April 29, 2004

iTunes features blah blah blah ()

by fluffy at 8:31 AM
Yeah, the new iTunes features are pretty neat. But what's neater is this. (Link requires iTunes to work.)

April 27, 2004

My job has now reached 27 μCecils (, )

by fluffy at 5:00 PM
God damnit, doesn't ANYONE have ANY useful documentation for res_mkupdrec?!

And no, neither the manpage nor the source to nsupdate counts as "useful."

April 25, 2004

New Renkucorp! New iPod! ()

by fluffy at 1:02 AM
I just noticed that Renku Corporation has made another (free) release, Condenser. Go forth and leech abstract electronica goodness!

Oh, and the iPod is great, though it's kind of forced me to go through and finally put proper genre tags on my stuff since that's the only way to actually tunnel through my massive collection on it! Thankfully, iTunes smart playlists make this very easy.

April 23, 2004

It's a good thing my job is on an upturn right now ()

by fluffy at 8:33 PM
'coz it looks like I'm gonna be at it a while longer.

April 22, 2004

Panasonic car CD player, revisited (, )

by fluffy at 11:21 PM
Back when inTune was still around, I posted a review of the Panasonic CQ-DP171u. In the review I made a mention of how the CD changer input was in two parts, the actual audio input and the controller port.

Tonight I decided to finally see if I could trick the player into giving me a bare aux input, for the iPod.

(Short answer: No I couldn't.)

WTF? ()

by fluffy at 9:58 AM
Someone just showed up at work saying he had a 10:00 appointment with John for a job interview — for some short-term Dreamweaver work.

I mean, hello?! Experienced web developer sitting here being paid $25/hour already?

April 21, 2004

ogg→mp3 (, )

by fluffy at 8:45 PM
I know this is total geek sacrilege, but I'm converting (yes, transcoding!) my oggs to mp3. But so far it's okay.

Who programs like that?! (, )

by fluffy at 10:21 AM
Is it just me, or are the various "you need to change foo to bar" stuff on the C++ section of the gcc 3.4 changelist things which a sane programmer would never, ever do to begin with?

April 19, 2004

Gaijin (, )

by fluffy at 8:50 AM
When I was in Portland, terpia took me out to lunch at Benihana. For those who don't know, it's a "theme" restaurant chain which is an attempt at simulating a Japanese hibachi restaurant (where the chef prepares your food right on the table, with a little culinary acrobatics). The thing about Beni Hana is that most of the chefs aren't actually Japanese (ours was named Felipe), but they squint their eyes and speak in an extremely-forced accent right out of a 1950s sitcom; I'd imagine that any actual Japanese patrons would end up leaving totally offended.

That said, the food is pretty good.

But it gave me an idea for a theme restaurant chain to start in Japan, called "Guy Gene's."

I miss Portland already. (, )

by fluffy at 1:08 AM
Everyone's just so laid-back there. And everything's so close together without being confusing or sprawly. I really hope I get an offer with Intel.

April 15, 2004

I'm in Portland (, )

by fluffy at 5:27 PM
Free Internet access from the 'business center.' Woo!

Anyway. Intel has put me in an exceedingly swanky hotel downtown, which is so swanky that the only parking is valet service. They sure better be paying for that.

April 14, 2004

All packed and ready (, )

by fluffy at 10:32 PM
My interviews at Sandia today went well. Of the 6 groups I interviewed at, I liked 4 of them, and of my top 3, I'm positive that one is hiring and pretty sure about another one. (Sandia makes you guess which one(s) actually have the jobs. It's dumb.)

Tomorrow I head to Portland for interviews at Intel. Yay me. Be good while I'm gone. (Remember, I know SQL, and I'm not afraid to use it.)

April 13, 2004

Overheard at the office ()

by fluffy at 10:10 AM
<John> Well, you know, that's why I never register to vote. When I lived out in California, I got jury duty all the freaking time.

April 7, 2004

Maybe it's not so bad ()

by fluffy at 11:33 PM
The workplace has gone back to being neutral, at least. And it looks like I'm almost finished with the project I was hired to do anyway, so maybe the 40% of next week that I'm working will be the end of it.

Or, if it goes really well, I'll be able to give John my two weeks' notice sometime during the week of the 19th. (Considering how much I got done during the two and a half weeks I've worked for him, I think two weeks of notice is beyond plenty considering I was originally just hired on spec anyway.)

April 6, 2004

Amazing how quickly things can change ()

by fluffy at 1:54 PM
Over the weekend, this job went from being the most fun I've had to being yet another Dr. Cecil situation. So, I am desparately looking forward to my interviews next week.

April 5, 2004

When it rains, it pours ()

by fluffy at 2:45 PM
This morning I got an email, scheduling an all-day interview at Sandia Labs next Wednesday.

This afternoon I got an email, scheduling me being flown out next Thursday to Portland, Oregon for an interview with Intel.


April 2, 2004

This was a good week ()

by fluffy at 11:32 PM
I got the following:
  • Lots of work done
  • More job prospects for permanent work
  • A huge raise on my contract
  • Warm fuzzies
  • A gig bag and tuner for my guitar

April 1, 2004

I have a preamp, so now what? ()

by fluffy at 9:35 PM
I hacked up some of my old computer speakers to turn them into a cheezy preamp, so I could boost the output level of my electric guitar to something which the filters in the SIDstation could deal with.

But, damn is it noisy. And it turns out that the SIDstation's filters aren't really good for anything guitar-processing-wise anyway. Bleh.

Striking similarity ()

by fluffy at 12:11 AM
I just realized that the theme to "Inspector Gadget" is extremely similar to "In the Hall of the Mountain King."