July 30, 2009

Microgravity (, )

by fluffy at 7:55 AM
I really hate the term "microgravity." It is supposed to convey that people in orbit around the Earth are only subject to a small, immeasurable amount of gravity, but that simply isn't the case. They're actually subject to a rather large amount, it's just that their "ground" is also subject to it and is falling just as fast as they are. There are subtly immeasurable variations in the local gravity field due to the spaceship itself, but there is nothing "micro" about the total gravitational force, aside from how it would be measured without a known external reference (like the big honking planet right outside the window, which I think qualifies).

Personally, I prefer the term "freefall," since it explains exactly what's going on and follows every implication perfectly (relativistic effects included). What do other people think?

July 22, 2009

Moon ()

by fluffy at 10:12 PM
I will not spoil this movie, so much as just say the following:
  • Yes, the trailer hints at certain aspects of the story, but it goes in a very unexpected direction
  • What you think will be the villain is not the villain
  • It is refreshingly ambiguous and open-ended
  • The soundtrack could be better (I think Clint Mansell was just phoning it in this time around, which is unfortunate since I loved his work on π) but it still led to a very nice atmosphere
  • I was able to look past the many minor science gaffes which were probably made just in the name of making it easier to film (in the case of the live action ones) and looking more "realistic" (in the case of the CG ones), because really who the hell cares that there wouldn't be clouds of dust kicked up in a vacuum? Total nerds, that's who.

July 20, 2009

The city I live in (, )

by fluffy at 9:31 PM
While flying over Seattle, I couldn't help but notice how after living there for two years I recognized dozens of landmarks around the city which had various special meanings to me — places friends and I had lived, worked, and hung out, bridges I'd gone over, and so on. I thought about how it's strange how after the same amount of time in San Francisco I still didn't really know San Francisco very well and felt no such attachment to the city, after a week of talking about how much I missed Seattle and thinking of ways I could end up moving back there eventually. I felt intensely homesick and even considered "accidentally" missing my connecting flight.

But then I got back to San Francisco, and the smell was familiar and comforting, and I got on BART and the smell was familiar and (oddly) comforting. While on BART home from the airport, a woman was having trouble reading her tourist map and figuring out which BART station to get off at for her hotel. I asked where it was and she pointed to a station on her street map (which didn't label the stations), and I immediately told her, "Oh, yeah, that's Powell. I'm pretty familiar with that part of town."

Then I realized that this place is somewhere I know after all.

July 18, 2009

My Song Fight! set ()

by fluffy at 8:30 AM
I'd post a detailed writeup but having just seen the video recording, I have to say that it's followed basically the same arc as my Austin set, with different songs and a different cast of characters.

July 17, 2009

Song Fight Live: Live (, )

by fluffy at 4:15 PM
We are streaming the show live on the Internet. The show starts at 6 PM PDT tonight. My set is scheduled to start at 9:30 PM (the headliner!) but you should watch the whole show, especially since I'll be drumming for Naked Philosophy (the opening act) and singing in John Benjamin's chorus at 8:30ish.

I'll also be in a few of tomorrow's sets (Jon Eric and Octothorpe and maybe others?) but we don't have a lineup scheduled just yet. I also forget when the show itself starts.

Broken Garden (, )

by fluffy at 10:02 AM
If you like kinda-difficult abstract-art shooter games with blippy music, you might like to know that I did the music and sound design for Broken Garden. Enjoy!

July 15, 2009

aggregated tweeting from the Seattle airport ()

by fluffy at 11:47 PM
9:15 Thinking about getting a massage here. Seattle airport massages still cheaper than San Francisco non-airport massages.

9:30 Finally justified in going to a Starbucks to use this gift card, and they don't take gift cards. Typical.

9:40 iPhone isn't getting a data connection even w full EDGE signal. Probably collusion between the airport WiFi provider and AT&T.

9:42 oh did I mention I only got 2 hours of sleep last night? freaking tired. got an iced tea at mini-uwajimaya (mm oolong)

9:43 where did my iced tea go? did I lose it already?

9:43 oh there it is

9:46 Can't think of any decent lyrics for the live fight title (They Meet). maybe time to just play my PSP some more.

9:47 all the beans I had for dinner last night are doing a good job of maximizing other peoples' airport agony. I please to aim.

9:55 laptop can see attwifi network, iPhone can't. laptop would cost $8 to authenticate, iPhone would be free. typical.

9:58 meh, just half an hour before I board. I can handle this.

July 14, 2009

Pack list ()

by fluffy at 7:49 PM
> i

You are carrying:

  • Suitcase
  • HP Laptop Backpack
> look in suitcase

You open up the suitcase and rifle through the suitcase. Inside you see:

  • 6 t-shirts (4 grey, 1 yellow, 1 black w/ Dreamcast logo from Sega Dreamcast launch)
  • 1 short-sleeve red/black plaid button-down shirt
  • 1 pair red/black plaid pajama pants
  • 1 red/black plaid flannel bathrobe
  • 6 pairs of socks (many of which are plaid)
  • 6 sets of underwear in various patterns
  • 1 spare set of pants
  • 1 Philips Sonicare toothbrush
  • 1 travel-size tube of toothpaste, cinnamon
  • 1 tube
  • Various grooming accessories
  • An electric violin
  • A cheap ukulele
  • 54 copies of foodsexsleep
  • 5 kazoos of various colors
  • An eBow
  • A PreSonus Inspire 1394
  • A red guitar capo
  • Two pairs of drum sticks, size 7A
  • An MXL v63m microphone and small tabletop stand
  • A pair of crappy over-the-ear headphones
  • Various cables and charging adapters for a multitude of devices
  • No tea
> look in backpack

Opening up the many pockets of the HP Laptop Backpack and dumping the contents on the floor, you see the following:

  • A 15" Apple MacBook Pro, October 2008 Unibody model
  • A Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet
  • A stylus for a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet
  • A mouse for a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet
  • A dead-tree paper sketchbook
  • A mechanical pencil filled with HB graphite lead
  • A black fine-tip pen
  • Various headache and sinus medications
  • A Sony PlayStation Portable, model PSP-3000
  • A small satchel with a number of games for the PSP
  • A copy of National Treasure on UMD which you never plan on watching
  • A spare charge/sync cable for an iPhone
  • A Sony Cybershot W150 digital camera
  • A Sony Webbie HD MHS-CM1 compact 1080p video camera
  • Several business cards
  • 8 copies of foodsexsleep
  • A hard case for a pair of glasses
  • Various USB and ethernet cables
  • A USB mouse
  • Two bags of Yogi Egyptian Licorice tea
> save

Please enter a name for your save file: (SAVEGAME.SAV)
> sfrr2009.sav
Saving... done.

Anxious for Song Fight! Live (, )

by fluffy at 11:38 AM
I forgot to mention it over here on my increasingly-neglected blog but I am going to Song Fight! Live this year. I am leaving the loop pedal at home and am going to try my darndest to get a good accompaniment from people on actual instruments. So if you happen to be in the Spokane area on the 17th and 18th I would appreciate an audience!

Apparently there will be a (small) cover charge (club sound guys cost money) but I have no idea what it is. Probably $5ish.

July 2, 2009

My biggest complaint about the iPhone ()

by fluffy at 5:24 PM
A phone works a lot better if it lets you, you know, ANSWER. Sometimes a call will come in and the touch screen will be completely unresponsive while it keeps on ringing away. Sometimes I'll manage to accept the call right before it goes to voicemail. Usually I don't.

This seems like it's the most basic function of a telephone, and the primary reason for a cellphone in particular.

TODO list for wrists ()

by fluffy at 5:17 PM
Things I meant to do after my checkup but got distracted:
  1. Make an appointment with the referred neurologist to get another nerve conductivity test
  2. Make an appointment with the referred orthopedic surgeon to get treatment options, including (hopefully) reputable massage therapists
Not wrist-related but other action items resulting from the checkup,
  1. Get the labwork done (fortunately that's a walk-in and I can do it before work on Monday)
  2. Make an appointment with the referred dermatologist for the skin cancer screening (my idea since I've been a bit concerned about a couple of moles lately)
  3. Also wasn't Walgreen's supposed to call me about my Albuterol prescription when it was ready? It's been well over an hour. I guess I can head over there now (grumble).

July 1, 2009

I am glad I'm not famous at all ()

by fluffy at 2:08 PM
This seems like a really bad time to be famous. RIP Mrs. Slocombe and Karl Malden. At least they (along with Ed McMahon) had a good run, unlike certain pop stars and hucksters I could name.

Who's next, Bruce Campbell?

(NOTE: If Bruce Campbell dies within the next month I sincerely apologize for predicting it, because he is certainly not someone I would like to die right now, or ever.)