November 30, 2010

My Android music player wishlist (, )

by fluffy at 11:04 PM
It's silly for me to carry around both my Android phone and my iPod and to have to juggle the two of them when I want to listen to music while using decent apps. I'd really like a music player/sync solution for Android which does the following:
  1. Synchronize from an iTunes smart playlist, and be able to play it in the playlist order
  2. Keep track of play counts, and synchronize that information (or at least "last play" and optionally "last skip") back to iTunes

November 29, 2010

Melatonin ()

by fluffy at 8:36 AM


"Portal of Evil" TV figured out how to make the portal real, and we were able to visit the site where videos were created. So of course we all decided that we'd enter into the living rooms of the worse vloggers. Some did it to harass them, but I did it to set up impromptu social events in their homes so they wouldn't feel so lonely. I couldn't get anyone else to join in on the LAN party though.


An epidemic swept Hawaii, in which people would get a virus which would give them a particular mania. This mania manifested itself as feelings of being incredibly hot, which would lead them to become Realtors so that they could get clients who were selling homes that had cool, dark spaces to sleep in overnight, so they'd have somewhere to nest. There were physical signs of the infection, as well; peoples' noses would get very soft and flatten, which initially led people to think it was just a widespread cocaine problem. The later stages of the disease included seizure and sprouting butterfly wings.

November 22, 2010

Note to self ()

by fluffy at 11:31 PM
When on vacation, even if you absolutely MUST log in to corporate email in order to provide an update to the team mailing list about something project-related, do not, under any circumstances, actually look at your incoming email, not even a little bit. And if you do notice a bunch of bug reports against a key component you're responsible for, don't look to see what they are and start thinking about how to go about fixing it, because you are on vacation and the whole point to that is to not be at work.

November 17, 2010

A couple of cover songs ()

by fluffy at 2:35 PM
This year, Song Fight had another Cover Fight. I did two entries, one cover of Minty Handy's "Tomato" (with both the instrumental scratch track and a full orchestral arrangement), and a cover of Sven Mullet's "Moscow, Idaho." Also, LMNOP did an amazing cover of my "tw3rp!" I'm very very happy with how it all turned out.

I hate my Mac ()

by fluffy at 12:13 AM
So, my two-year-old MacBook Pro has a rather annoying issue where, due to a stupid turn of events, 3Gbps hard drives don't work very well in it (note the size of that discussion). Unfortunately, all the affordable large hard drives on the market are 3Gbps. I could either be stuck with a tiny drive (untenable) or be stuck with a system that pauses for 30 seconds every few minutes when I'm doing anything that causes a periodic disk prefetch to coincide with a full cache (such as playing an mp3).

Since I only ever use my MacBook as a desktop I'd much rather just get a desktop computer with dual monitor outputs anyway. But there are two things that keep me using a Mac: FireWire (because even a cheap FireWire interface kicks the crap out of even the most expensive USB ones, and anyway I already have an excellent FireWire interface that I see no reason to replace) and Logic Studio, which is the only DAW software I feel comfortable with (not for lack of trying dozens of others).

November 16, 2010

One step forward, several steps back (, , )

by fluffy at 3:50 PM
An intersection of confluent issues with how Google and GMail handle their various accounts has just made my life much more difficult, again.

November 11, 2010

Early literacy causes prosopagnosia? (, )

by fluffy at 4:20 PM
From Ars Technica, Literacy may have stolen brain power from other functions:
The decreased activity in response to faces seemed to occur in those who achieved literacy during childhood (it was one of the only differences between them and adult learners). The authors suggest that the area that responds to faces normally expands with age, and learning to read may limit this expansion by putting nearby brain areas to other uses.

This isn't to say that you're going to be worse with faces if you know how to read well, although the authors indicate they're going to look into that to find out. But it does indicate that literacy involves a new specialization in some areas of the visual system, which ensure that the centers involved with processing language become just as active as if they had heard the words spoken.

According to my mom, I taught myself to read at a very very early age (she says that at 18 months I got obsessed with letterforms and reading the cereal box and so on, and I certainly remember being able to read at the age of 3 and wondering why all the other kids needed the teacher to read storytime books out loud), and I am also profoundly bad at facial recognition. So, while an anecdote is no substitute for data, it's certainly something to think about.

Frankly, I feel that it's been a reasonable tradeoff for me.

November 10, 2010

Hulu Plus: second chance ()

by fluffy at 8:09 PM
Since Hulu Plus has finally publicly launched, and is also available on my new TV, and my TV came with a free two-month promotional credit for it, I figured I'd give it another try.

November 8, 2010

Some gender-related stuff ()

by fluffy at 10:45 PM
deviantART, binarism, and transphobia: on LGBT Spirit Day, a user took dA to task for no longer allowing accounts to sign up with a gender set to "other/unspecified." The results were not good, and it ended up motivating a huge number of neutrois and neutrois-sympathetic users to disavow dA and leave.

One particularly nasty thread on the support issue also finally motivated several people (including the person who started all this) to start preferring "it" as their personal pronoun (as I have for years, at least in an online context).

November 5, 2010

Spliced!: The best cartoon you've never heard of ()

by fluffy at 8:01 AM
From the studio that brought you Beetlejuice and Eek! The Cat is another wonderfully funny and subversive cartoon, Spliced!. It's so subversive that pretty much nobody has heard of it.