Your Kung Fu Is No Match

Published by Andrew Hreschak in News
Published on 02/01/06 @ 02:53:00 pm using 261 words, and has 3388 views

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Diggin' the Philosomatika Sound

Published by Andrew Hreschak in News
Published on 12/15/05 @ 08:40:00 pm using 228 words, and has 8087 views

I've been listening "almost" nonstop to the Philosomatika stream on netradio using the PVR system I built around a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 TV Tuner. Since I haven't been watching television for going on 5 weeks now, I figured a good alternate use of my homemade tivo would be to use it for streaming netradio streams. It's basically just Shoutcast radio, but displayed on my tv screen in the GBPVR software interface. The Hauppauge WinTV-series of TV-Tuners give phenomenal picture quality for the price. Since they have an onboard video-encoding chip, they can function equally well on older hardware since the video compression routines are done on-board, in hardware, rather than in software which relies on the speed of the processor to keep up with the incoming video stream.

The Win-TV PVR 250 card has:

  • Integrated 125 channel cable-ready TV tuner, hardware MPEG-2 encoder, dbx stereo audio with IR remote control
  • Composite Video, S-Video & audio inputs, for connecting VCR or camcorder

If anyone wants to check out the philosomatika stream, just download the .pls file here, and drop it into winamp, or you can grab it yourself at the philosomatika website.

Contemporaneous Auditory Narcotics:
or, What my speakers are currently pumping...
Tranan - Restarter

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Lack of Television Yields a Clear Head

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Random Musings
Published on 11/25/05 @ 12:40:00 pm using 911 words, and has 20536 views

I hadn't turned on my television in almost 2 weeks. I remember seeing several commercials, specifically on the Spike Channel advertising the Spike Channel, which went something like "There's no reason to think. Just sit down in front of this box. It will entertain you. It will make you happy." Being something of a contrarian when it comes to implied suggestions of control, I decided to do exactly the opposite. I turned the box off and didn't go back to it.

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The 0 point 7 percent of the world... series

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Little Idiocies
Published on 10/28/05 @ 01:06:00 am using 286 words, and has 1174 views

Well, it's that time of year again in which we all ignore obvious math and get caught up in the silly madness of crowds. I'm refering to that display of American arrogance that is the "World" Series. I won't go into my thoughts on how mind-numbingly boring the sport is in general, but simply want to point out a few things:

1. The entire baseball league is comprised of two (2) countries.
2. The "World" Series this year is being played by teams from one (1) country.
3. The world consists of over 260 countries.

Now for some simple math (requires a grade-school education):

2 / 260 = 0.7% (percentage of the world participating in the "World" Series)

Let's look at football for a moment... Not American football. I'm referring to the sport played all over the world where they actually use their feet. (hint: soccer) Here we have something approaching a "world" involvement and, hence, the World Cup. As an aside, it was estimated 10 years ago that soccer is played by over 100,000,000 people around the world. That's one hundred million! So, greater than 100,000,000 participants worldwide... greater than 200 countries participating... World Cup championship... Call me kooky, but that makes more than a little sense.

On the other hand, how is the championship series of a sport played by a maximum of 2 countries (again, 0.7% of the world) in any way accurately called the "World" Series? I just don't get it. Maybe the point is not to think? Maybe enjoyment of the sport is an inverse relationship to the amount of electricity in the braincase? Any thoughts?

Contemporaneous Auditory Narcotics:
or, What my speakers are currently pumping...
DJ Krush - Strictly Turntablized

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New species of lizard discovered

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Little Idiocies
Published on 10/10/05 @ 09:02:00 pm using 292 words, and has 1263 views

There's a news story that just showed up on Yahoo about an hour ago describing the discovery of a new species of tiny geckolike lizard. This new and apparently endangered species of lizard is about 1.5 inches in length, and was discovered in the Caribbean by Avila University professor Robert Powell.

The Yahoo article states that professor Powell discovered the lizard, "after being tipped off about its existence." The article goes on to say that "The Rev. Bob de Silva, an amateur naturalist from St. Vincent who had visited Union Island, had been the only person to ever report seeing the geckolike lizard, and told Powell about it."

Sooo... umm... didn't the Rev Bob de Silva actually discover it? After all, the university professor didn't seem to know anything about it until he was 'tipped off' by de Silva.

Continuing on, the article reads: "The wonderful thing about Bob Powell is what he does with his research, said Sister Marie Joan Harris, Avila provost." Yes, it sounds like he lets other people do the research for him, and then takes credit for it...

Anyway, read the article for yourself:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051010/ap_on_sc/nameless_lizard. The prof apparently needs the attention.

Oh, and in case there's any question about the official definition of the word "discover":
dis·cov·er - To be the first, or the first of one's group or kind, to find, learn of, or observe.

The key here is the guy who saw it 'first', not the guy who showed up late and was tipped off by the guy who saw it 'first'. Dig it?

Contemporaneous Auditory Narcotics:
or, What my speakers are currently pumping...
Finn & Aphrodite - G.L.O.B.A.L. Takeover

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New Orleans floodwaters can't wash away racism

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Little Idiocies
Published on 09/02/05 @ 12:13:00 am using 154 words, and has 3744 views

Boing Boing is pointing to a few flickr photos depicting flood survivorr. The photos were originally carried by the (AP) Associated Press. Both images depict flood survivors carrying/dragging what appear to be bags of food scavenged from local grocery stores.

One photo depicts a black man dragging a bag of food, with the caption "A young man walks through flood water after looting a grocery store..."

The second photo depicts a white man and woman dragging a similar bag of scavenged foodstuffs, with a caption that reads "Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store..."

Something seems wrong here, but maybe it's just me...

You can see the original boingboing post here:
http://www.boingboing.net/2005/08/30/black_people_loot_wh.html

Contemporaneous Auditory Narcotics:
or, What my speakers are currently pumping...
Led Zeppelin - Complete Bombay Sessions

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Stick a flag in me... I'm done

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Little Idiocies
Published on 08/31/05 @ 09:58:00 pm using 325 words, and has 1237 views

Just a quick observation on the extreme saturation of American flags in all aspects of life these days. I've seen them on hot dog vendor carts, on web design company websites, and pasted to the sides of garbage cans. Am I to believe that those hot dogs embody the spirit for what George Washington and Tom Paine fought and bled? Or are they merely an attractively colored shell concealing artificial byproducts and other assorted crap that masks itself as today's American dream? Is that website you design really somehow more American than the next? Come on, people. My eyes are rolling right out of my head. It used to be that the flag was something to be flown in honor and remembrance. Now we decorate our weekly trash with it, and we rest our little heads at night content in the notion that we've truly done our share to be patriotic.

I even see American flags being flown from foreign cars, which suggests the drivers of those foreign cars are either 1) extremely stupid and caught up in a sheep-like madness of crowds, or 2) are so hopelessly believing that a $2 cotton flag is the true arrowhead of their patriotism, and more than makes up for the $20,000 they gave to a foreign nation's economy for that automobile, or 3) those wavers of American flags from their foreign vehicles truly 'grok' the meaning of patriotism. There's always option 4) a little bit of all of the above.

My question is, who is the bigger idiot... the people that wave a flag to sell their dubiously "American" product, or the people that actually buy into that waved flag and buy that dubious product simply because some idiot waves an American flag over it? Hmm...

Contemporaneous Auditory Narcotics:
or, What my speakers are currently pumping...
Sick of it All - Blood, Sweat, and No Tears

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