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RIP Don Joyce
Saturday, August 1st 2015 11:11am
Tags: negativland, donjoyce, rip

I guess this happened about a week ago, but I just learned that Don Joyce (of Negativland and Over The Edge [radio program on KPFA]) has passed away at the age of 71.

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Don Joyce was an innovator, a rebellious sonic prankster, and a true inspiration.  He will be missed.

Archives of "Over the Edge" can be heard at the KPFA archives:

http://oldwww.kpfa.org/archive/show/1782

And at archive.org

https://archive.org/details/negativland

Synth noise test
Wednesday, July 15th 2015 9:25pm
Tags: synth noise synthesizer circuit

Trying out the whopping 4 modules I have installed...

Seen in Portland
Monday, July 6th 2015 8:11pm
Tags: pdx portland graffiti stencil

Sidewalk graffiti in PDX.

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A hummingbird nest
Sunday, April 26th 2015 11:10pm
Tags: nature hummingbird

Have you ever seen inside a hummingbird's nest?  I hadn't either, until I discovered this little one in our street-side tree.  It's only about 2.5" across, and when the mother hummingbird sits inside she fills the whole thing.  I risked the fatal dive of a needle-beak long enough to raise my aging camera phone above my head to see what was inside....

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Check out how camouflaged it is!  It's so tiny, you really wouldn't even know it was there.  I can't even imagine what a hummingbird hatchling looks like, and I refuse to google it.  Your move, springtime.

I found an interesting open/free circuit tonight that I wanted to price out on OSH Park.  The circuit designer was awesome enough to make the design files freely available on the interwebs...but unfortunately (out of the box) they fail the OSH Park upload checker.  "Ok, that's fine, you get what you pay for" I think...I'll just open the files in Eagle and save into a newer version or investigate what's missing...

I haven't installed Eagle PCB in a while (certainly not since I had to reinstall this laptop after the most recent HD failure).  So I go to the download page, grab the installer and run it and.....of course, it fails.

But it fails due to missing 32-bit libs.

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It's 2015!  Seriously?  I've suffered with Eagle for more than 15 years now, and in spite of all my persistent gripes about usability flaws and UI cruft, we still sometimes have to use it...but now there's now this problem?  

Seriously CadSoft, it's 2015...

This is great.  If you're interested in active listening, field recordings, soundscapes, or amibent sound/music, this is a pretty good primer and talks about the origins of the term "acoustic ecology" as a movement.