Archive for March, 2004


How to Apply to the ITMS?

I saw this book referenced from MacFixit or Macintouch today. It is a guide to getting your music on the iTunes Music Store. This got me wondering how difficult it is to do on your own.

Apparently it is not simple. You have to already belong to a label and there are rumors that you have to be invited. This article, though old, provided the most amount of detail. It also makes reference to special Music Store Encoder tool which would encode the music with the proper metadata. I wonder if it is related to the AppleLoops SDK? In the end I didn’t find any specific information on how to get this done, or even an application page if you are an existing independent label. I suppose this is why I’m not an “insider” for the music industry.

One interesting find while digging around was an iTunes Music Store Link Maker which will allow you to make hyperlinks to various music. Pretty keen when you’re trying to tell someone to get a song or even tell them about a song.

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iBook Curse

I’ve know for a long time there was a recall on iBooks because of a faulty logic board but had ignored the issue. After all, my computer was behaving and I really didn’t feel I could lose it for the amount of time I’d heard it takes to get this done (two to three weeks by all accounts). Well, now my iBook is a very nice doorstop and my hand is more than forced. I’ll be sending it out tomorrow.

In the meantime I don’t have any previous email addresses, email, or any of the materials I’ve been working on for the past several months including skits I’ve been writing with Sean, much of the work I’ve been doing on the Blosxom User Group site, all of my Garageband music, pictures I would like to get posted here or printed out for my Grandmother, my world building projects, blah blah blah. I know I know. I can hear you crying for me, but this is bloody irritating.

Fortunately for me this site is hosted on a different machine and I can at least get much of the material I’ve been doing recreated in short order. At least I can work on this site! Please feel free to drop me a line so I have your email address at the very least.

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Nushu: Women’s Language

I learned about an interesting language today spoken only by women in the Yao ethinic group in China. They have thier own distinctive language and writing system. It looks quite interesting and the idea of a gender based language could be interesting for some of the earlier languages.

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Marriage According to the Bible

From an email going around, that was linked on bOING bOING recently and hosted on a site that will probably take it down soon. It appears to be (according to the previous link) an adaption of this article which was written shortly after the MA Supreme Court handed down their landmark ruling concerning same sex marriage.

Subject: In defense of Biblical marriage

The Presidential Prayer Team is currently urging us to: “Pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the definition of marriage. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles. With any forces insisting on variant definitions of marriage, pray that God’s Word and His standards will be honored by our government.” This is true.

Any good religious person believes prayer should be balanced by action. So here, in support of the Prayer Team’s admirable goals, is a proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying marriage entirely on biblical principles:

A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)

B. Marriage shall not impede a man’s right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)

D. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)

E. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

F. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother’s widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)

G. In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)

Biblical marriage sounds harsh! I still like my idea better, but would personally rather not see any marriage amendment added to any constitution.

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Dog Tales

Here’s something Ann and I came up with in a silly moment. It would be a story based around three anthropomorphized dogs:

Teanus, Borkus, and Sac Le Ceour, cruising for Chi Chi the poodle to hook them up with some hooch!

“Teanus” is pronounced “tee nis” and Sac Le Ceour… just say it fast a few times. I wonder if these guys know Dongle Dog or his brother, Dingle?

UPDATE 2005.12.03: I changed the spelling of Teanus from Tenis to hide the humor a bit. Thanks to Ann for that idea!

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Blosxom User Group Announcement

Today I sent this to the Bloxsom Mailing List:

Hello All,

It is our intention to launch a Blosxom User Group website (BUG). The goal is to compliment the primary blosxom website with news, tips, help, flavour and plugin registries (local download, maintained by a librarian or two) with some with extra documentation, some minor developer notes and etc. Often various threads or questions that are posted here on the list will find their way to the site, as well.

Hopefully people new to Blosxom might find some assistance if they cannot find their answers on Blosxom Prime, and veteran users might find a few tips they may not have thought of, or that open new vistas of possibility.

With the exciting news of blosxom v.3 on the horizon we want to launch the site at the same time. Meanwhile we’re hoping a few people might volunteer to write a few articles and serve as editors on a regular basis, helping get the site ready for premier.

We know something like this has been discussed previously and our original intent was, working with Rael, to rework Blosxom Prime. This changed over time to what we are proposing here, and we hope it will prove a valuable resource and maybe, at times, humor.

Please contact Doug OFFLIST (dnerad_at_speakeasy_dot_org) if you are interested in volunteering.

-Doug and Fletcher.

I’m fairly nervous about the whole thing and I hope it works out, but by not even trying we’ll never know will we. Too bad isn’t available…

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Interpolate Fancy

I replaced interpolate_conditional with interpolate_fancy since I’ve read on the list that it’s easier for a non-programmer to understand and a bit more versitile. I finally got it working on the one thing I’m using it for right now, which is at the bottom of each post for stating the number of comments. This is the original conditional:

$writeback::count comment?{$writeback::count=0 s}?{$writeback::count>1 s}

Compare this to the bloated code for fancy:

< ?$writeback::count lt="1">no comments

< ?$writeback::count eq="1">$writeback::count comment

< ?$writeback::count gt="1">$writeback::count comments

The first line is a bonus and not necessary of you change gt="1" to ne="1" in the third line there. I am wondering if there’s a way to do something like if/then or if/else. That would be useful and solve some of my issues here!

It seems to me there should be a more efficient way of doing this as per the old conditional example… That being said, I’m happy to be figuring this out now as it looks like the usages/modifiers in fancy will be used in Blosxom v.3 which Rael has mentioned recently on the mailing list.

UPDATE 2006.09.30: This article isn’t valid for this site anymore. You might find it useful if you’re using Blosxom, though; interpolate_fancy is one of the most useful plugins I used once I knew how to use it!

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Force Fields

I came up with a possible way to create a force field. Not an actual implementation, but an idea that might lead to a solution. The idea came about in an indirect though related observation. This process is almost more interesting than the final idea…!

At work we have huge floor to ceilling windows that overlook patios and courtyards. Birds regularly smack into these windows and either knock themselves out or kill themselves. They just can’t see the glass. Recently someone started hanging paper bird shapes at intervals around the courtyards. I’m guessing the birds are supposed to see these objects fluttering in the wind and slow themselves down. The evidence is still not in.

In other places people install chicken fencing in places they don’t want birds. This would work well for preventing birds from smacking into the glass, but it would impede people from casually walking through to the courtyards here at work.

This led me to think about how the fence is like a physical force field (force fields are energy) with the problem that it prevents large objects from entering but leaves room for small objects to pass freely. The opposite would be ideal for preventing bird kamakaze attacks but allowing people to pass freely.

There is no model for this in the world that I’m aware of. In all cases relating to a permeable barrier there is only the model of small objects passing where large objects cannot pass. So what is the primary reason for this? Size and mass.

So my idea, rather anti-climatically, is to create some energized barrier where a certain amount of energy would block the mass of a birds but not the mass of a human. Increasing the amount of energy would block even humans. This is a description of a force field and if something like this could be built it would have many applications. Does anyone want to front me the money to apply for a patent so I can join the patents race?

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Blood Ritual

I’m facinated by these pictures of the Celebrations of Ashoura. It is so completely foreign to our western mind, very primal in its execution. The images are graphic so be forewarned. I’m not very keen on the comments below, however… provincial, narrow people.

It would be interesting to include a ritual like this in a culture for the world building project, though I’d have to meditate on where and what it would entail.

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Economic Incentive Proposal

There is alot of talk in the news about the economy.

1: Despite an economic recovery, new jobs are not being created. [link]

2: Worse, there are no plans in place to start hiring as large companies squeeze workers for everything they are worth for less money. [link]

3: A hot political issue is the outsourcing of jobs overseas. [link]

It seems to me an easy solution would be to create incentives for companies to hire. Give them a tax break for the number of people they have working for them in proportion to the amount of money they make (gross, adjusted, profit, whatever).

1: This would give companies a reason to keep current employees instead of outsourcing.

2: It would give them motivation to hire people.

3: It would give the economy more dynamism as these wage earners start spending their money again.

4: In the long run it will help the Federal government as they can tax this income.

There are a couple problems with this such as the possibility that WTO might view this as an illegal trade practice as it may prevent fair competition between nations. Another problem could be that if not carefully balanced many companies might hire too many people and not have anything for them to do; lazy workers are not good.

I know it’s a simplistic solution giving incentives to companies to hire and maintain their workforces. I also don’t want this to sound like a social program; it is not a form of welfare. I do think it’s one potential solution.

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