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I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve recorded nearly all the shows I did at WMFO but rarely labeled those cassettes. Like this one. Turns out this cassette is a recording of a show I did July 20, 1996 and it also features a live set from Mancy. You can listen to it here http://i.mixcloud.com/CG3cM9

I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve recorded nearly all the shows I did at WMFO but rarely labeled those cassettes. Like this one. Turns out this cassette is a recording of a show I did July 20, 1996 and it also features a live set from Mancy. You can listen to it here http://i.mixcloud.com/CG3cM9

— 1 month ago
99% is on of my favorite albums and Meat Beat Manifesto is one of my favorite bands. Or artist, really, because Jack Dangers is really the man behind Meat Beat Manifesto.

I’ve always had Meat Beat Manifesto on one form of media or another: vinyl, CD, MP3 and, of course, cassette. And the cassette can go.

99% is on of my favorite albums and Meat Beat Manifesto is one of my favorite bands. Or artist, really, because Jack Dangers is really the man behind Meat Beat Manifesto.

I’ve always had Meat Beat Manifesto on one form of media or another: vinyl, CD, MP3 and, of course, cassette. And the cassette can go.

— 3 months ago
It wasn’t enough for me to record albums to cassette, I had to have labels for my cassettes that looked slick. The goal was to make cassette covers so at first glance you might mistake it for a tape purchased from a store. In this case, I made one from a great cover to a mediocre scifi novel for a cassette containing the Crumbsuckers’ first two albums, Life of Dreams and Beast on My Back. I really wasn’t a fan of Crumbsuckers so I don’t mind tossing out this cassette.

It wasn’t enough for me to record albums to cassette, I had to have labels for my cassettes that looked slick. The goal was to make cassette covers so at first glance you might mistake it for a tape purchased from a store. In this case, I made one from a great cover to a mediocre scifi novel for a cassette containing the Crumbsuckers’ first two albums, Life of Dreams and Beast on My Back. I really wasn’t a fan of Crumbsuckers so I don’t mind tossing out this cassette.

— 3 months ago with 1 note
I am slowly, slowly digitizing all the shows from WMFO from cassette to MP3. I’m beginning to suspect that it might be a lifelong goal and debating if it’s actually worth it. I may just end up only digitizing the really important or special shows. Anyway, whatever I digitize I will also be posting to Mixcloud, so enjoy this show from October 24, 1998! If you like country, industrial, hip hop, pop, rock, electronica, classical, spoken world, etc then this show is for you. Freeform, baby!
You can listen to the show  here.

I am slowly, slowly digitizing all the shows from WMFO from cassette to MP3. I’m beginning to suspect that it might be a lifelong goal and debating if it’s actually worth it. I may just end up only digitizing the really important or special shows. Anyway, whatever I digitize I will also be posting to Mixcloud, so enjoy this show from October 24, 1998! If you like country, industrial, hip hop, pop, rock, electronica, classical, spoken world, etc then this show is for you. Freeform, baby!

You can listen to the show  here.

— 3 months ago with 1 note
I’ve been holding on to the packaging for my HDMI cable for four months. That’s crazy, right?

I’ve been holding on to the packaging for my HDMI cable for four months. That’s crazy, right?

— 4 months ago
#cable  #TV 
I’ve had my Roomba for something like four months and I love it! Classic me, I’ve held on to the packaging in case I needed to return it. Looks like the Roomba is part of the family now so I can toss it out.

I’ve had my Roomba for something like four months and I love it! Classic me, I’ve held on to the packaging in case I needed to return it. Looks like the Roomba is part of the family now so I can toss it out.

— 4 months ago
#robot  #vacuum 
I was hoping to sell these computer speakers on Craigslist for something like $15-25. It wasn’t so much the money I was interested in as making sure these babies were going to a good home. In the end laziness won out and I dumped them in the sidewalk for some lucky soul to find and put to good use.

I was hoping to sell these computer speakers on Craigslist for something like $15-25. It wasn’t so much the money I was interested in as making sure these babies were going to a good home. In the end laziness won out and I dumped them in the sidewalk for some lucky soul to find and put to good use.

— 4 months ago with 1 note
#speakers  #computer 
Distress is my second favorite novel by one of my favorite writers, Greg Egan the first being Diaspora.

What’s not to love? A science journalist who is his own film crew and production studio? A genetically grown island inhabited by anarchists? Commentary on health and mental health? Commentary on gender? The theory of… everything? This book has it in spades. And I’m giving it away because I now have Distress as an eBook. I’m so happy to be reading it again.

Distress is my second favorite novel by one of my favorite writers, Greg Egan the first being Diaspora.

What’s not to love? A science journalist who is his own film crew and production studio? A genetically grown island inhabited by anarchists? Commentary on health and mental health? Commentary on gender? The theory of… everything? This book has it in spades. And I’m giving it away because I now have Distress as an eBook. I’m so happy to be reading it again.

— 7 months ago
#science fiction  #novel  #ebook 
I’ve been waiting years for  Greg Egan's book, Diaspora, to be released as an eBook. And every few weeks I do a search on Amazon to see if Diaspora has hit the eShelf. As of a month ago, my long wait was over.
I know it’s irrational but it drives me crazy that all science fictions are not available as eBooks. Science fiction books should be the very first thing that gets released as an eBook. Especially Diaspora.
Most science fiction novels don’t age well. William Gibson's Neuromancer, great as it is, no longer feels quite so cutting edge. In fact, it now feels the taint of quaintness. It’s scifi nostalgia. But Diaspora, which takes place in a post-singularity civilization of humans, androids and software entities still feels as fresh and alien as it did when I first read it back in 1999. This is space opera par excellence. And hard scifi space opera at that.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to finally have Diaspora as an eBook. And despite my desire to have all my books in a digital format whenever possible, I am going to miss the paperback art of  Peter Gudynas.

I’ve been waiting years for Greg Egan's book, Diaspora, to be released as an eBook. And every few weeks I do a search on Amazon to see if Diaspora has hit the eShelf. As of a month ago, my long wait was over.

I know it’s irrational but it drives me crazy that all science fictions are not available as eBooks. Science fiction books should be the very first thing that gets released as an eBook. Especially Diaspora.

Most science fiction novels don’t age well. William Gibson's Neuromancer, great as it is, no longer feels quite so cutting edge. In fact, it now feels the taint of quaintness. It’s scifi nostalgia. But Diaspora, which takes place in a post-singularity civilization of humans, androids and software entities still feels as fresh and alien as it did when I first read it back in 1999. This is space opera par excellence. And hard scifi space opera at that.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to finally have Diaspora as an eBook. And despite my desire to have all my books in a digital format whenever possible, I am going to miss the paperback art of Peter Gudynas.

— 7 months ago
#spaceopera  #sciencefiction  #novel  #paperback  #kindle 
A few years back I decided that from now on, whenever possible, I would only purchase eBooks. I was tired of lugging around boxes and boxes of books whenever I moved and I was tired of having physical books taking up space in my home. eBooks seemed like the perfect solution, and hopefully they’ll have less of an impact on the ecology of our planet.

Waiting for the publication industry to catch up with my desires, however, has been a drag. I think I have a list of 50 or so books that I’m patiently (and, in some cases, impatiently) waiting to be released as eBooks. It’s not for the publication industry’s lack of effort, though. I imagine it’s mostly an issue of licensing agreements being hammered out. But I’m a consumer and I want those books now.

One such book is Walter Jon Williams Aristoi. Classic space opera with a 90s spin, chock full of nanotechnology and God-like beings with multiple personalities. I’ve retread this book a number of times and I expect to read it again a few more times and thankfully it finally has been released as an eBook on Amazon. And only $4.99!

I’ll miss the original cover art by Jim Burns and the experimental narrative layout in the book. That’s a rare trade-off that I’m willing to live with.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a good yarn you might want to give Aristoi a read.

A few years back I decided that from now on, whenever possible, I would only purchase eBooks. I was tired of lugging around boxes and boxes of books whenever I moved and I was tired of having physical books taking up space in my home. eBooks seemed like the perfect solution, and hopefully they’ll have less of an impact on the ecology of our planet.

Waiting for the publication industry to catch up with my desires, however, has been a drag. I think I have a list of 50 or so books that I’m patiently (and, in some cases, impatiently) waiting to be released as eBooks. It’s not for the publication industry’s lack of effort, though. I imagine it’s mostly an issue of licensing agreements being hammered out. But I’m a consumer and I want those books now.

One such book is Walter Jon Williams Aristoi. Classic space opera with a 90s spin, chock full of nanotechnology and God-like beings with multiple personalities. I’ve retread this book a number of times and I expect to read it again a few more times and thankfully it finally has been released as an eBook on Amazon. And only $4.99!

I’ll miss the original cover art by Jim Burns and the experimental narrative layout in the book. That’s a rare trade-off that I’m willing to live with.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a good yarn you might want to give Aristoi a read.

— 7 months ago
#spaceopera  #sciencefiction  #novel  #paperback  #kindle