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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by ¼ dead » Thu May 11, 2017 8:03 am

I sometimes fall asleep watching Investigation Discovery (a network dedicated almost exclusively to tacky true crime exploitation, AKA "informative murder porn", for anyone who doesn't know), and it occasionally affects my dreams in pretty predictable ways.

Current fleeting interests:

-AM/FM radio kits. I want to wire 2-4 of them up inside a box with top-mounted controls (including toggle-switchable normally open mutes) and individual 1/4 outs. I think it'd make for a great HNW synth/John Cage-y cut-up engine... I might have to settle for some basic FM transmitter circuits I could maybe build from scratch on perf board, though that's less exciting.

-White noise generators. I want to build one, or possibly multiple circuits with 2+ individual outputs, each with their own passive filters and toggle-switchable N/O mute buttons in a single box.

-Some kind of cut-up noise crossfader that fades between 2+ mono channels via joystick or exp. wheel, such that you can quickly cut to different input sources.

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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by xdugef » Thu May 11, 2017 9:04 am

Since yesterday I've been trying to track down a recording of a Prank phone call called No Nazis in the Icecream. According to the friend I had gotten the tape from back in the early 90's it was on a compilation tape called Subgenius High Weirdness by Mail. After some googling I can across the website of Jim Blanchard who says it was originally on a tape called “Lou Minatti Assortment” and is by the same guy who did the Cambodian Refugee prank calls who in reality is a guy named Barry Alfonso who got a fair amount of press back in the day and was interviewed by RE:Pranks. Jim says he has a copy of the tape and is going to digitize it for me.. fingers crossed!


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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by amishrobots » Thu May 11, 2017 11:45 am

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I've been binge watching Breaking Bad again..
I just finished watching that again with my gf. Cried like a little baby at the ending, had to rewind it twice and watch him kill those nazi bastards again just to feel a bit better.

I was watching "Better Call Saul" up till about last year's season finale; need to pick it back up again.

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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by xdugef » Thu May 11, 2017 12:11 pm

amishrobots wrote:
Thu May 11, 2017 11:45 am
I was watching "Better Call Saul" up till about last year's season finale; need to pick it back up again.
Yea the current season is starting to catch up with the beginning of BB.

I'm catching a lot more of less obvious foreshadowing and clues this time around.. also there seem to be a lot of nods to the Shining as Walt starts to transition into being evil Walt

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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by amishrobots » Sat May 13, 2017 12:47 am

xdugef wrote:
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amishrobots wrote:
Thu May 11, 2017 11:45 am
I was watching "Better Call Saul" up till about last year's season finale; need to pick it back up again.
Yea the current season is starting to catch up with the beginning of BB.

I'm catching a lot more of less obvious foreshadowing and clues this time around.. also there seem to be a lot of nods to the Shining as Walt starts to transition into being evil Walt
hmm, never occurred to me to look for any nods to the Shining. Then again I never liked the Shining much. I respect it as an important part of our culture, but just found it mostly boring to actually watch. At least 2001 had cool sci fi stuff.

I would compare Breaking Bad favourably to Shakespeare, although to be honest, the only 2 of his plays I am really all that familiar with are Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet. I can even sorta see general elements of macbeth in Breaking Bad albeit twisted around quite a bit.

Oh, and Mellville, the step brother Hank as Ahab, consumed with chasing his "White Whale" Heisenberg, until his rage ultimately destroys him along with it. He did actually "catch" his whale; destroyed what remained of Walter's life, and set into motion the final events.

The character developement in that show is just fantastic. Walter becoming the danger, the monster, yet you still find sympathy for him; want him to win. And even as you cheer on his victory over the chicken man, you still can't help feeling a bit sorry for chicken man as well.

yeah, just damn what a great show.

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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by xdugef » Sat May 13, 2017 6:02 am

amishrobots wrote:
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hmm, never occurred to me to look for any nods to the Shining. Then again I never liked the Shining much. I respect it as an important part of our culture, but just found it mostly boring to actually watch. At least 2001 had cool sci fi stuff.

My wife spotted it because she read the book.. in the story there is a metaphor between the rotting pipes or something and Walt's transformation begins in earnest when he gets obsessed with replacing the water heater and all the rotten wood in the crawl space.

Also he breaks into Jesse's apartment and sticks his head through the hole in the door.. but he doesn't say here's johnny. When Mike shows up to clean up the scene after Jane OD's he taps on the cardboard covering the hole to draw even more attention to it.. like see.. walt is crazeeeee.
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I would compare Breaking Bad favourably to Shakespeare, although to be honest, the only 2 of his plays I am really all that familiar with are Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet. I can even sorta see general elements of macbeth in Breaking Bad albeit twisted around quite a bit.
Ha.. well I can't imagine if the dialogue was Shakespearean ... I'm not sure if there is a structural comparison but now that I think about.. I just rewatched the part where Jesse is out of rehab and he is pining for Jane who is dead and he is alone in an empty house and the setting and the appearance of Saul is very stark and theatrical.. could be a nod to Shakespeare! In that scene the cel phone is Yoric's skull!

Oh, and Mellville, the step brother Hank as Ahab, consumed with chasing his "White Whale" Heisenberg, until his rage ultimately destroys him along with it. He did actually "catch" his whale; destroyed what remained of Walter's life, and set into motion the final events.
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Sat May 13, 2017 12:47 am
The character developement in that show is just fantastic. Walter becoming the danger, the monster, yet you still find sympathy for him; want him to win. And even as you cheer on his victory over the chicken man, you still can't help feeling a bit sorry for chicken man as well.
I like Hank but he has his demons.. he's a dick but he cares and can't handle success and then proceeds to undermine himself.
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yeah, just damn what a great show.
Indeed!

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Re: Current fleeting interests

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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by fire » Sun May 14, 2017 5:10 am

bead curtain is awesome, need moar cats
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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by xdugef » Sun May 14, 2017 5:52 am

Fortunately he didn't chew on any cables
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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by fire » Sun May 14, 2017 6:32 am

ah, you have him patched in as a CCO, nice
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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by xdugef » Sun May 14, 2017 8:26 am

fire wrote:
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ah, you have him patched in as a CCO, nice
I tried that but he didn't like having a plug in his butthole :party2:

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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by ¼ dead » Sun May 14, 2017 2:38 pm

fire wrote:
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bead curtain is awesome, need moar cats
For sure! I think the only drawback to the curtains is that they obstruct the view somewhat. We used to have more hanging up in some walkways and doorways, but they got to be a nuisance, cool as they were. I kept getting tangled in them like an insect in some dank hippie-spider's web... We have 'em in sets of two: Colored beads and GLOW IN THE DARK!

Anyway, you definitely can't have too many cats. There was a fifth one out of view on the floor in that above pic:
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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by fire » Sun May 14, 2017 3:07 pm

bead curtains were all the rage when i was a kid, we had actual wooden beads on ours, us kids would run through them pretending to get tangled up, sometimes we would play like we were choking to death, good times

most of those kids are dead now
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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by ¼ dead » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:47 am

Inbred people and the resultant physical and mental defects that occur with inbreeding.

PS: Kids do like bead curtains. I had to take the ones in one of the doorways down because my shrieking niece and nephews and the maladjusted foster kids my sister unwisely took in could not stop yanking on them and wrapping themselves up in them. I can understand the temptation, but they were really messing them up.

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Re: Current fleeting interests

Post by fire » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:41 am

yep, kids have it all, then they become adults and put the beads up their ass
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