Search found 127 matches

by koalabäh
Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: low-level audio programming
Replies: 7
Views: 1963

low-level audio programming

I'm interested in developing applications that work on/with low-level audio: custom DSP effect algorithms, software mixing, etc. I've already spent way too long finding out the hard way how incomplete and dismally documented both of the major implementations of the Java Sound API specification are. ...
by koalabäh
Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Materialism, Responsibility, and Despair
Replies: 29
Views: 3358

Re: On Materialism, Responsibility, and Despair

I think it is important that there are people convinced that the switch from oil dependence will happen even inside big oil companies. Heh! You raise an interesting point; I'll have to think about that. Thanks. :) I didn't mean that humanity's value is diminushed, what I mean is that it's apparent ...
by koalabäh
Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Materialism, Responsibility, and Despair
Replies: 29
Views: 3358

Re: On Materialism, Responsibility, and Despair

What would you do that was more meaningful? I don't know. In fact, I'm pretty sure that one answer to my question differs little from another in terms of its measurable impact upon my actions, at least at the moment: Having decided the cause is lost, I wouldn't become a petrolhead or a corporate la...
by koalabäh
Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Materialism, Responsibility, and Despair
Replies: 29
Views: 3358

Re: On Materialism, Responsibility, and Despair

First, every human society worth remembering has been materialistic and has had those that rail against its materialism. I would not pin any of my hopes on greed disappearing (nor would I want it to; materialism is a powerful force for measurable positive change). Good point, that last. Being quite...
by koalabäh
Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Materialism, Responsibility, and Despair
Replies: 29
Views: 3358

On Materialism, Responsibility, and Despair

Here's something that's been bouncing around in my head for a while, long enough so that when I woke up this morning and was seized by the impulse to bash it out on the typing machine, it seemed coherent enough to inflict upon others. XKCDia being the greatest conglomeration of smart people I know, ...
by koalabäh
Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Can't stop the feet
Replies: 22
Views: 2447

Re: Can't stop the feet

Medeski, Martin & Wood! I'm not really sure how anyone can have so much groove. I suspect they've engaged in highly profitable barter transactions with a certain angel of ill repute... profitable for the listener, anyway. Seeed! Dancehall reggae -- the way it was meant to be. The Cat Empire! Tho...
by koalabäh
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What Albums Are You Excited For?
Replies: 86
Views: 9203

Re: What Albums Are You Excited For?

CaraInFrames wrote:Massive Attack and Portishead. Oh yes.

Oh yes.

(Yoo stohl mah werdz! :x )
by koalabäh
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Sad Song
Replies: 104
Views: 10684

Re: Favorite Sad Song

also: Jackson Browne - These Days (preferably the recent solo acoustic version rather than the album version from way back when) He says he wrote it when he was sixteen -- I can hardly believe that anyone so young could write something so regretfully melancholy. Emiliana Torrini's "The Boy Who ...
by koalabäh
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Jazz
Replies: 90
Views: 9965

Re: Jazz

I forgot to mention Rabih Abou-Khalil as one of my favorites: Can anyone recommend more Arabic-influenced jazz? There's something unconditionally sexy about harmonic minor... Freddie Hubbard. something like this? him and herbie were pretty chill together. uh .. milestones? that's a good album, but s...
by koalabäh
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Swimming and nerves
Replies: 57
Views: 4523

Re: Swimming and nerves

I am the Bleifisch ("lead fish" where lead = Pb). With an ever-increasing odd sort of desperation, my parents sent me to swimming course after swimming course, every freaking summer until I was around 12, when they finally gave up on me. I'm actually not such a bad swimmer; I'd have to hav...
by koalabäh
Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Little joys in life (Mrg: Little Things That Make You Happy)
Replies: 218
Views: 16393

Re: Little joys in life

Ian's backpack thing, hell yes; economy of movement in general just rocks. Pulling on a brand-new pair of socks, especially having just showered. The mummy maneuver: trap one edge of blanket between knees and roll. Finding an excuse to use my Swiss Army knife. Freshly squeezed orange juice. Realizin...
by koalabäh
Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Sad Song
Replies: 104
Views: 10684

Re: Favorite Sad Song

Criminy, that's kinda disturbing. I think I'll stick to the album version.
Besides, I'm a sucker for the creaky old organ and the choir and the harps and the last chord and the...
by koalabäh
Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Board's Geo IQ
Replies: 42
Views: 3804

Re: Board's Geo IQ

When I was addicted to this on Facebook I got 490k. I refuse to run the risk of it happening again. That was such a stupid weekend.
by koalabäh
Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Chords?
Replies: 85
Views: 9326

Re: Favorite Chords?

a weird Asus2: 5 7 7 6 0 0 (works best arpeggiated)
a very minimalistic E: 0 7 9 9 0 0 (four Es and two Bs makes it sound fat)

What I especially like about those chords is that sliding them up or down makes for some of the most satisfying though easiest chord progressions ever.
by koalabäh
Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Great Guitarists
Replies: 41
Views: 4116

Re: Great Guitarists

Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits) is the god of my universe.

Not surprisingly, I'm a fingerstyle guitarist.
by koalabäh
Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Sad Song
Replies: 104
Views: 10684

Re: Favorite Sad Song

Dead Can Dance - I Am Stretched On Your Grave After the first time I listened to it, my face felt frozen in an expression of shock and grief and agony. I was hollow for the rest of the day. I am extremely careful about putting this song on my playlist. Cara: Motion Picture Soundtrack -- Strangely, I...
by koalabäh
Sun Dec 02, 2007 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Jazz
Replies: 90
Views: 9965

Re: Jazz

Yummy thread. My jazz has always been more modern, so I'm looking for more classic jazz of the lyrical, patient variety. As much as I admire the skill involved in fluttering up and down scales on a horn, I just really don't dig the sound much. Kind of Blue is a favorite, so I suppose I'm looking for...
by koalabäh
Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Useless information you will never need but want to know
Replies: 190
Views: 14104

Re: Useless information you will never need but want to know

There are exactly two straight lines in an ideal Pringle.
by koalabäh
Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 242697

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

I recently abandoned my forum name of seven years. I knew that if I waited to think of something good, I'd stay a lurker forever. I was listening to "Naptime" by Kid Koala, and I like and admire koalas. The ä is pronounced somewhat similarly to the Australian/British way of pronouncing &qu...
by koalabäh
Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 107967

Re: What **should** you be doing right now?

I should be finishing up the last of my work this term. I'm two good solid days of work (at least it's coding) away from a month of total freedom, and here I am fucking reading forums.
by koalabäh
Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9215520

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Fleeting thought: I'm so focused on things that are practical and useful that I can't create art, because it doesn't have a practical application. It simply exists to be appreciated, and I can't seem to parse that appreciation of it is a purpose in itself. I reaaaally need to be around less enginee...
by koalabäh
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 249394

Re: High and low point of your day

low: Skipped my last lecture today... That's not so tragic, but I allowed it on the condition that I spend the extra time working on one of the various assignments whose deadlines loom ahead. I've been procrastinating too much lately and I'm starting to get annoyed at myself. So I went home and spen...
by koalabäh
Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9215520

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Was just texting someone and asked "What are you doing?"
Realized the word "doing" is spelled the same way as "boing".
Went back and read it again that way.
Giggled like an idiot.
by koalabäh
Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

This is closer to bragging than confession, but whatever: It's been almost two weeks since I said anything to anyone (beyond "hi" and "thanks" to the supermarket cashier and the like; I don't like rude people).
by koalabäh
Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

for me it's all about the anticipation, the lead up where you're making eye contact and waiting for the other to meet your gaze in just the right way as to indicate that they want to kiss you as much as you want to be kissed and it's something that's been imagined by both parties and it's that swee...
by koalabäh
Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9215520

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Walking through dry leaves can be an exercise of ninja skillz or crunchy crackly fun. I want both. Weltschmerz. If I won a million dollars I'd buy a heatable mouse and wool socks that go up to my knees. Quoted for commiseration. My notebook keeps my keyboard hand warm and I have wool-lined serious-b...
by koalabäh
Tue Oct 23, 2007 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1177689

Re: What are you listening to?

Emilie Simon - Il pleut
by koalabäh
Tue Oct 23, 2007 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 249394

Re: High and low point of your day

low: Feeling misanthropic all day. Experienced multiple instances of essentially justified but disproportionately extreme aggravation, mitigated not one bit by the fact that the culprits were, are, and shall most likely forever remain unaware of their transgressions. I'm always conscious that people...
by koalabäh
Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

KicktheCAN wrote:
Cheese wrote:Confession: I envy KtC for having a TI-89, when I only have a TI-84+SE...
Actually, I have both.

Can you dual-wield? If so, you should start thinking about a costume.
(You can't go wrong with antennae above your ears.)
by koalabäh
Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1177689

Re: What are you listening to?

Shpongle - Tales Of The Inexpressible #08 - Around The World In A Tea Daze
by koalabäh
Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Stuff that pisses {you, me} off
Replies: 111
Views: 8772

Re: Stuff that pisses {you, me} off

The rap-is-not-music debate was inevitable; I'm only surprised it took so long to get started. Dubsola, I salute you for your patience. If I hadn't resolved at the outset to ignore the blanket generalizations in this thread I might have gotten mixed up in it myself, but you're doing a zillion times ...
by koalabäh
Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

I seldom read the names; it took me days to notice that that was you.
At some point I even idly wondered why you'd stopped posting... :oops:
by koalabäh
Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

It took me a while to notice it as a noob. This seemed like Elysion for the first week; it might have continued to seem so if I hadn't heard a similar line to yours from numerous other people. I've seen more instances of people bemoaning the assholes than actual instances of assholery. It jars. :( I...
by koalabäh
Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

Ian, were you ever/are you a student at APU in Cambridge?
by koalabäh
Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

@Amicitia: He might take a long time to say what he says, but it's more interesting than your repeated bitching about 2 many werdz. At least your posts are concise. :) @Ketzerei&William: I am or was a member of the logic/mask clubs as well. About a year ago I started applying "meta-logic&qu...
by koalabäh
Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

That's excellent. I'm not too interested in forum games, but tend toward post count envy.

I just devirginized my brand new Swiss Army knife with an apple, an orange, and three carrots.
Confession: Extremely sharp high-grade steel kind of turns me on.
by koalabäh
Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

I find myself almost wishing that I could take that leap of faith,... I don't almost wish. There are few things I want more. Being convinced that there's an omnieverythingent being out there who's on my side would be pretty much the best thing since self-awareness. The fact that I'm too committed t...
by koalabäh
Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Getting ideas in awkward places
Replies: 36
Views: 2745

Re: Getting ideas in awkward places

I've tried recording messages on my mp3 player. It's difficult. I'm relatively well-spoken and all, but the thoughts still come out in an impossible jumble, both because I feel self-conscious and because I've come to rely heavily on the ability of the typist to revise his sentences endlessly during ...
by koalabäh
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

Maybe so for someone else. In my particular case, though I'm even a little proud of my ability to observe myself and my mind with detachment, I find most other people's motivations to be a nearly complete mystery. My detachment has allowed me to quash a lot of my bad habits by seeing my faults and a...
by koalabäh
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2810166

Re: Confessional Thread

williamager wrote:Perhaps Polonius, who in my view so often gave poor advice, would have done better to tell Laertes to know his own mind, and that it would therefore follow as the night the day that he would know the minds of others.

He still would've been lying, I'm afraid. :)

Go to advanced search