Category: Entertainment / Arts

Sound players: Adventures with Ampache, mpd, pulseaudio, Raspberry Pi, and Logitech Media Server

January 1st, 2015, 11 Comments

I finally decided it was about time to get my whole-house sound project off the ground. As an added bonus, I’d like to be able to stream music from my house to my Android phone. Some Background It was about 2.5 years ago that I last revisited the music-listening picture on Linux. I used Spotify […]

Glockenklang, Forever

December 22nd, 2012, 1 Comment

Jacob (and Oliver too, somewhat) has taken quite the interest in Christmas music this year. Perhaps it’s singing in the choir at school, or perhaps it’s just him getting older, but in any case, Christmas music fascinates him. And no song more than Jingle Bells. I have recordings of it by several artists in different […]

Difficult Times & Hope

October 3rd, 2012, 23 Comments

This past month has been the most difficult in my life – and that of my family as well. I’m not going to go into it for the whole Internet, but any well wishes, happy thoughts, prayers, whatever you want to send our way, whether we know about it or not, would certainly be welcome. […]

Decisions on Listening to Music

July 8th, 2012, 7 Comments

A couple of days ago, I commented about my thoughts on finding a better way to listen to music, and asked for suggestions. I’ve checked out the avenues suggested, and here are my thoughts so far. Streaming service: Spotify Of the streaming service offerings, Spotify seems the most compelling. It has both Linux and Android […]

How to listen to music?

July 6th, 2012, 12 Comments

This seems like a simple question: how do you listen to music? But in a way, I think I’ve fallen behind the times. I’ve enjoyed listening to digital music for years, since well before MP3 even existed (MIDI files could be comfortably downloaded over dialup; some of you may even remember MOD files). Anyhow, a […]

Sing to Me, Muse

January 11th, 2010, 8 Comments

(a review of Homer’s Iliad) Here, therefore, huge and mighty warrior though you be, here shall you die. – Homer (The Iliad) And with that formidable quote, I begin my review of The Iliad. I shall not exhaust you with a rehashing of the plot; that you can find on Wikipedia. Nor shall I be […]

My Reading List for 2010

December 31st, 2009, 15 Comments

I can hear the question now: “What kind of guy puts The Iliad and War and Peace on a list of things to read for fun?” Well, me. I think that reading things by authors I’ve never read before, people that take positions I haven’t heard of before or don’t agree with, or works that […]

MoinMoin as a Personal Wiki, Zen To Done, And A Bit of Ikiwiki

September 30th, 2009, 11 Comments

Since I last evaluated and complained about wikis last year, I’ve been using moinmoin for two sites: a public one and a personal one. The personal site has notes on various projects, and my task lists. I’ve been starting out with the Zen To Done (ebook, PDF, paper) idea. It sounds great, by the way; […]

How To Record High-Definition MythTV Files to DVD or Blu-Ray

September 27th, 2009, 4 Comments

I’ve long had a problem. Back on January 20, I took the day off work to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama. I saved the HD video recordings MythTV made of the day (off the ATSC broadcast), intending to eventually save them somehow. I hadn’t quite figured out how until recently, so there they sat: […]

Resurrecting Old VHS Videos (and Panasonic DMR-EZ38VK Review)

August 26th, 2009, No Comments

I have a problem that I’m sure is pretty common. My parents used to rent a VHS camcorder from time to time. Not only that, but various school plays, musicals, etc. are on VHS tapes. As a result, they and I have a library of family memories on VHS. And it appears those tapes go […]

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