Category: Entertainment / Arts

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

January 1st, 2015, 10 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 […]

The Lives of Others

July 4th, 2011, 18 Comments

It’s not very often that I watch a movie anymore. It’s been a few years since I’ve actually purchased one (normally I see them from Netflix). But yesterday I saw one that may change that. The Lives of Others is an incredible film set in the former East Germany (GDR/DDR) mostly in 1984. The authenticity […]

Music Powerful and Fun

June 18th, 2011, 6 Comments

Sometimes there’s nothing quite so heartwarming as hearing a 4-year-old that doesn’t think anybody is listening. When Jacob is all alone in his room, sometimes he will sing. Maybe it’s a song he knows, or fragments of a song he knows. Or maybe it’s something he just made up on the fly. It might be […]

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 […]

Review: The Happiest Days of Our Lives (by Wil Wheaton)

December 29th, 2009, No Comments

I started to write this review last night, and went looking for Wil Wheaton’s blog, where many of the stories came from, so I can link to it from my review. It was getting late, I was tired, and so I was a bit disoriented for a few seconds when I saw my own words […]

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