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Someone posted on the internetz a link called "Part IIc - Keith Jarrett. The most beautiful piece I have ever heard".

I thought by myself, "I've heard a couple of songs of this Jarrett. It'll probably be not as good as best song ever, but let's give it a try anyway". After an inattentive listen it sounded nice, but I didn't think about it anymore. But, then, later that day, there was this urge to listen again to the song, and I became more intrigued. After a search on that same internetz, I found out it came from the album "The Köln Concert", and looked for it on youtube, and behold the full album was available.

Mesmerizing. Haunting. Beautiful.

Been listening three or four times a day now, and yet it fails to bore me in any way. It's over an hour long, yet after every listen I can't but think that an hour is really short.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLF9OTJR23g

We're lucky to have this concert, because it almost wasn't.

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2012-09-21 [E] [D]
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A couple of days ago I heard a mesmerizing song on the radio. I was intrigued by the song and melody, but also by the noticeable accent of this beauty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLxrrE6wC5I

After the song had ended, the presentator said it was Jeanette with Porque te vas. The song features prominently in Cría Cuervos, which was broadcast in August 2012 on the Dutch TV, which might explain the fact it got some airtime.

The same happened in 1976: the song was written in 1974 by José Luis Perales, but did not gain worldwide attention until 1976 when Cría Cuervos went on to be honored on the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.

Jeanette was born in London to a Belgian-Congolese father and a Spanish mother, and grew up in Chicago and Californa until her 12, when she moved to Barcelona. It might just explain that accent :)

Lyrics below!

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2012-09-16 [E] [D]
mechanics Comments 0

A Honda CG125 is floating around here somewhere with some electrical faults. The manual can be easily found on the Internet, however the wiring schemes are of a very low quality, making it difficult to track the lines and read the colour codes.

Somebody already has performed some clarification on the scheme of the Honda CG125 E/F/J/K models, made after 1983. Unfortunately, our equipment is made before 1983, hence it must be a model E or K1/B/C.

To assist the debugging I made my own coloured version. It can be viewed further down this post, and is also available for download from this link.

No garantuees are given concerning the correctness of anything. Since they are often very hard to read, they will be wrong on more than one occasion. Hence, this image should be used as an easier way to track the wires, and not a reference work.

Any suggestions to improve are always welcome.


Honda CG125 C/E wiring

2012-08-27 [E] [D]
youtube,music Comments 0

It's been exactly 22 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan died tragically in an helicopter crash. Someone posted this awesome video. I put it down here, so I can occasionally listen to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGrz6U4979c

2012-07-31 [E] [D]
osx,bash,linux Comments 0

An interesting set of dot-files https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles.

2012-07-14 [E] [D]
music,code Comments 0

I'll add here from time to time tabs I regularly find myself looking up over and over again. The tabs won't show up in the default listing, so you'll have to visit the tabs tag!

Since they're not mine, I'll always add some source. Someday I hope to be able to tab it all myself. ;)

To format all chords, I had to create a regex to recognize them. The one you can see here, has not been tested extensively, but seems to recognize most important ones.

([A-G](#|b)?(maj|min|m|M)?(2|3|4|5|6|7|9|11|13)?
    (sus|dim|aug|add|m|-|#)?[245679]?(/[A-G](#|b)?)?)(\s)

Notice that there is a slash burried down, so if you try to use it with unix tools or PHP's preg_*, don't forget to use a different delimiter or escape it.

For example, in php next snippet wraps all seemingly chord symbols in a span element with class chord

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<?php
preg_replace_callback(
    ':([A-G](#|b)?(maj|min|m|M)?(2|3|4|5|6|7|9|11|13)?'
        .'(sus|dim|aug|add|m|-|#)?[245679]?(/[A-G](#|b)?)?)(\s):',
    function($m) { return '<span class="chord">'.$m[1].'</span>'.$m[count($m)-1]; },
    $text);
?>

2012-07-13 [E] [D]
music,youtube,jazz Comments 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KmBV1j5UMI

This one is from the album Duet, which features piano genii Chick Corea and Hiromi. Duet was recorded in 2008 at the Tokyo Blue Note jazz club.

Hiromi and Corea probably got to do this record because when she was a 17 year old piano child prodigy, Uehara stumbled by accident on Chick Corea. He must have heard of her before, because the next day she was invited to play at his concert in Tokyo. I have unfortunately not found yet any footage of that concert.

2012-07-08 [E] [D]
music,live,jazz Comments 0

Thursday the 5th of July, I went to the first day of the Gent Jazz Festival. The eye catcher was Paco de Lucía. I'll paste here some of its reviews, with footage of the concert (I'll update it as I find more of it).

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2012-07-03 [E] [D]
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I've been trying lout as a LaTeX replacement recently. Reasons for trying LaTeX alternatives were

  • slow compilation;
  • error prone, with unclear error messages;
  • as soon as you want to do something a bit more alien, LaTeX's twisted setup will make it very hackish to do so.

Lout has advantages, like

  • very small binary;
  • good system where all utilities are provided by a couple of default-included files, like tables, graphics, plots ...;
  • quick compilation;
  • extensive documentation.

but also disadvantages

  • macros have no parameters;
  • and definitions are not macros: they need to have valid code;
  • no support for including bitmap images. This is possible to do with a filter, but I use images often with definitions, and filters don't seem to cooperate with parameters;
  • not supported as widely and
  • paper usually have styles only for latex

Despite lout's good intentions, I think I'll be moving back to LaTeX, with its wider support for tools and more users.

This is the story of how three people (Gail, Moorkens and me) unveiled a small part of Berlin.

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