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2015-10-26 [E] [D]
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New recording! This time of a woman with such an awesome voice it makes me almost swoon everytime I hear her: Charlyn Marie "Chan" Marshall aka Cat Power

Also now, you can listen to it: MP3 recording (58 MiB) of the entire concert with corresponding cue file, or you can just stream it! The recording was edited (converting from stereo to mono, and normalizing the sound) using sox --show-progress --norm=3 2015-10-26_Cat-Power.mp3 --channels 1 2015-10-26_Cat-Power-norm=3.mp3.

2015-10-22 [E] [D]
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Drawing

During drawing class last year, we had to do a portrait in pastel. There was this image that drew (pun intended) my attention.

Nobody knew where it was from, though we suspected it was a still from a movie ... but what movie.

This problem was resolved later when I stumbled upon the same image by accident last month. The movie was Touch of Evil, and the still http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3350515200/tt0052311.

EDIT 21/12/2015 and today they showed it in Cinemazuid for a very small price :)

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2015-09-27 [E] [D]
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A couple of months ago I went to see Mark Knopfler. Now, it was time to see this other legend, Joe Satriani (aka Satch), often compared to Jimi Hendrix, and teacher of many of the great guitarists (Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan, and Alex Skolnick), and playing with many others in his G3 formation.

Like some of the other concerts I've been to, I made an MP3 recording (57 MiB) of the entire concert with corresponding cue file which contains the tracks and offsets and is supported by many players (e.g. clementine), or you can just stream it!

You can also find the opening act, Markus James there.

The recordings have been slightly edited to cut off the first 20 seconds, which were too loud, normalize the remaining part, make it a bit louder, and while we're editing and losing quality anyway, also converting to mono to save space using sox --show-progress --norm=3 2015-09-27_Joe-Satriani.mp3 --channels 1 2015-09-27_Joe-Satriani-norm=3.mp3 trim 21. (I still have the original, if you reaaally want to hear that one :))

A review:

And some photos:

2015-09-22 [E] [D]
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2015-09-13 [E] [D]
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It is hard to represent our spherical world on flat piece of paper. Cartographers use something called a "projection" to morph the globe into 2D map. The most popular of these is the Mercator projection.

Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems. One of the most common criticisms of the Mercator map is that it exaggerates the size of countries nearer the poles (US, Russia, Europe), while downplaying the size of those near the equator (the African Continent). On the Mercator projection Greenland appears to be roughly the same size as Africa. In reality, Greenland is 0.8 million sq. miles and Africa is 11.6 million sq. miles, nearly 14 and a half times larger. http://thetruesize.com/

http://thetruesize.com/ allows one to drag countries around. Like this one can compare them more easily.

Russia does not seem so dauntingly large anymore like this (about the size of Northern Africa!), and Belgium stays very small, regardless where you place it :)

2015-08-24 [E] [D]
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After attempting to extract annotations from my Sony PRS-350 a long time ago, and finding only a very strange format, I decided to not pursue it further (especially as the Internet didn't have any clue about it neither).

Now that I have acquired a new ereader, the kobo aura, I thought I'd visit this topic again, but with my new toy.

My main reason to do this is that I often highlight words in ebooks for lookup. It would be great to extract them so I can have them offline for later reference and practice.

For the Kobo Aura this proves to be a breeze. Thus I made a bash script that will do all of this at once for all books for which there are annotations, and output a HTML table containing the definitions.

Download it from: translate_kobo_annots.sh (6 KiB, modified on 30 December 2015, MD5 86534491a86304faa566ce573a5b6da5) and run translate_kobo_annots.sh html -d ./dict/ (with your Kobo connected) to create an HTML file.

The read more link shows some more details, and contains a listing of the file.

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2015-08-13 [E] [D]
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At night, everything is silent.

If you then play some music on an Android device during these hours without headphones, the minimum volume can still be too loud. I tried using XVolume, which didn't work on my tablet.

A solution that worked for me 1 was the DSP Manager & Equalizer Free app (it has sane permission requirements :))

One can just lower the volume of all frequencies to have a general lower volume!

2015-08-08 [E] [D]
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Two weeks ago, I heard this beautiful song in a bar, and asked the bar tender what song it was. He replied with the artist and title, but it sounded very unfamiliar and I would have forgotten it, if weren't for his saying that it was also used as the soundtrack for Tom Barman's Any Way the Wind Blows, which allowed me to track the song back to Donald Byrd's Cristo Redentor on the 1963 A New Perspective album.

The song itself is composed by Duke Pearson, who also sided with Grant Green on Idle Moments (Pearson later commented that the song was inspired by a trip he took to Brazil while touring)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAzX65ChVT8

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2015-08-05 [E] [D]
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A foot guard passes out as Queen Elizabeth II rides past during Trooping the Color 1 2 (June 1970)

  1. Trooping the Colour is an annual ceremony on a Saturday close to the 10th of June, in honor of the official birthday of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Military gardes pay tribute to the king or queen by showing the flag and marching.
  2. Credit: Gamma-Keystone
2015-08-03 [E] [D]
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I got a bit frustrated by the static site concept, and its time consuming process which impacted my desire to edit and create content. So, after looking for a long time for a suitable successor, I decided to just write one myself, not finding one who did exactly what I wanted. And en passant, I updated the visuals to a much more minimalistic approach.

It has nothing fancy in particular, but a lot of features that are useful. I might expand this post, or move it to a project page and create a real project out of it.

There probably are still some hiccups, but they will get fixed along the route. And I think this will be the last time changing sites :)

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