How to annoy and amuse people: Talk Like A Pirate Day

Don’t forget ye scurrvy dog that this Friday September 19th be “Talk Like a Pirate Day”. If you need help, you can polish up on your pirate vocabulary or get your sentences translated. For more Talk Like A Pirate Day info, there’s also the The Official British Headquarters for International Talk Like A Pirate Day as well. They also have provided a poster to alert your co-workers to the precense of pirates in the area.

And also, to add the most fun to the day, make absolutely sure that you’ll be armed with all the jokes. Click below to get on the action. And after that, they keep on coming

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Why Nerds are Unpopular

Some interesting reading from Paul Graham. A short extract:

Why? To someone in school now, that may seem an odd question to ask. The mere fact is so overwhelming that it may seem strange to imagine that it could be any other way. But it could. Being smart doesn’t make you an outcast in elementary school. Nor does it harm you in the real world. Nor, as far as I can tell, is the problem so bad in most other countries. But in a typical American secondary school, being smart is likely to make your life difficult. Why?

MAME 0.74 released

*sigh* My MAME collection is still sitting back at 0.71, and I haven’t had a chance to get all the updates of 0.72 and 0.73. One day. Looks like 0.74 is more of a minor update/bugfix from 0.73. According to MAME.dk the following has been added:

  • Apocaljpse Now
  • Bang! (japan)
  • Dancing Eyes (DC1/VER.A)
  • Explorer
  • Hangly-Man (set 3)
  • Quiz & Variety Sukusuku Inufuku (Japan)
  • MegaTech: Afterburner
  • MegaTech: The Revenge Of Shinobi
  • MegaTech: Shinobi
  • Kosodate Quiz My Angel 3 (KQT1/VER.A)
  • Natsuiro Mahjong (Japan)
  • Ojanko Club (Japan)
  • Miyasu Nonki no Quiz 18-Kin
  • Super-X (NTC)
  • Super-X (Mitchell)

The Windows version of MAME can downloaded over here. Unfortunately MacMAME and XMAME haven’t been updated since 0.71 and 0.72 respectively. 🙁

Strangeness

I’ll have to find the original source of this. A friend sent this on:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

Novation ReMOTE25

Wow! I think I just found my ultimate MIDI controller. It has 24 buttons, 8 knobs, 8 encoders and 8 sliders, a 2 octave semi-weighted keyboard, pitch bend joystick and plugs in via USB. All I need now is a decent laptop of my own and I’ll have a nice portable studio.

Looks like it weighs in at 299.00/418,61, so I guess I’ll have to save up my money for a bit longer than I thought. 🙁

Upcoming partying

There seems to be a whole lot of stuff going on at the moment. Last weekend, Darshan Jesrani from Metro Area (Environ Records) played at Mad Racket.

This weekend at tech-ni-kal are hosting former DJ Godfather cohort DJ Assault. September 19th (the week after) they’ve got Speedy J, then at the start of October they’ve got legendary Detroit Dj/Producer Kevin Saunderson of KMS fame. Bloody hell!

Also coming up is the Deep Space hosted night at Bar Europa in the City, Jupiter Jazz. More laid back styles than the usual Deep Space parties. It’ll be a nice selection of house and deeper techno. DJs on the night are Colour, James Bond, Patrick HAF, Phil Chan, RZ-1, Sleepy and XXX. And its free! Oh, its on Saturday the 4th October by the way.

The following night the Southern Outpost celebrate their 5th birthday up in Newcastle with 2300. It features Southern Outpost live, and a host of other DJ’s. More details when they come.

Akai to release new MPC

There’s been some murmuring around the web about an upcoming MPC, the MPC1000! Apparently it was uploaded to the Akai Pro website too early. The release date is set for September 16, so mark your calendar! An MPC I can finally afford! 😉

Here’s the teaser flash animation from the Akai Pro site as well.

Update 10/09/03

French website Playback has some more information on the MPC1000. Unless you speak French, click here for the nuttily translated Babelfish version.

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pam_usb: PAM authentication by USB Storage device

pam_usb is a PAM module which allows authentication through a USB storage device such as USB memory sticks/key/whatever you want to call them. It used DSA private/public keys for authentication. Once your USB storage device is setup and your pam.d directory is updated, you just plug in your usb storage device when you login, and the module checks against the public key on the host and your private key on the USB storage device. Nice. 🙂

Moved hosts

I’ve finally moved this weblog off gompa.dorja.com over to the main www.dorja.com server. Mega, mega, mega thanks to Troy for putting up with me on his servers!! 😀

New Technics Digital Turntable photos

There’s been a bit of coverage on the new Technics SLDZ1200 digital turntables. It plays CD’s and SD-Card. Apparently it is going to be released this weekend:

Technics are set to exclusively unvale the new CD DJ turntable at this years Plasa Show. The SL-DZ1200 is based on the Technics SL1210 turntable motor . The big unvaling will be at 3pm on DJ Sunday (September 7th). In addition they are set to showcase a new 4 channel mixer, with the same look as the SL-DZ1200 Plasa is on from Sunday 7th – Wednesday 10th September.
For more info – www.plasashow.com

An open letter to the Sydney Techno Community

I got forwarded this open letter:

It greatly saddens me that there are individual/s in our small Sydney techno scene that are playing us all out.
These individual/s pretend to be concerned about our scene, trying to bring the various crews together to make one big, happy community.
Shit will come back and bite them on the ass.

But in reality, the only concern they have is for themselves and how they can advance their own careers by trading off gigs for gigs, payola maybe?
It’s bad enough that our scene is so small and fragile, so when these player haters put their own ego above the good of all, it lets us all down.
Zealous or Egotistical? Make your own decision.

Eternally yours

Geek Euphemisms for Masturbation

From BBSpot.com

11. Killing the pop-up
10. Hoping the webcam is off
9. Recalibrating the joystick
8. Reallocating the DNA
7. Inserting a card into the HAND bus
6. Banging the space bar
5. Performing diagnostics on the hard drive
4. Commanding the prompt
3. Meeting Mr. Stickykeys
2. Cleaning the lightsaber
1. Lefthanded mousing

Upgrading Linux boxes to 2.6.0

A few articles are popping up around the traps on upgrading to the latest test 2.6.0 linux kernels. Over at kerneltrap.org, they take us through updating a system from a vendor neutral point of view. Over here and here, there are instructions for Redhat boxes. Looks like RPM has some issues with the 2.6.0 test kernels, so you’ll need to update to the latest version.

Also over at Redhat, there are some unofficial kernel rpms as well, which can get installed with APT, if you have it installed on your system.