Jdub tonight at the Sydney Linux Users Group meeting

At tonight’s SLUG meeting, GNOME hacker and Planet developer Jeff Waugh is giving a talk “about Planet a simple blog aggregator written in Python covering the history of the project from both a social and technical perspective, the effect of Planet on the communities it has touched, an overview of blogging and aggregation, points of interest in its development history, and how a tiny FOSS project can go a long way.”

Parallel Dimensions to get full release on Ubiquity

Back in 2000, Theo Parrish released the fantastic double pack Parallel Dimensions on his label Sound Signture. At the same time there was a CD of Parallel Dimensions which only had 1000 copies pressed and had 4 additional tracks that weren’t in the vinyl pack; So Now What, Anansies Dances, Space Ghosts, Summertime is Here, Brain Collaboration and Violet Green (the CD lacked the brillant Dreamers Blues and What U Cry 4 though). Luckily Ubiquity are releasing all the CD tracks onto vinyl soon!

Trackbacks now working

Since I don’t trackback myself, I never noticed that it wasn’t working. Anyway, I just needed to turn path info processing on for wp-trackback.php. I put this in .htaccess.

<Files "wp-trackback.php">
AcceptPathInfo On

Planet E re-release 4 Jazz Funk Classics

Along with a bunch of other re-releases recently, Planet E are re-releasing an absolute classic (now it really is a classic!!).

To be re-released on April 9th, the long awaited Planet E original, 69 – 4 jazz funk classics!

This is a true repress of the original 1991 release in every way. For those who are long-time followers of Carl Craig, it’s common knowledge that 4 jazz funk classics was Craig’s debut release on Planet E Communications, Inc.

Now 13 years later, the music is still just as timeless as the day it was created. Record Collectors from all over the world know the street value of this rare classic has reached as high as $100 a copy. Today this is your opportunity to pre-order a sure-satisfying product that will bring a wealth of enjoyment and unlimited profits to you company. Order now and be confident, because this one won’t wait!

69 – 4 jazz funk classics
PLAN 12S 69
side a
a1. ladies & gentleman
a2. if mojo was a.m.
side b
b1. my machines (pt.1)
extraterrestrial raggabeats (pt.2)
my machines (reprise)
b2. frequency finale

Garage Sale

Garage Sale

As part of Rozie and I moving back to the ‘burbs, we’re having a small garage sale this weekend (Saturday to be exact). See your unwanted gifts, books, magazines, retro/vintage/daggy & normal clothes, kids stuff, kitchenware, real junk and fantastic crap! Things start at around 9am and we’ll finish up around 4pm or when we get sick of it. Come on round and say hello!!

Sniffing JPEGs over the wire

Not to be outdone by BJ with all his fancy schmacy Mac OS X program Etherpeg, I figured there just had to be a Linux equivalent. Well, luckily there was in the form of Driftnet. Easy to install with it only requiring libpcap, libjpeg, libungif and GTK to get build. Oh, and a root password to let the adapter doing the sniffing to drop into promiscuous mode, but you already had that right? 😉

Here’s an example of it running on my laptop:

Driftnet screenshot

Unfortunately since we’re running on a switched network here at work, I can’t sniff anyone else except myself. Perhaps I’ll have to try it out over wireless in the cafeteria here at work. 8)

The little things

Somedays, its nice just to stumble across a little program or utility that makes you day just that little bit easier. Potrace by Peter Selinger is one of those great little programs. Potrace traces a bitmap and then transforms the bitmap into a smooth, scalable image. At the moment Potrace can output the file as an EPS, PostScript, SVG (scalable vector graphics), and PGM file. Very useful for when you want to do something with some crusty old gif file or something, and you can’t be assed tracing by hand in Illustrator or something. Here’s an example of a file that I converted:

Drexciyan Gill Man (before)

Drexciyan Gill Man (before)
Drexciyan Gill Man (after)

Drexciyan Gill Man (after)

And its nice to see that its available for Linux, Sun Solaris, Apple Mac OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, AIX and Windows.

Lapti Nek by Sy Snootles and the Max Rebo Band

I not quite sure how, but an mp3 of this song appeared on my harddrive one day. Perhaps I downloaded it and forgot about it, perhaps someone else put it there. Anyway, I recently started listening to it again. Its a song from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It was peformed by Sy Snootles and the Max Rebo Band (employed by Jabba the Hutt) but not actually in the movie (well this full version I think). Its a craptastic, so good its bad early eighties sort of pop/disco funk type deal, which only the eighties could have produced I guess. There’s something so catchy about it though.

Ab queck zenick fesi
Jup col im in na hiz jal, ooh.
Wa toc peg qui dos gee pif, aah.
Joh jarraz bas deg zorze zot.
Jer wih tuster mo vey
Qui neb be og ezen on
Wok lapti nek seb not van
Goc jarraz bas deg zorze zot

Lapti Nek
Rat a ran wim joct co jappi qaff
Lapti Nek
Kiv ba ha top wep jex pi va bep
Lapti Nek
Rat a ran wim joct co jappi qaff

Av queck zenick fesi
Jem wih tus-ter movey
Qui Neb be og ezen on
Wok lap ti nek seb not van
Wah toc peg qui doz gee pif
Goc jarraz bas deg zorze zot

Lapti Nek
Rat a ran wim joct co jappi qaff
Lapti Nek
Kiv ba ha top wep jex pi va bep
Lapti Nek
Rat a ran wim joct co jappi qaff

Deg zorze zot
Jem wih tuster mo vey
Qui neb be og ezen on
Wok lapti nek seb not van
Goc jarraz bas deg zorze zot

Lapti nek, lapti nek (repeat and fade)

MAME 0.80 released

Over the weekend MAME 0.80 was released. Updates and new games since 0.79 (including changes made in the 0.79u1, 0.79u2, 0.79u3 & 0.79u4) are:

  • Area 51 (Nov 15, 1995)
  • Atari PSX
  • Battle Garegga (Austria / Hong Kong) (Sat Feb 3 1996)
  • Battle of the Solar System
  • Bongo
  • Botanic
  • Bulls Eye Darts
  • Cool Boarder Arcade Jam
  • Double Cheese
  • F-15 Strike Eagle
  • F-X
  • Galaga (Midway set 2)
  • Galaga (Namco rev. B)
  • Great Sluggers (Japan)
  • Hunchback (Galaxian hardware)
  • Kung-Fu Taikun (alt)
  • Kusayakyuu
  • Lethal Enforcers (Japan ver JAD)
  • Lethal Enforcers (US ver UAE)
  • Mad Alien
  • Mahjong Electron Base (parts 2 & 3, alt., Japan)
  • Mahjong Electron Base (parts 2 & 3, Japan)
  • Mahjong Electron Base (parts 2 & 4, Japan)
  • Mahjong Neruton Haikujirada (Japan)
  • Martial Champion (US ver UAD)
  • Psychic Force EX (?)
  • Quadro Quiz II
  • Quasar
  • Quasar (Alternate)
  • Quiz 365 (Japan)
  • Radikal Bikers
  • Samurai Shodown III / Samurai Spirits – Zankurou Musouken (set 2)
  • Shanghai Matekibuyuu
  • Sorcer Striker (World, alt)
  • Soul Calibur (SOC14/VER.C)
  • Space Fever (black and white set 2)
  • Space Fever (color set 2)
  • Space Launcher
  • Speed Up
  • Strikers 1945 (Alt)
  • Super Slam (alt)
  • Super Tank Attack (prototype?)
  • Surf Planet
  • Talbot
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (US 4 Players, set 2)
  • Tetris (bootleg set 2)
  • Time Pilot (Atari)
  • Violence Fight (US)
  • Wiggie Waggie
  • Zintrick / Oshidashi Zentrix (hack / bootleg)
  • Zoom 909

Also new and worth checking out on the MAME from is m.a.w.s., which is an online database of all MAME ROM information.

It wasn’t a rock!

The B52's in concert at the Hordern

The B52’s in concert last night at the Hordern in Sydney.

(Sorry, I just cut and paste from a mailing list that I posted to and am too lazy and busy to write something better).

They started off with Planet Clare. They also did Roam, 52 Girls, Mesopotamia, Love Shack, Channel Z, Deadbeat Club, Quiche Lorraine, a bunch of other songs that I can’t remember or didn’t know and of course they encored with Rock Lobster.

Sounds of Seduction were the support with their usual array of nutty go-go dancers. When we walked in Jay Catz playing the Wonder Woman theme song, then onto the Batman theme song. Most of the crowd were getting into it (or atleast enjoying it) and I heard lots of people giggling to the music, so that was pretty cool, since some crowds can be a tad hostile the concept of a dj being the support.

All in all, it was a fun night though. Glad I went.

Update 04/03/2004: A review over at the SMH.