An overview of linux audio editors.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Everyone would probably agree that feelings of appreciation and gratitude are positive states, but did you know that they also have a profound effect on your physical body? Both of these states, as well as those of compassion, forgiveness, happiness, non-judgment, patience, sincerity and caring are all heart-centered feelings, which immediately affect your heart rhythm. The heartbeat becomes more synchronized and coherent, which improves hormonal balance and immune system response.
The heart has its own independent nervous system, referred to as ?the brain in the heart,? say Doc Childre and Howard M artin in their book, The Heart Math Solution. There are at least forty thousand neurons in the heart-as many as are found in various sub-cortical centers of the brain. Childre and Martin go on to say that, the heart's electromagnetic field is by far the most powerful produced by the body; it's approximately five thousand times greater in strength that the field produced by the brain. The heart's field not only permeates every cell in the body, but also radiates outside of us; it can be measured up to eight to ten feet away with sensitive detectors called magnetometers.
(Scott Beebe) - www.energeticawakening.com
There is no good and no evil. In every
concrete situation there is only the
necessary and the unnecessary. The
needful is right, the needless is wrong.
The situation decides.
Every situation is a challenge which
demands the right response. When the
response is right, the challenge is met
and the problem ceases. If the response
is wrong, the challenge is not met and
the problem remains unsolved. Your
unsolved problems - that is what
constitutes your karma. Solve them
rightly and be free.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
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"I Am That"
Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Acorn Press, 1973
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Again Rails has proven the old adage:
"Those who do not know history are doomed to reimplement it, badly"
They thought they were being so tricky with gems, but now we see the problems, there is something totally hosed at gems.rubyonrails.org, and it refuses to install Rails 1.2.6 for me. No thank you, I don't want to use Rails 1.99 beta for my production code, thank you.
Thus concludes my rant for this evening.
CSS Sprites - I had heard about them but never understood, and this article has a great description of them. They are one huge image that you load just once that contains a whole bunch of smaller images that you move to where you need it. Can provide big speedups for users.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
An excellent planetwaves horoscope for me for November 2007:
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
There is a dialog that needs to happen, and you seem to be holding back. You seem to have grievances, or grief, that is troubling you, and you would go a long way toward resolving it both inwardly and outwardly if you initiate the discussion that you want so badly. The problem is that it may seem nobody is listening -- but that will not be true for long. People are listening and you need to both notice that they are doing so, and take advantage of that fact. Then, basically, you need to take a chance on love. Not romance; actual love, and passion, and on the simple truth that the future is different than the past as long as we make it so.
It's true, someone did listen. Thank you.
A very interesting article about how some billionaires are very frugal.
This last two years of working for myself I've made a fraction of what I was making working for other people, and I'm also the happiest I've ever been. I love living frugally now, and find it so freeing to not be in debt. The easiest way to have money is just not to spend it. It's hard to believe it took me so long to learn, it's so simple, but very hard to do in this society where we are under huge marketing and advertising pressure by people who want us to buy things. Resist this urge, my friends, you don't need all that stuff they're selling, you'll be happier living more simply.
Wow, I'm a total convert to Integration Testing in Ruby on Rails now. It's so powerful and very cool. I've been unit testing for about a year now, but just graduated to functional and integration testing, and it's amazing, especially integration testing, which simulates a person with a web-browser interacting with your application.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I'm also using the excellent Yahoo Grids CSS for doing the layout. Wow, after so long of doing all that CSS layout by hand, using YUI Grids/Fonts/Reset CSS is just so much better.
They solve so many problems for you, problems most of us don't even know exist, and I for one am using YUI CSS in all my new projects.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
A friend was teaching me some belly dancing moves a couple nights ago.
"Wait", you say. "Belly dancing for men?".
"Well yes, of course.", I say. "It's quite traditional. The trick is that you have to act like a fierce LION!"
Belly Dancing for Men
Masculine Belly Dance
Belly Dancing Resources
I really enjoyed learning some belly dancing moves, and found that there was quite a bit in common with Yoga. I love the body control and independant body part movement, which also reminds me of drumming.
Neato! A new hobby for sness!
Some good articles about testing in Ruby on Rails applications:
Integration Tests at clarkware.com
Rails Integration Testing
Integration test file uploads - This didn't actually work for me, but YMMV.
multipart_post - This one did work for me for uploading files in Integration tests, and integration_test_file_upload.rb is the file you install in RAILS_HOME/lib
Integration Testing by Jamis Buck, excellent article.
Friday, November 23, 2007
A friend told me about the book Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us by Alexandra Morton, I've got to read this book!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
A great article at A List Apart about Web Design. They make the excellent point that Web Design is not Print Design, Illustration, Poster Design.
"Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity."
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I just played my first games of Blokus last night. A very interesting game where you have pieces shaped like all the Pentominos and 4,3,2 and 1 inos, and you have to try to put down all your pieces. Your pieces can only touch by their corners.
Lots of interesting strategy in this game.
It's very interesting with multiple players, because you can quite effectively gang up on other players to make sure they don't win, which limits the search space for the remaining players.
Excellent learning and strategy game that has lots of deep math in it.
I just was reading one of my Ruby on Rails server extension errors, and the first advertisement on my gmail account was for Ruby on Rails programmers. Second was for EC2.
Now, that's the totally best place for small consulting companies to get contracts. You can just put up as many of the ads as you need for new contracts, then bring down the ads.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
pasta al forno con asparagi
(Baked Pasta with Asparagus)
From "The Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces" by Diane Seed
400g Penne or other short pasta
1 stick butter
a little chicken stock
salt and black pepper (freshly ground, of course)
1 1/2 cups ricotta or similar curd cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Wash the asparagus, remove any tough stalks and cut into short lenghts.
Melt 3 tbsp butter in a pan and cook the asparagus over a low heat for about 20 minutes. Every so often, add a little stock to keep moist. When the asparagus is cooked, season to taste.
While the asparagus is cooking, process the ricotta cheese with the oil. Cook the pasta for half the time stated on the packet. Drain and immediately toss in the remaining butter and half the freshly grated cheese.
Butter a deep oven dish. Make a thin layer of pasta, then one of asparagus, then one of pasta again and then one of ricotta. Repeat, finishing with a layer of pasta.
Beat together the eggs and the remaining cheese and pour over the top. Sprinkle with black pepper. Bake in a medium oven, 350F, for 20 minutes.
How to put page breaks in HTML print documents (For work I'm doing on the sunshineorganics.ca page:
And from htmlgoodies
always tells the browser to break the print page after this element always.
auto is the default. You're telling the browser to do what it would do anyway: Page break where the page ends.
left is not supported by any browser yet. It is used if your printer will print both sides of a page, like a manuscript. If the page is a left-facing page, use this attribute.
right is what you use if it's a right-facing page.
In the topsy-turvy world of publishing, books remain a fundamental source of information for developers at Dr. Dobbs journal.
I have found that I really need the physical book to effectively absorb certain kinds of information, and learning computer languages is definitely one of those. I bought the Agile Web Programming with Rails book as a PDF (twice), the pickaxe Ruby book, Rails Recipes and a bunch others. I learned lots from them, and used them as a daily reference for over a year.
Then, I finally broke down and got the books, and I'm amazed at how much more I get out of the paper book. I think one of the big things is that I can chill out on the couch and just slowly peruse it, without all the energy and distractions of the computer. But in any case, I just love paper books, and I would like you to try out that experiment as well, try absorbing a book as a PDF, and then get the paper version.
If you buy your books at Pragmatic Programmers, they give you a great deal on a PDF/Book combo and they're really nice people too.
Monday, November 12, 2007
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Saturday, November 03, 2007
I've been using the Real Time kernel patches for Linux with CCRMA for a month now, so that I can record music on my Linux computer. Interestingly, I've noticed that it has slightly degraded interactive performance, so for normal work I've switched back to the normal kernel (Fedora 7), and see quite a speedup. I wonder why this is?
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I just made another song tonight, comet-holmes-17p. Check it out!
I was just outside watching the comet way high overhead, and came back inside to record a little song with my two doumbeks and a little spoken word, highly distorted over it.
If you like it, please let me know. :)