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i’ve watched the new dr who already…

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

does that make me a bad person??

if you havent heard, it’s leaked online early. and when i say early, i mean early. It’s missing CGI, it’s in black and white, there’s text all over the screen where effects are meant to go and the music is just stuffed ripped from other movies.

it’s quite interesting to see something that early in production, even with the rose leak it was pretty much all done, save a few effects/sound bits. (god i wish i still had that copy). this one even has the opening titles from matt smith’s era!! i can understand why the BBC would be furious, though. on the other hand regardless on how bad it looks (remember this is dr who fans you are talking about) it’s i think hyping up the new series as well. the story is GOOD, the new doctor is fantastic, and clara finally is no longer the impossible girl and grows as a character.

i won’t spoil anything, but the tone and the style is different again. i cant say it’s a brand new show like the end of russell’s era, because there are a lot of callbacks to old episodes, but they’ve realised they cant do the same old thing with a new actor, plus there’s a few sly mentions to the fans in this regard as well.

i think i’ll leave it there, though. its going to go down well, i think. the first five scripts have been leaked as well. im not too exactly sure whether i’ll read them or not. let’s see if my will holds up in the next few weeks :)

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experiments in linux

June 9th, 2014 No comments

the last few months i’ve been in a tinkering phase with my computers. discovering that the latest and greatest does not need to run quickly..

my second computer, an old athlon (i think) single core machine with 1 gig of RAM had been gathering dust in my shed. i bought this in wagga when my first built computer at 19 finally bit the dust in an emergency. my athlon at the time cost me a pretty penny, but did its job with good old windows XP. it was starting to struggle at the end, then one day, it just stopped. the fan would spin, everything would light up, just no boot.

i didnt have the heart to throw it out, but that day i decided the time to go into the mac world. i bought myself an imac, and well, my pc gaming hobby didnt pick up any time soon :P

anyways, a few months back i though “what if its NOT the motherboard??” i went to a local computer store, bought a decent power supply, and shock horror – it was alive again. okay, i say alive, incredibly slow. i could of reinstalled windows on it from scratch, but even so, what was the point? the operating system had JUST been retired and there was no way in hell i was going to install vista. what about linux??

i played around with ubuntu back in the early days. throughout the years of my athlon, it got a lot of different bits and pieces to get it running still. that had probably something to do with it, but even if it was original, i could never get it working properly. my girlfriend has ubuntu running on her tiny netbook and it was working fine, no issues at all. i downloaded the latest version, wiped the old data and tried again.

wow, it worked. sluggish, but worked.

i did a little research, and discovered a bare bones version called lubuntu. to be honest, this suited me more regardless. with a couple of clicks here and there, you can almost make it look like a windows machine. and that’s what i did. a google search here and there, and all of a sudden i have a 2004/5 era machine that works flawlessly. its not speedy, and HD streaming video stutters, but it browses the web perfectly, plays videos fine, even bittorrents without a hitch. lubuntu, the version i run is a LITTLE fiddly compared to the original ubuntu but its nothing i couldnt fix. we’re talking windows level fixes.

i did the same with another old laptop. this thing is a core 2 duo that i bought for work long long ago running vista. now, its working like a charm and is my work machine instead of trying to tap along on the ipad. even my macbook air – i enclusively console game these days, so i removed the last of my space on my macbook air and installed lubuntu on here too. there’s moments when i DO need to jump back into normal mac OS (airview) but 99% of the time im in the linux side. it’s been quite interesting, wonderful and relitively easy how well this is all going.

so much so i bought myself a cheap little tablet today. an 80 dollar 7 inch tablet. i thought i’d use it for work web things, and just hotspot my phone. but im discovering how well this little thing goes. i’ve already installed a few apps and this little sluggish but capable tablet works a dream!! ive been reading my instapaper through this :)

just wish i had the cash for a new phone ;) the iphone 4s will have to do for quite some time :P

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In Utero – 20th Anniversary Release

September 22nd, 2013 No comments

Dragging every little bit out of the vaults for the 20th Anniversary (jesus christ, 20 years??) they’ve released a 3 disc deluxe version. Some of it I’ve already heard, but the new stuff is interesting…

the 2013 mix is probably the interesting bit – steve albini vs. the record labels is well known if you’re a nirvana fan. the higher ups (and eventually the band themselves) didn’t like how rough the album sounded, so the band cleaned it up and scott litt remixed the two singles. a couple of tracks from steve’s version appear on here and i own the albini mix – even that he’s cleaned up a lot as well.

the new version of the album is steve albini and kris 20 years later – hearing little bits deep in the mix that you couldn’t before, some double tracking the vocals on heart shaped box, dumb is missing the cello completely, serve the servants is almost brutal sounding now. much like my love of butch vig’s mix of nevermind – i think im going to love this version much more than the original. give it time for me to grow.

the rest is the typical rough demos. what IS interesting, though, is dave grohl’s original version of marigold. he did a demo for a cassette called “pocketwatch” (throughout the years he’s re-recorded most of the tracks). for the first time, we’re hearing the clean, no badly dubbed cassette version of the demo. it sounds beautiful, and worth the purchase for that track alone…..

there’s also the live and loud concert they did with pat. it’ll be good to get a proper clean copy of that concert…. (you can tell i’m a fan, yes? :P)

got a drive home tomorrow, give this a proper listen then. it’s on spotify if you want to check it out yourself…

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Bookmarks for August 7th through August 20th

August 20th, 2013 No comments
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Camping at the rest stop

August 8th, 2013 No comments

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This is half way between my home and my home town. We’re talking a three hour drive, here. Nothing over the top.

Whenever I stop here for a break, there’s always caravans here camping for the night. I don’t get it. Maybe it’s easier, but I’d rather go off the beaten track a little, make it a proper adventure. Not somewhere where you can hear traffic all night on a major highway. There’s so much beautiful country out this way, make it a proper adventure!!

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Bookmarks for March 3rd through August 7th

August 7th, 2013 No comments
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Mixtape #2 – I Begin Again

August 4th, 2013 No comments

It’s been a few years since i’ve done one of these. I almost forgot about the original, so I thought “why the hell not?”

The equipment I’m using is very primitive, the good old headset I’ve had for years is cactus. So apologies for the audio quality. I hope to do more of these as well…

Terry’s Mixtape 02
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Playlist

Amy McDonald – This Is The Life
Liquido – Play Some Rock
The Living End – Hot Potato
Amanda Palmer – Want It Back
Mindless Self Indulgence – Shut Me Up
Peeping Tom – Mojo
Puscifier – Queen B
Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug
Love Spit Love – Am I Wrong (Angus Mix)

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*brushes dust off blog*

July 31st, 2013 No comments

discovered this song yesterday thanks to a podcast / radio show (thanks alchemist in the evening)

no official release yet, but i really like it…

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IRL

May 8th, 2013 No comments

cute little mini-documentary on warcraft addiction. It’s nothing hardcore, but interesting nonetheless .

i recently have given up again. not because of anything like that, just the whole “end game” content becomes more work than enjoyment. Grinding and grinding dailies so you can buy more gear. I recently was kicked from a LFR because my DPS wasn’t high enough and i thought “fuck it, there’s too many fun things to do on the 360 during my down time”, and also my social life has picked up quite a bit lately as well. Life’s too short.

I can totally understand why they do it, hell, it keeps the players playing. But it’s just not for me anymore. :)

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Bookmarks for February 28th through March 3rd

March 3rd, 2013 No comments
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