A Slow Digital Requiem

Friday, December 06, 2013

The old android with whom I am in love.

The decent man who washed my dishes for me and whom I call Friend.
The turbulent road by which I plant my wishes.
The open stream that flows beneath my casket.
The proud holler of a drunken mule sated on soft fallen fruit.
The purloined heart of a passing boy unable to keep his gaze.
The balmy girls alight on the yard's broad plain.
The delicate peal of a distant storm savaging our seedling crops.
The honest croak of a wooden door unopened since the first frost.
The soft brown of your thigh under my hand at the light.

The stoic brine of focus besieged.
The filthy spike with which   I sow these pots in memoriam.
The candid smile that turned my spirit and broke the spell.

The sloppy walk in wet socks across an empty summer deck.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Getting along with the old eMusic Download Manager for Linux

I've been a loyal eMusic customer for about five years, and I've been a non-proprietary OS man in my home for a lot longer than that, so I've dealt with the pain you're feeling, and I'm going to help you through it.

So you just upgraded to the latest Fedora/Debian/Ubuntu/whatever, and you can't get the old eMusic DLM working anymore?  Yeah, that happened to me too, but I fixed it.

If you just upgraded to Fedora 19, my help will be completely trouble-free for you.  Otherwise, you may need to adapt these instructions and possibly the package itself to your OS's needs.  If your OS doesn't use RPM, you should be able to do this with just the tarball that eMusic is still providing, or if they've stopped providing even that, you can install some RPM tools on your system and extract the archive from this RPM I'm providing.

Step 1) Install Firefox and the rpm-build package.  We're going to build an RPM in order to exploit its automatic dependency determination, and subsequently YUM's automatic dependency installation.  And Firefox because the old eMusic DLM only works w/Firefox, afaik.
        # yum install firefox rpm-build
The old DLM only works with Firefox, as far as I know.  I haven't been able to get it to work otherwise.

Step 2) Download the old eMusic Download Manager" in tarball format.  We're going to make an RPM.
        # wget http://www.emusic.com/apps/dlm/emusic_linux_current.tar.gz
Step 3) Create rpmbuild/SPECS and rpmbuild/SOURCES directories in your home directory
        # mkdir -p rpmbuild/{SPECS,SOURCES}
Step 4) Move the emusic_linux_current.tar.gz file into the new SOURCES directory.
        # mv emusic_linux_current.tar.gz rpmbuild/SOURCES
Step 5) Create a file called emusic-dlm.spec in the rpmbuild/SPECS directory with the following content:
%define userid          root
%define groupid         root
%define version         4.1.4
%define rel             4
%define debug_package   %{nil}
%define prefix          /opt/emusic/%{version}

# This should be set to the first two directories from the
# emusic_linux_current.tar.gz tarball, but without the leading slash.
%define archivelead     builds/emusicdlm 

Summary: eMusic Download Manager
Name: emusic-dlm
Version: %{version}
Release: %{rel}
License: Proprietary
Packager: It was All Me!
Group: Commercial
Source: emusic_linux_current.tar.gz
BuildArch: i686
BuildRoot: %{_tmppath}/%{name}-buildroot
AutoReqProv: yes

The download manager for eMusic.  Set your firefox preferences to use
/opt/emusic/4.1.4/emusicdlm as the handler for emusic download files.


%setup -q -n %{archivelead}


rm -rf ${RPM_BUILD_ROOT}
mkdir -p ${RPM_BUILD_ROOT}/%{prefix}
cd ${RPM_BUILD_DIR}/%{archivelead}
find . | cpio -dumpv ${RPM_BUILD_ROOT}/%{prefix}

rm -rf ${RPM_BUILD_ROOT}

%defattr(-, %{userid}, %{groupid}, -)




You should now have the following files below your home directory:
Step 6) Create the RPM using the rpmbuild command:
        # setarch i686 rpmbuild -ba rpmbuild/SPECS/emusic-dlm.spec
You should now have an RPM in the rpmbuild/RPMS/i686 directory called emusic-dlm-4.1.4-4.i686.rpm.
Step 7) Install the RPM and its dependencies using YUM
# yum localinstall rpmbuild/RPMS/i686/emusic-dlm-4.1.4-4.i686.rpm
Step 8) Configure Firefox to use /opt/emusic/4.1.4/emusicdlm for .emx files by opening Firefox and going to this URL, which will plant a cookie in the browser indicating that the DLM has been installed.

Step 9) Click on a download link for a song or album.  When presented with the "0.emx" file, choose "Open with", and browse to /opt/emusic/4.1.4/emusicdlm.  Also be sure to click on "Always do this".

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Homemade Relaxing Tea

I was at a SLOUP event tonight where one of the sponsors had donated some really delicious herbal tea (the sponsor was actually ReTrailer), and as I was sitting here tonight doing homework and wanting to drink some more tea, but also not wanting any more caffeine for the night, so I decided to take my own shot at making tea.  It seems to be a pretty awesome success!

Step 1: Heat up some water
Step 2: Pour the hot water into your mug and add:

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp of lavender
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cardamom
Step 3: Let steep for a minute or two
Step 4: Retrieve the cinnamon and lavender (using a spoon) from the mug
Step 5: Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Understanding the self

Journal entry from 2/21/12

Like Dean Young says about Keats's Ode to a Nightengale:

"The self is not a fixed thing, rather a movement:  A collection of arrived-at and abandoned impulses and conflicting conclusions, one X over another." (The Art of Recklessness, pg 54)

But as much as our self wanders throughout the day, we, like Keats being dragged back to his forlorn self, always return to that place where we lay our head on the pillow.  Our routines bind us to an identity and give us an illusion of control in a constantly changing world.

Part of our fear of algorithms finding our patterns is that we cannot, or don't want to, break out of them.  Besides, if we do break out, how long before we fall back in?  Do we converge on an invariant identity, categorizable, well-defined, predictable?  Is it even possible to ever break out?  Breakouts become patterns of their own, part of the overall texture of a pattern.

But behold!  We break free, forth into the darkness or the light, ever-changing world where we try new things, jumping off the dock into green water, skiing through the trees, propelling ourselves into space, falling in love, adapting to change, creating new ideas, new things, new ways of being.  In the big picture, we are unpredictable, and in the microcosm of a moment we are as well.  It is only in the quotidien cycle of waking and sleeping, following our routines, that we are most predictable.

So then the most unpredictable we could be would be to change daily or weekly or cyclic habits.  But who would want to?  It is the cycle that gives us a sense of stability.  The predictability is good, reliable.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christine Miller

"Death is not a fearful thing, it's living that's treacherous."

That is a quote by Jim Jones that I pulled from the second track of the amazing debut album from Cults, who pulled it from the notorious and profoundly sad Jonestown Death Tape.  I hadn't really thought much about the Jonestown disaster since I was little, when I remember seeing the pictures of the bloated bodies and the purple Flavor Aid in a book about photojournalism.  (Actually, come to think of it, that book introduced me to several major atrocities.)

After discovering the SDSU Jonestown website, "Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple," I came across this incredibly sad and fascinating story of Christine Miller.  She alone stood in dissent of Jim Jones's horrific scheme, but she was ultimately suppressed by the crowd and possibly murdered by lethal injection.

Read.  Listen.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Apostrophes of possession with proper nouns


add 's to the singular form of the word (even if it ends in -s):
the owner's car
James's hat (James' hat is also acceptable. For plural, proper nouns that are possessive, use an apostrophe after the 's': "The Eggleses' presentation was good." The Eggleses are a husband and wife consultant team.)

"James' hat" may be acceptable, but it is clearly wrong.  James's name is James, and there is only one of him.  I will grant that the intention of the apostrophe in that phrase is disambiguated by the fact that the word hat is singular.  However, there would be no need to refer to that implication if the writer's use of apostrophes was consistent between singular and plural nouns.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Elegy for Reason

you pantsed me
and then I pantsed you back
you pantsed me and then
I pantsed you back and then
I pantsed your mother
said one little god to the other
and then I pantsed the president
said the little drummer
I pantsed your brother
said my sister
what does it all mean
what does it all mean
you pantsed a honey bee
you pantsed a honey bee