Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Machines (IV)

In today's world it would be impossible to stop using machines
They are everywhere
They are the only force that can keep us going
In our unnatural concrete cities
Maybe it is time to unplug

Can you stop the machines?

Three

Two

One

Off

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Peter

Machines (III)

Three

This machine will rock the world

The internal working of machines is difficult to explain
For those of you who are not especially trained in science, mathematics, or engineering
It is easiest to think of machines as being limited forms of magic
Magic that makes your life easier
And more full of blips, bleeps and random annoying sounds

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Peter

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Machines (II)

Two

This machine is to override heartbeat of the performing musicians

Machines can be incomprehensibly complex
They are designed by highly skilled geeks
Who themselves are machines
Machines that run on coffee, sandwiches and no sunlight

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Peter

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Machines (I)

Okay, and start the machines
One

This first machine is to set a beat for machines to come

Machines are part of our lives
They work for us and against us
They clean our cloths then beep at us
They drive us to work and honk at us
They make that horrible scraping sound that keeps you awake at night

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Peter

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Prince of Peace - God of War

I just watched Prince of Peace - God of War by John Campea. I recommend it. It's a documentary wrestling the question of pacifism and of just war.

My recommendation is:
Don't go to war without first watching this documentary.

Before today I had conceded to the concept of just war. That concept has been weakened by watching the documentary.

Maybe we're called to take a spiritual perspective and absolutely never use lethal force. I can't really lead myself to believe that totally though.

But then, why isn't it as simple as "Love your enemies" therefore do not kill them?

Riddle me that, all you fellow armchair philosophers!

Peter

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Reality is Overrated

I'd rather live in my happy delusions than in your perfect world
I'd rather not live like you, pouting and upper lip curled
I'd rather drink a thousand rivers than chunder your words
I'd rather die and rise and fly on sky-seeking thunderbirds

Reality is overrated but you don't seem to care
I've found that realism makes me ache everywhere
Pretend is where it's at
Just ask the Cat in the Hat

Peter

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Prepositions to end your sentences with

"I collect human skulls."

"I used to seek thrills. Now I seek a speedy recovery."

"I don't have no problems with grammar. Grammar has problems with me."

"Gluten free baking is kind of like a disco party with no music.
People ask me how I stay so slim. It's all in the food alergies."

"One day there will be world peace. And glowing cockroaches will rule the radioactive earth."

"I've come to the belief that all mathematics is contrived. I've also come to newer and better methods of keeping the debt collectors off my back."

Peter

Sunday, October 12, 2008

In Witch

In which he screamed a stream of incoherent nonsense:
It all seemed like a good idea at the time, but when you really break it down, it's not about the time, it's about the place. Things appear to be four dimensional only because we experience time linearly. But to those of them who are Nth dimensional in place and space, it's all about the boogie that you dance when you break it down with no pants in France where the ladies and the boys do the lance chance happenstance.
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Anyway....

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This is a shout out to Kanye West! Chi city represent!

Peter

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Your Shoulders

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

(Josh Groban)

Peter

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Reducing Functionality Through Engineering

So one of my speakers stops working. Okay, gutted.

The warranty is long gone, so it's time to see what an-about-to-be EE can do about it! Yeah baby, here we go!

Step 1: Replace fuse, see if it magically comes back to life.

No such luck.

Step 2: Open up the box.... (This is usually a one way trip for stuff that I've done this to in the past. I'm trying not to make that the case here.)

Step 3: See if there's anything obviously munted inside.

No? Okay, start poking around with the meter.

Now it looks like the transformer might be broken, it's got quite a small primary side resistance.

But how small is too small? Well, I happen to have the other speaker, which works... Okay, so take that one apart too, and quickly measure it and then put it back together. Nothing could possibly go wrong.

And nothing did. At first. Then the working speaker's tweeter cuts out. And magically comes back... Then cuts out again! D'oh!

Okay, so the connector to the tweeter must've come loose. Take it apart again and see if it's come loose. No. D'oh! Put it in some anyway and put it back together. Hope hard that it'll work.

No.

This = bad. Music is now playing back even worse than before...

Tune in later for more of the saga of me panicking in silence trying to get music to fill my ears again...

Peter