Saturday, October 27, 2007

Not much inspires me, but when I find something which does I pay very close attention to it in order to see what I can learn.

Right now, I have my ears trained on Animal Collective, and more specifically the live show recently posted to the NPR All Songs Considered Live Concert Series. There are only a handful of songs within this show that really grab my hair with one hand and punch my face with the other - but they punch hard. If you have never listened to Animal Collective, do yourself a favor by at least downloading the show at http://www.npr.org/liveconcerts (or, more specifically, at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14564305).

If songs like "House" (formerly "Material Things") and "Leaf House" don't rattle your brain into a highly energized state, I can't even begin to guess what might possibly do the trick for you.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Evidently J.K. Rowling has stated the "Dumbledore" character from her book series is gay. She is calling it a "prolonged argument for tolerance."

I would like to note that I have neither read any of her books, nor do I intend to read them, nor do I think they will be remembered in 100 years as great literature. Now, let's think critically about her announcement:
  1. If nobody picked up on the evidently completely lacking subtext that Dumbledore is gay, can it possibly matter?
  2. If his being gay is not a plot point, what function does announcing this *outside* the context of character development serve? Does she need some explanation for a totally shocking and out-of-character gay orgy in her next novel?
  3. Since Dumbledore is a fictional character, why would anyone care whether or not he is gay? If Bambi is a transsexual deer, does it matter?
  4. How is this supposed to teach people who disagree with a gay sexual lifestyle tolerance? I'm especially thinking of the Christian right, who might pose an argument like, "If you don't find out that someone is a murderer until you've known and liked them for a long time, does it unmake them guilty of murder?"
  5. If being gay is part of his character, wouldn't it have been helpful for the actor who plays Dumbledore to know this before making the movies that have been made? Ponder this phrase: "What's my motivation?" This leads me to believe the author is just pulling things out of a sunless crevice in order to stay within the media spotlight.
No matter how many pop books or astonishingly yawn-able character developments she hacks, she will never be remembered like Tolkien.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

First the serious (nerdy) bits:

The firmware loading for the DWL-650 Rev P1 can (and should) be pulled out of the /etc/network/interfaces file and made into a udev rule. This is the preferred way to load firmware. With the firmware loading pulled out of the interfaces file, you are free to configure your adapter using Network Manager without hosing your network configuration. In my case, my udev file is

/etc/udev/rules.d/85-hostap-firmware.rules

# 85-hostap-firmware.rules - udev rules for loading firmware for hostap-driven network adapters

# DWL-650 Rev. P1
PROGRAM="/bin/uname -r"

KERNEL=="wlan0", SUBSYSTEM=="net", ATTRS{modalias}=="pcmcia:m000Bc7110f06fn00pfn00pa1A424A1Cpb6EA57632pcDD97A26Bpd56B21F52", \
RUN+="/usr/sbin/prism2_srec -gs wlan0 /lib/firmware/$result/prism2-pm010102.hex"
KERNEL=="wlan0", SUBSYSTEM=="net", ATTRS{modalias}=="pcmcia:m000Bc7110f06fn00pfn00pa1A424A1Cpb6EA57632pcDD97A26Bpd56B21F52", \
RUN+="/usr/sbin/prism2_srec -gp wlan0 /lib/firmware/$result/prism2-pm010102.hex"
KERNEL=="wlan0", SUBSYSTEM=="net", ATTRS{modalias}=="pcmcia:m000Bc7110f06fn00pfn00pa1A424A1Cpb6EA57632pcDD97A26Bpd56B21F52", \
RUN+="/usr/sbin/prism2_srec -rp wlan0 /lib/firmware/$result/prism2-rf010804.hex"
As you will hopefully note, the firmware files should be placed in /lib/firmware/(kernel version)/, and in my case are renamed to prism2-pm010102.hex and prism2-010804.hex. The files can be named anything, so long as the udev rule points to the correct files. You will need to remember to copy these firmware files to the new directory created every time a kernel upgrade comes down the pipe. I have a feature request in to include this udev rule and the firmware as part of the restricted drivers package, and have had correspondence regarding this.

Now, on to less serious (but not exactly less nerdy) topics:

HOLY CRAP, the B-52s songs are LOADED with sexual innuendo! I was listening to the "Cosmic Thing" album way back in '89-'91 and was far too young to pick up what most of the lyrics were actually saying. Here's an example (from "Bushfire"):

On the horizon, the landscape's burning red
Bushfire---smoke in your eyes... smoke in your eyes
If you feel something, that makes you warm all over
If you got a fire and you can't put it out---got a bushfire

Rolling through a field of molten flowers
Burning in a field of molten flowers
There's a bushfire---there's a bushfire burning---yeah

Bushfire! Bushfire! Bushfire!

My mind's been going places without me lately
I need your arms to take me down, take me to the ground
But I hold back! Get away from the heat
Hold back! In my field of vision
Hold back! Baby burning---fire

Fire in a field of molten flowers,
Fire in a field of molten flowers
There's a bushfire burning---yeah.
You better hold back! Hold back!

Bushfire! Bushfire! Bushfire!

Well I'm movin' to the beat of a big bushfire
I'm dancin' to the beat of a big bushfire
And the flames are warm and getting brighter

Well everybody loves to dance around the heat and fire
Oh lightnin' strike twice
Hey everybody bask in the afterglow---Bushfire
Naked light shining over my bed, been lying here too long
I need your arms to take me down, take me to the ground

But I hold back---get away from the heat!
Hold back! In my field of vision
Hold back! I see smoke---smoke in your eyes

Bushfire! Bushfire! Bushfire!
The landscape's burning, red hot
If that isn't about hot sex, I don't know what is.

-sin613

P.S. - The "Cosmic Thing" album is one of my favorite albums. Some day I will cover "Deadbeat Club" and everyone will love it... but only an elite few will know it wasn't an original tune.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

To the kind Russian gent who thinks he is me: I most assuredly did not forget my password.

Thank you.