Category: Geek

  • The Fat Trekkies Guide To DST

    I’m a huge, fat Trekkie. I am not merely plump, I am massive. My weight wanders, as with a lot of very obese people but it’s always in excess of 350lbs / 25 stone / 159kg. I’ve loved Star Trek since I was a fat nipper and so I feel qualified to write this. Going…

  • Helping Google With Their Vids

  • Where Are My Games?

    I’m watching a YouTube vid previewing upcoming games for late 2019 / early 2020. And I’m bored. There’s a slew of FPSes, some open-world, some not. There are some RPGs, there are some top-down tactical hoo-has. And that’s it. It’s the blandest offering of blanditude I can remember in a good long time. There’s nothing…

  • Moog One Pics

    Have a look at my beautiful, beautiful baby! <3

  • Moog One Patches

    Awwwww yeahhhhhhhh….

  • The Fundamental Fysiks Group

    These crazy cats, though: “The Fundamental Fysiks Group was founded in San Francisco in May 1975 by two physicists, Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann, at the time both graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley. The group held informal discussions on Friday afternoons to explore the philosophical implications of quantum theory. Leading members included Fritjof Capra, John Clauser, Philippe Eberhard, Nick Herbert, Jack Sarfatti, Saul-Paul Sirag, Henry…

  • The Dream In Which I Invented A New Synthesis UI With The Aid Of Teri Garr and Robert Vaughn

    By my standards, this was a pretty ordinary dream. The only thing that makes it stand out is the synthesis part. Well, and my co-inventers but they aren’t really real in the way that an idea can be real although it was dreamt. Teri Garr is still alive so it’s possible she could have been…

  • Destination Star Trek 2018

    So, last weekend was the long-awaited DST 2018. When I say long-awaited, I booked the hotel room over eighteen months ago. And then, finally, it was time! Like DST 2016, my bff Nat went with me. This is us:  This is the second time DST has been held in the NEC at Brum and it…

  • More Star Trek Politics

    Not all Trek fans are lovely people. There have been a few dodgy types I’ve met online who turn out to be raging homophobes or sexists or one of those right-wing types who thinks calling someone an ‘SJW’ is an insult. Which is the equivalent of someone sneering at a campaigner for human rights. When…

  • Roland MIDI Drivers Break MacOS High Sierra

    I have one of the above interfaces. I plugged it in to my iMac Pro which is still on High Sierra still as I am a cautious type (usually) and not yet sure how well Mojave would behave with all my pro audio software. Anyway, I plugged in the interface, searched for it in Audio…

  • Synthfest UK 2018

    This Saturday just gone, I went to Synthfest UK 2018.  It’s an annual gathering both of makers of electronic gear and the end users – like a big trade show but with a way more personal touch. Here’s a little vid I made: As you can see from the vid, there’s a huge range of…

  • Fantasy Trek Crews

    No, no, not THAT kind of fantasy, yer slash pervs! 😛 A discussion on Facebook lead me to posting this:  This one is EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY: From non-Trek SF telly:  1. Captain Samantha Carter2. First Officer Lee Adama3. Chief Engineer Kaywinnet Lee Frye4. Tactical/Security Officer Kiera Cameron5. Helmsman Ulysses Adair6. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Walter…

  • BSG Versus Trek

    My reply to the above: If you compare TOS to reboot BSG, then it may look dated and certainly the effects are *now* inferior. BUT at the time TOS came out, it was a revolutionary series, in terms of both conception and (where the studio allowed!) execution. The first inter-racial kiss on US TV: check.…

  • MARK BLOODY HAMILL HIMSEEEELLLFFFF

    EDIT UPDATE!!!! He’s now liked my reply too! I am losing my shit! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Soooo… this just happened: How cool is that! I’m fucking BEAMING!

  • Dante Virtual Soundcard Woes On An iMac Pro

    Behold! My lovely, shiny, 32 in, 32 out Tascam ML-32D Dante audio interface. That’s right, Dante, the amazing tech from Audinate that lets you send a gazillion streams of audio everywhere over plain old Cat5e or above cable. Dante will help! Annoyed that Thunderbolt leads seem to have a maximum length of 2cm? DANTE! Worried…

  • I, Ryan Ray

    “I, Ryan Ray, released the MacMillan source code. I acted alone and nobody told me to do it. I did this because security is a myth. Contrary to what you might have heard, my friend, you are not safe. Safety is a story, it’s something we teach our kids so they can sleep at night,…

  • Synthfest UK 2016

    Yesterday, I caught the train up to lovely, leafy Sheffield and had fun wandering around Synthfest UK 2016. Now, pretty obviously, there were many synthesizers there. Rare old analogue beasts like this EMS Synthi: And the latest digital doodads like this nifty Modal hunk: There were three areas, all of them packed with geeks playing and…

  • Pulsar JO437-4715

    I find it outrageous that pulsar JO437-4715 rotates at 173.7Hz. This is a star almost twice as massive as our sun, whipping itself around, a full rotation every 5.75ms. What’s the fastest you can spin yourself round? I’m guessing it’s a lot less than 174Hz and you’re considerably smaller than JO437-4715. I dunno. Astrophysics is…

  • Gina Carano

      I first saw Gina Carano in the utterly brilliant Steven Soderbergh film, Haywire(2011). I knew nothing about her MMA background then, all I knew is that this woman was utterly convincing as a super-badass agent. Unlike so much fighting in spy / action / superhero films, here was a protagonist who moved like a…

  • The EMAX II Saga

    The sampler that I wrote Your Woman on, the sampler at the heart of a lot of my music twenty years ago was the EMAX II. It was my first real sampler and I went mental on it. My previous experience was with a Boss RSD-10 which was wonderful but if you didn’t get the…