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Date: 2010-07-16 08:47
Subject: Still no extra time…
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                                              Paris, 14 July 2010


                                              Bulletin C 40

                                              To authorities responsible                   
                                              for the measurement and 
                                              distribution of time             



                         INFORMATION ON UTC - TAI


NO positive leap second will be introduced at the end of December 2010.
The difference between Coordinated Universal Time UTC and the 
International Atomic Time TAI is :		
		
    from 2009 January 1, 0h UTC, until further notice : UTC-TAI = -34 s

Leap seconds can be introduced in UTC at the end of the months of December 
or June,  depending on the evolution of UT1-TAI. Bulletin C is mailed every  
six months, either to announce a time step in UTC, or to confirm that there 
will be no time step at the next possible date.


                                            Daniel GAMBIS
                                            Director			
                                            Earth Orientation Center of IERS
					     Observatoire de Paris, France
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Bass Fingers
Date: 2010-02-21 21:59
Subject: Wondering When...
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Ok, so I'm a middle-class, middle-aged white dude with a diverse and eclectic musical background and collection. When exactly was I supposed to be exposed to Carole King's Tapestry? Chances are, I discovered it "after that." I mean, I did my Pink Floyd phase in jr. high/high school; got my AC/DC and Led Zeppelin fixes in early college; grew up on my share of Harry Chapin.... you know, all these albums that end up in Top 50 Albums Evar!!! lists. But even though I knew about King's album, nobody ever exposed me to it. I've never listened to it with a friend. I've never talked about it with anyone else. It's not a shared experience in my peer group. Just trying to figure out why, or when such an event should have taken place.
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Bass Fingers
Date: 2010-02-19 17:25
Subject: I've got my own hat?!?!?!
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So I've got a Google Alert set to let me know if my name pops up on the interwebz from time to time, 'cause I love it when y'all talk about me. But this morning I got a hit on a hat that is, well, not something I'd wear...

A company called Goorin Brothers makes a line of hats in a style they call "Ivy" and one of the variations is a fabric/pattern they call "Chuck". So I got a link to the Goorin Brothers Chuck Ivy being sold for $35. Funky. Here's their official site for the hat, but not as likely to create a search engine hit.

"Chuck Ivy" is a rare enough name. I know there's at least one other out there, possibly in Florida, if I recall correctly. And my favorite usage of the name was in an episode of Quincy M.E. where it was used as a sheriff's name, though semi-obliquely... "Can I talk to Sheriff Ivy? Hello, Chuck?"

Weird, nonetheless. Not that I've ever wanted to be a John Smith.
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Bass Fingers
Date: 2010-02-14 17:12
Subject: Process du jour
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1. Launch FairMount
2. Insert DVD
3. Copy VIDEO_TS folder to hard drive
4. Run HandBrake to generate 1GB .mp4 file
5. ffmpeg -i movie.mp4 -r 1 -f image2 %04d.png
(this saves 1 frame per second from the movie as a png, auto-numbering the file)
6. Run the shell script I wrote this afternoon:
#!/bin/bash
ls > .filelist;
FILECOUNT=$1
i=1
while [ $i -lt $FILECOUNT ]; do
        tail -n +$i .filelist | head -n 60 > .sixty;
        /opt/local/bin/convert @.sixty -average -depth 16 -auto-level -modulate 100,125 ../FT30fps/$i.png
        echo $i
        let i+=2
done
This is a moving target, averaging 60 frames of the movie (one minute) into one still, then skipping ahead 2 seconds and doing it again.
7. Use ffmpeg or QuickTime (7) player to turn the image sequence back into a movie, 30fps. (remember I was skipping every other frame as I shifted my 60 frame window to the right? I've averaged 60 images from 1 fps, and am now calling that average a frame at 30 fps, so I've taken a minute down to a second, thus rendering a 1 hour 51 minute movie into a 1 minute 51 second movie.)

So... Dark City, Director's Cut, in less than 2 minutes looks something like this...
(note, QuickTime required, probably...)
Yeah. I missed Bagels today. And, for that matter, eating much of anything. Must code!

(Originally was going to have an AppleScript that was calling a handful of command-line calls, but ended up rolling the whole thing into a bash script, which isn't really my forte either...)
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Bass Fingers
Date: 2010-02-12 19:06
Subject: phear my 1337 skillz
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ffmpeg -i bladerunner.mov -r 1 -f image2 BR-%04d.png

convert BR-%05d.png[0001-0008] -average -depth 16 -auto-level -modulate 100,125 bladerunner%03d.png


Yeah. QuickTime X? Processing.org? Who needs ya???

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Bass Fingers
Date: 2010-01-14 10:01
Subject: Time isn't holding us, time isn't after us
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Tags:time
    INTERNATIONAL EARTH ROTATION AND REFERENCE SYSTEMS SERVICE (IERS) 

SERVICE INTERNATIONAL DE LA ROTATION TERRESTRE ET DES SYSTEMES DE REFERENCE

SERVICE DE LA ROTATION TERRESTRE
OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS                                   
61, Av. de l'Observatoire 75014 PARIS (France)
Tel.      : 33 (0) 1 40 51 22 29
FAX       : 33 (0) 1 40 51 22 91
Internet  : services.iers@obspm.fr

                                              Paris, 14 January 2010


                                              Bulletin C 39

                                              To authorities responsible                   
                                              for the measurement and 
                                              distribution of time             



                         INFORMATION ON UTC - TAI


NO positive leap second will be introduced at the end of June 2010.
The difference between Coordinated Universal Time UTC and the 
International Atomic Time TAI is :		
		
    from 2009 January 1, 0h UTC, until further notice : UTC-TAI = -34 s

Leap seconds can be introduced in UTC at the end of the months of December 
or June,  depending on the evolution of UT1-TAI. Bulletin C is mailed every  
six months, either to announce a time step in UTC, or to confirm that there 
will be no time step at the next possible date.


                                          Daniel GAMBIS
                                          Head			
                                          Earth Orientation Center of the IERS
                                          Observatoire de Paris, France
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Bass Fingers
Date: 2010-01-05 16:24
Subject: Phone Phun
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Xeni and others are tweeting about the new Nexus phone… (rearranged to roughly movie-order, IIRC…)

@matthewscd: A new life awaits you in the Off-Apple colonies! A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!

@maubrowncow: "It's an AT&T contract, designed to provoke an emotional response... Shall we continue?"

@cknall: "You're in a desert walking along in the sand when all of a sud-- Can you hear me now?"

Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about... your carrier.

Rachel: "You know that Voight-Kampf test of yours? There's an app for that." (via @boingboing reader "Angstrom")

@doubletee: "Is this testing whether I'm a smart phone or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?"

@starmike: "Have you ever terminated a contract by mistake?"

@starmike: "You Nexus One? I designed your camera!"

@p32org: "Questions: rates? termination fees? release dates?" "Don't know, I don't know such stuff! I just do cameras, j j just cameras"

@Ali_Davis: "If you could only hear what I've heard with your phones."

"Too bad she won't get through on AT&T. But then again, who does?" (stoled from @beschizza)

@GlennF "I want more minutes, father."

I've seen iPhones on fire off the shoulder of Verizon. I've watched Blackberries glitter near the Cingular gate. Time to dial. (via @jsnell)

@starmike "All those... voicemails will be lost in time like tears in the rain."


More distrubing, I just saw commercials last night for the Droid Eris. I know what phone cheshirebast is getting next…
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Bass Fingers
Date: 2010-01-05 09:46
Subject: As I awaken…
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First, a quote that came to me in a dream last night:

“If I were an umbrella, I’d probably be on fire right about now.”

Make of that what you will.
Second, I got my reading list for my graphic novel creative writing class next semester:
  • Incognegro, Mat Johnson
  • Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud
  • Maus, Art Speigelman
  • Shortcomings, Adrian Tomine
  • Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware
  • Exit Wounds, Rutu Modan
  • Aya, Margaret Abouet
  • Life Sucks, Jessica Abel
  • Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller
  • Our Cancer Year, Harvey Pekar
  • Watchmen, Alan Moore
  • Black Hole, Charles Burns
Nice to see a few I already own, including one quantumduck gave me for Christmas this year! The rest easily ordered from Amazon, but a sizable purchase nonetheless. I think I got spoiled having a few years of nothing but art classes that didn't require large textbook purchases…
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Bass Fingers
Date: 2010-01-01 12:24
Subject: Chuck’s 2009 Discrete Media Consumption
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Tags:2009, books, concerts, dvds, list, media, movies, plays
Chuck’s 2009 Discrete Media Consumption

The Written Word...

Books:
2009.I.4 Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You by Ray Bradbury
2009.I.4 Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
2009.I.6 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
2009.III.16 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2009.IV.4 Oracle Night by Paul Auster
2009.IV.12 Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda
2009.VI.30 The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
2009.VII.14 Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (reread)
2009.VII.20 The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
2009.VIII.7 Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
2009.IX.20 The Shroud of the Thwacker by Chris Elliott
2009.IX.27 The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
2009.XI.21 The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
2009.XII.15 Metropolis by Thea Van Harbou
2009.XII.30 Shivering Sands by Warren Ellis

In the Manner of Live Performance...

Concerts:
2009.III.13 Jonathan Coulton @ House of Blues
2009.III.16 Miguel Frasconi & Dan Joseph @ Harvestworks NYC
2009.V.2 Beans Barton @ J. Hardings
Plays:
2009.VI.10 The Farnsworth Invention @ The Alley Theatre
2009.VII.16 Life is Happy & Sad @ DiverseWorks

Prerecorded Visual Stimuli...

DVDs:
2009.I.2 Lilo & Stitch (rewatched)
2009.I.8 The KGB, The Computer, and Me
2009.I.11 The Dark Knight
2009.I.12 The Long Goodbye
2009.I.17 Eagle Eye
2009.I.22 Be Kind Rewind (rewatched) (movie night - BluRay)
2009.I.24 Sleeping Beauty (rewatched)
2009.I.29 Tapeheads (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.II.1 City of Ember
2009.II.5 Eagle Eye (rewatched) (movie night - BluRay)
2009.II.8 Igor
2009.II.12 Colossus: The Forbin Project (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.II.13 9 Songs
2009.II.26 Hamlet 2 (movie night)
2009.III.5 Why We Fight (movie night)
2009.III.6 Pete's Dragon (rewatched)
2009.III.8 The Mindscape of Alan Moore
2009.III.12 Stargate (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.III.19 American Splendor (movie night)
2009.III.26 Howard the Duck (movie night)
2009.IV.1 La Jetée
2009.IV.2 Clockstoppers (movie night)
2009.IV.9 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.IV.16 Millions (alt-movie night)
2009.IV.30 Office Space (movie night)
2009.V.7 Stripes (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.V.8 Tideland
2009.V.14 The Secret of NIMH (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.V.21 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.V.28 Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo (movie night)
2009.VI.2 The Spiderwick Chronicles
2009.VI.4 Roger & Me (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.VI.11 De-Lovely (movie night)
2009.VI.16 Eragon
2009.VI.18 Rip! A Remix Manifesto (movie night)
2009.VI.25 Ghostbusters (rewatched) (movie night - blu-ray)
2009.VI.26 Jumper
2009.VII.2 Brainstorm (rewatched) (movie night - blu-ray)
2009.VII.9 City of Ember (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.VII.16 V for Vendetta (rewatched)
2009.VII.18 My Dinner With Jimi
2009.VII.23 For All Mankind (movie night - blu-ray)
2009.VII.30 Groove (movie night)
2009.VIII.20 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.VIII.27 Man on Wire (movie night)
2009.IX.17 What Goes Up (movie night)
2009.IX.24 Knowing (movie night)
2009.X.1 Hot Fuzz (rewatched) (movie night - blu-ray)
2009.X.8 The Brothers Bloom (movie night - iTMS rental)
2009.X.22 They Live (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.XI.5 Linda, Linda, Linda (movie night)
2009.XI.12 Everything is Illuminated (movie night)
2009.XI.27 Reckless Kelly (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.XI.3 Snake Eyes (rewatched) (movie night)
2009.XI.17 Love Actually (rewatched) (movie night)
Movies (Theatrical):
2009.II.7 Inkheart
2009.II.14 Coraline (3D)
2009.III.7 Watchmen
2009.V.2 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
2009.V.9 Star Trek
2009.V.22 Angels & Demons
2009.V.30 Up
2009.VI.13 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
2009.VII.29 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2009.XI.27 The Fantastic Mr. Fox
2009.XII.26 The Princess and the Frog
2009.XII.28 Sherlock Holmes


In summary: 15 books, 3 concerts (not counting the ones I played in with Beans Barton & the Bi-Peds), 2 plays, 55 DVDs, 12 movies in theaters. Compared to 2008, 11 fewer books, 4 fewer concerts, 1 more play, 17 more DVDs and one less theatrical release.

Previous lists: 2008, 2007, 2006 (prior to that, lost in various blog software or spreadsheets...)
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Bass Fingers
Date: 2009-12-20 00:17
Subject: Seen on Amazon…
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Quite amused that Amazon lets "shit magnet" be a key phrase…
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