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In a lot of ways, the way people talk about Socialism today sounds like an attempt to say “I want to take what you have” without the guilt associated with theft – because it’s corporate and pits membership in social classes against each other. “I do not have it, and I need it” elicits natural [...]

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Voltage Modular and MIDI Out in Cubase

I’d like to explain how I got Cherry Audio’s Voltage Modular to generate Euclidean patterns for Cubase. The process for it should be generalizable to other DAWs, but since Cubase Pro is my daily driver (as a DAW, I guess) I’m going to focus on it. Euclidean patterns rely on the idea that percussive hits [...]


The Trees is an ideal (and pragmatic) leftist’s song

I love the song “The Trees,” by Rush, on their “Hemispheres” album. It’s the first song of Rush’s catalog that I heard, even though I didn’t know the band was Rush at the time. It’s an incredibly leftist song.  I wholly approve. I am a leftist at heart. I’ve been asking people I know what [...]


Installing GraalVM on OSX with SDKMan

Want to install GraalVM on OSX? It’s easy. First, get SDKMan. Trust me. You want it. Almost as much as brew, if you’re doing anything with the JVM. You’ll want to install bash – via brew – because SDKMan uses bash and the OSX bash shell is badly outdated. Once you have SDKMan installed and [...]


Cuisinart SS-15 Single-Serve Issues

My family bought me a Cuisinart SS-15 coffee maker, a device that has both a carafe (a pot) and a Keurig-compatible single-serve coffee maker. However, the single-serve side struggled to work; it worked once and then stopped. The problem seems to be, of all things, the water filter. I gently used a toothpick to clean [...]


New Ubuntu Version!

I upgraded Ubuntu to eoan, 19.10, this morning, and Wordpress broke. I was getting 502 Gateway errors, which is never comfortable. What the 502 means is that nginx was not able to connect to the backend service, which is php7.3-fpm in this case. I have nginx set up to forward to php-fpm to This [...]


The Saddest Scene in Star Trek…

Star Trek, as a series, has a lot of really sad implications in parts – the wreckage of Captain Pike, for example, and worlds committed to remembrance of tragedies past. But the saddest of all of them to me right now is the cold open of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The movie was [...]


The Beatles

The movie “Yesterday” – a romantic comedy featuring the music of the Beatles as a core mechanic – is a great watch, but something about it got me thinking about my love of the Beatles as a band. I find that I separate the Beatles’ music into four groupings, in order from least awesome to [...]


Rating Movies

My youngest son and I watched “Godzilla” last night. As a movie, it was a fun experience, I guess – giant monsters! Destruction! Catchy one-liners! Woo! – but I struggled to watch the movie. I struggled because there were things that just didn’t make sense, even in the context of the movie itself. There’s an [...]


Poetry: Pity the Young

Pity the young It’s not that We don’t know How to care It’s that we Don’t know How to care Without boundaries