February 16th, 2007


A love of chat

It's funny how, within ten minutes, an online chatroom can easily change from people trading crude jokes and puns, through a brief talk on the relative merits of Piers Anthony and Terry Pratchett, to a discussion of Murakami, Kundera, and Nietzsche. It's important to remember that even really intelligent people sometimes have really inane, stupid conversations.

I started to watch my videocasette of Face/Off today, and found myself really wishing that it were wrapped into a MST3k episode. I think most movies, even most very good ones, would be better as part of a MST3k episode though. Ideally, this would be the Mike/Dr Forrester/TV's Frank era MST3k, but I'm not so picky.



Two pictures, with details:

This is my Neuros OSD shortly after I figured out how to update the kernel. The OSD's hardware is interesting -- I eventually found my 1G Microdrive, and will try using it to record some video soon - while at the moment it's not that great at playing random video tossed at it, I suspect it'll be good at playing anything it makes. In order to do any real hacking on it, in the short term I'll need to find a null-modem adapter (I never thought I'd need one again so I gave all my old ones away long ago). Later on, once I figure out why USBHID isn't working and get a USB keyboard of some kind, I probably won't need to worry about that for most casual hacking. I theoretically want to tell the thing to ignore its own root filesystem and act diskless (setting up NFS) if I want to do any quick-ish testing of changes anyhow, although some people have also whipped up a virtual environment to test systems stuff too. It looks like there are a bunch of bright systems people from the open source community working on the OSD. If I had a dozen units, I would be interested to hand them out to select CMU CSCluster folk and try to get them enthused as well - this would both get some more bright folk onboard and give inexperienced-but-clever folk a chance to rub shoulders with experienced-and-clever folk. For businesses that rely on close ties with the opensource community to make products, I suspect that having close ties to CS geek communities in universities would be a good thing.

This, a cat-in-the-box, is a Kingdom of Loathing in-joke.

  • Current Music
    Canadian Film Board - The Cat Came Back

Neuros OSD, Part 2

I just had the time to play a bit more with the OSD. While it's not great at playing random videos I have (mplayer has set thebar quite high), and its remote control seems unreliable (maybe the batteries that came with it are bad, or perhaps the input device isn't getting enough love from the kernel), it's actually very good at recording videos into mpegs. It also does an admirable job at ignoring the no-copy bit that most of my videocasettes have, so unlike the VCR/DVD-R that I bought for that purpose, it'll help me take everything digital. I guess in retrospect, buying that VCR was a waste of money.

Right now, I'm recording the Dr Who episode "Survival", and am amused at how ridiculous cheetah-people (resembling furries a bit) look riding on horses. It reminds me a bit of why in DnD Centaurs should never be paladins - they would look really funny riding on a horse (or really any other kind of mount).

Ordered: USB adapter, null modem adapter, etc for Neuros OSD. I'm looking forward to hacking this thing. w00t!