March 28, 2003
MPEG4 and QuickTime streaming

I spent the last couple of days turning two video tapes of the last Litmus Green show EVER into mpeg4 formated files suitable for streaming over the internet using Apple's QuickTime Streaming Server. It was interesting (if tedious) to play with the different encodings to get something that would not only stream well over shitty modem connections but look decent and sound decent as well. The tedious part came from the fact that I was encoding 10-12 gigabytes of data down to 60+ megabytes. It was not the fastest process in the world.

At first I was afraid that if I cut the encoding down too much that the quality would suck so bad that no one would bother watching the video's at all. But that was a mistake. It turns out that using mpeg4 video as well as AAC audio I could strip the bit rates down to almost nothing and still have the movies not suck. I am quite impressed by that. I still need to get feed back from other people on just how well it is working for them, but in my tests it works great. Of course, those are famous last words. Until I hear that things are going as well for other people I can't be sure.

Posted by ed at 09:06 PM
You know...

... what sucks about being broke? Not being able to afford good whiskey. That sucks.

Posted by ed at 08:51 PM
Damn you, Girlscouts! Damn you all to hell!!!

Fucking ThinMints. I swear they're my downfall.

Posted by ed at 07:56 PM
Last show EVER online!

I am uploading video #2 as I write this. It should be up in an hour (64MB). I re-encoded the videos and they are streaming nicely for me. If you have trouble with them let me know. They require the latest QuickTime and should be viewable with a 56K modem connection. Go here:

http://litmusgreen.com/movies/

I need to work on the DVD now. It seems like I'll have lots of time to do that tonight since I lost my show tickets! Fuck fuck fuck! I can't believe this day. It's been one dumb thing after another. The only cool thing that's happened today is I got the videos encoded and online. I just hope this doesn't kill my bandwidth limit for the site.

Anyway, check them out and let me know what you think!

Posted by ed at 04:28 PM
March 26, 2003
Last show EVER video

I just watched one of the videos of the last Litmus Green show EVER. It was fun and sad at the same time. The band has never played a better gig and the crowd was great.

It was sad because Mat wasn't there and, in a way, I miss the band.

I guess it's one of those things where you tend to remember the good times over the bad. I hated lugging my guitar rig around (as well as half the drum set). Dealing with promoters and bouncers. There were a million little things that sucked. There were tensions caused by political differences. There were the days at practice that we couldn't get anything right.

However, there was a lot of fun and more good times than bad. But all good things must end and it was time. I'm really glad we could go out on a high note.

I haven't seen the second tape yet. I am in the process of turning the first tape into an mpeg4 video which I hope to put online tomorrow. You will need the latest version of QuickTime to view the stream (sorry, but this is the only way I can get one hour of video online without killing the server's disk space allotment).

Posted by ed at 07:41 PM
March 25, 2003
Funk

It all too easy to slip into a funk when you are unemployed and broke. I have to keep focused. Worse is the fact that I have to move right away, since I can only afford to pay next months rent. I hate moving. Luckily I don't have a lot to move, and I never got 'settled in' here, since I was planning on ditching my job as soon as I could. That company sucked. The most unprofessional place I have ever seen. I can't believe they can even run like that.

Anyway, tomorrow Lare and I are going to haul out all the small stuff (or at least what ever will fit in our cars) so there won't be a lot to do later on. That will allow me to just get a small rental truck to haul the furniture (not that there's much of it).

Posted by ed at 06:12 PM
March 21, 2003
Felling dren...! part 2...

Tonight was the last Farscape ever. It was fantastic, and as usual for a season finale, a cliffhanger. The tragedy is that we will never know how things will turn out. I for one am pissed. The SciFi channel had the best sci-fi on television and killed it, without giving it a chance to end gracefully.

Rest in peace, Moya and her crew. Goodbye Farscape...

Posted by ed at 10:44 PM
March 20, 2003
A horse walks into a bar...

The bartender asks 'Why the long face?'

I have no idea why, but I found that tremendously funny. Maybe it's the booze...

Posted by ed at 07:58 PM
So screwed...

Once again I join the ranks of the unemployed. And, worse, didn't get shit for severance. Just vacation/sick time. Nice, eh? Note to self: never, ever, work for companies that started out in the porn industry. There seems to be a prevalent attitude that it's okay to fuck over employees and that doing anything to make a buck, including fucking over employees, is priority one.

Yup, I'm feeling bitter. It's not that I didn't expect this, especially when another programmer got the shaft earlier this week, after all my boss and I never hit it off (his fault, I got treated like shit from day one), plus I was the newest guy. Who do they always fire first? The new guy. In my case I got the shaft second, but I think that's only because I was on vacation earlier this week.

What really gets me is that I didn't have the satisfaction of quitting before they could fire me. I have a job prospect all lined up, and it looks like it could be good, but it is moving slower than I'd hoped. Now I'll have to see if I can get things rolling a bit quicker.

Fuck! The thing that really sucks is that I have to move faster than I would if I had even two weeks severance. Bastards.

Posted by ed at 03:58 PM
March 19, 2003
A wonderful 6 days...

I dropped off Vicki a while ago. We spent 6 wonderful days together, but it doesn't feel like it. It feels like she just got here and then had to go. We had a great time in Santa Barbara with Lare and Brendi, despite the weather. We had a great time sitting around watching movies. We had a great time going to the Getty Center. I wish it could have been longer.

Posted by ed at 06:09 PM
March 13, 2003
That was fast...

Today, that is. Mostly because I had to implement a hash table in a C library I wrote at work. I added the hashing to make looking up error strings that are associated with error codes returned from one of our servers easy. That way whoever uses my C library can get a nice error message with out having to do much work on their end. I hope the bastards appreciate it. It's funny, but this is the first time I've actually had a need for a hash table in C.

Oh, well. You can all go back to what you were doing now...

Posted by ed at 03:15 PM
March 11, 2003
Mmm, doughnut...

The universe may be shaped like a doughnut. Check it out.

Posted by ed at 03:26 PM
Site changes

Let me know if the site behaves funny. I added some filters to the way the site works to keep spam robots and some other nasty internet critters from doing things with the web site. It might cause some browsers problems, but I don't think it'll be a problem. Let me know if it does.

And in the mean time, take a look at this!

Posted by ed at 02:25 PM
Ha! PETA is going to be pissed...

This is apparently a real Nokia commercial spot. Damn, that's funny and fucked up all at the same time.

Posted by ed at 06:58 AM
March 07, 2003
Friday Five

1. What was the last song you heard? I can't remember. I always have a song stuck in my head, regardless of what I last listened to, so it is really hard to tell. I have a Citizen Fish song stuck in there now.

2. What were the last two movies you saw? Akira and Star Wars Episode II

3. What were the last three things you purchased? Train tickets, hotel reservations, and lunch.

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend? Deposit some checks, play hockey, sleep in and eat chili.

5. Who are the last five people you talked to? Brendi, Alex, my sister and Vicki. I talked to Brendi via email, Alex face to face at work, my sis on AIM and Vicki on the phone last night. Scary that I don't really interact with many people face to face. Or maybe not. I don't know.

Posted by ed at 12:51 PM
March 04, 2003
Sometimes I just trip out on life.

Suddenly it looks like things might be changing for me after all. My life is really strange sometimes.

Posted by ed at 08:00 PM
BTW...

Vicki won both of her events at the horse show! She and Aspen looked great. I wish I had some digital pictures to post. It was fun, though it was cold! Brrr!

Posted by ed at 08:56 AM
March 03, 2003
Random thoughts at 28,000 feet...

As I was sitting in the plain, waiting to take off for L.A. after a really nice weekend with Vicki, I had the opportunity to see some snow flakes, up close and personal, right outside my window. I have never had the chance to really look at one up close. They are kind of cool. I remember studying the crystalline pattern in chemistry classes. It was nice to see then for myself.

The other things that I started thinking about was fate, destiny and free will. Is there such thing as free will? Are all actions preordained?

Now, don't think that I mean in the religious way, I'm talking about the question of whether or not the initial event of the Big Bang set in motion a series of events in which all that we know and are are nothing more than a consequence of the initial event.

Or is it that the initial event included, in it's very nature, an element of randomness that is fundamental, such that while the begining event may be known, and even the ultimate fate of the universe may be known, the intervining events are of a random and unknowable nature. This is what I hope, as it means that while the ultimate fate of the universe may be known, it is not possible to predict actions and events on a small scale of time. Therefore, there is a free will, on a small scale (in which Human activities fit quite nicely), and we are all truly free after all.

Of course all this philosophizing just means I need to get off my ass and figure out what to do with my life.

Maybe I should have argued for the fatalistic view of things.

Posted by ed at 08:57 PM