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Daniel Kaysen in Interzone #212

jon.dowland.name log - Mon, 01/10/2007 - 10:51pm

In the latest issue of Interzone magazine, author Daniel Kaysen compares being published in IZ as being as significant for an SF author as getting a Peel session was for a musician.

Being a fan of Interzone, Kaysen and indeed Peel, I think this is a pretty accurate comparison.

On the subject of Peel, I was pleasantly suprised to hear him on Radio 1 last night, as part of their 25 year celebration.

Synths

jon.dowland.name log - Sun, 12/08/2007 - 1:52pm

In April this year, Trent Reznor posted the multitrack source for one of the songs from the most recent Nine Inch Nails album. I decided to download it and have a play at remixing/re-arranging things.

I do not play a musical instrument to any standard and I've never had musical training. My only experience in this area is listening to music and occasionally thinking "that bit is good, I don't like this bit, it's a shame they put this bit in" etc.

Tabbed WMs

jon.dowland.name log - Wed, 04/07/2007 - 11:11pm

I moved back to using the ion window manager today (ion2 to be precise). Having tabs in my window manager, I no longer needed them in my web browser, which at the moment is epiphany. I couldn't find a way of disabling them or an extension to do it so I wrote my own.

It's at /code/epiphany/, works for the epiphany in Etch but not in sid: it seems the GNOME people have disabled the "Detach Tab" functionality I was relying on.

Maintaining freedoom is a thankless task

jon.dowland.name log - Sun, 01/07/2007 - 7:34pm

I've been thinking about getting a new freedoom release out for quite a while. It's quite hard to motivate myself to work on it however, as maintaining freedoom is a very thankless task.

Last week, whilst I was away in Edinburgh, I received an e-mail from one "Julian Marchant" asking how FreeDM can be used. This morning I received the following from him:

A week ago, I sent a message to you (see attachment), and I still didn't get a response. I demand that you respond immediately.

Blade Runner Final Cut details

jon.dowland.name log - Sun, 01/07/2007 - 2:11pm

Finally, some information about the upcoming Blade Runner: Final Cut: binary bonsai has all the details.

Also via sf signal, there's a trailer for the release which includes a teaser-shot of the infamous hockey-mask girls scene.

DebConf7

jon.dowland.name log - Sun, 24/06/2007 - 11:40pm

I want to write a blog entry about DebConf but I'm simply lost for words. Thank you to everyone for coming and making it such an incredible two weeks. Thanks to the rest of the orga team for working so hard; thanks to all of the non-orga people who have pitched in and saved the day countless times. For those of you I have not met in person before, it was a pleasure to do so: for those I have, it has been fantastic getting better acquainted.

DebConf7 and the net

jon.dowland.name log - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 9:06pm

DebConf kicks off in less than a week (at least for the organisers) and I still don't have broadband at home. I'm typing this whilst sitting in a furniture shop around the corner from my house, where there are some open wifi points within range, which is what I've had to do for the last three or four IRC meetings and at various points in the weekends.

Organising conferences is hard!

Offline

jon.dowland.name log - Wed, 09/05/2007 - 10:00am

In case you are wondering, I'm mostly offline at the moment: I'm between broadband providers and my new one isn't working yet. I use dial-up occassionally but it's only good enough for me to see the size of my inbox grow at a disturbing rate, and no use for actually reading my email.

Dissident

jon.dowland.name log - Sun, 29/04/2007 - 6:26pm

The "Art is Resistance" Alternate Reality Game recently posted a list of "dissidents, including myself (as jmtd). My case number is apparently 24.24.2.1447.

DFA

jon.dowland.name log - Tue, 03/04/2007 - 2:09pm

I'm well behind the curve here, but Death From Above 1979 is the coolest thing I've heard in a long time.

I'm still here.

jon.dowland.name log - Thu, 29/03/2007 - 12:38pm

I'm still here, despite the lack of activity. A lot has happened and is still happening to me, but I can't write about it without seeming trite, and I can't write about anything else without it looking like I'm ignoring the big issues. So I write nothing.

2006 Reading, Part 2

jon.dowland.name log - Sat, 10/02/2007 - 6:42pm

This is now 2006/2007 reading, I suppose. here's part 1. We are nearly done, although I have enough of a backlog to write a part 3, at least.

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: Good Omens

A very enjoyable collaboration. The first Gaiman book that I've read, but it prompted me to get Anansi Boys and Stardust – the latter of which also carries a glowing recommendation from Susanna Clarke.

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