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I've recorded one of my DJ practice sessions. It's pretty basic, no advance techniques or effects used. Comments and critique are welcome.

Click to download.

Song List:
Billy Daniel Bunter & Peacemaker ft. Niki Mak - Love Will Not Die (Sc@r Remix)
Junior & The New Generation - Tears Fall (Slipmatt & Mike Modulate Remix)
Billy Daniel Bunter & CLSM ft. Leah Symons - My Desire (Original Hardcore Mix)
UK Hardcore - Step Up 2 The Next Level (Squad-E Remix)
Gammer - Body Flow (Original Mix)
Seduction & Joey Riot - Work It - Re-Work
Hixxy, Sy & Unknown - The Clit Commander

I am aware that the mixing at 19:18 isn't too great. Got distracted. c.c
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As you may recall I got myself a new bike back in August and I still love it to bits. Granted it's a heavy beast but it's beautiful to ride and given it's construction it will probably out-live me.

Though it's current use is for leisure, and I would like to use it for commuting (when I'm fit enough to do the 20 mile round trip each day), I did choose that particular bike for one plain and simple reason; survival.

The bicycle has proven time and time again to be a fantastic vehicle, world militaries making use of it up to 1993, and well worthy of consideration as, frankly, the best BOV[1] and the only sustainable method of transport in any sort of WROL[2] scenario.

I will go over my though processes that led me to my decision that bicycles are the best BOVs for temperate to tropical climates with low-to-mid gradient terrain in a follow up post, but I don't want to tangent too far from the topic at hand.

Given that I might want to haul a lot of gear on my bike I decided to look into panniers[3]. I had got two pannier bags when I purchased my bike, but when I got home I discovered that the rack on my bike is too big for the hooks on most panniers. This led to slight modifications, and though they work wonderfully they aren't what I want; hard panniers.

I've spent a few moments here and there over the last couple of months looking at hard panniers that fit into the following criteria:
1) Price cap at £50 per pannier.
2) Must fit the rack.
3) Must have a minimum capacity of 20L each.

I did find some online, but they were either too small, too expensive, and none of them gave dimensions of the attachting mechanism.

Then I recalled that [livejournal.com profile] avagdu had produced a video about using 5 gallon square buckets as panniers, bolting them directly to the frame. I liked the idea of using cheapish plastic containers to carry items but those buckets were too wide for my liking; I wanted something that didn't increase the total width of my bike.

Then, last night, I was talking to Iron Angel in the R4nger5 IRC channel about this and whilst trying to find something through random Google searches I discovered the answer; plastic jerry cans. Two 25L jerry cans, with the proper modifications, would work perfectly, and they're bloody cheap and sturdy.

The current plan is to remove the top of the cans just below the handle and spout, attach mounts to the outside (reinforced and sealed) and add some sort of cover. I'm also assuming that they will need some form of bracing to prevent them from warping due to weight.

I'll have another week off from work in just after New Years Day, so I shall set about making them at that point.

Footnotes
1. Bug Out Vehicle: A method of transportation designed to get one from point A to B (B being a safe location) during a period of time where staying in A would be dangerous.
2. Without Rule of Law: A period of time that succeeds an event that changes life for the majority of human civilisation, most commonly assumed to be a perioud of strife and challenge for those that survive the initial event.
3. Panniers: Bags or containers that attach to a specially mounted rack over the front/rear wheels.

More Vinyl

Oct. 25th, 2011 03:06 pm
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Last night I had a look around and saw that Iron Maiden's album "The Final Frontier" has been released as a limited edition 12" LP, so I made it my job today to find that LP.

Luckily enough my first stop, Jumbo Records (an independant music store in Leeds) had it in stock. I snapped that up rather quickly along with a copy of Street Sounds Nu Electro vol.2.





Earlier I'd had a notion that the quality of music on the turntable was meh because of the stylus, and when I took it off I saw that it was caked in gunk and the cartridge was rusted. I bought a new cartridge and stylus from Jumbo Records too and it's made a huge difference!

The actual LPs for The Final Fronter look incredible too! Each side has album artwork printed on it. :D



Currently I'm listening to the Nu Electro record. Fantastic ch00nage. :D
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I absolutely adore cooking and I'm really still learning. A lot of recipies call for allowing things to "Simmer. Stir occasionally", but when I ever did that the food would stick and burn to the bottom of the pan unless I stirred constantly, which pissed me off no end.

This problem has been almost entirely solved by switching to using a copper-bottom stock pot over a saucepan! I picked one up from Argos on Friday and made a chili using it this evening, which came out so much better than ever before. The meat is so tender and the veg nice and soft!

This is one of the simple bits of culinary knowledge that I had such a hard time discovering as it seemed that everywhere took that simmering was something everyone knew. The same can be said for other things, like dicing onions and other veg.
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Apparently this film isn't out over here until Wednesday, but I guess that someone didn't inform Vue Cinemas as I was able to book a ticket and watch a screening this morning.

I've been a fan of Hergé's series of comic books The Adventures of Tintin, having read many of the comics in their 90s printings and having watched The Adventures of Tintin, produced by Ellipse and Nelvana, every week when I was growing up.
As soon as I saw the trailer for this film on YouTube I got seriously excited. Not only was it being remade by Spielberg and Jackson but Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish were writing it.

Deciding to go to the cinema to see it was a pretty last minute decision. I saw a picture on Twitter from the premiere of the film of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell, which reminded me that the film was due out. I immediately looked up times and bought a ticket to see it today. I wouldn't usually do this as I've fallen out of favour with the movie going experience due to the rudeness of other patrons, plus not being able to smoke, but I knew I had to see this.

I don't regret it either. This film is a fantastic and faithful adaptation of the first three Tintin books. The mocap CG was beautifully done, leading me to double-take a few times because of the incredible amount of detail used. Hergé's art style was kept in the character designs, which I loved, and the effects were never over the top. The actors were fantastic in their respective roles and the writing brought all three books togtether quite well in it's 107 minute run time.
There were also numerous nods and homages to the comics and previous works on Tintin, which made me smile.

I would really reccomend this if you've a liking of Tintin at all. Spielberg and Jackson seem to have an amazing chemistry that reminds me of when Spielberg was working with Lucas on the first three Indiana Jones films, and it really shows in how beautiful this film is.



In other news I decided to pick up a copy of Metal Hammer, a monthly Heavy Metal music magazine, on Saturday whilst on my way to work. I hadn't really looked at the cover until I got on the train and then saw what was inside it... a 10" record of Machine Head's song Locust (YouTube).



This massively surprised me. I was not expecting to have a record as a cover freebie with a magazine. Unfortunately I didn't have a record player to play it on, but a quick trip to Cash Generator sorted that problem. I picked up one that has a USB connection for audio transfer to a computer for £15!



I've yet to hook it up to a proper amp (will probably use my Fisher CA-224), but it sounds pretty awesome through the headphone socket on the front of the player. I look forward to hearing how it sounds through some nice speakers!
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This journal post is a just a quickie, as requested by [livejournal.com profile] tilt_longtail.

I don't have any funny pictures to hand, but you can have the group photo taken at the end of Thursday night's game of 2.8 Hours Later, a zombie-themed game of Escape and Evade which takes place across a city centre.



This weekend's game was in my home town of Leeds, so I roped my other R4nger5 [related entries here] comrades into this to see if we could apply our survival skills, strategic knowledge, and teamwork to a simulated apocalypse situation.

The four of us at the back are the R4nger5 in the group, we were the ones who survived in our eight-person group. ;D

I'll try and write up a report of the game tomorrow for posting here and to G+.
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The music from games made for the Commodore Amiga line of computers played a huge part of my childhood, and some tracks still get my toes tapping. Microprose Formula One Grand Prix is one of those, which a fantastic variation on Fleetwood Mac's song "The Chain", which has been used for the BBC Formula One coverage for as long as I can remember.



Just fantastic. <3

X-COM RPG

Sep. 7th, 2011 07:58 pm
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I'm going to be running an X-COM RPG via Skype once every three weeks, on a Thursday evening.

If anyone wants in, leave a comment. We're doing character generation tomorrow evening.
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Does anyone know how to clean tacky gunk off 3½" floppies disks? I've been rooting around in some Amiga disks I got from eBay and some of them are unusable due to the said tacky gunk.



It looks like some kinda cola residue.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
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On Christmas Day 1990 my passion for computers was born. I was a wee seven year old, and under the tree was a rather large box, wrapped up in festive paper, with my name written on it.

I at once knew what it was... )

MEDIBOT!

Aug. 25th, 2011 07:50 pm
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Spamming another video again, but this is another Look Around You remix that's just too awesome to pass up! :D

Meh-Di-Bot?

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So I got myself a new bike a few weeks ago, as part of the Cycle2Work scheme.



More Pics Within... )
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I always prefered Machadaynu to the other songs on Music 2000. Nice to see a remix. :D

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I really need to update this more often. I have got a permanent account after all. :3

In the mean time, have a meme!


I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!




How rare. :3
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[livejournal.com profile] jennavixen and I got back from ConFuzzled 2011 yesterday. We're still feeling pretty beat-up from it and I seem to have contracted some kind of Con Crud, my back aches, and I had a little PCD breakdown yesterday.

Sometimes I wonder why I give my time up to working conventions; it is a pretty thankless (other than the general "Thanks to staff") job that we do but I was reminded exactly why I keep doing this. I have fun working with the other staff members and love to see the smiles on the faces of the attendees as they enjoy themselves.

This is the eighth time I've working Operations for a convention and I guess I'm fully settled now; wouldn't give it up for anything. I'd love to thank each staff member and volunteer here individually but I'd probably get slated for circle-jerking. I will say however that my brain is starting to associate my fellow staff members with something akin to family; it's always a pleasure to see them and work with them.

Thank you folks.

Though I didn't really get to attend any panels or events that I wasn't directly involved with I still had an epic time. There was one thing that was kinda stupid though; during SkaPup and I's Rock/Metal set on Saturday night a fursuiter (I know who it is but wont mention it here) burst in through the door marked "No Entry" (marked so because of the audio kit and cables there) and flashed a sign which read "<3 SWOLF" in our faces before running down to the dance floor and doing the same to everyone dancing there. Ska and I had a good chuckle at how asinine and immature it was.
For those who don't know, Swolf and I/Ska DJ at the same time on the Saturday of the con. He does electronic music and I/Ska do metal, rock, punk and ska, this gives the attendees a choice of musical styles to enjoy. Both Swolf and I/Ska had similar numbers each and there's no animosity between all of us and we both work together to make sure each other's sets work without drowning each other out (Huge thanks to Ceil, Fermi, Blackwolf and the rest of the Dance team for sorting out the levels perfectly!).
So yeah, we weren't upset by this but laughed hard at how stupid it was. The fursuiter could have ended up tripping and hurting themselves too coming in through that door.

I also want to give big thanks to those I got to chill and chinwag with, even if it was for a few seconds.

Roll on ConFuzzled 2012! :D
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I'm becoming more and more convinced that possibly the most reliable form of transport for a post SHTF* situation is a bicycle. They can carry much more weight than a single person can by using panniers and bags, can be hooked up with a trailer for extra haulage, don't require a license, and are pretty damn easy to maintain and repair. As such I'm planning on converting this bike into a full on Bug Out Bike.

What does this entail? Well not much in fairness.

Firstly there is a little repair work that needs doing.

  • I need to shorten the chain. The chain seems to have been replaced at some point and wasn't set to the correct length as such it's way too slack.

  • I'd like to replace the front shocks with rigid forks. Much less to go wrong and easier to ride long distances.

  • I should give the bike a good thorough clean, but that can wait until I've got a week free to give the frame and forks a new paint job of Olive Drab Krylon.

  • The gear shifters definitely need replacing. Right now I have to fiddle to switch down gears.

  • The current wheels need truing, especially the rear one. I'll probably do that today before work.



Aside from maintenance there are some "accessories" that I'd like.

  • 36 spoke touring wheels or 40 spoke tandem wheels. These are much stronger than the standard wheels and will allow much more weight.
  • Racks front and back with two panniers for each. Ideally the front two panniers will be 10L each and the rear ones 20L each, giving me 60L of storage across them without having to use the top of either rack, which can have other larger bags strapped across them. My current BOB (Bug Out Bag) is 45L and comfortably carries my camping gear for three days. 60L will take that and bike spares with no problems.

  • Mudguards. I'd like to replace the current one which is attached to the downtube with one that actually fits over the front wheel. This can't be done until I put rigid forks on. A mudguard on the back would be good too, but both have to work with the racks.

  • A nice sturdy trailer. After the SHTF this bike is going to become my primary mode of transport for myself and equipment/supplies. Being able to carry more is a good thing.



So yeah, not much that I want to do but I still reckon it'll take me a while.

*SHTF may not actually happen. YMMV.
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As planned I didn't cycle to the work directly. I cycled two miles to Leeds Rail Station and then took a train to Wakefield and cycled the rest of the way. It only took me 10 minutes to do two miles, which I am very happy with.

I'm really not fit enough to do the entire journey but I'm going to keep practicing.
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I got my bicycle on Monday and had the chance to take some pictures today.

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There are a few problems with it, namely the gear shifters (early Shimano triger shifters) aren't as reliable as I'd like (shifting down is a bit problematic) and the rear wheel today slipped out of place whilst I was riding it. I stayed on my bike but until I can get a spanner (Thursday) to sort out the rear wheel the bike is unusable.

Other than that it's pretty solid. The saddle is a little painful to sit on and I'd prefer to replace the shocks with straight forks, but I'll get to that later.
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[livejournal.com profile] avagdu pointed me to the FreeRadical by Xtracycle, which converts a normal bike (without rear shocks) into a long tail bike that can be used for cargo. Freaking awesome. :D

Bicycle

Apr. 13th, 2011 07:41 pm
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Recently I've been thinking about getting a bicycle again. I'm getting more and more peeved off with public transport in this area and I can't really afford to run a car or a motorbike, so a bicycle is looking like the best option.

It will allow me to get to work on time without having to fight with public transport, plus it should make me fitter in the long run. I should end up doing 16-18 miles every 24 hours.

Though I'm hoping to get a cheap 2nd hand one in the next week I may have the option to get a brand new one and kit through the cycle2work program, if my employer takes part this year (should know in June/July).

This also kinda plugs into my survival prep mindset... )

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