Sunday, December 29, 2013

december additions

i had to stop ordering records for a while since it was christmas, but i ended up buying some afterwards. check out some of the new additions i scored, mostly purchased locally.

queens of the stone age - s/t

gorguts - colored sands

the chemical brothers - exit planet dust

the chemical brothers - life is sweet

john lennon - live in new york city

led zeppelin - houses of the holy

exhumed - necrocracy

air - moon safari

the guess who - collection

Sunday, November 24, 2013

after work on friday, i ran over to hard copy records and picked up 2 albums:

the chemical brothers - surrender

beastie boys - hello nasty

and as well, when i came home afterward, this record arrived from the UK. been waiting for this one for a little bit but glad it finally came:

the chemical brothers - let forever be

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

new record yeah?

came back from nipigon, went to hard copy records, looked at the new releases and shot the shit with the owners about vinyl and turntables, drove home and found this beastly man on my table.

aphex twin - ...i care because you do

listening to it right now. still fresh vinyl too as thats all i can smell right now!

Friday, November 15, 2013

fresh from the mailbox

check out this badass limitied edition pressing of origin - echoes of decimation. as you can see its a picture vinyl which was partly the reason why i bought it. always though this was the most badass album cover ever. just so tough and brutal.

origin - echoes of decimation

Friday, November 8, 2013

new grabs

so hard copy records opened down the street from me. it is a record store that sells a shit ton of vinyl. i went and checked it out after work as today was their first day of business. i ended up walking out (paying of course) with these 3 records.

beastie boys - check your head

jefferson airplane - surrealistic pillow

babe ruth - first base

couldnt believe they had that babe ruth record...i almost shit my pants when i seen it!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

new grabs

gorgasm - orgy of murder picture vinyl

the prodigy - charly

Sunday, November 3, 2013

new grabs

queens of the stone age - clockwork

the prodigy - poison

empirion - advanced technology

the prodigy - out of space

sony lx300usb turntable

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

new grab

the chemical brothers - block rockin' beats

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

new grabs

aphex twin - xylem tube ep

crooklyn clan - coffee breaks

the prodigy - fire/jericho

the chemical brothers - setting sun

the prodigy - everybody in the place

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

new grabs

aphex twin - come to daddy

the prodigy - wind it up

Saturday, September 28, 2013

starting a small vinyl collection

i decided that instead of blowing my money on stupid electronics (yeah, im pretty bored of them as of late), i am going to buy all of the music that got stolen from me again, but in vinyl format. here's what i have grabbed so far:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nexus 7 and USB OTG: my experiences

this is going to be a long post as there is some backstory to explain.

before christmas 2012, my sister ended up dropping her nexus 7, and as a result, the glass/digitizer had cracked. my mother ended up giving it to me in hopes of me fixing it.

well, when i received the unit, i initially thought that it wasn't a big deal. but after charging and powering on the device, 3/4's of screen would not recognize any touch input. so at this point, what do i do with it? keep it?

keeping it wasn't a bad idea. i searched for replacement digitizers on ebay, hoping to find something good, but i only found overpriced parts. the reason for this is because the glass is fused to the LCD panel. not too happy about that. at this rate, it would make more sense to purchase a new nexus 7 tablet. but i didnt want to.

i'm not the guy to throw something away if it still has use, and that is how i viewed the broken tablet. i am not in a position to drop a bunch of money on a new tablet to make it functional. so, i thought about how i could make use out of the tablet that has a cracked screen and doesnt recognize touch input.

micro usb otg cables have been around for a long time and extend the functionality of your android device. for example, you can plug in a USB flash drive and access the contents from it, or even a USB to ethernet device to have wired connectivity (depends on kernel but reported as working). at the time, i didnt feel like ordering one from amazon because i didnt want to wait for it. i had the urge to experiment right then and there.

i googled up how to create your own micro USB cable, and within a few moments, i had a working cable. i plugged the cable into my personal nexus 7 tablet with my wireless USB keyboard/mouse adapter, and all of a sudden, a mouse cursor appeared. and, as assumed, the keyboard worked great. in fact, i am typing all of this on it right now, on the broken nexus 7 tablet.

ultimately, the cable ended up breaking. but not before i ended up rooting the broken tablet, flashing TWRP, flashing paranoid android v2.54, and finally being able to interact with the OS on the broken tablet for once since i received it. this is awesome. other than the cracked glass preventing touch input, there is nothing wrong with this unit whatsoever.

just now, i took it a step further. i ended up plugging in a usb hub into the (now working) nexus 7 tablet. connected to it was my wireless USB keyboard/mouse adapter, an 8GB USB flash drive, and my external 160GB hard drive. using stickmount, i was successfully able to mount both USB drive and browse the contents to my hearts content. and, with all of this going on, the mouse and keyboard were also working.

so there you have it. i have bigger plans for this unit, but ill cover that later.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Drumming to Song 6

I recorded this a little while ago, but I forgot to upload it here. Enjoy

Weekend Project: XBMC on Android

I just wanted to start out by explaining the purpose and scenario before anyone starts questioning me "Why?".

In my house, I have an ASUS RT-N56U router with custom firmware by Padavan. I have 2 hard drives connected to it, along with a DLNA server so I can access my content on other devices I have in my household. Upstairs, I have a stereo hooked up in my room. Sure, I can playback physical content I may have such as a CD, but I prefer to stream FLAC rips of my music through the network. Previously, I had an old small form-factor PC with XBMC hooked up to the stereo and used my Nexus 7 to control it and play my digital content through the speakers. This setup works and there is nothing wrong with it. However, I questioned the power usage of the PC; I don't really frequent this room often and the PC is left on.

My next thought was "Can I use XBMC on my Nexus 7 to act as the hub to access my content I have on my router?". You may be thinking "What is the point of that if your router already broadcasts your content via DLNA?". See the following scenarios:

ROUTER <-> PC <-> STEREO = my previous setup. PC with XBMC sees all content on router and plays no problem

ROUTER <-> ?? <-> STEREO = obviously won't work as I need a PC or device to plug into the stereo to play music

ROUTER <-> N7 <-> STEREO = same scenario as the first

So I planned it all out. I downloaded the XBMC for Android build and installed it on my Nexus 7 and within a few moments, it was set up. All of my other devices could see the XBMC client on the Nexus 7. Awesome. But now you have to add content. You can do this easily through XBMC. Find your content that is shared through the network and XBMC will add it. I took a different approach however. I also use CifsManager to set up mapped drives locally on my Nexus 7. I used CifsManager to added my music content as a local drive with no issues, then headed over to XBMC and provided a local path to the network drive.

Now for testing. Plugging the Nexus 7 into the stereo and playing back music worked just fine. But I don't want to have to get up and change the song every time. I forgot to mention that I also have a Samsung Hercules (SGS2X T989D) with an XBMC controller app. Opened that up, configured it to see my Nexus 7 and everything worked great after that.

Yes, I have 2 devices broadcasting the same libraries. It is pointless. But for upstairs in the stereo room, it is my only way to get this setup to work. My next project will be doing a PXE boot from the network, controlled by an Android device.