March 3rd, 2007

belize

Sun is shining

Life is relatively good.

... which in general is a pretty safe statement, when you carefully leave the antecedent undefined.

But in any case, it's sunny, and I'll be outside most the day, so things are at present good.

This song is still stuck in my head. So good.
  • Current Music
    Hellogoodbye - Here (In your arms)
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LazyWeb: PulseAudio, Squeezebox, music distribution/sync ...

Dearest Lazyweb,

Long time no talk. How've you been? Good, good.

Question for you... kinda a repeat of one I've asked before...

I want to be able to play music from any computer in the house, and have it sent to four devices, in the house, all synced. The four major devices in the house are:

-- Squeezebox, downstairs: feeds 20-some channel amp for speakers in ceilings.
-- Squeezebox, upstairs: feeds receiver upstairs for good living room speakers
-- Mac, office: pretty good computer speakers (but Mac can run software slim player)
-- Linux box, garage, hooked up to garage speakers (also can run software slim player)

Now, the Squeezeboxes can all sync with each other, but I have to play music from the kinda ghetto web interface, and often I just downloaded something to my mac desktop or somebody brought over their iPod or something, and I can't get the audio into the server to get onto the 4 devices.

So I want, from any location, to inject sound into something that then streams/pushes it to all the Squeezeboxes.

Ideally, I want a place I can plug in an iPod (just the headphone jack) or play music from iTunes in my office, and have it go everywhere.

Bonus points if your solution involves somehow what I hear is the new sexiness, PulseAudio. (finally a soundserver done right? so I read/hear, but of course skeptical.)

For the injecting-from-Mac-desktop side, is there an output sound driver I can switch to on the Mac, that sends the audio data across the network to ... something?

Any solution that involves more computers instantly loses.

Only tangentially related, USB-IP is cool and something I've always wanted, but it was just removed from -mm because of conflicts and lack of maintainership? Sad.

Love always,
Brad

P.S. This LazyWeb question would be better if I knew what I wanted more.
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Motorcycle Riding: Day 1

Back from 5 hours in the sun in a huge parking lot running motorcycle drills. Good times.

It's trippy how far you can lean in corners, how much you can swerve, and just how generally stable they are, even at pretty low speeds. All very impressive.

Even more excited now to go buy one.... I'm thinking Monday. Enough people have been recommending the BMW F650GS as one of their recommended beginner bikes, it looks like what I want (or rather, it doesn't look like something I don't want), and I haven't heard anything against it (anybody?), so why not?

Regarding ABS brakes --- I'm sure a sizable percentage of motorcyclists would abhor such a modern offense to the purity that is traditional braking systems, but would anybody non-religious about the issue give me the pros & cons regarding ABS on a motorcycle? I'm sure one con is that I could get into bad habits with a linked/smart braking system (I assume ABS implies linked?), hindering my ability to ride traditionally-braked bikes? But other than that...? Any major cons? If not, safety comes higher on my list than purity of tradition, and I'm inclined to get the ABS option. Any viewpoints to make me think otherwise?