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Hi, I'm Deborah, I live in , Australia. I am a Gen X parent to and which I toot about liberally.

I am the sysadmin at a plastics company. You can follow the saga at (or mute if you're just here for the pets).

I write short stories at @FutzleFiction, posting 2-3 times weekly, with a SF theme.

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Interests: textile arts including quilting, crochet, embroidery; maps, word puzzles, board games, sf; music, especially synthesizers; pets.

I always CW these topics: food, medical, politics, eye contact. I always provide image descriptions.

I block users who post: white supremacy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-vaccine views, far-right political views, porn (including loli porn).

I don't tend to follow back accounts that are heavy on FOSS or libertarian content, but I won't block you.

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Followers: if you follow me, I'll check out your profile. Users with no profile and no posts will find themselves blocked. (If your posts are set to followers-only, I suggest interacting with me first.) If I see boosts or conversations in your timeline that make me feel unsafe, I will block you.

i need someone who owns a PC-98 right now, it's very important, if you know someone who owns one or you own one yourself, please get in contact #pc98

TIL service pups watch movies in theaters as part of their training

Music creation 

That's probably as good as I'll get with acoustic guitar synthesis on the Kronos without resorting to samples. What it's missing is the guitar body acoustics, though I see there are VST plugins for impulse responses that I could run on my DAW. Also fret noise is something that I don't think the synthesis engines can simulate; there certainly doesn't seem to be much published research on it.

Anyway, it'll do. The guitar part is just part of the band, it'll blend in.

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Music creation 

New version: louder guitar slaps, more drawn out strums, some of the notes are dead notes. Much happier with this.

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My partner, who moved here from Canada in 1998, and knows almost nothing of the sport*, recognizes Australian men’s cricketers’ faces better than I do.

<Story about cricket comes on muted TV> “Oh, look, there’s Justin Langer.”

How do you _do_ that?

* She cannot correctly name one fielding position in cricket without using the word “silly” incorrectly. Actual example: “silly leg off”.

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Listed the wavestate on eBay. 😢

Saw an Integra-7 listed there, in my city, for a good price. 😲

Lazyweb, talk me into, or out of, buying this.

Music creation 

Putting it all together... Eight bars of synthesized strummed acoustic guitar.

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is the future forward or backward?
if we have an appointment, and i move it from 1pm to 2pm have i moved it

Auspol, auspoll [Poll] 

Make a prediction! How many of the newly elected “teal” independents will fall foul of Section 44 within 12 months, forcing a by-election?

Music creation 

Also working on a guitar body slap (with FM synthesis, of all things). It’s tricky because it needs to be tonal but not too tonal. Drawing on my limited knowledge of drum synthesis here, which I suppose a guitar body is, if you squint. I must say that the FM synthesis module on the Kronos (MOD-7) is tedious to program compared with the ease of their more recent opsix synth.

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Further progress: added a second layer with a much sharper and shorter atonal pluck, to correspond to hard fingernails on the back of the right hand striking the string. Now I’ve got the brash brightness of a proper folk guitar being strummed. Am faking sympathetic resonance with the STR-1 feedback feature, which is intended to give you those delicious distorted electric guitar metal screams, but turned down to 10% it does give the illusion of resonance.

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Thanks for everyone’s advice; I got a replacement battery from Macfixit and installed it in about half an hour. The old battery is now a fire hazard and I will be taking it straight to a recycling centre. (CW for engineering cringe potential.)

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I have made a weird musical instrument. It is some kind of electronic just intonation kalimba I guess? With stars?

For those who can’t see the results: 154 votes, 55% yes I’ve tripped, 45% no, I’ve never tripped.

This is very educational. I am of the 45% and I assumed that my cohort was an overwhelming majority of people. But no! Shoelaces are a hazard to many! If you are of the 45% and you wear shoes with laces, it’s only a matter of time.

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Music creation 

Trying to make a plausible strummable guitar sound on the Kronos. Partway there. Plucked strings in the STR-1 synthesis engine, with appropriate damping and dispersion, gets the downbeat fairly well, but palm damping and dead notes are important in strummed rhythms, also there’s the small matter of the guitar’s resonant body. In the back of my head there’s also six-string monophony and sympathetic resonance. Trying to avoid using samples, to make it a challenge.

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