ear problems 

Spent the last week or so without any hearing in my right ear thanks to a mysterious infection & swelling. Not sure how it happened, but it staggers me how much of my happiness depends on sound. Hopefully the antibiotics do their thing soon; the weird digestive issues they've brought on are bad, but not _as_ bad as temporarily losing the ability to follow my hobbies and obligations. On the bright side, I've found all sorts of new things to read.

Intense tech-related brainfart 

Figured it was a good day to purge the cursed Ubuntu setup and move on with life. dd the replacement install image onto a small USB stick, partition the target drive, install. Oh dear, this is installing very slowly. Uh oh, why am I out of disk space? Reboot. Menu appears, but "Install" option is no longer available. Post-mortem: My inner genius managed to (partly) install NetBSD to the install media itself. You can install it on anything, but eh, not like this.

Back injury 

It speaks volumes that the worst part of doing my back was that I couldn't physically access my laptop or desktop (study's a mess) for two days. Managed to get the laptop out this morning aaand now my back's in even worse shape. Not the most brilliant manoeuvre, in hindsight.

It only took me 4 years, but I finally found a wholesome use for the Pi! Desktop needed some sort of stable wifi, the Pi has it onboard... it was a bit of a juggling act to set it up as a bridge (via ssh, switching between physical and wireless), but the process was worth its weight in "problem solving dollars". Often I'd be problem solving behind the scenes in a live entertainment environment, but in regional Vic it's just not happening anymore, so folks like me have to make our own problems.


Visual representation of what happens when you try to program soundwaves using C's math.h, without a solid grasp of things like "mathematics" or "programming". The original sinusoid turned out great, writing the wave file header was easy enough, but figuring out how to apply amplitude envelopes took a detour into "re-inventing the Etch-a-Sketch" country.

Got up super early tonight, and I'm happy to report that it did in fact cause me to become healthy, wealthy AND wise!

However, it happened sequentially and each personal quality was overwritten by the next, so I'm just "wise". Well, I'm having tim tams for breakfast at half past 1 in the morning, so it's more of a subjective wisdom. The important thing is it's a weird trick and doctors hate it.

Woke up at 20:30 AEST. What's my secret? Programming.

New to this whole platform, so short introduction:
* australian
* mostly beard
* proud keeper of a pug
* musician of questionable ability
* big fan of using Linux for audio production
* not really sure how this thing works
* asterisks everywhere


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