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Music update: Ocarina of Time

This one isn’t new, but it’s still fun. Remember the music that plays in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time when you ride into the Gerudo Valley, where the bandit village lies? Ever wanted to hear it pumped up with a bit more energy?

Gerudo Wall Thumper (Ocarina of Time)

Made in Reason.  I found a MIDI file online and used it to get the raw notes and timing.  I re-arranged the instrument sections, completely replaced the percussion, and changed the rhythm of the bass line in some portions.  And of course the finishing touches in the engineering/mixing end of things.

(Again, this is podcast safe, and re-distribution is fine by me.)

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Gerudo Wall Thumper by Devvyn Murphy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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daily tweets

  • 08:33 All that work I've been putting off on my client's web site? Yeah, now I have to use my day off and cram. :( #
  • 00:14 I forgot what a great show "Queer as Folk" is. Watching season one. #
  • 22:28 Trying to taste the real world, we grasp at specks of it, creating our own truths to keep ourselves anchored in disparate pockets of sanity. #
  • 21:43 OMG! Reese TV ad features music by Plone! It's "Plaything" from the 1998 Warp Records compilation "We Are Reasonable People." How obscure! #
  • 09:48 I wish I could say snow in May in Saskatoon is an anomaly. twitpic.com/55mue #
  • 23:44 Because I'm still trying to catch up to this season's episodes, I will stab anyone who talks about Lost finale. Stab them in the nose. #
  • 23:02 Star Trek movie spoiler: super-hot love scene between young Spock and brash, rebellious Kirk, like something out of a fangirl slashfic. #
  • 22:59 Given how little mental energy I've put into finding a mate/date, I sometimes wonder why I still have a profile on plentyoffish.com. #
  • 22:48 Just joined a twibe. Visit twibes.com/FurryFandom to join #
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Incoherent TV ad - Subway

As someone who rarely watches TV anymore, I feel I don't have the television "culture" in my head (anymore) to use as a baseline for what "works" as an advertising message in the popular sense. For example, I saw an which could be summarized as follows:

Scrabble tiles land on a sterile white surface in front of the viewer and jiggle around to form misspelled phrases. I was so distracted by the misspellings I didn't catch the wording but it had something to do with putting a dollar sign after the word "million" to specify it refers to cash. I think it was a rhetorical question. The tiles vanish and a 3-D cartoon monkey comes out in a giant robotic suit and screams "there's millions to win!" or something of the sort. Dolly out to an oversized drink cup branded with the Subway logo, surrounded by hundreds of metallic CGI dollar signs, once again on a sterile white surface.

WTF?

So, I don't get the significance of the monkey in a mech, and I don't understand why "word" appeared as "wrod" or why "read" was "raed". Can someone fill me in?

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PHP came with Mac OS X 10.5?

Apparently Mac OS X 10.5 comes with the PHP module installed on the Apache web server.  The “Web Sharing” option in System Preference actually switches on a pre-installed, full-fledged web server.  I’ve known about the web server for a while, but it’s pretty cool that I didn’t have to install the PHP module.

What this is all about is I wanted to use PHP to do server side includes so I didn’t have to update as many files when I make changes to my client’s sites, but I wanted to preview the pages while I worked on them.  The best solution was to preview the files through the Sites folder on my Mac by steering my browser to http://127.0.0.1/.  The Mac is now my test server!

It wasn’t working at first, though.  I had to look up some tutorials on the subject to find out how to edit the appropriate configuration files.  I went one step further and installed Webmin so I can spend less time manually editing configuration, which are annoying because they’re hidden files in hidden folders so unless I want to force Finder to show hidden files, I have to use Terminal to open the file.

On top of all that work I had somehow broken my web sharing without realizing it.  I did a port scan and found Privoxy answering port 80 instead of apached.  For the life of me I don’t know how that got there.  Once that was gone, port 80 was closed even though System Preferences showed it still open.  I checked console logs and discovered that somehow I’d lost the directory apached was trying to save log files to.  I also had no configuration file (there used to be a default one) for my user account.

When all was said and done I got it working and the whole experience has given me a better idea of how web servers work.  It was actually kind of fun.

Originally published at Devvyn.com. You can comment here or there.

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daily tweets

  • 13:49 Heading out on my new bike to meet a friend downtown for coffee. #
  • 20:06 At my friend's house, working on web site. #
  • 23:09 Playing Gaia Online zOMG. #
  • 02:25 www.tw3t.com/f/3mu #
  • 03:11 Gaia Online my contain suggestive themes. www.tw3t.com/f/3mw #
  • 03:44 Running WebKit nightly build. I'm on the bleeding edge of browser sanity. #
  • 05:23 Going to sleep. I'm making too many mistakes. #
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  • 15:41 Hanging out with my brother along 8th St. #
  • 21:50 Helped a friend move and got a delicious BBQ dinner! #
  • 23:03 If anyone following me on Twitter has met me, let me know so I can follow you back. I see a lot of suspiciously familiar new users. #
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  • 12:41 @NayoNapalm I could probably mail you some if you wanted. e-Mail me if you're interested. #
  • 12:42 Working on my new client's web site. #
  • 18:37 Can anyone recommend a Mac text/HTML editor that completes tags and highlights markup? There are good ones for Linux, but Mac? #
  • 18:53 @roguecnidarian It looks like TextWrangler will do the trick. Thanks! :-) #
  • 21:11 @solipsistic Beg the network to un-cancel Arrested Development? #
  • 21:33 Watching Venture Bros. Season 3 on DVD with my brother. #
  • 00:29 @solipsistic I hope that rumour is true. I miss Arrested Development. A movie would be sweet! #
  • 00:40 @roguecnidarian I agree. Microsoft Word format needs to retire for distribution. HTML or PDF is pretty universally accepted. #
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First web client & “alternative” health pseudosciences

Well, I have my first client in my new casual web development business.  A friend of mine referred one of his previous clients to me and so now I’ve taken over.  He’s an alternative health practitioner in Saskatoon.  I have a pretty skeptical attitude about things like homeopathy, iridology, Ayurveda, acupuncture, magnet therapy, astrology, herbalism and naturopathy.  That’s not to say I outright deny all benefits of following these treatment modalities, it’s just that I’m way more convinced by the scientific method when it comes down to demonstrating efficacy.  Homeopathy and astrology in particular are so far fetched I doubt there will ever be empirical evidence to support them. (Note: in true pretentious asshole fashion I’ve linked each pseudoscience to statements criticizing them.)

I don’t want to start an emotional debate about alternative health philosophies.  I’m also not claiming to be a fountain of unquestionable knowledge.  I think you should look at some (preferably objective) viewpoints and seriously criticize them, and look for holes that can’t be filled.  Start by digging around in the skeptical community, who pride themselves in critical thinking.  Skeptics can be persuaded to change their minds, it’s just that they can actually decide what it would take to convince them, whereas “true believers” are pathologically averted to losing their grip on their own pre-established beliefs.

Recommended critical thinking podcasts: Skeptic’s Guide 5×5, The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, and Skeptoid.

Nonetheless, getting my hands on HTML again is kind of fun, and this is a paid job.  Considering I’m not employed full time, this is nice for me.  I’ll just have to be professional and non-judgemental if I want to take this seriously.  I can separate my feelings from my work, so this should be fine.

Originally published at Devvyn.com. You can comment here or there.

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daily tweets

  • 11:20 Meeting with my first potential web client. An alternative health practitioner. Ugh. #
  • 13:30 Meeting went well. Looks like I have my first web site client. He's already trying to refer others to me for additional projects. #
  • 13:31 @Ekevoo I decided to fight the urge to challenge the efficacy of his rampant pseudoscientific modalities. I'm being polite and professional. #
  • 14:57 With city transit the way it is I think a bike is a necessity, so I bought one. [?] #
  • 19:22 Rode my bicycle home from the bike shop. It feels so good to have my own transportation again. I feel more complete now. #
  • 21:27 Eating and relaxing at Prairie Ink with my mom and a friend. Spinach, goat cheese and fig salad with a roibos tea. #
  • 00:27 I wish I had contact with some Saskatoon furs so I could give away some of my furry books and comics. I have enough already! #
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  • 17:30 Playing ITG2 at the campus Cove with a friend. Seem to be having an "off" day. #
  • 20:23 Playing Gaia online zOMG. #
  • 22:12 Learning Objective C so I can develop iPhone and Mac OS X apps. #
  • 22:14 @Ekevoo Biking/rowing will get your cardio strength up before endurance running gets comfortable. I'm a weak runner but strong cyclist. #
  • 22:16 @PaulChavady I feel Twitter is underrated as a social medium, and it's more fun when you have a network going. #
  • 22:16 @NayoNapalm Does your tummy also smell the way plasticine feels? #
  • 22:27 @roguecnidarian "Pinky and the Brain" had some fairly high-reaching humour for a "kids" cartoon, didn't it? #
  • 22:41 @PaulChavady Ehhh, my comment about Twitter being fun when more people follow and are followed came from you getting your GF to join. #
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