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Drugs night [Oct. 2nd, 2008|03:09 pm]
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So we were already having a lot of fun when they started passing the drugs around. First a bit of heroin. That was, of course, followed by crack. Then was some old-school powder cocaine. Finally, there was a huge bundle of pot. Of course, it was all in heat-sealed plastic with evidence labels. The citizens' police academy is continuing to be a fun experience. They also passed around an aerosol spray can where the bottom unscrews to reveal a secret compartment (that was previously full of cocaine and cash).
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September 13th, 1999 [Sep. 13th, 2008|07:45 pm]
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It's Space 1999 Day! It's been nine years since the moon broke away from Earth. I just watched another episode.
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Alligator! [Jul. 22nd, 2008|11:26 am]
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They're looking for an alligator in Framingham. How bizarre.
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Vinyl Mathematics [May. 3rd, 2008|11:30 pm]
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So I may have mentioned that for Christmas I received a turntable with a USB port so that I can archive my old vinyl records. As a part of a fund raiser for our church youth group (they're going to The Philippines this summer), I've offered to convert records to CDs. Anyway, I was recording one record today that had a skip--it repeated a section twice, then continued on with the rest of the song. I'm using Audacity to clean up the recordings, but I couldn't find a plugin for correcting skips. Well, I realized that I didn't need a plugin. I set a mark before the start, the calculated the number of samples, set the region size to that size, and hit cut. Now it sounds perfect as if there were never a skip.

(The calculation is rather simple: I'm recording at the default CD-compatible rate of 44.1 KHz, so there are 44100 samples per second. Multiply that by 60, then divide by 33.3333333333, and I have the samples per revolution. Then multiply by the number of times the record skipped back, two in this case, and I know how many samples to extract.)

I am very pleased with myself.
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I know it's spring when... [Apr. 1st, 2008|03:10 pm]
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I don't have a single definition of what marks the start of spring, but I do have several thoughts:

*) The first day that I notice a robin (Sunday, 23 March)

*) The first day when there is no ice on the reservoir on the way to work (Friday, 28 March)

*) The first day I notice buds on the trees (Saturday, 29 March)

*) The first day when the average low temperature is above freezing (Sunday, 30 March)

*) The first day that I notice a robin (Sunday, 23 March)

All-in-all, it seems that spring really is starting close to the equinox this year.
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