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April 25, 2006

More on Lordi

Well, looks like a lot of Finns are uncomfortable with the band they picked for Eurovision. I think they shouldn't be worrying - I think that their Eurovision pick shows a great sense of humour and a pleasant change from the usual insipid crap that gets to the contest. In fact, I'm going to stick a tenner on Lordi just for a laugh.

One thing about the linked article that struck me as odd is this:

Finns are so uncomfortable with themselves, says Alexander Stubb, a Finnish member of the European Parliament, that when they meet someone for the first time, they stare at their own feet. Then, after 10 years of friendship, they stare at the other person's feet.

In fact, the Finnish person I know best attempts to chin me whenever he meets me. Maybe that's just me though.

Posted by Jonah at 2:57 PM | Comments (1)

April 9, 2006

Mixxx - FOSS Atomix

I like to use Atomix when I'm using a Windows machine to DJ because it's rock solid stable and intuitive enough to figure out after about a minute sat at it. OK, I had to pay for my copy but for me it was worth it since I've had literally months of fun out of it for that intial, what, 30 Euros? (Looks) Fuck me, that's gone up a bit since I bought it!

I've been looking for a rough equivalent for OS X for a while now since I prefer using a Mac, and until I get this I'm not gonna be running Atomix on my Mac any time soon. I had a dabble with Dekstasy, which in fact does not piss on the payware Atomix, mostly due to a clunky and difficult to use interface and the fact that you need to import every track you want to play into a "crate" in advance. Since this involves analysing each track to get the bpm this is quite time consuming (especially with a large music collection) and there's no just spotting a track you like and dragging it to the deck a la Atomix.

So, anyway, I googled a bit more and ran across Mixxx, an open source mp3/ogg/whatever dj/mixing program. Since it's open source it'll work if you're on Windows, OS X or (gawd love you) Linux. At first glance it seems to offer pretty much equivalent functionality to Atomix, and since it's Free, you can just rock on up to someone's PC at a party, install it and run rampant through their mp3 collection without all that teedious mucking about with activation keys or analysing bpm.

I've only been playing with it for about 20 minutes, so I can't vouch for its stability or anything but so far it's been a lot of fun to use. Try it, you might like it!

Posted by Jonah at 2:03 AM

April 7, 2006

MacBook as a gaming PC

Well, if what websnark says about running games on a MacBook with Boot Camp is true then I may never have to buy another Windows laptop ever again. Which is nice.

Posted by Jonah at 8:34 AM

April 5, 2006

Pimp My (Mum's) Ride

Anybody want to buy a campervan?

Posted by Jonah at 6:36 PM