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My introduction to Light Jockeying and behind the scenes of a commercial nightclub

For as long as I’ve been going to gigs and clubbing, I’ve always been curious about Light Jockeying and VJing. I decided to investigate further, and got in touch with an old friend from school who works part time light jockeying at a local nightclub. Technical Details A light jockey is someone who operates the lighting...

Mixed bag of updates!

I’ve neglected this blog for a bit I admit! Lots has gone on so I’ll summarise what’s been going on since August. Australia: I returned from my trip to Australia in late August – sadly I hadn’t had much luck finding industry specific work in Melbourne and had to take the difficult decision to cut it...

Sizecoding PHP for no particular reason

Sizecoding isn’t just for the demoscene. You may have seen the wonderful JS1K competitions or perhaps many of the 4k entries from various demoparties including most famously Elevated by RGBA + TBC (YouTube). I can’t code. I keep saying that but for some reason I like to play around with PHP, making simple scripts for...

CIFS / Samba (Windows style network sharing) over VPN / SSH Experiences

Cheap, un-managed dedicated and virtual servers are now a commodity online. You can get a Linux VPS (128MB / 15GB / OpenVZ) for around £7 per year from the likes of BuyVM, or you can opt for a basic dedicated server (2GB / 500GB / Linux) from OVH for around £40 per year. It’s never...
Incredible value home Hi-Fi on the cheap with Tripath amplifiers

Incredible value home Hi-Fi on the cheap with Tripath amplifiers

Sometimes I come across something that’s too good to keep to myself – and Tripath amplifiers are one of them. Typically these days home audio has pretty much moved completely away from systems based on separates (Tape deck, CD Player, Amplifier, Radio and Turntable) to dock arrangements, or possibly home theater amplifiers paired with a...
Preparing for a big job hunt

Preparing for a big job hunt

I haven’t lost the blog mojo… I’ve just a little change in circumstances so I’m preparing for an all out job hunt in Melbourne! Speaking to recruiters in early May was a bit disheartening – according to them, most positions that come up get around 70 applicants so it’s a real fight to get work...
More on my hearing...

More on my hearing…

While I’m the current situation of having one ear not working at peak condition and the other being totally fine, I figured I could have some fun and make an unscientific demonstration of how bad one ear is compared to the other by using a multiband EQ and a bright sound sample in Renoise. I...
Get your ears checked and cleaned! Seriously!

Get your ears checked and cleaned! Seriously!

(Warning, if you are grossed out easily you might want to skip this!) Yesterday my semi-annual bout of ear-blockage decided to return in the middle of the Australian winter. Having gone to task with a few Q-Tips and not faring well, I figured the best thing I could do is at least see how much...
What's going on with Sundown 2013?

What’s going on with Sundown 2013?

Sundown will return once again this year from the 6th – 8th of September in the usual place, Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Tickets are priced at £45 for standard entry and £65 for a supporter ticket. You can also pay more if you’re feeling epic (it’s not unheard of)! We are also looking for commercial...
Ridge Racer memories and PPSSPP (PlayStation Portable Emulator)

Ridge Racer memories and PPSSPP (PlayStation Portable Emulator)

At the age of around 12, I was lucky to have a sort of pocket-money job working at a small computer shop called Wizzy-Wig Computers in Exeter. The somewhat eccentric owner, Andy let me hang around the shop doing little bits of work like tidying up second hand games or installing things like Microsoft Works...
Blogging once more!

Blogging once more!

It’s been a long time since I last blogged; in fact, I’m not even sure where I was blogging and what I was talking about but I’ve been compelled to start writing again (thanks Sole! :-)) as things have changed pretty dramatically, both personally and in context of the internet (more on this later –...