Mon, 30 Jun 2014 derivitive TAPETRANSFER available on github

I was looking at some older code to make available on github and noticed kissrec has already had a forked derivative named tapetransfer available there.
It's great to see some code I wrote ages ago take on a life and get more evolved thanks to open source, even with such a basic project such as this. I quite like the additions Christof Damian has made as well. If I ever make an updated version of kissrec (perhaps not locked in to 16 bit audio for starters) I'll look at this as a starting point.

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Tue, 04 Jan 2011


Just made a post on Minirig documenting my experiences so far with the Greenewheels electric bicycle I got a while back but have only just become well enough to ride around.

Update: greenewheels stuff no longer on minirig site, moved it over to it's own greenewheels section on the mk II zog blog

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Sun, 03 Aug 2008


Well I got bored with the fiddling involved in maintaining a pybloxsom blog.. but as I can't be bothered migrating the content here I'll just start a new blog site using wordpress at the highly original URL of

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Thu, 12 Jun 2008

MSY site scraper

Cute site that scrapes the content of the MSY web site.

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Sun, 08 Jun 2008


A few months ago I got an inexpensive quad core cpu. I then overclocked it to 3GHz.. not long ago it was a daydream for people to have such CPU power readily available. I was thinking a pity this will just sit here running screensavers most of the time, cant I get it crunching away at some weighty problem like helping cure cancer or something: after a quick google I can:

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Tue, 20 May 2008

POLYNATE 23rd MAY 2008

Hi scooby gang !  8-)
Well the time is upon us to relaunch *Polynate* only this time its at the newly vamp'd
*Rusty Lounge* (old Ace Morning Bar)

Set times as follows:
*d-Rektional* (50% LIVE) - 10pm-12
*Anna Ce* - 12-2am
*Continuum* (LIVE) 2-3.30am
*Simon Slieker* - 3.30-6am
*The Blank Theory* - 6-7am

entry $10 before midnight/$15 after
drink specials $4 long glasses (bigger than a pot) of Becks before midnight and a
concoction called The Polynate for $7 which is ridiculously yum honey, tia maria,
frangelico and milk.. mmmm :D

doors open at10 and shut at 7am so bring ya sunnies and good vibezz amd come buzzzz with
us! :)
cya on ze dancefloor!

Kali Zahra
Hunab Ku Creations
PoBox 244 Northcote Vic 3070

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Tue, 08 Apr 2008

headspace at glitch friday 18th april 2008

Featuring DJ Squiggle ZOG and DJ Col In a different vein to the warehouse parties like the headspace parties of yore, but should be excellent fun, and free!

presented by the minirig soundsystem

At glitch bar and cinema, 9.30PM til 1AM

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Sun, 30 Mar 2008


New web site.. check it out for some laptop deejayed mashup action...

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Mon, 11 Feb 2008

Inside the Behringer MS20 Monitor Speaker.

link to a very nerdy audio article made with a digital camera and a screwdriver

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Real estate agents sue Google for links to stories about them

From Boing Boing:
Real estate agents Mark Forytarz and Paul Castran of Castran Gilbert in Victoria Australia have filed a defamation lawsuit against Google..... .. for a story that Neil Jenman has been inviting them to sue him over, but they wont.

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Interpretation of Dreams

Testing the scanner - the cover of a well thumbed Thai paperback dealing with the interpretation of dreams:

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Sun, 28 Oct 2007

Inside the Behringer UCA-202

Well as I have mentioned before this works great with Linux, but I got bored and opened it up and took a few pix, which I have put online on as part of adding additional nerdy audio content there.

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Wed, 05 Sep 2007

all sorts of STUPID, INTRUSIVE security checks, but they don't even check passports against the list of stolen passports

For those that still believe the Anti-Terror laws are more about protecting us than about simply giving government greater powers to further their own agenda this is mind-blowing.

link to Mr Sqiggles page on this that excerpts various ABC and other resources, from his politics of fear page.

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Sat, 01 Sep 2007

The Great Iraq Swindle

All of this has pretty much been said before, at length, elsewhere and ignored by the mainstream media, but good to see it all summed up succinctly in this Rolling Stone Article.

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Sun, 26 Aug 2007

Koh Pha Ngan news an interesting site exposing some of the goings on on that island of madness, known as Koh Pha Gnan.. Have not been eager to get back to the full mon party since I saw a 7/11 erected at Had Rin, but still the place has sentimental memories of the mad times there.

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Wed, 22 Aug 2007

Polynated CD Launch - 7th September

This looks like an awesome gig.. I didn't get my act together musicwise to submit something for this comp, but plenty of good stuff anyway:

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Wed, 25 Jul 2007

The Australian Government is a Terrorist Organisation

Says it all here really.

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Tue, 24 Jul 2007

zog djs at polynate this 10th aug 2007


This will be great as it will be Simon Slieker, Zen Paradox and the newly reformed TR Storm all going mad across two levels

blurb shamelessly nicked from the POLNATE myspace page.. thanks Kali!

I'm a super sexy laid back audio stigma that happens once a month on a Friday for your booty shakin pleasure on levels 2 & 3 @ eurotrash bar, Corrs La, Melbourne. Enticing you to wobble n wiggle, move n groove, shake n bake, lounge n laugh, float n fly... All bases are covered with resident dj Simon Slieker holding fort for the electrifying electro experience with guest dj's/artists each month catering to your funky techno/electo needs :) check back here regularly for announcements.. The live n laptops chill lounge is on hold for now... stay tuned for news on that ;) And bee prepared for the CD launch of Polynated on Sept 7th!!! It's gonna go OFF!!!

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Fri, 06 Jul 2007


OK.. In an airport there are security issues and contraband smuggling and just general safety and quarantine to think of, searching the bags is fine. But.. in a discount supermarket? - hey I am innocent til proven guilty sorry! The Law trumps store policy every time, no matter what you say. Solution: go next door and buy the same crap from another supermarket.

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Mon, 02 Jul 2007

more google double standards?

"So, apparently HMOs criticizing Michael Moore is okay, but random-guy-with-a-website criticizing a large corporation is not okay. 'Democratic,' indeed." more at boingboing

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Mon, 11 Jun 2007

use ZOG for clean surfaces

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Sat, 09 Jun 2007

this modern life


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Rocked down to the opening night of new club Polynate last night, most excellent fun... just needs MORE SUBWOOFERS. Keep up the good work Kali!

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Mon, 04 Jun 2007

Food Blogger threatened by owner of Melbourne's Bar Lourinha

After reviewing the fare at Melbourne's Bar Lourinha Spanish restaurant, food blog I Eat Therefore I Am cops an email threating legal action from someone who claims to be the manager of said establishment.

Apart from the threats being on extremely shaky legal ground, the whole things leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Since when does a mildy less than glowing review need to bring out the control freak pocket nazis?.

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Sun, 27 May 2007

4am expat - Thai expat blog

Not a lot of good blogs about happenings in Thailand (except 2bangkok but found this one, 4AM expat.. lotsa cool stuff about the fads and crazes in Thailand.

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Sat, 12 May 2007

playing with those widgets

This post might even deserve to be in the nerdy section more.

Album quilt:

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Wed, 02 May 2007

Geek meme of the moment:
This hex sequence sure seems popular all of a sudden.

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Thu, 29 Mar 2007


Fairly simple, but succinct. Overzealous listing, confusing procedures for getting delisted, generally a shambles.

Google results for SORBS SUCKS

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Sun, 11 Mar 2007

Steve Law Live Sets blog

Found this link to various live sets in mp3 format from Steve Law (aka Zen Paradox).. including the amazing set he played at the 2006 Rainbow Serpent festival.. great stuff.

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Sun, 04 Mar 2007

ANRILOV - Cartoon Studio

Insanely good minimal mix from those enigmatic russians. Hint: to listen using xmms use the following:

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EMPE002: BOYRONIN - Aloneness and Isolation

Nice minimal net release from Melbourne artist Boy Ronin. Currently grooving out to track 2. He also has a myspace page, but myspace teh sux0rs.. stick to happy land

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Sat, 24 Feb 2007

Child-Safety Experts Call For Restrictions On Childhood Imagination

WASHINGTON, DC: The Department of Health and Human Services issued a series of guidelines Monday designed to help parents curtail their children's boundless imaginations, which child-safety advocates say have the potential to rival motor vehicle accidents and congenital diseases as a leading cause of disability and death among youths ages 3 to 14. .... full story here at The Onion

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Thu, 15 Feb 2007

A Random Persons Investment Blog

A Blog of someone twittering on about, like, shares'n'stuff.

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Well.. actually it doesn't suck at all, I have been a fanatical linux user since 1992 and endless is the hassles I have avoided with licensing, viruses trojans and security bugs by having a microsoft free home network, but sometimes the problem with infinite freedom is a million ways to do things.. leading to inconsistency and chaos. Sometimes this is great, but if you are trying to (for example) set up sound on Linux and find there are 2 seperate sound driver subsystems, Alsa and OSS, that are talked to by several sound subsystems (jackd, esd, artsd?) which of course may or may not be used by whichever application you are trying to make a noise with... leads to intense frustration for someting which really should have Just Worked ages ago.

Anyway, some people I know, Linux fans all, have made a site called Why Linux Sucks to help express these frustrations.

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Sun, 07 Jan 2007

some reviews of melbourne kimchi

"Korean Kim Kim Chi" Manufactured by FU SHENG FOODS of Springvale Victoria:
Avoid this one, overly salty and sweet, not much chilli and garlic. Icky taste.

"Korea KimChi Chinese Cabbage" - apparently no company name, or the very generic company name of KOREAN FOODS, hard to say. of Mckeon Rd Mitcham:
Absolutely delicious, addictive crunchy zingy taste. I am hooked on this stuff.

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nearly a year later, a hint to why they screwed up?

Despite having closed my easystreet membership a long time ago I just got a letter from them advising me of some changes to their service - that makes a reference to other previous letters I never got. Interestingly this letter is a) 2 weeks late, and b) addressed to the right street address but wrong state and postcode.

So I can theorise, despite me calling them up and clarifying my postal address over the phone the first time it became obvious they lost the cheque, that all this time they sent it to the wrong address or something?

Now have moved to a just as easy to use (if not easier) online savings account via BankWest at that even has a higher interest rate than easystreet. So at least some good came of all of this.

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Sun, 31 Dec 2006

No More Saddam

Appears this CIA asset finally overstayed his welcome:

While Iraqi blog Baghdad Burning wrote just before his killing:
That is Iraq right now. The Americans have done a fine job of working to break it apart. This last year has nearly everyone convinced that that was the plan right from the start. There were too many blunders for them to actually have been, simply, blunders. The 'mistakes' were too catastrophic. The people the Bush administration chose to support and promote were openly and publicly terrible- from the conman and embezzler Chalabi, to the terrorist Jaffari, to the militia man Maliki. The decisions, like disbanding the Iraqi army, abolishing the original constitution, and allowing militias to take over Iraqi security were too damaging to be anything but intentional.

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Tue, 26 Dec 2006

ZOG confirmed at chill area for Rainbow Serpent Festival 2007

I am completely stoked I was lucky enought to score yet another gig at this most amazing event. I have always had the most amazing time and seen the most amazing music at this event. A highlight of RSF2006 was seeing Zen Paradox and DJ Toupee a the market area, but there was piles of other excellent going on at all times.

More info at the Rainbow Serpent Festival Web Site

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Hooked On Kimchi

Been eating more and more Kimchi.. we started on small 300 gram tubs but have now have graduated to buying it by the 2KG jar.

Its a zingy, strong crunchy spicy mix of cabbage, chilli and garlic. It stinks to high heaven but tastes delicious. It has a kind of addictive morish taste. At least it has no sugar, no fat, and is evidently quite healthy.

More in kimchi from Life in Korea

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Sun, 24 Dec 2006

Hassles with DVI output on an nvidia fx5500 card at 1680x1050

Well I got myself the Proview 22 inch lcd monitor from MSY (I love their JUST THE FACTS basic web design style as well).

Nice basic cheap and cheerful flatscreen monitor that looks nice on the desktop. It has a litle bit of "backlight bleeding" from the top and bottom, but only visible when the screen is nearly all black, none of it is visible during my normal usage patterns of it so I don't care. The model number is FP2226w.

Main problems aoccured trying to get the FX5500 to drive the monitor via DVI.. the nvidia drivers refused to go higher than 1440x900 when I can easily go to the max mode using the VGA mode, but it looked terrible. After some reading up and trial and error, the problem appears to be the line in the Xorg.0.log saying:

135.0 MHz maximum pixel clock
Which appears to be a driver enforced limit. Adding the option "NoMaxPClkCheck" to the driver section like:
Section "Device"
    Identifier     "nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5500]"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    Option         "ModeValidation" "NoMaxPClkCheck"
    Option         "NvAGP" "3"
Stopped this arbitrary limit being enforced for enumerating video moded and now I have the monitor running perfectly at best resolution.

One problem with the Leadtek Winfast A340 PRO T card is that it has a really crap heat sink and no fan and was overheating when playing True Combat Elite or Enemy Territory.. another visit to MSY to get a $3 80mm case fan to bolt on to the heat sink and heat problems mostly resolved, I can play at 1024x768 or 1280x800 without any heating problems kicking in.. still hangs at 1440x900 for those games, but then again the game isn't playable on an FX5500 at that resolution anyway. Other OPenGL games play fine at full resolution so it must be the Quake3 derived games that really work the card hard or something.

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