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2021.01.28 And The Writer Is... Jon Bellion

And The Writer Is... Jon Bellion

Jon Bellion is relatively new (and unknown) to me. I've enjoyed a number of his songs, and knew nothing about him. Though long, this podcast episode was fantastic, and filled with lots of nuggets of wisdom both from Jon himself, as well as Ross Golan. I simply don't think about lots of the things these guys were talking about, and I loved it. #

2018.08.27 Making "Welcome Home"

Making "Welcome Home"

I really liked the original Spike Jonze spot "Welcome Home" for Apple's HomePod. I've enjoyed several music videos by him. The combination of the music, scenery, and dancing was a home-run in my mind. Subsequently, this behind-the-scenes view is fascinating. I've had this tab open in my browser, meaning to bookmark it, for basically the past five months, and watched it several times. #

2018.08.27 3D Print a Fisher Price Record

3D Print a Fisher Price Record

Ever since Strong Bad tweeted about how to make your own, I've had grand dreams of making my own records, but with different children's songs (or potentially some non-children's songs). Regardless, I love that there are nerdy people in the world who take the time to come up with stuff like this. Very cool. #

2016.03.05 FEZ OST


Years ago while playing Fez (which, I enjoyed more than any game I had played in a while), my mind was basically melted at the awesome combination of the gameplay, and the music (this is roughly the version of it that I heard while playing). Unsurprisingly, the music is enjoyable all by itself, and after having this tab open in my browser for years, I finally ponied up the paltry sum to own it for myself (and say thanks to Disasterpeace). #

2016.03.04 Wintergatan - Marble Machine

Wintergatan - Marble Machine

2000 marbles. 3000 moving pieces, all to create a song and music video (and so much more, really). Projects like this blow my mind. I think they're truly incredible. What a labor of love to create such a machine. I'd love to see this thing in person. #

2013.06.10 12 bit Blues - Kid Koala

12 bit Blues - Kid Koala

I've been listening to this album on Spotify for the past week or so, and I really like it. Think of the blues, mixed with… well… mixing. A DJ meets a stack of old blues or jazz on 45's. Father's Day is coming up... #

2012.06.12 Merge MP3 Files with the "cat" Unix Command

Merge MP3 Files with the "cat" Unix Command

I enjoy listening to audio books, and wanted a way to mash all of those three-minute tracks together. It's a multi-step process, but worth it to narrow down the number of files. Here are the steps I take:

  1. I organize all of my MP3s into nicely named folders, like "Chapter 1". Tricky, I know.
  2. Now, you should remove all the ID3 tags (the meta data inside each MP3 that has the Title, Artist, etc). I use my favorite ID3 tag editor - Media Rage. In the Data Remover tool, just set the MP3 ID3v2 and ID3v1 tag to "None", and process all of your nicely named/organized MP3s.
  3. Now go through the step explained on this page. Basically, cd into each directory, and then run that happy "cat" command. If I continue our example, I'd go with "cat * Chapter01.mp3". Avoid spaces in the file name (I don't want to go into escaping spaces). Do that with each folder you want combined.
  4. You're done, but I'd go through and move each of your new files into a folder, and go back and re-add ID3 tags. Again, use Media Rage. It's awesome (especially at this point, where it can read the file names, and put them into the ID3 tags automagically. Yes. It's magic.)

Or, you could do it a different, super simple way, and pay $6 for the great OS X application Audiobook Builder. I admit I like to have the combined MP3s in addition to the nicely formatted M4B file. So, after I go through the above steps, I throw them into Audiobook Builder, and get that iTunes/iOS-friendly file (so I can play the files at double-speed). #

2011.06.08 Project Thirty-Three

Project Thirty-Three

Kind of similar to Record Envelope, except for the actual album covers themselves. I love this collection, and already see lots that I'd happily use as inspiration. #

2011.03.05 DKNG's Cake Poster

DKNG's Cake Poster

$25 will buy me this gift. Hang on to it for my birthday or Christmas. I'm fine with that. It'll sell out by the time either of those happen again, so you should do it now. I love the touches to this print that a Cake fan would notice. The most obvious is the large fuzzy dice that still hang proudly like uh... um... well... they hang from the rear view mirror. #

2010.12.08 "Ten Great Years" Art Print by Max Dalton

"Ten Great Years" Art Print by Max Dalton

I'd thoroughly enjoy one of these prints. Ideally it'd be framed, but I could go without. I can already see where it'd be hung. #

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