There. I Fixed It.

I really like the fanless machines from Aleutia.  They have a nice form factor, they’re really silent, and they have kinda amusing web pages.

I’ve got three of the Sandy Bridge machines now, and they just like work and stuff.  Nine thumbs up.


These are Sandy Brigde machines.  That means built-in Intel graphics.  Built-in Intel graphics have always sucked.  It still sucks.  They will probably always suck.

This doesn’t matter for two of the machines, but the third one is the one I use to watch tv with.  And that’s a problem.

If I use “-vo xv”, then I get tearing, but I can watch really “H” D.  If I use “-vo gl2”, then I get no tearing, but the CPU overheats and gets throttled, which means that I get stuttering video.

This is only a problem when watching 1080p and higher, so I haven’t really bothered doing anything about it.

Until today.

I got a fancy (i.e. the cheapest) fan-less low-profile nVidia card.

Epic unboxing sequence:

The Box!


Opened Slightly!


Opened Fully!


The Manual Removed!


And Something Else!


The Bag With The Card Is Revealed!


The Bag!


The Bag Has Sticky Tape On The Back!


The Sticky Tape Has Been Vanquished!


Peeking Out!


Almost Fully Revealed!


The Back Of The Card Revealed!


The Front Of The Card!


Where’s My Pulitzer!


Popping The Covers!


Pop!  Pop! Pop!






Lo  Profiled!

Anyway, I got the Aleutia machine down from the shelf.

That’s A Bad Picture!


Quite Roomy Inside, Despite Size!


See?  There Should Be Room!


Er.  It pokes Out At The Top.


And The HDMI Port Is Concealed!


Bwa Ha HA!  I’ve Got Pliers!




There!  I Fixed It!

And it seems to actually work.  I can now watch the highest “D” that I’ve got on disk without any problems.


I’m going to the I’ll Be Your Mirror thing next weekend.  They’re doing a tape swap thing.  I probably won’t be participating, because I’m lazy, but I did start thinking about what such a tape would consist of.

Fortunately, Emacs has kept track of all the albums I’ve played over the last decade, so I could just let it pick the albums I’ve played most. I’d have to pick the songs myself, though, since it only keeps track of this stuff on a per-album basis.

Here’s the list it came up with.  The most played album per release year.

1957 Sun Ra Sun Song
1958 Kurt Weill Die Dreigroschenoper
1959 Ornette Coleman The Shape Of Jazz To Come
1962 Sheila Jordan Portrait of Sheila
1964 Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch
1965 Bert Jansch Bert Jansch
1967 Shirley Collins The Power Of The True Love Knot
1968 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell
1969 David Bowie Space Oddity
1970 Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day
1971 David Bowie Hunky Dory
1972 David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
1973 David Bowie Aladdin Sane
1974 David Bowie Diamond Dogs
1975 Joni Mitchell The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
1976 Joni Mitchell Hejira
1977 David Bowie “Heroes”
1978 Kate Bush The Kick Inside
1979 Talking Heads Fear Of Music
1980 Talking Heads Remain In Light
1981 Japan Tin Drum (1)
1982 Eurythmics Touch
1983 Kate Bush The Dreaming
1984 Eurythmics 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother)
1985 Kate Bush Hounds Of Love
1986 Tuxedomoon Ship Of Fools
1987 Tuxedomoon Holy Wars
1988 The Cure The Top
1989 Kate Bush The Sensual World
1990 Kate Bush This Woman’s Work II
1991 Pet Shop Boys Behaviour
1992 Jane Siberry When I Was A Boy
1993 Kate Bush The Red Shoes
1994 Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo
1995 Moloko Do You Like My Tight Sweater?
1996 Vinicius Cantuária Sol Na Cara
1997 Stephan Mathieu Wurmloch Variationen
1998 Arto Lindsay Noon Chill
1999 Arto Lindsay Prize
2000 Vinicius Cantuária Tucumã
2001 Vinicius Cantuária Vinicius
2002 The Notwist Neon Golden
2003 Other People’s Children Delete.Control.Escape: The Selective Memory of OPC 2000-2003
2004 DJ Rupture 58.46 Radio Mix
2005 Kate Bush Aerial (2)
2006 Arthur Russell Another Thought
2007 Tracey Thorn Out Of The Woods
2008 Laura Jean Eden Land
2009 Circlesquare Songs About Dancing And Drugs
2010 Oneohtrix Point Never Returnal Remix
2011 Men Talk About Body
2012 Actress Faceless

Cheapskates Revealed!

In the previous installment, we saw that Penguin had done weird stuff typographically.  And now I understand why.

In the back of the book is a “List of Variants”, which details minutely what manuscripts have been used.  I mean, important stuff like “La” vs “la”.

And they list these variants based on page and line numbers.

This was done for the previous, un-annotated edition.  So when they wanted to add some footnotes, they either had to re-do the entire “List of Variants”, or do it the easy/hard way by just pasting in new lines (in a narrower typescript) here and there.

It’s all so logical.


I was reading Tender is the Night and was puzzling over the typesetting.  The foreword and the index is set in a very clear, narrow typeface, while the text itself looks old and worn.

This is unfortunately an annotated edition, which I loathe.  I wouldn’t have bought it if I’d known.

But that doesn’t make sense.  If it’s a new, annotated edition, why does is look so worn and old-timey?

Then I noticed.  Just look at it.  The single line that has the annotation “15” is set in a narrower typeface that also looks crisper.  Just look at those to “but”s.

So the cheap bastards just cut out the lines where they wanted to have an annotation, re-set it in the narrower font to make room for the annotation, and then pasted the result back in.

I didn’t know that doing stuff like that was even possible in these digital days.  It’s practially midieval.

Useful Consumer Review

I bought this catch-and-release fly catcher…  gun… a few weeks back.  But, despite the warmest March ever (or something), I hadn’t seen a single fly since getting the device.

Until today.

It works!  I caught the fly and released it out the window. I didn’t really think it would work, because the suction kinda sucks.

So humane.  And fewer streaks on the walls.