…and that’s how it’s supposed to work

Desire to purchase album. Not available for purchase from iTunes, not available on eMusic and I’ve already used this month’s credits anyway. Available as import CD for ~€16 + shipping (and I used to buy just-released CDs for 20DM!). Album also available for near-instant online purchase from band’s website as 256Kbps MP3 without DRM for < . . . → Read More: …and that’s how it’s supposed to work

The weirdness factor…

…in stuff I’ve downloaded from eMusic tends to be pretty high (hello, Shpongle!). I think it comes from the Dirk Gently-esque method of picking things I know and then following the “other people who downloaded xyz also downloaded” and “xyz is also on these members’ lists” links until I get somewhere that seems promising. I think . . . → Read More: The weirdness factor…

Old Skool

As expected, “hello world” on the Atmel board was basically just a bunch o’blinking LEDs, although it’s still debatable whether the end result will be a K.I.T.T. or a Cylon. It’s been a very long time since I’ve written anything in assembler, and I had pretty much forgotten just how fiddly it can be, but writing . . . → Read More: Old Skool

Manual shift

When I was first learning to play, my left hand was always weaker and so the stronger right-hand, um, hand would dictate speed and accuracy. Now it seems to be the opposite, with the right wearing out quicker, being less accurate and often simply unable to keep up, which seems slightly odd. Or is just a . . . → Read More: Manual shift

Speaker simulation

My brain seems unable to reconfigure to full review mode, so I’ll just post this half-coherent bunch of paragraphs while the impressions are still fresh, even if they are a bit enthusiastic.

With my ragtag collection of CDs, I headed out to Karlsruhe on Saturday to visit Michael Ehrlinspiel of Capaciti and test-drive some of his speakers. Since the Capaciti offices are a bit cramped these days, he was kind enough to set things up in his living room. He had already had visitors earlier in the day (which is why it worked out at all) so it wasn’t just for me, but still, that’s one reason why shopping from small-scale manufacturers can be a lot more fun than just heading out to the nearest big-box store – it’s a much more personal experience.

First impression? The speakers are as big as they look in the pictures, but the semi-transparent effect is, for lack of a better word, pretty cool. Since the larger X2 were already attached, we started out with a good blast of Metallica to gave a first taste of what type of volume these things are capable of. It really is amazing how much sound the thin, almost completely transparent foil can just literally create out of thin air.
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