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February 26, 1997, Wednesday

Obvious thing to say today: with culture, simple repetition leads to a sense of the correct.

As I passed through the UVA campus on my way to my favourite computer lab, some annoying rain was falling from the sky and hitting my face with uncomfortable cold droplets. But it was NOT a big deal. I saw one professor hurrying to class with a magazine over his head. God forbid should his hair get moist!

When motivated, I can be an extremely vindictive data hurler.
At UVA's Cocke Hall, the location of the favourite computer lab of which I just wrote, I added some more links to yesterday's ranting about private net-filtering software packages. I continue to be INFURIATED by the arrogance of people who would seize the power of what may or may not be known. My vitriol may well expand beyond a section of a page of my musings. When motivated, I can be an extremely vindictive data hurler. I needed some data on some nice little Radio Shack analog audio sampler boards I "aquired" earlier this week and so went to the Radio Shack website. Sure enough, all the data is sitting there eager for download!

Back at my house I built a little "stomp box" of sorts with which to record 20 second or shorter sound samples using the Radio Shack gear. All was well except for one thing: there's an annoying click at the beginning and end of every sound sample. This effectively renders the box useless for musical applications. It's likely that the click is a manifestation of the "standby power feature" going into and out of effect. The device works by storing actual analog (not digital) samples of audio data in a nonvolatile EEPROM. In one tiny chip there is an array of 128 thousand such storage locations. Tecnology of this kind existed only in primitive and expensive forms back when I was cutting my electronics teeth in the early 80s.

I did a little 4 track recording and explored heretofore unheard of levels of distortion.

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