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from Darkened underpass

話說這陣子都在桌機上摸索一些音樂或聲音製作(合成器)軟體,而在玩過 Milkytracker 之後,才猛然察覺原來自己對於音樂製作軟體都很肥厚腫脹的印象實在是大錯特錯,在此行動數位當道的年代裏,更應有不少適合行動裝置系統的應用可玩。於是又開了一道手機版數位音樂軟體的學習視窗。

這陣子下載使用的 DAW for Android 有:

  1. Caustic 3
  2. Bandlab
  3. Music Maker Jam
  4. G-Stomper Studio
  5. FL Studio
  6. n-Track 9
  7. ORG 2023

本文將就其中第一項 Casutic 作點介紹。嚴格說來,Caustic 應歸類在製作聲音的合成器軟體,其收錄了不同演算方式與聲音類型的合成器。但因為它也有音序功能(Sequencer),可以把合成器的聲音音符組織構成不同 pattern (小節),再將 patterns 串接成一支完整曲子。

Caustic 官網的使用教學文件作得普普通通,但其示範影片卻是感人,其中最舊的影片發佈於 2012 年 1月份,也就是說 Caustic 問市至少已有11~12 年之久,但在我手邊入門初階等級的低效平板(Samsung Tab4 )上依然可以安好地執行。更令人動容的是,Caustic 能支援大多數的外接 midi 鍵盤,即便是老舊的梅花電子琴,在利用 midi-usb micro-usb OTG 轉接頭連接之後都可以順利地驅動 input 訊號(但訊息延遲狀況很糟)。

若想學習了解不同合成器的差異與其對聲音所產生的變化效果,Caustic 或許是一套方便的隨身工具,而我自己並不想深入了解太多太複雜的合成器知識。另一個覺得它還算方便可取之處在於能支援基本 midi 檔案滙入(但還要自行手動配對不同樂器音軌所要套用合成器,當然合成器也可以加載別人作好的現成音色(presets)),故可以拿來玩不同的音色效果實驗,但就無法研究別人的樂器編曲安排了。

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from Paul Sutton

Superbowl LVII

  • Date: Sunday, February 12th
  • Time : 11:30 (GMT)

  • Teams : Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles

Both teams are 14-3 so it should be a really good game, lets hope so.

Links

Tags

#NFL,#SuperBowl,#Chiefs,#Eagles,#LVII

 
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from Paul Sutton

Coolest Projects 2023

This years contest is opening soon and runs from 6th Feb to 6th June.

Dates to remember

  • 6 February 2023: Coolest Projects registration opens.
  • 26 April 2023: Coolest Projects registration closes.
  • 6 June 2023: Celebratory livestream event and judges’ favourites announced.

Links

Tags

#Coding,#CoolestProjects

 
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from Darkened underpass

Linux Ubuntu 版本中有一套為多媒體創作者調配的作業系統 Ubuntu Studio,除了核心系統與桌面環境為 linux ubuntu 外,還預載打包幾組專用於繪畫修圖、直播影片錄製、音樂編輯等創作用開源的軟體包。我在 US 的合成器音序軟體中看到有一款 Hydrogen 打擊樂器編輯器,好奇地下載來玩玩。

Hydrogen 也能在 Windows / Mac OS 安裝執行,我大致地讀了一下操作手冊,方知它雖命名為 Drum Machine ,但也可以載入敲擊樂以外的樂器之樣本音色。

新定義的樂器會自動出現在 pattern 列表上的最後一行,而要載入音色則從 Instrument Rack 編輯區利用 layer /edit layer 來載入聲音檔,Hydrogen支援多重音色樣本疊層,也可對個別聲音再進行簡單合成器 Envelope ADSR 調整,以對聲音作點簡單的變化調製。

Hydrogen 的缺憾之處在於無法支援 midi 音樂檔的滙入,對於沒耐心更沒創作才能譜作音符的我大概很快就會將之捨棄吧。

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from The Warubozu Usagi

7:15 pm

Stuck in Busan, South Korea

With no end in sight of the ban on travel to and from South Korea, the crew of the Black Flea contemplate their options while taking in the sights of Busan and eating way too much fried chicken.

RP: OMG, I think I've gained five pounds since last week.

— editor's note: He's kidding; shells can't expand. All it does is top off the power cells and everything after that gets processed directly into excrement. —

WU: Red, why are you stuffing yourself with fried chicken?

RP: Cap, when are we going to come back to South Korea?

WU: Every time we're at our place in Shirakawa-go.

RP:(eyes watering) Really?!?

WU: Of course we are, you lovable Tanuki!

SM: I love the traditionally-made kimchee more than anything else. Yum!

S: I like the pickled sides and the sweetened potatoes.

WU: I like the soju.

S: You would. It's one of the few things our shells allow to make it to the brain.

WU: You mean alcohol.

SM: Amphetamines.

WU: And sugar.

S: And caffeine. Wait, did we all just call out our favorite chemical? Shoko, what's up with the amphetamines?

SM: (raised eyebrow) You mean I'm the only one who cures her ADHD with microdoses of amphetamines?

S: Oh. I thought maybe you were doing Speed.

SM: Well I do that, too, but only when it's needed. I made this special concoction of caffeine, amphetamines, honey, and some THC to take the edge off the top. It's a hundred times better than an energy drink which is just a waste of money.

WU: Ooh, can I have some?

S: What are you, Walter White?

SM: What? No. Well, not anymore. I used to sell it on the side, back in college.

S: (face palm) My best friend's a drug a dealer.

SM: Was. Haven't sold them since college. Wanna try one?

S: This is getting off subject. Are we just going to wait this travel ban out? I'll take two.

SM: What choice do we have? I only have one in my pocket. I designed them to dissolve entirely in a minute so the effects are immediate but they only last about thirty.

WU: Syvil, split it with you? I want to go to the Sapporo Ice Festival coming up next weekend. Let's give it three more days and then we'll modify the Baby Black Flea to float.

RP: Do you think Meri wants one? Why are we trying to make our microship float?

WU: I'm not picking up her poop if she goes berserk on — Shoko what do you call these things?

SM: Powerball.

WU: Powerballs. I'm thinking if we can get the microship to float, it's basically a boat that we can use to quietly get out of here in the middle of the night.

S: Powerball? Is that so that you could sell it by name without getting caught? How long did you have this plan in your head, Wu-chan?

SM: Of course!

WU: That's why we came to the coast.

RP: You mean we didn't come to the coast to go to Lotteworld?

WU: (looks to Shoko and Syvil and winks) Red, of course we did!

RP: Cap, I can see you winking.

WU: Red, did you have a good time at Lotteworld?

RP: You know I did!

WU: Well then, that's all that matters!

RP: It's a Lotteworld after all, it's a Lo...

 
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from 【DC】与你

【DC】与你

来自点梗楼的一篇👌🏻

绒病愈后的撒娇与老唐的PTSD,没有刀,可太腻歪了。

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Daffy一晚上都在等Leslie的电话去接他,结果到了快凌晨才等来电话,而且还不是Leslie的,是宴会上老友打来的,说Leslie喝多了。

他本不放心让对方一个人出门,因为Leslie还在养病,即使知道到了宴会后会有很多人看着他,Daffy也有一百个不情愿。不过Leslie信守承诺坚决要去,他也无法阻挠。

这边,接了电话的Daffy匆匆应答后就赶紧去启车了,深夜有点凉风,他临走不忘从家里给Leslie带了件外套。

到了酒店,埋伏在四周的咔嚓咔嚓拍照声在深夜里听着极其明显,Daffy拧起眉头,不过他也没时间在意这些暗处的狗仔,忙不迭进到了酒店里。

乘了电梯后刚走进宴会的大厅,就看见Leslie靠在一个角落,被几个关系密切的熟人围着,他醉意易入眉梢,脸红红的。生病好几个月,眼角带着倦意、眼下也有点乌青,可即便如此,也依然是站在那里就最引人注目的一位。

“我来吧,谢谢。”Daffy走过去把Leslie接过。怀里的人穿的衬衫很薄,扣子解开了几颗,胸前的皮肤透着韫色裸露在外,像被摘了壳的果实,只不过因为太瘦了,这颗果实靠在他身上都没什么分量,薄薄一片的身子像羽毛般仿佛下一秒就要被吹走。Daffy给他披上了衣服,又拨了拨额侧有些凌乱的头发,有点心疼。周围人看Daffy来了也才放下心,嘱咐几句,“哥哥好像喝醉了,出去可要注意。”

“我知道。多谢!”Daffy明白亲友们在叮嘱什么,一直有礼貌地道谢。等一一道别、人也走得差不多了,再看向旁边极不老实的人,此刻Leslie被一通拉扯弄得来回晃悠,倚在他身旁,看着好像还没反应过来发生了什么,双目懒洋洋地半阖着,嘴里还不停嘀咕,“我还要唱歌呢,我……”

“回家唱给我听。”

“才不给你唱。”

Daffy脚步停下,转过头,“为什么?”

“你总听!已经听腻了…人家给你唱,你都没有反应…”

Daffy哭笑不得:“你想要什么反应?”

“不告诉你。好啦!放开我。”Leslie发出哼的一声鼻音,甩开他的手,拖着步伐硬要往另一个方向走。

“阿仔,”Daffy拽着Leslie的手臂,一下子又把人扯了回来,某人一个没站稳,倒回他的怀里,“该回家了。”

“放手!”

“Leslie!”他拎着对方的手臂,稍稍用力,让他强行看着自己,“听话好不好?我是谁?”

Leslie这才有了点反应,漂亮的眼睛润着层泪膜盯着他看,睫毛都跟着簌簌抖动。他好像还有点迷茫,足足盯了十多秒,才笑盈盈地眯起双眼,小声开口,“老公……”

Daffy满意了,摸了摸他的脸,半搂半扶着他进电梯。一路上,Leslie挂在他肩膀,嘴里一直嘟囔着却听不清说些什么,Daffy没法把他从身上摘下来,只好如同拖着个大型宠物般艰难地移动,引得路过的人频繁回头。

“哥哥。”

到了一楼,Leslie走一半又不走了,委屈地站在原地叫他,表情难过极了,像被遗弃的小动物。

“怎么了?”

“你亲亲我。”

Daffy一时有些无措,这里再往前走几步就是大厅,落地窗外狗仔全在那蹲着,实在是有点危险。无奈之下自己只能哄他,“先回家好不好?”

接着Leslie走过来、握着他两根手指,表情更委屈了,眼巴巴望向他,声音都有点抖,“你不爱我了……”

“我爱你。”

“那你不亲我。”

Daffy叹了口气,环顾了一圈确保没有镜头,然后快速在Leslie的嘴唇上啄了一下。

“哥哥,我爱你。”Leslie如愿以偿,被亲得乐呵呵,咧开嘴笑得有点傻,笑完还抱着Daffy的脖子要往他身上凑,“我好爱你呀。”

Daffy站在原地,也不敢再这样继续往前走,便拉着他的手示意先不要乱动,“外面有人拍照,我们先快点回家。”没想到Leslie听到这句话后,音量突然放大,“让他们拍啊!我怕他们拍吗?”

Daffy嘘了一声,“咱们走另一侧门。”

“我不要,我就要走这个。”

“Leslie,”他沉声,“不要闹,先回家。”

“你不喜欢跟我一起走吗?”Leslie又开始了。水汪汪的眼睛一眨不眨地看着他,怕是任谁也没办法拒绝他的请求。Daffy面露愁色,他拿这样的Leslie亦毫无办法。只得给他扣了一副墨镜领着人往前走,经过狗仔大队,然后在众目睽睽之下进了DC339那辆车。

Leslie戴着墨镜坐在副驾驶,一路上倒是乖巧了许多。Daffy载着他回家,偶尔偷瞄一眼对方,看到他正好漫不经心盯着窗外,舌头还舔了舔泛着赤色水光的嘴唇,心里一软。

其实自从他的病治疗到后期,对自己的依赖就逐渐增强。Daffy本来觉得,等他恢复正常节奏的工作后一切也自然而然地重回正轨。可是如此几番下来,自己倒是有点舍不得这样喜欢霸占着他的Leslie。

以往的Leslie属于荧幕、属于舞台、属于爱他的所有人。但是这段时间,Daffy会觉得Leslie只属于自己。无论是不会停歇的鸟,还是永远抓不住的光,这些都好都无所谓……Daffy不是没尝试过去全面占据对方,可是那不是Leslie想要的。如果能被驾驭,他便不再是他了。

Leslie想要的很多,这个“很多”里包括他。Daffy很清楚。可经过这几个月,他变得贪婪,忍不住想着如果Leslie只想要自己就好了。

思考到这里,Daffy轻微摇了摇头,到底是谁更依赖谁了呢。

回到家,Daffy牵着他直接到卧室,看到Leslie坐在床上噙着笑意什么都不说,便一边倒水一边主动开口,“不演了?”

Leslie这才起身,走近几步从背后抱着他,脸上的醉意褪去红晕却未褪,下巴埋在他肩头,瓮声瓮气:“你不喜欢吗?”

“喜欢。”手里的水一直倾倒着,险些溢出杯子,Daffy冷静地拿纸巾擦了擦,“可是我什么时候对你唱歌没有反应了?”

Leslie故意发出思索的低哼,蓦地手臂收紧,“我最近只给你一个人唱,你脸都不红一下,这里更没什么反应……”说着,手掌娴熟地下滑到胯间,毫不含蓄地来到熟悉的位置。

“听你唱歌就起反应?你以为是那几年……”话说到一半Daffy突然不说,沉默了几秒后,欲盖弥彰地拿起手里的整杯水一饮而尽。

“喂——”Leslie总算听到了想听的内容,穷追不舍,“继续说啊,哪几年呀?”

Daffy不理他,“快去洗澡。”

“哥哥……”他哪能这样就放过对方。Leslie歪过头看着Daffy,手指捏了捏他红到像熟透的耳垂,“哥哥想我的时候都做什么呀,告诉我吧。”

“不想说。”

“可是我想听。你想我的时候会一边看我的电影一边……”

“Leslie!”Daffy知道他要说什么,想提前打断他,却不曾料到Leslie仿佛找到了什么乐子一样,一边摸着小小唐,一边变本加厉:

“你会想着我自慰,幻想把它塞在我屁股里、或者嘴里。对了,你记没记得在车里的那次……”

本来所有的念头与渴望他的冲动被戳破时,Daffy倒没什么害羞的感觉,他多想他,不需遮掩。可是偏偏这个人提到的车里那次,他们彼此印象都太深刻了:

在加拿大开着车领他出去玩的那次,两个人小别胜新婚,正是如胶似漆的时候,他的车开一半被Leslie勾得心猿意马,停在郊外的路边后就如同发情的猛兽一样把人按在树后折腾了一顿,完事了拽回车里也没消停,抱着搂着又来一次才算完,路过的车按着喇叭示意他们这辆停着的车晃动太明显了、想不注意都难。Daffy这才有些收敛,匆忙清理完继续上路。

那一次刺激的经历总被Leslie拿去调侃,两个人都不是刚谈恋爱却还能像最开始一样精虫上脑得猝不及防,实在是难忘。事后Daffy也有点不好意思,每次提到都会害羞。但是之后这种事仍发生过好几次。

“所以,哥哥,你到底怎么样想我的?你说嘛。”

“不说。”

Leslie追问了好一会儿无果,终于急了,松开他,一屁股坐在床上,“你怎么这样!不跟我说…我什么时候才能知道啊,我要是明天就不在了你才会跟我说吗,你真是……”

话音未落,Leslie就后悔了,他连忙抬起头看向Daffy,知道自己说错话了。

气氛不对劲,空气仿佛凝固了几秒。

“哥哥,我、我。”

他看到Daffy不再说话也不再回头看他,整个人呆滞在原地,像被当头打了一棒。他顿时更慌了,前去扯Daffy的衣角,“我错了,哥哥。”

Daffy仍旧没有动,好像被夺去了灵魂。这句话一出,如同密封的玻璃瓶被打碎,一些痛苦的回忆蔓延开来,只那一瞬就侵袭了周遭所有环境,猝不及防。

“我以后不再乱说了,你别生气好不好……”

Daffy什么也没说,只是低头看向握着的杯子,与此同时手心早已冒出许多汗。刚才有那么一刹那,他眼中划过了一个画面,画面内容差点让他直接晕厥过去。

“哥哥,你还好吗?Daffy?”

过了许久,Daffy才从一种莫大的恐慌感抽离出来,旁边Leslie摸了摸他的后背,发现衬衫已经全被汗水打湿。

“对不起……”

刚要再道歉,Leslie就被爱人倾过身狠冽地吻住,唇瓣碰触后,对方立刻卷袭着炽烈绵延的热欲在他唇舌间攫取呼吸,Leslie吓了一跳,被亲一会儿后搂着他回应,嘴里的酒气很快就沾染给了另一个人。Daffy吸着他微翘的上唇、像品尝酒心的软糖,越亲越不知足,急切的吮吻如同燎原之火烧尽彼此的理智。

“嘶——”Leslie被咬了一口,连忙推开他。手指摸了摸嘴唇发现有血迹,忍不住噘嘴抱怨,“好痛。”

这一个吻像给他们注入了催情剂,点燃了彼此的欲望,Daffy的念头非常直白,拽着他两条腿挂在腰上,没润滑几下就挤了进去,肉刃滚烫着劈开身体,又急又凶,疼得Leslie直皱眉。可是他也不舍得喊疼,他知道对方在探寻、在确认……在他体内的每一次深入浅出都在验证自己是切切实实存在的,而不是Daffy思念过度的幻想。

Leslie在这粗暴的操弄下好不容易找到快感,对方又像发了疯一样朝他最深处用力,肉棍碾着丰腴的屁股肉进出,那蓄得满满的囊袋也硬生生地往窄缝里挤压,龟头一下一下地、每次都深到可怕的位置,Leslie被撞得腰眼发麻,脖子上挂着薄薄一层汗,性感得像油画里的神明。他疼得发晕,却仍旧讨好地发出娇媚声,被猛力用阴茎鞭挞几下仍嫌不够般地浪叫。

“哥哥、再快点…啊啊啊啊…”

Leslie的泪水在眼眶打转,肉体结合的满足感替代疼痛、密密麻麻地侵入骨髓,让他爽到恍惚。他把小腿紧紧交叠在Daffy的后腰上,搂着他上下起伏。两个人酣畅淋漓地缠绵了许久,操到Leslie手绞着床单、忍不住哆嗦着射出,而双腿依旧纠缠在Daffy的腰上想让他用力多来几下。重叠无数次的默契就是两个人做爱时总能达到最愉悦的高峰。最后Leslie在对方耳朵旁边喘息,穴肉收绞得厉害,硬是把Daffy困在身体里高潮、让他把滚烫的精水尽数浇进内壁,一滴不漏地被裹在里面。Leslie痉挛着下体,后边被射得满满的,一碰就汁水横流。等对方完全撤出后,他习惯性地攀在爱人肩膀上夹紧双腿,可惜射里的东西太多了根本夹不住,白浊顺着股缝外淌,把腰下的被褥洇湿一小块。

Leslie的体力还没恢复好,如此激烈的性爱让他精疲力尽。他摸了摸Daffy颈侧的痣,沁着沉甸甸的情感,低低抱怨几声,昏睡了过去。

***

不知过了多久,Leslie才在被抱去洗澡的途中清醒。

“哥哥,”Leslie的声音有点哑,醒后第一句就是软绵绵地叫他,把Daffy的心都叫得湿漉成一片,“你原谅我了吗?”

Daffy低头看了看他,表情却不为所动,“没有。”

“那怎么办…我还想你吻我一下呢。刚才做完你都没有吻我。”

“你睡着了,怎么知道我没有吻你?”

Leslie很安静地任Daffy摆弄,热水喷洒下来、顺着他的头发滑落,看着又可怜又委屈,像个做错事不敢要糖的小孩,“我当然知道,因为你吻我我就醒了。”

Daffy闻言,嘴角终于忍不住上扬:一吻就醒,意思说自己是睡美人吗?他知道Leslie故意让自己开心,于是捧着对方侧脸,在一片潮湿的水雾里温柔地吻了上去。

浴室里热腾腾的情爱不断流窜,伴随着哗哗的水声持续了许久。

“原谅你了,不过我也有个条件。”

“什么?”

Daffy回味着唇间Leslie的味道,像在思索什么。过了好几秒钟,才缓慢开口,一字一句显得郑重不已,“阿仔,可以让我搬回房间睡了吗?”

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from Darkened underpass

Streabbog 為初學者譜寫的簡單十二段鋼琴旋律其中第 8 段,又遇上了自己學琴上的大罩門—-跨八度以上音符的手掌手指控制。自己天生手掌偏小,小指與姆指撐開來的闊度要彈好八度音並不算輕鬆,後天又欠缺持續不懈地下苦功,因此在這首就是要初學者更熟悉八度音控制的旋律中,自己又將吃足苦頭。

這段旋律的練習重點除了跨八度掌心指力的伸展,還有左右手部同時彈出斷奏 staccato 與只有單手需使用斷奏的變化。一種很像在學老頑童左右博擊術然後自己左手打右手的忙亂感 orz

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from Paignton Library STEM Group

Line following robot kit

At the STEM group we have some kits to build a line following robot

So the finished product will look like this.

robot1

With a list of tools that are needed, we have (or should have) these.

robot2

Along with detailed guide of all the provided parts etc.

robot3

Hopefully someone can spend some time building this at a future meeting, you may NEED adult help / supervision for this.

As we have the Civil Engineering talk / activity in February, then March may be a good time to do this.

 
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from The Warubozu Usagi

11:45 am

Busan, South Korea

With South Korea putting a ban on travel to and from the country following the sudden death of Jageda's GEO, the crew of the Black Flea have holed up in Busan along the coast near Lotteworld.

RP: It's a Lotteworld after all, it's a Lotteworld after all, it's Lotteworld after all, it's a Lo...

SM: Red, I will rewrite your memory to erase that song if you don't stop.

RP: (runs behind Wu-chan) But it's a Lotte, Lotteworld!

WU: Shoko, don't do it. Red's just a little boy trapped inside the body of a silly Tanuki, wanting to desperately go to Lotteworld!

SM: I don't care. That song's coming out of his memory.

RP: Save me, Cap, you're my only hope!

— editor's note, in the future, clichés are banned, so enjoy them while you can —

S: Stop it, you two. Shoko's only kidding. But seriously, Red, I will shoot your tongue, cut it out, and set it on fire if you keep singing that song.

RP: Aww. Cap, we're done for.

WU: (changing the subject) Speaking of done, I've finished designing our new house in Shirakawa-go.

S: When do you find the time to do all this stuff?

WU: What do you mean? We've been stranded in Busan for over a day with lots of time on our hands.

RP: Ehtou, nani kore?

WU: It's a three story house with four bedrooms and an outdoor covered rooftop.

RP: That's a house?

WU: What do you mean? Of course it is.

RP: But it doesn't look like a house.

WU: Well, I thought I'd borrow some Ghibli themes to create an idiosyncratic, dynamic structure.

RP: I love it! I mean, I don't understand it, but I love it!

WU: Thanks, Red!

SM: Looks like late-20th century Decon. I can live here.

WU: Uhh, thanks?

S: (turns tablet sideways, then upside-down) Looks like a giant dog pooped on a house and it partially collapsed from the weight of the poop.

WU: (unamused) ...

S: What? I didn't say I hated it.

WU: So it's fine with you?

S: Whoa, I didn't say that. That's Corten steel, isn't it? That'll stain everything. That has to go. And the windows are too big. It's going to be a freezer here in the winter.

WU: Whew! Glad you approved of the design. They're scheduled to start building tomorrow.

S: Wait, what?

WU: When we get there, they will have finished printing the shell in place. Another week and the exterior will be completed. In the meantime, how about we go to Lotteworld?!?

RP: Yay, Lotteworld! It's a Lotteworld after all. It's a Lotte...

Shirakawa-Go Micro House

 
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from The Warubozu Usagi

4:35 am

Near Busan, South Korea

Yesterday was Chinese New Years (year of the Fire Dragon). The crew of the Black Flea has been stuck inside of Jageda Industries overnight after the facility went into lockdown. What triggered the lockdown is unknown.

RP: I'm hungry. Does anyone have food?

WU: Sure, we had a whole tray of potstickers on the burner 10 hours ago. I'm sure they're still good, let me go down to the reception area and grab some.

RP: Grab the whole tray, will you?

WU: (whacking Red on the arm) Baka!

SM: (whacking Wu-chan on the arm) Don't hit Red!

S: (whacking Shoko on the arm) Only I can hit Warui!

RP: (whacking Syvil on the arm) Only I can hit Shoko! Wait, that didn't come out right.

WU: Let's go over this again. What happened?

S: After 15 minutes of trying to find the right room, we found the prototype shell. We had no problems getting in after disabling the locks and remotely putting the surveillance cams into loops.

SM: While you and Red were bored staring out the window, we were able to force load the malware package into the air-gapped system and access the data. We copied the entire local storage remotely into Meri's extra drive. Thanks, Meri.

Meri: Wuf!

S: We grabbed you bozos to leave and just before we could open the door, the alarms went off and every door was locked.

WU: And there were no sentinels roaming on the air-gapped system?

SM: If there were, it would have triggered while we were downloading, not 5 minutes later.

S: Did you guys see anything weird going on outside?

RP: No. I mean, at the time, no.

SM: What do you mean, “at the time?”

RP: About 10 minutes after the alarms went off and we were in lockdown, I saw an air ambulance fly towards the roof landing zone, and then after another 15 minutes I saw it fly away.

S: Wait, what? Why didn't you mention this earlier?

RP: Oh, well, no one asked.

Syvil, Shoko, and Wu-chan all whack Red on the arm.

RP: Ow, hey!

Syvil pulls up the news on her AR lens.

S: Aww hell.

SM: What?

S: The GEO of Jageda suffered a fatal cerebral aneurysm and his BrainCopy was corrupted. They suspect an assassination.

WU: Aww hell. I knew it was bad luck. Shoko and Red were born in the year of the Dog, which is incompatible with the year of the Dragon. We should have done this the day before the new lunar year!

S: Oh come on, you don't actually believe in that horoscope stuff, do you? If that's the case, why do you and I get along so well?

WU: It takes a lot of work.

S: (whacks Wu-chan on the arm) Urusai!

SM: You know, you two are sometimes hot and cold.

RP: Fire and ice.

SM: Oil and water.

RP: Shark and dolphin.

SM: Proton and electron.

S: Okay, okay we get it. Sheesh.

WU: So here's my plan. We're going to dismantle the dilapidated haunted house and rebuild from the ground up, after we have the site blessed. That should get rid of any obake, right?

RP: ...

SM: ...

S: Warui! We're stuck inside Jageda and you're thinking about the house in Shirakawa-go?

WU: Uh huh.

S: Are you crazy?

WU: What? All we need to do is get outside, right?

RP: You make it sound so simple, Cap.

SM: And how are we going to achieve that through a lockdown?

WU: Easy. We exit through the interstitial ceiling and use Meri's laser to cut a hole through the corrugated roof panel. According to the structural plans, it's not a composite deck, so there's no concrete to worry about. We'll have to cut a tiny hole first, to launch a microdrone to confirm if the roof is clear, but then it should be relatively quick to cut that hole for us to pass through. Once on top of the roof, Syvil will remotely pilot the Baby Black Flea in stealth mode. You'll have to use the VTOL to bring it in nearly vertically from about a kilometer above the facility, but you're really good at this. Just remember to keep the lights off and turn on the NC transmitters. We can't do anything about the gust from the VTOL but at least no one will see or hear the Baby Black Flea landing. Don't forget to turn off all of the microship's alarms, Syvil.

S, RP, SM: ...

WU: What?

S: Did you have this plan in your head the entire time and held back from sharing, or did you just think this up?

WU: I mean, I didn't have all the details in place until about two hours ago, but it was stewing in my head for the last eight hours. Why?

Syvil, Shoko, and Red all whack Wu-chan on the arm as Meri sneers at Wu-chan.

S: Warui! We could have been out of here two hours ago!

SM: (giving the stink eye to Wu-chan) You're treating us to Korean barbecue.

RP: Real meat, not the fake stuff.

Meri: Wuf!

WU: Guys, is that any way to treat your Dear Leader who came up with an impeccable escape plan?

S, SM, RP: YES!

Meri: WUF!

Jageda Industries cross-section

 
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from Paignton Library STEM Group

Nuclear thermal rocket engine

This was posted to fediverse by NASA today, sounds like things are really moving in this area. What a period in history to study STEM and learn the skills to be part of this.

NASA @nasa@social.beachcom.org

We’re partnering with @DARPA to demonstrate a nuclear thermal rocket engine in space. This new engine would allow us to do more science and reach destinations faster—key steps for sending the first crewed mission to Mars. read more

rocket

There are opportunities for people in the Uk to be part of this, as it will require world wide expertise to do this.

I am trying to work with Space Careers UK to see if I can get more info on careers in the UK space industry, early days yet.

Tags

#NASA,#Rocket,#Nuclear,#Exploration,#Mars,#SolarSystem

 
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from Darkened underpass

話說最近在學習合成器,了解溫習國中物理聲學的基本常識,故偶然之間看到 DAW 軟體 Ableton 網站有一區是“學習合成器入門”的免費資源,其網頁設計不但充分地利用了瀏覧器前端的聲音、動畫、輸入介面等技術,更有著 15國語言全套解釋,簡直是不要太收買人心。看著 Ableton 這麼用心地製作著入門的聲音教學教材,很難不心甘情願地付費使用它所開發的DAW,也無怪乎 Ableton live 常常是數位音樂製作人推薦前幾名的優選軟體。

我原本使用 firefox 瀏覧器,但在 Ableton Learning Synths playground 底下則無法支援外接的 midi 硬體訊號,若改用 chrome , edge 或 brave, 就可以直接在 透過 midi keyboard 輪入音色。這顯然比起我之前記錄過的合成器軟體 Helm更適合作為第一篇合成器學習入門應用軟體,除了完整的中文化加持,它更無須下載安裝軟體,直接就在瀏覧器操作感受不同波形、高低頻率、各式過濾器效果所造成産生的音色結果。

#DAW

 
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from The Warubozu Usagi

6:30 pm

Still in Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Having failed to learn their lesson at Lake Motosu, the Black Flea crew once again chose a campground in Gokayama in the middle of winter. Partly because of this, the crew decided that the historic, heritage villages in and around Gokyama were less to their liking than Shirakawa-go. They decided to return to Shirakawa-go.

SM: Are you sure you want to keep a place in Shirakawa-go?

WU: I already signed a contract.

S: (glaring at Wu-chan) You did what?

WU: We all agreed this would be an ideal place to live, didn't we?

RP: Yeah! Meri, you're going to love living on a farm!

Meri: Wuf!

S: I thought we were going to discuss this more, after dinner?

WU: Oh Syvil, I know us too well. We'll talk about it then talk about it some more. Before you know it, we'll have talked ourselves out of it.

RM: That's our thing, though. We don't make rash decisions.

S: Warui!

WU: You guys want to go see it now?

S: Warui!

WU: I found a spot just on the edge of the village so that it doesn't need to adhere to the historical requirements of building a gassho house.

S: Warui!

WU: It has a nearly uninterrupted view into the valley and on the back side, a forest full of Hinoki!

S: Warui!

WU: Meri, you're going to love it! So much room to run and hunt for buta.

Meri: Wuf?

S: Warui!

WU: Wild boar.

Meri: (freaked out) Wwwuf?

S: Warui!

WU: Oh don't worry, just use your laser eyes on them. You're going to love roasted boar!

S: Warui!

WU: Yes Syvil?

S: How much did you spend?

WU: Well, that's the thing. It didn't cost much at all.

S: How much?

WU: Fifteen million yen. That's not even a fifth of what Doogé deposited in our account just to listen to him talk about doing the Jageda job.

S: (intense glaring) Warui!

WU: Yes?

S: Baka! This means the property is haunted!

Meri: (freaked) Wuuuf?!?

RP: Aww shoot.

SM: Ewww.

WU: (taken aback) What? No way. I read the contract and it didn't say anything about being haunted.

S: Since when did you learn to read Japanese?

WU: I just use my automated translation app to read it. It didn't say anything about ghosts.

S: Let me see that contract.

Wu-chan pulls the contract up on his tablet as Syvil starts looking it over.

S: (pointing at the contract) ...

WU: What? Yurei. I looked it up and it's something about oil? No big deal. We can dig it up and do some soil remediation by...

S: (back to glaring at Wu-chan) Baka! It's not “yurei”. It's “yūrei”!

WU: (confused look) Wait, so not oil?

Syvil types in “yūrei” into Wu-chan's tablet

WU: (suddenly deflated) Oh. Oh shit.

S: Everyone, congratulate Warui here for buying us a haunted house!

 
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