Stan’s Obligatory Blog


Mayor of the Sunset Strip

Filed under: — stan @ 3:09 pm

We went to see “Mayor of the Sunset Strip” today. It was really good. Got to see Rodney everywhere in Hollywood. Lots of fun.



Filed under: — stan @ 8:07 pm

Today we went to see “Maestro”, which is a documentary about early underground dance clubs in New York, and how they spawned a whole genre of music. It was interesting, but the visual look of the film was kind of hard to watch.


Evolving Light

Filed under: — stan @ 9:50 pm

We went to the opening party for “Evolving Light” at the Museum of Neon Art this evening. The new exhibit had lots of nice neon pieces.


The further dumbing of America…

Filed under: — stan @ 7:38 pm

We got to see an advance screening of “10.5″, a made-for-TV disaster movie today. Overall, it was pretty cheesy. The screenshot below pretty much sums up the whole movie. Didn’t the writers have a dictionary?


We support cartoonists

Filed under: — stan @ 9:39 pm

Tonight we went down to Flor y Canto to see Keith Knight. He talked and showed some slides of his work. He was very funny. We also bought a copy of his latest book, which he signed for us. Overall, it was a fun little adventure.


School Daze

Filed under: — stan @ 12:58 pm

We just got the letter today that Lucinda got in to Don Benito Elementary. This is the public magnet school here in Pasadena, and it is generally well-regarded.


Getting back to her roots

Filed under: — stan @ 7:15 pm

Lucinda and Mommy went to the zoo today. While they were there, Lucinda spent some time playing on the playground there. Today she finally was able to do the monkey bars. She learned to brachiate like her ancestors.


Filed under: — stan @ 5:53 pm

A couple of things were broken from yesterday’s follies with the sound card. The new kernel was out of sync with userland, so some random things like the ‘ps’ command were broken. I had to do a ‘make buildworld’ and ‘make installworld’ to bring the whole system up to rev.


Can you hear me now?

Filed under: — stan @ 2:44 pm

Put the old ISA SoundBlaster card back into moe. Had to put these lines into the kernel config:

device          pcm
device          sbc0    at isa? port 0x220 irq 10 drq 1 flags 0x15

Also, I had to go into the BIOS and tell it to reserver IRQ 10 for ‘legacy ISA’.

Then, ‘dmesg’ showed:

pcm0:  port 0xe400-0xe403,0xe000-0xe003,0xdc00-0xdcff irq 11 at device 7.5 on pci0
sbc0:  at port 0x220-0x22f irq 10 drq 1 flags 0x15 on isa0
pcm1:  on sbc0

Note that the SoundBlaster is on pcm1. Now I checked it:

moe# cd /dev
moe# cat sndstat
FreeBSD Audio Driver (newpcm)
Installed devices:
pcm0:  at io 0xdc00 irq 11 (1p/1r/0v channels duplex)
pcm1:  at io 0x220 irq 10 drq 1:5 bufsz 4096d (1p/1r/0v channels duplex)

When I tried ’sh MAKEDEV snd0′, nothing worked, but when I noticed that the SB was on pcm1, I did ’sh MAKEDEV snd1′ and then it all started working.


Something funny

Filed under: — stan @ 9:48 pm

There is a crew filming a movie in front of a house on San Pasqual near Caltech. I guess that it’s supposed to be set in some place that’s not Southern California, because they’re wrapping sheets of rubber fake bark on the trunks of the palm trees to make them look like ‘regular’ trees.

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