music streamin for you and me


at the request of greg and nothing better to listen to while working, i put a shoutcast stream back up. it’s electronica.  mostly downtempo but some trance, house, and clickhop.

the stream title is beatheads for a better america: rewirethepulse

people with winamp, vlc, itunes, foobar, xmms, click here.
people with windows media player, click here.

2000 songs in the list.  i need to go through my collection to add more.  i need to listen more to trim some out.  dave aided the collection of odd and independent music

maybe there’s something you want to hear?  check out the request page.

Categories : geek  site news

a loss


growing up, there was a group of 8-10 guys in our neighborhood who would play, hang out, grow up together, etc.  i don’t remember much about these guys.  their personalities, what they looked like, what made them mad, and so on.  i remember snippets of events like playing football, riding bikes, watching my brother try to run away, watching hanna barbara cartoons and playing hide & seek before school.  eating breakfast.  playing video games.  beating jeremy in john madden football.  sledding.  smashing batteries with hammers.

jeremy duane rowlands was one of them.  he was my brother’s best friend.  he died this week.  “tragic.”  “sudden.”  i don’t believe we’ll know the details.  free press and detroit news will have some notices starting tomorrow.

by association, i got to spend a lot of time with him but grew apart as we grew up.  i never really had a ‘best friend’ growing up.  anything i did in the group was because i tagged along.  i was more comfortable staying home playing with my legos.

tonight, there was a get together at his aunt’s house.  i caught up with people i haven’t seen in ten years, their family members in longer.

“adults” were awestruck at the notion that these “other kids” were old enough to grow up, get married, have kids, and the like.  i suppose it’s like that when you see someone who was fifteen the last time you saw them.

personally, i hadn’t seen the guy in ten years.  i ran into him, he was behind the counter at the video store.

“hey, what are you up to?” he asked.

“not much.  work. school.  meh, you?”

“this is it.”

“alright.  good to see you.  i gotta get goin’.”

today i found out that he wasn’t much for words.  i planned to attend saturday’s viewing.  i didn’t plan on attending sunday’s funeral but after tonight i changed my mind.

you were loved by many.  you will be missed.

from the obit

Age 30 of Howell, formerly of Farmington. Died at home in his sleep on Sunday, December 7, 2008. Born July 1, 1978. Beloved son of Susan and Scott Campbell of Farmington. Cherished grandson of Phyllis and the late Howard Youngs of Howell, and the late Dorothy Campbell formerly of Farmington Hills. Dear brother of Erika Campbell. Loving nephew of Melissa Youngs of Milford. Also survived and adored by cousin Jordan Misaros. Jeremy grew up in Farmington where he attended Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School. He is a proud graduate of Catholic Central High School Class of 1996, and he attended Wayne State University. Funeral Service Sunday 11 a.m. at Catholic Central High School Chapel, 27225 Wixom Rd., Novi. Visitation Saturday 2-9 p.m. at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, 33603 Grand River Ave., Farmington.

Categories : about



beginning of the second act, in the land of sugarplum fairy.  seats weren’t bad.  sound was incredible.

cell phone picture

Categories : events

ger and jer


.. asked me to snap some pictures they could use for engagement shots..  way back in like, may 2008.  so some time in september, we shot them. 

because of the amount, i’ve put them behind a cut/more/section.

the whole set can be found over here.

Read more…

Categories : fun  photography

spike & mikes twisted animation festival again


it’s that time of year.  you know the event.  you know the place.

when are we going? not the 26th or 27th for us.  1/1 maybe?  maybe twice because of the size of our group?

Categories : events

ps2 device to usb port adapters


many new motherboards don’t come with ps2 ports anymore.  if your favorite keyboard only has ps2 ports, you’ll need a usb adapter.

with a usb keyboard or a ps2 keyboard plugged into a ps2 port, your keys behave as you think they would in 3d games.

with most ps2 to usb adapters, multiple key presses do not work properly.  example: you’re running forward, holding down the forward key and you want to strafe right.  while holding forward, you press your right key and let it go.  however, you stop moving.

my understanding about the issue is that the usb to ps2 adapters don’t emulate and translate the ps2 key presses properly.  the ziotek jobbie does.  however, it’s usually out of stock and recently back in stock.  you should consider picking it up if it’s an issue for you

Categories : geek  reviews

mm fresh roasted coffee


the beat cafe in warren roasts their coffee fresh.  fresh roasted coffee is where it’s at.  buy a pound to go.  it makes other “gourmet” coffee like starbucks and cardboard coffee like foldgers and maxwell house almost undrinkable.

besides that, the owners are awesome.

sandwiches are good too.

if it’s not a night for battle of the bands or stand-up comedy, it’s a nice quiet place to study.

Categories : reviews

Fail event on /dev/md2:schitzo


looks like a failing drive was the cause for my problems this weekend.  yay warranties.

This is an automatically generated mail message from mdadm running on schitzo

A Fail event had been detected on md device /dev/md2.

It could be related to component device /dev/sda3.

Faithfully yours, etc.

P.S. The /proc/mdstat file currently contains the following:

Personalities : [raid1]
md3 : active raid1 sda4[2](F) sdb4[1]
70211968 blocks [2/1] [_U]

md2 : active raid1 sda3[2](F) sdb3[1]
3903680 blocks [2/1] [_U]

md1 : active raid1 sda2[0] sdb2[1]
128448 blocks [2/2] [UU]

md0 : active raid1 sda1[0] sdb1[1]
3903680 blocks [2/2] [UU]

advance rma policies are nice.  5 year warranties are nicer.

Categories : geek