Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Loose ends tied up

Today was a nice day in that a couple of things got cleared up. First, we finally got the room all wallpapered. Now I can start actually putting things in order.

Second, more importantly, I got the shit today. I called the post office in the afternoon, after I figured they had gotten the next batch of mail. Sure enough, they packages had arrived. Off I went! It was a bit tricky since I needed to pay cash and I needed more than the amount I had set as a daily withdrawal-limit on the ATM... In a stroke of good fortune, the bank was still open, so I could just wander in and do a withdrawal "manually", so to speak.

The boxes! One from ESI, the other a Thomann box.Opening the Thomann box I found the Firewire Solo and the cables I had ordered (2xTRS, 1xXLR) with lots of bubble-plastic around it; but not the regular bubble-plastic with small bubbles, this was sort of a chain with BIG bubbles. Additionally, the Firewire Solo was also surrounded by foam in its own box.Opening the ESI box, I found... two smaller boxes! Inside those were the nEar 05 speakers.But before I got to hook everything up and enjoy my new listening, there was a lot to do. I was going to do a complete re-shuffling of the computer-table (and clean up a bit at the same time). The main problem was that I've been keeping the keyboard on the right side of the table, but since I need to fit a speaker there, that won't do anymore. I'd have to place it beside the table, right or left. On the right side is a doorway, so that position was immediately rejected. But: for it to be on the left side, I'd need an ass-long USB-cable; luckily, the cable to the printer was of ass-length. And so, with switching the printer to a shorter cable, I would have to put it on the right. I'd also have to put the Firewire Solo on the right so it would be closer to the "recording booth" (aka the closet). Anyway, the new setup:
I also moved the external harddrive to the right, meaning the firewire-cable is not as stretched out and I have better access to the on-off switch.

So how does it sound? Well, it's certainly a world of difference from the built-in speakers. Of course my ears aren't trained well enough to know what they should sound like, but with listening and tweaking the placement I'll probably find something. The tweeters should be level with your ears, so they're still a little too low. I'm going to cut up a mat of camping foam I bought just for this occasion and prop them up a bit. Just moving my head down so the ears are at tweeter-height gives a very pleasant sound-sensation, which is promising for this whole operation.

I was also a bit worried about the Firewire Solo, having read about problems with bad drivers, the documentation stating a minimum of 512MB RAM required and whatnot. But so far so good! Of course, I haven't tried recording anything yet, which will be the true test. (Hopefully that will work out, too.)

Friday, November 17, 2006

In transit

Palvelu: Economy -paketti
Lisäpalvelut:
Paino: 3.48 kg
Tilavuus: 0.0584 m3

Lähetystunnus: ■■■■■■■■■■■■

LÄHETYKSEN REKISTERÖINNIT

17.11.2006, klo 09:59
Lähetys on lajiteltu
01010 POSTIN LOGISTIIKKAKESKUS
17.11.2006, klo 09:55
Lähetys saapunut maahan
01010 POSTIN LOGISTIIKKAKESKUS
14.11.2006, klo 02:33
Lähtenyt Suomeen
01000 Ulkomaa/Foreign country

Palvelu: Economy -paketti
Lisäpalvelut:
Paino: 12.56 kg
Tilavuus: 0.0463 m3

Lähetystunnus: ■■■■■■■■■■■■


LÄHETYKSEN REKISTERÖINNIT

17.11.2006, klo 10:32
Lähetys on lajiteltu
01010 POSTIN LOGISTIIKKAKESKUS
17.11.2006, klo 10:28
Lähetys saapunut maahan
01010 POSTIN LOGISTIIKKAKESKUS
14.11.2006, klo 03:10
Lähtenyt Suomeen
01000 Ulkomaa/Foreign country

Thursday, November 16, 2006

I predict

I predict that today will be absolutely horrible. I got a minimal amount of sleep last night; a rough estimate of around 2-3 hours. Though I can't say exactly, it went something like this:
  • Lie in bed, trying to sleep.
  • Eventually fall asleep, wake up in the middle of the night sweaty all around me. Get up and adjust the sheets so I won't have to sleep on the wet parts and get some paper to wipe off my legs.
  • Fall asleep again only to wake up another time all sweaty again. Back to sleep.
  • Wake up again, needing to pee. After a visit to the toilet, try to go back to sleep.
  • Lie in bed for a while. Look at clock, shows 5:55.
  • After about an hour of lying awake, realise that it's no use; get up and do some homework.
Wonderful.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Newish

Today we started putting up new wallpaper in my room, which means it's a complete mess there and it stinks of wallpaper paste. Of course I hadn't realised that was scheduled for this week; I had planned to cram some kanji and write a short text in Japanese about Norwegian Wood. Now I have a bit less time to do that...

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Another new thing that is about to arrive, hopefully this week, is the audio equipment I've talked about on many previous occasions, namely the M-Audio Firewire Solo audio interface and the ESI nEar 05 speakers. I'm very excited to get some better listening than the eMac built-in speakers. (The lack of exclamation points do not indicate sarcasm; I am just too tired from wallpapering to be that excited.)While on the subject of music, I want to say that the FM7 software synthesizer is really cool, but really complicated. Not having any previous experience with synthesis doesn't help, I guess.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Kanji

I finally got around to the kanji-cramming. It certainly seems like the start is by far the worst, when it's been a while since you did your last crunch and now you've got all-new kanji that you don't recognize. But breaking the surface, so to speak, the ride has gotten significantly smoother. (Having a system that I know works helps a lot, too.) I'm pretty sure I'll learn most of the 200 or so new kanji for December's test (and also rehearse the previous 500).

What I'm doing currently is that I've split them up so at first I'll only be cramming the first 100, and when I know those I'll move on to the rest.