3.31.2005

new laptop...

well umm, dell had a good deal with 30% off laptops... so i got what i wanted... ships next week... yay...

work was work... kind of slow... no clear goals other than my thesis... i like teh people though... amazingly enough i liek the people... no one there annoys me...

hmm... no update from phil... maybe it was jsut an april fools joke...

3.30.2005

yay work...

work was fun... free coffee, donuts and imax movie... then lunch time... then i got my computer account working again... and that was about the extent of that... tomorrow boss gets back and we're having a meeting involving the entire group... so i should get stuff to do then...

rumour has it phil will resume blogging since he has also returned to work term... i'm not holding my breath...

i want a new laptop... i, umm, just need to secure funding...

the more i listen to the new :w: the more i like... the remix disc is also pretty good... combichrist i can't say i like too much... it feels rather immature.. and it reminds me too much of lords of acid stuff done years ago... i'll still give it some time.. but the vibes i'm getting are crappy technoise (i jsut made that term up on the fly, pretty slick huh? oh but i'm not original a google search brings up 586 hits, there is no urban dictionary entry for it though)

i sat around watching tv most of the night... i think i watched three different episodes of the king of queens... it has the big funny guy on it... he's funny...

still need to add nick's blog... will do that now... then i can claim to have a diverse blog linking to an asian's blog... i'll keep phils blog linked due to rumours... i did bump him down a notch though...

3.29.2005

amp II well under way...

well spent a few horus this afternoon making the second amp... revisions include external power switch, power led, and more friendly radio shack stereo jacks... the stereo jacks worked out well i think, i still need to drill a hole for the volume knob and the power led... but it works... i got cocky and didn't test it till i had everything soldered... so i'm fairly happy i need ot buy some double sided tape to mount it in it's case... but after that it should be done... hi res pic

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more dayton...

still getting into the swing of things in dayton... blogging doens't feel like part of this routine yet... i'm sure it will..but this post is feeling very forced...

i bought oil to give the 7 a transfusion tomorrow, if i get around to it... i bought a butane soldering iron, highly recommended... found my geek tools, like my multimeter and crimpers... they were hidning the garage for the past 6 months... bought new filters for my fishy... took a nap... that's about all i did today...

listening to download's "the eyes of stanley pain".. very amazing album, dancing along the razor edge between music and noise, jsut barely coherent, downloads other albums i don't feel achieve that.. i would consider them slightly into noise.. but this one is perfect... the track base metal(the creepy one khautz would make me turn off) sounds incredible through the amp and senns, the rest of the album sounds good too, but i pulled back some to keep my ears from bleeding...... would like to think i'll get started on my second amp tomorrow...i bought a differnt style stereo plug thati think will be more mounting friendly then the first rev ones...

need to update my base pass before i start work... it'll give me an excuse ot drive the 7 for awhile... yay...

my sister going on a spring break trip with some friends to cleveland... she wants to steal my tv... i farking swear... she has her own tv.. but mine's bigger, so she wants that... she wanted my nomad, she wanted my fm transmitter... she's gotta be worse than a girlfriend... i dunno what's going on the with the tv... i let her use my lexar mp3 player which i dont' relaly like at all but it makes her happy... and i gave her a tape adapter since teh van actaully still has a tape player in it... so i accomodated her none the less, but of course it was all my fault if stuff didn't work perfectly... jesus...

3.27.2005

back home...

umm... got home yesterday... throttle body demo went well... my group and one other group had it working pretty well, the other groups either hardly worked period or worked very unsmoothly...

loaded van... fit everything... i wasn't sure if i would beable to since i was takign the tv and a chair that was given to us by my dad's boss... but yeah... ate lunch at fuddruckers with the guys... last meal with josh, being this was his last term... it was fun... cleaned the hosue some and left...

home around 6:30.. about 3:30 trip... good time.. especially for a minivan... there was a really nice benz that got on in forntof me at an on ramp... i wanted to get clsoer... i was haivnog go abotu 100 to keep up though.. then we hit traffic and he felt more comfortable cutting people off than i do... so i never got a good look...

unlaoded van... setup computer, first thigns first.. had dinner at place i used to work... it was very good pizza... i hadn't had it for a long time... and all the time i worked there it never seemed too special...

unpacked more when i got home.. got enough off my bed to sleep...

got my copy of the new :w:... i thought it wouldn't be released till the 15th.. but i won't complain... also combichrist came... the new :w:... it's not the standard :w: but i like it overall is actually kindof soothing... even if it is repetitive at times... i will comment more later don't feel like offering a patrick bateman style run down on the album right now... the combichrist... i've only listened to once... it sounds kind of fun... a little more technoish than what i have been listening too lately.. i'll comment more on combichrist as i feel i can... also the :w: limited edition set i got came with a remix cd.. i have not listened to that at all... make comments when i feel i can...

gotot play with my sisters rio... i fiddled withit and pushed the power button a certain way and nowit can turn on again with out too much trouble.. it is very slick and pleasing ot the eye... it scrathes too easily though, all scractehd up she's only had it two weeks... ipod's scratch liek a mother too, my friend has one and it's all sorts of beat up looking... my nomad is still scratchless after 5 months and looks good as new, even the screen, and i take him almost everywhere with me... the carbon came with a case.. but the case blocks the screen and controls so it always has to come out to do anything except adjust volume... so my feelings... for sex appeal it's good... rigidity poor... broken button, but i think it took a pretty severe blow, i can' confidently say my nomad would have faired any better... and scratches... scratches make sex appeal drop over time, and they happen EASILY... functionality is fine... no on the fly playlist editor... but from my limited research that's a feature limited to larger players... my sisters happy i talked her into a bigger than 512 MB player... i ouldn't mind a carbon for myself to carry on my person all the timeand use the nomad strictly for car use... but i'm not about to spend another $160 on a mp3 player...

spent a lotof theafternoon rippignand loading tracks for my sister... bought afew tracks for her from walmart... i'ma good brother... but she did ask if she could borrow my fm transmitter for a trip she's taking... i dont' kow if i'm that good of a brother...

well i'll write more sometime... don't feel like writing anymore...




3.26.2005

sleep continues to evade...

its really rather unfortunate.. i have been very busy.. coupled with being partially sick for over a week now... i know i'm beyond tired.. but i have not been able to sleep well for the past few nights or so... i woke up tonight and i found myself longing for it to be the dead of winter again... i longed for a foot of snow outside and single digit temperatures... i have no idea why... i know a rested me is sick of the pseudo spring i have been living... maybei jsut want real winter or real spring... i am tring to think a single day i've been in michigan that i have not seen snow atleast on the ground in our yard this term.. and i don't think there has been a single day, not even now, the day before easter... i have heartburn, a painful hang nail, and i just dropped a tums on the floor... what a terrible world i live in...

::update::after dropping the tums i set it on my desk to eat after tums number one was consumed... i dropped the tums again before it made it in to my mouth...

3.25.2005

last night at 2112...

new house next term... 2112 has been a good house... jsut we dont' need the space anymore and it's more expensive than our next house... though the next house happens to have 7 bedrooms... but jsut thought i'd mark this day as my last night in this house... it is kind of sad i guess... cause i'm goofy like that...

music...

i got a VAC sample in my head and i couldn't remember what song it was in and it was driving me crazy to the point i couldn't sleep...

finally found it, Asphixia (wasted) on twisted thought generator.

the quotes were:
"my mind was only one mode and that was to kill, so i went forth to attack her and she threw a scadlingn hot cup of coffee on me of which only increased my instincts if you will, at which point in time ,like i said between 30 and 60 seconds, i took her life..."

and

"I believe if was 5 blows i took trying to plunge the crowbar into his heart"

while i'm at it i found out how the phrase "oh fuck me" got ingrained in my mind... sample from event horizon used in the track fun with knives...

i'm on such a VAC kick lately...

3.24.2005

phil...

i can't believe what phil did to our shopping list... phil of all people writing profanities in the name of the dark father...

geeky adventures into sound...

today we were curious the frequency repsonse of the average human ear... we only spent 5 mintues looking this up and found nothing too useful... one guy had a theory that i found kind of interesting.. partly because i've been dealing with dB scale the last few days with wireless... quick run down on dB... 0dB = 1, 10dB=10, 20dB=100... every ten dB is an order of magnitude increase... this is useful in communications when dealing with signal power that greatly varies... so you can fit everything on the same plot... anyways... with that in mind this guy's point was that sound we hear ranges form 20 hz - ~20,000 hz, that's three orders of ten... where as light we see ranges from 400-700 nm, converted to frequency that that is 750 - 430 Thz (yes, T as in tera, as in 10^12)... but visible light does not span even one order of magnitude... the mega high frequency does allow for virtually unlimited bandwidth, the limitations in optical communications are in the hardware itself... not the light... and optical stuff is the way of the future but tha'ts a whole other rant... but anyways this guys point was that since sound spans across more orders of magnitude, he thinks that the part of the brain dedicated to hearing is more complicated/powerful than that dedicated to seeing... i can't say whether i agree with him or not... but i found it interesting.. and when i have time to ponder it further i might... i do know i find sounds much more distracting than sights though...

one more nightmare...

blah... wireless mostly done... i know how to finish it.. just take a little bit to get it all togther... i'm glad i've spent a lot of time on it.. i enjoy it and i've learned a lot... i still have to revise my paper... i have between 4 and 5 hours to do this tomorrow... it'll possibly be tight... i've had weeks to do this... but oh well... i don't care about it much... like i said i enjoy wireless and it is without a doubt more useful to me... tomorrow at 3 i will be happy even though i still have wireless to finish and a 10 page rpeort to work on for automotive electronics... i could skimp on sleep.. but that doesn't work for me...

we tried to study semiconductors tonight... we didn't get much done it was mostly sittign around making smart ass remarks... and prejudice comments.. tha'ts been really high this week... everyone... we leave no one out... i did start checking mysel fin public though... we ate at wendy's tonight... andi paused mid sentence turned around made sure no one else was around and continued... it was rather humourous...

in semiconductors when dealing with laser diodes i think it is, there's a term called stimulated emissions... i find this amusing and always laugh.. then eveyrone else trignot keep a straight face laughs too... they could have come up with somethign better than stimulated emissions...

3.23.2005

i can only hope...

i dunno... i worked all day... and i don't feel i got much accomplished...

i watched the end of silence of the lambs instead of studying architecture... during a commercial break they had a little tidbit of information saying that the killer in it was loosely based on ed gein.. and described ed gein as a "grave-robbing, cannibalistic necrophile"... phil asked if that's how theyre' gonna describe me when i'm gone... my response, "i can only hope"...

3.22.2005

secret society...

wleli had my induction to one mof my societies today... i'm not supposed to talk about it... i'll just say it was amusing...

another tomorrow... it probably will not be as amusing... tomorrow is going to be a long hard day... so is thrusday... i'm takingit easy tonight then it's going to be two rough days and a third rough but not as much so day... clases are all over now it's jsut down to final projects and exams...

nothing much else i care to share here...

3.21.2005

not really a bad day...

apart form my great amusement in senior seminar today has been pretty good... presenations this morning for automotive electronics... i think it went pretty well... oh course i'm just happy it's over...

i confirmed who my thesis advisor is and it's the Professor i requested, he sai dhe'd be happy to advise me... so that's taken care of and one less thing to worry about...

got most of my signatures for my smart people club... one i will be unable to get, he is out of town till too late... i should have done this sooner.. but where is the fun in that... the other i tried three times but he was either not in yet or at a meeting... i got all the others i needed over a dozen total... one of the signatures i needed was form my automotive electronics prof... the devil horns guy.. he told me congratulations... that made me feel good because he actually sort of knows me the others were just anonymous people... for one i got to exercise my finely tuned abilities of talking with the fairer sex... it was pretty much "is this you? (while pointing to a name on a piece of paper)", "umm yeah", "can you sign it?... thanks"

umm that's about it so far... i'm going to run to the store tonight to buy stuff to make for supper tomorrow... tomorrow is one of my initiations to smart people clubs... i'm not going to the reception afterwards... too many people i don't really like... wednesday is another one it's the EE society... i know these people better and don't hate them... so i'm going to that reception...

wow...

today in senior seminar... we were talking about the final... the prof asked if it was alright for him to grade the final... a certain person who happens to be jewish, and i don't like him too much not because he's jewish because of other reasons, butted in stating that he could grade the final... some people made a little noise then the prof said how about i just let you guys choose two people for me to fail... everyone in unison said the jewish guy, he doesn't look jewish at all be he says he is.. now this was amusing enough... then the prof said something along the lines of now you see how easy it was for the holocaust to happen? like i said it's not obvious this person is a jew.. but he is and i found this funny as hell... so far it's the highlight of my day...

::edit:: i also realized that's my last class with this person ever... what a wonderful last memory...

3.20.2005

not looking forward...

i've been kind of off most of the night saying bad things... i don't want this week... i want ot wake up a week form now... uhg...

still not impressed with new NIN single... might go to the album's listening party with randy in cleveland next monday... not sure yet...

i got a umm copy of the new :w: album from a friend... (do have my legit copy ordered)... its different... it's not what one would expect form :w: at all... i kind of like it... i haven't listened to it too discerningly yet...

i dunno what else... i was putting alligator clips in my hair earlier...

i feel dirty...

umm... tonight we were watching tv and there was an asian on there... and for some reason my thoughts are a bit off tonight and bukkake (urban dictionary) came to my mind... and i said something about it and no one else i lived with had any idea what it was... i felt very dirty...

3.19.2005

i need to heal...

i've felt crappy all day... this is something i don't need for finals week... with any luck i'll feel much better tomorrow... was supposed to work on a project luckily i got to the school and all we did was decide to split the presentation up to different parts and we'd convene again tomorrow and put it all together... so i can work on that tomorrow... i just don't feel it tonight..i just wanna go to bed... but i can't now... its too early to sleep too late for a nap...

heard the new NIN single... i don't like it much, sounds rather trendy too me... i had to bust out some downward spiral to make sure that the trent i like sounded different from this new trent... thankfully he did... the rest of the album may be better... but i'm not gonna be holding my breath for it... if the single i heard is any indication and i was trent i'd be embarassed by my work...

got tracks from the new :w: single blondi... two tracks, 3 remixes of one, one of the other, six tracks total.. i can't say i'm very impressed with this either... the original tracks seem boring i can jump to anywhere in the track and it sounds about the same... the remixes i havn't listened to thoroughly, one track had some female vocals which i like but the vocals reminded me very much of switchblade symphony... so i can't give rudy originality points for this... though it is not the :w: norm... so the jury is still out for the new :w: also...

swapped sunfire for van... that went fine... came home took a nap... then had the group meeting... went to meijers returned cans... got more coughdrops and potatoes and steak for supper... steak was cheap and tough... i didn't like it too much... potatoe was good... together they made me very full...

my combichrist album shipped... this confuses me i checked the ship together with preorder when preorder becomes available option...

i'm tired of school... i'm tired of people... and i'm just tired...

i'm zombie tired...

i'm past tired.. i'm to the point where it seems like a good idea to stumble around groaning like a zombie and try biting people.. like phil... i wasn't very good at biting though i kind of jabbed my tooth into his shoulder and i said ow.. he asked if i was okay... my sister called at 11:45 becasue she was broed... i returned her call 15 minutes later.. i was talking strange because i'm very tired.. she asked if i was drunk... i told her i was cold... she had a good laugh at that... i meant to say i have a cold... which still doesn't make much sense... phil made fun of me for my voice being broken earlier due to my cold... i made a milkshake... i used milk and icecream and peanute butter and a brownie... it was good... i made it too big and it made me very full... sleep is now needed...

3.18.2005

i watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor...

well the title relates to this post in absolutely no way what so ever... but i got it from a sample used by grendel on a track and i thought it was fun...

the weekend starts tomorrow... i have lots of thigns i should do... it won't be a very fun weekend...

my sister dropped her rio and broke the power switch... so far i'm going to have trouble reccommending rio products in the future... i've dropped my nomad two or three times... well one time i didn't really drop i was just stupid... we were landing in las vegas and i simply set it on the set next to me completely disregarding the impending negative acceleration that was about to be experienced... so the nomad flew off the seat and under the seat in front of me... luckly they had something shoved down there otherwise the nomad would have flown further... it was amusing... another time i knocked it off my desk... and it's no worse for the wear, an di'm sure it's considerably heavier than a carbon... but i guess i could just be lucky and my sister unlucky... but i think i will limit my mp3 player recomendations strictly to a nomads for awhile atleast... apart form apparently being more rugged, the on the fly playlist editor i find very attractive...

didn't listen to icon of coil tonight... have not really just sat and listened to anything tonight, right now i have grendel playing again... phil wants a set of senns now... 3 minutes convinced him... my speakers are going home this weekend... they don't get used much at all any more... the ps2 and gt4 wheel are going home... lil miss divx goes home... possibly my comfy chair goes home... meeting 20 minutes south of bowling green swapping sunfire for mini van for a week of agonizing driving...

my cold is not improving.. i bought zicam and more cough drops today... i got sugar free apple cinnamon fisherman's friends... they're interesting... i kind of like them... thought i'd try somthing besides halls... nothing wrong with halls i just like to try new stuff sometimes...

i'm gonna think about bed now... good night...

3.16.2005

tonight's aural adventures...

well today i listened to VAC's twisted thought generator and hex angel album's through eitehr the 500's or an fm transmitter... so i can't commenton how they really sound... they merely provided back ground noise during drives and walks...

then tonigh i sorta of listened to wumpscut's (:w: inteh future, cause that's the trendy way to write wumpscut, following these conventions i am now :n:) embyrodead buti was distracted by other thigns it wasn't a full experience.. but i can't say tha'ts my faovurite :w: album... i really like wreath of barbs.... but die hard :w: fan dont like that one too much.. jsut like real puppy fans hate the new puppy stuff... in general i think it takes more talent to evolve thanto continue churningout the same type stuff... so i liek that bands evolve.. :w:, puppy, vac... all vary greatly album to album, they evolve... and you always get from the die hards that the first two or three albums were the best... but in most cases i like the later ones more... but anyways... :w: has new album out next month... how exciting... about time there was a new cd i was interested in buying...

for my true listening experience tonight it was grendel's 2004 album Prescription : Medicide...i guess they're from the netherlands... and there's two people in the band instead of one... how bizarre... but anyways.. i've been listening to this album a lot this term... this was the first time i really heard it though... well i didn't listen to the whole thing just certain tracks... but it's pretty good stuff... one of my favourite tracks on it is titled "Social Distortion"... there was a girl screaming in this track and the realism made my skin crawl... but i like the album... it has a lot of energy that i haven't felt in other recent releases in the genre... supposed to be touring the states this summer... i believe i will make an effort to see them...

Liz and i had a discussion about where the fine line is drawn between a normal person who likes reasonable sound quality and an audiophile... i don't think we really came to any conclusion... something about deriving actual sexual satisfication from the sound was mentioned but that's about it... any other suggestions on the defining line?

just preordered the new :w:, "evoke", and normal ordered combichirst's "everybody hates you", (side project of icon of coil, which i think i will experience tomorrow)... yay... i get a limited edition verison of evoke with a bonus disc of remixes... both albums will arrive at the same time... i get them april 4ish the european release date... the us release date is april 12th.. i'm special...

::edit:: i'm not special i have to order the new :w: and the new vnv nation... so fark that i'm not a huge fan of vnv...

3.15.2005

another day passes...

spent a fair amount of time doing homework... so i dont' feel guilty for doing nothing all night... yeah i dont' really have much to say... started listening to oneof the blue man group's album... i really kind of like it... i'ts calm enough i can fall asleep listening to it.. and it's a nice change from the normal delerium, enigma, synaesthesia stuff i usually listen to while i search for sleep...

now i'm listening to VAC's "Calling Ov the Dead"... i can't sleep to this album... possibly i could sleep to "twisted thought generator" or maybe "Hex Angel" but not this one...

yeah... i really have nothign to say...

3.14.2005

english psycho?

fun story... from fark...

3.13.2005

my ears hurt...

maybe this amp was a bad idea... i just sat for about an hour with my eyes closed experiencing my music... it was rather intense.. i found individual totem's "depressive tendency" pretty exciting... at high enough levels of volume i felt like i was riding a roller coaster while listening to it... some older front line assembly was rather intense too... these senns are a lot friendly to my industrial musics than the ear buds... i'll probably take up listening to more industrial again... but regardless my ears hurt now...i listened too loud for too long... its hard to get the volume into perspective when you can't hear anything else...and when the speakers still sound clean... which is more than i can say about the sounds permeating my ceiling from the music man...

sundays...

phil was making grilled cheese... he was using shredded cheese, i told him there was a brick he could of used.. then i said something goofy about being able to build a house out of bricks of cheese... then josh got excited and started pulling all the jars out of the refrigerator and began building a house.... this was amusing... after phil finished his grilled cheese josh said we should probably pick up his house before a certain person got home so they wouldn't see the stuff on the kitchen floor... i said yeah he might think "hey i guess i can start leaving stuff on the kitchen floor too.." josh laughed for several minutes... when he could talk again he said "I can see him doing that too!"

went to sam's club and bought a big ol' box of brownie mix... and a big ol' bucket of ice cream... umm.. yeah... that's pretty much been my day... at one point i did my laundry...

two weeks left... this term has gone by very fast...

the last few days i walked my sister through ripping mp3's and copying to her new carbon... the rio music manager is a pretty nice program... with only a couple phones calls my sister was able to learn how to use it... and she's not too computer savvy... she seems to like it... her only complaint.. which i would complain about to is that you can't edit the playlist on the player itself... i assumed that was a standard feature for a higher capacity player... so i'll have to look at it when i get home... that's something i really like about my nomad is that i can add a few tracks when ever i want to my playlist.. and it allows me to make my any passengers in my car act as dj's so i don't run out of music... so that's a feature i'll look for if i'm ever in the market for another mp3 player... i'd feel castrated with out it...

noise hunt continues...

the noise i'm experiencing on APC's passive is one the disc... i've tried it on the disc in three cd players now all sounded the same... well my ocmputer.. phil's cd player and the dvd player... used optical out on teh dvd player so the output from our living room setup should have been pretty clean... so the amp just amplifies the noise that's there... so i guess i need to find another test track... tracks by wumpscut have some noise.. but it's wumpscut and could very well be part of the experience... well the short silent parts in the beginning of "Ich will dich" are pretty clean... hmm... i dunno any more... if i'm tracing shit back to the cd there can't be that much added by the amp... and also i'm feeling i'm gonna have to listen to cd's themselves for a better idea of amp quality... there must be an objective way to do this... wow.. i've definitely well on my way to the condition of audiophilia...

umm.. phil and brian found a webstore that has a tshirt that teaches you how to count in binary on your fingers... they figured out that a double eagle is equivalent to the number 645... so now all the geeks of the world can give the 645 instead of the double eagle... they say ti 645... i'm not sure if they count the pinkies or the the order they go in on the second hand... so i dont' know if i agree with the calculation...

experiments with white noise...

well i've been tring to find the actual source of the noise... i'm using APC passive intro and i get some white noise at and above a certain level of volume... it's not just the nomad i've noticed the same thing on my computer... i took the amp out of the picture and the noise was still there... so that made me mroe confident in my amp... the noise involved with button pressing and all, i haven't noticed it for awhile... it could have been the proximity i had the amp and nomad... still this white noise... i guess i jsut never noticed before... i even went to the cd and palyed it thorughmy computer and it's still there... time to try other cans... mx-500's present... my old sony's also present... on both computer and nomad... i'm trying to round up a cd player... but it's proving to be difficult... i'm not sure if i really ahve a noise issue now... its just that i increased my discernment to identify anomalies inserted in the sound by my amp and noticed this... i will look into further... i should now think about bed...

on a side note... my old sony's are very uncomfortable... and the sound isn't terrible.. but it's not good either... my senns feel great after a few days break in... at first they weren't perfect... but now i can hardly feel them on my head...

3.12.2005

Amp I pictures...

well white castle fell through... no one else had my enthusiasm... it was obvious they were not craving it.. in fact certain parties were opposing it... god damn what a bummer... had kfc instead... in the parking lot i told phil the ground was slick... before i finished my words phil had fallen on his ass.. he had almost ripped a mirror off a car that he grabbed for support... it laughed so hard i cried... i'm abad person...


amp pictures... here's my nomads senns and my amp a big happy portable audio family...

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here's the amp... phil didn't get the plug in exactly striaght but i don't really care... it works...
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and here's the guts... not much to it... the two caps on the left are used to slip the 9 volt battery into a set +/- ~4.5 V rails to power the op amp.. the op amp is pretty well covered by my great excess of wires... its a set of two op amps on the same intergrated circuit.. one for each channel (left and right)... the op amps are set up as non-inverting amplifiers, with supposedly the same size reistors.. i didn't match perfectly..i didn't care for my first attempt... i just wanted it to work... so left might have a hair more gain than right but eh... the caps i assume act as a high pass filter (just checked and yes it does)... while checking i noticed my bass below 15 Hz is being attenutated ::gasp:: i think i'll live... for my next one i will add additional load reistors.. i've read that might help reduce the nosie i'm experiencing.. since my senns are still relatively low impedence... used dip switch because i had one laying around and i only bought one good switch becasue it was $4... that will be used on Amp II... the pot coming out the side is pretty nifty... it's specifically for audio applications so it really acts as two pots one for each channel tied to the same knob... so it has six leads instead of the normal 3 on a pot...
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so improvements on the next one... use load resistors to lose the noise.. hopefully... cleaner soldering... this one was really bad... i'm too embarassed to post the back of the board... use a real, external switch... add a power led for giggles...i think that's it...i'd be perefectly happy with this one if it didn't have the noise issue... as long as your listening to loud harder music you can't
tell... it's very apparent on certain APC tracks though...

::edit:: made pictures clickable to view larger image... i will try to do this in the future to all pictures...

amp one completed...

wired up volume control and used a simple dip switch for the power switch saving my real switch for attempt two... then i sorta told phil where i wanted everything to appear on the outside and he was kind enough to drill holes for me and do the stuff that i'm really bad at... like making it look presentable... so we got that done... it works for the msot part... only problem i have is it picks up noise from the nomad... on quiet songs there's a noticable hiss whenever the backlight is turned off... yes off... also noise when searchign the hard drive and pressing certain buttons...so that's something i should look into other than that it works well... i can make my heads phones loud enough that the bass vibrates them on my head a little bit... and my senns don't overmodulate either which is cool... i have some pictures but we're about to leave for supper so i'll post later...

i fear our trip to white castle will not be as exciting as khautz... certain people are afraid to go bad towns... and they dont' wanna wait till later... they wanna eat at a reasonable hour... fark that... oh well...

::edit:: also thought i'd mentioned it's nice having an analog volume control for the nomad now...

amp progress...

hmm... classes were fine.. only went to two today... architecture wasn't too bad... but i had leaving afterwards to look forward to.. instead of semiconductors...

watched blazing saddles got a few very good laughs out of me...

ate at mexican place.. i was kind of disappointed... i was even gonna buy a drink and then they say they don't serve alcohol any more... the service was slow... food was okay.. bette mexican places in dayton though...

bought desoldering wick at radio shack... price of amp keeps going up and up... but several items were things i'll use again.. like alligator jumpers and soldering wick and wire... so the end of teh night status report is that it works with both channels... does have noise during quiet parts of music though... no bells or whistles yet though... lieka power switch, or volume control onthe amp itself... or a case... butthe circuit works... i thinki might leave it as it is and start over and do it much better in round 2... and add the other goodness then... soldering was done very very poorly... partly due ot crappy tools... partly due to crappy skillz on my part... tonight brian bought a butane soldering iron... i had never used one... i like it.. a lot... i'll be buying one for myself in the near future... it's so small and no wires and it easier ot steady because there less lenght of the tip... also harder to accidently melt shit withthe shorter tip... so yeah...

saw hostage tonight... was decent i thought... seemed longer than it was so i guess that means parts i found boring...

umm i guess i should think about bed soon...

3.11.2005

inconsiderate music man makes nate clean room...

hmm... well blogger is apparently having issues letting folks post comments on other's blogs... just fyi...

sleep was poor again last night... didn't sleep well till nearly 3... then i was woken up by someone blasting tunes at 9 in the morning... well the tunes didn't wake me up but i woke up and heard bass thumping and the rudeness of it pissed me off, and i can't sleep once i get pissed off in the mornring... being a strong advocate of headphones i think this person should get some farking headphones, common courtesy you know... i can listenot musicas loud as i want until my ears bleed and no one else is gonna hear it...i think i will start playing my tunes loudly on my real speakers when i get up... usually at 7...sometimes 6:30...

umm... did i write about my umm "progress" on my amp? well i farked up an entire side of a protoboard got everything in the signal section off by one row... so i gotta pull the components i can and start over... i was however able to get one channel of sound... and it was pretty shitty... louder yes, a little, but very dirty... so even if i hadn't farked up that side of the board i'd probabaly be redoing it anyways... i should ahve ordered mroe extra cheap parts like caps and resistors... but i've invested enough money in it i'm not gonna back out i'm gonna make it work and work well...

don't want to go to my afternoon classes.. they are bad... both of them... they make me want to cry...

still talking to Liz... a lot... we've had very... well... interesting conversations this week... it's been fun...

i cleaned my room, sort of, this morning... yesterday it dawned on me it looked liek a bomb had exploded in here... so now i can walk from my bed to the door with out stepping on shit so it pretty dern clean by my standards... i guess i should thank incosiderate music man for getting me up early so i could clean my room...

3.10.2005

scientifical....

last night began work on the amp... the circuits done it need testing now... after that it's the tricky part of packaging it and makingit pretty... coldheat sodlering irons are crap... it made me lift my first pad... never again will i use one...i had much better luck after i switch to Brians beat to shit cockeyed tip one... i powered it up and the amps is getting proper power and it didn't overheat... i need to buy a stereo patch cable and some little alligator clip wires...

automotive electronics went well, we have our throttle body working pretty well... i think it would have taken off my finher if i had put it in there... buti used my better judgement... my lab partners wouldn't let me put a pencil in there though...

seminar was seminar... i drew on my hands... one kid said "scientifical" i laughed...

headphones are good... the isolation is wonderful... it lets me escape... escape things liek counterstrike... and it blocks out all the bad noises... well most... the worst of the worst still come through some... like people using a hammer to break granola bars on the kitchen counter... but now i have another pet peeve... people walking by my door and casting a shadow in my room... because i think they're gonna come in here... and i dont' know why people walk by my room every 30 seconds... i guess i could turn on a light so the shadow would disappear.. then i'd have ot get up though...

i found the bass kind of muddy on just one track so far... so it could have just been the track.. it was "In der Nacht" by wumpscut.. and i don't know the soruce of the copy so it could just be a bad copy or the original could be nasty... at first i didn't notice too huge of a difference between these and my mx-500's... well the base of course and the isolation... but now after going back to the mx-500's for school and back again to the hd-212's for teh evening listening there's a world of difference... for the better... but still i think i'll be usingthe mx-500's in public type places... msotly due to isolation... i wouldn't be comfortable walking around not being able to hear a thing... the isolation is a double sided blade i guess... i wouldn't trade it for the world for escaping.. but bad for mobile use...

tomorrow shouldn't be too bad... looking forward to the weekend... i guess i'll run out later to get the stuff i need for my amp... maybe i'll do that tomorrow depends on how i feel and how late it gets...

3.09.2005

i can't hear you...

my senns came... so i'm happy... i left a note on the front door telling Mr. UPS to leave it at the sidedoor.. and he did, yay! first impressions sound pretty good, lots of bass... much better then the mx-500's... i don't findit too over powering like some reviews have said though... and the nomad has an equalizer, but i don't think they need it, atleast not yet... only been listening to for maybe 15 minutes... so far they're comfy enough... they fit over my ear perfectly... the isolation is wonderful... i can be listening at normal levels and can't hear a word being spoken 3 feet from me... it's very nice... this is the solution for counterstrike... i can't hear my keyboard of my computer noise or anything... unless i'm eatting..i can hear everything that happens inside my head... or anythign thing that comes in contact with the heapdhoens or the cord... only from the cord if there's no tunes playing... the cord is 3 metres long so about 10 feet... the cord attachs at the bottom of each ear piece.. i guess this is to protect the cans if the cord get yanked it'll break away without causing damage...

also got my parts to make the amp... less than 24 hours after i ordered them... i only paid for three day delievery... digi-key coupled with fed ex is pretty farking sweet...

3.08.2005

audiophilia here i come...

it's getting bad.. this past week i've made leaps and bounds toward becoming an audiophile... it started out with a crappy day were music became an escape... andi wore headphoens to the store... i've been wearing them onteh drive ot school for awhile now... as to not disrupt my listening experience during the car ride... and i feel is is not a risky behavior because my earbuds offer no isolation from the envrionment, so it's no differnt than playing music thorugh your stereo... from my understanding my new senns would not be safe to drive with however... but they'll make counterstriek more bearable with a high attenuation of conversational frequencies... yay... but anyways theni started sleeping with headphones on... i uslaly can't do that becasue they're too uncomforablt but after a day of wearing them it felt natural... but anyways today.. today i tried to answer my phone with my headphones on and playing... and i've started describing music as textured... though i'm not sure what a "warm" sound is yet... i've purchased enough parts to make two amps... they'll be here friday... digikey is a great order andi get a tracking number in less than two hours... i think i cracked phil.. he'll buy an amp for the price of parts and appropriate part of shipping.. and he's gonna help me with it... sounds fair to me... counterstrike has played a fair role in this too...

a certain person is drunk... and playing counterstrike... i'm about to get out the video camera... i also like how here we don't say how many drinks we've had but how many 40's we've had... such "dude i've had teh equivalent of two 40's!!".. i havn't had a 40 for a long long time... i think i do want a beer now...

no semiconductors...

semiconductors was canceled... the prof was "sick".. he seemed jsut fine yesterday... i don't like him... a lto of eople love him becsau it impossible to fail his class... i dont' learn a thing form him... it's a waste of my time... i have two other EE profs this term that have mentioned teh basics of semiconductors and it made a LOT more sense than anything this guy has said... soi was done at 12:20 today...

i took a brief nap... slept maybe 10 minutes... was in bed for maybe 30... but it was refreshing...

found a SD 512 card for $25 (after $15 rebate) ordered that so i can take like about 500 pictures with out unloading my card now... if you happen to have a rio forge and are looking to upgrade(khautz?) this is a pretty good price on an SD card...

umm... architecture lab wasn't too bad compared to last week... still hate teh class, mostly cause of the prof... even with a differnt prof it would be painfully dry material... but the other prof wouldn't spend 5 minutes trying to plug his laptop into a projector everyday... so i might respect his intelligence more...

wireless we transmitted some stuff with a system we put together... so that was kind of neat... my wireless prof told another prof he was annoying him today... it made me laugh... "Al, i'm sorry but you're really annoying me, i mean that in the best way possible, but it's still not very good, you have some students that need help over there could you please go help them".. then later back at our stationhe relaized he gave us a wrong equationand blamed it on being freaked out... i laughed more... Al Davis the other prof is teh msot bizarre awkward individually i've ever seen... he'll jsut stare at you you can nod back and he won't respond, if you say hi he gets really excited though... butthe way he stands around and stares at things is very eerie... i had him fo rmy communications class... he'd often make modem noises inteh middle of class for longer than 10 seconds... he'd just stand in front of the class and start making modem noises and his face while doing this was priceless... he will fall asleep during tests... and fart... he's a true piece of work... unfortunately there is no picture of him i can share... nor of my semiconductors guy...

i dunno what i'm going to teh rest of the day... i guess i could play gt4... i dunno...

i'm home alone now... i should do something to phil's room... or take another mini nap...

3.07.2005

headphone demons...

well i feel i can relax some now... my seminar paper is written and i've already been through the process of "defending" it... so that's over with and i can get back to other things that interest me more for a few days atleast...

ordered some hd-212 pro's from amazon... from what i've read theyre' a decent set of "cans" for the money... just taking baby steps here... next step will probably be the Etymotics.... i found headphone.com to be a good source on headphone information, learned bunches there... they have a shop too.. it seems pricey on items also carried by amazon, but i sure some of the higher end "cans" are much harder to find... they also seem to offer pretty honest reviews and recommendations... they even tell you particular sets in their inventory are bad and that you shouldn't buy them... so if your'e interested in good headphone check them out... and accoridng to them cheap headphones can cost up to $130... and just to confirm my beliefs tha tmy senn earbuds are great for earbuds, they're the only set headphone.com carries (etymotics is considered in ear canal, not ear bud) and they say this about them:

"We've looked long and hard to find earbuds that we really like, and... well... we're still looking. But the Sennheiser MX series of earbuds are good enough to allow us to give them our recommendation."

this just makes me feel somewhat justified in my continual praise of my senns...

i don't like best buy anymore... my future business will be directed towards circuit city... the devils and angels press relases pissed me off... they charge out the yingyang for stuff(so does circuit city, but in the past year circuit city has been REALLY good to me rebate and clearance wise)... i haven't bought anything big at bestbuy for atleast a year, probably longer... i've purchased a couple dvd's and cd's from them but i think tha'ts about it... all my real purchases done at brick and mortar stores have been mostly from circuit city... i used to not like them becasue of the hordes of sales demons... but i now can deal with them after realizing they're just humans too.. and i that i know more about their products than they do... hell sometimes they're even helpful like pointng me to the headphones... which they have a huge mark up on, but atleast they carry sennheisers... unlike bestbuy who has about 20 different sony's but none of my beloved senns... (accoridng to my new favoruite website sony's are BAD)... also the checkout system at circuit city i prefer now too... since i no longer fear the demons i almost like the more personal check out method instead of the disneyworld style line at most bestbuys now-a-days... what else... umm circuit city is red and white... similar to osu's scarlet and grey if you use your imagination... best buy is blue and yellow.. the colours of a U of M, without using your imagination... so umm no more best buy for me except when i get to be a devil...

anyways... also looking into building my own headphone amp... commerical ones go for $150 or more... but there's instructions to make your own with about $30 worth of parts... and it might be kind of fun... and it sounds like something a god fearing EE would do... now some folks thought i was crazy talking about an amp for headphones... but i'm not gonna knock it till i try it...

3.05.2005

yay renault...

ferrari didn't win the F1 season opener... tha'ts fun... but they were using last years cars... so next race we'll see, i assume they'll start using new cars sometime but maybe not... regardless it was nice to see someone besides mikey win... i'd prefer McLaren up there winning, naturally... any one but ferrari will do i suppose...

trip home hasn't been too eventful... so i don't have much to say about it...

3.04.2005

...three more weeks...

three more weeks... i'm ready for it to end now... this week was rough... i feel very drained...i dunno even know why i'm looking forward ot going to dayton but i am... i jsut need another break from flint... and everything that goes along with it... my patience is wearing very thing... i dunno if work will be much better.. it's about this time every turn that i begin to long to be at the other place...

i don't even want ot think about school anymore... i've hardly been able to think this week, period... my mind just refused to work... just checked my automotive exam grade 87... i feared much worse... that makes me feel a little better... i didn't royally fark it up...

i get to drive my 7 this weekend... that makes me happy... i don't trust her enough to bring her back to flint... plus there still snow on the roads... i dont' trust here in the snow either...

i need this long weekend... hopefully it will be very restful...

3.03.2005

rough draft complete

is it good probabaly not... my planmned worked... go to bed at a decent hour and wake up early and finish it... i proabably did much better writing this morning than i would have been capable of last night...

now i just have to make it through lab, proofread a few papers and sit through class, then i can go to dayton without any unpleasantness...

3.02.2005

nomad is a good buddy......

i've been listening to Mr. Nomad since about 2:20... minus half an hour for dinner... it's now encroaching on 11... phil always looks at me weird when i use that word... and he probably should.. it's a weird word...so about 8 hours... plus on the way to class earlier in the day plus in the libray for an hour at lunch plus i feel asleep listening to him last night too... but he turned himself off after 30 minutes... hes out of bars now and should take a nap... headphones are good... it gives you an excuse ot ignore people you don't even have to be listening to anything you can jsut ignore them and they'll assuem since you have things in your ears you can't hear them, it's nice...

i'm very ready for a break from flint...

the machinist won't be playing this weekend... tomorrow is the last day... this greatly perturbs me...

i'm going to call the sand man and wait for him to arrive... good night...

paper time

i have a ten page rough draft of a paper due in 25 hours... i have not a word written... here we go...

3.01.2005

i gave a man $8...

to shovel the drive and porch... he went down from $10... he said he needed the money for his 6 kids... i always feel bad turnign them down... everytiem it snows 3 or 4 people come to our door wanting to clean the snow away... it ranges from kids to adults... i always feel inclined to let them do it if i have the cahs at hand... no one here is gonna do it though people are like i can't believe you paid them to do that theres 5 of us here we should be doing that... but we won't get it done... and its nice to see people trying to make an honest buck...

i was rather detached most of the day... if i wasn't in class i had my headphones with the nomad by my side till a little after 4... i wore my headphones in meijers... i'd never done that before... i had a woolen cap on so you jsut saw wires going to my ears... or my brain... still lvoe my sennehiser earbuds... they sound amazingly full... they won't vibrate your skull with bass... butthe sound is so clean... and full... it doens' sound like there's something in your ear it sounds like it's filling up the room... i fidn them amazingly impressive for the price...the foam covers come off easily... that is my only complaint...

signed up for myspace because friends from home use it... i put up my zombie picture and posted something sending people here... that'll probably be alli do with that...

would like to work on new template but this week is full... and i'm not about ot work on it on the laptop in dayton...

i dunno... i should go to bed...