Say what you will, Thing

NPR did a promo of sorts for Hanni El Khatib and Nike 6.0 (extreme sports division). I’d say even more than his music, the fact that the entire music video is shot with tight spot lights & slow motion is impressive to me. And the colors. So it does intrigue me, as much as any extreme ad spot can I suppose. During the NPR interview El Khatib says something to the effect, “Find as many things as you can that inspire you, put them together, and come up with something new.” Not bad. Anyhow, I like the track “I Got A Thing” (a re-imagining of a 1970 Funkadelic song) and the colors in this video are insane.


Before & After Stereo Racking

Z & I built a new stereo rack out of the old record stand.  I reused as much wood as possible.  As a first build it’s fine.  If I were to do it again I’d probably try and figure out some way to put a hidden channel down the middle for all the cables and obviously hide the access holes behind the devices better.  I got a little crazy with my 1″ hole bit.  Also, the LG Optimus doesn’t take very good photos.  But I think the rack looks alright for no money.





Auden’s Elegy for Yeats

I was reading through Lapham’s Quarterly and I happened upon John Crowley’s article “The Next Future”.  In the article he quotes W.H. Auden’s elegy for W.B. Yeats. The particular stanza which he quotes about time and how it “Worships language and forgives/Everyone by whom it lives” and the two quatrains which follow are omitted in several republications of this elegy.  For example, the Cambridge Book of English Verse 1900-1939, Volume 1 omits those three quatrains skipping from, “Earth receive an honoured guest:..” to “In the nightmare of the dark…”  I’m sure Yeats and Auden scholars have had discussions about this, for me it was frustrating trying to figure out where these missing stanzas had gone and if I had the correct poem. I believe this is the full version, I’ll keep looking.

W. H. Auden, “In Memory of W. B. Yeats”

(d. January 1939)


He disappeared in the dead of winter:
The brooks were frozen, the airports almost deserted,
And snow disfigured the public statues;
The mercury sank in the mouth of the dying day.
What instrument we have agree
The day of his death was a dark cold day.

Far from his illness
The wolves ran on through the evergreen forests,
The peasant river was untempted by the fasionable quays;
By mourning tongues
The death of the poet was kept from his poems.

But for him it was his last afternoon as himself,
An afternoon of nurses and rumours;
The provinces of his body revolted,
The squares of his mind were empty,
Silence invaded the suburbs,
The current of his feeling failed; he became his admirers.

Now he is scattered among a hundred cities
And wholly given over to unfamiliar affections;
To find his happiness in another kind of wood
And be punished under a foreign code of conscience.
The words of a dead man
Are modified in the guts of the living.

But in the importance and noise of to-morrow
When the brokers are roaring like beasts on the floor of the Bourse,
And the poor have the sufferings to which they are fairly accustomed,
And each in the cell of himself is almost convinced of his freedom,
A few thousand will think of this day
As one thinks of a day when one did something slightly unusual.

What instrument we have agree
The day of his death was a dark cold day.


You were silly like us; your gift survived it all:
The parish of rich women, physical decay,
Yourself. Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.
Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,
For poetry makes nothing happen: it survives
In the valley of its making where executives
Would never want to tamper, flows on south
From ranches of isolation and the busy griefs,
Raw towns that we believe and die in; it survives,
A way of happening, a mouth.


Earth, receive an honoured guest:
William Yeats is laid to rest.
Let the Irish vessel lie
Emptied of its poetry.

Time that is intolerant
Of the brave and innocent,
And indifferent in a week
To a beatiful physique,

Worships language and forgives
Everyone by whom it lives;
Pardons cowardice, conceit,
Lays its honours at their feet.

Time that with this strange excuse
Pardoned Kipling and his views,
And will pardon Paul Claudel,
Pardons him for writing well.

In the nightmare of the dark
All the dogs of Europe bark,
And the living nations wait,
Each sequestered in its hate;

Intellectual disgrace
Stares from every human face,
And the seas of pity lie
Locked and frozen in each eye.

Follow, poet, follow right
To the bottom of the night,
With your unconstraining voice
Still persuade us to rejoice;

With the farming of a verse
Make a vineyard of the curse,
Sing of human unsuccess
In a rapture of distress;

In the deserts of the heart
Let the healing fountain start,
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.



And more…

Another project we knocked off the list this week was soldering the correct DC coaxial tip onto an old Iomega Zip Drive (120AC to 5VDC) linear power supply. From what I read online this was the best value to upgrade the cheap switching mode power supply that comes with the E-MU 0404 USB sound card; I found one in NJ on eBay for $8 shipped.

Another fix was for the 8 AWG stranded copper speaker wire I bought a few years ago (which never fit my amp or speaker inputs) but last week I found some banana plugs that fit just fine. And now there appears to be more bass going on.

Iomega Zip Drive 5VDC

Iomega Zip Drive 5VDC (upgrad3!)

Dayton Audio BAGS-G

Dayton Audio BAGS-G (8 AWG!)

Follow Up, 212+ Installation

C was here for a few days. Our last project was getting the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ installed. Installation went pretty well. We likely used too much thermal paste, but nonetheless, it reduced my CPU temperatures by about 20 degrees Celsius, so I’d say it works. It can often be found on sale for $25 from Newegg, so really if you have a large enough computer that’s running hot, this seems like a no brainer. I’m not entirely certain the CPU temperature readings were always correct, but I figure it’s better to err on the side of over cooling.

The one trifling problem I’ve had in my “Almost Vanilla” *OS*X*86 install was not achieving a full power off after shutting down. I found many threads related to power & sleep issues, but I finally found the one thread here referencing the specific settings for the BIOS on my Gigabyte G41M-ES2L motherboard. The answer was this:

Power Management Setup:
ACPI Suspend Type: [S3(STR)]
Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN: [Instant-Off]
PME Event Wake Up: [Disabled]
Power On by Ring: [Disabled]
Resume by Alarm: [Disabled]
HPET Support: [Enabled]
HPET Mode: [32-bit Mode]
Power On By Mouse: [Disabled]
Power On By Keyboard: [Disabled]
AC Back Function: [Soft-Off]

Although it turns out HPET Mode: [64-Bit Mode] works just as well. The crux was the three options below Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN, those three all must be disabled. Now when it turns off the case isn’t consuming 90 watts. Which is still a lot for any computer, but I try to only use it as a part time server for media backup. It consumes 5 watts in its “OFF” state but at least now it shuts down fully.