Streaming Music to an Android Phone

Posted August 22, 2011 @ 3:08 pm | Filed under: Geekery

I finally got around to setting up a streaming audio server at home so I could listen to my music collection on my phone from anywhere. Here’s the basic gist of how to do it.

1. Get an MPD server going.

If you don’t use MPD yet, you’re missing out. MPD is the Music Player Daemon, which basically means it’s a music player designed to run as an invisible system service and be managed by one of literally hundreds of different clients, depending on your use case.

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Modern(ish) Game Highlight: Cave Story

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 1:36 pm | Filed under: Geekery

This is super old news, but you know, that’s what I’m into. A while ago as I was looking for games that run on Linux, and I came across Cave Story, a sidescrolling action-adventure game with a great retro vibe to it. Created by a single person who calls himself Pixel over the course of 5 years, it has all the depth, challenge, and atmosphere you’d expect from a commercial offering… and it’s free! This is one of the first games I played on the suitcase PC, and I loved every second of it. I found there’s a buildscript for it in the Arch Linux user repository, so if you use yaourt it’s only one command away from being installed on your computer:

$ yaourt doukutsu

It works great with a USB gamepad — I prefer using a SNES pad myself. The game is also available on the Wii via the shop channel, with updated graphics and sound (though I prefer the more pixely look).

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I hate politics with a passion, but I realized a few years ago that if the politically apathetic don’t start thinking, caring, and voting, then those who wish to gain power over others — especially over the apathetic — through our crooked political process will only succeed in doing so. Previously, I attempted to logically and rationally ground my belief in the central teachings of Christianity, now I’ll try a similar thing and flesh out the reasons behind my political “leanings”.

Ideas have Consequences

While chatting online a couple years ago, A friend inadvertently gave me a good starting point for this post. In reference to a conversation he had with a mutual friend, he said: “i told him that his faith in the free market was about as strong as his faith in Jesus, and that it was borderline idolatry… ;)”. At first, I was struck that what he said might be true, that such faith was borderline idolatry. However, as I thought about it throughout the day, I wondered “why is it borderline idolatry?” What is wrong with believing in something almost as much as you believe in Christ? If you’ve had obsessions, as I have, with getting to the roots of both Christian theology and Austrian economic theory, you’ll realize that they have something in common: they are both rational, warranted philosophies. In both schools of thought, faith is not blind, it is justified. Both thought systems (worldviews) can be built on the unshakable foundation of axioms we all already accept, coupled with reason, logic, a careful investigation of history, and even the support of science when appropriate. In fact, I think it’s fairly easy to show that market freedom and other libertarian principles are derivable from core Christian principles… not only that, but Christian principles may form the only valid libertarian foundation, or at least the best one.

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Planting a Garden

Posted July 6, 2011 @ 7:40 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

This is a new type of “project” for me: planting a garden. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now since I have a bit of land of my own, and finally it’s come to fruition.

Constructing It

I went with a raised-bed garden, which means I made some 4 foot by 8 foot frames out of untreated 2x8s, and within the frames I added some organic soil to the native soil and mixed them together. Around the outside of the garden, I put up a fence to hinder critters from helping themselves to the fruits of my labor.

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Retro Game Highlight: Time Tunnel

Posted July 1, 2011 @ 11:05 am | Filed under: Geekery

I need to write more about old games that I love. So here’s an attempt to that end.

As I’ve mentioned before, when I was young I had I have a collection of Commodore 64s, and one of the games I remember playing a lot in my younger days is Time Tunnel. Time Tunnel is a strange game that places the main character, a nameless gnome, in a mysterious mansion (with four rooms) containing a broken time machine. The goal of the game is to find all the pieces of the fabled Gnome Treasure Map, store them all in a black hole in the year 9999, and thus reveal the location of the also-fabled Gnome Treasure. The pieces of the map are hidden — you guessed it — at different times throughout history.

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