I shamelessly just sat through the entire show on my iPad… brings back so many memories.


Looks like I’m finally getting this blog to look half-way decent.  When you’re cheap… well… that can be hard to do.

Here I am again.  Am I crazy?  Who knows… but I am sort of hoping if I toss enough stuff at this I might start desensitizing myself to my fear of being abused and be willing to start using a blog again.  There’s a part of me that misses it and a part of me that warns me not to.

You could say I’m hoping that I can find some sort of healthy middle ground.  Don’t know how things are going, but I will try to keep randomly posting

Why am I blogging anyway?  I mean, isn’t this like giving away free consulting and creative ideas to total strangers that … well … most of the time feel no obligation of returning the favor?

That’s a pretty bleak view of the world, but there’s unfortunately some truth to it.

When I first began blogging I was in college and much of it was driven by the “newness” of the Internet and a desire to share my work with other’s because I had no idea when I’d drop dead and never be heard from again.  But now that, well, I’ve survived, and I’ve grown accustomed to sharing with the world, but also learned how untrustworthy the world can be … I’m stuck wondering what to do with this once great outlet.

He leads me beside still waters.


I’m not very Christian, but this is a beautiful line and I would encourage anyone to think about whomever is dear to them, perhaps God, leading you beside still waters.

Sometimes we hold onto things only to realize that they come back to us once we let them go.  Perhaps that’s a person, but maybe…maybe it’s a talent or a dream.  Sometimes we have to remember that every moment we live is a moment in our lives.  Right now.  How do you want to live your life?  Waiting for things to get better?  Wishing that people change?  What can you do in this moment that reflects the type of life you want to live?  Breathe.  We cannot control the path our lives take, but we can control what we do in each moment.

Crackling in audio after compiling external code in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

I have recently been exploring existing solutions for converting media into MIDI files.  After I was done and went back to my work, I quickly found that the audio coming out of say… Google Translate’s pronunciation of “hello” or Audacity was crackling.

This isn’t a new experience for me, or Ubuntu users in general. So I quickly looked up my log of recently installed packages to see which ones were incompatible.  The command to do that is:

grep " install " /var/log/dpkg.log

Sometimes when I have installed various libraries/packages, Ubuntu goes ahead and believes it should use those instead of the per-existing ones.  These were all the packages that I had installed just prior to when the crackling began:

2017-08-16 11:22:39 install cvs:amd64 2:1.12.13+real-15 X removed.
2017-08-16 11:27:51 install libfftw3-long3:amd64 3.3.4-2ubuntu1 X removed.
2017-08-16 11:27:51 install libfftw3-quad3:amd64 3.3.4-2ubuntu1 X removed.
2017-08-16 11:27:52 install libfftw3-bin:amd64 3.3.4-2ubuntu1 X removed.
2017-08-16 11:27:52 install libfftw3-dev:amd64 3.3.4-2ubuntu1 X removed.
2017-08-16 11:28:33 install libogg-dev:amd64 1.3.2-1 X removed. -> crackling sound went away.
2017-08-16 11:28:33 install libflac-dev:amd64 1.3.1-4 X removed. ^
2017-08-16 11:28:33 install libvorbis-dev:amd64 1.3.5-3 X removed. ^
2017-08-16 11:28:34 install libsndfile1-dev:amd64 1.0.25-10ubuntu0.16.04.1 X removed. ^
2017-08-16 11:29:17 install libao-dev:amd64 1.1.0-3ubuntu1 X removed. ^
2017-08-16 11:30:59 install libsamplerate0-dev:amd64 0.1.8-8 X removed. ^
2017-08-16 11:32:20 install libtinfo-dev:amd64 6.0+20160213-1ubuntu1 X removed. ^
2017-08-16 11:32:20 install libncurses5-dev:amd64 6.0+20160213-1ubuntu1 X removed. ^

I don’t intend to continually build any of the applications I explored, so for now I just removed them till the sound was free of the crackle.

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