Ending to a Film (mp3)
Music to sit and think about what you’ve done, and what might have been.
I’ve been taking a course on Cryptography and simultaneously working through Learn C The Hard Way with some coworkers. I’ve put together a small toolkit of C programs I’m calling OneTimer to help with encrypting and decrypting messages with the one time pad. Just being able to take a string of the hexadecimal representation of a message and turn it into a byte array has been super useful. Sample use:
> ./encrypt -k f00bd00b -p "Derp" b46ea27b > ./decrypt -k f00bd00b -c b46ea27b Derp > ./crack -p "Derp" -c b46ea27b f00bd00b
That’s some serious spy shit, huh? Just like those guys in Cryptonomicon.
Solo Piano #21 (mp3)
Blues progression in C minor, mixed meter (one measure of 6/8, one of ¾, repeat), with some sixths and sevenths for flavoring.
Spy Theme #5 (mp3)
I’m proud of this song because it’s my first track in a long time with all recorded percussion (no GarageBand loops). Not sure about the harmonic minor key I went with here; sounds a little more Borat than I’d hoped.
Spy Theme #3 (mp3)
Chord progression (Dm-C-Bb) I’ve been playing around with a little bit. Feels good to pick up the old electric guitar after a few years off.
The Entertainer (mp3)
By Scott Joplin. One of the reasons I took up piano in the first place.
A little incident that took place last week got me thinking about gratitude on the web. Without getting too far into it, some people I know launched a site that was heavily inspired by a thing I made last year. Great stuff, except that they made no mention of my work on their site or the announcements around it. I’m not upset; the world is a slightly better place for both of these sites existing. But I am confused.
It seems so obvious to me that you’d link to the site that inspired you. For those of us who make free things for the web, gratitude is the only currency we have. And unlike other forms of currency, which you have less of after you spend, when you give gratitude, you wind up with more than when you started. A tweet mentioning my work would have earned a retweet to all of my followers and a congratulatory reply. Share the love is all I’m saying. Otherwise, what’s the point?
My coffee setup, February 2012:
I’ve been using the Chemex for a year or so now, but with a generic kettle and a cheap blade grinder. The addition of the Hario and Bodum have made a noticeable difference in the quality and consistency of the coffee.