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15Nov/110

LadioCast automation (AppleScript)

Posted by dracoling

Playing music is fun, LadioCast is an awesome tool that lets you broadcast ANY audio from your soundcard to an icecast server. It also lets you mix from multiple sources. Being a simple tool it doesn't grab it's own metadata info or anything fancy like that. There are several common ways to update this info and they're covered other places online. Below I've included my own ladiocast_update script that adds a bit extra to the metadata mix.

Sometimes you want to play a stream for a bit and then drop offline cleanly, but you don't want to hang around to wait for it to finish (sleep is awesome once or twice a month).

Through the magic of AppleScript you can do this. [We can have platform debates later, my whole broadcast kit is in osx right now, get over it.]

This script queries iTunes for the current state (playing, paused, stopped). If the stream is seen playing or paused it updates the metadata in ladiocast with the info from the currently playing track. If it finds that it has stopped it plays the "radio off" playlist (used to give a sign-off message), waits a little bit (for the message to finish) and then kills the stream.

1Apr/100

Today’s Experiment

Posted by dracoling

Lately I have been falling asleep at work, or feeling strongly fatigued. Today I decided to try out the 5-hour energy shots.

Purchased 2 "Lemon-Lime" shots last night.

@08:00 -
Initial reaction "these things are freaking NASTY".
It kicked my eyelids back open though, so I guess it works. So far I've consumed about 2/3 of one.

@08:43 -
Sitting at my desk approx 45 mins later, I still feel a little tired but my eyelids aren't trying to shut themselves.

@11:15 -
Leg has started bouncing... starting to speed. Can't tell if this is a crash or just being energetic. Definitely awake though.

@11:35 -
Decided to finish the rest of the shot. With a cry of "For Science!" I downed the rest of it. The initial rush a moment or two after it hits the system is an intriguing feeling. As long as I can settle back down and do some work instead of speeding and twitching I'll consider this a success. If not, I'll have to save this stuff for parties and such.

Will continue to update.

31Jan/100

great day, not much to say

Posted by dracoling

I had a wonderful day for a lot of reasons today.

  1. Watched the Caprica Pilot again last night - don't spoil the show for me, I need to catch it on hulu.
  2. Slept late this morning - always awesome
  3. Did laundry! - I hear clean clothing is all the rage now
  4. ... other things ;-)
  5. Sold chainmaille! - People actually bought something I made \o/

No links today, wasn't online... like AT ALL (maybe I should add that to the list).