many thanks for the invitation to throw a few words into the virtual gathering. here’s a collection of WORT memory-jogger photos, starting off with a few pages from early program guides, that tell a lot of the story of the early days. clicking on the newsletter-page photos brings up bigger versions.
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here’s Numero Uno – volume 1 number 1. my writing style in those days was a completely-hopeless attempt, by an illiterate geek, to emulate my hero Lorenzo Milam. Milam was guiding light for a gaggle of us who started stations all over the country — we lost him this year (2020), along with so many others.
a pretty good exposition about why most of us did all that work – it was fun, we made lots of good friends and we kinda took care of each other. Jeff Lange did a lot of the graphics for the first-generation newsletters including everything on this page (i think). Continue reading →
Here’s a scratchpad on how Jacktrip Hub Mode does audio routing as of early September 2020.
Starting the server in Hub Mode (capital-S instead of lower-case S) with the “-p” option offers four ways to configure the server. Here’s an example launch string that would fire up a server in Mode 2:
jacktrip -S -p2
Mode – 0 (the default – my machine hears everybody and everybody hears the mix that I send them)
Here’s a video and a recipe for musicians who want to display something other than a web-cam of themselves when performing in an ensemble. Maybe graphics, or animation. Especially interesting is to insert a Syphon stream into the mix. Here’s one way to do that. Sorry — I only cover Mac software here. Continue reading →
This post is intended for several audiences. It’s a checklist for me when I want to host several people in a multi-client Jacktrip session and provide them with mixing, both to the final feed and among themselves. It attempts to be clear enough that it might provide an example for others. And it’s a demonstration of many aspects of this approach that could be improved with revisions to software and hardware
These examples are configured for an eight-way session between the host and seven remote participants. It provides a separate mix for each participant (in this case deleting them from the mix they’re monitoring — but with the option to be added back in if they choose). Continue reading →
This is a scratchpad post to remind myself how to decontaminate our well the next time it tests positive for bacteria. I bet we have to do this every time we get flood runoff, but I’m willing to be proven wrong. Related post: Winterize the RV
I decided to compare some digital recorders for the purposes of recording soundscapes here at Prairie Haven. I’ve got two of them, bought at different times for different purposes and I was curious to see how much different they were and whether it was worth carrying one of them instead just using my phone. The nice thing about the phone is that it’s with me all the time, but I’d start carrying one of the others if they were better. Continue reading →
Exactly five years ago today, I published this little rant about the growth rates projected for the new “generic top level domains” that were being introduced by ICANN at the time. You know, domain names that end in things like .run or .lol or .bot (yep, those are all real alternatives to .com or .org if you’d like to strike out into new territory).
We were provided instructions and a voice track (narration and character-dialog) by an imaginary director who is looking for a score for romcom trailer. The “director” set a one-week deadline! I sweated this one a bit, given that this is also Fall Projects season here at Prairie Haven.
Pretty darn cool challenge. This was by far the most complex mix I’ve done in quite a while, 26 tracks across 13 scenes (in 2 minutes!).
Some fun! Here’s the link to the 2 minute trailer.
Definitely a narrow-audience scratchpad post. We love our electric Polaris Ranger EV utility vehicle here at Prairie Haven. But putting water in the batteries is not a lot of fun. Messy, tedious, slow, etc. So today’s project was to put a battery watering system in.
UPDATE UPDATE: ONE YEAR LATER
Everything is fine and we still heartily endorse this gizmo. Battery watering now happens once a month. Continue reading →
We’ve been noticing that the Ranger has been pretty tough on our trails here at Prairie Haven. Our pet theory is that the EV (plug in electric) version of the Ranger is quite a bit heavier than a normal one and that the standard (narrow, aggressive-tread) tires add to the problem.
The Mission: wider tires for the Ranger EV
We’ve just mounted four Carlysle 25x11x12 Multi-Trac (574369) turf tires . These are a little wider than the standard tires and have a much less aggressive tread pattern. Here’s Marcie on her test drive — early returns are positive.
This one’s going to get the least hits ever, I bet.
I transferred the authoritative nameserver of a domain from Godaddy to Cloudflare and things got stuck. The NS propagated pretty well, but it never got picked up by Google or Verisign’s public DNS (check with https://www.whatsmydns.net). Since my ISP uses Google’s 188.8.131.52 server for customer DNS, I couldn’t reach my sites and mail got goofy.
The problem turned out to be outdated DS records that lingered at Godaddy after I tried their DNSSEC product, had all sorts of problems and turned it off. DS records aren’t deleted automatically in that process — they need to be deleted manually on the Domain Details/Settings tab. Who knew? Why should I have to know?? Continue reading →