Author Archives: n3wjack

pictures on how we think

Besides being an interesting article on how the human brain works, the following section really got to me.

Greene believes that although cultural influences on morals are strong, an important genetic element is also present. “Much of what we think of as culturally learned or individually reasoned in moral judgment,” he said, “may turn out to be driven primarily by evolutionary forces.”

It’s all in our genes baby.

brains
Image by Kether

monday night breakcore mix

How about some more mixes?

From lurking around the gabber.org mailinglist I came across a fellow calling himself cutup, and he put some sweetass mixes online for all breakcore/gabber/drum’n’bass/ragga/idm headz to enjoy.
I haven’t checked em all just yet, but the Five Million mix is just finger licking good if you ask me!

Watch your bassbins!

neato reflection on a record
Image by synthetic_tom

time for a change

I got tired of the basic lime/terminal-eske layout of this blog. It was neat for a while, but I’ve seen some nicer blog layouts around lately (and some worse too actually) so I decided to give it a go and gives this page a makeover.
I used a wicked abstract wallpaper image from a fellow dnbhead known by the name of XZ32 for the colour scheme (bigup mate!), and the background images you see used behind the title and the topic captions.

I sorta like it, I hope you do too :)

subgenres

Things can get rather silly with the multitude of subgenres in electronic music today. Subgenres are ok, as long as you don’t overdo it, but that can be said for everything right, from masturbation to voting for the republicans…
Anyway, it’s just plain silly when they start inventing a new subgenre as soon as someone brings out a tune that sounds a bit different from the current main-genre,
like clownstep in drum’n’bass for instance, just because there is this typical triplets beat pattern in it, while some of the tunes are just as techy as anything else labeled techstep…

What I find a pity though, is that the sungenre thing seems to have lead to certain DJs sticking to a single subgenre, and not play any records outside of that genre.
I know some guys who mainly play technoid/techstep, which is cool though, but when I hear sets on jungletrain.net by people like Living Fate, GeorgeT and D-Lux for instance, combining techstep, ragga-jungle, gabber, IDM and breakcore into one set, that really blows my socks off (if I’m wearing socks at that particular moment that is).

Variation is the spice of life my grandmother always says (she doesn’t really, she doesn’t know any English anyway), so bring on as many subgenres and genres as you like, as long as you don’t stick to a single one…

Kato had it right in Total Recall, open your mind! :)

(ps: links to mixes will die in no time, get them while you can)

yousendit.com

This thingy I ran into is kinda neat. When you’ve ever had to send huge files over email for some reason, you know that simply isn’t a good idea. First of all it’s soooo bloody slow it makes you want to help and push the packets out, and second you usually run into some sort of limitations on some mailserver not allowing you to send files over 10MB or something like that.
It makes sense though, you just should use email for that, it’s not meant to do that, that’s why they invented FTP for instance. But anyway, it’s so convenient to send files over email right, so another interesting option is YouSendIt, where you can upload huge files, and have it send an email telling whoever you want where they can download the file using a convenient weblink.

So what’s the big deal? Nothing really. If you’re any bit tech savvy you’ve been doing this for years by uploading your files over FTP on your webspace and sent out the direct links in your emails. But you know what? Lots of folks ain’t that tech savvy, or don’t even have webspace! Really, it’s true, some poor people out there simply do not have webspace! I know, it’s a sad world we live in, but fortunately through services like this, even those poor sods can now upload huge amounts of por.. euhm, files without the need of their own personal webspace, and without really having to figure out the inner workings of the obscure FTP protocol.
Sweet innit!?

OMG, run, it's an FTP client!
The cool part however is that you can upload files up to 1GB. Now that’s what I call webspace! Another cool thing is that you get a copy of the direct link, which you can send to whoever you want, whenever you want, or paste it in an IM window, or whatever.

I only see one problem with it. The way it’s set up makes it easy to abuse it in various ways. The user agreement of course indicates you shouldn’t be using it for filesharing or any other illegal activities, but since the whole weblink think is more or less private as long as you keep your links to yourself, it’s really easy to use if to distribute large files, like lets say, movies ripped from DVD…

So, enjoy, for as long as it lasts :)

Edit:
I just noticed that the files do expire at a certain point, which makes it harder to abuse the service. I got this message as I tried to download a testlink I still had in my inbox.

Your file has expired!

Unfortunately your file has expired. A link is valid for 7 days or 25 downloads, whichever occurs first. Once the link expires, the file is automatically deleted and cannot be recovered.

firefox 1.0

Wheeeee, Firefox 1.0 has been released!

Get it if you’re not using it already. Get it even if you’re using the PR release, because the nice Mozilla folks have implemented a number of bugfixes and security issues, together with some enhancements to make it worth the two minutes it takes to run the installation.
Hey, don’t take my word for it, but check out the changes for yourself right here.

It’s actually getting some IRL media coverage I’ve noticed the other day, I actually saw a small article on Teletext about it, yay for that!