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The second part of my Christmas gift for myself arrived today; an Electro Harmonix Little Big Muff. Glorious sound!

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Waking up with a cold, Ace Ventura’s hair and Johnny Cash’s voice. I guess it could be worse. It could be the other way around.

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A late Christmas present (from me to me) arrived today. It’s a Korg Minilogue XD. I’ve just started playing with it and it sound great.

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Now I’m unwinding from the day by playing some Mario Maker. Though right now I’m probably winding myself back up over this hellish course. (Not the one in the photo.)

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Today the film and television students made a tv production of a floor ball game. It was an outside broadcast production, so they had to set up all their gear in the arena. I was there as a handler, for the first time on one of their outside broadcasts. It was quite a lot of fun.

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Great find at the supermarket today. Perfect start to the year of buying things on plastic discs.

Today I’ve been at home with the kids. It’s been a “study day” at their preschool, which means that the staff have meetings and courses so the kids need to be at home.

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Stayed up way too late tonight watching tv. After an episode of Netflix’s Messiah I started watching the Fyre Festival documentary and it was really fascinating. So many tasteless, clueless idiots.

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A week or so ago I ordered some electronics stuff that arrived today. Yay! I’ll get back to making the Raspberry Pi music player soon.

As for today it’s been a day of nothing but administrative tasks. The nice part was that I got to work from home which I always try to do at least once a week and it’s a nice change of pace.

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I am probably the odd man out here, but when I talk about my problems with the ”culture war” destroying my will to rewatch The Last Jedi, it is mainly not because of Evil Right-Wing-Alt-Right-Nazi-Incel-Hobgoblins, it’s because of their opposite yet still strangely similar counterparts telling me that if I don’t love this movie, it’s probably because I’m a misogynistic racist who hate people who aren’t skinny.

It’s gotta be possible to find a movie okay but not great.

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2020, the year when I start buying plastic discs again

Yes, DVDs and blu-ray still suck but having to say ”no, we can’t watch that movie on this tv because it doesn’t have an AppleTV connected, so let’s go to the other room and watch it there” is worse and there are solutions.

2020 is the year when I start buying plastic discs again.

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Today was another day of mostly administrative work. I did have one two-hour lecture on Mastering Music for Streaming Platforms but other than that I was mainly at my desk.

I did manage to complete scheduling and room booking for the next course that I am in charge of, even though it doesn’t happen until April. That made me happy and I now feel that I have many administrative things under control.

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As I’m moving back from Christmas into normal work weeks, I need to get back into micro.blog as well.

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@furstenberg Seems more or less like my impression. I definitely need to see Rise of Skywalker again before forming a proper opinion, but I should probably also see The Last Jedi again. I’ve only seen both movies once.

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Today we stayed indoors for the whole day, except for a quick walk that I took in the late afternoon. We’ve done som laundry and general tidying up of stuff and packed for tomorrow, the first proper work and school day of the year for all of us.

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At Mall of Scandinavia.

Today we spent some time there after a hotel breakfast and then we headed back home to Sundborn. Overall the trip to Stockholm was nice. Everybody had a good time and it feels good to be back home now.

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Today the whole family is in Stockholm. Linn and Iris went to Disney on Ice while Ebbe and me walked around the Globe area before heading for our hotel.

Right now we’re strolling around in Mall of Scandinavia.

Quality Hotel Friends
169 79 Solna
Sverige

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This is my office at work. I share it with a colleague but most of the time he’s not there so I get to have it for myself.

Today I spent quite a bit of the work day here. Many small things that needed to be done. Also we tried out some surround sound things for the tv studio which was fun and successful.

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In general, if your podcast about The Rise or Skywalker dismisses criticism of The Last Jedi as anything from fanboyism to misogyny, I’ll stop listening.

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First work day of the year. Today was the first proper studio session of the education for a few of the first year students. We/they recorded a kind of Nine Inch Nails sounding thing that I wrote some years ago.

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New Year’s Day is Pizza Day in Sweden. It is the day where pizza sales are the highest of the year. This year we made our own.

Happy New Years!

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I’m filing these away here for now. They will likely be the speakers of the πi Fi.

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I finally had some studio time yesterday.

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”Well, tonight, thank God, it’s them
Instead of you!”

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Yes, this tutorial more or less works for me now. The more or less part is that the values I read is quite unstable. I wonder if that is because I’m not using a proper power supply for the Pi. I need to investigate further another day.

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Slight update on the πiFi: I’ve got a power button an power status LED working on my GPIO test Pi now. I’ll need to go to bed soon but I think I’ll give the level potentiometer a go first.

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It appears that I and the rest of Europe will have to wait until March at best before we get to watch The Madalorian. That feels a lot more like a thing of 1999 rather than 2019.

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New plan instead of the now abandoned NoPodcastvember: I’ll switch from Overcast to Castro.

The idea is to still listen to podcasts but to train myself into being more conscious of what I’m listening to on an episode basis, rather than a show basis. If a show generally makes me annoyed but occasionally talks about things I care about I’ll just skip every single episode that isn’t clearly about the things I care about.

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Today my mom and Lars picked up the kids from preschool and will be in our house with them until tomorrow while Linn and I are at a hotel and spa. A very well-deserved break for us.

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This is just an obligatory post to keep my streak going. It feels like things at work have been a complete chaos for the past few weeks, so I’m so tired that I can’t really think straight.

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So after four hours of work, in more or less a panic, after a regular eight hour workday – turn’s out the latest version of Avid MediaComposer installs an AMA plugin that completely f*s up Pro Tools ability to play video. I hate computers.

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My kids have just found what I can only describe as weaponized children’s entertainment: a ”I am a Gummy Bear” meets ”Baby Shark” video.

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Today I broke NoPodcastvember. I just had to listen to a podcast to quite my mind a bit.

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And once again I managed to stay up way too late. The Raspberry Pi is just so much fun that I never want to go to bed.

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Tonight I managed to sit down and experiment with the GPIOs of the Raspberry Pi. I think I’m getting the hang of how they work now but I gotta say, this is the first thing I’m doing with the Pi where I feel like it lacks a lot compared to the Arduino.

Anyway, I got some basic buttons working. Tomorrow, or whenever I sit down with it again, I’ll give the level potentiometer a go again.

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Iris hasn’t quite gotten the hang of playing Super Mario before, but yesterday it seemed to just click for her.

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I really should have gone to bed an hour or two ago, because I’m unbelievably tired. Instead, I got stuck trying to make 303 like patterns and sounds with Ableton Live.

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Today was twelve hours straight of practical exams at work, so now I’m completely drained. I’ve been sitting in an an armchair, being a YouTube watching zombie for the past hour.

Time to go to bed.

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Everything I was supposed to do at work today took a whole lot more time than it should, so I didn’t have the time to get a 3D printing going. I think I need to wait until next week.

Also, the breadboard stuff that I ordered earlier arrived today! :)

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Hurray! I’ve made my first 3D model (or is it sketch?) in Fusion360. It’s a clone of an IKEA phone stand because it seemed like just the right amount (“lagom “) of challenge.

Tomorrow I’ll try to 3D print it!

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The plan right now is to 3D print a sort of beta enclosure for the πFi Music Player. Maybe the final product will have an enclosure built out of wood and/or metal, so maybe this is just a temporary solution but it at least gives me something less brittle than a couple of Lego bricks to hold it together while I experiment with it.

We have a 3D printer at work that I can use but I’ve never 3D printed anything, nor have I 3D modelled anything so I have quite some learning to do.

A friend recommended that I’d use Fusion360 because it’s a very capable program that’s also free for academics. I downloaded and opened it, and quickly closed it again because it felt like something completely alien to me.

The same friend then recommended this tutorial on Fusion360 to get started, and while I haven’t applied what I saw in it yet at least it feels like I now know somewhat where to start.

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