First of all, let me remind you that this Sunday is Creepshow Peepshow, our mid-year Halloween party (since having Halloween only once a year is just not often enough.)
The theme this year is "chainsaw totin' hillbillies", so y'all go get yerselves some cut-offs or overalls, ok?
It will be Legendary. Remember those other times when I told you you must come to this event and you didn't, and once you saw the pictures, you felt like an idiot? This is one of those times. Or rather, don't let this be one of those times. You know what I mean.
The webcast is still all fucked up.
While trying to fix it last week, we broke something else, and, well, remember this dingus? Well it turns out that, like so many things, it runs on pressurized magic smoke. And when you let the magic smoke out, it doesn't work any more. Getting the smoke back inside is really hard.
Me plus soldering iron, not always a good thing.
I'm thinking of making some changes to the way the webcasts work, in order to simplify things. Right now it goes like this:
- There's the archives page, where you can pick the event to listen to.
- When the club is open, the live MP3 streams and RealVideo stream play what's going on in the club.
- When the club is closed, both the live MP3 streams and the RealVideo stream re-play recent audio archives. (The Real stream still shows live video when we're closed, but its audio is from the archives.)
So my thinking is, nobody actually cares about those extra copies of the archives. If someone wants to listen to an archive, they'll go to the archive page, not just take their chances on whatever re-run happens to be playing on the "live" stream. So I'm planning on changing it to be like this instead:
- Archives page: as before.
- When the club is open: live MP3 and RealVideo: as before.
- When the club is closed: Live MP3 streams are silent. RealVideo has live video, but audio is silent.
Also, I'm not sure it's even necessary to provide MP3 streams that are less than 128k. It's the twenty first god damned century, nobody's on dialup any more, right? Last month, only 10% of our hits were for any live stream other than the 128k one, so I'm considering just doing away with the others.
If you find any of this objectionable, now would be the time to speak up.
Also, if you have a Mac G4 tower you'd like to give us, that'd be great, because I want to get the hell away from Linux for the webcasts, but the club is pretty much broke at the moment. It's been an unprofitable few months.
Photos are now up of Creepshow Peepshow. And a fine half-o-ween it was! Among the many things to recommend it were the Lesters of Mercy, a hillbilly gothic jug band; and the opportunity to use the phrase "chicken nipples". I will say it again, because I can: "chicken nipples".
Photos are up of Wednesday's Mentallo and the Fixer / Deathline International / Reign of Roses show.
Tonight at Bootie, a couple of guys asked for their money back because they didn't appreciate the "theme", which they characterized as "alternative androgeny".
I guess they were hoping for more mainstream androgeny?
I think the webcast audio is finally fixed. An extremely generous benefactor actually gave us a Mac G4 tower! So now the audio webcasts are running off of that, via Nicecast. Switching the various services over to the Mac was relatively painless, but we haven't completely replaced the old Linux box yet, because it's our mail server too, and we're having a hell of a time figuring out how to get SMTP AUTH (saslauthd) working on OSX. But it's almost there.
The RealVideo webcast is still running on a Linux box, sadly, because as far as I can tell there is no way to create RealVideo streams on OSX. There are a bunch of hoops you can jump through to get QuickTime to be able to encode RealVideo, but only to static files, not to streams.
I wish we could just ditch Real entirely, but the only reason we're able to use it at all is that GrooveFactory are donating the bandwidth for it, and their servers only do Real, not Quicktime.
I really liked the band at Swindle last night. They were called "Pets", thus making them completely un-googleable. They were (mostly) two people, a guy and a girl, guitar, bass and drum machine, and they sounded kind of like a little bit of Pixies and a lot of Jesus and Mary Chain.
Fortunately the turnout was very low, ensuring that we can continue to be free of the corrupting influence of money.