5-May-2006 (Fri) Wherein you are issued a Chainsaw Totin' Hillbilly Advisory, and webcast whinging recurrs.

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:

  1. There's the archives page, where you can pick the event to listen to.
  2. When the club is open, the live MP3 streams and RealVideo stream play what's going on in the club.
  3. 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:

  1. Archives page: as before.
  2. When the club is open: live MP3 and RealVideo: as before.
  3. 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.

10 Responses:

  1. kfringe says:

    Have you considered luddism?

  2. spoonyfork says:

    Any opportunity for 192 kbps streams?

  3. Instead of driving to SoCal early this year and dropping off a few Real Computers, I bought a t-shirt.

    Enjoy the Love.

  4. holywar says:

    How do you get your now playing to match up so perfectly with your
    posts? Do you actually remember all these songs and call them up?
    It's just too perfect, and it's been bugging me for a long time now.

  5. fantasygoat says:

    I might have a G4 Tower sitting around doing nothing, but I'm in Toronto - not sure if you want to pay to ship it.

  6. codenazi says:

    I need a place to get some junker-work-overalls in the next 24 hours... I can't make my costume without it!

    I will make the flaming zombie (or flaming horror-hillbilly, in this case) one of these days. I already spent a week getting the electronics right for it... sigh.

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