Halloween photos are up now. It was a great turnout! We thought it might be light, being on a tuesday, but apparently you all have more Halloween stamina than we expected. The crazy oversized-skeleton people pictured here were my favorites. In this year's costume economy, Jokers were trading up sharply, while Tim Burton characters experienced a significant downward correction.
Some pictures are up of a bunch of guys with pineapples on their heads.
The machine that runs the audio webcasts has moved. DNS should have updated by now (cerebrum is now 126.96.36.199). So, let me know if you notice anything being fucked up in some new and exciting way.
We have a new toy: John acquired an old LED sign that had apparently started its life as a stock ticker in a brokerage somewhere. (A Translux Datawall, to be precise, though he refers to it as The Snark-o-Tron.) It took him quite a while to figure out how to talk to it, but he did, and now you can too. The sign is hanging from the front of the DJ booth, and is currently scrolling our schedule of upcoming events, but you can add your messages to the queue from the sign control web page!
Yeah baby, party like it's 1995...
We're probably going to restrict this so that you can only add text if you're in the building (using the DNA kiosks or wireless network) because otherwise I think we'll just be drowning in stupid...
We had a bus sign at Netscape, way back in the caveman days, that random people could write to, and there was a webcam pointed at it. It was one of the earliest webcams, I think; probably one of the first dozen or so. The thing made a godawful racket, since it didn't have LEDs. Instead it had little plastic chits for pixels that turned over every time the message changed. It was fully saturated 24/7: messages were coming in just as fast as it could update itself. So we all immediately knew when our network was down, because the deafening silence of the sign going idle would make heads pop up out of cubicles like whack-a-mole... These days they call that an Ambient Information Display.
(I am pleased to discover that the venerable Fishcam is still around!)
We've got what should be a pretty interesting show coming up next Thursday, Nov 30: they're calling it "Reload", and their goal is to play with new ways of presenting and sharing live music online. There are three bands:
- Halou (who are awesome)
- Zoë Keating (formerly of Rasputina, who is/are awesome)
- Pants Pants Pants (whom I haven't heard)
Besides that, there are a couple of interesting twists:
- DNA Prototype will be at DNA Lounge while doing a live DJ set inside Second Life;
- and after the event, the video and multi-track audio of the bands will be available for download and remixing.
There's also a San Francisco Podcasters Meetup just before the show.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the DNA Lounge Kitchen is now open for business!
We're not serving full meals yet; our initial menu consists of nachos, quesadillas, and rice krispy treats. See, we've got a pretty decent menu planned out, but to buy the additional equipment needed to make that food, not to mention stocking the food itself, is gonna cost a few thousand dollars, which we don't have. So we finally said, "fuck it, let's see what we can do with a hundred bucks and just get this thing open." So Chef Sundance is up there making nachos for you all. Head up and say hi...
It's up on the balcony, on the other side of the room from coat check.
In less good news, we had no webcast on Thursday or Friday because our other Soundweb blew up. Soundweb, as those of you who have been reading for a while will recall, is the (pair of) computers/appliances that run our entire sound system. One of the pair died almost exactly a year ago, and we replaced it, but the second one died yesterday.
We've yet to be able to find a replacement, so the sound system is current being held together with chewing gum and strong language. A side effect of this is: no webcast. Oh, and a second side effect is that it's going to cost us like another five grand.
Imagine my joy.
Photos are up of Saturday's Pop Roxx.
We still haven't gotten the sound situation fully fixed, but Devon and company managed to figure out how to cut out enough not-totally-essential stuff to fit our configuration onto a single Soundweb instead of two. So we have the webcast back, but it's mono for now. We managed to find a single loaner Soundweb in town, but it turns out that one was broken too, so I guess it'll be mono until we're able to order a new one (or replace the whole system with something different and more easily obtainable, which is looking like maybe not such a bad idea.)