Day 311

Thursday | January 3rd, 2013

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Pajama Day Redux thwarted by a single man (literally and figuratively). One could lay all the blame at another man’s feet, but most of it shall be on this man … me. All because of a boo-boo.

It’s good to get out though, even if it’s like minus winter comfortable times 11. It’s good to have a reason to do your hair and make up and don clothing and show people that you care by showing up to work, even if that work is going to just be you sitting in a freezing computer lab for hours wondering how it is that the wind can pierce single-pane glass windows and chill everything under those clothes. It’s good to see three students out of 80 and feel like you are part of a process bigger than yourself, that you are helping even in some small way to alter the course of the universe and perhaps save billions years from now from the implosion of the Sun.

… no, wait … it’s much, much cooler to sit at home in your pajamas, denying the existence of the frigid air by refusing to partake in a shower for the greater good of your family. Yeah, that is much better. Forget work and forget winter.

It’s always on, jammed on, to be precise and can only be flipped off momentarily if there is something heavy about to hold it down. I blame the boo-boos. It’s really all their fault.

That hero image might not look like much, but it is EVERYthingNESS. Call it the software that changed the universe and made Caleb waste hours of his time. Call it the solution to the problem computers never had but some wingnut decided that’s what a computer needs to make it look “cool”, so there we go: EVERYthingNESS. Call it GUI garbage on top of GUI trash. Call it horsey if you want. No portion of naming or renaming will address the issue though, that all Microsoft systems in Korea and probably the universe are equipped with this horsey. What does it do? It does the same thing that the volume control does that comes built-in Windows software … only with more buttons, more GUI, more things to make simple functions more complicated so you have to spend more time trying to do simple things. Simple things, like say, for instance, record a student responding to TOEIC questions.

Since the Dawn of TOEIC, I’ve spent countless hours blaming the shoddy headsets (TOEICIEOT, Day 134, IFL) the Masters of the PDF gave me for having to boost the audio in .mp3 files (those same student recordings). But, it’s not really the fault of these headsets, it’s this horsey, which includes in all its buttons and skeuomorphic knobbery, is a setting to adjust the input audio for microphones. And, of course, once this was discovered and every system checked, that volume setting was either at zero or 50% in each case. Turning it up to 100%, consistently yields .mp3 files which are 1) perfect in volume or 2) need reduction in volume instead of boosting.

Reducing (like shrinking) is better than boosting (or enlarging) because software can better control reduction with wicked algorithms to deduce what is essential and what can go out the door. But software fails more the higher an expansion of a file goes because it has to “invent” content to fill into newly created spaces. It’s much a like a curtain: fold it over, it’s twice as thick, keeps out the cold/light better; stretch it out and the fabric gets stressed, the threads loosen, more cold/light comes in … or it just rips.

The Daily Bullet

Meow has been busy at least … making stuff.

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Daily Report

I didn’t sleep last night. I struggled to write or create a script that would grab an .mp3 from a folder, open it, insert markers in pre-determined places, split the audio file into eleven segments based on those

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Gyeongju

Out beyond the fake lake (Bomun) for Christmas Day lunch at a place called the Healing Kitchen. It’s all farms and hilltops here. And roads to more farms and hilltops. Except for the noise from the cars, I

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The Fourth Wall

I’m here and alive. Ten days behind the reality of my written life, yet here and alive. TOEIC is the predominant motif of life from the end of the semester until … today. This is the end, after

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This Old Hanok

When we had the bathroom done, we wanted to design our own window for the part of the wall which straddles the storage space along the side of the house. This way we could have clean airflow through

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