Kahomono - It Means Lucky

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Gonna Be One of Those Years

The Orioles are in the status of “rebuilding” this year. This is when a team gets rid of any decent talent it can and starts over from unknowns, hoping to make some magic a year or three down the line. So we accept that the O’s will be bad this year.

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

And as I know from decades of bleeding Orange & Black: when the Orioles are bad, they are really bad. Record-setting bad. For example, they did manage to miss a Major League record for the longest losing streak in 1988 when they opened the season 0-21, 5 shy of the 26-game streak set by the Louisville Colonels 99 years earlier. However, it should be noted that since this losing streak began on Opening Day, it was the longest season-starting streak ever in the AL by a comfortable margin. The Phillies had dropped 23 to start the 1961 season, for the NL and MLB records in that sorry category.

But last night the overpriced non-hitting star hitter Chris Davis did not fail to make and pass his own MLB all-time record of shame: he is now the “proud” owner of a 49 at-bat no-hit streak. This breaks the old record by three, and of course, he’s not necessarily finished yet.

Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones were all marketable and they are all gone now. Chris Davis is still an Oriole.

Sigh.

Henry VIII

In a previous entry about our house I told you the tree face we found when we moved in was named Henry VII.

Well, the King is dead, long live the King: Henry VIII!

His Majesty

Making Ringtones

I like old rock and roll guitar riffs.  To me, the opening of Heartbreaker or the signature riff of Iron Man is just perfect — for a ringtone.

I see lots of apps in the Android play store offering to get ringtones for you. I worry about the security and commitment to users’ privacy of the companies behind these apps. Most apps, in fact. I have probably way fewer apps on my mobile devices than most people.

So I wanted to roll my own ringtones, and I have trial-and-error’ed my way to an efficient way to do this.

  1. Decide on the music you want to clip for the ringtone. This is the hard part.
  2. See if the song is in your MP3 collection. If you find it, skip to step 6.
  3. Find the song on YouTube.
  4. Using youtube-dl, make a local copy of the video as an MP4 file.
  5. Using VLC, convert the soundtrack of that MP4 to MP3 audio. (There are dozens of websites that offer to convert YouTube URLs into MP3s but I find these untrustworthy and would rather do it on my own machine.)
  6. Open the MP3 file in Audacity.
  7. Locate the clip you want and mark its beginning and ending. Be sure you listen carefully to the borders of the clip, as there are often small traces of the preceding and following bits of the track audible. Audacity allows you to clip with millisecond precision. Be patient, it’s worth it.
  8. Copy the clip you have selected and paste it into a new empty Audacity window.
  9. Export that clip as a WAV file

Now you have a fully functional ringtone. On my Android phone, the easiest way to get it into the right place is to upload it to Google Drive, download it on my phone and move it to the /sdcard/ringtones folder.

This practice probably violates the letter of copyright regulations, but I am going to emphasize that the ringtones made in this way should be for personal use only. They should not be shared and should definitely not be re-sold. To do either is to feed justification to the tyrannical regime of copyright currently in ascendance.

Questions for Mother

Today’s waltz is a lovely song from The Wall, the one that gives us the heart of why a wall had to be built in the first place.

Now this piece is not entirely in triple metre, but the chorus is. Another song thought of as a waltz, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, has the same condition where portions of it are in waltz time and portions are not.

To me, the graceful nature of waltzes permeates all of this song. And that’s enough for me.

Lessons

Today’s post is over at Safer Computing, about an upcoming talk.

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