October 22nd, 2005

Enterprise Bridge

Memo to television sports operations


Yes, your graphics work is very nice. It's much nicer than the still-frame 2-color stuff I remember from my early-80s childhood. It's very colorful and it's animated.

But your graphics are not the point of the broadcast. That would be the game. Stop playing sound effects to call attention to your animations and transitions. It's distracting. It doesn't make you cool, it makes you k-lame poseurs. You don't deserve awards, you deserve an appointment with the proposed audio-cock technology.
Enterprise Bridge

Airfoil and Pinhead working

For a while, I've wanted a way to play the music from my iBook through the MythTV box when I'm sitting in the living room. (I've also wanted to play alert sounds, like when the doorbell button is pushed.) Rogue Amoeba Software sells AirFoil, which lets you divert audio to an AirPort Express. All you need to complete it is Pinhead, which lets a Linux box masquerade as an AExpress (with the exception that it won't work with iTunes, as they haven't broken the authentication in it yet.) (I've mirrored pinhead, since the original site is flaky.)

The only hangup (besides the fact that I'm an idiot and plugged the stereo into the wrong output port on the MythTV box) is that AirFoil is hardwired to transmit audio only on port 6000. Which any experienced Unix user recognizes as the place that X server :0 lives. This one-line change in /opt/kde/share/config/kdm/Xservers is all I needed to move the console X server to :1 and port 6001:

:1 local@tty1 /usr/X11R6/bin/X :1 vt7