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May. 25th, 2005 | 02:04 am

I recently looked in my physical mail and discovered I'd unintentionally missed a friends wedding shower...

I only have so much mental awareness to deal with things in the world and I tend to choose to put them into paying attention to my girlfriend, working, playing with computer/home automation stuff, and politics, as a result I tend to miss things that involve opening the mail.

I've even thought of using the home automation hobby to help make up for my pathetic abilities at remembering stuff. I've thought it'd be really neat if my computer could tell me what I'm supposed to be doing in the next couple of days when I get up in the morning...

Although I can get all of the automation stuff working, there's still a weak link--me. This is only as good as the data entry. (Though having it tell me what I'm doing is still a step up from a day planner, as those you also have to remember to look at after you entered the data.

Also I somehow accidentally managed to get ALSA to read the SPDIF input from my gaming computer and mix it with my music server, which finally lets me cross something off of my long term todo list.

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: May. 25th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
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I understand completely the finiteness of mental awareness. I never have enough for the things that are begging for my attention, and it is the scourge of my life.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: May. 25th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Its one reason I want some parts of home automation to work, so i can offload more stuff from my brain...

Its one reason why autopaying bills is so great.

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antiopa

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from: antiopa
date: May. 25th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Clearly, your friends should blog more. Then, the snail mail would not be quite so essential. ;)



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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: May. 25th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
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:) Though I've been being bad about updating my blog too. Mostly I've been spending time with my new girlfriend, trying to make my computer do fun stuff, and playing games.

How was your shower?

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Nafees

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from: nogbogfrog
date: May. 26th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
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So what's the trick with ALSA and SPDIF inputs? Share the knowledge.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: May. 27th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
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The first trick was don't be playing a louder source over a quieter source, that when when your fiddling with envy24control from the alsa tools package you can actually tell if you got the mixer settings right.

Also I found this page on the 1712 chip and the asoundrc somewhat helpful.

I do feel like alsa is even harder to configure with worse documentation than the vast majority of linux software.

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: May. 26th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
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You ARE the weakest link?

I just make it a habbit to look at my Palm from time to time. And/or I'll add it into the schedule at work a few days before it's due to happen ;)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: May. 27th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Thats the habit I've never managed to convince myself to do... Its in that class of thing that I find kind of boring and thus have difficulty convincing myself to do, additionally there's not that many things that are tightly scheduled in my life so most of the time there's nothing that I need to keep track of.

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Dilinger

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from: dilinger
date: Jun. 6th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
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I'm not alone in the world. I'm not even half as smart as you and many of the posters here. Ahhh it's hopeless!!!

I have been trying to get more organized. It really is garbage in garbage out. You will have to do the boring Diane. There is no getting around it. Do or suffer. I'm part doing and Part suffering. I'm not sure which is worse.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 7th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
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I am aware of that the boring parts need to be done too... And I agree that ignoring those things for too long leads to suffering...

Though I do like trying to take advantage of tools to cut down on those tasks. (E.g. auto-bill pay was a significant improvement to the quality of my life).

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