Matthew C Good : Musician, Software Engineer, Hobbyist.

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Trotsky -> Shostakovich

My "Shostakovich Overdrive" pedal, built into an electrical junction box.

My newest completed pedal, based on Beavis Audio Research’s Trotsky Drive.  Real simple circuit.  I didn’t even have the special Russian transistor Beavis used, but it still sounds cool.  But I kept with the Soviet theme, and named it after one of my favorite composers, Dmitri Shostakovich.  Though, if good ol’ Shosty were really distilled into pedal form, it would scream one or two whole hecks of a lot more than this one does.

Oh yeah, you’re not seeing things.  That is an electrical junction box you see there.

The Orange Monster

Orange Monster Wants to Believe

The watch is a  Seiko affectionately called the “Orange Monster.”  It’s a huge, loud, fun, heavy watch – and it makes me quite happy.  I also made and put up a giant X-Files “I Want To Believe” poster.  There are several different images for this poster floating around on the net, and much to my chagrin, it turns out it’s NOT the one that I see behind Mulder’s desk in the series.  Ah, well.

The Cube

I got tired of staring at the one barf-colored wall left in my cubicle – so I used Rasterbator to create a large elephant image from a picture I took at the Nashville Zoo.

Note the copy of “From the Earth to the Moon” in there, next to the CSS Pocket Reference and my Firefox mascot. I wish I knew which of Nashville Zoo’s elephants this was. Here’s the original:

I like my little workspace.

Some pics

Just a couple of recent pics from the mattlife.

Some of these I shot in raw and used Microsoft’s RAW thumbnailer/preview tool to export the jpegs… and i think that tool sortof does a terrible job of adjusting white balance and such… I need a better (free) program for that sort of thing. Perhaps GIMP.

Introducing the “I Heart Heart Cat Cat Map Map App App”

Hello everyone! I’m rolling out a stupid little app for my greenville friends today. If you’re not in my Greenville circle of friends, you may need a little background here…
Actually, this origin story has become the stuff of legend over time, so the following may be totally inaccurate.
A while back, two of my friends Kate and Katie found this horrendous sweater-shirt thing at the Greenville thrift store. It’s clearly a sweater material, but it has short sleeves? What the heck is that all about? It has the letter “I” on it, two hearts, and two cats. The inexplicable monstrosity has been ever since referred to as the “I Heart Heart Cat Cat” shirt. We’ve all taken pictures wearing it – this has sortof become a hazing ceremony for joining our group of friends. It’s a right of passage thing.
Now that a lot of our friends are traveling the world and doing cool things, we decided to take some advice from the whole “traveling garden gnome” thing, and take pictures of us wearing the shirt in cool places, in front of historic and famous monuments, and the like. Of course, we need a Google maps mashup to keep track of all this, right? RIGHT??
Well, either way, I made one. I’m calling it the I Heart Heart Cat Cat Map Map App App.

Kristin looks awesome in that one.
From a technical standpoint, not too much interesting going on here. I did use MySQL’s spatial datatypes (only POINT, really) for storing the coordinates. This isn’t technically correct since MySQL only deals with planar points and lat/long are curvilinear, but I’ve been sorta geeking out over GIS technology lately, and I really just wanted to get used to the OpenGIS stuff. Any distance calculations I’ll have to do out of the db, but I don’t really think I’ll be doing much of those anyway.
The other kinda cool thing I did was set up an approval system. Instead of having users and junk to deal with (so not just ANYONE can post an image), The system accepts all images, thumbnails them and such, and sends an email with an approval code link. I check out the thumbnail in the email, decide if it’s cool, and click a link to either approve or reject it. Neato.
So there you have it. Check it out now and then, as we should have some new additions happening soon, coming from Turkey and London (hint hint kittermans).

New Camera, New Wallpaper

I’m checking out a Nikon d200 that a coworker lent me. I might buy it. But in the mean time, it means I get to make new background images for my work computer.
robot rock
(Links to full size image – 1600×1050)
That’s one of the robots Kristin got me for Christmas – and he just wants to rock. That’s Silverface Dave. He’s just a little amp. And he also wants to rock.
Incidentally, that very Silverface Dave is being used ALL OVER my new songs. YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST, FOLKS!