Scott Hewitt Blog Archive 2011
So in the lead up to the Christmas holidays I treated myself by allowing a little light gaming with OpenTTD.
You can download my save game here.
I feel I should warn you that it is very addictive especially trying to build a rail network that can support lots of trains, something I have not yet succeeded in doing.
However I am going to stop playing now.
So after a few unsuccessful battles with VPN options I reimplemented my SSH Tunnel solutions.
ssh -ND 9999 user@host
Doing this offers you a socks proxy at the local port 9999 down the default ssh port.
If you are behind a firewall which blocks ssh a good option is to use port 443 just like https
ssh -ND 9999 user@host -p 443
If you do this though you will need to either get your server firewall to reroute the packets to the correct port or else bind your ssh server directly to port 443.
And why do this?
Well if you are on an open wifi connection then this allows you to browse the internet privately without having to worry about people capturing your data. In fact doing this means you do not have to trust the wifi provider in anyway, as all of your communications that you choose to route through the tunnel are encrypted.
I feel this post should lead onto a post about keys rather than passwords or how to change the default ssh ports so it might.
So after getting very annoyed at my HTC Desire constantly running out of space due to all the unremovable apps on the phone memory I snapped last night and rooted the phone.
Firstly used unrevoked to root the HTC Desire.
While this got me root it left me with a locked boot loader. (S-ON repport by the bootloader.)
Then used revolutionary to get the boot loader unlocked.
Then installed SuperUser from the App Store to manage root use by other apps and then installed ROM Manger.
Finally used ROM Manager to install cyanogenmod.
After successfully booting into cyanogenmod the Android market was broken giving error message,
Error downloading “[App Name]”. There is insufficient space on the device.
Tried clearing all caches, and eventually found that reformatting the SD card and then running MarketFix sorted the problem.
Would like to acknowledge the assistance offer by Cyanogenmod wiki.
House move 95% almost complete, so felt my excuses for not blogging are gone.
Have been enjoy this years Huddersfield Festival of Light though due to the heavy rain, rather than last years snow I left my camera at home. Once again a definite highlight was enjoying a warm local cider though it was also good to see Extra Curricular even though it was wet and cold.
So I have an excuse for my current absence from here as I am currently without internet at home due to moving house and Virgin taking ages to reconnect me. Apparently they have to disconnect the no longer present tenants service before they can connect mine so should be online at home later this week.
So back soon…..
So after slightly longer than intended I have decided to continue my personal podcast as a weekly show.
Though to be clear my intention is to do a show a week, though it wont be weekly.
You can listen to or download the show online at podcast.scotthewitt.co.uk.
Hi all, once again my blog has kind of slipped off my radar but I am still here with a load of half written posts.
Excuse for this absence are, a return to teaching at Huddersfield University, a draft deadline for my PhD (December), my podcast and all the other podcasts, oh and the fact I am getting ready to move house.
So all quite exciting…
In exchange for your on going patience I will point you to this incredible song, David Rovics – Behind the Barricades.
Normal service will resume soon.
So while I have no personal insight to offer or experience it feels appropriate to mention the passing of Steve Jobs here.
While originally an Atari user, then a Windows user and now a Mac user I have alway admired the commitment to great products, technology and risk taking of Apple Company due in no small part I presume to the leadership of Steve Jobs.
So my CreativePact is half way through and I am yet to miss a podcast though it has got close a few times. I have found the daily podcast challenging to do but fun, though at times the content could have been better.
While my daily podcast has sucked in most of the content I would normally blog about I have managed to integrate my Twitter activity in with this blog. Don’t worry you are not about to be swapped by Tweets, rather my Tweets and @ replies will be slotted into my archives as posts so they should not appear in the rss feeds or on the main page.
I though it would be cool to bring them into the blog as often I found that conversation on Twitter is either the cause or caused by a blog post and it would be good to record that information.
Of course I would suggest that you follow me on Twitter @scotthewitt so you can get involved.
So havent posted here for a while due to the pressure of my #creativepact podcast. It has been a lot of fun podcasting everyday of September so far and its been interesting to follow over peoples blogs as well.
Also Monday (7th September) was the first live Huddersfield What’s On Podcast which was streamed on justin.tv.
I suspect the rest of the week maybe quiet as well as I am shooting a wedding this weekend and will need to prepare for it.
Also I keep meaning to post to my photo site, so will report back on Saturday wedding there.
So after a couple of weeks of planning I am ready to start my 2011 Creative Pact on the 1st of September. Am planning on making a podcast every day for the whole of September. You can track my progress online at podcast.scotthewitt.co.uk where you can also subscribe to podcast for free as well.
Am looking forward to it very much and hope to have a few surprises over the course of the month.
So I had a small holiday this weekend to attend a wedding in the north east, and my grandfathers 90th birthday, a fun garden party with a whole load of family was brillant.
Now that I am back I am working on the second season start of the OTPH podcast shows, theAudioPodcast and HWOP.
But immediately I have to prepare my Creative Pact podcast project for the start of September real soon.
A really interesting video of the experiences of some photographers shooting in central London.
If you have followed the paranoia of recent years you’ll know what to expect but if not its quite amusing to watch, but not to have happen. But then you should watch to the end…
You can find out more about taking a photo in public at Not A Crime.
Well season 1 of the AudioPodcast has come to an end. Have really enjoyed presenting the show this season and look forward to the start of season 2.
Its fun to think that I have presented 24 shows and over the course of the weeks interviewed a whole load of cool and interesting people such as;
- Jon Spriggs of cchits.net
- Andrew Spitz of www.andrew-spitz.com
- Jason Hunt of www.musicproductionshow.co.uk
- Jim Spencer and David Tolan of http://musicmasters.co.uk/
Not to mention the fun its been presenting the show with the great co presenters Samuel Freeman, Adam Jansch, Alex Harker, Sam Birkhead and Tom Riley.
I am really looking forward to the start of Season 2 on Monday the 5th of September a new date as we are planning on running a live stream as we record the show.
You can check out all the old episodes online at wiki.theaudiopodcast.co.uk
So as September comes on to the horizon so does the annual Creative Pact.
Creative Pact is a promise to *try *and create something every day for the month of September along a self assigned theme. Originally in 2009 it started out with a code focus but last year it was expanded to include photography, typography and writing.
I am still thinking about what I am going todo for Creative Pact 2011 but I have a few ideas.
You can find Creative Pact 2011 and links to previous Pacts online at http://bit.ly/creativePact2011
Cretaive Pact is real easy to take part in and is a great way to learn new things or even just get better at something your already doing. Most of all its fun.
My 2010 CreativePact Live-coded adventures is online at Tumblr
and my 2009 CreativePact ChucK a Day is online here.
So with the Graduate venue finished I spent today enjoying the unConf, a poster session and Graham Booths demo session.
Finally had a trip to the Rat and Rachet with some other delegates.
I am going to write a longer post with more detail about my experiences of the ICMC next week but want a bit of time to consider my thoughts.
So Wednesday started quietly and then got crazy.
The banquet at the Yorkshire Sculpture was really good and very enjoyable and I ended up addressing the entire conference due to my position as unConf convener which was fun.
After the banquet it was time for the second unConf Gig which was a lot of fun especially as we were programming material as the concert happened. More details online.
Today was a busy day of setup in the Graduate working to bring together the final evening performances in the Graduate. We had some problems to solve technically but me managed to fix all the problems.
At one point a lamp failed so a good kick fixed otherwise the performance went well. To finish the evening we played some Katy Perry just for fun.
And that ends the work in Graduate.
So today was a good day at ICMC 2011 the unconf was enjoyable with an interesting discussion about physical user interface though to be honest I felt that little original ground was covered. There was also a discussion about building a unified submission system which I was surprised to discover did not currently exist.
The evening concert at the graduate was very good again, though it is interesting trying to nightly reconcile the desires of the performers and the requests of the audience. I wonder if there is a need for a assigned loud concert?
Well today was the first day of the unConf which was interesting and featured some exciting discussion and exchanges. You can see a list of proposed topics from today on the unConf site.
So sound checks underway in the graduate going ok though we had a DI box explode which was exciting.
So now its off to the first afternoon of the ICMC unConf.
So after all the planning the first day actually arrived.
The main thing I was involved in was the Inclusive Improv unConf gig in the Graduate Bar.
The gig saw The Monotron Syndicate, Sam Freeman, Pat Allison, Richard Glover, Joe Kudirka and Scott Mc Laughlin perform first with an incredible evolving pad and texture and some cool lighting.
HELOpg in a much depleted form, myself, Sam Freeman and Sam Birkhead performed along side some Monotron players in a rather disappointing performance mainly due to a difficult in interacting with the Monotron but also due to a catastrophic cable failure mid performance.
Finally Ben Issacs, Joe Kudirka and Pat Allison took the stage in a improvised performance using a variety of instrument which for me was the highlight of the evening.
And that was a day 1 photos to come later.
So today was a rest day from ICMC setup as we managed to get the venues sorted ahead of time.
So instead I cooked a whole load of meals for the week, including half a pork leg, a Bolognese, and some breaded chicken. I hope this preparation will help me avoid eating takeaway every night.
Damon Lee joined me for Bolognese and was great to catch up on old times. We then watched Cloverfield with some beers which turns out to be a Godzilla movie.
So the pre ICMC blogging is done and looking forward to the conference itself.
The first thing I am directly involved in is the unconf gig, Sunday evening featuring performances by Huddersfield based performers starting after the formal concert.
Hope to see you there.
So completed the setup of the graduate with staging, and audio all set just lighting to sort out Sunday afternoon.
Was interesting looking through the riders, took me back to my old live sound days. One of the most interesting things about these kind of gigs is the variety of different setups in them.
Is also interesting comparing the different stage and technical approaches against not for profit and for profit organizations. I suspect I will have further comment about this at the end of the conference.
T-1 is a day off so I will have something else to blog about tomorrow.
Meanwhile I have enjoyed watching Bladerunner and the new season of Torchwood.
So while Terminator 4 was an ok movie and not hard work towatch, the start of ICMC was frantic hard work and successful I think.
To be fair this years ICMC will be very different for me rather than having a work holiday abroad im part of the tech team and a co convener of the unconf.
Spent today wiring up a few of the performance areas and shifting loads of furniture around, including the most awkward tables ever and in exchange I got a cool T-shirt.
The blog will be daily now for the duration of ICMC 2011.
So more ICMC setup today, was mainly working in the Graduate venue with the rigging for the later concerts and the unconf gigs.
We have a 01v mixer which brought back painful memories of what has to be my most disliked digital desk. However perhaps this will be the time that I get on with it.
Also had fun helping install a UPJ at the top of a lader.
Looks like ICMC things are starting to come together….
So a list and some comments in no particular order,
Lug radio was one of the first podcast I listened to regularly from the start until the end, though they do keep reappearing every now and again. Informal and fun to listen to LugRadio was a great way to stay up to date with Linux stuff and LugRadio Live was lots of fun.
The Command Line Podcast
The Command Line Podcast is one of the most well organised and curated show around at the moment, well written and with very interesting guest its a great show about hacking and technology. The social policy discussion can be at times US centric but even then the show is still very interesting.
This Week in Tech (TWIT)
Leo Laporte’s TWIT network is great, in particular I really enjoying watching This Week in Tech which is just the best way to keep up to date with tech news.
I came across Liunx Outlaws because of Dan Lynch and its alot of fun to listen to and well produced.
This Week in Photo
To prove I am not always working This Week in Photo is a fun show about photography with some interesting interviews and technique discussion. While sometimes these kind of show can feel either beginner focused or advance I think TWIP does a great job of having something for everyone.
DTown, by the guys at Kelby Training started life as a Nikon focused show but now in much more general. To be honest I prefer the earlier hosting partnership of Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski but the show is still great. (They have since gone on to present The Grid.)
So there you go they are my podcast choices at the moment all the shows are free as in beer and some as in speech and you can get them through iTunes or RSS feeds. So why not take some past episodes away on holiday this year.
Enjoyed putting together the audio podcast this week (a day early) with Samuel Freeman and guest Scott Mclaughlin.
Was interesting to talk about some of the current crop of sound cards available and reasons why to choose them.
Anyway the show is not live yet but will be online at wiki.theaudiopodcast.co.uk later today.
So after a couple of weeks work, significantly longer than intended I have moved my blog across from Simple PHP Blog to WordPress. Why? Well I wanted to offer the opportunity for people to comment and found that Simple PHP Blog was not very effective in doing that.
Also as part of a new business venture I wanted the opportunity of working with WordPress and HTML 5. I can’t really say much about the new business at the moment but you can expect a blog post later this week.
Also im going to try and blog more regularly after this unintended break.
So this next week HELOpg has two dates booked.
Firstly Friday 20th May – Open Circuit
7pm, 20th May, Lanternhouse, The Ellers, Ulverston UK
featuring HELOpg, Max Stomp, Focal Gaol & OCRA
Check out the Facebook Event for more details.
and then Secondly 25th May – Holmfirth Film festival Sountracks Events
Featuring works by Joanna Byrne, Chris Daniels, Charlotte Partt, Luke Reed, Oliver Smith/Ryan Ward, Rozi Fuller, Ashley Dean, HeloPG, and Scott Mc laughlin/Rob Lycett.
Here is a world premier snapshot from the HELOpg chosen film
And this is just the first part of our summer tour.
Oh and the album just needs mastering.
Possible highlight of the day was getting to see the new Roland Jupiter 80.
Was a lot of fun and got a whole load of material for next weeks podcast.
There will be full show report on this next weeks The Audio Podcast so I wont saying anything else you’ll just have to check the show out.
As an aside the royal armories in Leeds is an interesting building with loads of cool stuff in it.
The Magic Piano by Smule
The Magic Piano is a fun tool basically offering a playable piano, while it offers a game mode I was just using it for improvisation. The different interfaces naturally facilitate different performance methods. The spiral keyboard makes playing octaves much easier though the rotating background robbed me of a possibly useful visual reference point. The circular interfaces makes playing continuous glissandos very easy.
Sylo Synthesiser By Matthew Rosenfeld
For such a simple synth there is a massive potential in sounds and then I worked I could sample sounds and use them as the foundation of the synthesis. In the performance setting the 100% feedback on the delay provides the opportunity to build a rich texture which worked very well as a foundation to under pin the ongoing improvisation.
I think there will be more iPad based performance to come and inevitably I have started looking at the SDK.
Had an enjoyable time performing at the first Clunk event this week in musical collaboration with Samuel Freeman, Scott McLaughlin and Eilon Morris alongside some physical improvisors from Huddersfield. Was an interesting evening and I understand then intend to do more events which should be great.
Experience of playing with the physicals improvisors has made me aware as to the importance of rapid gesture availability and the tendency towards shorter form gesture. As a consequence of this I opted to perform with a Dr Pepper Bottle, 2 plastic cups and a tray. This setup allows me rapid access to a rich variety of sounds while offering an observable performance and also an interesting progression due to the instrument fatigue.
More details about ClunK online here.
Every now and again I find it useful to build word clouds of some of the websites I am responsible for its a good way of seeing the trending words within the front page of the site.
Thought I would put to online just for fun.
Word Cloud of www.scotthewitt.co.uk
Word Cloud of www.ablelemon.co.uk
If your interested you can build your own at www.wordle.net.
Over the course of the day I should use a lot of different Twitter accounts, for the various business and groups I am involved in.
However multiple accounts in the browser is hard work.
At first I tried multiple browsers which works until you a; run out of browsers and b run out of memory.
Next I tried TweetDeck which is a great interface for working in but I found the multiple account management awkward and that it never really let me work with just one account quickly when it needed to be my sole focus.
Currently I am working with Python Twitter Tools (PTT) simple to install and allows you to run from the command line interactively.
The real key though is that you can opt to use different files for the oauth login.
To install from the terminal type
Make sure you are logged in to the Twitter account you want to use in the browser.
At the the command line just type
and follow the instructions.
This will give you single account Twitter from the command line.
To setup multiple accounts
Rename the created authentication file .twitter_oauth (you will find it in your home directory) to something meaningful.
mv .twitter_oauth .business_twitter_oauth
Then in the web browser login to another Twitter account and repeat the setup process
If you want to set a default account then name the authentication file .twitter_oauth.
I prefer not to have a default so I have to explicitly set the account I wish to tweet from.
To send a tweet you just have to selected the authentication file you wish to use to tweet from. So to tweet from the business account created in the example above,
twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth set hello twitter
Easy Multi User
Of course an easier way of doing this is use an alias.
alias BTwitter='twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth'
*If you like colour in the terminal use this alias instead
alias BTwitter='twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth -f ansi'
Now if I want to read my Business Tweets I can just type
and to Tweet from the account
BTwitter set Hello Twitter
Hope that is useful to people dont forget you can follow me on Twitter @scotthewitt.
So with new found love of podcasting I have launched two more weekly podcast firstly the Huddersfield Whats on Podcast a weekly guide to events and gigs in Huddersfield UK. This has proven to be a lot of fun and very enjoyable to do I never realised how much stuff happens until I went looking for it.
Another podcast I have launched is This Weeks Rant with Mihalis Santamas which combines my love of podcasting with politics and arguing. Again you can check it out online at http://thisweeksrant.co.uk/.
To make podcasting easier I needed a more flexible microphone stand so after trip to IKEA and a bit of hacking I have made this.
An exciting new project under way theaudiopodcast.
A weekly podcast about audio technology and technique hosted by Samuel Freeman and Scott Hewitt.
The first podcast is available online at www.theaudiopodcast.co.uk and features a discussion about the state of audio on the web and the use of headphone amps in drum kit recording.
If you are interested in being on the show or have any suggestion why not drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Have been looking into others forms of improvisation to complement my musical activities.
This coincided with a multitrack recording of a HELOpg rehearsal. I decided to combine the two activities together is this improvised video created live while listening to the HELOpg recording.
So this year I have decided to launch a number of new projects of the course of the year, not that I am loosing focus with ongoing projects just that I have a number of projects that I have been sitting on for a while and I would like to get going on them.
The first one to see fruition has been the creative report project where I intended to interview a whole series of people regarding creativity, its role in their life, society and them approaches to creativity.
You can see the first interview with Adam Jansch below.
If you would like to be interviewed as part of the project please email me or twitter @creative_report.