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Vocaloid Songs (Seriously) Need Curation

Playing Project Diva F, it somewhat renewed my feeling that Hatsune Miku (and all Vocaloids) can really use extensive curation.

I might have said this elsewhere, but Vocaloid songs are very diverse, and that’s like a singer having enormous repertly. There are many good songs, but at the same time, they are intimidating to approach.

There are efforts like Karent that collects music for distributions, but let’s face it, discoverability, for instance from Spotify is pretty horrible.

Perhaps it is easier for someone active in Niconico may be able to find songs easier by composer’s name, etc.?

Despite that I use Vocaloid software, I hardly consider myself to be “in the community” and I’m not very sure how much of the mainstream approach from within the community is in consideration, but I can’t help noticing a lot of good content are being literally hidden from outside, and I feel like it can be improved for better!

A Japanese Language Edition of this article is here / この記事の日本語版はこちら

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Steam Updater has Japanese Character Corruptions

It looks like Steam for Linux has Japanese character corruption in their updater. Although, it’s not something affects Steam itself. (I’ve seen some abnormality in Portal, though — but I guess it’s still beta in Linux.)
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Sushi and RFID

So I was eating Sushi today — the kind that rotates on a belt.
I have already known that these Sushi belt systems have way to track expiration, so that those Sushi plates won’t be circling around on the belt forever making the health department unhappy.

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So I ate a few plates of Sushi, and then turned it over to see what’s underneath. It seems like something built inside it.

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So I was curious if it is any proprietary RFID system, or perhaps Felica?

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It turns out it is using NXP chip SL2ICS20.

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Digging it deeper, it doesn’t look like the chip contains so much of information, however there were slight deviation between each plates.

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While the display shows each datablock being unlocked, RFID chip itself was still locked (perhaps not permanently locked) so it could be that the system still keeps track of how many times plates has passed through the checkpoint, among other information.

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BitTorrent Sync

There are many P2P file sync systems like AeroFS and Tonido. One thing that BitTorrent Sync stands out is that it doesn’t require account registrations. Other services require creating an account prior to use. It almost makes me “why do I need to register to use a P2P system?” With BitTorrent Sync, it is as easy as exchanging a key.

You can try read only key of RBU7XLPET43IWGFSLNJEGREIOZI6V4YE2. It’s a repository of Emacs build for Windows and Mac.

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Upgrading Org-mode 8.0

Org-mode 8.0 is out, and overall, it looks like interesting update to already awesome package for Emacs.

This update is dirsruptive updates, which means there are something that can be broken and requires updates.

One of the issue I had was how it handles LaTeX output.

For instance, I had the following in my init.el (I opt to put my config into .emacs.d/init.el instead of .emacs…)

(require 'org-latex)
(add-to-list 'org-export-latex-classes
 '("jarticle"
 "\\documentclass{jarticle}"
 ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
 ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
 ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
 ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")
 ("\\subparagraph{%s}" . "\\subparagraph*{%s}")))

The above is actually an incompatible for 8.0, and it had to be updated so it is:

(require 'ox-latex)
(add-to-list 'org-latex-classes
 '("jarticle"
 "\\documentclass{jarticle}"
 ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
 ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
 ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
 ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")
 ("\\subparagraph{%s}" . "\\subparagraph*{%s}")))

The tricky part is that it won’t complain until you try to issue org-export-as-latex, which actually is not supposed to exist in 8.0. (the corresponding function of 8.0 is org-latex-export-to-latex) What happened was that by requiring org-latex, it loaded corresponding functions from 7.9.3 version built into Emacs itself.

So if you have any statements like above, do make sure to update or you will run into problems.

You can see if you have a correct installation of org by M-x org-version. You can also try to get a complete list of org-export- and if you see any more than the following, you may have some issue in your configuration.

Possible completions are:
org-export-dispatch org-export-insert-default-template
org-export-stack org-export-stack-clear
org-export-stack-mode org-export-stack-remove
org-export-stack-view
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cycling

Xfire Laser Lane

A new toy I got for my bike. Thingy that projects laser lines onto the road. One shortcoming I experienced is that saddle post (where it is meant to be mounted) is too thick to mount it, so I had to be little creative… (It still shoots laser toward the bottom, so it works, just not optimal.)

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Setting Emacs Custom Splash

Since there were some inquiries about this one… This is actually built-in function of Emacs.

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First, prepare a graphic file for it. Any size probably will do as long as it’s small enough that fits on the screen. Default graphic is 270×217, so you may want to choose it. Any format that Emacs supports will do. Perhaps XPM will be the best choice.

Now, go into the customize screen using M-x customize

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Typing in fancy splash, and it should filter entries to the single one. If it says Default, flip it to File, then specify full path to the graphic you have prepared earlier, and save.

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Then it should be displayed when you go in by C-h C-a.

Have fun!

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Emacs at Apple Store

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Trying my own Emacs build on big screen iMac at Apple Store

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The Building Across

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The building across that burned down is almost done rebuilding…