This takes the cake: To the audiophile, this $10,000 Ethernet cable apparently makes sense

Wow. This is some ser­i­ously messed up lan­guage used to describe ‘premi­um-grade’ Audio Eth­er­net cables — yes, you read that right, Eth­er­net cables for the Audi­o­phile mar­ket. My word…

All insu­la­tion slows down the sig­nal on the con­duct­or inside. When insu­la­tion is unbiased, it slows down parts of the sig­nal dif­fer­ently, a big prob­lem for very time-sens­it­ive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest’s DBS cre­ates a strong, stable elec­tro­stat­ic field which sat­ur­ates and polar­izes (organ­izes) the molecules of the insu­la­tion. This min­im­izes both energy stor­age in the insu­la­tion and the mul­tiple non­lin­ear time-delays that occur.

via To the audi­o­phile, this $10,000 Eth­er­net cable appar­ently makes sense | Ars Tech­nica.

I’m Crazy and I’m gaming for 24 hours for an amazing cause! Sponsor Me!

Cool! Playing pandemic online.

I’m kinda into gam­ing — y’all know that. And I’m into my dogs — ya’ll know that too.

So when an oppor­tun­ity like this popped up, I couldn’t res­ist.

Sponsor Me!

On Feb­ru­ary 27th, start­ing at 7pm, I’m going to be gam­ing my ass off, gam­ing for 24 hours straight. Board games, Video games, card games, whatever! I fig­ure that this will get me out of my vast game defi­cit I’ve been accu­mu­lat­ing over the last few years.

And I can help a great charity at the same time.

UNDERDOGCaliC­an Res­cue is the organ­iz­a­tion we foster for, and they’re also the folks that brought Bog­art into our lives. They do amaz­ing work, and have res­cued over 400 small dogs to date. And they have a great dogu­ment­ary show­ing why and how they do, what they do if you wanted to find out more about them and why we love them!

So this is where you come in.

Spon­sor Me! I’m fig­ure I’m going to be hurt­ing at about Hour 13, and have a ser­i­ous case of Con­sole Claw at about Hour 20. Help me stay focused. Inspire me to keep on gam­ing. Spon­sor Me — you can be the reas­on that I stick it out the whole 24 hours!

It’s easy. Just vis­it this link at and make a small dona­tion — any will do (thank you in advance!)

And then cheer me on! Go Team Brad! On the 27th, Join me online. I’ll be updat­ing Social Media and this Blog reg­u­larly with game res­ults, updates, sleep-deprived com­ments and oth­er fun stuff. You may see me at my dopi­est! Cheer me or Jeer me, but have fun with me!

Or, if you want, let’s hook up online and play some­thing! I’m open to sug­ges­tions. I’ll post a sched­ule when I get my act togeth­er.

But back to the why.

It does take a lot of time, energy, and money to keep an organ­iz­a­tion like CaliC­an run­ning. Time and energy are at a premi­um around here, but I think that it’s some­times easi­er to like a cause and wish you could help out. Well this is one way I know I can. I’ll be pinging you, my peeps, quite reg­u­larly over the next few weeks. Not only through the Twit­ter, but I hear that there’s this thing called Email. Pretty effect­ive too, I’m told.

CaliC­an is an organ­iz­a­tion we believe in, and one we enjoy help­ing. So help us, help them. Spon­sor Me, and then join me online on the 27 to cheer me on, or laugh as I lose every game I play.

Go Team Brad!

Expected: Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its coffee cups totally backfired

I’m amazed that someone thought that apply­ing DRM to a cof­fee machine was a good idea. Using single-use dis­pos­able cof­fee pods is not great for the envir­on­ment — we use a refil­lable pod, which would be locked out under the Keur­ig 2.0 sys­tem.

Con­sumers hate DRM — in music, in movies, in any­thing — but apply­ing it to cof­fee feels espe­cially galling. It’s the most open caf­fein­ated bever­age there is; all you need is beans and hot water and, I guess, a ves­sel to brew it in. Lock­ing it up in plastic cups was already a little silly, though some­thing lots of people were happy to buy for the sake of con­veni­ence. Build­ing a com­plic­ated infrared scan­ning sys­tem so that you can only use Keur­ig-approved cups was a step too far.

Read more at  Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its cof­fee cups totally back­fired | The Verge.

I like that I can update the image on our digital thermometer

I like that I can update the image on our digit­al ther­mo­stat. Just added this one from NASA APoD:

Pos­ted by Brad Gri­er on Sat­urday, Janu­ary 31, 2015

Teenage Engineering designed a set of incredible pocket synthesizers that cost $59 each

Teenage Engineering designed a set of incredible pocket synthesizers that cost  each | The Verge

Very cool! High qual­ity yet afford­able. Very min­im­al­ist. Worth check­ing out!

But that all changes with the launch of the Pock­et Oper­at­or synth and drum machine series, a set of three cal­cu­lat­or-sized music-mak­ing tools that can be yours for less than $200 total. “Our goal was to make a synth that cost $49,” says CEO and head of design Jes­per Kout­hoofd, before paus­ing a bit sheep­ishly and admit­ting: “but we failed on that, so it’ll be $59.”


Brushstroke — a rather cool iOS filter app

Blue JayI love the idea of tak­ing a good pho­to­graph­ic image and manip­u­lat­ing it so it looks like it was a paint­ing. It fol­lows then, that I quite enjoy exper­i­ment­ing and find­ing a cool ios fil­ter app that facil­it­ates this.

I like see­ing how tech­nic­ally gif­ted people have cre­ated soft­ware to ‘see’ as a water­col­our artist sees, or as an impres­sion­ist sees. Cre­ativ­ity. You can see some of my exper­i­ments on my Flickr stream.

My latest explor­a­tion has been with Brush­stroke — a rather fully-fea­tured iOS fil­ter app. The Blue Jay image above is a render cre­ated with Brush­stroke — almost has an illus­tra­tion qual­ity about it.

Yeah, it’s pretty power­ful — hand­ling both water­col­our style as well as oil — and things in-between such as acrylics and gou­ache.

Unfor­tu­nately it doesn’t really label them all accord­ingly (Oil, Washed, Hatched, Simple, etc) but then again, it’s kinda fun to explore.

Cur­rently $2.99 in the app store — a fair price for a pretty cap­able app!


Testing Duet — an OS X display extender app for iPad

You’ve prob­ably seen the online hype around Duet — an OS X dis­play extender app for iPad. Basic­ally it’s sup­posed to allow you to extend your cur­rent desktop screen to an iPad — just as if you had an extra mon­it­or. Oth­er apps already do this, but Duet’s claim to fame is it will extend your desktop in a way that’s lag free. So if you’re watch­ing movies or anim­a­tion and mov­ing ele­ments between mon­it­ors, you’ll not notice lag.

Duet’s unique fea­ture that allows this is that Duet con­nects to your Mac using the USB port and either 30 pin con­nect­or or Light­ning con­nect­or.

I’ve pre­vi­ously used sim­il­ar apps, Air Dis­play and Dis­playPad, though both have util­ized WiFi to link your dis­play to the com­puter. Also, both sup­port Win­dows or OS X. Cur­rently, Duet doesn’t sup­port Win­dows.

Duet also doesn’t sup­port the ori­gin­al iPad, where the two oth­er apps do — a con­sid­er­a­tion if you have an older ori­gin­al hanging around, as I do.

Duet has been get­ting mixed reviews on the iTunes App Store, but that may be related to the high CPU usage needed to render out a ret­ina dis­play to a ret­ina iPad — there’s a lot of work going on. If you’re using a new com­puter, or have a lower res­ol­u­tion iPad, then you may not encounter this issue.

Regard­less, I’ll take a look at the app and report back when I’ve been able to give it a workout.