September 1st, 2008

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*tired bounce*

I've not even written about Discworld convention yet. In very brief summary, a lot of it looked (and felt) like this, and by saturday, there were about 10 layers of white leccy on the desk, but I got some valuable time to relax on Sunday. There was a lot to do, the tech crew were stunning and always picked up the ball and ran with it whenever I got exhausted (or simply went AWOL). I wrote a detailed note of thanks to the main dwcon list. I'm not sure that all the tech participants are on that list, but I'm not sure where else to post it.

Today I got home from bicon in about 3 hours, with a short stop to sleep in a service station. I bribed housemates with curry to help me unload, everything's now against the wall in the living room, waiting for Sundown, which should require the same (reduced) kit, possibly with some extra DSP just-in-case. I really do need to get some lighting stands for my speakers though.

I appreciated the positive feedback about the sound, especially from those people who have interesting or unusual hearing, but I also wish barakta and I had had time to do some experiments. I have some idea of what the DSP in a modern hearing aid does and why it reacts badly to some sounds, but I don't really know the latest details.
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I went to wash the car last night, but the attendant was apologetic. "The car wash is out of order. Someone drove a car through it." I went to look, and they really did! There's a total disarray of roller brushes where a car wash used to be. Some uncultured swine clearly didn't appreciate the principle of the machine. Now I have to use a bucket.
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How do you think washing machine designers design the programs?

Do they sit there going "Hm, we have 40 minutes to fill. Let's go left a bit. Right a bit. OK, we've been going right for a while now, let's go left a bit, then go WHIZZZ."

Do they have a huge computer simulation where they optimize for washing performance over the entire space of "left", "right" and "whizz" for 5 second segments over an hour?

Do they use an etch-a-sketch to draw a picture portrait of Boris Yeltsin and then translate the knob movements into drum movements?

Perhaps they observe a two-year-old attempting to fit the bright red square block into the bright green plastic box through the round hole and encode his every effort in the washing machine code.

Perhaps it's random. I could watch two entire cycles of my washing machine and compare them.

The washing machine has about 20 different programs. Are they all different, or do they derive from a base class? class Cotton90 : public Cotton, Temperature { Cotton90() : Cotton(), Temperature(90) { } };

Are they all different, or did some Greek like Archimedes with a stick and a bucket work it out once, and everyone's done it that way ever since (except James Dyson, of course). Maybe watching my machine for two cycles isn't enough, we need a national survey.

I bet there are imps in the back. I know there weren't in the old one, because I took the lid off and electrocuted myself on it, but perhaps there are in this new, modern one.