Important Neil Diamond News

Only some of my friends will understand why I am posting this. Turns out that Sweet Caroline was Caroline Kennedy. I believe that this will be the first, and last Neil Diamond post ever on bump. Hat Tip to Papi.

This week's electronic listening party

This week's most listened

Burial's new album, Untrue, came out on November 5th. (Amazon | iTMS) It's really interesting combinations of a few different styles. (The Wikipedia article refers to it as dubstep. I don't really know what that is.) It's pretty dark stuff, music for abandoned cities, but at times it approaches clubiness. I couldn't stop listening to it last week.

Eliot Lipp might be the greatest electronic musician you have never heard of before. I referred to his newest album as the "soundtrack of my fall 2007". I'm still listening to it. It's very beat driven, and mostly stripped down, great for putting your headphones on and getting some stuff done, or just for hanging out reading. If you want to check him out, I recommend starting with his The Days EP from 2006. (iTMS) Listen carefully. My favorite song is definitely "Koreatown Minimall" on that EP.

Obviously, still listening to the Saul WIlliams and Sigur Ros with a regular mix of other stuff thrown in. I wouldn't have easily guessed that I mostly listened to electronic music last week. Seems like I am going in the other direction this week, more rock.

Must Have Utilities for my Mac Pro

iStat Menus

I had all sorts of issues with my Mac Pro yesterday. It's one of the first generation Intel towers, and over the last couple of months, I have been seeing the video card get very hot. After installing Leopard, the card has actually been overheating to the point where I see artifacting on the screen. If I run Spaces for any extended amount of time, the machine locks right up. It's got an ATI Radeon X1900 XT card in it, and it seems these cards are prone to overheating. Using iSlayer's awesome iStat menus (pictured above), I watched the Northbridge temperature in the machine go North of 170 degrees F.

My first inclination on this overheating, since it's something I had only started to see over the last couple of months, was that the video card cooling system might be clogged with dirt. I took the machine apart last week to put some RAM in, and cleaned the card, which was, in fact dirty. However, this did not make the problem go away. Yesterday, I stayed home from work, so I was using the tower all day. Sure enough, last night it started overheating. I searched on Google a bit, and it seemed that most of what I found were references to MacBook Pro's overheating. Thankfully, one of the solutions employed to fix that issue on the laptop also solved my issue. There's an excellent piece of software named smcFanControl. It lets you manually control the fans in your machine. The stock fan settings in my Mac Pro seemed to be around 500 rpm. That was clearly not enough to cool my machine, which also has 3 SATA internal drives in it. I bumped (no pun) the fan rpm's for two of the fans up to 750 rpm. The cooling issue seems to be completely solved. I highly recommend both iStat menus and smcFanControl to other Mac Pro owners.

Also yesterday, I noticed a strange constant read pattern from the drive bays. Some of my apps were lagging. I would type something into an iChat window, but the text wouldn't appear for several seconds. I spent some time with the Activity Monitor, and couldn't find an obvious culprit. So I rebooted my machine from the Leopard disk and ran Disk Utility. As is sometimes the case, it found a ton of errors that it coud not repair. My theory became that all the crashing from the overheating problem was slowly damaging my hard drive file system. Not the physical drive, but the directory information on it. In the past I have used Disk Warrior to fix this issue. Currently, Disk Warrior is not compatible with Leopard in that it has issues if you run it while booted from a Leopard disk. Laziness paid off in that I have not upgraded the external utility disk I use for such tasks. I booted from that disk (Jeter) ran Disk Warrior, and fixed all of the issues. I recommend keeping an external disk with Tiger on it for such ocassions until the verious troubleshooting vendors update their software, and I highly recommend Disk Warrior.

My Eye, it is red.

  • I might have pink eye (again) wtf. I mean really.
  • We pushed a new build of Super Deluxe today. Nothing too exciting, just pushing more videos at people.
  • What's in a Project Name? One of my favorite moments at work is getting to name the releases. It's my one chance to make my SVP say things like "Hammerhead". Some good naming ideas in this post.

Links for a Monday where I wonder what I am doing.

This Week's Listening Party

This Week's Listening

I am going to try to upload my top artists each week, and maybe write a thing or two about that week's listening starting this week. As you can see, I listened to a lot of Sigur Ros this week. Mainly because Hvarf - Heim was released and listening to it reminded me how much I like Sigur Ros, and so I ended up listening to some of the older stuff too. Also last week, the J Dilla album, Jay Loves Japan (iTMS link) became available via the ITMS, and I bought that, and listened to it a couple of times. It's quite good. I'm not crazy about the new Jay-Z, and I really did give it a chance.