Another State of Mind

Another State of Mind is a documentary film made in the summer of 1982 chronicling the adventure (and misadventure) of two punk bands Social Distortion and Youth Brigade as they embark on their first international tour. Along the way they meet up with another progressive punk band, Minor Threat, who they hang out with at the Dischord house for about a week near the end of their ill-fated tour.

Now that you know what it’s about, watch it on YouTube because it’s an awesome film.

Another State of Mind [Part 1/9]
Another State of Mind [Part 2/9]
Another State of Mind [Part 3/9]
Another State of Mind [Part 4/9]
Another State of Mind [Part 5/9]
Another State of Mind [Part 6/9]
Another State of Mind [Part 7/9]
Another State of Mind [Part 8/9]
Another State of Mind [Part 9/9]

Hurry before the links die 😛

Carputer Brainstorming

I need music in my AMC Gremlin, the stock AM radio in it cut out every time we tried to get it working. I decided that a carputer would work out better than a normal in-dash stereo because it wouldn’t require having CDs with, I could just play mp3 files stored on the carputer.

Instead of building or buying a carputer I realized that my N800 would be perfect for the job, it has support for many media formats, AM/FM radio, WiFi for Wardriving, USB port, low power consumption, touch screen, etc.

Right now I’m thinking:

  • The N800 should be held by a turnable dock that it can be removed from easily
  • The dock would come out of the expansion bay on the car dash
  • A USB hub and external hard drive with my music on it should be mounted in the glove compartment
  • For speakers I’d have speaker boxes on the floor in back

Now I need to figure out:

  • How to make the N800 dock adjustable and be able to hide it back in the dash when it’s not in use
  • How much power it will need
  • How to connect the car antenna to the N800, it’s earbuds (headphones) are the stock antenna
  • How to power the external USB drive and USB hub so the N800 can play media off of it
  • Where I can get good boxed speakers that will fit on the floor and how to connect them to a normal headphone jack

So far I’ve got my N800 set up for it software wise, I loaded the latest firmware onto it yesterday and re-installed all my media applications.

I’ll document the project once it starts coming together in the car, it seems like the perfect carputer. I’m sure that other people have used it as one since you can run Maemo Mapper on it.


Ultra-Mega Random Rant Time

So upon going into my school’s computer lab with the rest of my Economics class, were were going to check stock prices as we normally did on every day. The site we went to daily was Yahoo. There was a problem however.

The school had blocked Yahoo.

Now, this struck me as odd, since who would block a search engine? (However, just typing in sufficed to getting there. Cheap blocking systems.) Now, the blocking software always has a reason for blocking a website. Whether it should be “information technology” or “website blogging”. This had struck me very odd.

“Search engine.”

I quickly check Google (for Christ’s sake). Blocked as well for the same reason. How the fuck can you block SEARCH ENGINES? It’s a fucking crime! How can you have even a simple learning environment without even being able to search what you need. I’m surprised if they haven’t blocked Wikipedia either, since it has some “bad” stuff on there. What’s even left to go on the internet for now? The school website?

Fuck, I’m done.