Let Me Get Over – a hit single! November 23rd, 2015 by b-knox

Released back in July, I managed to get my ass onto the Chiptunes=Win Vol 4 compilation.  It’s a fun track.  I had fun writing, recording and producing it.  DJ Cutman did a good job mastering all the tracks.  Here it is below:

And here is a great review of it from the chiptuneswin blog!!

My first thought when hearing this song was “When did Primus start doing chiptunes?” Seriously, this is song is like slapping the extra adapter on your copy of Sonic 3 so you can play as Les Claypool in the Carnival Night Zone. This is the song I started to reference in the first paragraph with regards to road rage. This song, despite being jaunty and comical with its pizzicato strings and bouncy whistling under the vocals, is a song about dealing with idiot drivers and the rage that builds as a result. I didn’t realize songs could be cathartic in this way. After having done a lot of traveling tonight and coming back to hear this song, I can guarantee the lyrics, at some points almost spat through gritted teeth, get across a feeling I know quite well but until now had only been able to express via high-beams and finger gestures.

phenq reviews

Two Releases this 2015 August 24th, 2015 by b-knox

This was my first in about 4 years. On 4/20/15 I released “Say Anything into your Phone” on bandcamp for $1.99 a POP! It features a modest runtime chock full of dirty sparkling beats and smack your buttface lyrics.


Then a month or so later, I put out “Imitation Crab Nebula” which is flarping free! It’s more or a less a collection of the best recordings I had done with my eurorack modular synthesizer during the first 14+ months of getting into that nonsense. Expect poly-rhythms and flarping melodies and anxious permutations of sonic infidelity.

Anyways, hope y’all enjoy whomever you is!


Holy shit May 24th, 2014 by b-knox


Holy shit I got a modular. Holy shit I got a new phone. Holy shit I can post about my modular with my phone holy shit.

DASM and the Atari 2600 VCS February 19th, 2014 by b-knox

I went through a bit of hell getting a ROM to compile.

dasm pitches.asm -f3 -opitches.bin

It was the -f that I was missing (that and my .asm wasn’t setup right). The -f3 makes it output a raw binary without a loading memory address header. The commodore computers use that head to tell them where to start loading a program into memory. Cartridge based systems usually always start at the same place so the header would be misinterpreted as code and bork ass.

Jeez. Not only is the system limited to 128 bytes of RAM on the top half of the zero page $80, but you can’t read from the TIA chip either. It’s write only. Keep track of that stuff yourself, k?

Now a bunch of related links :
2600 Specifications
Paul Slocum’s 2600 music guide
boomlinde macros
VCS Programming this one has links for DASM, VCS.H and MACRO.H
1st thing i got to compile

bouncing gumtard September 2nd, 2013 by b-knox

Time for another music vid! :D

I was cleaning up some deprecated and antiquated script files after refactoring them into a new one. Then I did something dumb. rm objectname* which included my new script I had worked on for about 4 hours. There is no undo for rm in the command line. This is not the first time this has happened to me. The lesson here, according to many linux msg boreds, is to learn not to do that or quit. I figured there has to be a way to backup deleted files.

If you have root access I suggest you install trash-cl, but if you are on a shared hosting account like I am this might be of help to you.

I decided to create a command called tr which is short for trash. I created a directory for the trash mkdir ~/.trash and in .bash_profile I added this code —
move_to_trash() {
if [ "$CWD" == ".trash" ]
rm -fr ~/.trash/*
mv -i $1 ~/.trash/
alias tr=move_to_trash

After saving your update you can source ~/.bash_profile and see if it’s working without reconnecting with the server. You can tr files just like you would rm them, except they are actually moved to the .trash directory. If you want to empty the .trash then cd ~/.trash and run tr. All gone! Maybe in a future version I’ll add recursive rm behaviours.

They’ll tell you this is a bad idea; that it creates a bad habit; that you should respect the power of rm and pay better attention to what you’re doing. That’s recockulous. Accidents happen. Especially with a fist full similarly named files.

Now here is a related video! :D

Between 17 professional programmers on IRC late one night, I stumbled across not only this problem, but the solution to it as well. The tricky part is that it’s a recursive process. You have to pipe to hell and back!?!? Maybe . . .

this gets you the number of lines in all php files
cat **/*.php | wc -l

this one lists all the files and their line counts
wc -l `find . -name \*.php`

Sweet! Battle of the Bits is over 30,000 lines of code! Did I do that?

props to jangler and wollymammoth

10 PRINT is a cute new book January 5th, 2013 by b-knox

Published last November, ’10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10′ (yes, that is the entire official title) is an interesting traipse through all things related to running this one line program on a Commodore 64. Watch what it does when you RUN it —

Somewhere in the mid 80’s, I discovered those two slash characters could generate a maze like screen when I started manually entering them continuously. I had my own version of this program memorized, typing it in on occasion. It was three lines and not one, more often on the VIC20 instead, but the same program nonetheless.

The book’s website has a free PDF version for download. I didn’t exactly read the whole thing, but at least perused each page. Being someone who grew up on Commodore machines when they were still on the market, this book might be much more interesting to non-advanced users or younger generations curious about 8bit cpmuting. There’s a lot of interesting history, variations, and notes on randomness. But at times, it seems to read rather theoretical instead of definitive.

Chapter 55 discusses creating a port of this program to the Atari 2600 (or VCS) and I would have loved to see more assembly language on the subject. Perhaps reading it in a purely technical matter would be much more useful (and briefer) for me. I am probably not the ideal audience here. I’m not concerned with generality when it comes to 8bit computers. I want raw, applicable codes.

C64_Petscii_Chartspage 27 – Mentioned as a ‘quirk’, several character graphics repeated in the character ROM is actually an efficient design.  By default, most Commodore computers are in ‘unshifted mode’ meaning there are no lower case characters available which makes room for more graphical characters.  When ‘shifted mode’ is enabled the computer references the 2nd half of the character ROM.  Then on page 185, they mention that POKE 53272,23 switches the C64 to lower case text mode.  It’s not a ‘quirk’.  This thing is published by MIT?  Are these 10 authors computer scientists?  …and I won’t even get into the difference between PRINT CHR$() and directly writing to screen RAM with a POKE.

page 195 – Microsoft accepted the $25k deal for their BASIC instead of $3/unit royalty thinking that Commodore would hire them to update when they developed new computers.  Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore, saved some pennies by never doing so, keeping the BASIC ROM down to 8kb.  The C64 could have had a whole new gambit of BASIC functions covering access to the SID and VIC-II chips responsible for sound and video respectively.  Both of those chips are much more powerful and difficult to program with BASIC POKE statements than their predecessor, the VIC chip, which handled both.  CBM BASIC’s updates were done internally at Commodore, correcting memory pointers so it would work on the architectures over a few generations of machines. (source; it also claims BASIC was sold for $10k)

I liked all the pictures! :D

Laura Palmer the drink December 11th, 2012 by b-knox

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It can also be difficult for the body to process, putting extra pressure on the liver, the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, and other functions.

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People consume alcohol to socialize, to relax, and to celebrate.

It is commonly misused among individuals of all ages, resulting in significant health, legal, and socio-economic damage.

In 2017, around half of all Americans aged over 18 years had consumed alcohol in the last month. Just over 9 percent of those aged 12 to 17 years had done so.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 15.1 million people aged 18 years and over in the U.S. had alcohol use disorder (AUD), or 6.2 percent of this age group.

Fast facts about alcohol.

  • Pure alcohol is a colorless, odorless, and flammable liquid.
  • Fruits and grains are the foods most commonly used foods to make alcohol.
  • Alcohol is the number one abused drug by minors in the U.S.
  • The liver can only oxidize about one drink per hour.
  • Alcohol is known to be harmful to developing brains, from before birth to adolescence.
  • No amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy.
  • Combined with other medications, whether over-the-counter (OTC) or prescribed, alcohol’s effects can be deadly.
Short-term effects
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One to two drinks can make you feel relaxed.

Within minutes of consuming alcohol, it is absorbed into the bloodstream by blood vessels in the stomach lining and small intestine.

It then travels to the brain, where it quickly produces its effects.

The short-term effects of alcohol depend on:

  • how much is consumed
  • how quickly
  • the weight, sex, and body fat percentage of the individual
  • whether or not they have eaten

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Signs of intoxication

At first, the person may feel relaxed, uninhibited, or giddy. As they consume more alcohol, intoxication may result.

Other signs of intoxication include:

  • slurred speech
  • clumsiness and unsteady gait
  • drowsiness
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • distortion of senses and perception
  • loss of consciousness
  • lapses in memory

The Importance of Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is crucial not just for your teeth and gums but also for keeping your mind and body healthy and strong. Problems with your teeth and gum can lead to diseases in other parts of your body — including dementia and heart disease.

Regular visits to your dentist can do more than just keeping your smile beautiful. Routine oral check-ups can also tell a lot about your overall health, including whether you are at risk for having a chronic disease or not.
Various research works suggest that your oral health mirrors the state of your body as a whole. For instance, when your mouth is healthy, chances of your overall health to be good are more. On the other hand, if condition of your oral health is poor then you may also get other health problems.

Better Nutrition

Your mouth is the initial step in the digestive process – you use your teeth to chew food! Practicing first-class oral hygiene habits helps in maintaining durability and functioning of your teeth. Poor oral habits can result in caries and cavities, tooth loss, and infected or inflamed gums, all of which hamper your daily oral activities. All these can lead to teeth pain, and as a result you are less likely to eat fresh, vitamin rich foods which can lead to poor long-term health.

Overall Body Health

Good oral hygiene is necessary for your overall health being. For example:

  • A greater incidence of pre-term, low-birth-weight babies has been seen in women with gum disease.
  • People with poor oral hygiene have an increased risk of heart disease.
  • Oral Infections pose serious complications to other major organs.
  • Problems in chewing can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal failure and other digestive disorders.

What is Proper Oral Hygiene?

By maintaining proper oral hygiene you can get a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means:

  • Your teeth should be clean and free of debris
  • Gums should remain pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
  • There should be no bad breath

If your gums pain or bleed during brushing or flossing, or you are experiencing constant bad breath, visit your dentist as any of these conditions is an indication of a problem.

Your dentist can help you learn proper brushing and flossing techniques to maintain good oral hygiene and can also help point out those areas in your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.

Cannabis and Your Health

What is cannabis?

Cannabis (marijuana) is a plant that contains biologically active substances in its leaves, flowers, and buds and their extracts (for example, oil and concentrates). People may use cannabis for medical or non-medical reasons.

The two most biologically active chemicals in cannabis are THC and CBD. THC affects how you think, act, and feel. It can make you feel intoxicated or “high.” CBD may lessen pain and other symptoms.

There are many types, or strains, of cannabis. Each plant has specific THC-to-CBD ratios. Because of this, some strains have different kinds of effects than others. For example, if a strain of cannabis has a higher ratio of THC to CBD, it’s more likely to affect your judgment, coordination, and decision making, visit https://www.vaprzon.com/blogs/thc-alternatives/thc-o-for-creativity.

How is it used?

There are many ways people can use cannabis. For example, people can:

  • Smoke it as a dried plant.
  • Brew it into tea.
  • Inhale it as a vapour.
  • Spray it under the tongue.
  • Apply it to the skin.
  • Eat it in prepared or homemade foods (edibles).

What are the health effects of cannabis?

When you use cannabis, you may be putting your health at risk.

Short-term health effects

People often use cannabis for the way it makes them feel. Using it may make them:

  • Feel relaxed or intoxicated (“high”).
  • Have less chronic pain or nerve (neuropathic) pain.
  • Feel hungry so they eat more.
  • Feel less nauseous or reduce vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy drugs.

But it may also cause unwanted side effects, such as:

  • Impaired short-term memory and ability to concentrate.
  • Poor judgment and coordination.
  • Anxiety or paranoid thoughts.
  • Faster heart rate.
  • Red eyes and dry mouth.
  • Dizziness.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Changes in blood pressure.

How soon and how long you may feel the effects of cannabis depends on several things, including how it was taken. For example, when cannabis is smoked, the effects can usually be felt within seconds after inhaling. On the other hand, when cannabis is eaten, the effects may not be felt for up to 90 minutes after you eat it. Since the effects aren’t felt right away, people may think they need more and use too much. To avoid this, start with small amounts until you know how edibles affect you.

How much cannabis you’ve used and how long you’ve been taking it can also affect how your body responds to it. You may feel the effects of cannabis for hours after you use it. The effects of cannabis may last longer than when cannabis is smoked.

Long-term health effects

Long-term regular use of cannabis may lead to problems such as:

  • Trouble with learning, memory, and concentration. This is most likely if regular heavy use begins in the teen years.
  • Lung problems if you smoke cannabis. This can lead to coughing or wheezing and lung infections like bronchitis.
  • Mental health problems like anxiety, depression, and psychosis. This is more likely if you have a personal or family history of these disorders or use cannabis products that have high levels of THC.
  • Cannabis use disorder. Some people who regularly use cannabis may find it hard to control their use and keep using cannabis even though it’s having harmful effects on their lives.
  • Increased risk for severe nausea and vomiting (cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS).  People who have CHS may feel very thirsty and have belly pain and diarrhea. They may vomit more than 20 times a day. Bouts of vomiting may last more than 24 hours.

Health effects of use during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Using cannabis is not safe for you or your baby. If used during pregnancy, the chemicals in cannabis can harm a developing baby (fetus). They can pass from the mother’s blood to the baby’s blood. And can pass from the mother’s breast milk to the baby during breastfeeding.

Cannabis can cause problems for you during your pregnancy and when it is time for your baby to be born. It may also affect your baby both before and after he or she is born. This is even more true for people who regularly use a lot of cannabis. It may:

  • Cause a lower birthweight for your baby.
  • Be related to problems with learning and behaviour.
Nintendo History Info Porn November 12th, 2012 by b-knox

Today, in my inbox, I found this wonderful infographic by Chloe Carter.  Yes, it has the ‘Offical B-Knox Seal’ of approval!  I always thought Mario had to be more popular than Mickey Mouse!!!

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