by simon baird

Saturday, May 22, 2010

why we love _why

"When you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people. So create."

 My copy of 'nobody knows shoes' is one of my favourite things.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hope Sandoval anyone?

You might remember her from Mazzy Star.


Fade Into You

Sometimes Always (with The Jesus and Mary Chain)

Playing the Tivoli in June with her new band, Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions:

A new song:

Hmm, she still has that voice...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jónsi on the Telly
the guy on the synths at the back is his boyfriend/collaborator, alex
(on sale tomorrow, just fyi)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

this blog of a guy in a band is good

long bebot delay jam (plus imovie tricks)

warning, six minutes of improvised electronic music of dubious merit.

recorded with quicktime and the microphone instead of line in (hence sound quality is a bit crap). tried the overdrive at one point and it was way too loud. also i wish i'd realised sooner about changing the pitch range. the video stuff is just imovie transitions done real slow and in two passes.

watch on youtube:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

hack to fix broken number_to_currency in ruby on rails

The rails function number_to_currency for some reason puts the negative sign after the currency symbol. So you get this kind of thing: $-123.55 instead of -$123.55.

Someone wrote a patch for this, see here, but it seems to have been forgotten. So here is my dirty hack.

I put it in module ApplicationHelper in app/helpers/application_helper.rb.

  # The number_to_currency function puts the negative sign after the dollar sign instead of before it.
  # This is a hack to fix that behaviour. Use at your own risk. It shouldn't cause harm when used with
  # other currencies, but it won't fix the negative sign unless it finds $- at the start of the string.
  def number_to_currency_fix_negative(number, options={})
    number_to_currency(number, options).sub(/^\$-/, '-$')
It could be improved obviously to work with currencies other than dollars.

And for convenience you might like to do a monkey patch version of this fix. I leave that as an exercise...

(Disclaimer: Written by a rails noob).

I think it would be a cool life goal to find all of the Mamans

The trick is they sometimes move around. I have seen two.

(Long time readers may recognise these pics)


Sunday, May 09, 2010

iphone autostitch panos

at the the powerhouse. the guy in the blue shirt is the singer from montpelier who played a free show there

(click photo to see full size)

random walk in march

brisbane st paddy's day parade

i guess it was a while ago now

Sunday, May 02, 2010


Note star counts

Hardest is probably 5-16. Though 5-19 and 5-20 are pretty close. Now I
might start the brand new levels from this weeks update. I heard there
is a new bird. Ps, I REALLY LOVE ANGRY BIRDS. Pps, I've heard you can
search youtube for videos showing how to beat each level, or consult
certain walkthroughs or howtos. This is CHEATING and I did not do it!