everydays 22

August 22, 2020 — ~enamel

Got a new mic, here is a little sound check comparo I did

tags: everydays, bleep-bloops

everydays 21

August 20, 2020 — ~enamel

Finally got around to the second tidal cycles lesson on random functions. Nothing to show off today, just the lesson.

tags: everydays

everydays 20

August 19, 2020 — ~enamel

Played around with an 808 emulator that you can find at https://io808.com/.

tags: bleep-bloops, everydays

more like somedays am i right?

August 18, 2020 — ~enamel

Intertia is a powerful force regardless if you are at rest or in motion. So let's get back into motion, shall we?

I made this for an art contest, real low effort style, taking some art I already made and sticking a top hat on it. But hey, I did a thing.

tags: everydays

everydays 18

August 01, 2020 — ~enamel

In the itch.io racial justice bundle I came across an app named Drum Brain. It allows you to use a Rockband drum set to create drum loops. It is pretty cool on it's own, but then I realized you can load in your own samples, and since I am a terrible drummer I also was very happy to see a quantize function in there.

So I loaded up a bunch of 808 samples and made a nice little loop. Really fun to play around with, basically using a e-drum set instead of a sequencer. Here is the sequence and the output.

tags: everydays, bleep-bloops, drum-brain

everydays 17

August 01, 2020 — ~enamel

Livestreamed a tidal cycles improv session, was not really feeling it and it was sort of going nowhere and then it just came together all of the sudden. Ended up liking the outcome quite a bit, and it sort of surprised me.

tags: everydays, bleep-bloops, tidal-cycles

everydays 16

July 30, 2020 — ~enamel

Playing around with tidal cycles, the main beat was stolen content, but worked some other stuff in that I enjoyed

tags: everydays, bleep-bloops, tidal-cycles

everydays 15

July 29, 2020 — ~enamel

I did a ton of work today and was totally wiped out by the time I had some free time. I wanted to get something in so I did a lesson in tidal cycles about randomness. I didn't really create anything on my own aside from typing along with the lesson, and I am not sure how I can work in randomness into my work with tidal cycles, that is for another day.

tags: everydays

everydays 14

July 28, 2020 — ~enamel

Yesterday's everyday was something a little different, and closer to what I do professionally. It was a very hot day and I wanted to see if I could keep the temperature inside my house cooler than outside and if so, by how much. My theory went something like this: first, draw in as much cool air overnight, then in the morning shut the windows and blinds (to reduce the solar load) and log indoor and outdoor temperatures over the day.

When I started logging data I had a pretty close correlation between the indoor and outdoor temps. As the outdoor temps started to rise, the indoor temp rose at a much higher rate. I am patting myself on the back at this point. However as I don't have air conditioning, I was expecting the indoor temp to track closer to the outdoor temp but I found the indoor temp to stay quite a bit lower than I was expecting.

Around 5pm I was measuring a 10 degree temperature difference, but I was pretty sceptical that I was measuring indoor temp accurately. I stepped outside and couldn't tell a huge difference. So I decided I would open the windows and turn the fans on and equalize the temperatures. After two hours I was not seeing the equalization I was expecting.

This data simply left me questioning my measuring devices. I was using my thermostat for indoor temp and pulling outdoor temp off the internet. I would love to repeat this experiment with more accurate and SELF LOGGING equipment. I also want to measure humidity as higher humidity in the house could have made the temperature difference feel lower.

Here is a table of data I don't trust:

tags: everydays

everydays 13

July 28, 2020 — ~enamel

I finally missed a day :(

But before I did I played around with an app named Drum Brain. It allows you to use a Rockband drum set to fire drum samples like a midi drum set. It was really fun and I put down an really nice drum loop that I really liked, but didn't actually record the thing thinking I would come back to it (and never did).

tags: everydays

everydays 12

July 25, 2020 — ~enamel

Nearly didn't everyday today, but ended up with a very late night tidal cycles session trying to wrap my head around chop / striate / slice / splice. Didn't get very far but did make some cool feedback loops with the delay effect.

streak 12

tags: everydays

colorful clarity

July 24, 2020 — ~enamel

Started to play around with Hydra, ended up in a jam session

You can play around with the Hydra code here

edit: oh yeah this was my everyday, streak 11

tags: everydays, bleep-bloops, live-coding, tidal-cycles, hydra

everydays 10

July 23, 2020 — ~enamel

Created a new avatar for posting on stuff and things. It was a long overdue change! It was created in the sprite editor in PICO-8.

streak: 10

tags: everydays, pico-8

everydays 9

July 22, 2020 — ~enamel

Finished the music projects section of my homepage which completes the bulk of what I originally intended to do with my tilde page. I have come up with some new ideas for some new pages, and I will probably continue to tweak it, I have come to hate the color. Which makes sense as I tried to pick a really awful color scheme for it.

I feel like I am starting to get into a groove with everydays, I am now trying to get them wrapped up by midnight to make sure I don't spend too much time working into the wee hours of the morning. We will see how my motivation goes as things get a little more free form and I don't have a set list of items I am trying to tick off.

I want to dive back into live coding with Tidal Cycles, and I may try to push an update to UNCLE. Not really sure what comes next maybe more HTML hacking!

streak: 9

tags: everydays, homepage-update

everydays 8

July 21, 2020 — ~enamel

Planned on filling out the music section of my homepage, but some of the stuff I did on twitch didn't want to embed. Ended up being a bit of a time sink. I figured it out, but by then I was aleady invested and moving it to youtube to host.

So a fair amount of time invested all I have have to show for it is a blog post

streak 8

tags: everydays

everydays 7

July 20, 2020 — ~enamel

Updated the homepage to include a table of some of my personal coding projects as well as some CSS to at least de-jank it a little bit. It grew so much with hashtag content! Here is what it looks like now:

streak: 7

tags: everydays, homepage-update

everydays 6

July 19, 2020 — ~enamel

Nearly skipped today, just was not feeling it. Like yesterday I wanted to do something quick, but ended up getting into it and fiddling for an hour. Sensing a pattern.

I downloaded some period correct gifs to make my homepage really pop. I am nearly 100% sure I found the same CD gif I had on my geocities page in the 90s. Anyway, now my homepage looks like this:

streak: 6

tags: everydays, homepage-update

everydays 5

July 18, 2020 — ~enamel

Tried to find something quick to update, still ended up spending an hour fiddling with the CSS on this blog. I largely followed (aped) the design guidelines at google's material dark theme.

I also reformatted the main css file, and when doing so realized I was un-minifying it and making the file size larger for my own feelings of vanity. Going to look into a script to take my pretty format and minify it to reduce the file size. If you are going for small static HTML, might as well go all the way right?

streak: 5

tags: everydays, homepage-update

everydays 4

July 17, 2020 — ~enamel

worked on my index.html, created a .css file and learned how to upload an image via scp

today my homepage looks like this:

a bad website

current streak: 4

tags: everydays, homepage-update

everydays 3

July 16, 2020 — ~enamel

changed index.html in the most minor way, testing my own internal rules for everydays

streak: 3

update: I made this
update 2: and this

tags: everydays


July 15, 2020 — ~enamel

A concept that has stuck in my mind recently is the concept of "everydays" where one commits to an act of creation every day. I came across this idea from the visual artist beeple, who as of this writing has completed 4824 consecutive days of creating a piece from scratch every day. Another form is "100 Days of Code" which is a challenge to complete 100 days of coding without missing two consecutive days.

The rules for people's everydays differ, but the main goal is skill building, and committing to this publically provides accountability. In beeple's case his rules are to create something, anything no matter if it is 5 minutes or 5 hours of work, as long as it is submitted to the internet before midnight. For 100 Days of Code their rules are an hour of coding before you go to sleep that night, and missing a day is ok.

My goal for everydays primarily skill building and working on personal interests. Also I want to break a bad habit that I have of working on a personal project using all of my spare time, then burning out so that I take a long break from working on personal projects. I am very bad at spending "an hour a night" on something until it is done. Leaving something unfinished until tomorrow. My problem is not that I will cheat and pump out 5 minutes of crap and call it my everyday, but that I will spend 4 hours polishing that turd every night for weeks, on top of my normal programming job, until I don't want to see an IDE for a month. So not only do I want to continue to create and learn, but I want to learn how to do it sustainably.

My rules:

  • Work on a personal project every day
  • Make a blog entry about it
  • Between waking and sleeping
  • No minimum time duration
  • Learning tools counts
  • Streaks are neato, but not the goal

Everyday #1: Yesterday I explored my tilde.club account. I decided I did not care for PuTTY so I worked out a better toolchain for SSH on windows, using Windows Terminal, Powershell, and OpenSSH. I learned the basics of weechat. I created a git repo of my home dir and pushed it to github here.

Everyday #2: Today I figured out how to create a blog using bashblog and created two posts, an introduction and the post you are reading now (I am actually going to be really surprised if someone reads this). I developed my personal rules for my everydays and committed to them live on the internet.

tags: everydays