Mixxx Digital DJ Mixer 1.12 Alpha, 4 Decks and Advanced Effects

mixxx_112-alpha

I’ve been waiting for this for a long time ! Mixxx was limited by a maximum of two channels for mixing; two digital decks, although if you knew what you were doing you could open multiple copies, but that would not give you crossfader control. But now Mixxx has a total of four, yes, 4 channels ! That opens up a lot more room for mixing. The only niggle here that which channel is on which side of the crossfader does not seem to assignable (“A/B mxing”), but seeing as this is an Alpha release that may be planned for the full release.

Another breakthrough is the inclusion of extended effects. Previously only a Flanger effect was available. Now we Have Flanger, Echo, Reverb and BitCrusher. The effect modules – highlighted with the orange circle in the screen shot above – are initially named “Effect Chains” (not visible in the image) which is a bit confusing to begin with as really only the four available effects are selectable. However this is a hint of the planned much extended effects architecture for Mixxx that includes the ability to define complex effects chains and even a facility to include externally loaded LV2 and LADSPA effects.

I’ve had all this running on my 1.8 GHZ single core CPU, really a low to medium end machine without a single audio glitch that I can hear. This is with other applications open in the background. Altogether very impressive for something playing multiple tracks and and effects ! I have not had a single crash yet and only some small UI bugs (drop down lists that are not closed properly). Very impressive for an Alpha release.

If you can, download and do all you can to support the Mixxx development team. Contribute ! Mixxx will have reached a major achievement and new era of open source music/DJ application when the full effects architecture is ready sometime after the release of 1.12. In the mean time there’s plenty of Mixxx goodness to be getting on with. I think it’s also important not to forget, especially for those new to open source, is that if you want a new feature of want to fix some niggle then the entire source can be forked, either by you or a helpful friend, and those ideas can be implemented either for your own build, or they might even be merged back into the main Mixxx release. Happy mixxxing !

 

Portugal’s Casa Pia Abuse Scandal and Resulting Prosecutions: Where is Britain’s Landmark Child Abuse Case ?

Former orphanage director Catalina Pestana embraces abuse victim Pedro Namora at the court in Lisbon yesterday (Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters)

(Image source: Guilty after six-year trial, Portugal’s high-society paedophile ring )

I was just waking up this morning when I happened to hear an episode of Witness on the BBC World Service …

How nice for these Portuguese victims to get justice, I thought ! Then my feelings turned to frustration and a crystallising realisation that Britain is still very much behind on this issue. Look at the stalling government inquiry into allegations of organised child abuse by politicians. Look at how the psychiatric system is widely used to silence victims of organised child abuse … butoh wait … that’s just a “conspiracy theory” right ?

“It wasn’t that long ago that those who claimed that there was a massive pedophile ring involving officials in the highest levels of government were written off as conspiracy theorists and kooks.”

The U.K. Political Pedophile Ring Scandal is Just The Tip of the Iceberg – The Full Story is Much More Disturbing [UPDATED]

Regardless of the contents of the rest of that article, that little quote at the top got me to thinking. As a victim of these kind of abuses in the 1970’s (I was born in 1970) I have often been left thinking, even in my own mind, that I was hallucinating, or had become deluded into thinking that the abuses I had been subjected to, were exactly that – abuses.

Then a little research uncovered the reason why; what we now call Grooming.

The political atmosphere in the 70’s was one of outright political control by perpetrators of child abuse. They had infiltrated to the highest levels of political lobbying (under the name PIE – Paedophile Information Exchange) with the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), a group that would one day become Liberty. Liberty have since apologised for their actions in the 1970’s, but that history still has an important bearing on what is happening today.

“‘The PIE somehow managed to convince feminists and the gay rights lobby that they had shared values and that we all belonged in the same club,’ recalls one feminist writer whose magazine was lobbied for support by the PIE after the Exchange won NCCL affiliation.”

( Source )

At its height, PIE boasted almost 1,000 members and publicly campaigned for child sex to be legalised, and for the age of consent to be lowered to four.

( Source )

If you carefully read the above you will find that in the 70’s child abusing criminal psychopaths were on the win. They were rolling forward an agenda to give them free access to children as young as four years old, with absolutely no legal problems what so ever. A backlash did start in the 1980’s with the PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange) disbanded and various former members prosecuted and jailed for offences against children … presumably under the very same act that they had tried to alter with their lobby group and the help of what would eventually become Liberty, the NCCL.

So how far did this go exactly ? Its easy to discount all this as the actions of some deluded lefty liberals in the 70’s … until you see the scans …

Document: This is the cover page of the NCCL's submission to Parliament on the 1976 Sexual Offences Act held at the LSE library, which suggests that the age of consent be lowered to 14
Document: This is the cover page of the NCCL’s submission to Parliament on the 1976 Sexual Offences Act held at the LSE library, which suggests that the age of consent be lowered to 14
Damning: On page six of the document it is argued that 'a person aged 14 or over should be legally capable of giving consent' and the age of sexual consent cut to ten 'if the child understood the nature of the act'
Damning: On page six of the document it is argued that ‘a person aged 14 or over should be legally capable of giving consent’ and the age of sexual consent cut to ten ‘if the child understood the nature of the act’
Document: This is the cover page of the NCCL's submission to Parliament on the 1976 Sexual Offences Act held at the LSE library, which suggests that the age of consent be lowered to 14
‘People of different ages being nice to each other’: The autumn 1982 edition of Rights, the in-house magazine of the NCCL. Self-confessed paedophile Mike Morten’s letter was published on page 9 (pictured centre)

“Document: This is the cover page of the NCCL’s submission to Parliament on the 1976 Sexual Offences Act held at the LSE library, which suggests that the age of consent be lowered to 14. […] Damning: On page six of the document it is argued that ‘a person aged 14 or over should be legally capable of giving consent’ and the age of sexual consent cut to ten ‘if the child understood the nature of the act'”

( Source )

I could write a lot, lot more here about the history behind all this and my feelings about being a victim and the current atmosphere. But I’ll end with this …

  • In light of the successful criminal prosecutions in Portugal, involving government and high society figures, how does the situation look in Britain ?
  • Have a few high profile prosecutions of celebrity figures been used to distract attention from what is going on at the top ?
  • Why are so many of the revelations to do with perpetrators that are now dead ?
  • Do allegations of organised child abuse at the highest levels of British government still look like a “conspiracy theory” ?
  • How educated are the general public about the reality of the nature of organised abuse and its “normalisation” into making it seem that child abusers are being discriminated against like victims of Homophobia ?
  • Why are we still using the word “Paedophile” that was obviously invented in the 1970’s by criminals in order to try and legitimise what they are doing ? As if abusing a child is like indulging in French cheeses like a  Francophile ?

You can come to your own conclusions, but from my point of view this country is living in a trance –  a dream world. Where, in order to protect some kind of “Britain stands for decency” political tag line, prosecutions and a proper inquiry are kept at bay. Of course not doing the decent thing in order to cover up indecent acts, to give an impression of decency, is just absurd. It’s time to do the decent thing and educate ourselves about the history of all this and demand that justice is done. If Portugal can do it, so can we.

Linux CLI (Bash) – Play Random Audio File, Music Track or Display Random Image

It amazing what a bit of randomness can extract from hard drive “lost” zones  🙂

These scripts are probably not the ultimate in Linux scripting elegance and may even have bugs in them that need fixing, but they do work well enough on my machine.

file=
num_files=
choice=
IFS=$'\n'
Files=`ls -D /home/djbarney/DJ_Barney_Docs/Docs_on_Fifth_Element/Forge/Compressor` 

file=($Files)                # Read into array variable.

num_files=${#file[*]}        # Count how many elements.

choice=${file[$((RANDOM%num_files))]}
echo $choice

mplayer -volume $1 /home/djbarney/DJ_Barney_Docs/Docs_on_Fifth_Element/Forge/Compressor/$choice 

exit

Usage example …

$ ./play-random-sample.sh 80

 

The number is the volume level.

The script was written for a single directory full MP3 and WAV samples. As I found out, it does not work too well for anything bigger than that – like a directory hierarchy full of various music albums. So I did a bit of rewriting …

file=
num_files=
choice=
IFS=$'\n'
dir=/media/djbarney/fifth-element/Music
Files=`find $dir -type f`

file=($Files)                # Read into array variable.

num_files=${#file[*]}        # Count how many elements.

choice=${file[$((RANDOM%num_files))]}
echo $choice

mplayer -volume $1 "$choice"

exit

The script does not check the file type so if you have pictures and so forth along with your audio files it might try to play those. If so, just run it again.

$ ./play-random-track.sh 80

I’ll return later with a version that can show a random image.

Oil Price Drop is Direct Result of Massive Shift in Energy Technology

Ameritrade Oil Futures Chart, September to 14th November 2014
Ameritrade Oil Futures Chart, September to 14th November 2014

(Chart source: Is the Oil price the Prime Indicator of LENR (Cold Fusion) breakthrough? ).

I woke up this morning and, while drinking my coffee, started doing my usual internet search. What is usually an interesting but fairly mundane activity turned into a major Eureka! moment for me.

First I hit this article that appears to have predicted why the oil price has dropped (which I explain below). The article appears to have been produced in November 2011 according to what is the final paragraph …

Oil companies braced for E-Cat developments

This provided the insight for that Eureka! moment …

Suddenly the fear of running out of oil is gone. The fear of running out of nickel is many years, if not centuries, in the future. The expected market price of oil would be no more than the price that would make energy from oil the same price as energy from the E-Cat. If even the most easily extracted oil cannot be extracted for a competitive price, OPEC will almost certainly react by pumping a lot more oil and charging a lot less.

(My emphasis).

What we have seen is a process going on from the beginning of when the E-Cat, Cold Fusion and LENR technology first emerged. From the beginning we’ve seen many who just “get” that something real is going on, or their instincts and experience tell them that Rossi is no “con man”. Through the years and many tests the technology has been subjected to much scepticism and outright attacks. But as time has gone on the evidence has built up.

With Peak Oil and the once all pervasive atmosphere of Global Warming rhetoric and scare mongering, the world has been aware that it has a problem. Many reports predicted increasing conflict due to diminishing resources and a diminishing ability to extract oil. All that builds up into fear.

But now the E-Cat and other LENR technologies are proving themselves we are seeing this major response in the oil markets. But why lower the price ? Now here I had my second Eureka! moment …

If the price of oil remains high, the world will inevitably convert to E-Cats faster than they would otherwise. If the price of oil drops rapidly, then the energy price benefit expected from the E-Cat is achieved almost instantly. The general expectation is that the price of oil will start to fall as soon as the real potential of the E-Cat becomes clear.

Could oil companies by buying E-Cat like there’s no tomorrow … hence the deliberate reduction in the old price due to increased production by OPEC ? Are they protecting their investment by making it less desirable to convert to E-Cat due to the reduced oil price, so that people keep using their oil ? Actually there’s good evidence for this.

E-Cat is a technology that the oil companies are interested in taking up, not to replace oil, but to reduce their extraction and storage costs. This is not my assumption. This approach has been revealed in documents produced by Breakthru Technologies ( breakthru-technologies.com, ecat.com – Roger Green who is part of the Rossi team) …

PDF: E-Cat Technology, A New Age of Energy Production.

Applications of this 1MW E Cat Heat Power Future 200 400 Degrees Celsius

[…]

  • Tar sands process steam for oil extractions

E-Cat Technology, A New Age of Energy Production. p18.

This means initially we are in the marketplace in competition with industrial boilers or steam.

E-Cat Technology, A New Age of Energy Production. p5.

Immediate -­‐ 1 -­‐ 10 Years: The Conventional option Period

This is a time where, for those who are familiar with triage, society adopts fusion for immediate needs. We will see businesses that need cheap energy to stay afloat as the first to implement the technology. As an example, in a conversation with an oilman from Midland, Texas, it was revealed that the local utility was charging them $10,000 per well to operate the electric motors for the pumps. He has 100 wells, and it was costing him a million dollars per month to bring the oil to the surface. He also mentioned that this cost was passed on to the consumer, resulting in higher oil prices going to the refinery. This was causing his business to lose its competitive edge. The same is true for tar sands. Those companies need a heat source to liquefy the tar, and as petroleum prices rise, it was no longer becoming economical to use their own fuel. I know that environmentalists are gnashing their teeth at the prospect of the Rossi Eat becoming defiled through this application, but fret not -­‐ in later years this source of energy will be relegated to the backburner.

(My emphasis) E-Cat Technology, A New Age of Energy Production. p20.

As you can see there has been a definite forward thinking plan here. This has not been an approach of “invent a technology and unleash it on the world and see what happens”. That would have been irresponsible. We are dealing with millions of people’s jobs and life’s here. A potentially disruptive energy technology such as the E-Cat could have caused unpredictable reactions in markets where billions upon billions of dollars is at stake. Using an irresponsible approach the success of the E-Cat would have likely been held in jeopardy and possibly even suppressed or kiboshed by huge energy companies unable to fit E-Cat into the industry.

So is this why Industrial Heat have been so quiet over the last few months ? I suspect so. It is highly likely that deals are being made with the oil companies by IH, and possibly other companies, to introduce E-Cat as a way to make oil extraction viable in extraction areas that were, up until now, just too expensive to go into. Those deals also establish an intent on the part of the E-Cat inventors and marketeers that shows the oil companies that they are not out to destroy their business but actually intend to support it. This may seem like heresy to the environmentalists but even the oil companies know that oil will not last forever, and this approach, in the meantime, allows them to diversify and take into account such a massive new step in energy technology such as E-Cat/LENR.

So with all that in mind the futures chart at the top of this article should make more sense. The oil price drop is not just  in response to “fracking”. There are some very real forces at work here …

  1. Reduction in fear in investment markets due to reality of E-Cat/LENR coming to fruition. This shows the reality of at least one alternative to oil, and causes psychological changes that make many realise that these things are possible … hence the reduction in fear; and remember that Capitalism is based on expecting continued growth and healthy societies … not increasing conflict based on limited energy sources.
  2. Rossi/Industrial Heat and Breakthru Technologies engaging with oil companies to sell them this new technology to reduce costs of oil extraction rather than going into direct competition with them.
  3. A deliberate policy by OPEC to reduce oil prices by increasing production in order to make E-Cat less desirable … why ? Basically “because we want it” (the oil companies) to reduce costs of their extraction (see quote above from the PDF … “Immediate -­‐ 1 -­‐ 10 Years: The Conventional option Period”) … and keep us buying it, at least in the meantime.

What we’re seeing here is something quite extraordinary. After a 100 years of reliance on oil the world is starting to move into a new phase. That, ironically, could at first see an increase in oil production due to the opening of new oil fields due to the reduced costs of extraction from using the E-Cat technology (and presumably, including products made by E-Cat competitors).

Here is the way through the “Global Warming” climate change crisis. If you believe that to be caused by CO2 or increased Sun activity. Either way its obvious that we need to change our ways. Now we have a way through … Eureka!