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Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

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Interesting (But Largely Illegible) Typeface

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:48:25 -0400



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Retiring Essentialism

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:04:46 -0400




Poorest in UK, Poorest in N Europe

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:33:41 -0400




I Want To Be A Redneck!

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:49:06 -0400




Reverse Racism

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:55:42 -0400




The Lost Art Of Nomography

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:19:40 -0400

Nom nom nom!




IBM Data Center (Photo)

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:40:05 -0400




Interesting Account Of Gamma Hack

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:59:37 -0400






The Most Interesting Audiophile In The World

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:28:50 -0400


I can add:

 * Without him, cables are directionless.

 * He listens to tape in disguise (when he is recognised there's too much wow
   and flutter).

 * Tubes roll for him.

 * Naim gave him permission to use banana plugs.  But he doesn't need their

 * His central heating is class a.  His air conditioning is torus power.

 * His connections are so well balanced they competed for GDR on the beam.

 * He can consistently ABX 16/44 and 24/96.  When playing mp3 128.

 * He uses neither mc nor mm.  His platter is fixed, the world revolves around
   him, and the cartridge moves.

And in case the original gets deleted, they were:

 * He does not need cable lifters. When he enters a room, speaker cables lift
   themselves out of respect.

 * He does not buy remastered records. He remasters his own.

 * He can bias power tubes to within 1mV ... by ear.

 * Mark Levinson build a custom preamp for him ... with tone controls and

 * He traps his own bass.

 * He has never listened to "Jazz at the Pawnshop" ... he just happened to be
   there and gave the recording engineer a few pointers.

 * McIntosh chose the color of his eyes for its VU meters.

 * His list of equipment is The Recommended List of Components.

 * His interpretation of Wife Acceptance Factor is completely different from
   yours ... and it has nothing to do with speakers.

 * Diana Krall ogles at his photos.

 * Hewlett-Packard uses his perfect 1Khz whistle to calibrate their test

 * His mere presence causes jitter in lesser components ... even analog ones.

 * When one of his girlfriend asked for diamonds for their anniversary, he
   bought himself a pair of B&W 800D speakers -- and she was ecstatic.

* His ears are insured with Lloyd's of London.

 * It is said that Dave Wilson was inspired to build and name their MAXX
   speaker after seeing him naked in the locker room shower. It is also
   rumored that his beard shavings are the secret ingredients in Wilson
   Speaker's X Material.

 * Michael Fremer credits him for the vinyl revival.

 * When he is in the audience at a concert, Keith Jarrett refrains from making
   those annoying grunts and noises when he plays.

 * He once arm wrestled Eveanna Manley ... and won.

 * The moment he takes a new piece of equipment out of the store it
   appreciates in value by 40%.

He is ... the most interesting audiophile in the world. 



How did the first world war actually end?

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:34:34 -0400

This made me feel dumb.  I had no idea.




Ky - Restaurant Santiago

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:30:42 -0400


This is on Av. Peru, which is the (a?) Palestinian sector of Santiago.  When
we went on Friday night the central reservation was covered in candles
mourning the current deaths in Gaza.

Anyway, the food is Thai / fusion / eclectic (there was less Thai on the
menu than we expected).  Paulina had a seafood risotto and I had what I think
is a Moroccan dish (lamb stew on couscous).

The place itself was not as fancy as the photos on the website (I had changed
into a shirt to go, which was a waste).  But the prices were fairly high and
it was busy, even early, with a young clientelle.  Maybe they were attracted
to the diversity or exclusivity (there's no sign - you need to know the
address of the large house and ring the bell at the gate to enter).

The food was average.  My lamb could have been better selected (less chewy
bits) and cooked longer.  The couscous tasted like it was made with water (not
stock).  The risotto was very heavy.

The service was poor.  We were over-charged (I realised after paying,
questioned, and got a refund).  Total was 30.000 for the above, a coke and a
beer, with tip (included in the bill).

Not recommended.



The Black Dork Lives!

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:06:13 -0400

[Not a racial epithet]


On one of the Reddit bicycling groups there was a "discussion" about "dork
disks" - the plastic disks required by US law between cassette (rear gears)
and spokes:
(item 3 under "What are the requirements for chains and chain guards?").

The argument goes that a correctly adjusted derailleur does not need this
protection, and so "bike snobs" (they exist) remove the disk.

There are three counter-arguments to this:
1 - On a mountain bike it could still help save your wheel if the 
    derailleur gets knocked into the wheel.
2 - No-ones perfect; you could accidentally misadjust the mechanism
    (one of my pedals came loose the other day!).
3 - Bike snobs?

I find 3 particularly convincing, but at the same time the disk does look
kinda ugly (it is, or was, a see-through piece of plastic).  So I decided to
paint it black.  This was pretty easy as I had an old can of black spray
enamel and the tools needed to take the cassette off (and so get at the disk).

The result is shown in the photos.  I like it.  I cleaned up the cassette when
I removed it, so it's back to silver, but it will be darker soon, as it gunks
up, and so the disk will look more "integrated".