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The kids now have their own YouTube channels. Visit:

I hope you like Lego….

Xorg Nvidia and Ubuntu Trusty

I have a rather picky home-theater-PC screen. After upgrading Ubuntu on the HTPC from Precise to Trusty, I just couldn’t get the display to sync. After switching out HDMI cables (which did change things, but not for the better) I figured out that xrandr --output HDMI-0 --mode 1348x752 would bring the display back. (It’s a custom mode line.)

However, I couldn’t make this mode change permanent in /etc/X11/xorg.conf. The nvidia-auto-select mode kept overriding things.

The solution was to add this line to the Monitor section of xorg.conf:

Option "ModeValidation" "HDMI-0: NoPredefinedModes, NoXServerModes, NoVesaModes, NoEdidModes"


Mikado Recordings

Somewhat faster than usual (thanks to less splicing and editing being required), the Mikado sitzprobe recordings are now available. From Dropbox, select download as .zip

Poster image from Lyric Theatre's 2014 performances of The Mikado

The recording was made 14 June 2014 in the Miller Middle School music room with the orchestra and a reduced cast.

Individual tracks are listed below.

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The Grand Duke sitzprobe recording

For those of you seeking to relive the awe, wonderment and confined space of performing in Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Grand Duke’ sitzprobe, I present:

The Grand Duke Lyric Theatre sitzprobe recordings!

The Grand Duke artwork

(In Dropbox, select Download as .zip, or see below for individual songs.)

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Composting robot

Ashton mentioned that our composting cart looked like a ‘leaf-eating monster’, so I introduced the kids to rattle-can art.

Leaf-eating monster robot composting cart and kids.

Ashton also learned the incorrect way to test whether paint is still wet (observe left hand).

Then Brennan helped me inspect the deck by testing the lawn with a #2 square drive bit.

Kid with tools.

VFR 8:00pm

I was keeping an old (warped) disc brake and chain sprocket from my ’99 VFR800 around because they looked kind of cool. I knew what to do when I found an $8 clock at the flea market….

Clock with VFR800FI sprocket and disc rotor.

Then I went OTT and added some $6 under-vehicle lights from Meritline and hooked them up to the garage door opener.

In fact, the most expensive part was the steel backing sheet from the hardware store. Sigh.


Today we went to the beach. Since there was quite a lot of driftwood, we built Seaweed Fort.

Mudman and Brak

Kids crossing a sagging cushion bridge.

Ashton: I am MudMan. You are Mr Clean.

Me: I have the amazing power of napkins.

Ashton: I am sad. I have no family. My assistant is Brak.

Brennan: Here I am!

Me: Oh no, Mudman has slipped off the cushion bridge into the canyon. Brak, can you rescue him?

Brennan: He’s dead.

Giant Ethernet VU meter

I made one. Why not?

H.M.S. Pinafore sitzprobe recording

I never procrastinate when mixing down audio recordings.
What never?
Well, hardly ever. Okay, I guess I’m running 33% late.

HMS Pinafore logo

Anyway, I finally got around to finishing up the HMS Pinafore sitzprobe recording with Lyric Theatre. Being in rehearsal for The Pirates of Penzance might might have provoked me to get around to it. Links are below.
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