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Is this machine recording?
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RawkSD is very cool. Basically it's a wii homebrew app that lets you import custom songs to be played with Rock Band 2. However, there's a side benefit--it also lets you import your old Rock Band 1 format songs (basically RB1 and its various expansions). This can be important, because the RB1 engine doesn't work with the wide array of instruments that RB2 does.

What's unfortunate about RawkSD is that its documentation seems to assume you are steeped in the world of "Customs" and understand how all the pieces are supposed to go together.

There are two parts to RawkSD: the wii app and a PC app. The wii app is what does the copy of your previous version songs, and what you use to be able to play any of your customs with RB2. The PC app does the conversion from original archive version to custom, and that's the part that the documentation falls down on--installation and use of both pieces is explained, but the relationship between them is not. I originally assumed that the copy function of the wii app did everything necessary to play the songs in RB2, and I was confused about why they didn't show up in the game. Asking newb questions in the IRC channel, even when a simple yes or no answer would have sent me in the right direction, apparently gets a chilly reception. So to help anyone else who might be facing the same kinds of questions and concerns, here is a (mostly) step-by-step HOWTO on how to get your RB1 tracks playable in RB2 with RawkSD.

NOTE: All of this assumes that you own LEGITIMATE copies of all the referenced games. No one in this community condones piracy, and neither do I...I'm just looking to make the process less painful for those who follow me.

Also, this likely will void your warranty. Standard disclaimers about taking responsibility for your own actions even if you brick your wii apply. I am giving information, not guarantees.

1) Install the Homebrew Channel
a) download the Hackmii installer
b) put it onto an SD (not SDHC) card, in the root
c) pick one of the listed means of getting it installed; I used Indiana Pwns and it worked like a charm
d) first time you run it, you won't have any other software available, so there's just a calm blue watery scene with bubbles you can pop. Use your B button to back out to the System Menu and shut down
2) Download RawkSD 3 beta 4 and install BOTH parts.
a) if you don't have a PC handy, download VirtualBox for free from Oracle and find someone who will let you borrow their Windows XP installation media
b) make sure you have Microsoft .NET 3.0 WITH PATCHES--the basic 3.0 installation will not work. I patched to 3.5 and it worked great.
3) The Wii part goes onto your SD card in the path indicated in the install guide. This does two things...
a) It gives you the ability to extract the songs out of your RB1 discs
b) It lets you run RB2 with some slight modifications that will let you read the customs and play them
c) THIS is where the documentation breaks down--the Wii part does NOT convert the extracted song archives into playable customs, that is handled by the PC software
4) Run RawkSD and extract your songs
5) Shut down and take your SD card back to your PC (or system with virtual windows).
a) note that they say that you can run RawkSD.exe with Mono on a Mac or Linux, but it did not work on my Mac. Since I had VirtualBox already there I didn't spend much time troubleshooting....
6) Run RawkSD.exe, mount up your SD card, point RawkSD at the extracted files...
a) at this point you'll have a list of songs in the archive
b) you can load multiple archives at the same time
c) pick and choose the songs you want to extract
d) I told it to Import to SD Card--this doesn't actually write them to the SD card if it's mounted into VirtualBox...perhaps it would if it was a "real" SD card on a real PC. For my installation it wrote them to a subdirectory of the RawkSD PC installation called "rawksd". I simply copied the files in there back to my SD card
7) SAFELY unmount your SD card and install it back in your Wii
8) put the Rock Band 2 disc into the drive
9) Run RawkSD from the Homebrew Channel and select "Play". This starts RB2 with the necessary mods to read the customs...which just happen in this case to be extracted versions of the RB1 tracks...

And now you can play RB1 songs under RB2, with all the benefits like being able to use Guitar Hero instruments, etc. If you're really interested, you can also extract from several other games, as documented in the RawkSD wiki. I'm seriously considering it for the Band Hero/Guitar Hero games we have simply because it would be convenient to have all the tracks available in one game instead of spread out over several different discs. One caveat, apparently the GH tracks take MUCH longer to import because there's a bigger conversion going on than RB1 -> RB2 formats.
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"I've had a frog in my throat lots of times, but this is more of a tadpole in my nose."

And he totally didn't mean to be funny.

Of course after laughing my ass off, he had to go and start TRYING to come up with funny jokes....
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Step 1: Put your music player on random.
Step 2: Post the first line (or so, some are hard) from the first 21 songs that play
Step 3: Post and let everyone guess what SONG AND ARTIST the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly
(No lyric hunting! That is cheating!)
Step 5: After doing the 1st 21, listen to one more random song and post it as your title.

saving the world from memes )
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Forwarded to me; personally I'd take half that:

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve
It Dividend.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S.
Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child.
So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.


Of course, it would NOT be tax free.

So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.

That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife team has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.

Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads

Put away money for college - it'll be there

Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

Buy a new car - create jobs

Invest in the market - capital drives growth

Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves

Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who
lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting
back. And, of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of
trickling out a puny $1000.00 ("vote buy") economic incentive that is being
proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S
Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it.

Sell off its parts.

Let American General go back to being American General.

Sell off the real estate.

Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion

We Deserve It Dividend more than do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .


And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5
Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,

Birk

T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic


PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a
laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!



Edit:

Unfortunately "Birk" can't do math. From the person who originally sent this to me:


A couple of you did the math. I didn't bother. My bad.

The person's numbers don't work. It's $425 vs 425K.
It did sound too good to be true.






Still very amusing idea.
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The view out the front door last night:


more here )

Boom Blox

Jul. 5th, 2008 07:07 pm
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All Baby Cows are Looooost!
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ganked from dayo...and then later seen on the LT blog...

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish. Here's the twist: add (*) beside the ones you liked and would (or did) read again or recommend. Even if you read them for school in the first place.

I'm gonna add a + next to the ones I actually have on my shelf so you can see what a loser I am :)

cut for your pleasure )

interesting

Jan. 6th, 2008 09:24 pm
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Though I have to say there were some choices that didn't have any answer I really liked much.

93% Chris Dodd
89% Barack Obama
88% John Edwards
87% Hillary Clinton
84% Joe Biden
79% Dennis Kucinich
79% Mike Gravel
75% Bill Richardson
46% Rudy Giuliani
35% John McCain
27% Tom Tancredo
26% Mitt Romney
25% Mike Huckabee
18% Ron Paul
16% Fred Thompson
















2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

GIP

Dec. 30th, 2007 11:36 pm
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The source of this image is the amazing Girl Genius webcomic/quarterly comic GN from Phil and Kaja Foglio: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071231 (note that this is the intro for a side story, not the typical or main storyline of the comic; for something more representative, you can see http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071130, though I'd recommend you start at the beginning)

Buy their books!

And to actually link to some science.....sorta :)
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/08/steampunk_machine_for_fis.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890
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In the interest of balance (which some folks could learn to try on) here are a couple sites I have come across in the last 24 hours that actually engage with the skeptics arguments instead of waving them away as obviously bogus. Still digesting them.....

http://www.realclimate.org/

http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/dn11462
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Yet another take on global warming:

http://www.nzcpr.com/guest76.htm

In another forum I've read reacently it's been noted that the IPCC's estimates for likely temperature change over the next hundred years have gone from the very significant 2.5 deg C to under 1 deg C. They've dropped steadily. Is there any reason to expect that these folks really know as much about what they claim as they want us to believe?
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http://www.michaelcrichton.net/speech-ourenvironmentalfuture.html

I don't think I've seen his diagrams before, just read his verbage. I still think he tells a pretty compelling story, even if his examples sometimes ring false (comparing building a house to the future of the planet?? What??). I especially like the ending.
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My ISP is FIRED.



During that first three hour outage, I called the tech support line.

83 minutes later with no answer (aside from "your call is important to us and we will be with you shortly"), I finally hung up.

If I were on call this weekend, I would have been soooo screwed.

If the image above is missing, I'm probably offline again.
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elmegil

- a scoop of trustworthiness
- 1/4 cup of sensitivity
- a pound of romance

Season and serve.
'What is your personality recipe?' at QuizGalaxy.com
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The attempt by the Senate to restore Habeas Corpus fails by 4 votes:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00340

Good to see Lieberman is still a traitor to his party. Maybe the voters who elected him will start feeling some shame for not realizing that he's really a republican. Not that Lieberman alone would have made the difference, but even so.

GIP!

Sep. 16th, 2007 09:50 pm
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My very first one.

Not sure how succesful this icon is, I struggled to figure out a way to keep the basic comment legible.

Anyone who does icons and wants to comment, feel free.

Original source is http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/ggmain/strips/ggmain20070917.jpg

which of course you should already be reading at http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php
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