Intelligent Design

July 19th, 2020

IF our world is an intelligent design, we are probably also designed in such a way that we cannot notice the design itself. That is, assuming that the designer did not want us to notice that the world has been designed. Our senses would not pick up the information that you would need to notice the design.

A metaphor to illustrate: When looking at my hedge, I do not see anything noticeable. When looking at my hedge that has been 3d modeled on a computer, I do not see anything noticeable either. If it has been modeled properly anyway. So how do you go about 3d modeling a hedge?

You would probably make about 5 to 10 leaves differing in size, color and texture, spread them randomly and give them a random rotation. You would not be able to see that they are the exact same leaves every time, but they are. A clear indication that someone designed it: That is not what a hedge looks like in the real world.

You would be able to notice though if you took a closer look. Maybe even made a sientific study of Hedera Helix (in my case the plant that makes up the hedge). I checked, but in my hedge every leaf is slightly different from the other…

But are they? All leaves are clearly leaves of Hedera Helix, made up according to the same structure, with the same molecules. And apparently the stuff inside molecules is also very structured. But that is also what it looks like in the real world right?

Structure is not proof of intelligent design, it can be emergent. Simplifications of the real world are proof of intelligent design, just like the 3d model of the hedge. We are like the characters in a computer game and we cannot perceive the real world. IF it exists somewhere out there.

I’m off to help my wife trim the hedge. This Hedera just doesn’t stop growing.

Een soort best wel tragisch dierdicht over een haas (geheel geschreven met koeieletters)

July 25th, 2018

Ondanks dat hij zich er als een vis in het water voelde zat de haas wat schaapachtig voor zich uit te kijken in het weiland. In feite was hij gewoon zo moe als een hond van die katachtige sprong over de sloot zojuist. Ik bedoel, niet dat hij zo’n sprong niet kon maken. Hij was immers zo sterk als een beer. Maar tegelijkertijd had hij nog steeds honger als een paard. En hij kon wel als een struisvogel zijn kop in het zand steken, maar het feit was dat bijna al het gras verdroogd was, ook in dit weiland aan de andere kant van de sloot. Hij voelde zich een domme gans dat hij dat niet van tevoren bedacht had.

Dus daar zat hij dan. Precies niet zo blij als een aap met zeven koters en zo vrij als een vogel, maar wel meer als een Phoenix die snel vers gras nodig had om te herrijzen uit zijn verzwakte toestand. Hij speurde als een adelaar zijn omgeving af. Het was toch bij de konijnen af dat de mensen de klimaatverandering zo ver hadden laten komen! Als hij niet snel iets te eten vond was hij straks zo dood als een pier!

Copy only folders and photo’s to a tmp folder

June 5th, 2018

This is the command I use to make a copy of all my folders with photo’s in it. The command ignores a lot of file extensions and also all the folders named ‘mts’ no matter where in the path they are.

sudo tar cvf – * –exclude *.MTS –exclude *.mpg –exclude *.MPG –exclude *.mp4 –exclude *.modd –exclude *.db –exclude *.avi –exclude *.AVI –exclude *.THM –exclude *.idx –exclude *.info –exclude *.mov –exclude *.MOV –exclude *.zip –exclude *.dat –exclude *.db –exclude *.xmp –exclude mts | ( cd /apath/tmp/; tar xfp -)

Ubuntu audio with Jack continued

November 18th, 2017

Allright, allright, allright, allright, allright, allright. I got the original setup working again (just Timemachine is not working at the moment).

What was wrong?

  • No soundfont installed in Qsynth, so no sound!
  • Mixer not installed via synaptic
  • Timemachine not installed via synaptic
  • Patchbay config file missing
  • Mixer config file missing

Here is the screenshot again

And here is the script

#!/bin/bash

#clientNumOxygen=$(aconnect -i | grep client | grep -i Oxygen | cut -d” ” -f2 | tr -d “:”)

# Start Jack audio server
# Patchbay settings will make sure everything gets connected as is in the config file
# Config file to use is /home/spruit/muziekmaken/patchbaywithQsynthandMixer.xml
/usr/bin/qjackctl -s &
sleep 8

# Start Qsynth.
# You will need to have a sound font selected for the sound engine you use otherwise no sound.
# Select it via setup.
/usr/bin/qsynth -g 6 &
sleep 8

# Start Jack Mixer and load settings
# Can be installed via synaptic
# Points to /usr/share/jack-mixer/jack_mixer.py
/usr/bin/jack_mixer -c /home/spruit/muziekmaken/jack_mixer_settings &
sleep 8

# Start a2jmidid to route keyboard midi to jack_mixer. ALSA to Jack.
/usr/bin/a2jmidid -e &
sleep 8

# Start TimeMachine to record brainwaves
/usr/bin/timemachine &

# Start Patchage to route audio between components
# Basically does the same as Patchbay
/usr/bin/patchage &

# Connect the keyboard. Not needed, can do this with PatchBay
# aconnect $clientNumOxygen:0 130:0 &
# Connect a2jmidid. Not needed, can do this with PatchBay
# jack_connect a2j:”Oxygen 61 [$clientNumOxygen] (capture): Oxygen 61 MIDI 1″ jack_mixer:”midi in”

# Disconnect the default ports where we have put the mixer in between
jack_disconnect “PulseAudio JACK Sink”:front-left system:playback_1
jack_disconnect “PulseAudio JACK Sink”:front-right system:playback_2
jack_disconnect qsynth:l_00 system:playback_1
jack_disconnect qsynth:r_00 system:playback_2

Ubuntu audio with Jack continued

November 18th, 2017

Dammit, I had to set up all the audio again in my new version of Ubuntu. The midi keyboard once again produces sound over my laptop. Still need to find out how I can get all the fancy sounds from it.

Below is the Patchbay and Patchage setup.

Here is the start up script:

#!/bin/bash

#clientNumOxygen=$(aconnect -i | grep client | grep -i Oxygen | cut -d” ” -f2 | tr -d “:”)

# Start Jack audio server
# Patchbay settings will make sure everything gets connected as is in the config file
# Config file is /home/spruit/muziekmaken/patchbaywithsynthv1.xml
/usr/bin/qjackctl -s &
sleep 8

# Start Qsynth, this does not seem to work anymore
# /usr/bin/qsynth -g 6 &
# Start synthv1 or yoshimi
/usr/bin/synthv1_jack &
# /usr/bin/yoshimi &
sleep 8

# Start Jack Mixer and load settings
# Points to /usr/share/jack-mixer/jack_mixer.py
# Nog knoppen op keyboard definieren om volume te regelen
# This program is no longer available on the current Ubuntu version
# /usr/bin/jack_mixer -c /home/spruit/muziekmaken/jack_mixer_settings &
# sleep 8

# Start a2jmidid to route keyboard midi to jack_mixer. ALSA to Jack.
/usr/bin/a2jmidid -e &
sleep 8

# Start TimeMachine to record brainwaves
# /usr/bin/timemachine &

# Start Patchage to route audio between components
# Basically does the same as Patchbay
/usr/bin/patchage &

# Connect the keyboard. Not needed, can do this with Patchbay
# aconnect $clientNumOxygen:0 130:0 &
# Connect a2jmidid. Not needed, can do this with Patchbay
# jack_connect a2j:”Oxygen 61 [$clientNumOxygen] (capture): Oxygen 61 MIDI 1″ jack_mixer:”midi in”
# Disconnect the default ports where we have put the mixer in between
# jack_disconnect “PulseAudio JACK Sink”:front-left system:playback_1
# jack_disconnect “PulseAudio JACK Sink”:front-right system:playback_2
# jack_disconnect qsynth:l_00 system:playback_1
# jack_disconnect qsynth:r_00 system:playback_2

Fun at the local park

April 30th, 2016

treflip

Voetbal

September 24th, 2015

Ik ben leider van de OSC F9. Wat is dat geweldig! Elke zaterdag trekken we ten strijde.

SONY DSC

Copy files on Linux with exclude

May 16th, 2015

This is what I use to make a backup copy of all my images to a temporary folder in Linux. It excludes a number of file extensions, like the ones for movies. It is executed from the folder that contains the files you want to copy.

sudo tar cvf - * --exclude *.MTS --exclude *.mpg --exclude 
*.MPG --exclude *.mp4 --exclude *.modd --exclude *.db 
--exclude *.avi --exclude *.AVI --exclude *.THM --exclude 
*.idx --exclude *.info --exclude *.mov --exclude *.MOV 
--exclude *.zip --exclude *.dat --exclude *.db  --exclude 
adirectory/* | ( cd /media/spruit/ausbstick; tar xfp -)

Trickipedia

February 28th, 2015

From now on my log of skateboarding tricks has a dedicated page.

Voortgang 4

January 17th, 2015

Flatground:

Pressure flip

Switch kickflip

Switch varial heel

Manual

Nose manual

Nollie flip

Obstacle:

Frontside boardslide

Flatground, alleen op tapijt:

Dolphin flip

Switch backside bigspin

Switch front foot impossible