… because I forget simple little things too soon …

31 Oct


I’m Kermit and I’m enjoying your heat
You’re hot as shit and I am terribly sweet
Your busts are banging, sight of them a treat
I rhyme like a motherfucker, it is pretty neat

I’m Kermit and that is how I greet
a hot mama on a train, on the street
Next to me or on my lap, please take a seat
I’ll offer you milk, like monsieur Lapadite

23 Oct

Up my game

Up my game
Down-level an amount worthy of my fame
Disengage from the roaring torque of your engine
Disparage my opponents, call them names

Up my game
Reid this empty house, rape it with an emptier flame
Deceive me with your age old finest deceit
Revel as I break and fall to my knees

Up my game
Deplete the building desire to dismiss it as vain
Exert a microscopic effort to advance me
An extra breath for you, means the world to me

Up my game
Bear the burden that what you do is lame
Agitate your friends, and save me the calm you
Wholeheartedly laugh when pain is flowing through you

Up my game
Train me until I’m clean and tame
Play me, whisper to me “who knows whom to blame?”
Frame me with good intentions, a noble aim

Up my game
But quash the thought of me doing you the same
Bet on your life that for the rest of it you will regret
spending a single moment, upping my game

Up my game
I dare you
Are you game?

21 Oct

Touch Adapter Voice 2, silenced for good

Volkswagen Polo 2012 model
That’s not me driving. I drive in the real world!

We have a Volkswagen Polo that is a few years old. The bluetooth setup on this car is a disaster.

The car itself has bluetooth and it can play music over A2DP profile, make and receive phone calls over HFP profile and it can even download your phonebook and some more. Enter Touch Adapter Voice 2, a cell phone sized device that sits in a dock on the passenger side. Without it, the car refuses to connect to any bluetooth device. So you’d think leaving it in the dock is all that’s needed. Errrr. Wrong. The Touch Adapter also has bluetooth, and just like a phone, it tries to connect to the car over bluetooth. But of course only one device can be connected at a time, so getting one’s phone connected is a gamble. I hear you ask: why the hell does the Touch Adapter need to talk to car over bluetooth? Hear me say: !@#$%!@! Who knows?!! It acts like a relay between the phone and the car. What? Relay bluetooth? Yep! Folks at Volkswagen are on something heavy. Did I mention that in the relay configuration, music playback is gone? Yep. I’m not even sure if it’s legal to advertise the car as A2DP capable when that functionality works only sometimes.

Touch Adapter in its dock

19 Oct

The Birthday Song

Happy Happy Birthday
Eat all you can, off the tray
Get tad funky, get all cray
Is this too much, we say nay

Happy Happy Birthday
Should you want us, we will stay
Until dawn, till the next day
but tonight, wish you the best lay

9 Oct

Show me

Show me a watch that counts the breaths
that you wasted clinging to this flesh

Show me a get away car
that can race through the narrow corridor

Show me a half lit room in the attic
that would shield us from the world

Show me a sign, I’m about to resign
unless I see you bleeding from the same cuts as mine

Show me your face, pick up this pace
we need a titanium strength will to displace

Show me your wrist, bare it, I insist
My bet is on your strong pulse
that beats despite your fierce fist

Show me your grace, lace up the case
We need to hide it away from the eyes of the saints

Show me courage, don’t be shy about it
Stay and fight, save the wings for the nightfall instead

Show me no more, we made it
Let’s not shake hands, let’s not say “see you later”
I know, I’ve been told I’m cruel that way

4 Oct

Sunny days

Sunny days aren’t all the same
Once it rained while the sun was still pouring
Rays wrestle with the clouds sometimes on their way
Maybe happy thoughts are kept for the soft shadow days
Even pain slides its curtain in the shining
Waited for a blue sky and it’s gotten late

Sunny days aren’t all the same
She left on one of those days
He wasn’t back when the dawn came
and it shined later just the same
Steel rails are glowing to a flame
My seat is but cold, on this old and rusty train

30 Sep

Near the end

You gotta believe me when I say
This isn’t a sight I see everyday
The greatest work of art in history
standing tall and heavy in my way

Purple lanterns and flashy patterns
have nothing on these sandstones and curves
Fireworks and flickering lights
could never scratch the surface of these tiles

Friday nights aren’t always this bright
with ideas and rhymes that surface while
I wait in the corner side of the mall
while you run late and then walk tall

Mark this night, we’re getting to the end
Dramatic as it sounds, drama is what it entails
Remember the remark about the chandelier
Remember this night, the end’s getting near

17 Sep

Wary Wishes

I have a thousand wishes for you
Some are only for me to know
The rest I’m willing to share with you

For starters I wish you ignorance
I wish you recurrent trips to France
Waking up to knocks on the door
To smell of freshly baked baguettes
Staying in all afternoon with your buddies
playing twister on the floor

I wish you a little airtight jar
that you can fill with assorted stars
So you can have starry nights
whether inside or riding in cars

I wish you wishes that come true
The kind that mean something to you
I wish you silly things on a whim
I wish you the heroine part in a film

30 Aug

Decrypt /data partition under Cyanogenmod Recovery

Here is a trick I found to allow mounting an encrypted /data partition under Cyanogenmod Recovery. I’m not sure if you can run this on other recoveries due to lack of availability of vdc.

After booting into recovery, open an adb shell using adb shell and run the following:

setprop ro.crypto.state encrypted
vdc cryptfs checkpw 'your password'
mount /dev/block/dm-0 /data

It’s inconvenient but it works. I found this solution in an issue thread on github repo for TWRP. Hope this helps some of you out there.

19 Aug

High Bitrate Playback on Audioengine D1

I own an Audioengine D1 DAC which I love. It’s very Appley in design. Since I bought it two years ago, I have continously learnt to notice ever so subtle differences in quality of music playback, to the point that I can easily tell apart compressed and uncompressed music, and somewhat the difference between new and used equipment. A double blind test is definitely in order to prove the above abilities.

Recently reading over the spec of my D1 DAC, I saw that it resamples everything to 24bit/96Khz for playback. From past knowledge, I knew that resampling is a very complex and resource hungry operation and the small silicon inside the DAC cannot possibly do the best that can be done. So after a bit of searching online, I managed to force Pulseaudio on my Linux machine to always stream 24/96 bitstream to my DAC, and do software resampling on my main CPU. It sure is a power hungry process. The highest quality sampler, src-sinc-best-quality eats up 40% of my one core of a Xeon 3.2Ghz CPU! And that’s per stream, so if I have music playing and watch a youtube video, that’s one CPU core gone. src-sinc-medium-quality drops the usage by more than half, to 13% without any noticable difference.

To force 24/96, edit /etc/pulse/daemon.conf and add/uncomment the following lines:

resample-method = src-sinc-medium-quality
default-sample-format = s24-32le
default-sample-rate = 96000

Then restart Pulseaudio daemon:

$ pulseaudio --kill
$ pulseaudio --start

To verify your changes are in effect, play a some music and find your card under /proc/asound:

$ find /proc/asound -type l

Then see the content of streamN under the relevant directory for your card above:

$ cat /proc/asound/D1/stream0
                  2010 REV 1.7 Audioengine D1 at usb-0000:00:1a.0-1.1, full spe : USB Audio

  Status: Running
    Interface = 1
    Altset = 1
    Packet Size = 600
    Momentary freq = 96000 Hz (0x60.0000)
    Feedback Format = 10.14
  Interface 1
    Altset 1
    Format: S24_3LE
    Channels: 2
    Endpoint: 1 OUT (ASYNC)
    Rates: 96000, 88200, 48000, 44100, 32000
  Interface 1
    Altset 2
    Format: S16_LE
    Channels: 2
    Endpoint: 1 OUT (ASYNC)
    Rates: 96000, 88200, 48000, 44100, 32000

Note that Status: Running is referencing Interface = 1 and Altset = 1 which is 24/96 according to the rest of the output.

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