Democrats won more votes for the 2012 House of Representatives, but because of Republican gerrymandering, 234 Republicans were elected — versus only 201 Democrats.

A recent poll shows that Republicans are more likely to hold a negative opinion of President Obama (81%) than they are of Vladimir Putin, a warmongering tyrant who consistently opposes U.S. interests (47%).

I'm not a big Obama fan myself, but these people have lost their fucking minds.

"Politics sometimes rewards braggarts, and Trump is a world-class boaster. He promised a health care plan that would be 'unbelievable,' 'beautiful,' 'terrific,' 'less expensive and much better,' 'insurance for everybody.' But he's abysmal at delivering — because the basic truth is that he's an effective politician who's utterly incompetent at governing."

— Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times

Music

Electronic music — DIY music production

These are some of the noises I've assembled recently.

‘Ice-Nine’

I bought an EMX-1 SD some years ago after seeing mryat and denkitribe's incredible work on YouTube. This is my second track. The sound is straight out of the EMX-1:

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

Here you can watch it being 'performed'. YouTube's encoder made the bass drum sound like a Lacrosse ball bouncing inside a dryer, but I guess it still works. The song is about two minutes too long, but that's hindsight for you:

‘Cruzeiro’

This is my first EMX-1 track:

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

This machine has a ribbon controller that gets overlooked by many users. In this track I used it to play a pretty decent 'solo', if I do say:

Notification Sounds

I created these WAV files many years ago for use as nthClock alarm sounds. Most sounds are from the Alesis Micron, though a few bits come from the soft synth that was bundled with Cakewalk's SONAR back then.

These are designed to be played once or in a loop:

These files are part of nthClock, so their use and distribution is covered by the GNU General Public License.