Fixing Kindle font problems on an Android phone with CyanogenMod

I’m running the sweet CyanogenMod firmware on my Android phone. Yesterday, Amazon released their Kindle ebook reading software for Android. I installed it, as I’m eventually hoping to buy Mark Frauenfelder’s Made by Hand when it comes out for the Kindle.

Unfortunately, when I downloaded a test chapter for the Kindle, the text was garbled.

The fix? Click here. If you were able to install CyanogenMod on your phone, this fix should be well within your abilities.
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Alex Chilton, RIP. I am wondering: who is the musician who has the best song named after him? And: who is the best musician with a song named after him? Also: Who is the best musician who recorded the best song with his or her name in the title? (Example I don’t think is the winner: Ballad of John and Yoko.)

Configuring Internet Sharing between an iMac running Snow Leopard, a Mac laptop, an Ubuntu netbook, and a Roku

The title lays out the scenario: we had an iMac running Mac OS X 10.6.2, connected to the internet via a DSL modem. We wanted to create a wifi network so we could get a Mac laptop, an Asus Eee PC 901 running Ubuntu GNU/Linux 9.10 (Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Karmic Koala), and a Roku Netflix player all on the net. Turns out you can use the iMac itself to create a wifi network. No additional equipment is required, just some tricky configuration.
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Upgrading MySql from 4 to 5 on 1and1

WordPress 2.9 is out today, and we’re trying to upgrade all our blogs to it.

These sites were created with MySql 4 databases, and the latest WordPress requires MySql 5. How to upgrade?

So far, we’ve tried dumping/exporting the old database and importing to a new MySql 5 database, but certain characters like curly quotes and Greek letters are broken.

Any ideas on dealing with these character encoding issues?

Podcast: What Can a Canon Do?

Mark Benedetti is our guest on episode #7 of the Snow Ghost Community Podcast, talking about the formation of a canon in three “underground cultural formations”: 60s experimental film, early NYC punk rock, and No Wave film.

Hosts: Bruce “Snow Ghost” Russell, Mike Benedetti, and Adam Villani.

mp3 link (39MB), feed

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Snow Ghost Community Podcast #6: Sky Bison


Bruce and Mike talk with Justin and Andy, coaches of the Bronx robotics champs Boogie Down Bots. They make awesome robots, and they have an idea for killing Asian Longhorned Beetles with nanotechnology.

Also: Kevin Ksen and Mike talk about the City Council’s new video stream.

Download the mp3, see more formats, subscribe to the podcast feed.

Asian Long-Horned Beetle: Reign of Terror from salman uddin on Vimeo.

A critique of Rock School

Ed. note: After seeing this thread about a student’s unhappy experience with a class on rock and roll, I started a discussion with Seamus McGee, who has academic experience of his own in this area. He shared the following thoughts.

I’m curious about the department through which the course is offered, because that would strongly affect the approach. To be honest, most of these complaints seem trivial, but that’s only because I don’t have a sense of the larger methodological approach for the course, and so I don’t know if the complaints are grounded on the kinds of expectations that might be legitimate to have for this kind of class. Assuming it’s some general history of rock class, I don’t think the history of the formation of the Pistols is particularly important, even though it’s more complicated than either the student or professor seem to realize. On the other hand, it would be extremely important in a course taught through a different field, like, say, cultural studies, where most scholarship on punk takes place. I honestly don’t know why you’d want to spend much time on Zappa, though at the same time using Bizarre as your example for indie labels’ move into major label relationships doesn’t seem like a very good choice to me, although again, it depends on why and how you’re discussing that issue (i.e. whether you care about the politics of indie labels, which you usually wouldn’t for this kind of class).
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Snow Ghost Community Show #21: Mystery Band

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The Snow Ghost Community Show is proud to present video and audio from Worcester Mystery Band 2008.

Here’s how Jacob Berendes described Mystery Band in 2007:

mystery band is a worcester activity in which everyone who is interested in being in a band submits their name and contact information (and any previous musical experience) to a central organizer, who then organizes the list of people into however many five or six person bands. these bands are given a certain amount of time (usually 2 months) to have a few practices and write between 5 and 20 minutes of original material that is not a waste of everybody’s time. improvisation is prohibited. participants need not have any prior musical experience, just the desire to be in a band and the ability to step up. mystery band culminates in a series of shows for all the bands that pulled it off.


Snow Ghost Community Show #20: Bone Zone

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Bone Zone live in Worcester, Sept. 6, 2008. You can download a free mp3 of their album Perching on the Beam. For more videos, see Cop Heaven.

Audio downloads from this show. (This audio is cleaner but less-fun than the audio used on the video.)

The cablecast version of this program is followed by Stephen Fry’s Happy Birthday to GNU and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.