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Question: Have you ever tried making films? I love the way that digital movie making crosses boundaries of art and tech and it seems like something you might like.
Asked by E'lo (67.190.160.x) on October 24 2021, 3:31pm
Reply on October 24 2021, 11:42pm:
    I got to work on some stuff in high school which was fun, and I've enjoyed making music-video-ish-things. Definitely think it would be fun to make a short film. Might make a howto documentary at some point.
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Question: Which things/thoughts do you fall asleep to often?
Asked by Greg Wiseau (152.171.231.x) on October 23 2021, 9:58pm
Reply on October 24 2021, 12:36am:
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Question: How can I make a website like your blog? I like it. It's simple and does the job. My coding skills are rusty
Asked by Innis (111.71.31.x) on October 23 2021, 11:31am
Reply on October 23 2021, 4:51pm:
    Mine's based on https://www.cockos.com/hl--/ but pretty hacked up to integrate other things
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Question: REAPER download page : Windows icon/logo is staring on left side. Just hold it and turn it towards the right side and make it stare in centre, towards you. It will become Windows 11 logo. A quick & simple trick :P (sorry no question in my mind this time, haha)
Asked by Ahhhhhhhh!!!! (122.177.4.x) on October 23 2021, 7:30am
Reply on October 23 2021, 4:52pm:
    Perspective, we've got it
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Question: Are there REAPER features you almost never use? If so what are they?
Asked by Mister Levy (124.170.7.x) on October 22 2021, 8:04pm
Reply on October 23 2021, 4:52pm:
    I don't use MIDI much ;)
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Question: interested in any banksy artworks? (and did you see the shredder incident?) ((oh it was hilarious!!)) clever!
Asked by unnamed1 (2.26.163.x) on October 22 2021, 4:49pm
Reply on October 23 2021, 4:52pm:
    There's a lot of good ones. Thoroughly enjoyed Exit Through the Gift Shop, too
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Question: Have you ever watched The serie : nirvana the band the show ? For some reason I think it match your style
Asked by Aloha! (189.112.48.x) on October 21 2021, 9:19pm
Reply on October 23 2021, 4:53pm:
    Ah no, I should! Also wanting to watch that Velvet Underground doc
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Question: Have you ever received a feature request through mail, or in any other unusual way?
Asked by Bernie (78.148.189.x) on October 21 2021, 9:08pm
Reply on October 23 2021, 4:53pm:
    There have been notes along with purchases, I think, yeah
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Question: hey- so how much do YOU know about magna carta article 61 and the un's agenda 21? (conspiracies aside)
Asked by unnamed1 (2.25.95.x) on October 20 2021, 4:34pm
Reply on October 21 2021, 1:45pm:
    Nothing
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Question: Favourite ice cream?
Asked by James (161.112.34.x) on October 20 2021, 10:12am
Reply on October 21 2021, 1:46pm:
    Hmm all. At the moment I might go butter pecan
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Question: Do you use fzf?
Asked by James (195.69.9.x) on October 19 2021, 2:44pm
Reply on October 19 2021, 2:54pm:
    no but it looks cool
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Question: Are you using Wayland, maybe even Sway wm?
Asked by Niklas Adam (195.159.207.x) on October 18 2021, 6:22pm
Reply on October 18 2021, 10:05pm:
    These days Wayland+Gnome on my dev laptop, Xfce4/X11 on my recording/performance machines
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Question: hey! so apparently the human brain can store every 5 sense experiences from birth to final day..do yu think there is any absolute* limitation to the memory storage capacity over a lifetime?
Asked by unnamed1 (2.25.95.x) on October 18 2021, 6:01pm
Reply on October 18 2021, 10:06pm:
    Surely there must be, as the neural connections are finite?
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Question: Hi, Justin! Please share your experience as a programmer) Are you using any programming paradigm (TDD, Agile, etc.)? Are you using design patterns? How do you not get lost in such a huge code? And. Do you use any time management methods? How do you keep your interest in work, do you experience disappointment or depression when the work is monotonous?
Asked by Alex K. (176.98.225.x) on October 17 2021, 10:07pm
Reply on October 18 2021, 2:56am:
    No programming paradigm explicitly.

    Design patterns: nothing explicit either, but after doing this for almost 25 years I'm sure they have evolved into being.
    Getting lost: it's not _that_ much code, really, but when you need to figure out where something is, there are a few good starting places to pull a thread and git grep to unravel it.

    It's a labor of love so time management isn't really an issue. When I was younger I would program for long intervals at a time. I can't do that anymore, these days at most an hour or two at a go.

    Monotony isn't really an issue, sometimes there's tedious things that are repetitive, so I'll either break them up into manageable chunks, or figure out a way to automate it (even if the latter takes more time, it can be more fun).

    Getting outdoors or recording music are always good things when I find myself down (which happens!).

    Other thought worth mentioning: it's always good to make your life as easy as possible. So for example, make it fast/easy to compile things, and make/post test builds.
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Question: Sorry to bother you jf, I am really trying to understand and use MIDI_GetRecentInputEvent, but I can't reach to any answer :( If I get it right the MIDI info is packed inside the buf in a string packed. I should then use string.unpack(some_string, buf). I really don't know what to put in some_string in string.unpack as I would need to reverse engineer how it was packed. >.< Sorry if I got it all wrong also. I am since the release of this function trying to understand it.
Asked by DdSL (201.48.183.x) on October 16 2021, 5:32pm
Reply on October 17 2021, 12:00am:
    Each message is a string of binary data.. so you can use string.byte(str,1) which should return 0x90, for example, etc.
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Question: propb not right place: but can you please please PLEASE update the reaplugs now? TIA.
Asked by unnamed1 (2.25.95.x) on October 16 2021, 1:39pm
Reply on October 17 2021, 12:00am:
    Hmm it's sort of the opposite, to add cool stuff ReaPlugs are a weight that holds them back. So probably not?
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Question: Is there any way to access the included music font with gfx.setfont? If not, it would be nice to. Thanks! :)
Asked by amagalma (46.190.42.x) on October 16 2021, 9:28am
Reply on October 17 2021, 12:03am:
    I think if you use the font name Reavura it should work, but I haven't tested that (it is a renamed version of Bravura, so you can use its codepoints as a reference).
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Question: I don't know if you remember, but I told you like 2 years ago or so, that REAPER needs a dedicated limiter, maybe ReaLim. And you replied me "we have JS Master Limiter". And now, you guys actually developed a dedicated limiting tool :-P I just wanna ask, is ReaLimit better than JS Master Limit? What's the difference?
Asked by Abhi (117.234.45.x) on October 16 2021, 3:59am
Reply on October 17 2021, 12:02am:
    Shrug? Who can say what's better, perhaps test and see which you prefer?
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Question: hello- so i learnt a new language and think you could perhaps perfect it? they call it "bidenese". is it a legit language iyo? > youtu.be/3HmFnp-jgfw
Asked by unnamed1 (2.25.95.x) on October 15 2021, 1:15pm
Reply on October 15 2021, 2:31pm:
    I don't really feel like watching that, sorry
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Question: What timezone does this site report your answers in? It's 4:40pm CST and the last comment (posted just now) shows 9:40pm.
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on October 14 2021, 9:41pm
Reply on October 15 2021, 12:17am:
    UTC maybe?
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