March 10th, 2009


Good Free Music — Wilkin’s Mop

Wilkin’s Mop is a project of former Iowa City Producer Mike Jedlicka and drummer Nathan Carver Smith. They have an unusual production method that combines live drumming, live looping, live looping of live drumming, and overdubs by a variety of guest musicians.

I always thought Mike had a good ear for production, and I especially liked that he follows his own muse in the music he creates and DJs — he stuck with Downtempo and chill IDM when everyone else moved on to the next flavor of the month. His weekly Internet radio show reflects what devotion to a style of music can be.

Wilkin’s Mop reminds me a bit of Jaga Jazzist. Though JJ is a (mostly) live band, and Wilkin’s Mop is a studio assemblage, they share an ear for melody and a commitment to rhythmic exploration.
Wilkin's Mop Album Art

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.


Stupid Web Tricks — Fun With 404

A real directory on my web server

A non-existent directory on my web server

This is a really simple trick for hiding a directory in plain site on your web server — give it a index.html file that looks just like your 404 not found page. At least on my server, they are identical. In order to see that one directory is real, and that the HTTP request succeeded, you’d have to look at the raw data transmitted back in response to the URL request.

This allows me to send direct links to files (or an alternate html file giving the real contents of the directory), but a casual visitor won’t know what’s up.

I don’t claim to have discovered this, but it’s a cute trick. And it lets me show off my “Life On Mars”-centric 404 page.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.