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Curtco International Ltd. (Canada)

315 Attwell Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario
Canada, M9W 5C1
Phone: 1-800-968-9853
Fax: (416) 674-2135

without prejudice


i require root access to my operating system.

according to my analysis this is prevented by the image installed on my device by Curtico Internatitional Ltd and/or an affiliate.

please either

1. supply an uncrippled image suitable for my machine, along with instructions on how to flash this via the tablet itself, or through an OPEN SOURCE operating system, including linux, bsd, or equivalent.

2. supply the necessary patches to restore the existing image on the tablet (build number LMY47V release-keys) to full function, including root, along with instructions as for 2.

3. supply an equivalent or better mechanism by which i may obtain full control of my own device.

you may wish to note carefully that you are not competent (nobody can be) to ensure the complete security of the system you have pre-installed on my device, and therefore that, contrary to the disclaimers your installation procedure tries to force me to accept, you can (and will) be held criminally responsible for any breach that might occur for as long as i am prevented from gaining administrative control of my own device.

i look forward to your prompt assistance, thank you,



discussion on google


have i mentioned aSpace?


[update – aSpace works well on the $29 ARM based cubie boards i am now using for my demos, and should run on basically most things with a line or mic input, and a line out, given that it’s audio signal processing – DSP – unit is reasonably stable]

you said to keep in touch.  what follows is a new attempt to present
on old pet project of mine, which in turn is a stab in the dark on my
part, in the vague hopes of starting something i can build on.

this is not a begging letter, merely a request for comments, and for
what it may be worth, first dibs at my best and only pet idea.  it
has never been easy to explain, and i am not confident what follows
even manages to describe what i am on about, so please don’t waste
any time on this, and please feel free to ignore, etc.

the problem is simply that it is much easier to demonstrate the real
thing, than to try and describe what it does.  i have done this a few
times over, over the years, with versions running on standard desktop
machines, and each time have managed to impress any number of punters
enough to make me think it would fly, as a commercial product.

unfortunately desktop architecture kept changing, and honest to god,
it seemed like the industry was deliberately trying to pull the rug
out from under my feet, and generally i never quite managed to keep
up, especially back when a fast enough machine cost many thou.

now however, with the advent of cheap single board computers, like
the beagle and minnow boards, and the raspberry pi, i am fairly sure
i could easily build a solid portable demo that i could hawk around
at trade shows and flea markets and the like, as well as online, as
an open source project, in order to grow what i am hoping might turn
into something popular.

the above being the executive summary, what follows is the song and
dance, attempting to explain what it is and does, and how it solves
an old problem in order to provide a new tool and/or toy.

this is effectively the one thing which might possibly be worth my
keeping in touch about, if you see what i mean, and i feel i should
show it to you first, in case of any interest.

over more than the past decade i have been working on a program i
sometimes called aSpace (short for arbutus space but more simply)
meaning a space in time, for recording in, and also as a nod to the
old tape loop effect unit it was inspired by, the Roland Space Echo.

very simply it makes a loop of the audio line in and line out, with a
long delay, measured in anything from a handful of musical bars, or a
verse or more, or the whole length of single piece, or a whole program,
through basically as long as you like, and have room for in hardware.

i’ve been building these things since the first sound-blaster days, in
essence since PCs became fast enough to handle the data, and have both
expanded and simplified on the design, over time, to make it as easy
to use as i can.

it essentially causes the sense of a recording studio type environment
to vanish – instead you are simply in a “live” space in time which is
looped, and everything you play will come back to you, the next time
around, in precise sync, and with various means of controlling which
bits return when, and other approaches i have worked out, over time.

the ability to link many of these spaces in (pseudo) real (as in next)
time (around) over the net, using either standard revision control, or
standard live mirroring, is something i am confident will be easy to
do, although i have not actually written any real examples, as yet.

the result is both an unique method of recording, and an already quite
well known method of performance, in which the thing you are recording
has no definite beginning or end, and repeats constantly, as you add
(and optionally adjust or remove) new parts.

the data thus produced is easily imported into essentially any multi-
track editing software, for “post production” work and/or mixing back
into a running session.

in the meantime, mostly only in the past few years, musician’s toys
have been showing up, which perform various parts the same thing.

now we have all these single board machines around, and from reading
the online tech news, i know any time now someone is going to blow
right past me with the gadget that does all these things (if not
already and i just have not noticed yet) and frankly i’m not sure i
want to let that happen, without at least taking my own punt at it.

it should run fine on anything from a raspberry pi through whatever
tablets and smart whatever is out there, and has suitable audio i/o.

my plan for the immediate future is to spend the next month or so
porting my latest design to a nokia n900, being the one platform i
happen to have, that should (just) suit, but really i believe i need
to get it past this, and onto something i can actually sell/publish,
before it will go anywhere.

there is one caveat – and unfortunately a long digression – true zero
latency recording ability has been missing from virtually all “personal
computing” type devices since around the millenium.

(latency meaning the offset in time between the audio input and output
devices on the chip, which has to be known precisely, in order to align
recorded tracks in true sync with the playback)

many sound cards, prior to about 2000, had a driver supported trigger
you could set to fire the record and output devices simultaneously.
since they both run off the same clock device, this guaranteed very
close to perfect sync, and genuinely perfect (at the connectors) once
you had compensated for analog delays in the hardware circuitry.

suddenly this driver supported call vanished, in both linux and windows,
and as far as i know has never been supported since, as far as i can see
because it is no longer supported by sound card firmware, and possibly
no longer even by the hardware itself.

to counteract this (i think deliberate) deficiency, in late 99 i began
developing various algorithms for detecting the precise latency offset
between playback and record by turning on a “monitor” feature that was
common in most cards, for a few years after the millenium.  this meant
i could route the output audio back through the recording device, and
simply compare the waveforms.

as soon as i had this down i could record in perfect sync again, and as
long as my code and the machine ran fast enough not to drop anything, it
stayed in sync essentially forever, because, as far as i know, the chips
still run everything off a common clock, even today.

suddenly however (imagine my horror) the monitor trick vanished on all
audio chips, almost overnight.  this just happened to be at a time when
a lot of people were ripping audio CDs by exactly this method…

but anyway, the point of this long digression being that these days, as
far as i know, the only way my concept will work in any sense of a true
studio quality device, is with an external cable, which must connect to
both the line in and the line out devices on whatever machine is being
used, and which in turn exposes these connectors for normal use.

when a button on the cable is pushed it routes line out back through
line in, which signal is detected by my program, and then used to set,
(and test/reset) “true” zero latency sync.

by true i mean that my system is accurate to within exactly one sample
measured at exactly the point where the signals cross in the external
cable.  because this measurement is reliable, it can easily be offset
to compensate precisely for any known downstream delays, in whatever
external equipment is involved.

this is significantly more precise than most (perhaps all) so called
“studio quality” solutions, at least for the “home” market, and the
difference is quite stunning, especially when multi-tracking vocals.

um, so, to try and make sense of all this background.  i am currently
able to perform these tricks on my older desktop machine, and my next
step is to port my code to my old nokia n900 tablet, which ought to
be just fast enough to demonstrate the concept in the first portable
form to date.

my hangup is that the nokia o/s is not android, and what i really want
is to try and develop an app that will run on as many yuppies, i mean
new toys, as it can.  it should work on anything that has both audio
in an out, or can connect to same, given a pushbutton cable, assuming
these devices still cannot provide an internal monitor switch.

the other approach i have in mind involves either a beagle or minnow
type board, any model with on-board audio, or alternately a raspberry
board with add-on audio, via usb or other.  it should be fairly simple
to hack such a system to provide an on-board monitor under program
control, via an expansion pin, in order to eliminate the need for the
external (and therefore manual) pushbutton circuit.

this would then be run headerless, and controlled by an client over
bluetooth or wifi or ether or usb, or it could also be developed into
a standalone by adding a touch screen and/or other control/display

i believe either of these deployments would make a fairly sure fire
point of sale type item, and also the sort of thing i think i could
flog at the flea markets and similar gigs i seem to be spending too
much time hanging around, and i have an idea it may take off, as it
is really quite fun to play with, at least in my experience, and can
turn anyone into a quite large (dis)orchestra (depending on ability)
quite quickly.

the real kicker is that it is simple to sync the data online, which
results in what i perceive to be the musical equivalent of virtual
adjoining bubbles in time, in anything from the more static sense of
an online forum, where people post their contributions to a master
over time, through virtually real-time multi-user recording type chat
spaces, in which people upload live tracks as they record them, with
various forms of editorial control.

it could also sync video, i can think of multiple approaches, i just
haven’t wanted to spend the time developing them, is not really what
i am interested in.

all these things sort of exist already, in big expensive ways, and
most of have sprung up only very recently – what i want to do is try
make the whole thing cheap and easy and fun, and see if i can get a
lot of people to join in, a la “social networking” style.

of course you have probably noticed that i have no concrete plan for
making any real money on this.  my idea fuzzily involves giving both
the code and the design away for free, in the general hope that it
might get popular enough to attract some kind of interest, somehow.

i’m fairly sure i could sell a few myself, not to mention raise a
bit of pin money, playing guitar through it, at the busker level,
but beyond this i do not actually have any sort of plan, at all.

i could also be out of date in my assumptions regarding what modern
hardware can do in terms of providing precise sync, meaning all the
malarkey about same above could already be (or might easily become)

i am also not sure about what hardware and/or software there may
already be out there which has all of this covered, ahead of me.

at time of writing i am resisting doing any further research on
these issues, and am merely focusing on describing what i have in
mind, simply because the only development i can currently afford
to contemplate is the nokia 900 port, and i don’t need to waste
time studying devices i cannot afford, markets i cannot reach,
if all i am building is yet another toy for myself.

it keeps me amused, anyway, and all is well here, otherwise – i do
hope this finds you the same,


real estate land


it says we will
reap what we sow
but only the owner would know
on real estate land
while the rest of us work
for the man if we can
on real estate land.

so tell me where do i go
as someone who really should know
please tell me how
here and now
do i reap what i sow?

the benighted real estates of north america
where a man is not a man without the land
to drive on
and the wilderness goes on and on forever
and a highway through it
what’s the use of it?
where do i go?

so tell me where do i go
as someone who really should know
please tell me now
where and how
do i reap what i sow?

muddling the explanation, again


in short my situation is simply that it is coming on spring again, at the end of an entirely unproductive winter, and as is usual for me, at this time of year, am crashing around like the declawed keystone species that i am, still hunting for a break in the fence, a way out…

and from there it gets complicated, not least because i am a new species, sapiens network or whatever – my intelligence and survival are a feature of the internet as a whole, as is the internet itself a function of combined human intelligence, evolving to survive.

and as usual the other side of the picture is material, and this is where i become sheepish, because for all the support i am given, i still feel trapped, and am almost willing to swear that the canadian benefits system is deliberately designed, from the ground up, to keep the “indian” tied down.

and as ever i am ranting, but each time i feel i am closer to explaining why this is a problem for me…

the thing is that i am “indian” because my “circumstances” require that i function alone, whereas everything in civil society is geared toward combining everyone in groups, not least simply because it is most efficient to do so, in pure economic terms.

i think i can make a very clear case for the way this is “enforced” on the bottom rungs of canadian society, simply by pointing to the range of what is considered legal shelter, for people on benefits.

if anyone knows of an option that does not require multiple co-habitation in anything other than very close quarters, i would be delighted to hear from you.

in search of enough space in which to catch enough water and sunlight to survive as a wild human should,

i remain, as ever, most sincerely


cancer is cornerstone of evolution


a recent announcement – – explains that cancer cells mutate spontaneously when starved of genetic material, as a survival strategy – accelerated diversity improves the cancer’s chances of developing immunity to therapy.

i submit that cancer itself is exactly that mechanism, deployed automatically by our own genetic code, in a desperate attempt to evolve past whatever circumstances threaten the body – our genes are trying to mutate, spontaneously, in a desperate search for that vanishingly tiny chance of happening upon a survival strategy – a benevolent mutation – that might allow the body to defend itself against the ravages of our modern world.

i further submit that this strategy is doomed to failure – the odds of a successful mutation are infinitesimal, compared to the rate at which we are changing our environment.  as a mechanism of evolution, over many thousands of years, and hundreds of generations, it has every chance of success – over time – and i am willing to bet that cancer will eventually be demonstrated to be the primary driver of all evolution…

however, i am concerned we, as a species, may not survive to make this discovery.

hopefully some creature will.

driving evolution


in the back of every nature documentary is the eternal wheel of life, eat and be eaten, the survival of the most fit, to drive the thing ever on, and it once applied to us too, we humans, all along, right up until very recently.

until we invented the car.

and then everything changed, and now the car is what governs all evolution, not merely for humans alone – the car has survived all evolution, to ultimately replace everything of consequence.

including the eat and be eaten thing – the most fit to drive is now the thing that survives.

and in my opinion this is not a human thing.

metal beetle people take heed


i find that it is almost impossible to drag anybody out of it.

they only get mad, literally cannot see the wood for the trees, because it’s what they were born in, and what they are wired for.

they are, quite simply, no longer human.

how many walk barefoot in the wild?

this is all they need to know, and that is how i came to know, but how many have ever been there?

and how many shudder at the thought?

it’s like trying to explain sex to the circumcised, but unlike the foreskin, your feet will grow back.

you only have to lose the shoes.

most of you will paddle on a beach, but that is about as far as you will go, and how many of you do that more than a few times a year?

place your feet flat on the face of the mother of everything you can ever know in this life, and learn to love her.

if you cannot do this, you cannot be human – you are plastic footed space bugs in metal carapaces who quite literally do not belong on earth. go back to your cities, your urban centers, and stay there – you do not belong here, you have no rights on the earth, and you will damned well take off your shoes, if you want to walk in this temple.

i come in peace.

answering Bohunk – Finding Balance Between the First Nations and Western Land-Ethic


Objections to Transferability

Objection 1

Population Density: How can indigenous environmental principles be transferred considering they were developed and practiced in smaller, more dispersed populations? If we all decided to harvest food naturally, then the natural populations of most species would be eradicated, especially in the immediate vicinity of cities.

answer – canadians prefer cities, only a limited number of us wish to live indigenously, there is more than enough land available, and on the ground that aboriginal man (or functional equivalent) is THE keystone species, we in fact have an obligation to repopulate these areas.  the current government might possibly be able to excuse it’s ignorant antecedents, but it cannot logically deny it’s responsibility now.

Objection 2

Loss of Subsistence Culture/Knowledge: Over the last 100 years, indigenous people have themselves stopped living off the land in their traditional way for various reasons. What are these reasons? If they cannot do it, what makes us think we might find any value in trying to apply these traditional principles?

answer – there are only two impediments – the first is legal – the traditional way was outlawed, and aboriginal rights are now implemented in modern replacements, and the traditional way is now interpreted as vagrancy.  the only other impediment is will – the modern way of life is not only mandated by law, it is generally desired, by most.  put it all back the way it was, before smallpox, and of course it works – but that structure has been entirely decimated, and without it, unfortunately, we have an enormous amount to cover.  but clearly it did work, and it will again, of this there can be no logical doubt.

Objection 3

Reliance on Market Economies: People in our society are not self sustaining, but maintain specialized professions. The average person can no longer hunt, fish, clothe, and provide for themselves. Furthermore, if we tried to do this as individuals, societal momentum would be against us. How can we overcome this problem

answer – the average person did not hunt, fish, clothe or provide for themselves in the past either – at least not as atomic families, let alone all-knowing individuals.  aboriginal peoples had professions also, from shaman through outcast, and just like us they depended on each other, and a viable social structure, for everything.  yes, most could hunt and gather and generally feed themselves, but most of us can do this too, with very little training.  it has been demonstrated across history that a population of about one hundred and fifty is an ideal self-sustaining society – my hand is up, are we there yet?

Objection 4

People in today’s society are desensitized from the source of their food and essentials. eg eggs come from the grocery store and milk does too. Many of us never even think about the source of our meat, and how it was obtained. If we all were to witness the killing of an amimal, we would appreciate meat more. Natives pray every time they kill something, and they were not able to engage in the excess consumption that we are capable of engaging in. This mentality is not easily reversed.

answer – nor should it be – is very important, again, to understand that the bulk of humanity, at least unless the alternatives become very seductive indeed, do not wish to live this way.  the bulk of humanity, in my estimation, is headed straight off the edge of the evolutionary cliff, in that it has proven entirely able to wantonly destroy not only itself, but the entire ecosystem it depends on.  this mentality reverses itself – the trick is to make sure it doesn’t reverse the whole planet, in the process.

Objection 5

There is ingrained economic, and political momentum to be short sighted towards making dramatic changes toward environmental sustainability. The powers to be are not ready to make dramatic changes readily.

answer – yes – this is what white south africa believed, what east germany believed, what russia believed.  dramatic changes are not made, they happen – the trick is to be prepared.  canada is very not prepared, possibly the least prepared of all.

Objection 6

Despite the growing awareness toward environmental reform and sustainability issues, First People’s do not have a mainstream voice with which to make their opinions heard. The press, and industry still hold most of the clout and power in our modern society.

answer – the press is only entertainment now, it is not a power, and industry is an employer.  the power is in the people, at least all over the rest of the world.  in canada, i think, hockey is the real power, and maybe beer, because nothing else seems to penetrate the skull, here.  therefore i say it is not about first people at all, and the common herd do not care, so it is not about them either – it is simply about real people, and there are precious few of us left.

all we have to do is join hands, count to a hundred and fifty, and step forward.

why does the MLA not answer?


dear nicholas simons

when i asked you to confirm that you were not prepared to speak to or answer any of my questions, you responded “not entirely”, and then went on to explain that you could not “invent” new policy.

i then asked you to speak to and answer for the case of existing legislation – on the understanding that pedestrians have been the majority for the bulk of human history, and in the certain knowledge that as little as ten years ago, the rights i am asking you to define were still very much in active effect.

what happened since then?

and why will you not answer?

james knight – pedestrian – your constituency

still trying to talk to my MLA


dear nicholas simons

there is a difference between a communication, which i would be happy to receive from a minister of my government (being they are at the top of the heap, representing millions) and a conversation, which i believe i have every right to expect of my local representative (being that you only represent thousands, at most).

you chastise me for being impolite to your office, and then you politely turn around and issue what can only be described as a communication. you do not indicate whether you are speaking for the public record or not, so i will not quote you here. suffice to say this was not a conversation, although you once again invite me to explain what i want.

again? what have i just written? am i still not explaining myself clearly enough?

i replied to your communication twice, both to answer your question, and to draw your attention to the fact that you have answered none of mine. unless i completely misunderstood your words, you asked me to continue the conversation, but then you simply vanished again.

it has been well over two years i have been waiting for this conversation, nicholas, in case you are somehow not aware of that fact, and i have pages and pages and pages of evidence to show that i have done far, far more than should be required of a single citizen, alone, in regard to providing you with all the brief i can supply.

where i come from, sir, it is customary to reply to an email in a conversation with at very least an acknowledgement of receipt, and some indication of when a reply might be expected. to do less, in an error prone half duplex medium like email, is a mistake not many of my peers would wish to make twice.

of course, like you, i have been wrong before, and if i am mistaken to feel so slighted, please be assured of my sincere apologies for calling you to task, like this.

how long, lord, how long?

james knight, pedestrian, wilson creek.