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MrSpeakers Alpha Dogs, Schiit Magni and Modi

I’ve spent a while trying out (and being unsatisfied with) a good pair of closed headphones for use at work. Of the stuff I’ve owned: I started with a pair of Brainwavz IEMs, which broke (well, they were $15) and SE115, which also broke (never buying IEMs without a replaceable cable…), followed by the DT770 and then T70p. Finally, I traded for these Alpha Dogs and am finally happy with a pair of closed headphones.

Quick comparison with my HD600: The Alpha Dogs definitely dig lower, but that’s not to say I don’t like the HD600 bass. Highs on the alpha dogs are a bit, well, weird and I’m having a hard time getting used to them. They have a surprisingly similar soundstage. The ADs are a lot bigger and heavier, but the pads are insanely comfortable. One note about the pads– I wear pretty thick glasses and noticed a pretty big difference in sound with and without them for the AD’s, but no change for the HD600.

The ADs have better clarity almost all around, with maybe an exception in the highs. I have been listening to a lot of darker, low-end-focused music, and the AD’s excel with it. But overall, I’d probably still say I prefer the HD600.

Upradeitis is in remission.

(btw my monitor isn’t broken, I just tried to garble it a little)


I posted this on Reddit after getting the Alpha Dogs almost a year ago. I still get excited every time I put them on.

The keyboard is a Ducky DK9008P. I’ve since swapped out the function keys with a sample pack of random colors from WASD (shout out to them for doing that for me!)

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Popular Nanofabrication - Introduction

I wrote a thesis as part of my masters degree in materials science and I was kind of surprised to see that people actually read it. The publisher sends me a report every month with the number of views and it’s about 10 each time. Not bad!

I really tried to write it in a way that could be read by someone with a background in science or engineering, but not necessarily in materials or micro/nanotech in specific. It was at least somewhat effective, because my dad read through it (though I don’t know how much he got out of my analysis of electron microscopy images).

To further increase the reach and utility of my thesis, I’m writing a little explanation on each chapter with no prerequisite other than a curiosity about science. (Similar to my post on the space elevator class project I wrote up). The first is, appropriately, on the first chapter: Background and Theory of 3D Microfabrication.

I want to start with Moore’s Law, the driving-force and self-fulfilling prophecy of consumer semiconductor fabrication. Gordon Moore was a co-founder of Intel and, in 1965, boldly stated that the number of components on a IC chip would double every year. He modestly revised that to doubling every two years a decade later, but the prediction has been roughly accurate to today. 

(Some argue that Intel, with a lack of similarly vertically-integrated competition, held back product releases to “only” meet Moore’s Law but not surpass it. But I wouldn’t have enough information on the industry to comment on such things.)

We’re running out of space to cram more transistors in and might be close to the end of Moore’s Law. However, people have been calling the end of Moore’s Law neigh for decades. Research engineers and scientists (go materials science!) have consistently proved them wrong, or we wouldn’t be using the incredible 14 nm Broadwell/Skylake chips today. 


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