Things I wish people had told me, continued
We're living in a world where you enjoy a great number of possible tools you can use to realize your ideas; the "fit" between you and your tools and your tasks can be made for all kinds of reasons.
Things I wish people had told me (part zero)
A lot of what I thought was secret knowledge wasn't--it was only a secret if you thought that nothing of any value could possibly be found in a manual called "Getting Started." I learned this the hard way. You have no excuse. :-)
Welcome to the beginner's corner. I will be your designated beginner for the duration of this journey. At the conclusion of your journey, I will be telling you really boring things you already know.
Another reason why you should read the ENTIRE newspaper
I have found out that the Bush Administration called off the hunt for weapons of mass destruction? It was buried on page 10, a couple of hundread words...
Something that came up….
In the course of a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion with an old friend, we wound up talking about a particular form of anxiety...
Inexpensive steadicams? really?
So, you think that the web is just a bunch of ranting and sixties lampshades over, and over again? Well, cheer up--some kind soul has posted instructions for making your own steadycam using humble hardware store parts. I think we all owe the guy a drink.
Another defense for murder down the tubes….
The news that Hostess' parent company has filed for Chapter 11 protection is disturbing...
Reasons to be radiophonically happy
My first introduction to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy wasn't those lovely books by Douglas Adams (who I miss very much)--it was the original BBC radio series (Note: you can get it as an MP3-cd collection).
Current events in the Post Office queue
In a similar vein, here is a fascinating article on recent developments surrounding the interpretation of Shari'a, the Islamic legal code. Having reading like this (and this available to us is a great antidote to a lot of the ignorance that characterizes current discourse. Let us bless all those who light the candle rather than cursing in the darkness.
Nourishing opportunities for imagination (book pointer)
This excerpt from Richard Dawkins' new book The Ancestor's Tale: a Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution apparently engages with an intriguing line of inquiry: If evolution could be re-run, how might the story end differently?
Political blogging and the road trip
While I enjoy the thrill of political bloggery as much as the next person, and check in with Joshua Micah Marshall and the vain, young, trash-mouthed skank more commonly known as our beloved Wonkette regularly and with interest and pleasure, I've run across an interesting bit of work quite by accident (I was looking for information about super shrimpy atomic clocks, if you must know).
Ignorance and the sublime, mingled in a single posting
you can send any Max mxj object the viewsource message (Even if you don't have the source, the viewsource message will decompile it for you if you have the Java class file!) to check on
Flocking analog synthesis (more Max/Moog Modular V fun)
While I'm generally interested in generative systems, I've been toying with and thinking about flocking algorithms for the past year or so
Geek x retro x bard =
In the midst of all the shoe collections and other diverting ephemera that is the web, one occasionally finds something amazing. How about hi-rez scans of Shakespeare's plays in their original quarto, and the ability to compare versions without having to schlep to St Pancras to the British Library? Sorry to be such a geek about this stuff, but hey....
Someone called me during my radio program last night and wanted to know about artists who, like Moby, had appropriated traditional folk musics into their work.
just ducky, thanks
I was commiserating with my friend and colleague R. on the phone this week about the difficulty of laying intelligeable voice over a huge, thick, turgid bed of audio oatmeal, courtesy of an unnamed artist who provides some incidental music. R. was interested in looking into spectral ducking as a way to solve his problem.
_, _, burning bright/in the forests of the night
We think of demilitarized zones (no, not the computer kind, the real ones like Cypriot Green Zones, the Korean DMZ and the Romulan and Klingon Neutral Zones) as many things: testing grounds for carcinogenic herbicides, graveyards, and so on. But this one caught me up short: DMZs as wildlife preserves?
Transliterations (Oh, so *that’s* it….)
I have heard it said several times and in several places that followers of Islam prefer to be referred to as "Muslim" rather than "Moslem," but no one ever explained the why of it to me.
Max Networking Basics
In order to maximize the potential of the built-in networking classes that are new with version 4.5 of Max, it's helpful to understand a few things about the way that modern network protocols operate. This article is intended to help you get off the ground by answering some basic networking questions.
Event Priority in Max (Scheduler vs. Queue)
The following article is designed to shed some light on the different priority levels of Max events...
Freaks and Geeks