Thursday, September 22, 2005

 

Another Firefox Extension Recommendation

Since yesterday I accidentally did a post for music, today will be a computer application. Like anyone reads these anyways...

I want to recommend another neat Firefox extension called Html Validator. This one is great for web developers, because it adds a really easy interface to validate your html. For every page you visit, the extension will check that page against the w3c standards. A little icon in the right bottom corner of the browser will let you know if there are any warnings or errors. If you view the source of the page, it shows all the errors, highlighted in the source, when you click on an error message, it takes you to that location in the source and highlights it for you. There is also a little help window about that error, and lots of other features I haven't begun to use yet.

But I think this is a dang awesome extension.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

 

Serialism

In music, there is Serialism.

Read about it in Wikipedia, and the music chamber.

I wrote a serialist piece once, it was fun. I would love to do it again.

If you want to hear my serialist piece, bug me.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

 

Don't Dumb Me Down : Bad Science

Dear Readers,

I do believe that you will be greatly interested in this article appearing in The Guardian titled "Don't Dumb Me Down". It discusses science in the media.

The author presents a paper on research he has conducted with some ideas on why science in the media is so often pointless, simplistic, boring, or just plain wrong. He breaks the stories down into three categories: Wacky stories, scare stories, and "breakthrough" stories, and discusses each type.

From the article: "Statistics are what causes the most fear for reporters, and so they are usually just edited out, with interesting consequences. Because science isn't about something being true or not true: that's a humanities graduate parody. It's about the error bar, statistical significance, it's about how reliable and valid the experiment was, it's about coming to a verdict, about a hypothesis, on the back of lots of bits of evidence."

The only weird thing about this article is that it appears in a non-scientific journal, and there is no author's name. How am I even supposed to know if this analysis is correct? The author also seem to not think highly of humanities students.

An interesting insight, nevertheless.

Friday, September 09, 2005

 

Fried Eggs


Thursday, September 08, 2005

 

Magnatune

Open music record label named Magnatune (www.magnatune.com).

They call it try before you buy, you can listen to the full albums online of many artists released on this label. They cover a wide span of genres like classical, electronica, jazz, metal, rock, world, etc. Pretty neat stuff, if you ask me.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

 

musikCube

I am a big fan of winamp, but sometimes I want something smaller and simple: musikCube. musikCube is an open source audio player for windows.

Features include:
* very low memory footprint
* clean and intuitive user interface
* blazing fast navigation
* fully drag and drop compatible
* powerful batch tagging
* an integrated cross fader
* an integrated cd ripper



I like the fact that it is just simple.

I also like the dynamic playlists, based on tags and other song meta data. (last played, recently added, etc), and you can make your own spiffy dynamic playlists.

I also like how you set up the folders where you store your music, and then anytime you add new songs to your hard drive, you just hit synchronise and it updates the library with the new songs.

It also has global access keys, so you can make it go to the next song, play, pause, etc while using another application, so you don't need to divert your focus to the player to take care of things like that.

The current version is 0.92.5, so there are still a few bugs, but overall I have been very impressed. Plus, it is open source, you gotta support.

Go and download today.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

 

Current Moon Phase

This website will tell:

http://www.die.net/moon/

Friday, September 02, 2005

 

Motion Picture: Primer


This week I saw the movie "Primer", which is an independent film that was shown at the Sundance festival in 2004. It was created by Shane Carruth. It is a science fiction film with a theme of time travel. I really liked it and there are a number of reasons:

1) The writer tried very hard to make the scientific conversations actually real, they are talking about real technology, etc. This is great because a lot of the time I am bugged immensely while watching movies with computers and technology and everything is horribly simplified (and wrong) for the average movie consumer. It is refreshing that someone took care in making a movie that isn't blatantly wrong in its scientific aspects.

2) Although the movie is slow, and this is a complaint by most people, I liked the pace. I like other movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Andromeda Strain.

3) The movie is pretty complicated and I didn't understand it all after a first viewing. This is great, because I like to watch movies again, but sometimes they aren't as good the second and third time, because you already know what is going to happen. Hence I long for the movie that you have to watch multiple times, and each time you get it a little bit more. I like movies where you have to think.

4) Time travel movies are always interesting to me.

5) The creator/director of this movie did it all for $7000, and it is a nice piece of work. That is neat that someone could make such a good-looking movie for so little money. It is quite the accomplishment.

You can read more about this movie online, and I encourage you to go to see it. And if it is not your type of movie, so be it.

The official site for the movie is found at www.primermovie.com. There is also a forum there to discuss the movie, which is very interesting.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

 

Kai Esbensen: Investigmata

For some reason, I have had this song in my head all morning, so I had better share it with you. It is a song by Kai Esbensen that he wrote for Bullet Lodge, the Minneapolis chapter of the Immersion Composition Society.

It is science-y.

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