Also, my friend Neal visited Pittsburgh this weekend. Aside from his car getting towed and the annoyances that stemmed from that it was a fun time. We went on a little photo trip Saturday and this picture pretty much sums it up.
Wow, hey, you know it's been a while when your parents call you up to say you haven't updated your blog in a while!
Truth is I'm pretty busy around now. I'm basically trying to get a first pass at my thesis work done so that I can write about it for ICFP, which's deadline is April 6. It's like totally hacktastic but it's a good deadline in that it seems barely achievable, but if I do it then I'm in great shape to actually finish my PhD this summer. I need deadlines for that kind of thing!
Speaking of deadlines: I just finished and submitted my third paper for the tongue-in-cheek SIGBOVIK conference here at CMU. My first two were just throwaway 2-page gags but this one was an enormous effort and chewed up a lot of my free time over the last couple of weeks... truly the most elaborate April Fool's project I've ever done. I think you'll have to wait until SIGBOVIK to see these things, though.
Question: Does anyone have a suggestion for an always-ready kind of portable hand-held device that would allow me to do two or more tracks of recording? Quality is not really that important. Basically, I want to be able to record some guitar idea that comes into my head, and then immediately go back over that and add vocals, without having to go through an elaborate process (like "turn on the mic preamp" and "launch cubase" and "start new project..." and "add track..." etc.) Right now I have a little hand-held dictaphone kind of thing but it doesn't allow me to multitrack. It's also rather a pain to eventually transfer the stuff to computer. Portable MD recorders seem to have good quality and easy transfer to computer, but no multitrack... ideas? I don't want something as big or expensive as a real n-track machine, and the fewer buttons, the better...
Ever since I showed everyone how to get a brand new space name (or several) I have been frequently asked, How can I (meaning the question asker) convert more and more of my (meaning the question asker's) lifestyle into the space age (meaning 1957)? Specifically, how can I convert my digital wrist watch to the increasingly popular space time standard (ISO/TS 16999–1:2999)? In this tutorial I will show you how to convert a commodity Timex Ironman Triathlon brand digital wrist watch to operate on space time.
The tutorial is very simple. The first step is to give your Timex a lickin'. I have had great success with lickin' my Timex by placing it in my shorts pocket and laundering it on "heavy soil" mode for 40 minutes (이임 space minutes) and then drying it on high heat (with wrinkle guard) for an additional 60 minutes (ѼӼ space minutes).
This is the only step. Now your digital wrist watch should display as above, slowly tickin' out the space seconds!
Crap art lesson #1: Post everything to the internet
(26 Feb 2007 at 11:12)
Maybe if like me you live in the US and are only mildly aware of inane cultural happenings and can only find out about such things via the random article button on Wikipedia, you will be astounded to read the heart-warming story of how one 17 year-old's home recording of his ridiculous babbling can, in ten years' time, become a multi-million dollar industry with a series of ringtones, and #1 chart topping hits in Europe and TV series. In some ways it's just a vehicle to do techno dance revivals of already successful can't-fail pop songs like Axel F and Popcorn, but in other ways it's like a genius freeballin' version of Jordy who can't age because he's a computer animation. Yes, witness Crazy Frog.
Gabe's brother Jesse was in town and due to their mutual interest in music and desire for bonding in a safe, obstinately supportive bedroom recording "studio", we (also Cortney and later Mike) formed the band Underground Onions and recorded the Underground Unions EP. Recommended only for mp3.tom7.org completists...
As I mentioned at the recording session, aggregate musical ability is more of a dot product than scalar multiplication.