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Welcome to the demoSLene by Torley is well worth the time - no real storyline, as per the genre - just some inspiring graphics technology being shown off to a great soundtrack, with tech including the forthcoming dynamic shadows and per-pixel shading. Dance in a sea of cat heads! (Needless to say, I'd recommend downloading the high quality version, rather than making do with blip.tv's encoding)

Spurred on by that, I finally got around to downloading NVIDIA's free editions of GPU Gems 1 & 2, and the Cg Tutorial book - they're presented just as individual HTML pages per chapter part, but that's easily taken care of by just printing to PDF or using an archive utility like Scrapbook for Firefox. Though I'd love to work out just where Scrapbook thought it was putting the downloaded HTML and images.. not on the Desktop, nor my home directory, nor ~/Documents - wound up just printing to PDF instead. Wonder if PSPPDF's been updated lately..

rabitguy found something geekily awesome - The Conet Project:

The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations is a four-CD set of recordings of numbers stations, mysterious shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin believed to be operated by government agencies to communicate with spies "in the field". The collection was released by England's Irdial-Discs record label in 1997, based on the work of numbers station enthusiast Akin Fernandez.

The Conet Project has since become somewhat of a cult sensation and counts many musicians and filmmakers among its fans, including Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, Melvins collaborator David Scott Stone, Boards of Canada, former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, and director Cameron Crowe. Samples from the collection have been used in numerous films and albums, including Crowe's film Vanilla Sky and Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album [...]

In keeping with the 'Free Music Philosophy', the label has made the entire collection available for download in MP3 form (along with a PDF version of the included booklet) on its website completely free of charge and encourages fans to freely distribute it on file sharing networks.

And here it is. ^_^

Do you like to cycle, but find it interrupts your keyboard playing? If inspiration strikes, or the urge to noodle, or jam with random strangers, what then? Something like the St Frankenstein Pianobike may be the answer. ^_^

"Harry Potter maker Warner Bros is suing an Indian film company over the title of upcoming film Hari Puttar - A Comedy Of Terrors, according to reports." Personally, that sounds like it could be a pile of fun..

A good commentary, to which little need be added, on the topic of the Western trend towards ever greater official monitoring and cataloguing of the public.

For Mac geeks and casemod fans: things to do with a Mac mini, including remarkably professional miniature recreations of the Quadra and Mac Pro, and a wonderful red LEGO brick. ^_^ Wonder if the comment at the bottom indicates the next installment will include a BeBox reproduction.. (the entry itself is in Japanese)

I'm really missing my Keystation 49e - things just haven't yet worked out with getting the stuff up from the old place. Still, I've been pondering migrating from synth action to semi-weighted keys - the next model up, the 61es, is reasonably affordable as well, and the reviews sound quite favorable. On the other paw, there's the bazaar of eBay - and a Pro 88 with stand for not much more than the best new price of a 61es. Full hammer action! Very tempting, but there's a bid already there, and I'm reluctant to go much higher, for now. Though I'd still like to come up with some novel kind of controller, much as the Tenori-on is a purely electronic age instrument (and a load of fun, by the looks of it. Anyone actually played around with one?) - we no longer need to play instruments that are even vaguely plausible purely IRL. ^_^
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I wish I knew! ^_^; I'm wondering how one would actually go about that - perhaps supported at the feet, bearing most of the actual weight, with the body possibly an inflatable internally, keeping the stress on any other support points manageable.

And if it doesn't exist yet, I want to make it happen. Maybe a bit more lapine, though - perhaps the rabbit character from Damekko Doubutsu? =:D

I'm convinced that's a Photoshop job. If you look at the feet the figure appears to be standing right on top of vehicles in the roadway. (There's also a tell-tale crop fringe on the bottom edge of the rear foot... the one that would be crushing the cab of the box van.)

Reminds me of an interesting idea I had for a Mac Mini a while back:

1. Obtain Mac Mini.
2. Remove CD drive.
3. Remove HDD.
4. Install SDD.
5. Install battery pack.
6. Replace most of the top with a touchscreen.
7. (Optional?) Install small trackball and/or tiny keyboard or whatever in remainder of top.
8. Do whatever with it.

(Does OSX have handwriting recognition built in? I think I heard somewhere that it does.)
Hee! Could even mount an extra LCD panel, DS style.. triple bonus points for making the case look like one, too. ^_^

Yep, connect something that looks like a tablet, and the Ink control panel wakes up. Haven't really played with it myself, but supposedly it's the later Newton recognition code reincarnated.
The 88 semi-weighted is nice, but I still haven't resolved the latency issues, which makes it a pain to play in real-time with Ableton. Still, that's more my lack of knowledge of what to do to fix it, than the keyboard itself, I'm sure.

More when I can think. Email if you wanna, I'm doing better there than LJ right now.
Oh, cool beans! Do you know the feel of the basic 49e as well? How does that compare? I'm basically fairly happy with the 49e, but it does seem difficult to get proper expressivity out of that key motion - so I was pleased to see the 61es offered semi-weighting, for quite a reasonable sum. (I'd happily go for an 88 if similarly priced, but I'd imagine the 61's going to be fine for me - even the 49 range works, given I'm looking at electronic compositions, rather than classical. Not that the latter should be ignored, of course!)

As for the latency, if you're looking for a project with minimal risk to life and limb (for a change =:), maybe look into getting a patched version of Leopard onto a spare drive/partition, and see how things compare there.

Email works, yep - easier to hop to Mail than over to LJ sometimes, too.
You'll enjoy this then :

NPR's "All thing considered" piece about the Numbers stations. (Real audio file, ick)

I found it through a song by Porcupine Tree called "Even Less" (which you can listen to from here, #2 in the radio player at the bottom) They use a series of numbers at the end of the song, so it made me look for it.

I still want to do something with it, but no idea what. :)
Oh, that could be good fun! Thanks. I'll probably wind up streaming and capturing it into an AIFF for later offline enjoyment. Wish they offered something like AAC, Ogg Vorbis, or MP3, but so it goes..

Yay Porcupine Tree! I need to hear more of theirs, ideally of the less grim variety. Not an uncommon theme in current prog rock, it seems, though Old School Tie are a bit brighter in their outlook.

(Thinking of encoded messages reminded me of one spot in Mike Oldfield's Amarok, with a brief Morse sequence, explained in the background of its Wikipedia entry =:)

Over in the comments on rabitguy's entry, joejack notes he used a fair few excepts from the Conet Project in ambient sets..

And now you see which video I meant. =:D

Oh man, I was obsessed with numbers stations for a while. I still have the whole Conet Project on my hard drive. =:)
In FLAC? =:)

I'm itching to do something with it all.. so many possibilities, though tying it all together coherently might be a bit of a challenge. Still, as good an excuse as any to finally spring for a 5.1 speaker setup and suitable interface, so Hyzenthlay can actually drive it properly over S/PDIF - a friend's got a cheapy little box he picked up with the same order as my Space Navigator, which has been working out remarkably well. Logic's good for full multichannel operation, after all.. ^_^

A few of the Conet Project tracks were actually sampled on Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
I like the little segue towards absurdity in Hari Puttar's plot summary:

It tells the story
of a 10-year-old boy
who moves to England
with his parents
and becomes embroiled
in a battle
over a secret microchip.
The moment you mentioned the urge to jam hitting me, I reached out to play a little ditty on my keyboard I have stashed under my desk. I'm probably the target market for the bike.
Unfortunately, my keyboard is about fifteen or twenty years old and has non-weighted keys. The midi sounds horrible, at times. I also don't want to spend the money for a new one.
The Conet Project really should make the CDs available as tarballs. :P And FLACs, for that matter, but ah well.