Archive for January 2004
Ok, so I was totally mistaken and completely stoked to report that I read Apple’s official GarageBand marketing page and read the following line:
Wah Wah Pedal
You could choose a different Equalizer setting to boost the bass on your Upright Jazz Bass track or to add brightness to a vocal track. Want more reverb? Make it so. You can apply two additional effects per track, choosing from a range of GarageBand and Audio Unit Effects, including treble and bass reduction, distortion, chorus, flanging, phase shifting, tremolo and amplifier modeling effects. By applying the Auto Wah effect, for example, you could emulate a Jimi Hendrix solo with your guitar track, or add a live Chorus effect to thicken up your vocals.
So, what this means to us bit killas is that every effect you can use to affect, influence, shape, corral, push, damage, mutilate, and destroy a sample in any other program… you can use in GarageBand. Select the track you want to apply an effect to, click the “I” information button for that track, and twirl down the “Details…” triangle. Crazy go nuts!!
Marc Hedlund at O’Reilly says “Give Us Full Posts” in RSS, and I believe this type of attitude will eventually degrade XML syndication alerts, just as similar types of comments eventually degraded email as an efficient communication tool. In Marc’s case he appears to assert the advantages to him in already having retrieved a text version outweigh the workflow of opening a full HTML window in the background when he locates an interesting article… other people will say they need images, or control over font colors, or other fatter things… others will insist on adding advertising to these site-change alerts… none of them appear to be thinking of the eventual costs of automatically requesting all that stuff from millions of machines even if it will never be read. Core question: Do you want to download an entire subset of the web onto your local machine in anticipation that you might read it, or do you auto-download customizable alerts and then do full downloads on demand? My prediction: In three years or so we’ll probably see a new “hey let’s make an XML format!” initiative for bandwidth-sensitive communications.[JD on MX]
I respectfully disagree. Email is failing, not because individual emails are getting longer, but because you and I have no control over who sends us emails. With the syndication model, you are in complete control over the sources of content that come to you. Don’t like the length of their entries? Unsubscribe. Don’t like the way they explore advertising? Unsubscribe. Your concern for bandwidth usage is valid, so let’s solve that problem instead of avoiding it.
To answer your core question: Yes, I do want to download all that is needed to view each piece of content. I’m not thinking in terms of text only, but looking forward to the confluence of multimedia and syndication. I’ve got TiVo at home, and basically it’s the same metaphor. Storage and bandwidth aren’t gating factors, attention is.
BTW, your “summary” form of RSS forced me to switch to a browser in order to read your complete thought. I want a full post syndication feed from you. Will you reject my request on some philosophical basis? Isn’t it ultimately about delivering what your customers/readers want?
There is room in this space for people who want summaries and people who want complete articles. Why do you feel it is all or nothing?
It’s occurring to me that RSS is the eventual and inevitable path for opt-in marketing. We deal with a continual problem of gaining new email addresses that we can market to after they opt-in. I know nobody is going to like this at work, and it’s going to take a couple of years of declining opt-in rates and increasing requests for rss, but.. we’re going to get there sooner or later. -steve cooley
Posted on Tue, Jan. 20, 2004
Costello pushes hearings on Cheney
BY BETH HUNDSDORFER
U.S. Rep Jerry Costello has called for impeachment hearings against U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney during Congress’ session that begins today.
Costello called for hearings Saturday while on the Iowa caucus campaign trail with fellow U.S. House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Dick Gephardt, according to the Drudge Report.
Costello questioned the award of billions of dollars of contracts to Cheney’s former corporation Haliburton to extinguish fires and rebuild Iraq’s oil infrastructure after the war.
“Can you imagine what the Republicans would be doing to a Democratic president who was a CEO of a company that now has gotten billions of dollars worth of contracts — no-bid contracts — without competition?” Costello, D-Belleville, was quoted as saying.
“There would be hearings day after day. And my prediction to you is that you will see in this session of Congress …, there will not only be hearings, but I think there ought to be impeachment hearings.”
So far, Haliburton has earned more than $2 billion from the war contracts.
Cheney headed Haliburton from 1995 to 2000, when he quit to become George W. Bush’s running mate.
An audience member also asked Costello about a meeting between then-energy trading giant Enron officials and Cheney — just as Cheney was forming energy policy.
The General Accounting Agency sued Cheney after he refused to release documents about who and when he met with before formulating the country’s energy policy.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided to hear Cheney’s appeal.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that Cheney spent last week duck hunting in Louisiana with one of the Supreme Court Justices who may decide the case — U.S. Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia.
Costello, who serves on the energy subcommittee, was elected to Congress in 1988.
“hey, Tony, gimme a break…”
Well, it’d be challenging from a logistical standpoint if you’re recording a lot of live instruments, but.. I could see this being a really neat way to collaborate with someone on music. It basically makes you break down all your sound sources into loops, so.. use anything you want, (logic, cubase, any VST or AU effect or instrument, reason, anything) just make some loops or a live recording, and we’re on the same playing field.
nah, I didn’t like the drums on that first try.. so.. go check this one out.
ok, so dragging in “Apple loops format” files do what you’d expect. Dragging in an .aif file saved from quicktime player pro produces an amusing if annoying “”007.aif” What kind of format is that? [ABORT]” error. Dragging in .wav file into a track seems to work ok, but you get absolutely no benefits of it knowing what tempo your loops are at, so they just play dumbly at whatever tempo they are, clashing horribly, probably, with your tune.
ah HA, but what about the “Apple Loops SDK” from the apple developer connection?? Hmmmmm!! “Apple soundtrack loop utility”!! Yesssss….. crap, i gotta go to work. At least I’m late because I’m learning one of our own products
PowerFX has announced a collection of add-in loops for GarageBand or Soundtrack. I haven’t seen any instructions for adding loops to GarageBand, so here’s how to do it.
Start up GarageBand and click the ‘eye’ icon to show the loop collection. In the loop view, click the list view switcher at the bottom left to switch it to list view. Select the AIFF or MP3 files for the loops to be added in the finder and drag them to GarageBand’s loop list.
The new loops will be imported, indexed, and added to the list in the appropriate categories.
Ooooooh… well.. that’s easy.
Jono and I saw this tonight.. good movie, but.. dang, 3.5 hours. Oof. And, I think I understood the “forlorn” looks the first couple of movies into the trilogy. This one had probably 15 solid minutes of people looking “forlorn” as Jay the barber (whom we inadvertently sat behind) said. I get the hobbits are really close, but… 6 inches away from each other’s faces is acceptable to hobbits, apparently. And.. what’s up with the the elves? They want to leave the land of men by getting on their ships, and they die if they don’t. But they can come back? But if men or other races leave the land of men, they can’t come back? WTF is up with that? Anyone care to comment? I’m so confused.
here’s the second track I made in Apple’s Garage Band… again.. how do I make my own beats?
I was playing around with Garage Band this morning.. ooh, dangerous when you gotta get to work on time. It’s like the ultimate backup band… you can throw together some riffs and it’s a great accompaniment for a lead/solo instrument. I don’t really play any instruments per se.. I’m better at programming stuff to be a lead by being random, but.. then I started thinking.. all those guitar amps are probably really good with a turntable, too… and then it all started to click into place.. how… do.. I… make.. my.. own… loops…. ????