Archive for March 2004

PHP5 RC1 for Mac OS X

The first Release Candidate of PHP 5 is finally here! The move from Beta stage to RC stage means that PHP 5 is now feature complete, and is quite stable – stable enough for everyone to start playing with. This tutorial shows how you go about getting PHP 5 up and running with Apache 1.3.29 on your Mac. [PHPmac.com]

sooo… tempting….

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deeje:Garage Band Feature Requests

I’ve been using GarageBand for a few weeks now, and I’m really liking it. Here are a few features I’d like to see in GarageBand 2.0:

  • Takes – each track can have any number of takes. Besides being able to “Create New Take” and select from among existing takes, there would be ways to delete takes, name takes, and convert to/from sections of song. In other words, I record myself playing a riff over and over, cut the track up into sections, and convert each section into a take. Then I can alternate between takes until I find the one I like.
  • Names – I want to be able to add a name to each track, and to each section of track. GarageBand does a great job of naming things, but I want to also describe how each instrument “feels” in each piece.
  • Tap Tempo – pick a trigger, any trigger.
  • Ratings – be able to rate songs, tracks, sections, and takes. Sho/Hide stuff with certain ratings.

What are your GarageBand Feature Requests?

(I wonder if Apple people are reading weblogs?)

[deeje.com]

uh, optimization? Crap, that program’s processor intensive. But otherwise, it’s awesome :)

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Carbs crank up serotonin

An MIT study suggests that low-car/pro-protein diets like Atkins can chemically bum you out. Judith Wurtman, director of the Program in Women’s Health at the MIT Clinical Research Center, found that when you kick the carb habit, your brain stops regulating serotonin. As people who take SSRI drugs like Prozac know, serotonin elevates mood and can also act as an appetite suppresant.

“According to Wurtman’s clinical studies, if the carbohydrate craver eats protein instead, he or she will become grumpy, irritable or restless. Furthermore, filling up on fatty foods like bacon or cheese makes you tired, lethargic and apathetic. Eating a lot of fat, she said, will make you an emotional zombie.”

Link [Boing Boing Blog]

What if you’re emotionally high strung? Or depressed to begin with? Does this zombification process only bring you down, or does it have a more generalized levelling effect?

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Rumsfeld caught in a direct lie

You’re a star!

You’re a star! … pass it on to someone you think is a star, too. :)

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Hans Blix is teh r0x0r

CNN.com

The moral of this story was clearly a loss of credibility for the leaders of this war and that they didn’t think the council mattered, that was a mistake.

— Hans Blix, former U.N. weapons inspector

When I grow up, I want to be as strong, honorable, and courageous as Hans Blix. I never doubted you Hans!

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The Electric Company Archive

The electric company archive!… yessss, they have the pinball counting video there! 1 2 3 4 5… 6 7 8 9 10.. 11 12… doo doo do doo doo…[MilkandCookies]

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irony

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Former U. S. president RONALD REAGAN isn’t dead yet either, but a committed group of fans has advocated nationwide memorials already. The rush to honor him started back in the mid-1990s. Tax-activist and Republican strategist Grover Norquist started The Ronald Reagan Legacy Foundation and aggressively pursued monuments and memorials to the former president, a hero of the Republican party. Within a year the Washington National Airport had been renamed the Ronald Reagan International Airport; soon after, Washington D. C. had the Ronald Reagan Building, one of the largest government buildings in the country.

ronald reagan… one of the largest government buildings in the country…. Bahahahaha

In 2000 and 2001 Norquist’s organization lobbied for things like putting Reagan on the ten-dollar bill (replacing Alexander Hamilton), carving his face on Mt. Rushmore and building a memorial on the National Mall (where presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt are honored). Legislation was introduced in 2001 to circumvent a 1976 law that said a person had to be dead for at least 25 years to have a monument on the National Mall. The plan stalled when the George W. Bush administration indicated they would stand by the old law….

wha? omg, for once I agree with this white house policy decision! shocking!

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Listen to Howard Stern (for once)

boingboing
Howard Stern calls fair game on Bush
Howard Stern is calling on his 8 million listeners (and their friends andfamily) to vote anti-Bush in the next election.

Stern had strongly backed Bush’s war on Iraq, but in the past two weeks, he has derided the president as a “Jesus freak,” a “maniac” and “an arrogant bastard,” while ranting against “the Christian right minority that has taken over the White House.” Specifically, Stern has assailed Bush’s use of 9/11 images in his campaign ads, questioned his National Guard service, condemned his decision to curb stem cell research and labeled him an enemy of civil liberties, abortion rights and gay rights.

Link
posted by Cory Doctorow at 08:15:00 PM permanent link to this entry

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all music on the radio sounds the same

Ah ha!! Check it out: Hit Song Science analyzes your song and compares it to other songs that have been released and give you a bar chart to tell you how “sellable” your crappy tune is.  and they definitely have all the questions answered here:

Aren’t music labels supposed to be looking for new and fresh sounds that would not be anything like past hit music?

Absolutely. Historically, what is pleasing to the human ear has not changed since man began writing music. What has changed are styles, performances, the instruments used and the way music is produced and recorded, but a compelling melody is still compelling and a series of random notes still sounds random to us. That is not to say everything has been invented, however so far, every new style of music that has come into being: country, rock, punk, grunge etc. have all had similar mathematical patterns and the hits in those genres have all come from the same hit clusters that exist today and anything that has fallen outside of those clusters has rarely been successful for it’s musical qualities. For an explanation of a hit cluster please see our technology section.

Isn’t music supposed to be art?

Yes, and artistic integrity and creativity are the lifeblood of the music industry and are of paramount importance to our business. Literature writing and movie making are also forms of art, however, the art of story development follows certain rules. Georges Polti, 19th century French author, identified 36 possible plots in literature that would hold the attention of the audience with the right amount of tension and subsequent resolution. Those rules existed before Polti identified them but by identifying them he helped writers become creative within guidelines that would help them connect with their audiences. Every story that is written, every movie made, from the blockbusters to the intellectual films generally follow these rules of plot. Even the weekly sitcoms follow these rules of plot because they are the only ones that hold our attention as humans.

All Polyphonic HMI has done is identify parameters in music in much the same way that Polti identified parameters in story lines and because music is more complicated than a story line it takes pattern recognizing computers to do it. Polyphonic did not invent the patterns. Hopefully by identifying them musicians can become better composers and more insightful and music labels can be left scratching their heads less often when a song doesn’t perform in the market the way they expected it to.

Computers have no place in the making of music.

Our computers cannot create music, they can only analyze it. Our computers have not invented anything, rather they’ve only detected patterns and parameters that already existed. The telescope did not create the universe. It only allowed us to see it in a different way and to make better judgments and insights about it, and just like the telescope has its limitations so does our technology. We’re continually finding better and more creative ways to help musicians and songwriters. By revealing some before-unseen scientific information about music we can use that to better understand the art and human’s desire to be engulfed in compelling sound.

Leave it to the music industry to be so desperate as to use this service.

Our customers are the music labels but the real beneficiaries of our work are the people who create, perform and consume music. No matter what music you make you’d like to at least be able to support yourself and have your music enjoyed by a certain audience, and why deny that some of you would like to be tomorrow’s superstars. Our technology does not take into high consideration the actual “sound” of your music, but rather the underlying mathematical patterns that humans have consistently found enjoyable throughout time. There’s not just one hit song formula. There are many and no matter what your song sounds like it may have many attributes that will make it enjoyable to a large audience.

The music industry has taken a beating in the past few years. They are looking for solutions to address the concerns and criticisms they’ve been subject to. Many music label executives have lost their jobs and will never get them back in an industry that is shrinking. Today’s executive know they cannot continue with business-as-usual and keep their jobs. The labels see that Hit Song Science might be a very good tool and they need time to use it, experiment with it and see how it goes. We will strive to make things better for everyone. Give us some time to show some real results. We think our technology could be a wonderful revolution for everyone from the labels to the garage band. We’ll do our very best not to disappoint you.


Doesn’t this technology just ensure that all music will end up sounding the same?

Absolutely not. We are acutely aware that due to the fact that we compare new music to past hits it sounds like we are looking for the same sorts of sounds. While we CAN do that it is not an inherent trait of our technology. We predicted the success of Norah Jones at a time when nothing in our past hit database sounded anything like her.

Patterns in music that are pleasing to the human ear have not changed much, if at all, since the times of the classical composers. For example, the dictionary describes melody as a series of notes strung together in a meaningful sequence. Why are some sequences meaningful to us and make up a beautiful song and other sequences just sound like random notes? While the number of possible melody patterns combined with all of the other variables in recorded music allow for a seemingly infinite number of combinations. The patterns that we find pleasing haven’t changed a lot. What has changed are the instruments used, the styles, the way the music is performed etc. Our technology can actually help music labels gain confidence in promoting music that does not sound formulaic because we can show them that the music in question will be successful and that they will see a return on their investment in it. Keep in mind that most labels liked Norah Jones’ music but did not feel they would make any money promoting it. Our technology can help during those kinds of evaluations.

Basically a computer telling you whether or not a song sounds exactly like the last one that made money… further disenfranchising ourselves from the ability to have an opinion or personal preference. What we need is a massive failure of this technique to “discover” successful artists based on ignorant expectations of the majors and the unpredictability in the purchasing trends of consumers. We need to see the collapse of the traditional roles of the big 5. Now that distribution costs $75, the hard part is advertising.

HEY! WAKE UP! If you listen to commercial radio, Clear Channel 0wnz0rs U! Reject corporate commercial radio! Take back your ability to decide what good music is!

Find good local or underappreciated music and TELL YOUR FRIENDS about it! Word of mouth advertising about unknown artists is golden when the only places you have to learn about new music never give those artists consideration because “they don’t index well against tried and true formulas”! You have a brain, USE IT!!

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web based font identification

copy this: http://www.myfonts.com/images/WhatTheFont/gotmilk.jpg

click on this Link

paste the URL into the URL input field, click go and marvel and the process of automated font identification.

Nishad sez, “Ever wanted to have a font just like the one used by certain publications, corporations, or ad campaigns? Well now you can, using the WhatTheFont font recognition system. Upload a scanned image of the font and we’ll show you the closest matches in our database!”

Link

(Thanks, Nishad!) [Boing Boing Blog]

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Bush flip flop

The Bush campaign is running ads attacking Kerry for being a flip-flopper. Here’s a few Bush flip-flops from dailykos.com.

  • Bush is against campaign finance reform; then he’s for it.

  • Bush is against a Homeland Security Department; then he’s for it.
  • Bush is against a 9/11 commission; then he’s for it.
  • Bush is against an Iraq WMD investigation; then he’s for it.
  • Bush is against nation building; then he’s for it.
  • Bush is against deficits; then he’s for them.
  • Bush is for free trade; then he’s for tariffs on steel; then he’s against them again.
  • Bush is against the U.S. taking a role in the Israeli Palestinian conflict; then he pushes for a “road map” and a Palestinian State.
  • Bush is for states right to decide on gay marriage, then he is for changing the constitution.
  • Bush first says he’ll provide money for first responders (fire, police, emergency), then he doesn’t.
  • Bush first says that ‘help is on the way’ to the military … then he cuts benefits
  • Bush-“The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. Bush-“I don’t know where he is. I have no idea and I really don’t care.
  • Bush claims to be in favor of the environment and then secretly starts drilling on Padre Island.
  • Bush talks about helping education and increases mandates while cutting funding.
  • Bush first says the U.S. won’t negotiate with North Korea. Now he will
  • Bush goes to Bob Jones University. Then say’s he shouldn’t have.
  • Bush said he would demand a U.N. Security Council vote on whether to sanction military action against Iraq. Later Bush announced he would not call for a vote
  • Bush said the “mission accomplished” banner was put up by the sailors.  Bush later admits it was his advance team.
  • Bush was for fingerprinting and photographing Mexicans who enter the US. Bush after meeting with Pres. Fox, he’s against it.
  • <Link [Boing Boing Blog]

    amplifying.. Bush, you hypocrite.

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    Credit for Tissue

    EXTRA CREDIT FOR KLEENEX

    STUDENTS CONTRIBUTE IN BUDGET CRUNCH


    By Nicole C. Wong

    Mercury News

    Palo Alto High’s budget is so tight that Sonia Ferrandiz-Bodoff’s German teacher offers three extra credit points to any student who brings a box of tissues to class. In Cupertino, science teacher Katheryn McElwee gives her Monta Vista High students five points for a roll of paper towels.

    Even English teachers at Harker, a private school in San Jose that charges up to $21,000 a year tuition, have resorted to awarding extra points for school supplies.

    “The teachers are pretty desperate, and so are we,” said Sonia, a freshman.

    With school budgets shriveling across the state, teachers are enticing students to help stock the supply shelves in exchange for extra credit. In some cases, the tissue-box bonus can bump a B-plus to an A-minus, but other teachers say it has almost no impact on a student’s final grade. Either way, some education leaders say any credit for Kleenex undermines the grading system.

    Dude, Arnold, wtf happened to your promises of not touching education budgets? FIX THIS, holy crap, it’s insane!

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    Serato / RANE scratch

    I’m posting this from the finalscratch.com message board, as it’s apparent that this thread will die because Stanton sucks, and Should Not be in the software business. Definitely not in the software business with a company they can not walk down the street and visit any time they should… like when every user who bought one of their products for an entire platform are screaming at the tops of their lungs at how incredibly stupid they’re being for not putting more resources into supporting a product they sell as far as testing and development. “Final Scratch 1.5 for Mac OS X panther, end of february.” Lies. “Soon…” Lies.

    Apparently… there is an approaching alternative.

    Jamie Koz
    Junior Member

    204 Posts

    Posted – 02/28/2004 : 15:13:16
    I’m waiting for S>E>R>A>T>O – S C R A T C H – They have been reading what we are complaining about so they will have a superior product rather than Stantons lame ass excuse for a company. Stanton and NI dont even come in here and see what we think is wrong – as far as Im concerned Stanton has lost a customer forever. Its obvious they dont read this forum cause as soon as they read this post it would be deleted. It took them several months to realize all the sh*t we talk about them for their lack of interest in our professionalism and then all they did was send Henri the owner of Stantons Son in here and what did he do ??? That F U C K E R deleted our posts and banned certain words that threatened them. I say BOOOOOOOO to Stanton and NI, and SOON they will realize how important good customer service is when we are all gone and playing and working with a superior product made by R A N E / SER*AT*O* and who ever else will be developing this new technology.
    All I can say is that Im here only as long as I have to be. And that is till a better company comes and brings us a better product along with customer service and who wont ignore that most of us professionals rather use an Apple – cause it is far less trouble some then all the crap that PC users have to go thru. I mean just read all the code and crap that the new 1.5 users are going thru on the PC side. Another beta has been released and now all the PC users are paying to be beta testers. F U C K that when 1.5 comes for the MAC i dare not install it till it has no flaws and they have not released an update yet that is flawless. Yes I am using 1.1.4 but it is not perfect and the more I use it Month after month I find new problems that come up all the time.

    LOL @ S*E*R*A*T*O / R A N E ing on Stantons parade – this will surely happen cause they have ignored all of our complaints. If I were going to the music conference in Miami and I might. I would or will complain so much at their booth that it would be embarresing for them – cause I would stand at thier booth all day and tell people they suck and that to check out the R A N E / *SER*ATO* booth cause its a far better company – and the proof of this is their history. *SER*ATO** and R A N E have a good history of excellent customer service. sh*t you email this company (Stanton or NI) and they dont even have the decency to answer us. They have made some GRAVE mistakes that will surely bury them. And I am standing in line with my shovel to help bury these FU CK ER S – anything I can do to help execute this disrespectful company that charges us for a product update that doesnt even work.

    Henri I really hope you read this before you delete it – cause you are in serious trouble my friend (sarcasm to the friend idea)

    I HATE STANTON products and will never buy another one again. And I tell this to all of my associates and any new and upcoming Djs that I meet – STANTON SUCKS MONKEY ASS.

    Peace,
    and I cant wait for their funeral.

    update.. from the rane website:

    How much is it going to cost? Scratch LIVE has a list price of US$725. Street price (what you end up buying it for in a store) is typically less and will be comparable to competitors’ pricing.

    fuck all that. That’s way too expensive.

    Will you offer a discount for Final Scratch users who make the switch? There are no plans at this time to offer such a discount. The quality of Rane and Serato products speaks for itself and we do not feel it necessary to aggressively go after FS customers.

    that’s pretty obvious. Good luck, but.. you won’t get me as a customer.

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    Introversion explained by an insider

    Now, I’m not saying I agree with the writer’s suggestions at the end of the article. I’m not nearly as introverted as the degree of the writer, but… I do identify with some of the observations.

    Caring for Your Introvert

    The habits and needs of a little-understood group

    by Jonathan Rauch


    Are introverts oppressed? I would have to say so. For one thing, extroverts are overrepresented in politics, a profession in which only the garrulous are really comfortable. Look at George W. Bush. Look at Bill Clinton. They seem to come fully to life only around other people. To think of the few introverts who did rise to the top in politics—Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon—is merely to drive home the point. With the possible exception of Ronald Reagan, whose fabled aloofness and privateness were probably signs of a deep introverted streak (many actors, I’ve read, are introverts, and many introverts, when socializing, feel like actors), introverts are not considered “naturals” in politics.

    I recommend reading the whole article.. very interesting. thanks, fark

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