Archive for October 2005
I am on my way learning Mac OS X programming. Here is my first project (it is still probably full of bugs)…
This application can be used to receive MIDI data through a Bluetooth connection, and to create a virtual MIDI-in device to route this data to any music software. What’s the use? Well… Your Palm has bluetooth too, so you can use it as a MIDI controller with a custom client application (hacked in a few hours on a borrowed laptop )
How to use it…
1/ Make sure that Bt is enabled on your Mac and that you are “discoverable”.
2/ Launch MidiBt.
3/ Click on “Start server”.
4/ Launch the MidiBtTinyController app on your Palm and tap on “connect”.
5/ Select your Mac in the list.
6/ Once the connection is established you can use your Palm as a MIDI controller.
There are 4 kind of controllers :
- 4 XY Pads (which can be set to individual channels / controllers settings).
- 1 4×4 buttons matrix (useful to trigger drum sounds or loops).
- [In 320×480 mode] 1 1×6 buttons matrix
- [In 320×480 mode] 5 knobs.
Modern music software should be able to “learn” from all these controllers, so there is no need for a lot of configuration…
If doing the same thing on a PC is easy (and I doubt it is…), and if you find it usable Bhajis Loops will be MIDIfied using this approach.
New iPods record in stereo!:
Wow, this BIG! The new iPods record in stereo! Voice recording settings: Low (22.05 KHz, mono) High (44.1 KHz, stereo). At least that’s what the spec page says. This is _great_ news for anyone who has wanted to use their iPod as a recorder, but didn’t like the idea of installing Podzilla, or recording at the crippled rate the older iPods are set at. Link.
What a hoot, Rudy Rucker and Bruce freakin‘ Sterling in my recently old stomping grounds. I’ve purchased luggage from that store in the back ground!
We walked down to Sharper Image on Santa Cruz Ave. in Los Gatos and looked at some of the robots for sale. Bruce is into design these days, he's been a guest professor at Art Center in Pasadena, and has a book on Ubiquitous Computatoin coming out from MIT Press. This morning when I woke up he was gone, off to get some righteous bucks from the Global Business Network in SF. You gotta get up pretty dang early in the morning to keep up with my man Bruce!
This is very cool. You can change the site the BBEdit uses to “find in reference”, as helpfully noted by Peter Rukavina… thank you Peter!
If you use TextWrangler BBEdit to edit PHP files, you may find the following shell command useful (pointer from here):
defaults write com.barebones.
This will set the TextWrangler “Find in Reference” contextual menu item to look up the selected text on the PHP website (rather than on the Apple Developer Connection site, which is the default).
So many projects are under way now, it’s kind of hard to keep up with documenting what’s going on.
- embroidery machine / sewing machine - I’ve done some initial testing with the embroidery.. it looks awesome. I have some other pieces of the puzzle en route to open my possibilities up quite a bit.
- Sewing machine + photography = light diffusers for the work lights. I bought some rip stop nylon and have constructed the fabric portion of a pseudo-soft-box… the big problem with the last time I shot our artwork was the wicked highlights… I’m crossing my fingers in hopes that this will work.
- fine art photography redux - Jono lent me his high res digital SLR, thanks dude!
- Fine art wiki game plan - making a serious effort to plan out what I need to do in order to be ready to get in front of people
- Drawing a lot… lots of ideas for new artwork
- Hey, I can cut 3 inch high density foam on my bandsaw! Sweet!
- piece 4 staring at me saying “Ahem…” because of the distractions… waiting for paint… yes yes… soon.
- Fairly major optimizations in the workshop - central dust collection, repurposing workshop furniture… we have a city-wide big-trash pickup day wednesday… we’ll be able to get rid of some of the stuff we inherited with the house that we don’t want anymore (goodbye 80’s ceiling fan)
- working on my artist statement / bio page… if you’re browsing in on the web, you can click on the bio tab to check it out. Too abrasive with my distaste for fine art education snobs?
Day 2, I’m loving this machine! check out the video I did today of the first run of embroidery with a stabilizer.
I ran this cool jacket my brother in law Justin gave me as a gift through the machine… it had this big blank white outline box on the front.. screaming out for a slogan… so I put one in:
Ahhhhh, this is way cool!!
Our Brother SE-270D sewing/embroidery machine arrived yesterday, woot!
I have a timelapse movie of the latest new piece in progress up on my dot mac account.. check it out. I’ve been reviewing the timelapse movies I’ve done so far, and I’m starting to figure out how and where to place the camera so that I can show you more of what’s going on in the process of the creation of a piece. In this movie, I was able to swivel the camera around to show you the layout table and the bandsaw as I cut each piece… I think it’s more interesting to see how the pieces on the layout table go from no cuts to rough cuts to final cuts, interspersed with shots of the actual cutting.
It aint’ easy being a videographer and woodworking artist at the same time, but.. I’m trying I hope you enjoy it.