Archive for July 2006
Something about ternary operators feels like cheating, but, I guess since it’s not just a weird syntactical anomaly with PHP, I should learn to love it. Ah, heuristic learning…
Continuous Partial Attention wiki:
Linda Stone — a superconnector of great insight — coined the term “Continuous Partial Attention” to describe a new phenomenon, distinct from multitasking. It’s the attempt to stay involved in as many connections and networks at once as possible, and it can be nerve-wracking, though the temptation to indulge in powerful. Now Linda’s started a wiki devoted to the subject.
Continuous partial attention describes how many of us use our attention today. It is different from multi-tasking. The two are differentiated by the impulse that motivates them. When we multi-task, we are motivated by a desire to be more productive and more efficient. We’re often doing things that are automatic, that require very little cognitive processing. We give the same priority to much of what we do when we multi-task — we file and copy papers, talk on the phone, eat lunch — we get as many things done at one time as we possibly can in order to make more time for ourselves and in order to be more efficient and more productive.
To pay continuous partial attention is to pay partial attention — CONTINUOUSLY. It is motivated by a desire to be a LIVE node on the network. Another way of saying this is that we want to connect and be connected. We want to effectively scan for opportunity and optimize for the best opportunities, activities, and contacts, in any given moment. To be busy, to be connected, is to be alive, to be recognized, and to matter.
We pay continuous partial attention in an effort NOT TO MISS ANYTHING. It is an always-on, anywhere, anytime, any place behavior that involves an artificial sense of constant crisis. We are always in high alert when we pay continuous partial attention. This artificial sense of constant crisis is more typical of continuous partial attention than it is of multi-tasking.
Aha. That’s what that’s called. Ok, back to work.
I’ve been staring at the iDJ2, and noticed there’s no nudge controls… you know, the thing that lets you simulate a spindle-twist or a finger on the platter to momentarily speed up or slow down a track that you’re beatmatching to another track… these are absolutely critical tools to beat matching… in fact, this is a deal-killer for me. So shocked was I to discover this painfully obvious omission, I emailed numark… here’s the reply I got:
I do not believe there will be a nudge feature on these though these are still in the early stages of development. I can put this in as a feature request to the engineers to see if this can be implemented.
Someone at Numark
Oof. To come within 99% of solving all of the criticisms of the original iDJ, and then fall on your face for the last 1%… that’s a shame. I hope someone there has enough political clout to push for one more version of this deck… without nudge, you can have scratch and pitch control, it’s pointless… ok, maybe not completely pointless, but it’s just not going to be taken seriously by people who do know how to beatmatch, and the extra features will probably go unused by people who don’t know how to beatmatch.
I’m syndicating the Dobox Recordings feed here, because thems some sounds we like
The Rhythmist will be playing with Deadly Venomz and Robbie D in San Francisco. Check it out!
The San Jose airport could take a clue from portland: free wifi in the airport. It’s funny how greedy the technology center of the planet is when it comes to it’s own product. Lots of other airports are starting to understand…. free wifi isn’t a luxury, it’s part of attracting and keeping business to your airport and putting a shiny spot on an otherwise uncomfortable, sometimes miserable experience. Portland’s making a solid effort to make the airport someplace you wouldn’t mind flying through: free wifi, kid’s play area, comfortable chairs… plus, no armrests on the seats in the gates means you can stretch out when you get a 3 hour layover at 6am. Now if only they had a pile of clean blankets and pillows…
if there’s any questions as to if qbert is perhaps one of the badest ass scratch DJs on the planet, take away his mixer and he’ll still blow you away. Shouldn’t we be doing something to recognize his contributions to american culture? Where’s the hip hop hall of fame? Shit, for that matter, where’s the Jazz hall of fame??
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