Archive for October 2006

Chachi Jones’ LED spinny thing causes weirdness on my canon camera

Oooh, pretty. LEDs seem to be a weak point for my camera’s sensor… they seem to cause white lines on the image, strangely illustrated by a series of spinning LEDs such as the one on Chachi Jones’ time travel wall 1.0.

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more megapixels, more problems

Have I pointed you to my brother’s post on disk usage predictions? Now I have… I point everyone at my job to this post when we start talking about storage. Get ready to buy a bigger hard drive… And another one after that sooner than you think.

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abolish paper money?

what would happen if we started to wean our country off paper money? I’m not talking about going to all coins, I’m talking about all digital.

rules:

  • everyone must have a bank account to get paid.
  • Everyone must have a taxpayer ID.
  • anyone can live here, but everyone must have a taxpayer ID and pay taxes.

Effects?

  • counterfeiting paper money pointless, redirect all efforts to preventing electronic funds transfer thefts
  • all white collar crime and drug money becomes trackable (and taxable)
  • Everyone pays taxes. Nobody gets a free ride, and everyone has the right to social services since they’re paying for them.

If you can’t get paid unless you have a taxpayer ID, and there’s no paper currency, isn’t this water-tight?

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Moldy in from Maine out in LA

Attention Dubsteppers: My internet homeboy Moldy is coming out from Maine to play an exclusive date in Los Angeles, December 6, 2006!
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Smogback

Check out some info on him here.

Hard To Find Records

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Make some dough, sell off some of that back breaking collection of vinyl: Hard To Find Records: Selected vinyl records we are currently looking to purchase

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New Release: Arturo Garces – ‘My Sound’


Keepin’ on with more releases! We have a newcomer to DoBox, but he’s not a newcomer to the music scene…Arturo Garces. He’s a long-time DJ in the San Jose/San Francisco area, and his productions are just as deep-rooted. His trax have graced vinyl labels such as Pure Recordings, Jump, Medasu, Solid Trax and Audio Abuse (a label he helped start and operate). Now he’s here to warm up the ones and zeros for DoBox Recordings. Enjoy!

Saturday Night
Nothing
Rise
Expanding Time
Thinking Back
My Sound

Quartz Composer inside of Processing

This is way cool. Because Processing understands quicktime, you can run quartz composer clips inside of Processing sketches. When you take a sketch that takes a live video feed inside of processing like this:


and you substitute the live video for a quartz composer clip like this:


You get this! Ta-dah:

Now, of course the processing power of your machine will dictate how fast your sketch renders, but this is a triviality in the long run. Today I’m running the sketch as fast as I can, and then rendering each frame out to … wait for it.. a Quicktime movie! Thanks as usual to Daniel Shiffman for his Movie Maker quicktime authoring library for processing.


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MySQL : “how many records per day?”

I just figured out a cool MySQL trick. I’ve been stupidly doing a very large loop through each month and possible day of the month to query my table for a run-rate per day… as in, “how many records were recorded for each day the data has been accepting data?”… No more large number of queries to get this data, just one:

SELECT DISTINCT(date(your_date_field_name)) AS thedate, count( * ) AS count
FROM your_table_name
GROUP BY thedate
ORDER BY thedate ASC

Results look like this:

2006-10-02	25
2006-10-03	12
2006-10-04	31
2006-10-05	131
2006-10-06	31
2006-10-07	130
2006-10-08	102

which is perfect.

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Your own iTunes radio station

My friend and coworker Fred pointed me to: the Do-It-Yourself Smart Radio Station. The general gist is that you set up several smart playlists that feed off a core playlist of your favorite tracks, then you randomize through these smart playlists. The effectively giving you a “radio station” of your favorite tracks. Lots of cool ways to tweak this idea! I don’t know why I never really poked around the smart playlists, but they seem really powerful. So, I’ve set this up, and I’m giving it a try.

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zune is a joke

I was at a trade show and I saw the microsoft booth floundering on their vista demo. One of the booth workers walked over and asked if I wanted a zune sticker. I looked at him, I looked at the sticker, and said “Uh, No, I Don’t Think So.”

I just heard they’re trying to push “squirt” as their verb of choice to describe the act of zune to zune file sharing. You want to “squirt” me a movie of your vacation? Are you freakin’ kidding me? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard since I heard the name of their device.

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dallas museum of art

Left this drawing at the museum. Be back for it later?

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Works San Jose art auction deadline!

Hey, if you’re an artist in the SF/san jose bay area and would like to get some bullet points for your art resume, I’d strongly suggest you high tail it over to this link: http://www.workssanjose.org/ and send an email to auction@workssanjose.org by monday, october 16, 2006, to participate in Works San José’s annual art auction.

da Vinci Robot Surgery System in Action

da Vinci Robot Surgery System in Action:

Here’s a fascinating video by OR-Live.com, posted on Google Video, of the da Vinci surgical system being used for pediatric robotic assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty. Check it out!

way cool! robotically assisted surgery! Runtime: 58+ minutes

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New Release: bLURiX – ‘Velvetine’


After taking some time to work on other projects and launching the netlabel Diggarama, bLURiX is back again for another release here on DoBox Recordings. ‘Velvetine’ has special meaning to bLURiX. It was originally going to be release on a different label, but since the label wanted bLURiX to alter his original before they would release it he decided to take it elsewhere where he could present this music the way it was intended to be heard. We here at DoBox understand this, and are proud to present the original ‘Velvetine’ to you. Enjoy!

Velvetine
Luv-U-Luv-Me
Hurricane

iScratch

iDunnoguys…maybe you need a better demo to really show off why iScratch is worth $70? The problem here is that the people who know anything about scratch djing are going to think this product is kind of… cheating? And the people who don’t know what’s what would be diluting the culturality of what scratch djing is all about. There’s some interesting sample manipulation glitch potential here, but… $70? seriously?

I mean, I guess everything’s fair game. We have virtual saxophone instruments, and we have virtual guitar instruments… even the very best of these end up sounding cold and phony to some degree. It all sort of reminds me of what American cheese is labelled under the brand name: “cheese food product” Not actual cheese. Cheese food product.