I've got an Embla Quickbeam CDr sitting around here somewhere - the one that came out on Chocolate Monk - my wife bought it for me for Christmas - but I've misplaced it. Until I find it again, let's play Gloam Mirror instead...
This is like a trailer for RED DAWN 2... no, no, no; didn't mean that (laughs) - think I meant one of those 1950's How To Spot if Your Neighbour is a Red type films...
Some of my American acquaintances are now actively comparing the FBI to the STASI. I shouldn't laugh; these documents are basically inciting folk to shop their neighbours if they seem overly interested in phone or internet privacy issues, etc. Instructions to businesses telling them to be vigilant about people who might be buying chemicals to make explosives, fuel bombs, etc is fair enough, but some of their definitions of '"suspicious behaviour" are a bit, well, worrying.
I think it's only a matter of time before they probably make crypto illegal for private citizens or non-military / non-corporate - or, at the very least, 'flag' you if you're using it privately. "Well, why are you using it if you've got nothing to hide?" Track the slooow creep of paranoia, my friends.
Just realised: If you gut the centre of the phrase "Communities against Terrorism" you get "Communism". Man. that's like subliminal writing or something.
As someone who has a couple of Minecraft-potty daughters, this caught my eye:
Ordnance Survey recreate Great Britain in “largest Minecraft world ever built based on real-world data”.
22 billion blocks!
Interested that the OS have an OpenData mapping tool.
Are smart credit-cards about to become the new / next App Platform ( - or "Appform" - whch was my first thought - though it needs a letter "t"or something - but the article-writer opted for an "appified" card, which sounds a bit meh to my ears) - ?
Ugh to Greylock ("We’re big believers at Greylock in the future of “online to offline” commerce, and we’re seeing a ton of innovation in this space." *laughs out loud* Well, it is Forbes and all the lifestylespeak crap that goes with that.).
This phrase interests me, though: "Quantified Self", in relation to self-biotelemetrics or whatever it's not yet called.
Post-Nancarrow biznis, or; "Black MIDI". Another Zappa re£erence might be "The Black Page", a percussion piece so named because of the sheer inky-blackness of notes printed across its staves (and the inferred impossibility of its physical reproduction / performance); what FZ called "statistical density". Later, Frank upped the game with pieces like "G-Spot Tornado", etc, composed and performed on the Synclavier which were supposedly beyond the capability of human musicians to reproduce or play; bu-u-u-t after his death, various chamber ensembles embraced the challenge and succeeded, bless 'em.
"a 21 million-note version of a track from the video game Touhou Project."
Playful, yet - oddly - also rather lovely. Trying very hard to think what this reminds me of from the non-electronic music world, but brane failing me today.