Zoom 20090531 – Doodle

Fender FR50
Fender FR50

Here is number 2 in my “dilettantes with toys” Sunday morning recordings.

It’s funny I started out with a totally different idea this morning and the bloody thing mutated into this.

As an idea, I would have to say it’s about half formed, when I listened to the playback I could hear a whole bunch of ideas that needed to be explored but sadly not today.

Here is a refresher on the  ground rules.

  • Wake up on a Sunday morning
  • Turn on Zoom H4
  • Tune guitar
  • Start stop watch.
    I now have 60 minutes to record a tune using nothing more than the Zoom and the guitar.
    No drop ins on a track, only the processing that is built into in the Zoom and only 4 tracks, no bouncing down tracks
  • Now play lots (the clock is ticking)

At the end upload the finished MP3 to the website and link it to the impediments post.

Elapsed time not to be greater than one hour.

In the words of Jeremy Clarkson “How hard can it be?”

Well as it turns out… you can hear today’s piece here

The things you can do with a Zoom H4 dept
“Doodle”

I’m not finished with this,  I will come back to it in a couple of weeks and see if we can put some polish on it.

Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20090504

Zoom H4 ToyHi,

So for the time being let’s be wildly optimistic and assume that this missive is going to go back to it’s regular schedule (the odds are against it but as Leonard Cohen said “the optimism keeps breaking through”)

Anyway let’s get started shall we.

As I mentioned I have a new guitar, and showing you a picture of it , while all well and good on the “Oooh. Shiny” meter. Well lets face it, you really need to know what it sounds like (and ooh shiny just isn’t a good enough description). So I recorded me playing a little something I was messing with in D(?).

Now here are the ground rules. A while back I was having a long conversation (email) with Bill ( I have mentioned him before http://billcanty.com ) about things he could do to get his music heard. The short version is

  • Wake up on a Sunday morning
  • Turn on Zoom H4
  • Tune guitar
  • Start stop watch.
    I now have 60 minutes to record a tune using nothing more than the Zoom and the guitar.
    No overdubs, only the processing that is built into in the Zoom and only 4 tracks, no bouncing down tracks
  • Now play lots (the clock is ticking)

At the end upload the finished MP3 to the website and link it to the impediments post.

Elapsed time not to be greater than 60 minutes.

In the words of Jeremy Clarkson “How hard can it be?”

Well as it turns out… you can hear today’s first attempt at this here

The things you can do with a Zoom H4 dept
[audio:090504-For_Jools.mp3]

Ted Talks – I have listened to so many of these in the last few months that the best thing to do is pick some at random. They are all amazing and all thought provoking.

Lets Begin with Margaret Werthein. Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician — celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.
(We mentioned her project last April)

Next. In this talk from TED University 2009, veteran rock climber Matthew Childs shares nine pointers for rock climbing. These handy tips bear on an effective life at sea level, too.

This one fascinated me, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.

BLAME TIME:
Fractals and Snacks – this from Kalene

“i thought hat you might appreciate the math that goes into these cupcakes. The fondant looks more accurate (well as accurate as it can get with a little softening,) but the marzipan looks prettier as it has softened more.http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/fractalsnowflake#comments

thankfully for cupcake lovers the possibilities in the fractal fondant decoration are endless. I’d say that i would try this, but I know that I would give up too easily and just eat the marzipan.
Kalene “

Well if you ever do give it a go put Jools and I down for a dozen

Jools spotted this mashup http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Q7f-fPXcM

It broke me up.
Also from the Inbox was this from Doreen.

I am pleased to announce my web site is now live! http://www.rivendellstudios.com.au
Have a look

Doreen

Now I have mentioned Doreen in the past, but this website is a time soak. I found myself looking at a bunch of old favourites and still ended up wondering “How did she do that?”
Seriously recommended.
Duggup continues to stumble through music genres with abandon. Head over to http://duggup.com.au and have a look. Recent gems include Steve Lawson and Field Mice. Both are brilliant but totally different.

Flash Game Time:
Over the past few years we have all tried out some great web-based games and you would have to agree that things have coma along way. Well the bar just got raised, Scarygirl is a a way better than average platform game. I believe it’s based on a comic by Nathan Jurevicius, this game is just gorgeous. The art is just phenomenal, the controls are drop dead easy and it just oozes “Play Me” fun.

You play the title character, Scarygirl, as she attempts to locate a moustachioed dude keeps showing up in her dreams. Help is available on your quest from characters like Bunniguri and Blister (the giant octopus), as you proceed through treehouses, eel-infested water (shades of Princess Bride), caves and other levels, performing an assortment of deeds as you go. (I feel sure that Joseph Campbell would have approved of this one)

Scarygirl is entirely free to play online, and you can register to save your game. You will probably need to do that, this is a wonderfully addictive world.
http://www.scarygirl.com/

Question: What does this XKCD cartoon signify? http://xkcd.com/563/

Answer: Yep, Numb3rs is back on tele this week and this is probably one of the rejected plot devices

Have a good one.

thatch

{Currently listening: Papercuts, Everyday Jones and me}
{Currently reading: Risk Analysis manuals}
{Quick Status Check: Hell, is doing budgets in an economic downturn}
{Crop Circle Status: Move along, still nothing to see here ’til later in the year.}

Zoom 20090503: For Jools

Fender FR50
Fender FR50

As I mentioned I have a new guitar, and showing you a picture of it , while all well and good on the “Oooh. Shiny” meter. Well lets face it, you really need to know what it sounds like and ooh shiny just isn’t a good enough description.

So I recorded me playing a little something I was messing with in D(?).

Now here are the ground rules. A while back I was having a long email conversation  with Bill ( I have mentioned him before http://billcanty.com ) about things he could do to get his music heard. The short version is

  • Wake up on a Sunday morning
  • Turn on Zoom H4
  • Tune guitar
  • Start stop watch.
    I now have 60 minutes to record a tune using nothing more than the Zoom and the guitar.
    No dropins on a track, only the processing that is built into in the Zoom and only 4 tracks, no bouncing down tracks
  • Now play lots (the clock is ticking)

At the end upload the finished MP3 to the website and link it to the impediments post.

Elapsed time not to be greater than 60minutes.

In the words of Jeremy Clarkson “How hard can it be?”

Well as it turns out… you can hear today’s first attempt at this here

The things you can do with a Zoom H4 dept
“For Jools”

Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20090420

Fender FR50
Fender FR50

Hi,

What do you mean it’s past Easter, the last time I looked it was Christmas, bugger.

Well after a longer (much much longer) than planned hiatus, Impediments is back. Well back with a quick one at least.

What you thought I’d given up?

Sorry, it’s just the usual life impeding Impediments stuff.

It all started at Christmas when my brother gave me a guitar as my chrissie present. And not just any guitar it was a Fender resonator (you know the ones, they have a whole lot of metal work that looks like a hubcap  where the hole usually is. See here – http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=0955000032 ).  Now as some of you are aware I stopped playing guitar a few years back, but my brother missed the memo (thankfully as it turns out).

This guitar is a hoot, it sounds interesting, it plays well thanks to a trip to Terry Dean Guitars,  who I might add deals well with maniacs like me who have been given new toys for Christmas and want to play with them. I am having just the best time playing guitar again and making all sorts of horrible noises (sorry folks – nothing changed). But it does tend to soak up the “free” time – dare I say it “Impedes Productivity”. Hence the lack of stuff in your inbox for a while.

And a special thanks to all who sent messages inquiring after my well being.

Anyway let’s get started shall we.

Ted Talks –  I have listened to so many of these in the last few months that the best thing to do is pick some at random.  They are all amazing and all thought provoking.

Wired has an article about Jay Walker and “The Library of Human Imagination”. The opening line reads.

Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker’s library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects-on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor-the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) Hey, those books appear to be bound in rubies. (They are.) That edition of Chaucer … is it a Kelmscott? (Natch.) Gee, that chandelier looks like the one in the James Bond flick Die Another Day. (Because it is.) No matter where you turn in this ziggurat, another treasure beckons you-a 1665 Bills of Mortality chronicle of London (you can track plague fatalities by week), the instruction manual for the Saturn V rocket (which launched the Apollo 11 capsule to the moon), a framed napkin from 1943 on which Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined his plan to win World War II. In no time, your mind is stretched like hot taffy.

The room looks like it belongs in “Myst” or more importantly my place.

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/16-10/ff_walker?currentPage=all

Ted has an all too brief piece with Jay,

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jay_walker_s_library_of_human_imagination.html

Over the break I managed to catch Stephen Fry and his truly compelling chat with Pamela Connelly on the ABC.  He is someone I just got in the last year. I had him in the “pedantic English don/actor” pigeon hole. Big oops on my part . Stephen Fry is amazing.  How amazing? I hear you ask. Head over to http://fry.positive-dedicated.net/fry-podcast2-episodes-03.mp3 and listen to his recent podgram on Language  (a podcast by any other name still sounds as sweet and the text version is here http://www.stephenfry.com/blog/2008/11/04/don%E2%80%99t-mind-your-language%E2%80%A6/). A more entertaining half hour you will be hard pressed to find.

http://www.stephenfry.com/
The things you do:

Adam Savage from  Mythbusters  raises the bar on obsession. I have been left in the dust ( I wonder if he can play guitar?)

http://www.wired.com/video/foratv/foratv/13312836001/mythbusters-cohost-adam-savage-on-obsession/16494275001

BLAME TIME:

I will work through some of the backlog but this is a gem.

“LOLCATS Yeah!

Love, Jools..

http://www.ruethedayblog.com/2009/01/this-is-so-annoying-yet-entertaining/

Take it up with Jools

Duggup continues to wander through music genres with abandon. Taking a  stroll over to http://duggup.com.au and have a look. My recent faves would be “Kiss The Mistress” and Vetiver. And for totally different reasons.
Flash Game Time:

All relaxed after your break? I am

AARGHH!

Love Jools

http://www.thegamehomepage.com/play/scriball/
Have a good one.
thatch

{Currently listening: Clannad and Keb Mo and Charlie Parr (it actually works)}
{Currently reading: Kim Klein ‘s book on NPO Funding}
{Quick Status Check: Hell, is it really April already? Really? Bugger}
{Crop Circle Status: Move along, still nothing to see here ’til later in the year.}

Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20081222

iPhone
iPhone

Hi,

Well folks, it’s official I’ve gone over to the dark side. {insert dum dum dum dumde dum dumdemum and asthma voice here}

Jools went out and bought me a new MP3 player. It starts with an I and it ends with phone. I never thought I would say this but it’s a great little toy. Now don’t panic I am not buying an Apple Fan Boy T Shirt yet. But it really is fun to use. The iPod part works fine and after a couple of hours I had my playlists on it. My Layla ringtone and my address book. The upside is that when you get a call the music fades down when you answer it. Hang up and it fades back up right where you left it. Brilliant.

The downside is that I still have to use iTunes (see previous rants about this piece of software) and I have an Apple Touch up for grabs.

If anyone in Melbourne wants to pick up a first gen Touch as achrissy present for themselves (one owner – me) for $220 give me a call. Jools didn’t want it. I suspect that Steve Jobs “Reality Distortion Field” doesn’t work as well on women OR that the “Toy Acquisition Gene” is specifically linked to the Y chromosome. I could be wrong.

OK, I wasn’t going to talk about this, BUT I can’t help myself. This is about my favourite train wreck of the year. Gun’s and Roses “Chinese Democracy”. this album really is truly priceless. Actually, even if they gave it away it’s still too expensive.

This is one of those albums you have to listen to ONCE. So here is a yet another submission to my “Perfection Is Overated “meme.

Before reading Jon Pareles article head to MySpace http://www.myspace.com/gunsnroses and get the album playing in the background. Yep the whole album was made available at MySpace when it was released all they have left there are some sample. it will be enough.

So. Do we have the track Chinese Democracy running in the background yet?

It’s OK. I ‘ll wait…..

All comfy? now read Jon Pareles album review. I think this is the best review I have read this year.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/arts/music/23pare.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

And then because we are all masochists, we can now move on to the Guardian, another fine review. Keep the album going and read on http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/nov/21/guns-n-roses-chinese-democracy

The upshot of this is that any of the things that made his earlier stuff interesting have been tweaked out of existence. Along with any interest. Say good bye to the old order. This is probably the last album of it’s kind and the end of an era.

That’s really enough about him, let’s get started shall we.

Ted Talks – Dennis vanEngelsdorp: Where have the bees gone?

Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature’s important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.

This is a fascinating talk , scary and hopeful and unbelievable in places.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/dennis_vanengelsdorp_a_plea_for_bees.html

This is worth a look too.

Paul Collier: 4 ways to improve the lives of the “bottom billion”

Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/paul_collier_shares_4_ways_to_help_the_bottom_billion.html

The things you do:

I spotted this over at Make.

“Canoe” by Canadian artist Peter Fleming is a 20 foot long trough of water resembling a canoe where a gunwale tracking mechanism endlessly paddles forward and back inside the boat. The entire piece is solar powered and was originally built from aluminum, gussets, and bolts so that it was fully collapsible. Check out the link below for some video clips of it in action.

http://peterflemming.ca/flemmweb_current/details/canoe.html

It really is a gem.

Also from Make is the Victorian Star Trek (Victorian era NOT place). Photoshopped portraits of the original Enterprise crew as Victorian Steam Punkers. http://www.rabittooth.com/OtherWallpapers.htm

BLAME TIME:

Andrea L spotted this one and sent it in. Get some practice in before heading to the great outdoors over the holidays. http://majman.net/fly_loader.html

Kalene C sent in this.

“I feel sad that i only spotted this yesterday. I could have done all of my shopping here.

http://www.shipoffools.com/kitschmas/2008/index.html

kr

Kalene “

My fave was the House Selling Kit. that would be me though.

Jools sent along a few items for your consideration

First up The Google Street View Prank http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/11/the-google-street-view-prank/

Next there was this one

“Man I’d love try this, but I’m not brave enough.

Love Jools

http://haha.nu/amazing/wingsuit-base-jumping/

Then there was this – a plethora of tiny R2D2’s.

“Deep beep, blink wooo.

Love, Jools

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=weGTZ5VXR4s

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=AaMri2jwbz8&NR=1

and we will finish with this one

“A MMI I think.

Love, Jools

http://weburbanist.com/2008/12/06/private-lives-toys/

duggup has finished up for the year (we are taking a short break). Jools and I both did a highlights post. There really was some fine music around this year. Stroll over to http://duggup.com.au and have a look.

Flash Game Time: It’s Christmas and if you are working through, have I got a game for you. I mean what do else do you get for the person who has everything. Yep that’s right “WORLD DOMINATION”

Travian is in the same vein as say “Civilization” or “Empire Earth” but there is no install, it just lives in the browser. This lets you play it at work or on the go.

So , you register, pick a server and then they give you one week to build up your resources before the attacks start. This is important because it takes time to build up wheat, wood, clay and iron production. It takes around 3 minutes to upgrade a wheat field in the early levels so to get your empire up and running takes more than just a few minutes.

It’s one of those great games to keep running in the background so you can start a wheat field or building upgrade, and then move on to something else on your to-do list for a few minutes.

Yes this will take more time than the normal fare we put up, but hey if you are working over the hols, you have time?

More info here
http://timewastersontheweb.blogspot.com/2008/12/travian.html

Game here http://www.travian.us/

Have a good Christmas and a Great New Year.

thatch

{Currently listening: Richie Havens and Dead Can Dance. }
{Currently reading: Lewis Hyde – Trickster Makes This World. this is just fab stuff}
{Quick Status Check: Hell, it really that close to Christmas}
{Crop Circle Status: Move along, still nothing to see here ’til next year }