Some interesting thoughts on the meaning of a PhD from “Nathaniel Worther” the pseudonym of an engineer hunting for a job these days:
Chronicle Careers: A Change of Heart
I have been thinking about buying a new video camera. As I start to get very tired of working with dv-tapes, I was curious to check out some of the new hd cameras. Seems like it is still a bit early, as I guess the market will change next year, although this JVC GZ-MC500 camcorder looks very sweet.
A 4GB microdrive seems too small, though, and it is unfortunately disqualified since it doesn’t sport a microphone input.
I think Kurt Ralske puts it very well in “The Pianist: A Note on Digital Technique”
“For the classical pianist, the tedium of endless hours of practicing scales takes on an aura of nobility; it’s a virtuous, character-building activity. Instead of practicing scales, the digital artist learns software and hardware, learns programming languages, learns the techniques of creating digital models of sound, image, information, and intelligence.”
I wonder when music technologists will be employed in orchestras as musicians.
The MIT Media Lab: $100 Laptop aims at making an affordable laptop for poor countries:
“The proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop that will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data. This rugged laptop will be WiFi-enabled and have USB ports galore. Its current specifications are: 500MHz, 1GB, 1 Megapixel.”
I finally got around to download and try
ChucK : Concurrent, On-the-fly Audio Programming Language by Ge Wang. Feels a bit strange, but I guess I need to work a little bit more with it. It says something about graphical tools in the readme, and I’m looking forward to that.