cruft for the world.

May 22, 2008

Audio Toy Field Test #10

Two items for todays agenda.

1) Microsofts really cool dragon thingy. I can only imagine how cool this will be. It seems to be a terrific way to sort through imagery and I love the whole book/magazine concepts. All in all I can't wait to scour through my own data using the same software. Truly ground breaking software.

2) Although this may seem less exciting and new, blipsandifs has successfully connected to it's database. This won't mean much for a while, but it does mean that the PHP book I bought on Valentines day as a gift from my wife was worth it. Being able to write my own data driven websites is very exciting. Many of the coolest websites out there use PHP and databases. I've got some grand ideas and can't wait to start trying them out...but first I'll just keep plodding along, singing my song, doing my job...wishing I could be blippin' 'iffing.

May 12, 2008

Audio Toy Field Test #9

Haile is a robot that 'listens' to a live players music in real time and jams it's own beat with them.

Watch the robotic percussionist in concert in this video from Georgia Tech.

A truly monumental moment in virtual instruments; a virtual musician that can improvise. This machine will assess the beat made my a human and create, based on algorithms and whatnot, it's own jam. This is almost as cool as seeing the Lemur at Adam's house and half as cool as Bigdog is scary. That haunting gas powered kind of darpa scary sound, bigdog is an Americal Soldier.
I love color TV, the internet, and many other magnificent things the American Military has brought us, dispite it's bad side, but if I see a bigdog walking round my neighbourhood with a machine gun on it's back I'll think different about how cool killing badguys in video games and watching YouTube videos are.

Unless it's bigdog beta... that's awesome.
Be sure to watch the Bigdog March Release before you watch the beta.

Blips and Ifs is dedicated to the future, and will not stop until it's over! Stay tuned...

May 9, 2008

Cruftworld Issue #8

More cut and paste action from Moil helps to produce the second zine in the Cruftworld. You gotta read this. This is what sets all these silly little rock and roll songs apart. It's full of confusing, metaphorical and occasionally funny writing. Hundreds of vancity rock parodies are hidden inside. But hopefully you can enjoy it just for the artwork and the rock value of it. Even better, print it, cut it out and staple and glue it together yourself. Are you dreaming of having a bookshelf full of cruftworld zines, tapes, miniCDs, and promotional collectable items? I sure as hell am.