The Big Think

December 31, 2011

Chew On This

Filed under: Business,Disclosure,Music — jasony @ 8:26 am

I finally get to write one of my favorite rhythms of all time. Maybe two of my readers will get this. It’s a mess, but a lot of fun to play.

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December 30, 2011

Talk of the Town

Filed under: Business,Disclosure,Music — jasony @ 11:29 am

I’m being interviewed by Rick Thommsen on KTEM’s Talk of the Town today from 5-6. We’ll talk about music, my very strange job, and life in general (as well as whatever curveballs he throws my way).

If you’d like to hear me blab narcissistically, you can listen to it online here. Erin can’t understand how I can blithely go on the radio and just jabber. Guess it comes from standing in front of large groups of people and having them do what I say. After doing that for so long it’s a natural assumption that people would be interested. 🙂

December 28, 2011

On Target

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:57 pm

December 27, 2011

The Music of the Orbifolds

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 5:58 pm

“Tymoczko had discovered the fundamental geometric shape of two-note chords. They occupy the space of a Möbius strip, a two-dimensional surface embedded in a three-dimensional space. Music is not just something that can be heard, he realized. It has a shape.

He soon saw that he could transform more complex chords the same way. Three-note chords occupy a twisted three-dimensional space, and four-note chords live in a corresponding but impossible-to-visualize four-dimensional space. In fact, it worked for any number of notes — each chord inhabit ed a multidimensional space that twisted back on itself in unusual ways — a non-Euclidean space that does not adhere to the classical rules of geometry. A physicist friend told him that these odd multidimensional spaces were called orbifolds — a name chosen by the graduate students of Princeton mathematician William Thurston, who first described them in the 1970s. In the 1980s, physicists found a few applications for orbifolds in arcane areas of string theory. Now Tymoczko had discovered that music exists in a universe of orbifolds.”

A Grand Unified Theory of Music. I’m deep into writing the charts for this years’ show, and certainly believe that some kind of symmetry exists in all these notes. Of course, that could just be the result of blurry eyes.

December 26, 2011

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 8:48 am

“The world will never starve for wonder, but only for the want of wonder”

G.K. Chesterton

December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 6:36 pm

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December 22, 2011

The Corruption of America

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:47 pm

Pretty much sums it up. Long, long read, but worth it.

December 21, 2011

In A Hole in the Ground There Lived a Franchise

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 8:08 pm

Hooray!

December 18, 2011

My Idea! Ha HAA!!!!

Filed under: Computing,Technology — jasony @ 7:49 pm

My idea for GPS and terrain intelligent cruise control, which I blogged about a year or so ago, is in development. Sweet! I knew that this one was only a matter of time. It’s good to know that I can have an occasional good idea- seems like everywhere you go somebody has thought of something already.

Hmm… wonder if I can call Volkswagen for a credit? 🙂

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 7:36 pm

“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

Terry Pratchett

December 17, 2011

Principle

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:24 am

“The depressing part is how safe a bet it is that [people will] go back to being oblivious the moment their direct interests aren’t threatened. They’ll cheer for the next tax hike, the next round of environmental feel-goodism, the next political “fix” for the next transient market failure – and never notice that by doing so they’re creating the political conditions in which malignant growths like SOPAs inevitably flourish.

So here’s a clue: the only way to keep your freedom – on the Internet or anywhere else – is to defend everyone else’s freedom as well, by keeping your government tiny and starved and rigidly constrained in what it can do. Otherwise, the future you’re begging for is SOPAs without end.”

worth reading.

Pizza-Gun!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:11 am

“For the rest of the semester, a Rutherford County elementary student has to eat lunch at the “silent table” for allegedly waving around a slice of pizza some say resembled a gun…He’s being punished because “some students reported he was making some threatening hand gestures, that he was shooting other kids at the table and they reported it to a teacher…I realize some might say we are going overboard but the principal is just trying to use an abundance of caution and send the message that we don’t play about guns and it’s not something we joke around about,” he said.

To that, Taylor said her son knows he shouldn’t play with guns.

“We don’t have a gun in the house,” she said. “He plays with light sabers. He’s a big Star Wars fan.”

link

But aren’t un-eaten slices vaguely knife-shaped? I mean, he was only making the pizza safer.

And wait… it’s bad to shoot someone, but gutting them is okay? Well, I’m glad that’s cleared up!

December 15, 2011

Calvin’s Handiwork

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:58 pm

HTTP Status Cats – a set on Flickr

Filed under: Computing,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 3:54 pm

HTTP Status Cats – a set on Flickr: “”

(Via .)

303 is my favorite

Doing the Important Experiments

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 3:49 pm

MAKE | Dropping a Cannonball into a Tub Full of Mercury: “”

(Via .)

Great comments, too.

Rule of Law

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 12:31 pm

*UPDATED*

Congress passes the Indefinite Detention Powers act. (aka the “National Defense Authorization Act”, but hey, let’s call a spade a spade…).

Just ask yourself what the reaction would have been if the previous president had passed this the previous congress had passed this. Thanks to friend Sean for pointing out that it is Congress, not Presidents, that actually pass laws. I know this, but when was the last time that an unpopular bill wasn’t laid at the feet of Congress? Technically, congress passed the recent Health Care bill, but there’s a reason that it is called (even at the President’s own insistence), Obama-care.

Still, I agree with Sean that the NDAA is a horrible bill. Shame on both parties for this stinker. But evidence pretty strongly suggests that it doesn’t matter what we think any longer.

I actually called my Representative’s office in Washington this morning to voice my unhappiness with the SOPA bill that’s in markup today. I mentioned sotto-voce “not that it matters what a constituent says”. Her attitude, pretty plainly, was of course not!. Have a nice day!

December 14, 2011

Quoth

Filed under: Maker,Quoth — jasony @ 6:29 pm

“In almost all the varied walks of life, amateurs have more freedom to experiment and innovate. The fraction of the population who are amateurs is a good measure of the freedom of a society.”
Freeman Dyson, In Praise of Amateurs

CSI Just Became Outdated

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 12:22 pm

New software dramatically simplifies addition of objects to photos: “”

(Via .)

December 13, 2011

Quoth

Filed under: Politics,Quoth — jasony @ 10:51 am

“Much of what we think of as “normal” behavior in a consumer society strikes me as wasteful and vulgar. But it’s a disdain I tend to keep quiet about, for at least two reasons:

I find that, as little as I like excess and overconsumption, voicing that dislike gives power to people and political tendencies that I consider far more dangerous than overconsumption. I’d rather be surrounded by fat people who buy too much stuff than concede any ground at all to busybodies and would-be social engineers…

…I do not – ever – want to be one of those people. And just by being a white, college-educated American from an upper-middle-class SES, I’m in a place where honking about overconsumption sounds even to myself altogether too much like crapping on the aspirations of poorer and browner people who have bupkis and quite reasonably want more than they have.”

from Why I Love Wal-Mart in Spit of Never Shopping There.

We generally avoid Wal-Mart, opting instead for the nearer and neater Target, but I like this guy’s point.

December 12, 2011

Work It

Filed under: Business,Music — jasony @ 9:30 pm

If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers

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