Vim, and other fun

I’m listening to the Scissor Sisters I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ while writing a blog post in vim, using my fancy new razer chroma keyboard I might add. Don’t worry, I think some of the following may be at least in some way interesting. Vim is a really fun text-editor. Having started using emacs, and got pretty far with it, but always felt like it was bloated and for people who were way smarter than me, I decided to switch last night. Another way of not doing my dissertation I suppose. I’ve seen a lot more people on my course...…

Who Shot JR?

So, this is a question that people ask, and the fact that people ask it says some things about how people work, so I’m gonna say what I think those things are. Demographic data for me for contextual reasons: I am a 22 year old white man from Western Europe who lived in the Middle East for a segment of my life, then did a computing degree at a semi-arts university in London. I just about know who JR was. My understanding is that he was some kind of patriarch character in a position of authority in a television show...…

Lissajous Diagrams

I’ve made a few different lissajous diagrams now, but initially it took me a while to figure out what was going on. When I googled for explanations, they were all either too ‘mathsy’ for me, or they were links to a live-coding environment called lissajous by Kyle Stetz (awesome live-coding environment btw). Lissajous diagrams are very straightforward. They are just a cartesian co-ordinate system like you used in middle school, with one signal assigned to the x axis and another (usually related) signal assigned to the y axis. Yes, that’s it. Super easy. Lissajous diagrams are often used in DAW...…

America by the numbers

The following are metrics illustrating my recent trip to the U.S. Steps walked: 138,824 Distance walked: 102.60km States: 4 (MA, RI, CT, and NY. ME too if you count flight time, which I don’t) Fancy universities walked through: 3 (MIT, Harvard, and NYU) Sleeping locations: 4 Tweets Tweeted: 25 Metro journeys taken: 13 Amtrak journeys taken: 2 New users of Meyda: 1 Lines of code: 132ish Lines of coke: 0 Drinks drank: 5 College sweaters bought: 2 Miscommunication problems: 5 Photos taken: 430 Likes on America related Facebook posts: 78 Blog posts written (on the topic, rather than while I...…

America! (fuck yeah)

I’m on a holiday in America at the moment. Flew into Boston on Monday morning, spent Monday and Tuesday walking around MIT, downtown Boston, and Harvard. I absolutely freaking love it. It’s such a nice atmosphere. The universities are so so different to Goldsmiths, they have huge campuses, but still have a real sense of community. The buildings at Harvard are fantastic - they have a cohesive aesthetic that oozes history. MIT is slightly different. A few older buildings, but it’s definitely a university that’s recently undergone big development. The Ray and Maria Stata center is just spectacular, as is...…

Right, well, I'm shit at blogs

So, I intended to write on this blog quite often, and I’ve totally failed. My last post was over 6 months ago. Since then I have done some things, which I will describe below. I’ve had a pretty good 6 months. I wrote some code, probably, though not as much as I would’ve liked, nor exactly the kind I would’ve liked. I worked, I travelled, all sorts. 6 Months ago I was attending Music Hack Day Cannes, which you can read about in my previous post. The short of it is that I wrote some C++ there. I’ve since written...…

Midem Music Hack Day

I’m at the Innovation Factory at Midem, about to watch the hackers demo what they’ve been working on over the weekend. I’ve seen some awesome things. Leap motion Bieber swatting. Awesome, complex webgl visualisations, powered by an echonest music sync library. A way to DJ using track sources from Spotify. Awesome hacks all round, focusing on all different kinds of applications and using a wide variety of technology. …

People can afford to live in San Francisco?

This’ll be a quick post this evening. So I was checking out things to do for the summer, and I thought it’d be cool to have a look at working, maybe doing an internship, at a cool San Francisco tech company. I’ve always wanted to move out there for a bit, it seems a bit like ‘the promised land’ full of tech jobs, success stories and self-expression. Naturally I’m aware that it doesn’t always go well for people there. I’ve been told by numerous friends that there’s an incredible number of homeless people, and there are problems with gentrification. I’ve...…

My maths is wrong

I started thinking about a way to encode lossless music that would be a much lower size than wav encoding. Obviously, I should spend my time researching FLAC rather than coming up with my own encodings, but I thought I might have something. I no longer think I have something. It started in a Music Computing 2 class taught by my course director Freida Abtan. I found that class particularly interesting, we were thinking about how to extract loads of data from the movement of a slider (or a potentiometer, or some other vaguely linear* control system.) Rather than just...…

I'm awake at 3:40 am

Not burning the candle, but doing it at both ends I’m writing a blog post now at ridiculous o’clock. According to the codeoclock api, it’s still Code O’Clock. It doesn’t feel like Code O’Clock though… I’ve been staying up way too late, working too hard, and not giving myself any time off at all. It sucks. I tried to take a night off last Saturday. I even got as far as the entrance to the cinema. Sadly, the film I wanted to see (The Fifth Estate, which despite factual innaccuracies according to Assange I hypothesise will still be an interesting...…