February 20, 2008



Clarke's Third Law: Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

Foote's Corollary to Clarke's Third Law: Sufficiently advanced cheap hacks are indistinguishable from technology

See also: Clark's Law

Update: I actually did write this post well in advance of the news...


Thoughts While Ripping My Krautrock Collection



So I thought I knew minimalism...

No, not DWR. The usual Kahunas. Reich, Glass, Adams. Some of my favorite music: definitely tickles whatever symphonic Asperger's neural feedback is going on in my cortex. (Tim Page, in his eloquent essay on the subject, talks about his shock of recognition upon first hearing Reich's Music for 18 Musicians.) I had a similar shock and have been a connoisseur of the minimal, a fan of the drone, ever since I can remember.

So it's a true pleasure to discover an unsung master in Charlemagne Palestine. Right now I'm listening to -- technically blasting -- Schlingen-Blängen, which is more than an hour of a single organ chord. While some neurotypicals might find that tedious, I find it gorgeous. You see, there's all sorts of things going on in the music: harmonics, beats, overtones, pedal tones: a symphony's worth of rolling gorgeousness. Or more. It's just great.



Think you are rational?

I love these concrete demonstrations of human irrationality.

Play the "door game" and see for yourself.

February 18, 2008


One of the few pieces of gear I don't really need right now...

It's the Scrotum Smasher from Metasonix .

February 17, 2008


Ahhh... that's better...

Blogging from my own domain... no more nasty banner ads, yuck.
Come on by, y'all!

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