Monthly ArchiveJune 2003

Uncategorized 15 Jun 2003 01:06 am


Profile of David Gunn. I have never heard of this composer, nor the Kalvos and Damian show, but his quote is amusing.

t’s face it, you can only be so creative with a teaspoon of Bacos, a cup of Rice Krispies, some Smucker’s grape jam, a can of creamed corn, two packets of Knox unflavored gelatin, five pounds of kosher salt, half a tin of Wyler’s imitation lemonade mix, and all the raisins I could pick out of a box of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran (maybe a third of a cup). I would’ve had more but I was trying to rinse the wretched sugar coating off the raisins and half of them jumped down the sink drain.

Uncategorized 14 Jun 2003 02:35 pm

Apple Music Store – Live

Apple’s music store has finally got me convinced. At first, it seemed like a good idea, but then last night the killer usage of it hit me.

I was listening to Better Than Ezra‘s Deluxe. I really dig their sound. (So, did this review apparently.) It’s rock and roll, with a bit of a southern drawl to the lyrics and the general feel of the music. I was wondering about other bands that shared that Southern heritage and the pre-grunge drive. Out of the blue, I remembered the band Live. I started humming Operation Spirit (listen) for no particular reason. So, I thought about downloading it from the store. $0.99 right?

Two clicks and a search for “Live” in iTunes, and there is the catalog. I previewed the new song, “Heaven”. Very nice. Ok, onto the real stuff. I started looking at the album, and decided to buy the whole album because I remembered other good songs on it and it’s only $9.99.

Man, almost the whole album rocks. I like some of the later stuff too, but Mental Jewelry has some great songs on it: “Pain Lies by the Riverside”, “You Are the World”, “The Beauty of Gray”, “Brothers Unaware”, “Mirror Song”, and “10,000 years (Peace is Now).”

I like the more innocent, earnest approach in their lyrics. On paper it comes off a little simplistic, but it works in voice. It’s funny to think about that time, 1991, when we were expecting a peace dividend from the cold war ending and then we jumped right into the Gulf War. At the time, I wondered if I should join up and serve. I was in college, thinking of switching to philosophy from EMACS. I’m glad I didn’t join up the service, and the jury is out on the switch to philosophy. I should have done philosphy and emacs 🙂 Either way, the music put me right back there. It is interesting to reflect on that time from this vantage (after the second gulf war, and me now really pursuing the next steps of computer science that I left off then.)

The music is not as heavy as their later stuff (Even though, the new single sounds somewhat like a return.) For me, this album has great intensity, a really driving feel. The mix is much clearer than later stuff. The bass is prominent and articulate and drives, as do the drums. You can really hear the singer’s voice, it has a slight reverb that brings out the ornamentation he adds to the line. The guitar supports well with a standard grunge sort-of-wall-of-sound.

Kristin says the angst makes her tense. Me too. It’s good. Of course, I prefer to eventually overcome my angst, but it’s good… blah blah blah. Art… blah blah suffering… blah blah…catharsis….blah blah blah. You know?

So, upshot of all this is that the Apple Music Store is truly cool. Fairly inexpensive and readily-accessible online music integrated into my music player with one-click buying and previews is truly cool. Almost as cool as the music it provides. This is especially true since I can burn it to cd or put it on my iPod. The only downfall is my pathetically slow connection at this house.

Uncategorized 13 Jun 2003 08:54 pm

Evolution of Cooperation Books: The Evolution of Cooperation

I keep forgetting to read this book.

I re-found it in James Gosling’s Sun webpage.

I was looking for more info on his research project, Jackpot. I had the same idea sort of except probably 100,000 times more simplistic and undeveloped, so I am really curious. I guess it is not a new idea, but it seems like the right way, or at least a better way. He describes it in this interview Analyze this!.

Uncategorized 13 Jun 2003 06:38 pm


What the … What is this Zorb thing?.

Apparently, Peter Gabriel uses one of these in concert to amuse himself or the audience. It sure looks like fun.

Uncategorized 13 Jun 2003 01:46 am


Now this is funny.

Uncategorized 09 Jun 2003 10:33 pm

Mr. Java Blog

James Gosling’s blog looks pretty interesting. He has a link to an Albrecht Durër book that looks worth checking out.

I found his site off of the new, web site that Sun has started as the new developer community for Java.

Apparently, they are going to open source a lot of code or something. Also, there is the new Consumer java site.
Thank you may I have another.

Uncategorized 08 Jun 2003 02:19 pm

MOPs, OO, and Open Implementations

ECA Publications

More cool papers at The root site for the Parc Software Design Area

Uncategorized 06 Jun 2003 05:47 pm


Harmonia is a research project at Berkeley that looks really cool. It is a collection of tools and work on semantic analysis of programming.

This is the kind of thing that I would go back to school to get to do.

Uncategorized 06 Jun 2003 05:45 pm

Intentional Programming

Gregor Kiczales and Charles Simonyi have this young company funded by Microsoft that is working on a new way of programming. I found this article, The Death Of Computer Languages, The Birth Of Intentional Programming by Charles Simonyi from 1995 where he first talks about his ideas for Intentional Programming. It is a really good read just in terms of looking at programming language from a distance.

By the way, CiteSeer kicks ass as a resource.