The Justified Ancients of #1 hit songs!

2006-Jan-29

This article, a copy of a “manual” by the KLF, is fascinating. Part “howto”, part philosophy screed, part gag. All good.

Get to the Top of the Pops baby!


Reason 3.0

2006-Jan-27

So, after six months of lust, I broke down and purchased Reason 3.0 and it arrived yesterday. Finally. (Damn delays at customs! (Thankfully no additional costs.))

I’d been playing around with 2.5 for ages, then I got super busy with work and had no time nor inspiration. But things have slowed down a tiny bit and I’ve regained the desire to muck around with music – $600 and 5 days later, and I have this expensive toy sitting on my machine.

I’ve now been playing with 3.0 for a solid week and have cranked out a bunch of sketches. The new m-class mastering devices are very nice; I particularly like the stereo imager. The combinator is a great organizational tool. I’ve always had a few device configs that kept showing up across a lot of songs and this allows me to save and recall them instantly. However from what I’m seeing online, this is just the surface of what the combinator is good for; live performers (ie. not me) are going to get a kick out of the stuff that the combinator enables, though I guess most live guys go for Ableton Live now.

Overall, decent product, but I’m just a dabbler rather than a full-time musician.

PS. I’ll be putting MP3s of my stuff up for ridicule in the near future.


Lost in Transition (MacBook Pro commentary)

2006-Jan-11

Unsanity.org: Lost in Transition: Overcane of Antflower Milk

Interesting, if rantish, piece on the new MacBook Pro’s feature differences from the PowerBook. Some significant, some not.
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Feeling validated

2006-Jan-05

The past 10 months have gone by in a blur. I started work at a new company (my present employer) which took me from the alternate-reality of multi-million dollar outsourced government projects to furiously trying to keep afloat in a technology startup. I’ve been busier than the proverbial one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. I love it (despite being kinda negative about things for the past month), and today I love it just a little bit more. 🙂
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OOAD Primer

2006-Jan-04

Managing Change through OOAD by Ken Sipe

Excellent article that quickly distills key OOAD concepts. Such as:

A common practice for jump starting OO analysis is to look at the use case or stories for nouns. These nouns will be our first set of objects, often referred to as “Business Objects”, because they reflect or often trace back directly to real business entities. As the set of business objects grows, we start to try to understand their relationship with each other. While this is a good exercise in analysis to better understand the relationships of the business, too often the analysis is what is implemented. The situation is made easier and more comfortable by the fact that the same type of activity is conducted by the DBA coming up with initial crack at the schema. However, OO is about behavior not structure.

That last line is pretty important, imho, as it is one of my personal stumbling blocks – that thing I keep having to remind myself of because my background is data-model and analysis centric.

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