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Archive for January, 2007

Iannis Xenakis Music Software

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Fans of my Whitney Music Box will certainly want to check out IanniX, a highly graphical music composition software program based a pioneering system (UPIC) developed by the late Iannis Xenakis. Xenakis was an influential stochastic composer who had a background in architecture (he was the principal designer behind the Philips Pavillion at the 1958 […]

Holy Crap! It’s MINDPOWER!!

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

MINDPOWER is a brand new self-working magic trick I made, in which the computer actually reads your mind, using subtle hints from the way you move the mouse, as well as the little-known but very useful ESP opcode in the Intel instruction set. Using these techniques, the computer is able to not only guess your […]

Good Stuff: Sophe Lux

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

I’ve always been a sucker for bands and artists that rock critics deride as “pretentious”. Thirty years ago, I aspired to be Rick Wakeman in his heyday, wearing a floor length golden cape, and surrounded by banks and banks of mellotrons, synthesizers and organs, the London Philharmonic, and a choir; making a truly majestic noise […]

Puzzle Updates

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

This month, I’ve made a couple of minor changes to the puzzle pages, in response to feedback from puzzle solvers like you. Firstly, I have added a scratch area to my collection of Tough Sudoku Puzzles, as shown here. My Super-Tough and Insane puzzles have always had this extra grid for working out the puzzle […]

Three essential third party Mac Apps

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

I’ve acquired a nice little collection of third party apps, freeware and shareware, since switching to a Mac recently. There are three that deserve special mention, because they work together to make using the Mac an even more efficient and harmonious experience, especially if you are multitasking. QuickSilver My first few days using the Mac, […]

Wolfgang’s Vault

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Wolfgang’s Vault has an impressive collection of live recordings of concerts at the Fillmore East, Fillmore West and other Bill Graham venues. The concerts cover a period from the mid 1960s to the 1980s and include many famous bands in their prime, include Cream, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, James Brown, David Bowie and others. They […]

Installing PerlMagick on OSX

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

I have built up a pretty large collection of cool perl scripts that use the Image::Magick perl extensions – some of these are documented in Flickr Hacks. Recently I switched to a using a Mac, and I’ve been having a devil of a time using these scripts, because they require ImageMagick, and LWP, and I […]