In addition to the other things I mentioned earlier there is also this:
Update: I had the wrong day for IgniteNYC. It’s tomorrow night!
On Thursday, March 4th I will be a contestant on geek Jeopardy at IgniteNYC. I’ll be over here brushing up on my “knowledge of the entire internet.” It’s at Galapagos art space in DUMBO, doors open at 6:30pm. The other contestants are Megan MacMurray and Baratunde Thurston, hosted by Gabe as Fake Alex Trebek.
Alright so I abandoned the comic I was making yesterday when I watched the closing ceremonies to the Olympics. Did you see that? The giant beavers, hockey players, moose, mounties? The dancing leaf babes? The voyageurs and the lumberjacks? It was unbelievable. And so here in remembrance of that display are some Canadian stereotypes to enjoy.
For my Multimedia 1 class tomorrow we’ll be covering audio, looking at interviewing as a form. I’m going to play an excerpt of an interview with Ira Glass from one of my longtime favorite podcasts, The Sound of Young America. I’m most interested in the last part, which starts around 33:38.
As part of the weekly homework assignment we’ll listen to a Studs Terkel piece from Fresh Air.
Tonight I’ll be going to the final workshop at Trade School. The topic being the future of the school itself:
As people with creative projects, we understand the value of creative labor regardless of its market value. Why don’t we share our resources? What happens when we decide how much our work is worth to each other? Let’s trade our skills, spaces, and objects.
It says there aren’t any seats available, but I’m going to swing by anyway. Starts at 7pm.
Friday through Sunday there’s the Social Media Art Camp (or “SMartCAMP”) conference that I’ll be attending.
David Chancellor got 3rd place in the People in the News category from the World Press Photo awards.
Local villagers fall upon the body of a dead elephant, starved of meat they reduce the huge carcass to bones in under 2 hours.
24 hours later the bones have also gone, all that’s visible are the fresh tracks from the remaining elephants returning to Mozambique under cover of darkness.
Well, kind of, thanks to a company that custom builds text-to-speech voices. Ebert’s new voice is compiled from his vast accumulated archive of reviews and commentary tracks.
CereProc didn’t need to hear me speaking a specific word in order for my “voice” to say it. They needed lots of words to determine the general idea of how I might say a word. They transcribed and programmed and tweaked and fiddled, and early this February, sent me the files for a beta version of my voice. I played it for Chaz, and she said, yes, she could tell it was me. For one thing it knew exactly how I said “I.”
CereProc is now blending in my audio snippets for “Casablanca,” where I sound enthusiastic, and “Floating Weeds,” where I sound calm and respectful. It’s nice to think of all these great movies sloshing around and coming out as my voice.
A great interview with the former head sound guy at Apple. The intro is in Dutch but the interview itself continues in English.
A gentleman in the comments with a NSFW user icon offers this bit of HTML geekery:
If you look at the Apple’s website source code, the element containing their copyright notice it’s actually called “sosumi”