Tuesday, January 27, 2009

NPR on Microsoft's Songsmith

Apparently Microsoft has come out with some really advanced (if infinitely hokey) voice/pitch recognition software that builds an entire band's worth of music around a melody that you sing into the computer along with a simple drum track...

Trust me, you want to READ THIS, and check out the videos...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bits of stuff: January '09

Seems like a lot has been going on...

-The United States swore in its 44th President, its first of African American ethnicity, but it wasn't without a little bit of difficulty...

-Jess and I saw the movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which I must say was one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen, and I'm not prone to exaggeration in this regard. If you haven't seen it, I won't give anything away, but its just one of those movies that really looks at the beauty of human life and relationship in the context of our certain mortality; make every moment count.

-I had a belated birthday party this past Saturday at my friend Clemente's house, and it was a bonified blast. Friends from San Gabriel and all over came by and we ate, drank, and played Rock Band together. We topped it off with a special performance by the band I'm playing in with Clemente, called Petty Crux.
(Click HERE to check out our MySpace)

-I just found out about the true story of Roe V. Wade, and I think you should click HERE to read it. Very sobering in light of this Sunday being "Sanctity of Human Life" Sunday.

-I got my second tattoo the other night from my friend Rob's shop. He is a new friend who has started coming to my church, and it works out that he just started working at Santa Clarita tattoo a few weeks ago! In case you are unfamiliar with my tattoo "plan" (I figured I needed a plan since everyone told me "once you get one you'll want more," and I didn't want to make any rash decisions), I want to get each of the Fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. I want to get each one in a different language to symbolize the need that ALL people of ALL languages have for the gospel. I got my first one in the summer of 2006: the Japanese (Kanji) character for "Love." My second is the Hebrew word for "Joy" ("simcha") written in Hebrew. Maybe I'll post a picture soon...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Word Equation Quiz (Pt. 2)

Okay, here are the rest of the word equations from the quiz. I've talked with some of you who were working on the first half, and figured some out, but didn't post the answers, so go ahead and help those out who are stuck by posting your guesses.

13) 4= Q in a G

14) 24= H in a D

16) 1= W on a U

17) 11= P on a F T

18) 57= H V

19) 5= D in a Z C

20) 1,000= W that a P is W

21) 29= D in F in a L Y

22) 64= S on a C

23) 40= D and N of the G F

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Word Equation Quiz (part 1)

I got this from my boss at the Tutoring Club. It's a "quiz" that gives clues in the form of "word equations" which are well known phrases with numbers, in which key words have been replaced with their first letter only.

Here's an example:

26 = L of the A

The answer is: 26 Letters of the Alphabet. Make sense?

Supposedly in the three years since the test was developed, few people were able to solve more than half the 24 questions on the very first day. Many however, reported getting the answers long after the test had been set aside, particularly at unexpected moments when their minds were relaxed. In the following list, each answer is known to almost everybody. The promlem is to make the connection. Just remember, each answer is inside your head somewhere...

1) 26 = L of the A (Answer: 26 Letters of the Alphabet)

2) 7 = W of the W

3) 1,001 = A N (this was the only one out of the group I had to have the answer told to me)

4) 12 = S of the Z

5) 54 = C in a D (with the J)

6) 9 = P in the S S

7) 88 = P K

8) 32 = D F at which W F

9) 18 = H on a G C

10) 200 = D for P G in M

11) 8 = S on a S S

12) 3 = B M (SHTR)

---Alright, see how we do with the first half, and I'll post the second half later. Leave your guesses in the comments. DON'T TRY TO LOOK IT UP ON GOOGLE OR ANYTHING. If you can't figure one out and HAVE to look it up like a cheater, then don't post the answer!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

2009 So Far

Just a quick update on things in our world:

-New Years Eve we went go-kart racing with our young marrieds class, and it was awesome. My body was trapped in one big clench the entire race, and I didn't realize it until afterward when my hands wouldn't unravel from the claw shape needed to grip the wheel.

-I've made one trip to Amoeba thus far to work on my LP collection. In case I haven't bored you to tears with this info before, I have decided to start a vinyl collection. Jess got me a turntable for Christmas and two albums to get me started: Radiohead's "In Rainbows" and The Beatles' "Abbey Road." The deal is that I want to collect only my "favorite" albums (I am free to decide at any moment however, what is or isn't my favorite) Anyhoo, I went down to Amoeba with my friends and perused the rows and rows and rows of vinyl goodness, and came home with U2's "The Joshua Tree," Coldplay's "X&Y," and a couple of Steely Dan records from the dollar box: "Aja" and "The Royal Scam." I also scored a bunch of classical music records from the public library for a buck each. I've also won Led Zepplin's "II" and "IV" albums from ebay auctions, but haven't gotten them in the mail yet...

-I was clipping Maggie's paw nails last night, and accidentally cut the nail too short. Have you ever done this? The animals don't like it, and they actually bleed, so be sure you have some of that special powder on hand to help stop it. I felt really bad. It's weird to feel like you have to "make it up" to a dog somehow...

-Jess has started on novel number two, after deciding that her first work may not get published in the near future, due to the popularity of the genre she chose to write in (think Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" series). She's now writing a post-apocalyptic adventure story where a virus has wiped out all the adults on the earth, leaving all the kids to fend for themselves. Think future-world "Lord of the Flies."

-I turn 26 on the 10th of January (which will be here in about 34 minutes as I write this)...crazy.

-A student at my tutoring job gave me a Christmas card that has a picture of Santa farting into a stocking, under which the caption reads: "When he runs out of coal, Santa has to get a little more creative for the bad kids." It's funny.