DIY internet science strange video

This is just Noise

It amazes saddens me to see what people spend so much time, effort and money on, and call art.

If you sit through the entire 10 minutes of the above video you will find probably a dozen different setups of the so called “acoustic sound sculptures” or something.  To me, all I see and hear is headache inducing white noise that I can generate for free at home in my own time, but don’t because it’s headache inducing.

One of the demonstrations I would classify as “music like.”  But that’s far from reason to go to the exhibit in San Francisco.  Or the live “performance” of it.

Still, it’s a far cry from The Creepiest Tree Ever, but it’s still noise.

Also, I spelled at least 6 words wrong with extra z’s in this post and if it wasn’t for the sheer number of red squiggle underlines that WordPress/Firefox added, I would have left them and you could see just how badly of an internet accent I’m getting.


a stumble awesome computer science

Ping yourself

What does that mean?

Ping, like Sonar.  Well i just stumbled to this pretty awesome bit of free software that uses sonar to control the power to your computer’s monitor.

It’s pretty ace.

It takes some calibration, actually, alot of calibration, and it’s not perfect (but that probably has more to do with one of my speakers hidden behind one monitor and the other facing slightly away from me, and my microphone haphazardly placed under my monitor).  But when it works, it’s pretty neat.  The only thing I think that would make it better is if instead of putting my monitor to sleep, it just brought up the screen saver.

The black bar is the results if gets from sending out the ping, when it drops below the red bar, it thinks you’re gone, so turns off the monitor.  The gaps in the red bar are when I’m active on the computer, so it knows I’m here regardless.

Now, I have almost no use for this, because as I was watching some full screen hulu, it turned off my monitor, but if I were to walk away with music still playing, it didn’t do anything, so it needs some work, but hey, it’s a great concept.

(Note, my problems could be because of my set up (as i said before with my speakers), but more because of right behind me is a bookshelf, but I’m not gonna worry too much about it)

You should give it a try