免费人做人爱的视频免费For someone who doesn’t read tarot, I sure have a lot of tarot decks. Not as many as I have of loteria decks, but still, a bunch. I’ve been thinking I should do something about that, and since I don’t really want to get rid of any decks, I guess the part that’s left to change is whether I read them.
But I haven’t really done any reading since high school, and even then I was relying on the little white book a lot. I’d like to be able to actually, you know, read these things, not just look up meanings in a pamphlet.
So, this project. I’m calling it my 2020 Tarot Project, but it’s going to take at least a year and a half to finish. I’m going to pick one card a week, every week, and look at that card in several decks, giving myself at least a few days to think about what I see in them and what that card might mean to me. Then I’m going to write it up.
After some soldering of patch cables and messing around with layout, I think I’ve got my electric fiddle pedalboard set up the way I want it:
The signal chain goes: Tuner -> Equalizer -> Pitch Fork -> Delay -> Loop Station -> Reverb. I’ll have to see if I want to switch the looper and the reverb, but I think this is how I’ll use it for now, at least until I’ve got a good sense of what I can do with it in this configuration.
The heart of this is really that Pitch Fork, which lets me play in the cello range. First time playing out with it, I got compliments on the sound, so I’m glad it’s not just me that likes it. I should experiment more with what it can do with other intervals than just octaves, but it’s such a good octave pedal…
I’ve been using the $30 Netgear EX3700 wifi range extender as a cheap utility box for wifi projects — setting up a small 802.11b network to serve devices which only speak that flavor in an area which only allows a/ac/g/n, for example. I keep having to look up the steps each time, so I figured I should write them down and have them all in one place:
By George Saunders, Professor of Music and Dancing
On a recent episode of Get Up in the Cool, I heard a neat tune called “Nickerson’s Reel”. It’s kind of a mix of “Possum up a Gum Stump” and “Year of Jubilo”, and apparently it comes from the book named in the title of this post. I did a quick search for the book, and I couldn’t find an easily downloadable version, so I made one, thanks to the Digital Library of South Dakota.
I like the tune, and although it’s got a listing in the Traditional Tune Archive, they don’t list any recorded sources for it. I can’t find anybody playing it on Youtube, or any references at AllMusic either. Is this one of those tunes that nobody would be playing any more if it hadn’t been written down? Maybe there’s some value in notation after all…
Again inspired by Janelle Shane, I trained a recurrent neural net on 30,000 romance titles available in ebook form from my public libraries, the King County Library System and the Seattle Public Library. I used these instructions to put together the torch-rnn installation and process the data set, and I have to admit I don’t understand how any of that works. I might take a look at textgenrnn, next. I don’t understand it, either, but it looks like it comes with a little more understandable documentation.
In any case, here are romance book titles, straight out of the program, with no manual filtering on my part. “Temperature” is a setting for, I think, how similar the output is to the input, with lower numbers being more similar to the original and higher numbers being more “creative”. It’s also available as a Mastodon bot. Continue reading “Neural Net Romance Book Titles”
You know what the Mandela Effect is, right? It’s the way a lot of people share the same false memory — whether Nelson Mandela died in prison, say, or whether the name of the book series is the Beren免费人做人爱的视频免费 Bears or the Berenstain Bears. Some people use this as evidence that we’re living in a computer simulation which has some glitches, or that we’re living in an alternate reality split off from the one they remember from before.
Here’s one that just occurred to me, as I saw yet another person refer to the EFF as the Electronic Freedom Foundation and get immediately corrected — it’s the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and always has been.
Except … had it always been the Electronic Frontier Foundation a few years ago? Or is that a more recent development? Has the past been changing on us? I definitely remember it being the Electronic Freedom Foundation at one point in its early history and then changing its name, something that most definitely did not happen in this timeline. But there are echoes of the timeline I remember, if you look.
Take the press release announcing the formation of the EFF, archived by Steve Jackson Games, one of the entities responsible for its formation: “ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION INTRODUCED IN WASHINGTON 7-10-90” Pretty unambiguous, that. But what’s this, partway down the page?
Kapor repeatedly emphasized that the Electronic Freedom Foundation isn’t a “hackers defense fund.” “Unauthorized intrusion into computer systems is improper behavior and should be illegal,” he declared. EFF’s purpose is to see that First Amendment rights aren’t trampled in overreaction to real or imaginary threats posed by computer crackers.
(Emphasis mine.) Huh. What do contemporaneous news reports call it?
Ok, mostly they call it the Electronic Frontier Foundation. But not always.
Obviously it could be the case that the New York Times and Washington Post and Computerworld just made mistakes in their reporting. It happens. But what if we’re in a transitional period where the effects of some disruption to the space-time continuum are still rippling? What if that weasel in the Large Hadron Collider really did split off an alternate reality back in 2016, and the effects of the split haven’t stabilized yet?
I’ll check back in a couple years and see if history has changed again. Or more likely I won’t, since if it has, I probably won’t have made this post or remember having made it.
I’ll start off with my favorite Folklife moment in years:
I was in the beer garden in hospitality this afternoon, and there was a large fiddle tune circle set up in half of one of the larger tents. The tent was set up with benches such that it was divided in two, and in the other half of the tent some latin percussionists were hanging out. One of them had a pair of bongos that he’d been playing along to the fiddle tunes with, quietly enough that I don’t think any of the fiddlers could hear him. I was standing between the two halves of the tent, though, and it sounded great. After a few tunes, someone else from the band came with congas, and those were much more audible. Some of the fiddlers got up from their seats and came over to the percussion half of the tent, and everyone jammed on this tune, and it was great. I think the only other time I’ve seen something like that happen since John Ross (who ran the band scramble) died was when a couple of busking bands combined forces, and even then, they were both kind of americana jug band-y groups. Continue reading “Folklife 2018 Thoughts”
There’s a thing going around on Facebook where you post the covers of ten “all-time favorite albums that made an impact & are on your rotation list, even if only now & then”. You’re supposed to do one a day and tag someone else to participate each day. I hate doing that kind of thing, but it was interesting for me to see which ten albums came to mind first. It was these, in no particular order:
Last weekend’s Portland Old Time Music Gathering was a blast; I’m glad it wasn’t snowed in this year like it was last year. I got in at least ten hours of jamming over the weekend, and came back with a list of tunes that I wanted to remember were good jam tunes. Some I already knew, a lot I didn’t. Here’s the list, in no particular order (with youtube links for examples, where I can find them):Continue reading “Tunes From Portland Jams”
Speaking of old-time tune names, can anyone help me ID some tunes whose names I didn’t catch at jams at the Portland Old-Time Gathering last weekend?
I think this one might be a version of Kenny Baker’s “Freda”, filtered through Carthy Sisco and then Jeanie Murphy and Scott Marckx. That’s definitely the provenance of the tune, anyway — I just missed the name.
Update: That one’s in the Tractor Tavern book as “Frieda”, arranged by Carthy Sisco, so I got that one right.
I didn’t catch the name of this one at all. It might have had “spring” or “string” in the title? It starts off like Macklemoyle’s, but I don’t think it’s a version of that.
Update: that one is “Spring in the Valley”, by Tom McCreesh.
If he said what this one was called, I didn’t hear it.
Update: This one is “Old Buzzard”, a little different from the Doc Roberts source.