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My foray into music visualization

September 16th, 2009

This summer I spent a considerable amount of energy learning new things in Processing/video editing in general. I started working on music visualizations, because it meant I could play around with ffts, particle systems, opengl, etc., and I’d have a nice soundtrack to go along with it.

Here’s what I came up with:

I saw these guys on the cover of The Coast and then checked out their myspace. Their style seemed “whacky” enough to match a fairly simple animation to their music.

The animation was very easy to program, the tricky part, I found, was adding the music and lyrics. Working on this video was learning what not to do: don’t time your lyrics based on frame rates, don’t use a fixed frame capture when your frame rate varies, try not to generate 7 gig files for a 2 minute song, and make sure you have all the codecs. I finally got it synced and uploaded about two months later.

After learning all the vital techniques from the roomdoom video, I pulled this one of largely without hitch. I think it’s my favourite, because it’s all physics.

A facebook friend pointed me to Mitchell Hunter. I was interested in doing some really reactive music visualizations, and although Hunter wasn’t my usual choice in music, I chose his music because he had a really good recording, was giving his music out for free, had the lyrics readily available on his site, and had a well-defined visual style. I made this video in less than 24 hours, well, plus a day because I recorded the audio with the wrong settings the first time.

I have a few other ideas for music visuals in the back of my mind now, although I haven’t quite found the right song for them yet. It’s going to take me some time to realize them, because I’m back to studying physics for the term. The next few things I release will be science visualizations.

Twitter vs. Facebook

April 28th, 2009

It seems like right now is the height of the Twitter bandwagon, compared to the Facebook bandwagon about a year and a half ago. The media coverage of Twitter seems to be overwhelmingly positive. I mean, if Oprah’s doing it, it must be good, right? When Facebook appeared, the coverage was largely negative: “It will ruin your future career opportunities!” “It’s addictive!” “No privacy!”.

It’s kind of ridiculous. The privacy controls on Facebook are stricter than those of Twitter, and both are equally addictive. But I suppose to middle-aged people, it’s perfectly okay for them to overshare their personal lives on Twitter, but 18-21 year-olds posting photos of themselves at parties = end of the world.

This is what physics majors do when their experimental apparatus looks like a sailboat…

March 14th, 2009

… they put a masthead and a flag on it and pretend to be pirates.

Here’s a video of the thing in action:

Nonlinear Oscillator

John takes on Ben Wedge

February 26th, 2009

Last week, self-styled conservative columnist Ben Wedge used everyone’s favourite soapbox (the Dal Gazette’s opinion pages) to espouse a radical view on Canadian economics - Abortion hurting birth rates in Canada

Here’s a few prize clips from the piece:

“The data shows that people are more concerned about their careers than their (currently non–existent) family, especially young, professional women like the ones attending this university. As people put off raising a family and opt for only one child, if any, Canada moves further into this hole, since it will take even longer for children to come of age and contribute to our economy.”

In the next paragraph he tries to backtrack and not make it seem like he’s just accused feminism of causing the current recession, but still doesn’t explain who’s going to take care of all these new un-aborted babies. He finishes by saying:

“With one of the world’s highest abortion rates, we need to take a serious look at this issue and preferably cut back on the abortions that are performed merely upon request, for the sake of our future.”

The only good (or rather, reasonable) arguments against abortion are either religious, or a question of ethics (usually couched in religion). Using some bad correlations and factual inaccuracies to find a link between abortion and the economy is just stupid.

This week John wrote back:

“Ireland had an emigration problem, not an abortion problem. Abortion was illegal in Ireland before 1982, and the only change the country made that year was to enshrine that belief in its constitution. Since then, as is common with improved economic power, Ireland’s abortion rate has continued to increase. There is no statistical collation between the legal status of abortion and the rate of abortion in a county, so these results make perfect sense.”

“Ignoring the many obvious problems with this line of reasoning, I’ll say only this: Canada’s growth rate is 0.9 per cent, and the U.S. growth rate rounds to 0.9 per cent. How is this possible with our lower birth rate? Simple: our multicultural policies and welcoming immigration views mean our population growth due to immigration is nearly twice that of the U.S.”

I think he did a pretty good job, but what do I know? I’m just a woman attending university who doesn’t plan on having a family for the next ten years… and his girlfriend.

My blogging brings all the boys to the yard

February 26th, 2009

… and they’re like, “meh it’s alright”.

I’ve migrated my blog to wordpress. And it only took an hour (most of that time was spent waiting for files to upload).

Don’t expect any regular entries until this summer.

Job + first quantum processing picture

July 28th, 2008




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Originally uploaded by milankie

I finally got another part time job to replace my post office job - with one month of Summer to go. I’ll be working as a web editor/ assistant to the director of health for the International Student and Exchange Office. It pays more than any other job I’ve applied for (about %50 more than the Post Office) and continues during the school year.

I’ve also started putting the quantum lab’s data into Processing. Click on the image to find out more.

Also, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and joined Twitter. Since most of my work are office jobs now, it will most likely just be a monotonous outlet for my boredom/ computer related frustrations.

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Joe’s big win

June 30th, 2008

My cousin Joe won second place in a race in special Olympics in Ohio. I’m posting this mostly because this is now one of my favourite photos.

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He’s the kid with his hands in the air.

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DISP stole my Halloween

October 31st, 2006

It is 10:34pm. I can hear groups of people in the hallway heading out, or returning from, various Halloween related activities. What about me?
Well, I had class starting at 9, and at 4 I had the quiz from hell (It had bio and psyche. I hate memorization. I hate memorization. I don’t care about the difference between the rough endoplasmic reticulum and the smooth endoplasmic reticulum and I never want to see another action potential in my life.) that lasted until 5:30. I studied over six hours for this quiz and yet I was still completely unprepared. I had a huge headache all day long. When I got home, I nearly threw a fit and had to wait about twenty minutes before I could calm down. When I got back from eating dinner at 6:30, I spent the rest of the time working on my chemistry assignment and helping people with their statistics assignment over MSN. I just now finished it to my satisfaction. I another half-hour, I’m going to have to go to sleep so that I have enough energy to do everything I need to do tomorrow.
Right now I feel like quitting DISP. Or, at least, Psyche. I would prefer to get rid of bio, but I can’t. I’ll just wait and see how I did on this quiz.
Anyway, people in DISP dressed up for Halloween, since we aren’t able to leave our dorms or our lecture halls.

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Hillary, Joi, Maya. Clearly, someone has a fetish for oversized inanimate objects. I would have to say that Maya’s milk carton takes the cake. She put so much work into it and the writing on it is hillarious. (the campaign on the side not Save the Whales, but “Save The Dispers”)
More after the jump, including my costume.

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Wendy’s

October 28th, 2006

Today, I went to Wendy’s on Quinpool road with Joi, Mark, and Pierre, (or that guy and that other guy as Joi calls them). Mark was up in Halifax this weekend in order to bug people, and he came to visit me at Eliza along with Pierre, who was there for his piano lesson. I left the room for a few minutes, and when I came back I couldn’t see either of them. For a second, I was afraid I had unleashed them on the dorm without explaining the rules of the co-ed bathroom, until I heard Mark whispering. I turned around and both Mark and Pierre poked out from under my bed. I have no idea how or why they did it, just that it was the funniest thing that has happened all week and I was amazed how both of them could fit under my bed.

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I also did write an article for this week’s gazette, however it publication on my blog will be delayed until the gazette’s website is updated. If never, I will do something about it. It’s my most controversial article yet.
More pictures in the jump.

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Enter my Humble Abode

October 22nd, 2006

In case any of you non-college types were wondering what dorm life is like, I’m putting up long-delayed pictures of my room in Eliza. Since this is sort of boring and a lot of pictures may make the page load long, I’m going do something I’ve never done before and put them in an extended post.

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Oh, and btw, I live in a typical university residence with about ninety other students, not a hippie commune.

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