Archive for May 2008



No, not the Weird Al Yankovic song. Some folks have made a generative music project called Sound of Ebay.

Whatever algorithm they are using and however they are doing this, the idea is very interesting indeed. The project basically fetches the information on your Ebay account to generate music.
Anyway, listen to my Ebay account’s music here:
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A relatively similar project made using Lily and recorded into a video titled “Finally found a use for the NY times” can be viewed at Vimeo. This project basically turns the data available on the web page into music. Apparently Lily has other uses as well but I am too lazy to read the pages.





Last night, while I was in bed, I remembered this short story titled “Scene” from the collection Suburban Sketches by William Dean Howells. I am not really a fan of realist writing but for some reason I had the imagery of this little short story in my mind, for some reason. I don’t do this and I actually try not to associate words with images – can images ever substitute words? Anyway, this collection of short stories depict the suburban life of people in Old Charlesbridge, and “Scene” is about a young women who drowns herself. She is found dead by the community, who are pretty curious to see what had happened. One of the townspeople says “It was the best thing she cuold do,” creating a story in his mind. The narrator responds: “Upon this answer that literary soul fell at once to patching himself up a romantic story for the suicide, after the pitiful fashion of this fiction-ridden age, when we must relate everything we see to something we have read. He was the less to blame for it, because he could not help it; but certainly he is not to be praised for his associations with the tragic fact brought to his notice.”

Anyway, after this brief introduction, I’d like to quote what I really like about this piece:
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Just learnt this interesting web service from Kevin and got an invitation to the alpha testing.  Seesmic is said to be “Twitter but with video” and apparently the flow of responses are intense.

So, you want a  invitation?

Leave a comment that makes sense, and I’ll send you one to the email you provide.  First come, first served.


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