Creating Art with S Memo

In the last year or so, I’ve been creating art—mostly portraits—using S Memo on my cellphone. S Memo is like a simplified version of Microsoft Windows Paint: you get some drawing tools (pencil, brush, marker), an eraser, a text tool, a customizable color palette, and an undo function. The whole thing began when I decidedContinue reading “Creating Art with S Memo”

R.I.P., Macintosh Performa 636CD

Finally, I got rid of my old Macintosh Performa 636CD, which I bought in the mid-1990s. On it I had Mark of the Unicorn’s Perfomer software, version 5.5. With Performer I recorded all of my albums beginning with 1994’s Oleanders through 2010’s Swing ‘n’ Swive (The Jogovision Song Contest 2011 was recorded with Cakewalk). TheContinue reading “R.I.P., Macintosh Performa 636CD”

A popular and ignorant rumor

“This is the final demolition of this popular and ignorant rumor that the basis of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s music is electronics.  They make music the way people have made music since the world began.  First of all, they’re musicians.  They have an accurate ear for harmony.  They work very hard.  They have aContinue reading “A popular and ignorant rumor”

Lytro’s Light Field camera

California-based company Lytro has developed a camera with a sophisticated lens array that allows the user to take a photo without worrying about focus, either manually or automatically. Afterwards, the user can choose the point of focus. The camera also works in low-light conditions. This technology reminds me of the scene in Bladerunner where Harrison Ford’sContinue reading “Lytro’s Light Field camera”

Necomimi / 猫耳

Musician Ryūichi Sakamoto tries on a pair of Neurowear’s necomimi (“cat’s ears”), which responds to one’s emotional state.  They perk up when you’re excited or happy, droop when you’re sad or relaxed, and so on. According to Reuters, Neurowear says the necomimi will be available for sale in the spring, at a price of “several hundredContinue reading “Necomimi / 猫耳”