Monday, September 26, 2011

A Point Of Order

An interesting thing about HTML5 veers off its rails quite quickly:

Speaking of the 90s, Brett McLaughlin says:

Back in the ancient days, when electronica was cool and not called "house music"

First, the term "house music" predates the term "electronica" by over a decade, much nearer to two decades.

Second, the term "electronica" was never cool. MTV and Spin magazine invented it; it never had anything to do with where the music came from.

I hope this guy knows more about HTML5 than he does about music, but I'm not finishing his post.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Madison RubyConf In A Nutshell

People have asked me if Madison RubyConf was a good conference. This is easy to answer.

I am wearing a penguin.

It is a stolen penguin.

In addition to stealing and wearing a penguin, I heard great talks, I enjoyed giving my own talk, I learned a bunch, Rob Sanheim schooled me with his DJ skills, I got a ton of awesome research material for my music projects from Randall Thomas of EngineYard -- who's done some awesome music hacking of his own, and has the background to actually understand the stats end of AI and machine learning, where I kinda flounder and make shit up -- and everyone had a great time.

I would say the only downside was the clever restaurant employee who stole my penguin back when I wasn't looking. I'll give her credit, though, because I never even saw her coming. I don't know if she just had a natural talent for it, or if she developed the skills because people steal those penguins all the time, but she was like a penguin repo man ninja.