Archive for December, 2008

Li Wei

Picture Via Yemii

.::Check out -> The Art of Li Wei

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Posted: December 10th, 2008
at 8:41am by Black Ock


Categories: art,contemporary

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Japanese Show of the Week #23

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This is bad quality, not to mention, done already albeit in different ways.AA But it bears repeating - especially for you sleepyheads that forgot we had features.

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Posted: December 10th, 2008
at 7:13am by Black Ock


Categories: japanese video of the week

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Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun

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They need to do a gubernatorial remix of this joint.AA I don’t know how well that lil’ place is doing since Katrina, however.

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Posted: December 10th, 2008
at 4:13am by Black Ock


Categories: music,primary sources

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Question

Have you signed up for the MNP Newsletter yet?AA Just checking.

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Posted: December 9th, 2008
at 1:43pm by Black Ock


Categories: mnp features

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Medicinal Mushies

Image is from Garden Guides.  It shows Oyster Mushrooms grown from the Fungi Perfecti Kit.

Not sure what to buy that zooted friend on your Christmas list? Look no further, Fungi Perfecti has easy-to-do pre-packaged mushroom gardens for cheap. Just remember us when you do your shopping. One of those things could really enhance a ninja’s stir-fry. Thanks to Erin for the link!

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Fungi Perfecti offers a wide variety of Certified Organic Indoor Mushroom Patchesa"¢. Each kit comes with illustrated instructions and is guaranteed to produce. After these indoor kits stop producing, many of them can be used as spawn to inoculate outdoor garden composts and/or hardwood logs (see "Maximizing Your Mycelial Mileage"). We hope you come to love mushrooms and mushroom growing as much as we do.

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Posted: December 9th, 2008
at 10:16am by Black Ock


Categories: life,grub,science

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Dancing Lessons from the Godfather

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James Brown… not to be confused with Jim Brown. For further clarification, see video below.
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Posted: December 9th, 2008
at 8:04am by Black Ock


Categories: youtube,weaponry,9th dan

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DROBO - Data Storage Robot

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This is the true God for any Geek on your Christmas list. How bad do you want a DROBO, Mr. Geek? Bad enough to ask for one for Christmas? Bad enough to watch the ridiculous commercial below?

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Posted: December 8th, 2008
at 1:25pm by Black Ock


Categories: computers

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Foto del Dia 12.8

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Posted: December 8th, 2008
at 11:50am by Black Ock


Categories: politricks,photo

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The New Yorker on Auto-Tune

The video below is meant as a visual aid to the New Yorker piece quoted further down.

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Most of the time, Auto-Tune is used imperceptibly, to correct flat or sharp notes. The New York producer Tom Beaujour, who records rock bands that sound nothing like contemporary R. & B. or pop, says that it gets used, in one way or another, in almost every session that he works on. Often, it solves logistical problems: an artist has left the studio and has no opportunity to return just to re-sing one or two off notes.

But pitch correction has also taken on a second life, as an effect. Youa€™ve probably heard it, most recently on the No. 1 song in the country, Lil Waynea€™s lazy, mildly naughty rap a€oeLollipop.a€A Auto-Tune, properly torqued up, is the rare edit that calls attention to itself. Auto-Tune software detects pitch, and when a vocal is routed through Auto-Tune, and a setting called a€oeretune speeda€A is set to zero, warbling begins. This, roughly, is what happens: Auto-Tune locates the pitch of a recorded vocal, and moves that recorded information to the nearest a€oecorrecta€A note in a scale, which is selected by the user. With the speed set to zero, unnaturally rapid corrections eliminate portamento, the musical term for the slide between two pitches. Portamento is a natural aspect of speaking and singing, central to making people sound like people. A nonmusical example of portamento would be a€oeup-speak,a€A a verbal tic common in some people under thirty. (Can you imagine the end of every sentence rising in pitch? Like a question?) Processed at zero speed, Auto-Tune turns the lolling curves of the human voice into a zigzag of right-angled steps. These steps may represent a€oeperfecta€A pitches, but when sung pitches alternate too quickly the result sounds unnatural, a fluttering that is described by some engineers as a€oethe gerbila€A and by others as a€oerobotic.a€A

.::Read The Gerbila€™s Revenge at The New Yorker

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Posted: December 8th, 2008
at 9:01am by Black Ock


Categories: hood status,music,business

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