Novation Circuit live sketch

February 8th, 2017

This is a competition entry for a track made using only the Novation Circuit, in the Circuit Owners group on Facebook.

It’s a pretty basic sketch as no other instruments or devices were allowed.

The samples, as stipulated by the competition rules are by Lightfinger. The synth patches are from by Cuckoo and are available here .

Waves

May 4th, 2016

More techno tinkering… Waves is the B-side to Hexagons.

Bookindy

June 5th, 2015

Now this is a good idea. Presumably if it gains popularity Amazon will make moves to try to block it.

  
Google’s new Photos app seems pretty great, with a consistent experience between the web and its native Android and iOS versions. The way your photos are organised is better than in Apple’s app, but the clincher is that they give you unlimited online storage if you’re willing to have them compress the originals. Given that (for me) this is just for family snaps, that is fine.
My iCloud storage has been full for weeks, and a combination of not being bothered enough to get round to it and not being sure I want to pay for the service (5GB feels tight, given I recently spent £ hundreds on a new iPhone) has led me to leave it like that. So goodbye iCloud Photo Library.

And as a it happens you can still post photos to iCloud shared libraries (which are, confusingly, separate from the iCloud Photo Library) direct from the Google Photos app. 

Anyway two days into using it a couple of things are eluding me:

  1. A lot of people are tweeting about how impressive the facial recognition is, and the feature was demonstrated in the Google IO Keynote, but my Google Photos app (and also on the web) has no mention of faces anywhere and no apparent means of manually tagging faces – despite my library being full of photos of my family. Perhaps they’re rolling it out incrementally.
  2. Google has rather cleverly tagged and grouped a load of objects and things such as cats, cars, trains and food. However these collections contain some notable mistakes. A photo of one of my cats sleeping has appeared in the ‘food’ set, for example. Oddly there seems to be no way of untagging these things. Surely if you could then this could theoretically help its learning algorithm.

I’m guessing these things will be sorted out in due course, but there’s a chance I’m just missing something obvious. I’ve searched Google and Twitter but can’t find anyone else with the same problem (I mostly care about the face recognition).

Anyone else?

Took the train anyway

February 6th, 2015

…despite the previous post.

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First world problems

February 2nd, 2015

It’s cold, unremarkably. Not Sweden cold, just UK cold. Not that the predictability of it being cold in January stops certain newspapers from screaming about ‘Arctic Blasts’ and such on their front pages. If something isn’t soaring it’s plummeting I suppose.

We’re about to have the back of our house lopped off to make way for an extension, so it’s going to get very chilly and probably dusty in here. Where to put stuff is becoming a big problem. To complicate matters the current kitchen is being ripped out, and the garage has to be cleared – after three years of filling it with stuff – so that the builders can drive a digger through it to get to the back garden.

Next time we move house (if ever, please no) I think we should get one that’s big enough to begin with. In our defence, the location was very good.

Frost

January 4th, 2015

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