Proof that Music Connects Us All

A video from TED showing new ways to think about, and experience music.

Tod Machover of MIT’s Media Lab invented the musical technology behind Guitar Hero, and at TED2008 he talks about what’s coming next. Listen for some brand-new ways to interface with music — to play it, compose it, enjoy it. Machover then introduces Dan Ellsey, a composer with cerebral palsy who uses the lab’s tools to write and perform his own music. Ellsey conducts his “My Eagle Song,” in a soaring performance that underscores music’s power to give you chills.

Never Be Caught Without Toilet Paper

I had an epiphany today to share how I go about making sure there is always toilet paper in the bathroom, and the science behind it! First off let me tell you that this is what many consider a “Life Hack” which also means that it’s just common sense, but many people still don’t abide by the rules of common sense. All you have to do is make sure you use the rule of 3: keep 3 sets of 3 different amounts and follow these guidelines:

  • Keep 2 rolls near the toilet, 1 in the dispenser and 1 right next to the toilet somewhere not directly on the floor (you don’t want it to get wet – keep in a plastic bag if necessary).
  • Keep a small set of rolls (e.g: a 6-roll bag) under the sink, or somewhere in the bathroom out of sight if possible.
  • Keep a larger set of rolls (e.g: 6×6-roll bags) in a storage closet or under the stairs.
  • Any time any of the stores runs out you replace it from the next large store.

Geek Explanation:
This is similar to how DNS works, your local system has a hosts file or local dns cache. This file allows your computer to know the IP address of a domain name that you have recently looked up. If it can’t find the data in this local cache, your computer asks your ISP for the information. If the ISP doesn’t have the info you need then your computer will ask the internet (ie: the root domain servers) and get the information if it exists. Your computer then copies this information into it’s local store for later use. Of course each level of cache can “time out”, like running out of TP rolls, in which case it must go to the next large store of domain name entries.

Layman Explanation:
Similar to having a spare tire in your car. If you get a flat somewhere you definitely don’t want to resort to calling a tow truck (or yelling to your roomate to get you another roll of TP). This is why the spare tire was invented, or rather why it exists in the first place. After you use the spare you immediately go and get a replacement tire. Then your spare becomes the backup again.

It just makes sense doesn’t it? Always replace your backup, not the original!

I also realized that this works with so many products, you should start using this philosophy everywhere! I use it mostly for products I can buy in bulk. I go to Sam’s Club once in a while and purchase paper items, and other handy things to well have on hand (pardon the semi-pun). Or shampoo and soap, when you run out you should have a new bottle ready to replace the one that ran out. Then go to the store immediately, or within the week to replace the backup or spare bottle.

~Have a great day!

The OS Not Support

After Jen and I purused the internet after a lengthy programming session in order to relieve our minds she showed me a site I’ll never get enough of WorseThanFailure! It is easer to just show you, but it is basically funny program or appliction bugs.

And now for your pleasure:
(what my OS NOT SUPPORT? Jen’s Favorite)

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Firewall Your Brain ;D

I think that in the future it might be possible that we connect to the internet directly from our brain, or somehow are connected physically to computer devices. Having this thought and believing it’s a possible reality I was thinking how odd it would be that we would need a firewall for our brain or body when we start embedding wireless access points inside them (I think medical devices exist that at least transmit back status – however they aren’t connected to our systems directly – just observing).

This came from a very casual IM chat with Jen that I had. I think I should do a parody of Microsoft Telepathic Firewall she came up with as well as a Google competing product. Here for your viewing pleasure.

(Disclaimer: Fixed a few spelling errors!)

Me: i think there needs to be a universal communicator where it's not email, IM, facebook anymore
Me: but rather Email-like when you aren't online (or away), IM when you're present, and Skype-like for voice, etc
Me: basically like any good IM client, with offline message (or longer message) functionality
Me: hehe
Me: too bad we can't just think to create
Me: right

Jen: I know it would be nice, there are too many different ways of communicating, it can get confusing!
Jen: too bad we can't communicate telepathically!
Jen: that would be cool

Me: that would suck

Jen: you could hear a little "knock knock" in your brain

Me: I'd want you out of my head too quickly

Jen: where it's me wanting to talk!
Jen: LOL
Jen: thanks steve!

Me: hehe
Me: your very welcome!
Me: you know me i like my space
Me: and my head

Jen: so do I, I don't think I'd enjoy that very much.
Jen: too many people trying to talk to me, GO AWAY

Me: although we could all have telepathic firewalls
Me: lol

Jen: we could!

Me: ingenious

Jen: Microsoft Telepathic Firewall

Me: i should vox that

Jen: haha that would be funny

Me: ooooh, no it'd be Google TeleMailTalk: With Privacy Guard
Me: cause Google is taking all our lives

Jen: it is, I <3 Google ;) 

Me: and they pretend it is all Peaches 
Me: night