March 31st, 2012

The birth of a book

Unfortunately not embeddable: http://vimeo.com/38681202. Beautiful!

March 31st, 2012

The Score Editor

Score editors have been around for ages. From what I’ve heard from my music teacher Encore is the editor, but for the occasional user it is a bit expensive with it’s $399 price tag. Then there is Overture, Finale, Sibelius, etcetera. And there is of course open source projects like MuseScore and NtEd, which you need if you’d happen to run i.e. Ubuntu.

Then I thought it should not be that insanely difficult to do score editing “google docs” style, web based, and with funky sharing options. Well, of course smarter people came up with that idea long ago. Noteflight is an online score editor, written in Flash. I’ve tried it a bit and it is pretty easy to get the hang of, especially once you get a grip of the keyboard shortcuts, which is true for all score editors. For me as a lousy student, the free version, limited to 10 scores and a few other limitations is fine, and for somebody who’d like to build a private or shared library the yearly $49 seems not entirely unreasonable to me.

March 21st, 2012

The death penalty in my country

Because of a currently court case about an extreme child molester (the perp even raped a 19 days old child) capital punishment is suddenly discussed in the popular right winged hysterical media. Here are the facts regarding my own country,

The Netherlands removed capital punishment from law in 1870. The last Dutchman being executed in peace time was the 27 year old Johannes Nathan. He was publicly executed (hanged) in 1860 on the market square in Maastricht for killing his mother in law. In 1945 capital punishment was re-introduced for crimes of war. Until 1952 39 war criminals were executed based on that special law, the last 2 on March 21st 1952. Ever since, captial punishment has been removed from the law. Abolishment of the death penalty is mandatory to join the European Union.

March 16th, 2012

The horrific shooting and the fallout

It is reported here that the US will not co-operate with the investigation on that awful shooting by the soldier, killing three families. It might be reporting bias, I don’t know. It seems to me that the “let us handle this, we know better” attitude, amplified by the man being flown out of the country, is simply making the US image abroad worse?

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying “toss the guy over to the Afghans”. I am not so ignorant. He’d probably be quartered or something. Somehow I do not believe (a supposed) metal disorder would be regarded whatsoever. But not co-operating in the investigation?

Jesse Helms in a micro cosmos. Sigh.

 

March 7th, 2012

The justice system and our identity

I was not really thinking I would sit out this Ted Talk.

In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

But I urge each and every one of you. Invest those 24 minutes. Please. Thank you.Художник

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