Archive for April, 2009

Hackfest 10010110

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Alex (Rae)
– externals for Pure Data, in C
– minimal GUI in wxPython
– perhaps working on a music iPhone app this summer
– planning to use PD/C for prototyping

– dealing with thickbox + jquery issues
– for work 🙁

– multipart form uploads in jquery + rails
– for secret side project

– working on corkbird
– doing memcache
– learning how to migrate a schema
– getting better at django

Alex (Rudnick)
– looked at different linux laptops
– getting scala sudoku solver ready to open-source
– considered planning a fun programming activity for middle-schoolers

Hackfest 10010101

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


  • almost done with the semester… ?
  • chillaxing for the evening: blogs and scrabble.
  • omfg: Lego Rock Band will have “The Final Countdown” by Europe



  • saw a silly movie: Los Campeones de Lucha Libre
  • made a post about Scala with GWT on Eclipse. “Technology sandwich!”

Hackfest 10010100

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

alex (rae)
– has finished his thesis!
– explored extensions to standard beat tracking algorithms

– adding features to corkbird
– uploaded a new version and discovered some bugs

– made half a song in ableton
– learned about FM synthesis

alex (rudnick)
– working on typo detection
– wrote about the first annual Rudnick triathalon

Dorkbot recap for 8 April

Monday, April 13th, 2009

This past week, Mark and I went to Dorkbot ATL, where there were presentations by Travis Thatcher and Scott Driscoll about their DIY music projects. Travis (recompas) built this amazing modular synthesizer — it’s all plugs and wires and analog electronics, built into a lovely metal casing with silk-screening. Apparently you can read about it on his blog. Scott built these crazy control surfaces and possibly-crazier Max/MSP code that they talk to. There was much bleeping, booping, mashing-up, and mixing. It was awesome, and it made me want to learn to build electronics!

Also, some Freeside Atlanta people came to talk about starting a non-profit organization that will run a hackerspace in Atlanta. They’re for serious; this is happening. Mark is at their meeting tonight.

More in-depth discussion and links on the dorkbot site.

Hackfest 10010011

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

– sorting though a list of mp3
– played with processing
– drew lines and changed background when clicking the mouse
– trying to work on corkbird
– but stuck on datastore techniques
– watching the Google Campfire One feed
– months of his work being demoed live