Barnaby Walters

I am a British web developer and luthier working at Vísar in Reykjavík, Iceland.

I build and play the Hurdy Gurdy, cook/bake granola and pizza and help build the independent web.

  1. Aitor García Rey: @BarnabyWalters Do they have rennet at Burið!?! I didn’t know! A few desserts for next @SumendiRest have become suddenly possible… thanks!

    @_aitor welcome back! Yep, I spent several hours today on a wild goose chase which led me to Burið and now have a small vat of Skyr curing. Looking forward to tasting the Sumendi desserts, and I actually have one I’d like you to sample: an evolution of your hot chocolate recipe with some Icelandic influences…

  2. Maple and Spruce

    Barnaby Walters 4/4 Gdor Part order is debatable, last bar of C can be played around with.

    
    M:4/4
    L:1/8
    K:Gdor
    E/F/G/c/- c/c/B _A/B/_A/G/- G/G/F|1 E/F/G/c/- c/c/B _A/B/A/G/- G2 :|2 E/F/G/E/- E/G/D/G/ B,/C/D/C/-C2||
    
  3. OWLS WITH TENTACLES

    Barnaby Walters 4/4 Cmix

    
    M:4/4
    L:1/8
    K:Cmix
    g/f/e/f/|: g.b z a2 g g/f/e/f/|g.b z a2 g d'2|g.b z a2 g g/f/e/f/|ge ed dB c2 :|
    
  4. The Taste of Words

    Barnaby Walters 3/4 Cmin

    
    M:3/4
    L:1/8
    K:Cmin
    c.=B2 G FE|A3 G3|G.F2 DCB,|E3 DEF|=E.C2 B,CD|A,.C2 A,CE|DE FG A=A|B4 G2|
    
  5. Yesterday I dug out this rather odd track from January:

    It was recorded after a visit to Hayling Island, wherein we found an assortment of sea creatures, all of whom, according to tradition, were called Gordon. One was alive, and thus the tune was named.

  6. It’s a strange feeling to open Logic and find a recording you don’t remember making of a rather beautiful mazurka…

  7. yiddishsong.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/di-gantse-velt-iz-hevl-havolim-performed-by-lillian-manuel has some interesting background about the song “Hevl iz Havolim”, and one of the comments has what appears to be a quite extensive translation, but of a different version — it doesn’t translate the two longer verses in the middle of the version the Klezmatics sing.

    That version is covered by this klesmer-musik.de/hevl_iz_havolim.htm German version, which seems to line up better with the sung lyrics, but Google-translated the middle verses are still rather vague. I suspect they’re using idioms and imagery which does not easily translate word-for-word.

  8. type=image/gif: @BarnabyWalters hello sir. Your name came up multiple times at #indiewebcamp in a positive light, so thought I'd say hi!

    @_jden hello! Been away for three weeks, good to see indiewebcamp went well (as always), I was sorry to have missed it but hope to come to IWC UK.

  9. @kartik_prabhu amazing work overall! This is one of my favourite parts though — the fact that fragmention comments fall back gracefully if they’re not supported on either side, and yet all the data required to present them is preserved, so future updates can retro-actively put old marginalia in the right place!

    I wonder how tricky it would be to implement this on the comment publisher side too — detecting fragmention URLs and tailoring the reply context content…

  10. Amber Case: 8 hours of hand beading later... Actually that was quite relaxing! Doing something in the real world is a very nice counter to software.

    @caseorganic beautiful! Yup, it’s very healthy and grounding to make physical things after computering a lot.

  11. Aaron Parecki: @BarnabyWalters Also worst case you can just print it out again at the terminal.

    @aaronpk whaaaaa

    You realise that in my mind this attitude basically makes you some sort of fearless adventurer wizard hero, who, ARMED with his MAGIC LIGHTS, fears not the CHECK-IN DESK and FLYING METAL BOXES and requires no A4 SHIELD to ward off the spectres of GETTING LOST IN SOME OTHER COUNTRY

  12. Built a wheel speed measuring device 24hrs before leaving for festivals, and it turns out that without absolute positioning (which I certainly don’t have time to build) it’s actually not much use as it doesn’t tell you anything that an audio recording of the trompette does in far higher detail.

    The data could still be useful for controlling effects, but again, the audio level is a more accessible indicator of speed than actual measurement equipment.

    For teaching purposes, the thing which would actually be useful (as always) is not the measuring equipment, but a UI which shows you trompette traces from pro players alongside yours in real time and allows you to compare them. I’ll have a go at prototyping this if I get time tomorrow and bring it along to Chateau d’Ars if it’s successful.