1. for an augmented sense useful for musicians: add the ability to hear whether or not a note is in tune. Not sure how best to implement this — some sort of kinetic feedback system would be the most straightforward, but doesn’t seem true to it’s purpose in the same way that the belt buzzing north does.

    How about a small speaker on the shoulder/in a hat which plays a very quiet A 440hz — then use the beats to judge whether or not the note is in tune.

    Possible problems: might only work adequately for A and related notes (E, maybe D), might be irritating to have a constant sound — like artificial tinnitus. Also irritating if notes which the wearer doesn’t control are slightly out of tune! Probably the most simple solution is to allow the sound to be toggled quickly and easily.

  2. Hm, the “people thinking that I’m 25” thing is happening a bit too regularly. Can't decide whether this is a good thing, or to trim the beard.

  3. Fascinating — Konrad Lorenz compares cultural revolution with exoskeleton-clad Arthropods shedding their shells:

    The act of demolishing carefully erected structures, though indispensable if better adapted ones are to arise, is always followed by a period of vulnerability.

    On Aggression

  4. Dad wants me to take photos of the Icelandic… glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, northern lights, mountains, beautiful desolation supermarkets. Seriously.

  5. Got the last few bits of rubbish out of what was my workshop, saw Jovian Salak (have fun in Nepal!), packed most of my luggage and got all the bits of paper required to get to Iceland together. Leaving tomorrow at 12 noon, flight at 8 in the evening. Probably spending the hours at the airport watching studio ghibli films.

    , and all that good stuff.

  6. Turns out that performing a GET request on a data URI from PHP works if file_get_contents is used, not if cURL is used. I wonder what support is like for other server side languages — using data URIs in with could be the basis of some interesting .

  7. Brennan Novak: Just learned, by adding &quot;x-webkit-speech&quot; to an &amp;amp;lt;input type=&quot;text&quot;&amp;amp;gt; WebKit adds an icon that... <a class="auto-link" href="http://bnvk.me/bQR">bnvk.me/bQR</a>

    Brennan Novak by WebKit you mean “Chrome”, right? :)