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

  2. 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.

  3. Kartik Prabhu:


    This is an experiment in implementing a marginalia (or annotation) system using the principles of the indieweb....

    The post-artifact web

    Craig Mod wrote a beautiful article about Post-Artifact Books & Publishing. I highly recommend you read it. The artifact is the ‘final’ produced content — a book, an article, a magazine. The pre-artifact includes the process of creating and editing ideas to generate the content. In the case of digital content, the artifact, once created and published, is not static. Apart from further edits by the author, readers can add their own thoughts through comments, sharing, and sometimes marginalia.

    This is the post-artifact system. A system of unlocking. A system concerned with engagement. Sharing. Marginalia. Ownership. Community. And, of course, reading.
    —Craig Mod

    Some publishers already have a kind of post-artifact system. As Criag notes, Amazon allows you to post and share public notes for the books you’ve bought on the Kindle. Medium allows you to post marginalia using your Twitter account. Such systems miss an important aspect of the process — ownership. Your notes/marginalia exist on some third-party system, not your own site.

    Two things are necessary for true innovation and engagement to happen in this space:
    1. A well defined and open protocol. It is to this which all software and tools built to engage the post-artifact space can connect.
    2. The ability to construct canvas independent hooks beyond the reading space.
    —Craig Mod

    The indieweb has already tackled this issue for web-based (i.e. HTML) content — the protocol is webmention and hooks are microformats. You can post a reply or comment (markedup with microformats) on your own site and choose to notify the original content (through webmention) by linking to it. This way the original comment exists on your own space (and under your control) while the original content gets a copy to display as it chooses.

    This same idea could be adapted to marginalia; the missing piece of the puzzle is to have a way to refer to a part of the post with a URL.


    This is where Kevin Marks’ fragmentions come in. Fragmention is a way to refer to an arbitrary piece of text on webpage by just appending it to the URL; for instance to refer to “some random text” on “example.com” you’d use the URL http://example.com##some+random+text.

    So if you sent a webmention to the URL of the post it will be treated as a comment to the whole post. But if you send it to a fragmentioned URL, then it will be treated as maginalia to that part of the post!

    Federated marginalia — pretty awesome if you ask me!

    Display & UX

    So what would such a marginalia-rich content look like? This article is an experiment at such a post.

    By default the marginalia are treated just like normal comments, but their u-in-reply-to is set to the appropriate fragmention. This provides a safe default on which some javascript magic can act. If the javascript is active, the marginalia are moved to the content to which they refer. A small icon appears next to the content containing the marginalia which then toggles the visibility of the marginalia.

    The visual display and the related UI/UX is something I am still playing around with.

    @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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Aaron Parecki: @BarnabyWalters You still print your boarding pass on paper? ;-) I stick to magic lights all the way through.

    @aaronpk oh wow, I would be terrified that the magic lights would break or not work or run out of power or get lost or crash. I trust paper waaaay more than magic lights and can’t travel without my wad of A4 pieces of paper :)

  8. Genuine question to people who a lot: does the whole “pressing buttons and making lights change colour, then printing the results out onto A4 sheets of paper which magically enable you to travel to different countries” thing ever stop feeling profoundly weird?

  9. Getting the distinct feeling that traveling 35km in France is going to be more stressful than thousands of kilometres around the rest of Europe :/

  10. Trying to buy MP3s off Amazon and seeing unfriendly errors like “Important Message There was a problem with your address submission. Please fix all the areas below and try again.”?

    It’s probably because the Amazon MP3 service only works in the US, despite this information not being displayed anywhere or reported as an error. The billing information form even lets you choose countries which it knows will not work!

    This is an excellent example of terrible form design, and to communicate exactly why, I redesigned the form with some improvements:

    Important credit card number:

    Date it stops working:


    Select a next step:

    (If anyone from Amazon is reading, feel free to use this design on amazon.com/gp/dmusic/verification/addCreditCardMP3 — it would be orders of magnitude more helpful than the current one)

    Source: chat with amazon support staff:

    Update: follow-up email clarified that Amazon music is actually available in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Spain and Italy — so not just the US, but also no love yet for Iceland :( In their defence: Amazon’s support channels are excellent. Polite, helpful, quick chat and genuinely useful follow-up email.